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Photographing Butterflies

Photographing Butterflies

We see these magnificent creatures in our gardens, along the road, in the forests, and on the prairies.

Join this webinar to learn about butterfly biology and how to photography them. This program includes a discussion of camera settings, lenses, flash, gadgets that aid in butterfly photography, and focus stacking.

Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995.

Kathy’s photos have been published in hundreds of places including Family Fun,, Nature’s Best, New York Times, Birder’s World, and Ranger Rick. AAA Journey, Texas Parks & Wildlife and Texas Highways magazines have used Kathy’s photos on their cover. Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars including the Barnes & Noble Ireland Countryside Calendar, the cover of the Arbor Foundation Rainforest Calendar, and the Sierra Engagement Calendar. Kathy’s photos of Houston were compiled into a calendar offered in Costco in 2016.

Her photos appear every week in the “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have worked with national publishing houses to produce ten books that combine their photography and writing skills. Their latest books are Book of Texas Birds published by Texas A&M University Press and Backroads of Texas published by Voyageur Press.

Kathy’s photography is featured in Portrait of Houston published in 2012 by Farcountry Press. Photographing Big Bend National Park, published in 2013 by Texas A&M Press, is written by Kathy and uses her photography throughout.

Kathy is Past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association. She teaches photography and is a popular speaker at local and national events. She leads photo tours through Strabo Tours to countries including Costa Rica, Brazil, Spain, Africa, Italy, Peru, Morocco, and Norway.

How Macro Photography Can Change Your Perception of the World Around You

How Macro Photography Can Change Your Perception of the World Around You

**This event is for CURRENT GNPA members.**
**This is an ONLINE ONLY GNPA Webinar using Zoom.**

To register:
1. go to the GNPA website and login as a member.
2. From your Member Home page scroll down to **WEBINAR AND MEETING SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION**
3. Click on the registration link that corresponds to this meeting
4. You will receive a confirmation email with the link to the webinar
5. You will get 2 reminder emails, one the day before the event and one an hour before the webinar

*If you are not a GNPA member, go to []( and please join. This is the ONLY way for you to register for the webinar.*

Over 99% of life on Earth is smaller than your finger. This means that no matter where you live, there is always something amazing to discover and photograph. It is a common misconception that a photographer must travel to a distant continent to find subjects worthy of photographing. In truth, many of the most amazing creatures you’ll ever see can be found just outside your back door, which is a powerful message for young people who are interested in science and conservation.
During this presentation award-winning natural history photographer Clay Bolt will begin by showing you how to work with available light and shallow depth-of-field to create beautiful impressionistic portraits of your subjects. This will include tips on the best times of day to photograph your subjects, how to approach them, and document them safely. Next he’ll introduce techniques for improving sharpness and how to use tools like reflectors and fill-flash to add more life to your images. Clay will also demonstrate how you can use multiple flashes in the field to create dynamic portraits of insect behavior.
Finally, Clay will discuss how to use the white background field-studio technique that has been popularized by the Meet Your Neighbors project that he co-founded in 2009. This is a technique that works great for school groups. He’ll also share his tips for utilizing more advanced topics such as photographing insects in flight and wide-angle macro photography. Throughout this breakout session, Clay will be sharing ways to use macro photography to tell the stories of your subjects for conservation and editorial purposes so that you can become more effective at championing the wildlife in your own community.

Clay Bolt is a Natural History and Conservation Photographer specializing in the world’s smaller creatures. Clay’s work appears in publications such as National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, and National Wildlife. He is an Associate Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and past president of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). His current major focus is on North America’s native bees and the important roles that they play in our lives. He was a leading voice in the fight to protect the rusty-patched bumble bee as a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act, which became North America’s first federally protected native bee in 2017. In 2019, Bolt became the first photographer to document a living Wallace’s Giant Bee—the world’s largest bee—as a part of a four person exploration team to rediscover the species in the Indonesian islands known as North Maluku

“The Dumas Method of Flower Photography” with Joyce Dumas

“The Dumas Method of Flower Photography” with Joyce Dumas

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. 6:30 to 7:00 pm will be time for socializing. Presentation will begin at 7:15 pm. Overflow parking, if required, will be at the Elementary school about 1 block from the Arts Center on Mayfield Road.

Members as well as guests are invited to join us.

Joyce is a professional flower photographer and educator on flower composition and unique approaches to flower photography. In her presentation, she uses her work to illustrate photographic techniques in the hopes that other photographers will find something they can use in their own photography, whether the subject is a flower or not. In discussing flower photography she will cover lighting, composition, selective focus, focus stacking, and post-processing.

Joyce Dumas, a co-founder of the Blue Ridge Mountain Photographers, has been involved in photography on various levels for 40 years. She was a photojournalist and reporter before becoming a magazine editor and then a freelance writer/photographer. When Joyce moved into the North Georgia Mountains with her family, the beauty of the mountains inspired her to concentrate on nature photography. Joyce teaches photography and digital imaging, gives presentations throughout the Southeast, and has written two photography textbooks.

The photography of Joyce Dumas can be viewed at her online gallery, and her blog about photography can be found at