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Online Class

Natural-Light Macro Photography

Take stunning macro photos with only natural light and limited gear! Learn steps that bring out the little details and make a big impact.

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including a gear list
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Kathleen Clemons
  • Closed captioning available (web only)


Get closer to your subjects for artistic photos that stand out from the crowd! Join professional photographer Kathleen Clemons, and find out how to capture beautiful macro imagery in the light nature provides you. During class, you'll learn to select the right lens and use budget-friendly gear to get better results. For great photos in any light, you'll discover steps for shooting both when the light is right and when it's less than ideal. Want to create eye-catching focal effects? Kathleen will teach you to do just that with exciting depth-of-field techniques. Plus, you'll get tips for choosing subjects, composing them within your camera frame and picking the perfect background for your photo.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started With Macro Photography
Meet professional photographer Kathleen Clemons as she introduces you to the fascinating world of macro photography. Before you start shooting, get valuable tips on selecting lenses -- and budget-friendly accessories -- that will allow you to get even closer to your subjects!
2. Ideal Lighting for Macro
3. Understanding Depth of Field
4. The Art of Selective Focus
5. Choosing Subjects
6. Best Practices for Macro Compositions
7. Choosing a Background

Taught by

Kathleen Clemons
Kathleen Clemons
Kathleen Clemons isn't just passionate about capturing photographs — she loves teaching others how to improve their skills too! She's a well-known instructor at the Bryan Peterson School of Photography, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and now on Craftsy too. In her own work, her impactful photos are known for creative use of natural light combined with their unique and captivating composition. In fact, Lensbaby has named her a Lensbaby Guru, calling her the "Georgia O'Keeffe of flower photography."