Macro and Close-up Photography: Exposing Unseen Details and Beauty

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where:  Sterling, VA
Instructor: Elliot Stern and Brian J Zwit
Registration Fee: $149.00

Note: Registration is strictly limited to eight students to maximize the learning experience and provide each student with a work station at which to practice.

Click here to register for Indoor Macro Photography: Finding and Photographing the Small World Inside Your Home

In early November, the fall leaves will have dropped from the trees and most photographers will move inside to avoid the cold. Inside, you don’t have to worry about a breeze moving your subject or rain and you can take your time setting up your shot. This is the perfect setting for macro and close-up photography.

In this class, you will learn how to use close-up lenses, extension tubes, and close-up filters as well as the lenses in your bag right now to get up close and personal to your subject. You will also discover new ways of finding, seeing, and capturing you subject, revealing its unseen detail and beauty. We will also discuss lighting options as well as how to light your subject to show it off at its best. A variety of lighting equipment will be available for your use during the class.

You will learn how to:

  • Get up close to your subject using the equipment you own now
  • Make sharp macro and close-up images
  • Compose your macro and close-up images
  • Set up your camera (Hint: Use manual focus.)
  • Take an abstract image
  • Use shallow and deep depth of field for maximum effect
  • Use and modify light to capture the best image possible

What’s included:

  • Personal instruction
  • Assistance with your camera
  • Use of available close-up lenses, extension tubes, and close-up filters
  • Use of backgrounds, props, lights, and other equipment, including light tents, light boxes and portable light stations
  • Use of Elliot’s and Brian’s extensive collections of stuff to photograph
  • Critique of your final images

What’s not included:

  • Lunch
  • Your personal subjects to create great images of.  Bring them along and work with them in any of our eight macro setups.

What to bring with you:

  • A digital camera
  • A macro lens, close-up filter, and extension tubes if you own any  (If you don’t own one of these, we shall show you how to work with what you do have.)
  • A normal to short telephoto in place of a macro lens
  • Tripod (required)
  • Other useful stuff, e.g., extra batteries and memory cards (If in doubt, e-mail the instructor.)

A complete list of equipment and other things to bring with you will be sent by e-mail about two weeks before the class. If you are interested in buying any equipment prior to the class, please contact your instructors at for advice. We might be able to direct you to a better or less expensive solution.

Click here to register for Indoor Macro Photography: Finding and Photographing the Small World Inside Your Home

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