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Close-up and Macro photography (180706P)

Friday 06 July 2018, 10:00 - 16:30 , RHS Hyde Hall

Close-up and Macro practical dayMacro

Get up close and personal with your subject and learn what is involved when shooting at both close-up and macro magnifications. We explain the techniques required and the differences between the two areas of photography, including the equipment you need.

New for 2018, we're running this course both in the winter and summertime.

In the winter we visit Stratford-upon-Avon’s Butterfly Farm (view the gallery of images taken here) which has masses of colourful subjects in great surroundings. This indoor environment is perfect for demonstrating a variety of different macro techniques and equipment, including flash and extension tubes.

Then, during the summer months, we’ll head outside making the most of the beautiful plant life Britain has to offer. We're pleased to be able to extend this course to RHS venues (RHS Harlow Carr in Yorkshire and RHS Hyde Hall in Essex), as well as being able to revisit the stunning Waterperry Gardens again this year. This will give us ample subjects – in the shape of flowers, plants and leaves – to practise on.

This is an in-depth day and you’ll need a firm grasp on the basics to make the most of this course. Macro photography can be very rewarding and this hands-on course will teach you what you need to capture your subject in fascinating detail.


Learn about:

The differences between close-up and macro

Why it can be difficult to get the desired macro results

How to use extension tubes

Manipulating depth-of-field

How lighting will affect your close-up results

Setting up and using flash effectively to enhance your images

Flash and lens options for macro photography

Equipment needed for macro work

The camera settings you need and how to select them on your EOS


You will need:

At a minimum your camera and a standard kit lens. If you have a longer telephoto lens (up to 200mm or 300mm) or a macro lens then these will also be useful but not essential.

We will also explain the use of extenders/teleconverters or extension tubes as well as flash guns within close up and macro work so please bring these along if you own them. If you do not have an external flash, but your camera has a built-in flash, we can also show you how to make use of it.

Extra equipment is usually available on this course to enable you to try a different set up to your own so do not worry if you do not own all of the above.

Course cost is for tuition only. Entry fees and refreshments not included in price.



Cost of Event: £129.00
Maximum number on event: 6
Lecturer: Nina Bailey
This event is fully booked


Location RHS Hyde Hall

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