Date: TBA (5 bi-weekly classes)

Time: Evenings, 7-9pm

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The Mini Macro Course* is a five session (bi-weekly) class focused on working with macro lenses, small subjects, and the challenges this fascinating approach to photography can present.

Through a series of assignments, students will gradually increase their tool set for addressing the question of close-up photography, while simultaneously building a visual portfolio of the potential of this incredible photographic genre.

Each class is accompanied by full colour notes and written homework assignments.

Beginning with the basics, students will explore tips, tools and techniques that will take their macro photography to the next level.


Macro photography is an absorbing approach to image making, but it comes with some significant challenges and pitfalls. This course provides insight into the problems, and suggest a variety of solutions, often using simple equipment, to help magnify the success of your images!

Towards the end of the course, more advance techniques, utilizing multiple images and specialized equipment, will be presented, providing students will the full range of options for realizing their macro photographs.

* This course is focused on camera skills and technique, but will present processes which require  software to complete. Computer skills and/or software competence is not required to complete the course, but may enhance the student experience.


  • What is Macro Photography?

  • Tools and Equipment

  • Lighting Fundamentals

  • Finding Subject Matter

  • Depth of Field & Diffraction

  • Focus Stacking

Class Size: three - four students


Course Expectations: Students are to bring 2 finished images on a USB key to each class for group discussion plus a 6 image final project (digital files or prints).


Location: ViewPoint Gallery, 1475 Bedford Highway, Bedford, Halifax, NS


Fee: $260+HST (optional field trips @ $30+HST)

Requirements: students must have a digital camera (compact, SLR or mirrorless), a macro lens/close-up filters/extension tubes (one of the three is sufficient), a tripod, and a remote control or cable releases. Post-production is not required, but students will be permitted to do basic image processing using products such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop.