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Macro Desert World At Tanque Verde Ranch

Genre: Photography
Location: MISA West (Tucson)

Macro Desert World At Tanque Verde Ranch

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Instructor: Mike Moats

About This Workshop

In this 4-day photography workshop (with the 5th day for self-exploration) come to capture the Sonoran desert’s tiny landscapes with international award winning professional macro photographer Mike Moats. 

Spend two days at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, known as ‘America’s Best Secret Garden,’ photographing succulent and cactus plants. Enjoy another day at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum; a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. Afternoons will be spent in the classroom working on post processing. 

At the end of the week students will gain insight through personalized critiques. 

The Tucson Ranch, located in the foothills of the Rincon mountains, showcases some of the oldest Saguaro cactuses in the region and the grounds include a wide variety of flowers and desert plants perfect for macro-photography. With Mike, you will be searching out artistic designs and abstracts in the desert plant life. 

This workshop is perfect for students who are ready to take their macro photography to the next level. Students will find this workshop both challenging and rewarding. 

 Key Concepts covered in this workshop:

Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories

Controlling light with diffusers, reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting.

Depth of Field

How to control depth of field with f/stops and special techniques / focus stacking with Helicon Focus.


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

Post Processing

Learn Mike’s post processing techniques using Photoshop, Smart Photo Editor, Nik Software, and Topaz software programs.

Tuition includes all admission fees.

Workshop Details

Dates:01/10/2022 to 01/14/2022
Level:Novice to Advanced
Materials List: Download




Tuition: $0

Lodging and Meal Options: $0

Total: $0 (plus tax) - Just $25% Minimum Deposit Required

Arrival Date: 01/10/2022

Departure Date: 01/14/2022

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