Macro Workshops

 2015 lineup below

MACRO WORKSHOPS _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Presented by Mike Moats, an award-winning, published, pro macro photographer.

Sponsored by
Tamron – Lensbaby – Nik Software – Hunt’s Photo – Think Tank Photo – Vanguard – Outdoor Photo Gear


The “MACRO BOOT CAMPS” are three days of in depth learning, fun, and entertainment. You will need a camera, macro lens, tripod, as you will be shooting in the classroom. It is for the beginner to the intermediate photographer wanting to learn more about the macro world in nature.

Times for the Macro Boot Camps,
Friday 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm

Covered in the Macro Boot Camp:

The Best, Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories.
Controlling light with diffusers and reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting

Camera functions for Macro
How to control depth of field with f/stops / macro and ISO / focus stacking with Helicon Focus

Learn how to compose properly / finding character in nature / elements of design / textures
contrast / lines / light / visual weight / learning to work camera angles for blurred backgrounds / Two Subject Compositions / What not to do when composing.

Finding Subjects
Learn when, where, and how when looking for subjects through out the four seasons.
How to shoot macro indoors.

Post Processing
Learn how to process images with photoshop.
Enhancing images using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro / Viveza 2 and Topaz.

Image Critiques
Learn what images sell best and wins in photo contests.
Understanding what people think when viewing your images.
Macro on the internet.


For more information call Mike at (586)770-3992.




Have you noticed how some photographers create one great image after another? What do they know that all the other photographers don’t? This is a different kind of workshop that is designed to teach you all about how to make successful images. See how images are captured from the start in the field, and then taken right through the all-important post processing steps. We will analyze all the aspects of why images work and don’t work, and lots of post processing. Learn about what filters in Nik Software and Topaz works best with textures, contrast, light, and lines in images. This workshops is for those who have attended my Macro Boot Camps, or anyone who is experienced with their camera and in need of help taking their image making to another level. Bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod, as you will have some shooting assignments in the classroom.  Cost $159,  Times: Saturday 10am-4pm Sunday 9am – 12pm Check out available location and dates below.



(SPRING 2015)
Macro Boot Camp – Holiday Inn Express, Milwaukee,WI(near airport) May 1,2,3, Cost $199
Macro Boot Camp – Holiday Inn Express, Warminster,Pennsylvania, May 29,30,31, Cost $199
Macro Workshop – Hilton Garden Inn, St Augustine, Florida. June 12,13, Cost only $119.
Caribbean Photo Workshop Cruise – June 15-19 –

(FALL 2015) check back, more workshops to come.
Learn To Create Macro Images The Don’t Suck Workshop. La Quinta Inn, Minnetonka, MN, Sept 19,20. Cost $159.
Macro Photo Conference – Ramada Inn – Seekonk, MA, Oct 10,11, Cost $199
Learn To Create Macro Images That Don’t Suck Workshop.  Comfort Inn, Farmington Hills, Mich. Oct 17,18 Cost $159
Old Car City Workshop – White, Georgia, Oct 23,24, Cost $399.
Learn To Create Macro Images That Don’t Suck Workshop.  Comfort Inn, Middleburg Heights,OH (near Cleveland) Oct 31st, Nov.1st. Cost $159
Learn To Create Macro Images The Don’t Suck Workshop. Fairfield Inn, Mooresville,NC. Dec 5,6. Cost $159.




For sold out workshops email me with your name to be put on waiting list,




James Swanson says,
I want to thank you for a terrific workshop in Chicago this past weekend. Having spent all of my adult life in high schools, I thought you did a terrific job of structuring the workshop and meeting the needs and interests of those attending…….no small feat when I began to realize the various experience levels of those attending……most, if not all, exceeding mine!!! I enjoy being around people who have a passion for something and it is so evident that you truly enjoy what you are doing.

Lin Layton says,
Mike, thank you so very much for the fantastic boot camp in Boston. It is one of the few seminars that I really understood and remember. You have such a wonderful teaching method that makes all of the information easy to understand and then utilize.

Vince Nobel says,
Hey Mike! Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful Macro Boot Camp in MI last month! As a professional photographer, I’ve attended many workshops and seminars over the past 5 years, and your workshop is right at the top of the list! Very informative, organized and professional, and straight to the point. I had a great time learning many new techniques for macro photography. Thanks again! – Vince

Ken Grauberger says,
Mike I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the workshop this weekend. The material presented was so helpful to all of us & your images are truly beyond description. I heard nothing but positive comments throughout the weekend. Your professionalism & knowledge of macro photography is truly amazing & the interaction with the attendees was so valuable. It provided the most value for the dollar of any workshop I have ever looked into. I feel like I have not only gotten a valuable resource but also a friend.

