The Art of Macro Photography

with Tiffany Kelly


$300 Full Participation | $150 Study Along

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about macro photography, including the technical foundation, composition, lighting, editing, and more.

Macro photography makes for a therapeutic personal shooting project or a wonderful way to capture details for newborn and wedding clients. 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. This workshop will leave you feeling inspired by all the beauty you find in the details.


Students should be comfortable shooting in manual mode. Students should have gear that allows them to shoot macro photography (a macro lens, Lensbaby with macro capability, filters, or extension tubes). Tiffany is happy to make a recommendation based on your budget.

what you’ll get

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7 PDF lessons on the art of macro photography

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Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.

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Full Participation students receive extensive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.


9 macro shooting videos

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10 macro editing videos and a pack of textures

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2 live chat Q&A sessions


Welcome and Pre-Assignment


What to expect

Lesson One


Foundation of macro photography


Depth of field

Gear choices

Macro ratios

Camera settings

Challenges specific to the macro genre and solutions


Capture the same subject with different depths of field

Lesson Two


Composition and use of color in macro photography

The many genres of macro work (weddings, newborns, children, food, nature, etc)


Varying composition and background color/appearance

Lesson Three


Lighting techniques

Creative applications of macro photography


Practice using a variety of lighting scenarios. Bonus assignment: try one of the creative applications of macro photography.

Lesson Four


Editing macro images

Manipulating colors

Use of textures and overlays

Focus stacking

Black and white macro techniques


Pulling it all together, and editing images with a final vision in mind.

as seen on instagram


"I created some of my favorite images in this class, and not so much because I was focusing on technical things, but focusing on what truly made my heart happy. "

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about your instructor

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: Jessica Nelson. A number of course alumni are invited to engage in discussion, share insight with students, and provide feedback and encouragement throughout the course.

how it works


download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

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chat online

Your workshop registration includes access to a private online forum for sharing and discussion. The classroom forum is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule.

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study & ask questions

Study on your own time, and check in on the classroom forum for interactive learning. The instructor is present in the forum every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon 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 critique 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.


  • Jamie Fulenwider says:

    When I took this class I knew very little about macro. Four weeks with Tiffany and I have never felt more confident about being able to execute my vision where macro photography is concerned. Tiffany’s class material is clear and concise and her feedback is so very valuable. The techniques Tiffany teaches in Art of Macro are transferrable to other genres. You will soon find yourself taking photos that make you swoon not only of macro subjects but across all of your favorite areas of photography. This course was really a game changer for me. Art of Macro has opened my eyes to the intricate details of the people and things in my world. I am sure it will do the same for you so sign up for this class as soon as you can!

  • Lorraine Balon says:

    If you are interested in (or even curious about) macro photography this class is a must!

    I had very little knowledge of macro photography prior to this class and in 4 weeks I have seen a tremendous improvement in my macro images. The critical elements to capture beautiful macro photos (lighting, depth of field, focus, composition) are the same components we use in all our photography genres expect with macro photography it is on a smaller and precise scale. After completing this class I not only know how to take macro photos; but, I am a more confident photographer.

    Tiffany devoted a tremendous amount of time and interest to support the class activities and student’s needs. The weekly course material (PDFs and videos), assignments, knowledgeable Alumni Helpers (AH) made learning fun and rewarding.

    The video taped weekly critiques created by Tiffany, on your assignments, were fantastic! This is where the real learning occurred! Her comments and suggestions were positive and made it easy to grow and improve your photography from week to week. Being able to watch fellow classmate critiques provided even more learnings.

    This class has left me confident to include macro photography in my photography repertoire. And, macro photography sure does make a nice addition to one’s Instagram account.

  • Sara says:

    Tiffany is an amazing teacher. She provides you with so much content that is thoughtfully laid out for you, it is amazing. You get videos of how she does things, a detailed pdf with so information and things to help push your macro photography, plus her weekly video review of your images are so helpful. Just having her talk you through her thoughts on our image is so helpful to see things in a different way. She is an open book and always available to help you work through problems. I have taken other classes that didn’t even coming close to comparing to this one. If you want to push out of a rut and try something new, this is the class for you. Plus macro photography helps you see the world differently and elevates all your photography, creativity and attention to detail. I would suggest the full participation if possible. Having people comment on your work is so a great way to grow your photography skills and notice the little things that take your image from average to something special.

  • Susan says:

    This was my favorite workshop I have ever taken w/ Clickin Moms! Not only is Tiffany a complete doll and joy to learn from, the information she shares is absolutely spectacular. She is very thorough w/ her feedback on the homework, which is extremely helpful. The way she writes the lessons each week is very easy to understand and implement. Even though I use a very short lens (Nikon 45mm macro), Tiffany has helped me utilize this lens very well. I am so pleased w/ what I can capture. I highly recommend this workshop if you want to improve your macro photography. :)

  • Michelle Wright says:

    If you’re undecided – go for it!

