Macro Online Courses

I have started a new series of macro how-to videos.
How To Control Depth Of Field
The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer
View more info and to purchase at
Macro Mentoring Course Online
The Macro Mentoring Course is designed to be a personal one-on-one learning experience for anyone wishing to advance their skills in macro (close-up) photography. It is great for those not able to attend any of my macro boot camps or for those living outside of the USA. If you have been fortunate enough to attend a macro boot camp, then this will take you to the next level.
This course is a 12 session program designed to give how-to information on elements of design, two subject compositions, subjects that have character, flower photography, and working with depth of field. The subjects are both natural and man-made. However, bugs and critters will not be shot.
Participants will have a shooting assignment to practice their learned skills. Some assignments will be easy. Many will challenge your creative abilities and teach you how to find subjects and compose them properly. Images from your shooting assignments will be critiqued and fine-tuned with the goal of helping you achieve quality photography and something that you would be proud to hang in your home.
A digital SLR camera, a macro lens, and a tripod are required equipment. It is important that the participant know the basic functions of the camera usage including f/stops, exposure adjustments, ISO, and manual focusing.
You will progress at your own pace. There is no time limit on when each session has to be completed. If you are busy, start back when time allows.
The course will be conducted online through email and videos.  You must have internet connection capable of streaming videos from YouTube.
The course costs $249 but it will be the best money you will ever invest in your photography. All correspondents will be done through emails. Participants in the Macro Mentoring Course will receive special discount pricing from Hunt’s Photo, the largest photo retailer in the New England states.
Once you sign up you will receive an email within 24 hours to start the course.
My qualifications:
  • Honored as a “Tamron Image Master”
  • Winner of many photo contests and awards
  • Articles and images published in major photo magazines
  • Sponsorships from many product manufactures
  • Speaker for photo conferences and camera clubs
  • Participated in art show circuit several years
  • Conducted macro workshops for thousands of attendees
  • Past moderator of the macro galleries at photo critique sites
Sign up here



This is a one on one private course with pro macro photographer Mike Moats.

You will have six sessions that will cover different styles of photographing flowers, and have a shooting assignment for each session. You will submit three images for critique with each assignment.

You must own a digital SLR with a macro lens. Know how to adjust your f/stops and set a proper exposure.

All correspondence will be through emails, and in the emails you will have links to videos for the lessons.

There are no deadlines or time frame, you work this program at your own pace.

Cost only $99.

Sign up at
Any questions contact Mike at

  1. Naomi Bissell says:

    Question rather than a comment. Which tripod head do you suggest for macro flower photohraphy

    • Mike Moats says:

      Naomi, I use the Acratech Ultimate Ballhead, best head for macro photography.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Naomi, the best tripod for macro is the Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AT.

      • Naomi Bissell says:

        Thank you very much for your reply Naomi Bissell

      • naomi bissell says:

        i just purchased your macro ebook. Look great. How would I put it on my ipad? Naomi Bissell

        On Tue, May 27, 2014 at 7:54 PM, Naomi Bissell wrote:

        > Thank you very much for your reply > Naomi Bissell > > > >

      • Mike Moats says:

        I’m sure there are different ways, but the only way I know is to use dropbox to transfer the file from your computer to your ipad.

  2. elaine says:

    Having trouble with live view..battery wears down after a few takes. Have a Canon 50d. Macro lenses 100mm. Must be me or old battery. I rotate 4 batteries. Puzzled???????

    • Mike Moats says:

      Sorry about your liveview not working well, check with a local camera store and see what they say. I’m not a tech guy so can’t give advice on the problem.

  3. Lance Rightmyer says:

    I am interested in purchasing one of your photo images and would like to inquire if they are for sale as a high-resolution digital image. Please reply asap as it is for something I’m trying to “give my wife” next weekend! Thanks for your prompt reply!

  4. Bill Hudson says:

    I really like much of your work and I finally noticed that you did mention that most your “Macro” is actually “Close up” photography. Calling it Macro seems to me to be a little inaccurate and confuses a large percentage of people that post close ups in a macro forum that does “True” macro, same with some lenses that say Macro on them but, aren’t. I don’t believe you would intentionally mislead people. So, why wouldn’t you call it what it is…”Close up photography”.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Bill, only very small percent of photographers or the public understand the three styles which are close-up, macro, and micro. Most photographers including myself think of macro as shooting small areas, and don’t get that technical to break down the three styles by size, they just lump the three styles under the term of macro. I have had many articles published in major photo magazine using the term macro for the articles, and not once has an editor of a magazine that picked the close-up images for the macro articles ever question the term. I’ve taught thousands of photographers through my workshops, and have presented to thousands of attendees at photo conferences using the term macro for my programs, and never has anyone questions my use of the term macro for my images. You are correct and I admit I am technically a close-up photographer, but people still think of what I do as macro. If you look at my six facebook photo groups that are all called macro, no one is posting anything near macro, but they still refer to their images as macro when showing them, and as I repeat only a very small percent of photographers actually know what true macro is, they just assume if you are shooting small areas you are a macro photographers, and I will continue to market myself that way, and it’s working pretty good so far. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Bill Hudson says:

    Mike, that’s pretty much what I guessed. Even though my opinion differs slightly from yours about the term macro, I agree that the vast majority don’t know or care about the differences.

    I look forward to more of your inspiring work, tips, and info.

    P.S. I’m also looking forward to the release of the new “Artsy” software that’s in the works.

    Thanks, Bill H.

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