Macro Photography Workshop

The Universe in One Flower

Lighting Equipment (for all cameras) &

Macro Extension Tubes for Canon DSLR Users Provided


  • 2 Locations: SF Botanical Garden & Japanese Tea Garden

  • Learn the exposure settings in the Macro World​​

  • Shooting different subjects:

    • Flowers and plants

    • Bugs​

    • Rain drops and dew (spray bottles provided for each attendee)

    • Feather, marbles (provided for each attendee)

    • Textures: rust and wood

    • Eyes

  • Framing and composition

  • Getting enough depth of field

  • Ring light provided​ for each attendee. A ring light is a circular continuous/ flash light that is attached in front of your lens to illuminate the subject.

  • You do not need to buy a Macro Lens for this class if you are a Canon DSLR user:

    • Extension Tubes for Canon DSLR cameras will be provided for each attendee

    • Extension tubes allow you to shoot on a regular lens and get super close to the subject to fill the frame, and thus capturing macro photos

    • Regular lenses with equivalent focal lengths range from 50mm to 85mm are the best for shooting macro photos using an extension tube and a ring light.

  • Attendees need to bring their own cameras & lenses 

  • For non-Canon users, please bring your own macro lenses.



What are the prerequisites?

Attendees are expected to bring their own equipment and shoot proficiently in the manual mode. If you are not familiar with the manual mode, please sign up for the Beginner 101 & 102 & 103 Workshops to learn how to shoot in different exposure modes and use the filters.

Do I need to bring my own camera?

Yes. Attendees will need to bring their own cameras and lenses. 

Do I need to bring a macro lens?

Yes. But if you are a Canon DSLR user, we will provide extension tubes for you. Extension tubes allow a regular lens to shoot macro photos by reducing the lens' minimum focus distance.

Do I need to bring a tripod?


What other accessories do I need to bring?

Nothing, just bring your camera and lenses

Can I use my flash instead of the ring light provided?

Yes. If you have a flash, you can bring it to the class. If you plan to use your own flash, please also be sure to bring a trigger (off-camera flash) and a small softbox to diffuse the light. We will show you the settings in the class. Moreover, you will also need to carry a light stand to use the flash when it is off-camera, otherwise you have to hold the flash while you are taking the photos. To make everything easier, you can just use the ring light that we provide.

What are the sizes of the ring light?

49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mmm, 72mm, 77mm

(which should fit on most lenses, please check the diameter of your lenses)

How do I find out the diameter of my lens? Say my lens is a Canon 24-70mm F4

Google "Filter size Canon 24-70" 

The result: 77mm

*In photography, filter size means lens diameter*

Workshop Date

March 29th, 2020


Punctuality is much appreciated in this class.

Quick Facts

Meet-up at SF Botanical Garden

Dismiss at Japanese Tea Garden

Location 2: Japanese Tea Garden

Getting enough Depth of Field

Theory & practical work

Start time: 10am

End time: 2:30pm

(length of workshop: 4.5 hours including 30 mins lunch time)

Ring light provided

Location 1: SF Botanical Garden

Extension tubes for Canon cameras provided


Shooting a variety of subjects

(Spray bottles, marbles and feather provided)

Tuition fee: $350/person

(including the entrance fees)

The Universe in One Flower

Explore the Macro World: Equipment, Lighting, Composition, Focusing and Camera Settings

1. Equipment options:


Macro Lenses (they are pricy) or Extension Tubes (reasonably priced) or Reverse Ring (less than $10 but it is a bit of a hassle to change the aperture). 

Using extension tubes is a good way to get into Macro Photography. If you are really into Macro Photography after the class, invest in a macro lens!



Canon 24-70mm F4 lens + 12mm Extension Tube

Extension tubes will be provided during the class for Canon DSLR users.

Sony Macro 90mm F2.8 lens

2. Lighting, Camera Settings, Aperture and Depth of Field


Your depth of field becomes extremely shallow as your get super close to the subject (remember the Shallow DOF mantra in Beginner 101 and 102?).


To get enough depth of field, we have to shoot on narrower apertures (F11, F16) and therefore a longer shutter speed is required to let in more light. Having a tripod helps stabilize your camera.


Alternatively, keep your shutter speed safe by adding a ring light to illuminate your subject.

Long exposure using ND and GND filters (why do you need both?)

3. Shooting different subjects and improving compositions. 

Look for bugs, dews and details in the plants.

You will also be given a spray bottle and different accessories!

4. Focusing

Grabbing focus is a challenge in Macro Photography as the lens needs a while to focus. We will show you how to use manual focus effectively to capture a sharp photo.



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