Close-Up & Macro Photography - Intensive Workshop St George & Sutherland Community College

Close-Up & Macro Photography - Intensive Workshop

Explore the amazing world of close-up and macro photography. Learn the techniques and equipment (optical, lighting and support) needed to achieve sharply focused, well-exposed photographs of flowers, insects, water drops, miniatures, coins, jewellery and much more. This intensive hands-on workshop will show you how to get the most from your DSLR and how to enhance its macro capabilities in very affordable ways. The course covers every type of close-up shot, from wide-angle to extreme macro, and equipment ranging from macro and reversed lenses to bellows and image stacking. It also covers focus stacking techniques and equipment for extreme macro.

Skill Level:

  • Anyone who has a thorough working knowledge of their camera; aperture, shutter speeds, focusing and the basic principles of photography, or who has done the following;
  • A Beginner’s Photography course or similar
  • A Basic DSLR / Digital Photography course or similar

Essential Materials:

  • A DSLR – digital single-lens reflex camera / four thirds or mirrorless camera with adjustable ISO and aperture settings.
  • Lens(es) - Either a or a macro lens, or standard and or telephotos lens/zoom lens with manual focus.
  • Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop loaded. If you don’t have Photoshop, you can download a free 7-day trial version from

Additional items:

  • Tripod
  • Close-up filters and/or extension tubes.
  • Off-camera flash with cord and/or transmitter/diffuser.
  • An extra battery and flashcard, as you will be using your camera, and reviewing your photographs frequently.
  • Card reader to cord to download images from your camera to your laptop.
  • Your camera’s instruction manual.
  • Notepad and pen

About the Tutor:

“As a qualified tutor and photojournalist with more than 40 years experience, my skills have earned me the distinction of being an Associate of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society. As an accomplished documentary filmmaker, I have had video footage shown on TV internationally, as well as having photos appearing in books, magazines and newspapers around the world. I have been specialising in macro photography for many years and look forward to teaching you many wonderful techniques soon.” Nic

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled before the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.