Macro and Close-up Photography

September 8th, 2018

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Dow Art Gallery

(2242 University Ave., St. Paul MN)



Workshop size is limited to 16 participants, this allows for a maximum 8 to 1 participant/instructor ratio.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop and receive a full refund minus a $5.00 processing fee. Cancellations after that time will not be refunded.

For any questions, feel free to email Don at

Discover the world of macro and close-up photography. 

Did you know that bees have fur?  Macro and close-up photography allow us to capture the fine details of the world around us.  What is even better is that this type of photography can take place at any time of the day.  It may sound simple, but it is actually pretty challenging.  Understanding the equipment along with the proper techniques, will go a long way towards helping you get those detail mages that you want.  

Course Overview:

This class consists of a mixture of lecture and hands on activities.  Some props will be brought into the class for some initial practice and instruction.  After the classroom session, we head out into the field to practice what was taught in the class. 

The classroom session begins with a discussion of what Macro and Close-up Photography is along with some basic concepts.  Once these are understood, we will spend time discussing the types of equipment available to support this type of photography.  The great thing is that you do not need to make a big investment in order to get started.

After the equipment discussion, we get down to the techniques required to take some interesting macro and close-up shots.  We will also address some of the challenges that come into play when getting close-up to a subject.  Topics to be discussed are:  

  • Importance of stabilization devices such as tripods, bean bags, etc.

  • Managing depth of field using aperture and distance to subject. 

  • Lens selection for close-up photography.

  • Managing the background.

  • Dealing with moving objects.

  • Determining the optimal point of view.

During the class there will be hands on sessions to reinforce the topics being presented.  The instructors will spend time with each student helping them make the most of the shooting session.

What to Bring:

For this class you will need to bring a camera with either a macro lens, close-up filters, or extension tubes.  We will have one set of close-up filters (72mm filter size) for people to try. Also bring a tripod and a remote shutter release such as a remote cable or wireless remote.  It may also be a good idea to bring along your camera manual just in case you need to make some setting camera setting adjustments.


The instructor for this course is Don Tredinnick.  There will also be an assistant to help out with the hands on sessions.