Macro workshop, with bees.

Worker bee (Apis mellifera)

Working at the bee hive, pulling a frame for inspection.

Pulling a frame for inspection.

Last week I lead a group of people in a macro workshop, with the bonus that most of the participants were beekeepers! After a morning of learning, setting up equipment and some table-top practice, we set out for the hives just after lunch. It was a sunny afternoon, but cool (about 16ºC) and windy, so the bees, although active, were not aggressive. We wore veils with vests, but otherwise, no extra preparation was done, and we could work without gloves. We exchanged camera equipment occasionally, so everyone could experience different macro set-ups. While I was somewhat cautious around the hives compared to the experienced apiarists, we all managed to get some good photographs by the end of the session. More shots to follow in upcoming posts!

Intense macro-photography at the bee hives!

Intense macro-photography at the bee hives!

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  1. Shelley Hoover 2 May, 2016 at 3:33 PM #

    Thank you Adrian! The workshop was extremely helpful at teaching us both basic skills, as well as bee-centric tips to improve the photos we are taking. You are an excellent teacher; patient – and brave!

    • Adrian 3 May, 2016 at 7:06 PM #

      You’re most welcome! I can’t believe I get paid to do this, especially when it’s a responsive class. 🙂

  2. Rotem 4 December, 2016 at 12:06 PM #

    Adrian, What macro lens would you recommend getting for bees close up shots?

    • Adrian 4 December, 2016 at 9:35 PM #

      Any 1:1 macro lens will do the job, e.g. Nikon’s 105mm, Canon’s 100mm, Tamron’s 90mm will all be fine. Where additional magnification is required an add-on lens such as the Raynox 250 will bring you into ‘bee portrait’ range. Visit the equipment page to review the lenses I use.

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