A Master Class in Magnification

An eight-session workshop for photographers who want to explore advanced possibilities, specialized techniques, and ways to masterfully integrate camera and computer into their photographs.

Begins April 19, 2022


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Workshop Details

Turning Magnification Into Magical Images

Capture to Completion

Magnification can turn an ordinary subject into into a fascinating tapestry of color, texture, shape, and dimension. When something is magnified to life-size, the camera opens a doorway to fascinating details that the naked eye simply cannot see. Crossing the 1X threshold into 2X, 5X, or even 10X life-size reveals a new pathway, and a new level of creative possibilities.

The power of Adobe Photoshop in the hands of a master can transform a digital capture from good to great—and from great to extraordinary. Expert control over its powerful tools, its rich capabilities, and knowing how to apply its potential effectively leads to superior photographs. Using layers, retouching tools, selections, masking, Smart Objects, localized tone and color controls, and blending modes will reveal all of the potential within your images.

Session One Highlights

Possibilities, Process, and Precision | April 19, 2022 | 5 pm – 6:30 PM PT

  • Why Macro Photography is an Endless Journey
  • Stabilizing and Positioning the Camera
  • Precisely Positioning the Subject
  • Tethered Capture
  • Extreme Magnification
  • Macro Discovery Project

Session Two Highlights

Adobe Photoshop: Preparing for Success | April 23, 2022 | 9 am – 10:30 am PT

    • Why we need Adobe Photoshop
    • What are Photoshop’s primary pros and cons
    • How to set up Photoshop for success
    • Working in a non-destructive workflow
    • Basic image retouching
    • How to “read” an image

    Session Three Highlights

    Expanding Your Macro Toolbox | April 26, 2022 | 5 pm – 6:30 PM PT

    • Specialty Macro Lenses
    • Wide-Angle Macro Techniques
    • Perspective-Control Macro Lenses
    • Enhancing Light
    • Valuable Tools for the Field
    • Macro Tools Insight Project

      Session Four Highlights

      Directing the Viewer’s Gaze | April 30, 2022 | 9 am – 10:30 am PT

      • Making wise adjustment layer choices
      • Why Selections are the gateway to unique images
      • Photoshop’s array of selection tools and techniques
      • Refining and saving selections
      • The power of Layer Masks
      • Creating a focal point with Local Adjustments

      Session Five Highlights

      Ideal Subjects for Macro Photography | May 3, 2022 | 5 pm – 6:30 PM PT

      • Photographing the Natural World
      • Composing for Impact
      • Creating Macro Indoors
      • Botanical Beauty
      • Textures and Colors
      • Kitchen Tools and Garage Gadgets
      • Macro Creativity Project

      Session Six Highlights

      Opening an Entirely New World with Composites | May 7, 2022 | 9 am – 10:30 am PT

      • The importance of formulating a plan
      • Pre and post-capture considerations
      • Understanding how image size, resolution, and color space plays a role
      • Working with Layer Masks, Clipping Masks, and Groups
      • Keys to blending images together
      • Final composite refinements


      Session Seven Highlights

      Specialty Techniques for Macro Masters | May 10, 2022 | 5 pm – 6:30 PM PT

      • Focus Stacking Magic
      • Specialty Stacking Equipment
      • Through the Lens of a Water Droplet
      • Extreme Macro: 2X, 5X, 10X
      • Moving to Micro Using Objectives
      • Micro Lighting Techniques


      Session Eight Highlights

      The Journey Traveled | May 14, 2022 | 9 am – 10:30 am PT

      • Open Forum Discussion
      • Image Celebration and Review
      • Inspiration Project


      A Master Class in Magnification is an eight-session workshop designed to develop camera and computer mastery. Each session is 90-minutes in length, twice per week, over a four week period. This schedule allows time between sessions for experimentation, practice, and reflection. Each session will be recorded, and a private link will be provided after each session for your review.

      We hope you’ll consider being a part of the workshop!

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