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Introduction to Macro Photography

with Mike Hagen

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    02:36
  •   03 How to Use Extension Tubes

    06:06

Class duration: 1h 28m

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About The Class

Create larger than life images

Learn how to unlock the fantastic world of macro photography. Instructor Mike Hagen details the gear, techniques, and software you’ll need to capture extreme detail in everything from flowers to insects to jewelry. Create larger than life images with intricate detail using methods that Mike clearly demonstrates in this class.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    02:36
  2. 02

    Lens Choice for Macro Photography

    06:14
  3. 03

    How to Use Extension Tubes

    06:06
  4. 04

    Inexpensive Macro Tools

    08:01
  5. 05

    Camera Settings

    04:16
  6. 06

    Camera Support

    07:05
  7. 07

    Shutter Releases

    03:29
  8. 08

    Lighting

    06:52
  9. 09

    Depth of Field Control

    02:45
  10. 10

    Focus Stacking

    12:28
  11. 11

    Focus Stacking Software

    17:26
  12. 12

    Backgrounds

    11:06

Meet Your Expert

Mike Hagen

Mike Hagen is a professional photographer, author, and workshop leader. He's taught hundreds of workshops and thousands of students over the years on just about all photo topics including camera gear, studio lighting, Photoshop®, Lightroom®, landscape, travel, and digital workflow. ... read more

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  • Audrey Reed

    November 2018

    This is probably the 30th class I purchased, and the first I watched in full. I like the instructor. He is funny, engaging and obviously knowledgeable. I don't shoot marco and was expecting and introduction, and that is what I got. Lots of good info on gear and techniques. I am excited to try some of his ideas!

  • Linda

    September 2018

    I learned a great deal. Taking photos and attending classes prior to this class. He showed examples of both bugs and flowers. Yes, he did use a Nikon camera but it is unrealistic for him to show all the examples that he did with several different brands of cameras! I have a Canon 5DM4. It doesn't have focus stacking yet. But I did learn that they applied for a patent. So it is coming. If you are doing studio work, the focus stacking is built into the Canon software that comes with the camera. For lighting I have the Canon macro flash that fits around the lens. I have the 100mm and 180mm macro lens. Just received Canon's two extension tubes today. They did work with the autofocus and camera settings. I thought his style was approachable. My macro work is all about flowers. His flower examples were on point. All in all, it was a solid class presented by someone who enjoys his work! PS The iguana's eye photo was stunning!

  • Amy Vaughn

    Amy Vaughn

    October 2017

    Good class, but I want more. CreativeLive, please get Mike Hagen to come back to do a full 1-2 day macro class. I'd love to see a deeper exploration of all his macro gear, diy toys, demos of Helicon Focus and Zerene Stacker, and maybe showing live examples beyond flowers like bugs, abstracts and shooting through water.

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