LOCATION On-line live conferencing via ‘Zoom’
TIME 19:00 to 20:30 with a 1.5 hour ‘Zoom’ (a free on-line video conferencing application for your mobile device or computer) tutorial followed by access to on-line material.
Group Size 8
Guide for Event David or Janet
Fitness Level None you will be in the comfort of your own home or venue of choice
Camera Experience Intermediate, some knowledge of how a DSLR works as we will concentrate on macro
Disability Access Not Applicable
Suitability Whilst this course has no content unsuitable for young people, it is primarily aimed at adult learning
  • A comprehensive course covering key advance techniques for improved macro photography
  • A live ‘Zoom’ on-line tutorial with your highly experience tutor
  • Very small class size of a maximum of only 8 students ensures individual attention
  • An opportunity to ask your own individual question to tailor the course to you
  • Full tuition and accompanying materials for learning
  • 1.5 hour ‘live’ video conferencing tutorial for the small class
  • PDF document of course content
Not Included
  • Camera equipment
  • Laptop/computer (with suitable loaded software)
Time of Year All year round
What we aim to cover
  • Understanding reproduction ratios
  • Shooting images ‘greater than life size’
  • Focus stacking principles
  • Focus stacking alternative techniques
  • Focus stacking processing and software
  • Creative use of continuous lighting for macro
  • Creative use of flash lighting for macro

Following on from our popular ‘Introduction to Macro Photography online tutorial’, we are delighted to now offer this additional course where we explore more advanced close-up photography techniques.

Building on the basic ideas covered in the introduction, in this tutorial we explore the key subjects of working greater than life-size, focus stacking and creative use of additional lighting. During the 1.5 hour on-line, live tutorial, our small group of students will be guided through these topics by our expert tutor. There will be plenty of time to ask individual questions and re-cap on anything you have not been able to understand.

During the presentation, the tutor will cover;

Working greater than life-size.

We will begin by recapping on how we measure the close-up performance of equipment with reproduction ratio. We will look at our expectation of ‘life size’ capable equipment and then explore how we might be able to push beyond this to record even smaller subjects, greater than life-size. With a review of accessories such as extension tubes and then a look a specialised lenses, everyone should get a sense of what is possible with their own, personal camera equipment.

Focus stacking

Focus stacking is without doubt the number one, advance macro technique to explore. We will review the 3 common ways of generating ‘source’ images and the different equipment you can use to assist in this. We will then run through an example software stacking process using the ever-popular Adobe Photoshop platform.

Creative use of additional lighting

With higher magnification and the application of a stacking process, there is often a requirement for more light. We will cover the 2 key types of lighting available for macro photographers, continuous/constant light and flash. With each type of lighting solution, we will outline the advantages and disadvantages, plus their suitability for working inside and in the field.

As with all of our on-line courses, delegates will crucially benefit from a ‘live’ tutorial and the subsequent ability to ask direct questions to the tutor. We also supply an electronic, PDF version of the notes after the course is completed.

This tutorial is perfect for those photographers wishing to grow and expand their close-up skills and techniques.

NB: It is possible to book this session on a One-to-One basis by purchasing a ‘bite size’ training session on the 1-2-1 section of the website and them specifying ‘advanced macro techniques’ for your content.


19:00 Sign on to Zoom and meet your tutor for 1.5 hours of Macro learning

20:30 Summary and close


  • Simply getting close enough
  • Getting things in focus – depth of field
  • Keeping everything sharp – controlling movement
  • Tips and tricks for in the field


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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
November 12, 2022

Really interesting session, clarified things I knew and introduced the skill of focus stacking. Will have fun trying to perfect it. Thanks David for a really interesting session.

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