Macro Online Courses

Macro Mentoring Course Online

In love with the intimate perspective afforded by macro photography? Looking to take your own macro work to the next level? While anyone can pick up a how-to book on macro photography or pick up tips from video tutorials, that newfound knowledge won’t take you far unless you know how to apply it to your own photos—and receive guidance on how well you’re applying it.


That’s where Mike Moats’ Macro Mentoring Course comes in. With scores of macro workshops under his belt, this Tamron Image Master and winner of multiple photo awards and contests has the technical know-how to walk you through the basics: everything from working with depth-of-field and selecting a complementary background to mastering the design elements behind creative compositions (trickier than you might think with macro).


But just as important as crafting the image is learning how to improve upon your results. Mike has the experience to guide you through macro-specific challenges, as well as insight gleaned from years in the field to offer a critique of your work that will help you maximize your macro skills and produce beautiful close-up images of the world in front of your camera. In Mike’s Macro Mentoring Course, you’ll be put through the photographic paces with fun shooting assignments, followed by a professional review of your photos to inspire you, challenge you, and help you further develop your skills.


Why register now? Because it’s summer, when there’s no shortage of tiny critters, plants, and an endless variety of other subjects ready to spark your imaging imagination. Mike is even offering a $50 seasonal discount to sweeten the pot: Simply type the word “macro” into the coupon/discount code box when you register.

Mike Moats is an 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 produces comprehensive macro videos and e-books to assist other 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, including xxxx and xxxx. Mike’s first book, Tiny Landscapes, was released in 2008, and his images and how-to articles have been published in various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best Photography, Shutterbug, PC Photo, Nature Photographer, Photo Life, Whisper in the Woods, and Michigan Fish and Game Finder; in photography collections such as the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA’s) Expressions book and the Pure Michigan tourism companion; and in various corporate collateral, including on the Tamron USA blog and in Fujifilm newsletters.

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
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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.

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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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