Macro Photography: Close-up Magic

There is a whole realm of beauty and discovery just out of reach of your regular camera lens. We’ll use traditional and non-traditional macro techniques and equipment to explore this tiny world.
Upcoming Workshops
Sat
Jan 19
$195
EARLY BIRD PRICE (expires 01/11)
9am-3:30pm at DCP - Early Registration: $195 - Late Registration: $215

There is a whole world of beauty and discovery just out of reach of your regular camera lens. The macro world reveals textures, structures, colors and patterns that delight the eye and can be used to create stunning and satisfying photos.

Many people think that macro work requires specialized and expensive lenses and lighting. That’s not true! While macro lenses are the gold standard for this type of work, there are inexpensive accessories that can equal or better the high end gear in terms of creativity and flexibility. And lighting can be from a window, flashlight or just available room light. The instructor shot all of the photos on this page using the techniques that will be discussed in class.

In a full day of exploration, you’ll use your own gear as well as accessories that we’ll have on hand to get really close and record your own unique view of the small world.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Different types of cameras, why compacts are sometimes better and easier at shooting close.
  • What you can do with your smart phone.
  • Using live view mode.
  • Tethered shooting when possible to avoid ending up in contorted positions.
  • Insects and refrigeration.
  • A demonstration of all types of macro gear including lenses, bellows, rings, tubes and filters.
  • Lighting: size vs distance vs angle of coverage from the subject’s point of view.
  • Using interesting backgrounds including custom printing your own backgrounds.
  • Using what you have on hand: paper, foil, glassware, office clips.
  • The little used art of re-photographing prints, negatives or slides for interesting effects.
  • What image stacking is and when you’d need to use it.
  • Why bokeh can matter so much in macro shooting.
  • What reproduction ratios mean.
  • Why longer macro lenses are often better.
  • Playing with polarizers.
  • How to use mixed white balance to create color tension from foreground to background.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Your camera: DSLR or compact/bridge camera with interchangeable lenses or at least a front filter thread, as well as a full battery and empty memory card. If you’re not sure, please write and ask!
  • A basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings. The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 evening classes, Full Day Beginner Workshop or equivalent level of experience is a suggested prerequisite.
  • A tripod.
  • Any clamps, brackets or gizmos that you’ve already collected for macro photography.
  • At least one flashlight, preferable two or three of any type.
  • Laptop with Lightroom if you have it and a USB cable so that you can shoot in tethered mode.
  • A special object to photograph is optional. We’ll have plenty of props on hand.

  • Cost per person is $195 early registration, $215 late registration.
  • Lunch is included in the registration price.
  • Doors open at 8:45am.
  • Class starts promptly at 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm.
  • Classes may be held in the upstairs classroom, up one flight of stairs, no elevator access.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a class is 8.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Yes, we will be bringing in lunch.

Q: What do I need for this workshop?

  • A DSLR or compact/bridge camera with interchangeable lenses or at least a front filter thread, as well as a full battery and empty memory card.
  • A tripod.
  • Any clamps, brackets or gizmos that you’ve already collected for macro photography.
  • At least one flashlight, preferable two or three of any type.
  • Laptop with Lightroom if you have it.
  • A special object to photograph is optional. We’ll have plenty of props on hand.

Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: You should have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. It’s recommended that you’ve already taken the DCP Beginner DSLR Workshop, DSLR 1 & 2 classes or equivalent training.

Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be cancelled, you will receive an email no later than 2 nights before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: At Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers, Dallas, 75207.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the owner of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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Steve McWilliams

Steve has over 30 years in film production and media creation and is known for his depth of knowledge and willingness to share his experience with others. Steve ran his own commercial production company whose client list included American Airlines, Garmin, Paramount Amusement Parks and numerous food and big box stores as well as banks, non-profits and hospitals.

He was a top selling contributor to Getty Images in both still and motion collections and ran a successful still portrait business with an emphasis on high quality images and deft retouching. He has extensive experience photographing flat and 3D art for Heritage Auctions and other clients. He is the inventor of the patented EyeDirect Focusing System product, used by hundreds of producers and camera people around the world.

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