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Macro Photography Level 1
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6 Hours - 7 Modules - 68 Segments - Fee $80
  MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - Beginner Level Course


Macro photography lets us photograph details in tiny objects that we would otherwise never see. With minimal gear, and plenty of hints & tips, this course shows you how to get close, really close. By the end, you will be producing astonishing photos.

About the course

Macro photography is the technique of magnifying the tiniest of details in the world around us. The beauty of macro photography is the ability it brings in being able to see the small details that we would otherwise never see in life.

Often, a few square centimetres in area is all that is needed to end up with quite a number of interesting shots. 

Macro photography requires patience and can be frustrating. All too often the ‘perfect shot’ is just a little bit out of focus or the wind makes it very difficult to get a sharp shot. But the potential rewards far outweigh the frustrations.


Learn key camera techniques 

Macro photography is something most photographers eventually come around to experimenting with if they try macro or abstract photography. 

The problems come when they start trying out this special technique are many. While many compact cameras can focus quite closely, special lenses or adapters are usually required for SLRs. The introduction will discuss and show all the options. Another difficult area of macro photography is the difficulty with maintaining a large depth of field. Close-up photography, buy its nature, leaves you with very little in focus, quite often only millimetres in depth. This introduction will also cover the special techniques require to keep all of a flower in focus from front to back.

Topics covered 

During this unique online course you will learn key elements of Macro photography including:

  • Use Aperture Priority To Control Depth Of Field
  • Use Manual Focus If Auto Focus Fails
  • Use Depth Of Field Preview To Check What Is In Focus
  • Use Live View
  • Focus Behind The Subject To Maximize Depth Of Field
  • Use A Tripod to Keep The Camera Steady
  • Use The Self Timer Or A Cable Release
  • Use Mirror Lock-Up (on an SLR) To Minimize Camera Shake
  • Turn Off The Flash Unless You Have A Macro Flash
  • Use Close-Up Filters
  • Use Extension Tubes  
  • Remove Cluttered Backgrounds
  • Add Impact To Flowers

Full color, Illustrated PDF Tutorial Notes

Full color, illustrated PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of our courses. Because lectures tend to have an effect which lasts only a short while, particularly if no notes are given out, we believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting. As part of that philosophy, you will receive detailed notes covering the whole course that will both aid learning both while on the course and in the weeks and months afterwards. These will be made available to you for immediate download once the course is purchased.

This course is made up of Modules and Segments

This course is made up of various modules, each of which has a number of video segments that set out to explain individual elements of the main topic.

Understanding Modules

Every module is designed to stand on its own, covering the overall topic that the title of the module suggests, but it may benefit from the modules that come before it. Whether it is possible to watch modules out of sequence depends on your own previous experience with this topic.

Understanding Segments

Each module has a number of video segments, each of which correspond to a particular page in every set of tutorial notes. These segments concentrate on a specific topic relevant to that particular module. They are also great for quick recaps at a later stage. Spacer

MODULE 1 Overview: Setting The Camera Up
Segment 01 Use Aperture Priority To Control Depth Of Field
Segment 02 Try Manual Focus If Auto Focus Fails
Segment 03 Use Depth Of Field Preview To Check What Is In Focus
Segment 04 Use Live View, Enlarge LCD And Press DOF Preview
Segment 05 Focus Behind The Subject To Maximize Depth Of Field
Segment 06 Use A Tripod And Turn Off Anti-Shake
Segment 07 Use The Self Timer Or A Cable Release
Segment 08 Mirror Lock-Up Also Helps Minimize Camera Shake
MODULE 2 Overview: Macro Accessories
Segment 01 Turn Off The Flash Unless You Have A Macro Flash
Segment 02 Close-Up Filters Get You The Cheapest Macro Shots
Segment 03 Extension Tubes Turn Any Lens Into A Macro Lens
MODULE 3 Overview: Creative Techniques
Segment 01 Card Helps Remove Cluttered Backgrounds
Segment 02 Even Blurred Backgrounds Can Be Distracting
Segment 03 Spraying Drops Of Water Adds Impact To Flowers
MODULE 4 Where to from here?
Course Tutor: Dave McKane
Course Tutor: Dave McKane

The tutor for this course is a fine art photographer, Dave McKane. Over the years, he has owned and used over 30 cameras, covering all of the major brands. He is well versed in almost every camera available on the market today. Dave started teaching photography in 1985, and set up the Institute of Photography in 2005 (now the IOP-Online), since then, he has taught over 20,000 students. He has also been the lead trainer for both Canon and Nikon.

Dave has vast experience in the field of using photography as a creative expressive medium. He has held multiple exhibitions of his own photography, mainly in the United States.

Dave graduated with honors from a 3 Year Photography Course in Dublin, Ireland, in 1985, and has over 35 years of experience in creative photography. He received his first film SLR in 1982 and has owned many darkrooms. Dave was early to adopt the use of a scanner (1989), Photoshop (1993), his first digital camera (2002), and Lightroom (2007).

His favorite saying? "It depends..."

Dave believes that there is only one answer to every question in photography. When he is asked what lens to get, "it depends"; the best flash; best camera; best tripod. He feels he is not being trite with this answer, simply because there is no "best." With flash, for example, a good one might not be available for your camera, so he needs to know the camera first. With lenses, he needs to understand what your budget is.

Dave's work can be seen in the following places: Website | Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | Twitter
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Course Code MAC1-O
Modules 3 Modules/15 Segments
Learning Hours 8 Hours
Course Fee $80
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