The aim of the workshop is to help you achieve the maximum potential of your camera to shoot exciting close-up and macro images of a wide range of natural subjects such as flowers, lichens, insects and other invertebrates. We will be using various methods to achieve a wide range of close-ups. It will include general close-up photography in the field of subjects such as butterflies and dragonflies, as well as studio photography. Various light sources such as daylight, LED and flash will be discussed, as well as advanced techniques such as focus stacking. Whilst DSLR and mirrorless cameras are ideal for this, most camera types can be used to achieve brilliant results. As well as your own equipment plenty of extra equipment, such as different light sources and other equipment, will be available for participants to use.

Tutor: Adrian Davies

Adrian Davies is a highly experienced photographer, lecturer and author. He has run courses at Slapton for over 20 years as well as other workshops in a range of natural history topics around the UK and abroad. He has written 12 books including “Close-Up and Macro Photography”, “Digital Plant Photography” and “Digital Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography”. His new book called “Photographing the Unseen World”, looking at UV and IR as well as high speed, time-lapse and macro photography, was published in April. He has two websites and

Example Timetable

Following an introductory session looking at the scope of close-up and macro photography, there will be sessions both in the field and in the studio on cameras, lenses, camera supports, lighting, and advanced techniques such as focus stacking. These sessions may be altered depending on weather, and experience of students.


  • Welcome and “Introduction to Close-Up and Macro photography


  • Initial equipment issues
  • Slapton Ley nature reserve – close-up in the field
  • Image review and further theory


  • Introduction to close-up and macro in the studio
  • Field work – Prawle  (dependent on weather)
  • Image review: studio photography


  • Field work – Dartmoor (weather permitting)
  • Image review, final Q&A


  • Depart and final farewells

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Start and Finish Times

Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on arrival day, after this time self-directed arrival information will be posted on the front door. There will be an introductory talk at 5:00pm. Supper is usually at 6:30pm. Non resident bookings should arrive just before 5.00pm. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end at 4.00pm on Thursday, with departure after breakfast on Friday for resident participants.  On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.

What to Bring

  • Your camera, and any lenses you might have
  • Tripod or other camera support (it may be possible to borrow one)
  • Flash guns if you have them.
  • Memory cards and batteries
  • Laptop if you have one.
  • Any subjects (e.g. fossils) you may wish to photograph during the workshop.

Reading List:

  • Cremona, Julian (2014) Extreme Close-Up Photography and Focus Stacking. Crowood Press.
  • Davies, Adrian (2010)  “Close-Up and Macro Photography”. Focal Press
  • Thompson, Robert (2018) “Close-Up and Macro Photography”. Focal Press.


Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item