Understanding Close-Up Photography

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Instructor: Bryan Peterson & Mark English Duration: 4 Weeks Cost: US$129

 understanding close up photography with or without a macro lens This is our first ever photography class devoted exclusively to the world of close-up photography. Your instructors for this course will take every student on an adventure filled eye-popping journey into the world of CLOSE-UP photography with and without a macro lens! This class will quickly debunk the myth that close-up photography is solely about flowers, bees and butterflies.

Of course no close-up photography class would be complete without exploring these topics, but this course goes way beyond these common subjects and exposes you to many other close-up subjects that will have you soon exclaiming, “Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?”

Based in part on Bryan’s close-up book, Understanding Close-up Photography, (available everywhere books are sold) this class explores the close-up and intimate vision found not only with the macro lenses, but also with the wide-angle lenses, including the fish-eye as well as the telephoto and of course the plethora of close-up/macro accessories that one has at their disposal to aid in getting close to the subject; extension tubes, close-up filters, reversing rings, focusing rails, bellows and even ring flashes. Additionally you will discover a real cheap in home set-up for making shadow-less portraits of any subject you may wish to shoot close-up as well as make the discovery that your own home is a virtual gold mine for ‘mining’ truly compelling photographs. This 4-week course is loaded with an extreme amount of close-up photography tips and techniques.

This course will not only change your mind about WHAT subjects make a great close-up opportunity but it will also change your style and approach to picture making in general as you soon realize just how many intimate and close encounters await you at every turn-no matter what lenses you may have in your bag.


Course Requirement:
A digital or film camera with full manual exposure mode. Basic macro gear required e.g. ext tubes and/or Close-up Filters and/or 60mm, 100mm, 105mm, 180mm or 200mm Macro lens.


Instructor: Bryan Peterson

bryanpetersonBryan has been a photographer for over 30 years and teaching photography for 20 years. He brings a unique teaching style to the school which will guarantee creative and fun learning by all photographers while elevating them to new photographic heights that they only have dreamed of. In addition, Bryan is the author of such best selling books as Understanding Flash PhotographyUnderstanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography, and Learning to See Creatively.

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Instructor: Mark English

Mark EnglishA photographer for more than thirty years, Mark is a former nationally accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). Known for his bold use of color and strong graphic elements in his image making, he now shoots primarily for personal projects. Most of his work is focused on editorial travel and landscape. His work has been published in a variety of media, and may be viewed at www.pacificlight.ca

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“I just wanted to thank you for another wonderful class. I have to confess that each week when I read the new assignment, my first reaction was mild panic and a deep certainty that I would not be able to produce anything worthwhile that fit within the parameters you had set. But before I knew it, the ideas started to flow, and I quickly became obsessed (no, that isn’t too strong a word!) with exploring the possibilities. I can honestly say that the photos I produced in response to your assignments are among my favorites. Thanks for bringing out a creative side I didn’t know I had!”

Barbara Geiger
Understanding Color

“Thank you so very much for this course! It’s allowed me to take the blinders off and present my images for what I want them to be without being a slave to the “reality” of the camera. I would also add that in conjunction with your printing course, this has been the most useful course I’ve ever taken. Your notes are more than comprehensive and your comments and critiques are direct, clear, and always directed to the improvement of the art.”

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” I want to thank you for this class and for your patience and availability to answer all of my questions. I have learned very much through this class. I have used LR in the past, but mostly for editing images. I now have a better grasp in the organization of my images, an even better understanding of editing images, and an understanding of the value of presets. I still have a lot to learn, but this has put me on the road to be able to improve my photography. Again, thank you! ”

Dale Yates
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