Photography and digital image manipulation

Introduction to macro photography with Tracy Calder

Ref: SWE10654

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About this course

Capture the magic of the world up close with tips and techniques to help you maximise depth of field, achieve pin-sharp pictures, master lighting, and keep your subject (and yourself) still.

Course Description

Celebrate the world up close with tips and techniques from the co-founder of Close-up Photograpaher of the Year (CUPOTY). During the course you will learn how to overcome all the main obstacles including limited depth of field, low light, autofocus issues, subject movement, and composition. Every genre will be covered, from butterflies and bugs to flowers and fungi.

We will look at the equipment required to shoot both close-up and 1:1 macro (including plenty of budget options), and the huge range of accessories available (many of them costing just pence). Using a mixture of short, classroom-based discussions and fun, practical assignments you will learn how to set your camera up for close-up images, how to compose for maximum impact, and how to light subjects to bring out maximum detail. There will be plenty of opportunities to review/edit work.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Bring a fully working digital camera and lens (a dedicated macro lens is preferable, but any lens that allows close focusing and manual focus will suffice), charged battery (and preferably a spare and your charger), plenty of clear memory cards. You need a basic understanding of how your camera works, a lens that allows close focusing, and a tripod or other firm support
  • Camera/phone-to-computer cables, camera instruction manual (if available)
  • Tripod (if available), any accessories you commonly use for photography
  • Suitable clothing for outdoor sessions (walking boots/waterproof shoes, waterproof trousers)
  • Pen and paper
  • USB stick, plenty of empty memory cards
  • A note of your Adobe ID login, if you have one

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • USB memory sticks
Please note:. We may be carrying out basic adjustments in Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, but minimal instruction will be given in post-processing. You are welcome to bring your laptop, although this is not a requirement.


Tracy Calder

Tracy Calder (née Hallett) is a former editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, and currently works as Technique Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine. She has written various photography books, including Close-up & Macro Photography (which was recently translated into Chinese and French). Her work has been exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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