Insects & Macro Photography Workshop

Photograph Insects in close up on this dedicated Macro Photography Workshop.


This Macro Photography Workshop is aimed at photographers who wish to capture high quality close up images of insects in their natural environment. We visit a wonderful wetland habitat, particularly rich in insects; afterwards we work with captured moths, again using natural settings. The group is kept to no more than 3 clients so I can give plenty of individual tuition.

The start time is flexible depending on weather conditions. In warm, still conditions we start around 5.00am; on cooler days we will start later. Situated in a secluded area of ponds and meadow we explore the reeds, plants and pond edges for a range of insects, particularly damselfies and dragonflies. Other subjects include roosting butterflies, grasshoppers spiders and various insect larvae. There will also be plenty of opportunity to photograph plants and flowers in close up detail using the early morning light. Photographic tuition will be given on close up techniques including appropriate exposure settings, light and background.

After taking a break for coffee we turn our attention to night-flying moths which will be provided for us from a moth trap put out the previous night. The moths are kept in the fridge to slow them down (it does not cause any harm) which makes them much easier to work with. By carefully placing them on selected plants and flower heads we capture colourful and striking macro shots of a range of species. Moths commonly caught at this location include the lime, elephant and eyed hawk-moths; yellow underwing and white ermine. You will also have the option to use additional backgrounds to add extra colour.

“Learned amazingly lots lots about wildlife/macro photography!! Will definitely definitely recommend Paul for any wildlife and macro photography tuition without a doubt!! Thanks Paul!!”

Amy Morgan, West Yorkshire

These Insect and Macro Photography Courses in Yorkshire can also be booked on a One to One basis or purchased as a Gift Voucher.

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A deposit can be paid via paypal or cheque. You will need to complete the online Booking Form (Please also read the Terms & Conditions)

Cost: £100 per person
Dates 2018: Sunday 5th August (**Fully Booked**)
                     Saturday 11th August (*Fully Booked*)

Dates 2019: TBC
Maximum number: 3
What’s included: tuition; access to captured moths; feedback on images
Deposit: £30
Equipment: Macro lens and/or extension tubes; wide angles and short telephotos may be useful; optional equipment includes reflectors, tripod/monopod; an angle finder is useful.


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7 thoughts on “Insects & Macro Photography Workshop

  1. Hi again Paul, I shall be interested in your Macro Workshop but not until next year. Can you keep me in touch? Kind regards. John Harrison.

  2. Hi I am very interest in the next macro course on 7th Aug please can you email me the location as a 5:30am start is very early

    • Hi Steve. It may not start that early but if clear weather then it’s best. Meeting place will be Lin Dyke car park which is very close to Fairburn Ings nature reserve (WF10 2BH).

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