Art of Macro Photography – Apr

1 Day - Tempe, AZ
April 1, 2023
Activity Level
Skill Level


Registration deadline: March 15, 2023

Seeing the world close up is quite fascinating. Things you don’t typically see with the naked eye become visible with macro photography such as intricate elements, patterns, and texture.  Join Northern Arizona University photography instructor and co-author of The Art of Macro Photography book, Amy Horn for this hands-on learning environment.


During this intensive workshop, Amy will teach, demonstrate and assist participants in capturing various macro subjects such as flowers, fruit, feathers, rocks, and other interesting subjects.  Amy will also instruct on how to capture water droplets with colorful backdrops.  She will also discuss gear options, flash, and demonstrate how to focus-stack images in order to get subjects tack-sharp from foreground to background.


During this workshop, you will put theory into practice. You will begin to understand the use of different lenses, the need for light diffusion, and the limitations and benefits of getting close. Of course, the best part of the workshop is the beautiful images you will take home of very small things.

Workshop includes:

  • Photographic instruction
  • One lunch
  • Discount on Helicon software purchase
  • Post-workshop critique


A pre-workshop webinar will be hosted one to two weeks prior to the class.  The date and time will be forthcoming.  The webinar will explain what is macro, and how to focus stack images.  Amy will give participants an assignment for the class of taking a single image with the closest focus point.  You will need to download the trial version of Helicon Focus prior to the webinar.


Day 1 – Saturday, April 1, 2023

  • The workshop will kick off with introductions and a short recap of the webinar presentation.
  • Then, we will jump into two small groups that rotate through different macro stations for non-focus stacked images using flowers and liquids.
  • Before lunch, Amy will demonstrate focus stacking and provide props for practice.
  • During our working lunch, we will practice stacking images while Amy works individually with participants on their stacking technique.
  • Immediately following lunch, we return to our stations with new macro subjects to practice the beauty of macro photography through focus stacking and single images.
  • We will continue to hone our macro skills and practice at the various macro stations until the workshop ends at 5:00 p.m.

Equipment & Prerequisites:

The following items will be required to participate in this workshop.

  • Digital SLR and/or Mirrorless Cameras (Point-n-Shoots are not adequate)
  • A macro lens that allows 1:1 ratio (65mm, 100mm, 200mm, or whatever lens length that allows macro photography)
  • Off Camera Flash with Wired or Wireless Cable remote*
  • Camera remote-wired or wireless
  • Laptop, Card Reader, Flash Drive
  • Sturdy Tripod and Ball-head
  • Prior to the workshop, you will be given information on trial stacking software to download in preparation of the class)

*If you have questions about your existing gear or if you plan to purchase and/or rent gear for this workshop, please email us at and we will put you in touch with Amy.

The workshop will be held at:

Hampton Inn & Suites Tempe/Phoenix Airport
1550 S. 52nd St.
Tempe, AZ 85281


The workshop will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. in the Papago Meeting Room. Please arrive a few minutes early to locate the classroom and find a seat.




Amy Horn
Ivan Martinez
Photo Guide
CANCELLATION POLICY: Please pay careful attention to our cancellation policy.  We are unable to make exceptions for any reason, including family and medical emergencies.  No refunds will be issued within 2 weeks of this workshop. A 10% administrative fee will apply to other cancellations.

Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS.  Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.

PAYMENT TERMS:  Payment in full is due at registration unless otherwise indicated.