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  BEGINNERS MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY - Level 1 Course
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About This 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.

Macro photography is the technique of using specialist lenses and adapters to help magnify the tiniest of details in the world around us.

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.

Macro photography is something most photographers eventually come around to experimenting. The problems come when they start trying out this special technique are many. While many Compact/Point & Shoot 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.

Rest assured, as soon as you finish the first week of this course, all of your photographs will begin to look much better.

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Macro Photogrpahy Level 1 - Learn how to maximize depth of field  
Learn how to maximize depth of field
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What kind of student takes this course?

The ideal student for this course is looking to gently ease themselves into using some key techniques and buttons that will help them improve all of their Macro photographs. This course assumes that you have been attempting Program and Aperture Priority Modes, but not necessarily understanding why some effects work, and some do not. Our goal will be to connect the various dots you already have while showing you some simple, yet key Macro techniques.

What past experience is needed?

Most students of this course will have only been using Auto or Program Mode up to this point. You might have been testing out Aperture Priory Mode with mixed success. The course does not require any prior knowledge of cameras or computers, and does not go into advanced modes such as Manual Mode.

Recommended Equipment

To get the most out of this course your camera needs to have Aperture and Shutter Priority modes, ideally an SLR or Mirrorless camera (see here for information on the different types of camera).

The course is also suitable for Bridge Cameras and high end Compact/Point & Shoot Cameras, as long as they have Aperture Priority Mode (A or Av).

If you wish to get the most out of the Software section, you will need to have any version of Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) installed on your desktop or laptop computer. A free 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements is available for download from this link.

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Learn key camera techniques

To get really close, special lenses or adapters are required for SLRs and Mirrorless cameras, this course will show you the best ones for your particular camera. Close-up photography, by its nature, leaves you with very little in focus, quite often only fractions of an inch/millimetres in depth. You learn how to deal with the difficulty of maintaining a large depth of field. 

Learn great post processing tips in the computer 

Using Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements, this course covers many simple techniques that you can quickly use to enhance any macro image. We will also cover focus stacking techniques, where you take multiple images a different focus depths, which are then combined later in the computer. This is also an ideal time to try using Raw Images, as the techniques are much the same as they are for Jpegs, but the quality is usually immeasurably higher, particularly in tricky lighting conditions.

A free 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements is available for download from this link.

COURSE OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use many of the key buttons on your camera. You will also be well-prepared to take better shots in most Macro Photography situations.

ASSIGNMENTS

This course sets weekly assignments, each one based on the content of that class (course content here). All images are then gently critiqued at the start of the next lesson. We even set a simple assignment for week one that you can present at the opening class, just to help get you started.

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PHOTO CRITIQUES

Probably the most valuable thing while learning photography is to receive gentle and supportive critiquing of your images. Our critiquing covers composition, processing tips, prompts for what works well, and suggestions for resolving things that do not.

It is also incredibly helpful to be able to see what others have done with the same assignment that you received. We can also learn to see through the eyes of others.

This course provides both of these learning supports.

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ILLUSTRATED PDF TUTORIAL NOTES

In-depth PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of all of our courses. Lectures of all kinds tend to have an effect that lasts only a short while, particularly if notes are not supplied. 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 aid learning while on the course, and in the weeks and months afterward.

We send the notes out for each week's class just after the previous one has finished (in other words, the notes for week 2 are sent to you immediately after week 1's class has ended. We do this so that you have something to look forward to each week, and as a way to keep the notes fresh.

For the final week, each student receives the full set of tutorial notes, over 30 pages in total.

Course structure

This length of this course is 3 weeks (dates here), and there is 1 class per week, on the same day, and at the same time. Classes last 90 minutes each, and build to 4.5 hours of total learning.

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Class structure

Each class goes like this:

  • Students enter waiting room from 10 minutes before class starts
  • Class opened 5 minutes before start time
  • Q&A on the previous weeks topic (except for first week)
  • Critiquing of the assignment based on that lesson, including the first week (the assignment is sent to you 1 week before the first class)
  • We then discuss the module for that week (course content here)
  • At the end of each class we remind you of the assignments for the following week (which are always based based on the class module)

Live Web LEARNING

This course is delivered through Live Web Learning, where we bring a real classroom right into your home. Our state of the art TV Studio lets us interact with you in real-time. We utilize a High Def 3 camera feed to more easily show critical aspects of the essential techniques that our courses cover. This means we can quickly show you a close up of a camera button, then switch to the computer showing images that illustrate the benefit of that button.

The platform we use for our Live Webinars is from Zoom. Their free app works on all phones and tablets, as well as Apple Mac's and Windows PC's. You can download Zoom for your particular device at this link.

RECORDED CLASSES FOR LATER VIEWING

All of our Live Web Classes are recorded and uploaded to a secure Only registered students have access to the Playlist. The recordings are great for reviewing each class, but also vital for those who missed it. The link for each recording is made available the morning after each class. Please note: it is the tutor who appears in the videos, not the participants; only the voices of the students are in the recording, and individuals are never identified.

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RETAKE A CLASS

While you can always watch a class you miss using our recorded classes option, you are still welcome to pick up a missed week on a future course (courses run multiple times per year). This is particularly helpful in courses where photo assignments are handed out. Photo critiques are, by their nature, very personal, so it can be valuable to get that live feedback on your images.

FREE TIPS FOREVER

Participants of this course are welcome to join our exclusive Facebook Group, where students new and old regularly chime in with answers to your photography issues. You will also gain access to our treasure trove of pre-recorded photography hints and tips, many of which cannot be viewed by the general public.

CERTIFICATE

A signed Certificate of Completion is awarded at the end of the course.

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Certificate at the end of the course
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A note ABOUT OUR TEACHING METHODS

First and foremost, we believe there are no stupid questions, just questions about things you do not understand. On our courses, you will never be made to feel silly for seeking answers or clarification, that is what you pay us for.

All of our courses are designed around common photography scenarios, either ones that you regularly find yourself in, or would like to find yourself in. Our teaching methodology is designed to show you how to take better pictures in every one of them. The content of all of our courses is developed to build on the previous week's tips. This approach allows you quickly and confidently to understand how to improve every photo you take.

We teach each of our courses in such a way that the knowledge you pick up every week can be easily spread into other areas of image taking. Photography, at its core, is about shutters, apertures, and ISO, but it is HOW you bring these together for each individual shot that matters.

QUERIES?

If you have any queries about this or any other of our courses, please pop an email to info@iop-online.com

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COURSE CONTENT | MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - BEGINNER LEVEL
Week 1: Camera Techniques
Using Aperture Priority To Control Depth Of Field Using A Tripod
Using Manual Focus For When Auto Focus Fails Using The Self Timer Or A Cable Release
Using Depth Of Field Preview To Check What Is In Focus Using Mirror Lock-Up To Minimize Camera Shake
Using Live View Techniques To Keep Hand Held Shots Sharp
Focus To Maximize Depth Of Field  
Week 2: Creative Techniques
Using A Macro Flash Using Colored Card to Help Remove Cluttered Backgrounds
Using Close-Up Filters Blurring a Distracting Background
Using Extension Tubes To Turn Any Lens Into A Macro Lens Add Impact To Flowers
Week 3: Software Techniques
Focus Stacking and Blending in Photoshop Processing Raw Files
Image Editing Techniques to Enhance Macro Shots  

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Title BEGINNERS MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY - LEVEL 1
Code MAC-N Live Web Course - Training delivered live over the web
Course Length 3 Weeks
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Class Length 75 Minutes
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