Creative Macro Photography Weekend 2023


Creative Macro Photography Weekend

March 10-12, 2023

Location: Alpharetta, GA
Early-bird Payment in Full (before Jan 31, 2023) $1050
Late Payment in Full $1450 (after Jan 31)
Group Size: 14

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Workshop Details

If you’re serious about macro/close-up photography and want to delve deeper into the creative process while improving your technique, then this is the workshop for you!

Imagine spending two intensive days learning special techniques for making unique, artistic close-up images in a fun, casual atmosphere.  Charles will share many of his own secrets learned after 20+ years of shooting macro and cover equipment, composition, exposure, lighting, special creative camera techniques and more.

You’ll spend time in an indoor classroom “studio” photographing a wide variety of tabletop setups.  Learn how to photograph water droplets, reflections of flowers on iridescent glass, mylar reflections, cross-polarization technique and much, much more.


2 full days of intensive hands-on tabletop photography instruction in an “studio” classroom, classroom lectures, stimulating assignments, and supportive group image evaluations.  Also includes unlimited use of various “props” (such as iridescent/textured glass, fresh-cut flowers, mylar, shells, colored backgrounds, water droplets, glass objects, etc.) throughout the workshop.


Airfare, transportation, lodging, meals and snacks and gratuities.


We have secured a discounted hotel room rate of $89/night + tax in Alpharetta, GA (just north of Atlanta).

All classroom sessions will be held at the hotel.


Daily flights are available into Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), a 45-minute drive from the hotel.  Because this workshop takes place at the hotel, you may not need to rent a car and could rely on Uber or Lyft for transportation to/from the airport and for meals.


• Friday, March 10

Meet & Greet starting at 7 pm at the hotel.  Lecture and inspirational slide show.  Macro camera equipment overview.

• Saturday, March 11

9 am to 5 pm.  Classroom demos, followed by tabletop macro image-making in the classroom “studio” all morning, a lunch break, second afternoon lecture, then more photographing.

• Sunday, March 12

9 am to 5 pm.  More tabletop macro image-making in the classroom “studio” all morning, a lunch break, then a choice between preparing images for evaluation or more photographing, followed by supportive group image evaluations.  Workshop concludes at 5 pm.


All skill levels and camera formats welcome, including smartphone cameras. Students should also have a basic understanding of exposure and proficiency in post-capture image editing software, such as Lightroom, Photoshop or Snapseed.


No strenuous activity will be involved during the workshop.


All workshop withdrawal requests must be in writing and received either by US mail or e-mail and acknowledged by Charles Needle Photography. There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY, even for medical or family emergencies. Unless otherwise noted, based on cancellation date, the following apply:

• Greater than 91 days before the workshop start date: refund, minus a $250 administrative fee.

• Within 90 days of the start of the program: no refund.

Regardless of when you cancel, if you or we are able to fill your space, we will provide a refund of any payments made minus a $250 processing fee.

We encourage you to purchase refundable airline tickets and trip cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend trip insurance to protect you in the event of an unexpected situation that prevents you from attending the workshop. We recommend Travelguard or Travelex Insurance Services.

We reserve the right to cancel any workshop if the minimum student enrollment is not met, or due to any COVID-19 or other health concerns. In the event we cancel a workshop, you’ll be notified as soon as possible and be given the option to receive a full refund or apply your payment toward any future workshop within one calendar year from the date of cancellation.  

We are not, however, liable for expenses incurred such as airfare or accommodations, and for this reason we also recommend the purchase of trip insurance. The financial liability of Charles Needle Photography shall be limited to the amount paid to Charles Needle Photography for the tour/workshop only and shall not be extended to cover any other associated travel costs incurred (e.g. non-refundable air tickets, visa fees if applicable, clothing, equipment, miscellaneous transportation costs, lodging costs, medical expenses, travel insurance premiums, etc.).  For this reason, we highly recommend trip cancellation insurance.

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