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Macro Training

When Photographers Resource started it was the newsletter of Camera Images. Later it split away to become a separate operation.

Camera Images was the main training provider for advanced users and professionals using Nikon cameras.

With the recession the cost of selling courses exceeded the revenue they produced so Camera Images decided not to take on new clients, but to still provide training to it's existing customer base.

The courses mentioned in the articles below are no longer available unless you are an existing client of Camera Images.


Macro or micro photography is all about taking things close up. To different people and companies there is a difference of opinion as to when something is a macro photo. See our articles on Macro Photography and Lets Look at Macro for definitions and equipment necessary to get good results. Just having all the best toys or right equipment is not going to get good photos, you need to have a good idea of how to use them, to know what problems you will encounter and how to overcome them.  This is where Camera Images can help you, either assisting you to make use of what you have now or showing you the whole area so you can make up your own mind as to which way to go, what lenses and other items to use and perhaps where to specialise.

Training in macro photography we find is best achieved by about a third theory and two thirds practical. Given this you can see that the amount you can cover is at least in part dependent upon the time you can spend with us. However by covering in theory only those areas that you are not going to do now, we can squash it down into less time if you wish.

Usually all the training we do in macro photography is using Nikon cameras, lenses and flash units, we use other makes of other items like tubes, and cable releases etc. If you are a user of another make of camera then you will find we do run a Masterclass in Macro Photography under our Photography Skills brand, providing you can use your camera, you will find that you will be able to apply all that we can show you to  to your own equipment.

Most of the demonstrations we do will still be using the Nikon equipment as we donít have all the different makes of cameras, flashes, and attachments that it would take to run across all brands with demonstrations in each brand. We will help you to apply this to your chosen brand.

Nikon users have a choice of three groups of courses the Masterclasses, photography days and shorts, or of course any combination of these. As we will tailor make any training day to suit want you want to cover you can vary from the defined courses if you wish, just remember to allow enough time to achieve all you want cover, or call us to talk through what you would like.


Masterclasses are aimed at those who have mastered their cameras and controls and want to then concentrate on a single narrow area of interest. They are intended to empower you to make a giant leap forward in a day. The Macro Masterclass can either concentrate on your current interests or give you a very wide in depth coverage of macro photography.

Camera Images Day Courses

All camera Images courses are configurable so you can tailor them to your own requirements. They start by looking at what you want to cover and making sure that they then cover this ground the best way possible in the time available, this will often include going over some of the camera ground relevant to macro that you are unsure of, and perhaps clearing up other problems that you also have. We have a course defined on the main website, although you probably will need to go to the course list, off the Day and Longer Courses button, to find a link to it. 

MIC - Macro to Micro

This course looks at the various ways to get close up photographs of small things from looking at the shortest working distances with a range of lenses, at specialist Nikon and other macro lenses, at both Nikon and cheaper close up lenses that attach to other lenses, and utilising tubes and bellows, and combining them. We look at how to use flash, lighting cubes and reflectors and how to stabilise cameras when working very close. We look at economic ways to get involved in this, and allow you to try yourself different arrangements, so you can see the real differences between them.

You can click on any of the pictures
 below to see a larger version

See Larger Image A Snowdrops hidden beauty

See Larger ImageThe ball bearing in the above biro tip

See Larger Image Taking a closer look at a crisp.

See Larger ImageA closer look at salt and sugar granuals.

Camera Images Short

A three hour course on macro photography, covering the same ground as above, but far les practical time and less time for looking at other things. Generally this is able to cover the concepts involved in macro photography and allow you to get experience of the area that interests you the most, but without going into so many other areas or into extreme close ups and the like.

Other courses that can include some macro

Not usually using tubes and the like, but using the macro lenses and close up photography is often included in a number of other courses, including days and shorts on flower photography, butterfly photography and some others. 

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