Lobster face macroSugar crystals on chocolateHorntail macroFly on fish macroA mouse' skull showing details of the eye orbit and nasal cavityA macro shot of a European Cross Orb Weaver (araneus diadematus) spider on its web.A macro shot of a leaf showing it's cell and vein structures.Hollyhock stamen - details in close up.

Date: February 7th 2017

Learn to shoot Close Up and Macro subjects with Doug and Sue at the Oakroom in Smeeth for a superb introduction to the challenges of macro photography. We will cover what equipment you’ll need, go through composition tricks with demonstrations and hands-on practical photography throughout the session.


Join best-selling photographer Doug Harman and Photographer and renowned Photoshop Artist Sue Chapman ARPS, CPAGB for one of their 2017 photography and Photoshop day workshops.

This one day workshop comprises the following:

  • 0930 Meet and welcome at the Oak room, Brabourne Lees with coffee and introductions.
  • 1000 What is the difference between macro and close-up work and an introduction to the basic techniques of macro work.
  • 1100 Practical session demonstrating equipment, techniques, lighting and composition.
  • 1230 Working Lunch (provided)
  • 1315 Time for you to experiment with your cameras and kit
  • 1445 Refreshment break
  • 1515 Upload and edit your photos
  • 1600 Share best images of the day and Q&A
  • 1630 Summary and close

This one day workshop caters for beginners to intermediate. Some basic knowledge of either Adobe Elements, Lightroom or Photoshop or any other editing software you currently use and are familiar with is preferable but not essential, so that you are able to upload your images and do some basic adjustments in order for us to view and share your best image of the day. Limited access to one of our Laptop’s will be available but not everyone will have time to use.

Workshop Cost: £160 per person (£149 if booked early)

SUGGESTION: IF you have something you would like to experiment with taking a macro shot, please do bring it with you. A coin, a favourite flower, a small piece of jewelry perhaps?

What You Need to bring…

  • Camera gear and accessories

You will need a camera where you are able to control aperture, shutter speeds and ISO (sensitivity). It does not need to be an SLR however. Additionally…

  • A macro lens if you have one.
  • A ring flash if you have one.
  • If you have other lenses, then please feel free to bring them with you.
  • A reasonable capacity memory card, such as 8GB – or higher – compatible with your camera.
  • A sturdy tripod is highly recommended if you want to try focus stacking, although we will have a few spare to loan out on the day should you not own one (NOT a table top tripod)
  • Your laptop with a minimum RAM of 4GB.  8GB or higher preferable.

Should you not have Lightroom or Photoshop or Elements pre-installed on your PC, we suggest you download a free 30 day trial directly from Adobe a few days before the start date which will be fully functional for the workshop. A basic knowledge of any one of these programs is essential for this workshop.


What’s included:
  • Refreshments and Working lunch.
  • Tuition as per workshop guide above primarily focusing on the photographic element of macro work throughout the day.
  • Warnborough College Certificate of Completion.

What’s not included:

  • Travel to and from your home.


Your deposit of £35 will secure your place in this workshop. Final payment is due 28 days before start date.