Guest Speaker: Lester Lefkowitz, November 20, 2019

Close-up and Macro Photography in the Great Outdoors

© Lester Lefkowitz macro photography
© Lester Lefkowitz

There’s an entire universe of beauty, fascination and intrigue on a scale not readily captured in conventional photography. This presentation will show you the basics of how to get close, and closer, to the wonderful details and never-ending curiosities you can find in the natural world. Lester will cover the concepts of magnification ranges, various optical and mechanical methods for getting close (diopter lenses, extension tubes, macro lenses), issues of critical focus and depth-of-field, techniques for camera support and vibration control, and lighting. You’ll see a demonstration of focus stacking to achieve “infinite” depth-of-field. Esthetics are just as important; he’ll touch on composition, background, appropriate light, image balance and subject selection.

Lester Lefkowitz has been a lifelong photographer. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and hundreds of other U.S. and international publications. Lester has created images for Microsoft, General Electric, IBM, General Motors, Citibank, Johnson & Johnson and many other Fortune500® companies. He’s photographed in all fifty states, twenty-one countries and Antarctica. He is also the author of three books on photography, including The Manual of Close-Up Photography. In March of 2021 he will be teaching a workshop in Chile.

You can see his industrial and travel photography at, and his macro work at

© Lester Lefkowitz macro photography
© Lester Lefkowitz

Event Details

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Doors open 6:00 pm. Program begins 6:30 pm.

Our meetings are held at The Metropolitan Opera Guild Learning Center, on the 6th floor of the Samuel B. and David Rose Building at Lincoln Center. The address is 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, located at 165 West 65 Street, on the north side of West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, closer to Amsterdam. (Google Map link) From the street level, take the elevator or escalator up one level and proceed through the revolving doors into the lobby of the Rose Building to get the elevator up to the 6th floor. Suggested donation: $7.00

Lincoln Center is well served by public transportation—Subway: the #1 Local train stops at 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station; Buses: M5, M7, M10, M66, and M104 all stop within one block of Lincoln Center.

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