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Don Komarechka

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Night-time landscape Level 1
Learn to overcome the initial challenges of focus, exposure and composition. We will study mistakes and find ways to fix them, and begin to see some of the "magic" of what's to come. Get beyond the first roadblocks of blurry photos and frustrating results!

Macro Level 1
Discover the new "rulebook" that macro photographers must use to create compelling images. Understand the basics of focus and composition while embracing the idea that your mistakes pave the way to success. Designed to get photographers thinking differently when they approach the subject of macro photography.

Macro Level 2
Learn about lighting for macro photography and advanced techniques for staging shots and working with difficult subjects. We will also take a look at the challenges faced by photographers as they shoot at higher magnifications, and how to overcome them. Will include a basic introduction to focus stacking as well as a simple-yet-effective approach to creative post production.

 Macro Level 3
Discover the magic of winter on a close-up scale. Learn to photograph snowflakes (applicable to nearly all high-magnification subjects) and what's involved in the post-processing workflow. This comprehensive session will cover all of the techniques required to shoot extreme macro images without a tripod, and how to deal with the ensuing chaos.

Ultra Macro Demonstration Level 3
Built around creating a mini "stage" for shooting water droplet refractions, this program is designed to reveal the true creativity that macro photography can offer. Using simple ingredients and the right recipe, photographers can design beautiful images from simple household objects. Session will contain examples of extreme macro shots with the intent to replicate the results during the demonstration.



Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer.

Don teaches workshops in the areas of nature photography and macro photography, as well as photographic editing and creative compositions. “Photography is about sharing your unique view of the world with others – without using words. Helping others accomplish the same goal is extremely rewarding. I like to see the world through my camera in ways I normally cannot see with my own eyes. Seeing the world beyond vision is a gift that photography gives me.”

Don’s first mass-produced book,Sky Crystals: Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakesshows his attention to detail and desire to understand the world around him. Don began studying the science of snowflakes on the same day he first photographed them, nearly four years prior to the publication of this book. Since then, understanding and photographing snowflakes has become a non-stop passion. Don will also be featured in an upcoming episode ofThe Nature of Things with David Suzuki.

Always science-minded but never formally trained, Don uses photography as a way to explore and understand the world around him. Photographing something unusual or unknown is the perfect excuse to learn something new. Don’s work often pushes up against the technical limitations of modern camera equipment and the physical limitations of light itself.