    I was delighted to be part of this course. There is an amazing amount of material and Tiffany explains just everything you need to know or anything you ask her. I really felt like my photography has grown – in an artful and thoughtful way. My use of colour, light, composition – all have improved thanks to Tiffany. It’s so exciting to see the endless opportunities when you have been shown ‘the way’.

    I would actually love to do a part two – Tiffany – do we have a second course I can sign up for??!

  • Jessa Kandybe says:

    I know this is a little late, but I wanted to take some time to review this workshop with Tiffany Kelly @tkelly912. I enjoyed this workshop so much. I found that macro is a genre of photography that I really enjoy and the weather dose not have to cooperate! Prior to this class I did not have any macro experience at all. Now I feel confident to explore this art. Thank Tiffany for all the great materials and guidance.

  • Donna Deneé says:

    I love macro and I’ve been shooting macro for quite some time. But I realized that my results weren’t as consistent as I’d like them to be. Specifically, I struggled with composition and deciding where the focal point really should be. So I signed up for this class and I think it was one of the best things I could have done! Tiffany is a very involved instructor and she makes herself very available to critique, to answer questions and to share her own images. She shot (and shared) along side us the entire workshop. I took the class FP and found myself in the midst of the most incredible classmates. They were extremely involved – shooting, posting, commenting – and it was far more than I could have ever expected. I leave this class with a very solid foundation for shooting macro – understanding the ratios, the equipment and options that are available to me, a wealth of techniques in shooting, lighting and editing, and a whole bunch of supportive new found CM friends! This was an amazing experience.

  • Debbie Gottdenker says:

    This workshop was fantastic! Tiffany has put together amazing materials and a flow which logically builds upon skills. Her participation in the workshop was amazing with so much valuable feedback. While I was sorry to see it come to an end, I now have a treasure-trove of materials to go back to as I go further along my macro journey.

    Here’s a link to some images I shot during and after the workshop:

  • Laura Zachry says:

    I absolutely loved this class and am sad it’s over!! I learned so much – Tiffany is a great photographer and instructor. I highly recommend it!!!

  • Melissa McCann says:

    For anyone interested in learning Macro photography – look no further. I bought a macro lens a few months ago and had been taking some photos on my own. I could not understand why they looked so unimpressive. Well Macro is a true art and a very different genre from portraits. I learned so much from Tiffany. The materials are excellent and her critiques are wonderful. She provided video critiques and they were very thorough. The daily forum for the class was super active and I took hundreds of images over the four weeks. I still need a lot of practice but the difference between what I was shooting before this class and now is astounding. I highly recommend this class.

  • I knew I would enjoy this class because I love details, but I had no idea how much I would LOVE this class! Tiffany provided great pdf’s, detailed videos, creative ideas, and helpful feedback which made this class a great learning experience for me. I can honestly say that macro has become one of my favorite things to shoot. I can’t recommend this class enough!

  • Lacey says:

    Such an amazing class! Tiffany provides beautiful materials and is available on a daily basis to answer questions and provide insight and encouragement. The video critiques of each assignment were posted quickly and Tiffany took her time to go through the images and explain her thought process. I found this extremely helpful when critiquing my own work prior to submitting each assignment. This class has definitely opened my eyes to new creative possibilities and sparked a newfound love for macro.

  • Rachael says:

    I just finished taking @tkelly912 class “The Art of Macro Photography”. This was my first class and I have LOVED it! I got my macro lens a few days before class started and thought I should be able to start taking macro pictures right away. I was in for a surprise! They looked pretty awful. I got discouraged wondering if this just wasn’t the genre for me but then I started class and within a week I saw HUGE improvements in my macro shots!! Macro photography has become more therapeutic for me than frustrating and all thanks to this class.

  • Erica says:

    I had no idea how much went in to creating beautiful macro images. I love flowers as much as the next woman but Tiffany’s techniques work for any subject. I used much of what I learned in her workshop to create more compelling documentary images too. I’m re-inspired every time I look at her material!

  • Lori says:

    This course was my first full participation CM course, and first significant engagement with macro photography. It was a fantastic experience where I saw my comfort and application improve each week. I look forward to continued growth in applying the techniques and feedback that I received throughout the course from Tiffany, the TA’s, and my classmates. Each week’s material provided many wonderful visual examples and richly detailed content, building off of the previous week. Daily practice and shares were highly encouraged and helpful in motivation and improvement. Weekly assignment critiques played another pivotal resource through Tiffany’s video critiques and additionally complemented by detailed TA feedback. Tiffany is an amazing instructor; hands on, quick to respond with assistance and information, check-ins, and encouraging off-topic chatter to foster a supportive and engaging community. I rarely used my macro lens before this, and I’m eager and excited to continue practicing. It’s highly addicting! So many great treasures throughout this course that enhance your creativity and learning, and items that I would have not considered for macro, but I look at in a whole new way. 100% recommend!

