Macro Photography Courses

Macro Photography Courses in Okinawa

Take Your Macro Photography to the Next Level

Macro Photography Courses in OkinawaMacro Photography is, in itself and Art form. It allows the photographer to take a closer look at textures, shapes, structures and life forms. It comes as no surprise that this then is the favoured genre for product photographers, scientists and even forensic departments. It allows the visual inspection of minute detail, and it can help to record the truly wondrous spectacle and diversity of the wildlife, albeit miniature wildlife, in Okinawa.

This course has been devised as a fun way to help you take a closer look at the fun to be had with Macro Photography, how to get great results and progress your understanding of the photographic adventure. If interested please feel free to contact me for future course dates.

Understanding Macro Photography

A main component of any photographic genre is for the shooter to actually understand what it is that they are doing as they seek to render an image. Whilst not intended to get too technical this course is aimed at clarifying the fundamentals of Macro Photography. It will look at the obstacles and how to overcome them in order to get jaw dropping results.

Let There Be Light

Whilst a lot of people shoot ambient light macro this course is intended to focus on the use of camera flash systems which in our opinion give greater, crisper and cleaner results. This may not be as limiting as you think. If you have a pop up flash on your camera this can suffice, the secret is revealed in its manipulation...

Ambushing Bugs

Technique not just with photography but in the approach to wildlife is key. Whilst macro photography can, and does serve, the product photographer we will be looking at it in a wildlife role. This also allows us to pass on some of the tricks of the trade when it comes to 'getting the shot' with strict adherence to a code of respectful ethics.

This course is designed for residents of Okinawa and spans across two days, a perfect way to spend a weekend! One beauty of Macro Photography is that it can be done inside as well as out, meaning that even if the weather isn't playing ball a macro photographer can look to turn their focus towards product photography as the techniques employed are pretty much identical. This course is not intended to be too technical in its approach but will briefly touch on some lens characteristics and of course deal with the aspect of lighting and how to master that for stunning results. Whilst I believe firmly in maximising practical hands on time these following points will provide the main areas of focus and teaching within the course duration.

  • Understanding Macro Photography
  • Macro Lenses
  • Magnification Issues
  • Lighting for Macro Photography
  • Shooting Techniques
  • Approaching Wildlife
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Focus Stacking
  • Image Processing
Macro Photography Courses in Okinawa

Your Macro Photography Instructor

I have been shooting a mixture of macro photography and video for the past 18years. My underwater exploits in this realm have earned me a coveted 'Golden Palm' at the World Festival of Underwater Films, often considered the 'Oscars' of the underwater film industry. Held each year in the small Southern French town of Antibes Juan Les Pins, just a stones throw from the swanky hotels and Casino's of Nice, my 2008 film 'The Majesty of Muck' focused on the weirdly bizarre underwater macro organisms encountered in the shallow volcanic waters of the Lembeh Straits in Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. My still imaging in this realm has been used to accompany editorials in a number of international wildlife magazines. I've also provided a number of manufacturers and retailers with product imaging for their wares as the techniques employed in both the shooting and editing of macro imaging lends itself perfectly to the option of product imaging.

"Macro Photography is, for me, something that offers me the chance to detach from the daily grind and immerse myself in the textures, forms and structures that simply go unnoticed. Whether as a result of their diminutive size or simply from being taken for granted the magic we often miss is generally found within arms length of our selves."

What Equipment Should You Bring With You?

Equipment Guidelines for Smooth Sailing


You need to bring a camera preferably of the DSLR type that allows you, at the least, manual access in order to manipulate the Iris, Shutter Speed and ISO

Macro Lens

You need to have a lens that allows a macro magnification of 1:1. Most modern Macro lenses do but it's always worth to check. If in doubt contact me and I can check for you.

Pop Up Flash or Speedlight

For this course we'll be teaching flash enabled macro photography so the need to have either a pop up self contained flash or a dedicated flash system is required.

Sturdy Tripod

Working at such close proximity to a subject requires good stability and support. To get the best from Macro imaging a sturdy tripod is paramount.

  • Course Price

  • ¥17,500
    Duration: Two Days
  • Are You Ready For Some Fun?