The Art of Macro Photography
with tiffany kelly
december 11, 2017
january 8, 2018
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Learn how to slow down and take gorgeous macro photographs in this 4 week workshop. Students will learn how to develop their own vision for macro photography, and how to incorporate different types of light and composition into their macro work. We will cover the technical details and basics of creating stunning macro photographs before moving into more advanced and creative applications. We will explore how to complete our vision with post-processing.
daily shooting encouraged
4 hours of work per week
this course has prerequisites
Students should be comfortable shooting in manual or aperture priority mode. Students should have gear that allows them to shoot macro photography (a macro lens, filters, or extension tubes). Tiffany is happy to make a recommendation based on your budget.
Tiffany Kelly is a portrait and fine art macro photographer who lives near Atlanta GA with her amazing husband, two adorable daughters, and one loyal rescue mutt. Tiffany enjoys celebrating everyday moments with her young daughters, loves finding beauty in the mundane, and adores capturing little details. She can often be found with a Starbucks latte in hand or having a dance party with her little ones. Her favorite form of relaxation is to buy herself flowers and slow down and explore them with her macro lens.
Her portfolio is available here.
The following photographers also participate in discussions and provide assignment critiques as teaching assistants:
A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.
• Introduction and Pre-Assignment PDF
• Week 1: 1 PDF, 4 shooting videos
• Week 2: 1 PDF, 3 editing and color videos
• Week 3: 1 PDF, 5 shooting videos
• Week 4: 2 PDFs, textures, 7 editing videos
• Individual video feedback on assignments
Study Along students will have access to all materials and will be able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum and receive access to their own private subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments.
Welcome & Preassignment
Reading: Foundation of macro photography, including focus, depth of field, gear choices, macro ratios, and camera settings. We will discuss challenges specific to the macro genre and solutions.
Assignment: Capture the same subject with different depths of field.
Reading: Composition and use of color in macro photography. We will go over the many genres of macro work (weddings, newborns, children, food, nature, etc).
Assignment: Varying composition and background color/appearance.
Reading: Lighting techniques and creative applications of macro photography.
Assignment: Practice using a variety of lighting scenarios.
Reading: Editing macro images, including manipulating colors, use of textures and overlays, and focus stacking. We will also discuss black and white macro techniques.
Assignment: Pulling it all together, and editing images with a final vision in mind.
The CMU workshop is a 100% online classroom experience. Once you sign up, you have access to a course forum that is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.
Each week students receive a set of course materials– these materials generally include a PDF and/or videos. Throughout the week, the instructors is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement. Students receive an assignment each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and class discussion throughout the week.
Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the forum and receive instructor critiques each week. They also have lifetime access to a Workshop Alumni forum for continued peer discussion after the course concludes.
Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop forum. They also receive access to their own private Study Along subforum for peer study groups and image shares. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.
Whether you are a Full Participation student or a Study Along student, the course materials are yours to keep.