Andrea Sapone says,
I just want to tell you again just how good class was. After I got home last night and things started to sink in I realized that the way you explained things made so much sense to me. I have listened to countless people explain the same thing but never as simple an explanation that is applicable to hands on working with a camera.

Ron Holmes says,
Mike, Thank you for an enjoyable and very informative weekend. You are a professional, but a very down to earth teacher. Photographers at every level can learn something from your Macro Boot Camps. A teacher who has the student in mind during and after the classroom sessions. The props were great!!!

John Heck says,
Thanks for the great class this weekend. You explained things so that they were easy to understand, kept the class moving, kept it light and very enjoyable and a great learning experience. You did a great job!!! I will recommend your weekend seminar to everyone I know.

Tim Kaufman says.
Mike – GREAT course, a lot of fun. You are incredibly down-to-earth and approachable compared to pretty much all the master photographers I’ve met. That was great to see. Everyone I talked to felt really comfortable and had a good time, so bravo for that. You really put a nice personal touch on your course.

Peg Runyan says,
I just got home from the boot camp and wanted to thank you for such an excellent weekend. As a public school teacher for 33 years I was subjected to hundreds of hours of in-services and workshop and I would definitely give your boot camp an “A”, it was very well done.

Sandra Matthews says,
Thank you again for a wonderful weekend at the Macro Boot Camp. What a great opportunity to learn from you, learn more about photography and get to know you a little bit. You are doing a great service for people. . . . keep up the great work!

Brad Schweda says,
Thanks for a fantastic Macro Boot Camp here in Lansing, Michigan. I walked away with the knowledge to take my camera into the world of Macro, and how to use my software more effectively. I look forward to many months of outdoor successful shooting. How about a blog, or a place for all of us Macro-Moats-Grads to share and continue to communicate?

Linda Witteveen says,
I am kind of sorry that the course is over but I learned so much, more than I expected. Everything was so well explained and very easy to understand and your illustrations are so helpful.

Nancy Kerner says,
Wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the Macro Boot camp! I learned a lot a great techniques, tips and information.

Shirley J. Maddalena says,
Thank you for a wonderful workshop. It was extremely helpful, informative and easy to follow. I don’t think I felt out of my league at all.

Marita English says,
I Had a ton of fun at the Macro Boot Camp. Can’t wait to try all the fun stuff here at home.

Mary Blazejack-Ramsden says,
It was truly a fantastic workshop! I learned a ton of great stuff. Thanks, Mike, it was a wonderful time.

Gloria Whicker say,
We enjoyed your Macro Boot Camp workshop this past weekend and I’m sure our macro photos will improve when we apply some of what we learned. It was interesting to see how important “imagination” is in your work.

Here are a few images from participants of the spring Macro Boot Camp.

  1. Ben Hefling says:

    Mike are going to have any class in the Cleveland area.
    I missed the last one.
    Ben Hefling

  2. Mike Moats says:

    Hey Ben, yes I will be in the Cleveland area again next Fall, 2011, either October or November. If you are not on my mailing list for newsletter go to and find the link that says “Sign Up For Newsletter”.

  3. joanne says:

    any chance u can make it back to cleveland before august? i missed the last one and will be moving out of USA in sept

  4. Mike Moats says:

    Sorry Joanne, no it will not be till the fall in Cleveland. The next closest in the spring would be in Michigan, three hours from you.

  5. Georgeanne says:

    Are you planning anything in the south? I live in Arkansas.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Hey Georgeanne, the closest I will be to you next year, possible locations, Nashville, Atlanta, somewhere in Texas and Florida.

  6. Laura Campbell says:

    Hey Mike,
    If you are ever in Upstate NY, let me know. The Adirondacks have endless subjects to photograph. I love your work and you are a great inspiration!

    • Mike Moats says:

      Hey Laura, I was in the finger lakes region last year hiking and shooting in some of the gorges. Very cool place. I know the Adirondacks has to be a great place to shoot judging by some of the images I’ve seen of the area. I will let you know if I’m ever up in that area. Thanks!

