In 2014, I purchased an Olympus OM-D E-M10. It was my first ‘real’ digital camera. I was excited, but I essentially had no idea what I was doing. In an effort to learn the ins and outs of my new camera and to improve my photography, I vowed to shoot (and share) at least one photo each day for an entire year. I joined Instagram and got started. After 365 days of shooting, sharing, and learning, I found myself more and more interested in the details. I bought a macro lens and have been hooked ever since. As I got deeper into the world of macro, I eventually upgraded to an OM-D E-M1 Mark II and shifted my attention toward the beauty, design, and intricacy of arthropods which often go unnoticed.
Even before I started producing macro images, I was always drawn to the natural world and involved in the visual arts. As a kid growing up at the Jersey Shore, I spent plenty of time exploring outdoors and searching for small critters. When I was inside the house, I logged countless hours drawing in sketchbooks. I eventually earned my degree in graphic design from Moravian College and immediately began a career as a designer. After a few years creating websites for a publishing company, I joined the Olympus America creative team and have been with Olympus for the past thirteen years. I currently serve as the Director of Creative Services and oversee all phases of Olympus’ graphic design, photography, and video production. I reside in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with my wife (Alicia), our twin daughters (Ada Jane and Cece Hart), and our Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy (CJ).
Watch, Listen, and Read
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been afforded several opportunities to share my passion and knowledge of macro with interested and aspiring shooters. Below, you’ll find a collection links to videos, podcasts, and articles. If you’re interested in collaborating or have any questions, please get in touch!
Facebook Live with Olympus
When the coronavirus pandemic locked down communities across America (and around the world), Olympus began using Facbook to offer ‘Home with Olympus’ presentations to cover a variety of photography topics. This one’s all about macro!Watch the Stream (75 mins.)
CreativeLive: Macro Photography
In this beginner’s guide to macro and insect photography, I discuss what macro is and how to shoot it. I explain how to search and capture a smaller world with minimal gear and touch upon the behaviors of insects and their relationships to plant life so that you can capture amazing images from your backyard to national parks.Watch the Class (112 mins.)
Watch the Promo (34 secs.)
We Are Photographers Podcast
Listen to my chat with Kenna Klosterman to hear me explain how to find macro subjects in your daily life, whether that’s in your backyard or balcony at work, and how best to slowly approach them before they fly or run away. Hopefully, by the end of the episode you’ll have a much greater appreciation for the little things.Listen to the Podcast (32 mins.)
GetOlympus Instagram Takeover
During this Instagram takeover, I answer a wide range of macro-related questions that were submitted by Olympus users. I respond to questions about camera settings, focus stacking, lighting, and more.Watch the Stories (10 mins.)
Olympus Passion Article
In this article for Olympus Passion magazine, I recap my journey toward macro photography, explain my in-field approach, and discuss how I finish my images before sharing them to social.Read the Article (Subscription Required)