Macro Photography Workshop

Expert-led macro photography workshop to suit your schedule held on any day of the week, here in the heart of the Surrey Hills, one hour south of London. The most comprehensive macro workshop available in the UK.

2020 update on my macro photography workshops - Hi, realistically I cannot see me doing these for the time being, sincerest apologies to one and all =/

Macro Photography Workshop

by Johan J Ingles-Le Nobel
Last updated December 31, 2019


Improve your macro skills with a personalised macro photography class using the widest choice of macro equipment of any UK macro photography course - full access to my complete macro studio. Try out everything from MPE65 and JML21mm to Stackshot, WeMacro and MJKZZ focus stacking rails. Go over anything from this site that you want, from focus stacking to insect entomology techniques. Come for either a full day or a half day - up to 8 hrs macro photography on the full day and 4 hrs on the half day. I operate a maximum class size of 2, which means that you can also bring a friend along at no extra charge.

Macro workshop with Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel, author

Johan Ingles-Le Nobel, author. My macro photography work has been featured on the BBC, La Republica, The South China Morning Post,, F Stoppers, Lightstalking, The Photography Blogger, Photography Vox, Cognysis,,, The Smithsonian Magazine, "I F*cking Love Science" webzine, Pentax Premiere Gallery, Pentax Exclusive Gallery, Pentaxforums and in the local media, together with a variety of other online media. My work has been exhibited in London, Newcastle, Stockport, Bristol, Reading, Weybridge, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Peterborough and Uxbridge and I am a Pentax Ambassador.

The macro photography workshops that I run are based around on the talks I've given at various photography clubs, and are aimed at all levels of photographers, from professional wildlife photographers to enthusiastic amateurs. Typically we'll start out at my house in Holmbury St.Mary (Surrey), in the centre of the Hurtwood, and then we'll move on to shoot macro in the local North Downs. Or we can do focus stacking upstairs in my macro studio - I am completely flexible, what we do is entirely up to you! But please let me know beforehand so I can prep properly.

Full Day Macro Photography Workshop

The full day workshop has a nice feature that I don't do on the half day, namely I'll set my Robinson mothtrap for you the previous day so that we can take some great shots of the moths against leaves and branches during your workshop. Believe it or not moths are on the wing every night of the year so, weather permitting, we'll should get some decent insect macro shots. June and July are especially good for this - this is when the Elephant Hawkmoth is out and about, the stunning creature at the bottom of this page.

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What To Bring to your Macro Photography Workshop

There really is plenty of macro gear available here for you to use and try out, but I'd advise you to practice with your own equipment as well, as that's what you're going to be using. A 1:1 macro lens is the best; for a crop sensor DSLR I'd recommend a lens with a 60mm minimum focal length, and for a full frame DSLR a lens with a minimum 100mm focal length. That said if you want to do more extreme macro (ie 1:1 to 10:1) then you'll want something more specialized, such as the lenses on this site. But if you don't have one you can always use one of mine. Also, knowing the British weather, you'll probably want walking boots, a hat and a sensible rain-proof coat of some sort!

Book your Macro Photography Workshop

Please use the contact form to make your macro workshop booking - click the big button. Please let me know which date works best for you, whether you're after a half day or full day, and what you'd like to cover during the day. Reservations are confirmed when payment is received and funds have cleared; I will then confirm your booking.

From the Macro workshop - Elephant Hawk Moth

A stunning Elephant Hawkmoth, a regular sight on full day workshops in June and July.

Macro Photography Workshop - Terms & Conditions

If, for whatever unforeseen reason I need to cancel a session, then of course a full refund of all monies paid by you will be made. I cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal items, or for any personal accident or injury. Participants are responsible for replacement of any loaned equipment that gets broken. Once a booking/reservation is made all deposits or fees are not refundable or exchangeable under any circumstances. Privacy policy: customer data never sold or shared. Your information is safe and secure.

Comments (3)

Article: Macro Photography Workshop
Peter Wilson says...
Just spent a fabulous day with Johan. As a reasonably competent macro photographer I was looking for guidance on the next step into extreme macro and Johan provided exactly that. His knowledge is very wide in both the insects and equipment. His very relaxed approach puts you at ease as soon as you meet him and the beautiful surroundings of the Surrey Hills are breath taking. I took away everything I needed to know for my next step, and this website has all the information regarding the various techniques we discussed during the day should I need to refer back. Thank you for a memorable day.......
2nd July 2017 10:58pm
Martin Major says...
I have done some basic macro photography but wanted to improve. I booked a day course with Johan after seeing his work and reading articles from the site. The day was excellent! We covered subjects, equipment, advanced techniques, the importance of correct lighting, preparing subjects and on and on. The equipment available to illustrate each point was so helpful. Thank you Johan.
28th June 2017 8:06pm
Charles Shearer says...
Spent a day with Johan last weekend. Idyllic surroundings and great hospitality. Most comprehensive collection of macro / extreme macro related equipment imaginable - tremendous benefit being able to compare optics, platforms, stages and even software required for successful stacking. Added advantage of learning more about the subjects - gathering, preparing, positioning, storing and re-storing. The course is informal in the sense that you get what you want, not to a set format - ideal kickstart for a novice or in-depth tutorial for the more experienced. The food was good too!!
15th June 2017 8:51am
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