SEE WHAT FEW OTHERS DO
In every part of nature tiny little details exist that most people never stop to look at. In this workshop we explore the macro life and textures that makes up the beautiful rainforest in the valleys of Mount Macedon. Working on settings, lighting and more importantly identifying the tiny details that can make a special image this workshop will have you walking around with a whole new appreciation for nature and an increased understanding of how to translate it into a photograph.
Discover the settings you need to achieve incredibly details shots. You don't have to be experienced with your settings for this workshop as we recap the basics and move up from there.
Understand the different possibilities when working with natural light, constant LED panels as well as speed lights. Controlling light is the key to photography.
FIND THE DETAILS
Every object you walk past is filled with tiny details we hardly ever stop to appreciate. Whether it's true tiny macro or enormous wide scenes with intricate detail this workshop will have you discovering those little details in a slow paced, relaxed and inquisitive environment.
Small groups = More Personalisation.
ALL BRANDS ALL MODELS
Do you want a personalised approach specific to your camera? You’ve found it. With years of experience and thousands of workshop participants you’d be hard pressed to find a camera brand or model that I don’t know my way around.
1. MEET AT MT MACEDON
2. MACRO THEORY SESSION
5. PINE FORREST
With a DSLR camera the macro capability comes from the lens rather than the camera however if you are using a ‘point and shoot’ camera then please ensure it has a macro mode built in. You will also need access to some more manual settings, specifically Aperture Priority mode. If you’re not sure whether your camera is capable of the above, shoot me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re using a DSLR camera I highly recommend having a macro lens for this workshop or at the very least a general lens that has macro capability (looks like a little flower symbol and will say ‘macro’). If you’re unsure please get in touch with me on email@example.com
Please also bring a general zoom or wide angle lens for the pine forest after lunch.
Tripods are essential for this workshop as we are dealing with very tiny subjects and off-camera lighting. A loan tripod can be arranged, please get in touch the day before your workshop on 0402812805.
If you have a small torch, off-camera flash or other lighting tools please feel free to bring these along.
CLOTHING: It is cold in Mount Macedon… not just in winter. Bring lots of layers and some waterproofs just in case. It is a different weather system to Melbourne so never trust the forecast. You will also want to have shoes with good grip that are supportive for unsealed tracks. I will provide kneepads for comfort.
FOOD: A basic BBQ lunch with water, tea and coffee is provided however please ensure you bring your own snacks if you’re a snacker. If you have dietary requirements please consider brining a packed lunch (fridge available if needed).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This workshop is about observing the small stuff and experimenting with light. As we have a small group, there is plenty of one-on-one attention and so this workshop is perfect for beginners through to advanced.
Even when the weather is sunny in Melbourne, Mt Macedon can be susceptible to drizzle. If the weather is looking grim in the week leading up to the workshop we will postpone the course and issue a voucher to book again at your convenience. If we are expecting slight drizzle the workshop will still go ahead but I would encourage you to being wet weather attire.
Your Macedon Macro & Textures photography workshop is limited to a very small group giving you plenty of one-on-one instruction as well as personal attention relevant to your camera brand and model.
I will provide access to specialised lighting tools so don’t stress if you don’t have any off-camera lighting.
A basic BBQ lunch will also be provided.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?
Thanks again Matt.
Lightroom is something that I have struggled with for a few years and just could not grasp the basics. They way Matt breaks it down and the friendly, informative way it was presented, all suddenly started to make sense.
Matt could not of been any more helpful and displays an outstanding knowledge of the subject. It was my first course with Matt but certainly won’t be my last. Looking forward to doing more of the wide range of course he offers.
Matt made the process of learning and understanding fun and very helpful.
Now to go practice.
Thanks for a great time and all your help.
I came away with a better idea of what I needed to do to help myself. He provided a convenient set of tips on laminated cards as a takeaway support tool. Best thing was his help on settings for my camera; but he seemed to know enough on all the makes and models in our group.
Adding to my review, since completing the beginners course I also completed the Street and Travel which was fantastic! The pandemic restrictions hit but that didn’t stop Matt. He found a virtual way to deliver some of the courses. So I gave it a shot with the Compositions workshop and it was truly worth it. Following that we were able to be out and about so I completed the all day Seascapes and Peninsulas workshop. We learned to use ND filters and become more familiar with our cameras, well worth it! I also attended a four day photography festival where Matt was one of the organisers and presenters. Needless to say it was jam packed and has kept me busy during ISO. Most recently I completed the mastering manual workshop and it did not disappoint and is well worth it. If you are looking to learn more about photography in a practical way, just book in with Matt, you won’t regret it!
Would definitely recommend others to attend his workshops and 10/10 would attend more of his workshops.
Thank you so much once again!
Additionally he seems to know how every camera works so even if you don’t it’s okay because he does.
The most recent addition was a 3 hour 1 on 1 workshop with Matt to recap and cover off ideas for an upcoming trip to Sri Lanka.
Matt is incredibly patient and a great teacher and has an ability to be able to explain complex explanations in a way that is easily relatable and you will remember.
The 1 on 1 workshop allowed me to ask as many questions as possible.
I also had the opportunity to explore filters and Speed lighting which I had never even considered before.
Would highly recommend Matt’s workshops he goes above and beyond for each and every one of his students !
Matt's small group workshops are the best way to enjoy life in small groups and get out and about while the public is sparse.
He's got plenty of sanitizer available and all classes are contactless.
Never stop learning! It's a great opportunity!
I attended his very helpful city night photography class and hope to do more with him in future.
great tips funny and easy to understand
This was a fantastic workshop. Learnt heaps and stepped out of my comfort zone. Matt is a great teacher and I am looking forward to doing more of his courses.
> Matt has a way of explaining technical jargon in layman’s terms.
> Matt breaks down the course into bite size chunks in a very logical order.
> well structured so that you can understand key components of any camera such that when you go out and take pics you apply what you have just learned and maximise your cameras settings
> Matt spends one on one time with participants in a small group to answer all your questions in full.
> gives you instant feedback on your photos so that you can take that pic again with better knowledge
5 out of 5 stars. Great course. I’ll definitely recommend Matt’s course to my friends and family.
I highly recommend this workshop with Matt.
Matt is a very talented and creative man.
as a beginner I couldn't believe how much I have learned in only 3 hours.
I really liked his approach to photography and how he teaches to see and observe everything around us.
I was in a small group of very nice people, so it wasn't crowded and easy to get individual guidelines from Matt.
highly recommended guys!
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Refunds: Workshop bookings are non-refundable.
Date changes: Workshop date changes are allowed with at least 7 days notice.
Transfers: Bookings may be transferred to a new participant anytime leading up to the workshop however I ask you you update me via email so as I am able to update the contact details (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wet Weather: If we are expecting wet weather that may significantly impact on your workshop I will notify you via phone and if unsuccessful I will send an email out. You will be provided with a re-booking voucher code to rebook at your convenience. Generally there are several days notice with wet-weather postponement however this can be on the day in extreme circumstances.
Safety: Your safety and enjoyment on our workshop comes above all else. In rare instances our workshop locations can be impacted by temporary closures, social disruptions (CBD) or by other extraordinary circumstances. If there is anything that will jeopardise either your safety or enjoyment of our session I will firstly look to adapt our workshop but postponement may also be an option if an equal alternative cannot be found.