Macro Photography Workshop

Lighting Provided for everyone;

Macro Equipment Provided for Canon DSLR Cameras


  • Learn how to get into macro photography by using special techniques and not having to invest in expensive macro lenses 

  • Macro Equipment provided for Canon DSLR cameras

  • Lighting equipment provided​ for everyone


  • 2 Locations: SF Botanical Garden & Japanese Tea Garden

  • 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

  • Learn the exposure settings and get enough depth of field

  • Attendees need to bring their own cameras & lenses:

    • Canon DSLR users: your camera + any mid range regular lens​

    • Non Canon DSRL users: your camera + macro lens(es)


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. 

Do I need to bring a macro lens?

No if you are bringing a Canon DSLR camera, just bring a mid-range regular lens.

Yes if you are not a Canon DSLR camera user.

Do I need to bring a tripod?


Can I use my flash instead of the lighting equipment 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 lighting equipment that we provide.

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)

Location 1: SF Botanical Garden

Lighting equipment provided


Macro equipment for Canon DSLR cameras provided

Shooting a variety of subjects

(Spray bottles, marbles and feather provided)

Tuition fee: $350/person

(including the entrance fees)

The Wonderful World of Macro Photography

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

1. Equipment options:


  • Macro Lenses (hundreds of dollars) or

  • Special equipment that saves your hundreds of dollars, will be provided for Canon DSLR cameras. 



The Wonderful World of Macro Photography

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.

Lighting equipment will be provided for all attendees.

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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