  7. David Vaughan says:

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for hosting the workshop in Sacramento last weekend. I had a great time and I really learned a lot. Thanks – David Vaughan

  8. Desmond Gunatilaka says:

    Hi Mike,
    Please arrange a boot camp in N.California. I know it will sell ou real fast.
    Desmond Gunatilaka

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  13. Rona Simmons says:

    Mike, I have been dying to go to Old Car City (been to Gibbs, been to Cox Arboretum) … when are you doing the workshop/photo walk there? I’d love to join in.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Rona, I’m trying to set it up for April 11,12,13, and it will be limited to 8 people. Cost will run $349 for two days shooting and one day for viewing images and critiques. I will post it for people to register hopefully today or tomorrow. Thanks.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Rona, the workshop is sold out, and I have enough people on a wait list to do a second one. but I will be running more of these next year. Watch the blog for updates.

  14. denise Strobel says:

    I am not able to get into the Macro Boot Camp in Mn. but did see and singed myself and a friend up for the class at National Camera. Yea!!! denise

    • Mike Moats says:

      Thanks Denise, I will be looking to add another three day workshop next year in your area. See you at national.


  15. kerirusso says:

    Hi Mike, love your work. I see you have a workshop planned for CT in the spring, but do you anticipate having any others in New England, especially Massachusetts, in 2013? I can’t beleive you were here 2 months ago in Lynn, MA and I didn’t know about it – so bummed!

    Thanks so much.


    • Mike Moats says:

      Hey Keri, I am planning on coming back again to the Boston area in the fall 2013. Just watch the blog or website in the spring for the sign up.

  16. Terry Riciano says:

    What’s the difference between your workshop and seminar? You don’t explain anything about the seminar on your website. If possible, could you give me some info about it.

  17. Michael Pachis says:

    Mike I discovered you at the end of 2012. I live in Memphis do you plan any workshops in Nashville or maybe St. Louis in 2013? If you ever consider Memphis as a location let me know and I would be glad to get the word out through the local camera club.

  18. Linda Coatsworth says:

    I’m signed up for your Bootcamp 4/19-21 in Atlanta. Your listing above mentions the Hampton Inn, but the letter I received says the location is the Courtyard Atl. Marriot/Windy Hill. Just wanted to verify which one. I assume the Courtyard, but you know about assuming. . .

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  20. Tammy M says:

    Will you be coming to Des Moines, IA?

    • Mike Moats says:

      Tammy, I usually study my sales of e-books from the different states, and unfortunately Iowa produces very low sales, which tell me there may not be enough interest in macro to offer a workshop. Unless you are part of a camera club that you know has a lot of interest in macro and would be willing to help promote a macro boot camp in your area I would be willing to give it a try.

  21. Abe says:

    Mike, what’s the maximum amount of students for your classes?


  22. Kathleen says:

    is there a cancellation list in your chantilly workshop? saw you at naturevisions–excellent.

  23. Charles Dennis says:


    Will you ever be coming back to Connecticut again? I couldn’t grasp all of what I was taught at the 1st Connecticut boot camp. Just so much info.

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  25. Terry says:

    Would love it if you could get workshop in NYC or spot close enough in NJ that can commute to from NYC…. (.S. Living in NYC, don’t drive!) Would love to attend one of your workshops!

    • Mike Moats says:

      Terry, I will be doing one in Cranbury, NJ next spring and will probalby be looking for something in the NY area next spring so keep watching for spring 2015 updates around September.

  26. Nora Wise says:

    How about Charleston, SC? Any chance of you giving a workshop here?

    • Mike Moats says:

      Nora, you missed it, I was there in February. May be back again in 2015, keep an eye open on the blog and website.

      • Nora Wise says:

        Oh nooo…I was not following your blog then…What a shame! Thanks for your quick response!

  27. Kristen Haenchen says:

    Hi Mike-
    Will there be a hands-on photography part of the Macro Conference in MA? I was thinking there would be but am just checking. Thanks. I am looking forward to the conference! Kris

    • Mike Moats says:

      Kris, yes there will be a couple hours of shooting on each day. Instructors will be walking around helping people if they need it.


  28. Jay Groman says:

    Mike please let me k ow when Longelpd gardens is scheduled for 20

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  29. Antonio Martinez says:

    I was wondering if you were going to have a workshop in the Twin cities (Minitonka) this year 2015

    • Mike Moats says:

      Sorry Antonio, I won’t be back for a couple years. I’ve done 6 of them in that area in the last few years and the last one I did didn’t fill up, so I think that area needs a rest for my workshop.

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