Online Photography Courses

by Nick Carver


Macro Photography Online Course
Macro & Close-Up Photography

6 Lesson Guides | 8 Videos
self-paced online course [?]
  • 162 Pages of Material
  • 70 Minutes of Video
  • Unlimited Email Support
  • Lifetime Course Access
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed [?]
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Course Summary

Macro photography is one of the few types of photography that can be done almost anywhere and at almost any time. Tiny subjects are all around us just waiting to be photographed, all you need is the right equipment and the right technique to capture the beautiful photos you envision.

It's not all about expensive macro lenses! In this highly-rated macro photography online course you'll learn about all the great affordable equipment for getting close and how to create magnifications much higher than what a pricey macro lens can deliver. You'll also learn what camera settings to use, how to figure out your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, how to compose your macro photos, how to control light, and much, much more! Download the free online photography course preview today to see for yourself what this course is all about!



Online Photography Course Outline
  • Lesson #1: Macro Photography Fundamentals & Equipment
    • Magnification & reproduction ratios
      • What "magnification ratio" and "reproduction ratio" are
      • How reproduction ratio is important to macro photography
      • What 1:1 life-size reproduction is
      • What constitutes a "true macro" photo vs. a "close-up" photo
      • Where the term "macro" comes from
      • Why some "macro" lenses aren't actually macro lenses
      • How to tell which macro lenses are true macro lenses
      • Video #1: Reproduction Ratio Explained
    • Tools for getting close
      • Lens limitations & why your lens doesn't let you get close enough
      • What affordable gear will make any of your lenses focus closer
      • What's the least expensive way to get greater magnification
      • How to get magnifications way beyond a true macro lens for way less money
      • What close-up supplementary lenses are and how to use them
      • How teleconverters can be used in macro photography
      • What extension tubes are and why they are so useful for macro photography
      • What a lens reversal ring is and how to use it
      • How to combine macro equipment for serious magnification
      • Video #2: Hands-On View of Macro Equipment

  • Lesson #2: Macro Lenses & Focal Length Selection
    • Focal length
      • What "focal length" is
      • What "angle of view" is
      • How "magnification" is different from "magnification ratio"
      • What "digital crop factor" is and what it means for your photography
      • Why digital format cameras are better for macro photography than full-frame cameras
      • How to use focal length to make the background look closer to your subject
      • How to use focal length to make the background look further away from your subject
      • Video #3: Focal Length & Perspective 
    • Macro lenses
      • What the pros and cons are to longer focal length macro lenses
      • How the macro lens you choose will change how backgrounds are rendered in your photos
      • Which focal length macro lens you should get
      • What options there are when choosing a macro lens
      • What the "maximum aperture" is on a lens and why it matters
      • Use of Image Stabilizer and Vibration Reduction
      • What Nikon macro lenses I recommend
      • What Canon macro lenses I recommend

  • Lesson #3: Camera Settings & Managing Blur - Part 1
    • Exposure tools
      • A quick review of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
      • What each of these tools will affect in your macro photos
      • Which of these tools should be your top priority
      • The best order for setting the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
      • What's the most logical approach to figuring out your settings
      • A quick review of exposure compensation and how to use it in macro photography
      • What shooting modes are useless and should never be used
      • What shooting mode you should be using
      • Video #4: The Best Order for Setting the Shutter Speed, Aperture & ISO
    • Controlling depth of field in macro photography
      • How the aperture affects light and exposure
      • What apertures result in faster shutter speeds
      • What apertures result in slower shutter speeds
      • How to control background blur with the aperture
      • The 3 things that impact depth of field and how to use them to your advantage
      • How to get the blurriest background possible
      • How to get everything you want in focus and nothing more
      • What the "Depth of Field Preview Button" is
      • How to use the DOF Preview Button in choosing your aperture setting
      • Video #5: Controlling the Depth of Field

  • Lesson #4: Camera Settings & Managing Blur - Part 2
    • Controlling the shutter speed
      • How the shutter speed affects light and exposure
      • What shutter speeds will result in unsharp images
    • Controlling camera shake in macro photography
      • What shutter speeds to use when handholding your camera
      • When to use a tripod
      • How to pick out the best tripod for macro work
      • How to avoid the common mistakes that result in blurry photos even when using a tripod
      • What mirror lock-up is and how to use it
      • How to get the sharpest images possible
      • Video #6: Mirror Lock-Up
    • Controlling subject movement in macro photography
      • How to use the shutter speed to freeze subject motion
      • What the most common causes of subject blur are in macro photography
      • How to use the aperture and ISO to get the shutter speed where you need it

  • Lesson #5: Working With Natural Light
    • Analyzing light
      • The importance of analyzing light correctly
      • Light qualities
      • How strong directional light will impact your photo
      • How directionally-diffused light will change how your subject looks
      • How fully diffused light will render subjects
      • What quality of light is best for macro work
      • What quality of light results in the most texture, color and shape
      • How the size of the light source will change the quality of the light
    • Light direction
      • How the direction of the light will impact how your subject is rendered
      • What direction of light is best for different subjects
      • How to work with backlighting
      • How to avoid lens flare problems
      • How to use backlighting to enhance photos of flowers and plants
      • What is a lens hood and should you actually use it?
    • Finding the best light
      • How to find the right quality of light
      • How to analyze shadows
      • Where to find the best, easy light outdoors
      • Where to find the best, easy light indoors
    • Light modifiers
      • What a 5-in-1 reflector is and why you should get one
      • How to use a diffuser to make midday light look better
      • How to use a reflector to enhance light
      • Video #7: Using a Reflector

