Paint St Louis

Macro Photography Workshop

Getting Up-Close and Personal
With Flowers and Nature

Flower Close-up by Traci Schutz


Soybean seedling in the rain


Oak Lef Detail


Tulip Detail by garry McMichael

Autumn Leaf Portrait by Garry McMichael


First Snow by Garry McMichael

To learn more about Garry McMichael and see his photography visit his website,

In this workshop we are going to explore how to photograph flowers and nature both in the studio and outdoors. Garry McMichael will show you a series of techniques as well as dozens of tips and tricks that make it possible to take great close-up photos time after time.  Fancy equipment is not necessary. Many modern point and shoot cameras have ultra close-up or Macro capabilities.  DSLR camera owners will find it even easier.

This half-day workshop will start with a short PowerPoint presentation where we will discuss the different “creative” ways to set your camera, using the aperture and shutter speeds to control sharpness and depth of field. You'll discuss how to take photographs in your own home where you have complete control over the lighting. We'll explore simple, inexpensive studio lighting techniques. We'll talk about tripods and filters and using small reflectors to improve your photograph and create special effects.

After the presentation we'll spend a couple hours shooting flowers in a controlled studio location and outside in Lafayette Park. The class will be limited to 10 photographers to insure everyone gets plenty of one-on-one instruction with Garry using your camera and equipment.

Macro of Swan Feather by Garry McMichael
Swan Feather with Snow Flakes by Garry McMichael


Your Camera basics: ISO, but from a creative point of view - shutter speeds, aperture, camera modes, controlling unwanted camera vibration and working up close with your zoom and macro lens.

A complete discussion of controlling depth of field,
creating soft focus images and controlling image sharpness and contrast

Using camera accessories such as tripods, simple lights, reflectors, flash and polarizing filters to improve your photography

Taking photos indoors using available window light, reflectors and simple lighting equipment.

Shooting flowers and nature outside with natural lighting and small reflectors to control the shadows.

How to turn your photographs into impressive display photographs suitable for hanging or exhibit.

This photography workshop is designed for both basic and advanced photography enthusiasts.  DSLR cameras are recommended, but modern point and shoot digital cameras will be suitable for the workshop.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:00PM - 4:00PM

WHERE: Paint St Louis Studios
1926 Allen Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104

COSTS: $65 - All you will need is your digital camera. Bring a tripod if you have one, but we'll have tripods available. Limited to 10 photographers.

Workshop fee is refundable, less $10, up to April 20th.  After that date it will be refunded only if someone takes your place. Make sure you include your telephone number and e-mail address. Equipment list and directions will be sent to you prior to the workshop.

Macro Photography Workshop

You can pay online with PayPal or use your Credit Card. Please include your Phone number and email address.  If you prefer to register by mail and pay by check CLICK HERE to download a registration form.

Really, Really Close Macro Photography Workshop
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How to Register by check for the May 13th Really, Really Close Macro Photography Workshop with Garry McMichael.

Print the form below and mail to Paint St Louis:

Name: _____________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________

City: __________________________ State: _____ Zip: ________ Telephone: _______________ Cell: __________________

E-mail: ____________________________________________

How did you hear about this workshop? ____________________________________

Your Camera _____________________

Please list any artist organizations in which you are affiliated: _____________________

Workshop fee is $65.00 - Make Checks payable to Paint St Louis. Mail this registration form along with your registration fee to:

Paint St Louis
1926 Allen Avenue
St Louis, MO 63104

Prior to the workshop we will send you workshop information, equipment list and directions.

Thank You, Garry

Questions?  Contact:

Garry McMichael at 314 773-4112