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Thomas Shahan will be teaching  two macro-photography sessions that will expose you to flora and fauna like you have never seen it before.   Mr. Shahan is a macro-photography specialist from Tulsa with a passion for entomology and whose work includes a spread on Oklahoma jumping spiders for the National Geographic.

Session 1 – May 20, 2017:   Introduction to Macro-photography

There’s a whole world of amazing, tiny flora and fauna all around us that many have never seen.   With the convenience of digital photography, exploring this world has never been easier or more fun!

This class will be an overview of the fundamentals of macro-photography and how to get closer to your subject.   We’ll cover the basics of focus, exposure, and lighting and how these are implemented in macro-photography.

Session 2 – June 3, 2017:   Advanced Macro-Photography      

Macro-photography is a simple field at it’s core, but there are some specific techniques you can utilize to further your success, regardless of your subject matter.

In this class, we’ll cover more advanced topics related to macro-photography, including flash diffusion, focus stacking, lenses, post processing, and more.   We’ll discuss the techniques that have emerged in recent years which have significantly advanced macro-photography, allowing for unique, previously impossible perspectives.


Friends of Oxley members – $20/person per session

Non-members – $40 for the first session you attend, which includes a one year individual membership to the Oxley Nature Center Association, and $20/person for the second session.


To register, go to under News/Events or call 918-596-9054.

You can pick which session works best for you.   Each session will consist of classroom instruction, Q & A, and field demonstrations at the Oxley Nature Center.   Each Saturday session will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

About the Author

Richard Kotarsky is the Curator of Conservation and Scientific Advancement. He develops and oversees all field conservation programs, research, and sustainable green practices for the Tulsa Zoo.