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.
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Macro Photography returns to DCP as an in-person workshop! The workshop will be held down in our gallery with plenty of space to social distance. Please view our COVID policies and procedures here. When you register, you will need to sign our COVID policy agreement and waiver.

You must wear a mask during this full-day workshop. There are no exceptions. If you don’t plan to wear a mask, then please don’t register for this workshop.

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 face mask.
  • 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 Beginner Digital Photography online series, Beginner Photography full-day 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.
  • All DCP members receive a discount on class registration! Not a member? Join now!
  • Lunch is included in the registration price.
  • Doors open at 8:45am. Class starts promptly at 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm.
  • Classes will be held in the downstairs gallery. Each student will have their own table which will be arranged to allow least 6 feet of separation.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 12. Minimum number to make a class is 6.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.

Q: What is DCP doing to keep instructors and students safe during COVID?
A: The health and safety of our instructors, staff, and students is DCP’s top priority. You can view our COVID policy and procedures here.

Q: Do I need to sign DCP’s COVID-19 liability waiver?
A: Yes, any student attending classes and workshops must sign a COVID-19 liability release and will receive a copy for their records. Anyone who refuses to sign the release won’t be allowed in the building and is not eligible for a refund.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Yes, we will be providing individually packaged lunches. The cost is included in your registration fee.

Q: What do I need for this workshop?

  • Your face mask.
  • 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 Beginner Digital Photography online series, Beginner Photography full-day workshop or equivalent level of experience.

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 days before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive no refund or 50% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full 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 director 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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