Macrophotography - Tools, Tips & Techniques for
Digital Photographers E-book


New E-book on Macrophotography. Workshop participants will receive this e-book free. E-book only $9.95 PDF format.





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Note if you teach photography and would like to use my Macrophotography E-book as student notes -
please contact me for a discount rate:
Also see the free notes and slide shows below in PDF format.


Choosing a Camera for Macrophotography
          Compact digital cameras for macrophotography
          Advantages of compact cameras
          Disadvantages of compact cameras
          Digital single lens reflex cameras, aka DSLRs
          Things to consider when purchasing a DSLR camera for macrophotography
          Camera brands
          What photographers should already know
          Getting started in macrophotography
          Using a DSLR in macrophotography
          Getting close with a DSLR
Closeup Filters
Extension Tubes
Bellows for High Magnification and Studio Work.
Macro Lenses  
Reverse Lens Adapter and Lens Stacking
Camera Supports
Focusing Rails
Lighting for Macrophotography
Direction of Light
Electronic Flash
          Flash diffusers
          Specialized flash units for macrophotography
Controlling the Background
Depth of Field in a Photograph
          Focus stacking to increase the apparent depth of field
          Other software & hardware for focus stacking
          Summary of macrophotography techniques
Composition Basics
          How to achieve unity or a sense of belonging
          Proportion – golden ratio
          Use of line, shape, form, and rhythm
Importance of Colour
          Complimentary colour
          Analogous colour
Creative Techniques for Macrophotography
          Creative vignetting
Using Water to Enhance Your Subject
Magnifying Water Drop Technique
Textures and Patterns
Multiple Exposure Twirl Photography
          Multiple Exposures with Nikon Digital Cameras
Insects & Spiders
Mushrooms, Lichens and Moss
Macrophotography at the Sea Shore
          Additional reading
About Dr. Robert Berdan


Daisy at various magnifications by Robert Berdan

Daisy at 1.0X, 2.0X, 10X - Aphid 40X, Eye of an Aphid 1000X

Objective: To provide an overview of the many tools and techniques that can be used to take macrophotographs and provide students with hands on experience in the field taking closeup photographs. The workshop will include theory for about half of the time, the other half we will be applying knowledge in the field and using various techniques to take macro-photographs. Students will be required to fufill several photography assignments. but will have plenty of freedom to chose subjects that interest them. For an outline of the topics covered see below. Students will be provided with notes and slides.

Bear berry leaves on the tundra by Robert Berdan ©

Bear Berry leaves on the Tundra 0.5X

Prerequisites: Photographers should have either a compact digital camera with macro mode or a Single Lens reflex camera with interchangeable lenses. A tripod is essential for some of the assignments, but you may be able to borrow one or use alternative supportgs e.g. bean bag. A flash is helpful but not a requirement. Film cameras can be used but the workshop will not cover film types and those shooting film will be at a disadvantage since you won't be able to see your results in the field. If students are planning to purchase additional accessories such as closeup filters, extension tubes or even a macro lens it is recommended that they wait until after the first class as they will have a better understanding fo the options available to them. If you own a macro lens or compact telephoto lens e.g. 70-300 mm bring them along. Those who own a Nikon or Canon SLR camera may try out the instructors macro lenses (with the proviso that if you drop it you bought it). The instructor will also bring along extension tubes, closeup filters and other accessories that can be tested on Nikon or Canon gear. For some of the advanced techniques such as focus-stacking a computer is required.

Flowers with creative vignetting effectg by Robert Berdan

Tall lungworts using Creative vignetting

Instructor: Dr. Robert Berdan has been taking macro-photographs for 40 years and has used just about every tool there is including stereoscopes, microscopes and electron-microscopes in order to take close-up photographs of various specimens. Robert's work has been published in numerous magazines e.g. Outdoor Photographer, Canadian Geographic, National Geographic and in various books and science publications. His photographs have won international awards, e.g. Banff Mountain Film Festival, Maria Luisa, CPAWS and NIkon Photo Contests. Robert has been teaching photography for over 25 years and you can see examples of his work on this web site. Robert currently shoots with both Nikon and Canon equipment.

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Meet Robert Berdan demonstrating how to photograph a Lady Slipper


Macrophotography also called closeup photography involves examining and photographing subjects at half life size to about 10X life size. Macrophotography is frequently used to photograph flowers, but the techniques can be used to photograph almost anything including: insects, jewlery, cutlery, stamps, fossils, tree bark, moss, lichens, mushrooms, small animals or parts of animals. Macrophotography is more demanding than many other forms of photography because you have to hold the camera very steady hence the need for a tripod, your depth of field will become smaller the closer you get and lighting also becomes a challenge when you get very close. Many insects can move quite rapidly and flowers may not seem to be moving much until you get in close. The amazing thing about macrophotography is that you can find subject material almost anywhere and you don't have to travel long distances to explore the micro-univese at your feet. Macrophotography forces you to look more closely at things and you may be surprised at what you discover.

Tiger Beetle 10X by Robert Berdan

Tiger Beetle 10X

Magnifying glass effect with water drops by Robert Berdan ©

Date for upcoming workshops to be announced, Training is available privately anytime contact Robert Berdan for more information at: 403 247-2457 or

Photo Assignments:

1. Photograph a Flower or other plant plant at 0.5X or larger
2. Photograph and insect or other animal up close

3. Find and photograph interesting textures up -close - take at least 10 shots e.g. bark, metal, stones etc
4. Any subject but under different lighting conditions e.g. harsh, soft, side light, backlight

5. Photograph water drops up close with a reflection of some background subject
6. Photograph a subject e.g. flower using creative vignetting

The course includes a full set of Notes - Macrophotography E-book
Videos with step by step instructions
Student feedback on their images
Several Field trips to practice and learn various techniques

Free PDF Slide Shows & Notes



Additional Readings & Resources

Additional Links & Resources on the Web

YouTube Videos On Macrophotography

Macro Lens Reviews

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