  • Kathy Linford says:

    This was my first experience with a full participation class and it was amazing! I knew very little about macro photography when I started the class ( other than a couple YouTube videos) and I feel like I have uncovered a love that I didn’t even know was there. I am still shooting macro every single day! Tiffany was a great instructor. She was active in the forum, always answered your questions right away and gave great weekly video CC of the images that were submitted. I got so much from watching not only my weekly videos but the videos of the other students as well. This was a very supportive and encouraging environment from Tiffany, the TA’s and the exceptional students! The materials were great and I will be referring back to them often as I continue my journey. If you get the chance to take this class, do it!

  • Beth Mosher says:

    The Art of Macro is a wonderful workshop for anyone who wants to learn this beautiful genre of photography or sharpen their macro skills. It really covers everything from how to shoot, using artful compositions and light, to editing. Tiffany Kelly is so knowledgeable and helpful – she pushes her students to help grow their skills. I encourage anyone thinking about this workshop to dive right in – you’ll soon catch the macro bug like we have! You won’t be disappointed.

  • Rachel says:

    The Art of Macro has been a fabulous class. The materials were very informative with beautiful pictures and examples. The critiques were thoughtful and Tiffany was very active in giving feedback and answering questions throughout the weeks. Thanks to this class, I have been bitten by the macro bug!

  • I loved this course and truly wish it had been 6 months instead of the 4 week it actually was! I am still picking up my camera on a daily basis to practice. I feel that what I learned from Tiffany in this class applies to so much more than just Macro Photography, and I think it was her style of teaching that speaks to me as well as the subject. I really liked that when she critiqued my submissions each week, she did it via video, so I could hear her voice. I think sometimes tone can get lost in those critiques and each of us can take things so personally, and all of the CM teachers are so great, but I know I have gone back to re-read critiques and thought, “wow, she didn’t mean it the way I read it the first time”… with the video critiques, you can actually hear the tone and enthusiasm in Tiffany’s voice and her suggestions followed me lesson to lesson. That is how I learn best, and that may not suit all, but it has definitely stuck with me and made me pick up my camera more and more. I really liked that she made macro available to not just flowers, but to others genres of photography as well, newborns, children, food, etc. This is a wonderful course, and if you get a chance to take it, just do it!

  • The Art of Macro is a beautifully prepared workshop. Covering everything from introduction to macro to editing your macro photographs, the materials and resources in this workshop are wonderfully helpful. Tiffany is fully invested in the workshop, offering detailed feedback and thoughtful critique.

  • Ellen says:

    I highly recommend this class! I took it looking for a creative outlet and got SO much more out of it than I’d even hoped. The materials are well thought out, in depth and full of ideas to use macro photography in many ways. It’s opened up a whole new world of photographic possibilities and I can apply what I’ve learned to other areas of photography, too.

    The materials are very well done and the assignments are well thought out. Tiffany is not only a great macro photographer, she’s a great teacher. She’s very active on the forum. One of the best parts of the class was her video critiques of weekly assignments. I learned so much from her editing suggestions. (My only regret is taking it as a study-along rather than full participation, because of missing out on the critiques). I’m officially a macro photography addict now, but it’s a good addiction, because we’ve decided that macro photography is therapeutic!

  • Ella Giaimo says:

    I absolutely love this class and am so sad it is coming to an end. I have learned so much from Tiffany. She gives so much valuable information and I love her video lessons. Oh, and the video critiquing! I am a visual person, and it was great to be able to see what I needed to change or where I needed to improve.
    I love that Tiffany gets involved with daily discussion. She is always there to answer questions. I have met some really awesome people in this class too.
    This class is so worth it!!

  • Iris says:

    This class is amazing! The material Tiffany provides has so much information and ideas to photograph in macro. The possibilities are endless. Tiffany’s involvement throughout the class is marvelous. She is always present to answer any questions you might have. If Tiffany does not know the answer to your question, she will do the research to get the answer.

    My macro lens collected dust for almost 2 years and I was ready to trade it in for something different. I honestly thought that there was something wrong with my lens. Come to find out that it was operator error. Tiffany’s class has not only taught me to shoot macro, but also has opened up the more creative side of me. There are so many images in my head that scream to come out on canvas.

    If you are wanting to learn macro photography and put some creativity into your photography, this class is a must. You will not regret taking this class. The class is worth every penny and than some.

    To see some of my images taken during the class, please visit the Click Photo School forum here.

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