Vanguard is one of the many sponsors for the Macro Photo Club, and this month they are giving away an Alta Pro 2+ 263AT tripod, and a SBH100 Ballhead to one lucky member.  If your not a member yet, you can’t win this, so join today.  Each month one new product will be raffled off to the members by – Tamron, Hunt’s Photo, Vanguard, Acratech, Think Tank, Lensbaby, Topaz, Wimberly, Datacolor, Thompson Photo Accessories.
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Before and After

Posted: September 13, 2017 in Uncategorized
I liked the look of the leaves from a Teasel plant. The problem is the main subject is green and the background is green as well, so not enough pop in this image. It looks just okay, but I wanted a more dramatic feel.


I thought why not add some nice striking contrast in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4. I used the “Solarizaton” filter which darkened the background and intensified the plant. The background didn’t totally black out, but when I went back into Photoshop Elements, I used the contrast slider which helped to finish blacking out the background.


Posted: September 9, 2017 in Uncategorized
We’ve hit 250 members in the online Macro Photo Club in the first month since launch. If you would like more info about the MPC, go here.

Macro Photo Club – Join Now

Posted: September 5, 2017 in Uncategorized
The Macro Photo Club is all about teaching our members where to find subjects, how to compose them, and how to post process them.
Members have other great benefits, and our sponsors give away products each month.
Sponsors, Tamron, Hunt’s Photo, Vanguard, Acratech, Lensbaby, Think Tank Photo, Wimberly, Datacolor, and Thompson Photo Accessories.
For our September Raffle we will be giving away a Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AT and a SBH100 Ballhaed.
Each month members will receive 12 new videos.
Join my Macro Photo Club to see more videos like this.
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Join Today

Posted: August 28, 2017 in Uncategorized
As a pro macro photographer, I have always wanted to create an online Macro Photo Club, and it’s finally happened.
The Macro Photo Club is a place where members will experience a new way of learning.  Members will have lots of benefits and fun.
The 1st of each month, members will have a link to 12 videos that will cover a variety of themes, plus a video newsletter.  Finding subjects in the field, how to compose them, and working the camera techs. Videos covering equipment and post processing tips will also be covered.
Members may send me one image per month, and with the entries I will choose 10 images for a video critique.
I have a facebook group set up for members to post images.  In the monthly video newsletter, I will have a macro theme for you to go out and shoot, and members can post their images of that theme on the Mike Moats Macro Photo Club site on facebook.
I will randomly choose club members to be featured macro photographers on my website blog, and all social media connections.
The Macro Photo Club has some great sponsors who are generously offering free products that I will raffle off.  Present sponsors, Tamron, Hunts Photo, Vanguard, Acratech, Topaz, Think Tank Photo, Hoodman, Datacolor, Thompson Photo Accessories, and adding more in the future.
This is just the beginning and hope to expand to more benefits as we go.
Yearly membership fee is only $39.
Check out this Macro Photo Club Video
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Susan Bailey is Macro Photo Club’s featured macro photographer.
Susan is from Raleigh, NC.
Check out more of Susan’s excellent images at



If you would like to be a featured photographer,
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Join my Macro Photo Club
Benefits – over 150 instructional videos on macro photography, post processing, and equipment. Free product giveaways each month by our sponsors, Be a club featured macro photographer on my blog and social media, 50% off the price of my Macro Mentoring Course, enter images for image critique each month, monthly video newsletter with updates, entry into our private macro photo club facebook group. All for only $39 per year.
August raffle $100 gift card from Hunt’s Photo.
September raffle – Vangaurd AltaPro 2+ 263AT and SB100 Ballhead.
Join, learn, and have a chance to win cool products.