  • Lesson #6: Composition & Using Flash
    • Flash
      • Do you need flash?
      • Benefits of an external flash over built-in flash
      • When and when not to use flash
      • How to make the most out of an external flash
      • How to make flash light more flattering
      • What settings to use on your flash
      • What "high-speed sync" and "FP flash" are
      • How to control the brightness of flash
      • Video #8: Using Flash
    • Composition
      • How to figure out the best composition for your subject
      • What are the common mistakes in composing a photo
      • How to create a composition that best achieves your desired result
      • How to avoid boring compositions
      • How a small shift in position can dramatically improve your photo



Who's This Course For?

Intermediate to Advanced

This online photography course is designed for those photographers who already have the basics of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, and exposure compensation and are ready to take their close-up and macro photography to the next level.

This course covers shutter speed, aperture and ISO only as they apply specifically to macro and close-up photography, but they are taught under the assumption that the student has already been introduced to these topics and knows them well. If you don't feel comfortable with shutter speed, aperture, and ISO enough to know how to adjust them on your camera and how they affect the image and light, then you likely will have a difficult time on this course. If you don't feel like you understand these topics at all, I strongly recommend completion of my Introduction to DSLR Photography online photography course here. If you feel like you are only "mildly acquainted" with these topics, you may squeak by on this course with minimal problems, but I'd recommend at least browsing through the course outlines for my Introduction to DSLR Photography online photography course and/or my How to Shoot in Full Manual online photography course to see if those courses cover anything you don't already know. Completion of the Introduction to DSLR Photography online course or the How to Shoot in Full Manual online course will prime you perfectly for the Macro & Close-Up Photography course. Please see the notes under "Requirements" below for a more detailed explanation of these recommended prerequisites.

This online photography course teaches you how to photograph subjects up close regardless of subject matter - flowers, plants, bugs, food, inanimate objects, anything! So if you're interested in photographing nature, insects, flowers, food, products, jewelry, or anything else you need to photograph at close distances, then this course is for you. You don't need to have a macro lens to do this course. In fact, I'd recommend waiting on purchasing a macro lens until after reading the second lesson guide of this course. This course covers the benefits and drawbacks of a macro lens, what the more affordable alternatives are, and what equipment I personally recommend.

If you’re still unsure whether this course is right for you, email me at .

If you're looking at doing the "Introduction to DSLR Photography" online photography course and/or the "How to Shoot in Full Manual" course before doing this course, you can save a lot of money by enrolling in them at the same time through one of the discount package deals found here.




To get the full benefit from this course, the following are required:
  • Strongly Recommended: Completion of the "How to Shoot in Full Manual" or "Introduction to DSLR Photography" online course is very strongly recommended - buy them together and save!
  • DSLR camera or mirrorless compact camera (any brand)
  • Tripod strongly recommended (but not required)
  • No macro lens required

Although there are no required prerequisites for this course, I very strongly recommend completion of the Introduction to DSLR Photography online course or the How to Shoot in Full Manual online photography course before enrolling in this course. This course depends heavily on the assumption that you already have a firm grasp of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. You must be comfortable and confident in how the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO affects the image and light. You must know how to control the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO on your camera. If you feel sufficiently confident with these tools from previous classes or training from other instructors, you can skip the recommended prerequisites. But please keep in mind that YouTube and free online write-ups are not always reliable sources for learning about these things. There may be large gaps and misinformation in your training that you are unaware of. I want you to get the very most possible out of my Macro & Close-Up Photography course, so please take note of these recommended prerequisites.

An SLR camera (preferably digital) is required for this online photography course. Most of the concepts in this course will also apply to a mirrorless compact type camera, but a few of the topics discussed in the first lesson guide may not be available on your mirrorless camera. If you have a mirrorless compact camera and would like to enroll in the course, please do, but just be aware that some of the material covered in the first lesson guide may not be applicable to your camera. The brand of your camera doesn’t matter but I specifically address only Nikon and Canon cameras in this course. All of the principles discussed, however, apply to all DSLR cameras (regardless of brand) and can be used by anyone with any DSLR. I strongly recommend you have a tripod. A lack of tripod will greatly limit your ability to complete assignments and play with the new tools you've learned.



What's Included

This online photography course is composed of:

  • 6 lesson guides
    • 162 pages in all
    • 316 example images
    • 67 illustrations and diagrams
    • 8 assignments
  • 8 video presentations
    • 70 minutes in all
  • Unlimited email support from Nick Carver
  • Assignment feedback and critiques
  • Lifetime course access

This is a "work at your own pace" course, which means you can take the course at whatever pace works for your schedule. All lesson guides and videos will be available to you from day 1. Study as fast or slow as you wish and complete assignments whenever you’re ready. To learn more about how the course works, visit this information page.

Throughout the course, you will have unlimited email support with a direct address to Nick Carver. Emails are typically answered within 2 business days depending on my volume of emails. Phone and/or online chat support is also available for an additional charge. Drop me a line for rates at .

6 Lesson Guides | 8 Videos
self-paced online course [?]
  • 162 Pages of Material
  • 70 Minutes of Video
  • Unlimited Email Support
  • Lifetime Course Access
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed [?]
$200  Now $129
Add to Cart