Visiting Photographer Series

Past Programs

2019Ian PlantMastering the Creative Photograph
2018Tony SweetSeeing Creatively
2017Bryan PetersonThe Art of Seeing Nature

2020 Program

Exploring Macro with Mike Moats

Learn the art of macro photography with award-winning photographer Mike Moats. Macro photography, or extreme close-up photography, captures very small subjects in larger-than-life size. This type of photography is an excellent way to celebrate the tiniest elements of nature, such as insects, flowers, and more.

MAPS members receive special pricing – see below.

This one-day seminar will cover the range of topics any photographer will need to achieve striking results, including:

– Cameras, lenses, tripods, heads, and accessories

– How to control light with diffusers, reflectors, and LED lights
– Working with natural lighting

Depth of Field
– How to control depth of field with f/stops and special techniques
– Using focus stacking with Helicon Focus

– Learn how to compose properly, and what not to do when composing
– How to find character in nature
– Use elements of design, textures, contrast, lines, light, visual weight 
– Learn to work camera angles for blurred backgrounds
– How to create two-subject compositions

Finding Good Subject Matter
– Learn when, where, and how to find good subjects throughout the four
seasons, both outdoors and indoors

About Mike Moats

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, professional macro photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mike’s love of photography, which started out as a hobby in 2001, has since evolved into a full-time business. In addition to creating his own images, Mike added “Close-up/Macro Photography” workshops into the mix in 2006, and he now also makes speaking appearances at photo conferences nationwide, leads intensive Macro Boot Camps around the country, and now has an online Macro Photo Club to assist photographers with their macro goals.

Recruited as a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team in 2006, Mike is also honored to be a Tamron “Image Master” and a Vanguard Pro. He has won numerous local, national, and international awards. Mike’s first book, Tiny Landscapes, was released in 2008, and his images and how-to articles have been published in various magazines.

Instructor: Mike Moats, professional photographer

Notes: Held indoors. No equipment required. Morning refreshments provided. Bring your own lunch.

Prerequisites: This seminar is intended for an intermediate/advanced audience. A foundational understanding of composition and exposure will be useful. 

Click here for more information and to enroll.

Course number: P553

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

$79.00 Arboretum member
$90.00 Arboretum non-member
MAPS members receive an additional 10% off. MAPS members must call 630-719-2468 to register in-order to receive the 10% discount.