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Macro Photography Workshop 1-2-1


Dates & Prices


Dates: Between April – September

Price: £185 per person

Location: Mainland UK

Deposit: £50 per person

Price Includes: Full days tuition in the field & a charitable donation to Buglife

Not Included: Refreshments, equipment, transport & entry fees to sites (where relevant). For most locations we will also need to charge to cover Matt’s travel expenses, which can be discussed at the time of booking.

Conservation Donation: Buglife

Leader: Matt Doogue

Group Size: Minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 (if you get 1-2 friends to join you)

Holiday Highlights

  • Learn how to get the most from your camera equipment 
  • Discover the amazing natural world that close-up and macro photography can reveal
  • Practice in the field to see, enjoy and photograph nature where it is meant to be
  • Gain insights into the subjects photographed – observing them in the field and using fieldcraft to approach them
  • Guidance, tips and advice from Matt throughout the day on a 1-2-1 basis
  • Perfect for helping take your macro photography to a new level
  • Get 1-2 friends to join you and you will all receive a discount – contact us to discuss
  • Relaxed style – learn in a fun and friendly environment
  • Contribute towards conservation with a donation to Buglife

Take Matt’s masterclass in macro and learn how to take stunning close up images!


Matt Doogue
Workshop Guide

Matt Doogue has always been fascinated with wildlife, especially invertebrates and he discovered that you could get great close up pictures using a macro lens on your DSLR, so taught himself how to get those incredible images he was so used to seeing on the internet and in magazines. Matt’s work is now published in a variety of magazines, websites and on television with BBC Springwatch. He has a regular feature on the BBC Earth website and has now drawn the attention of National Geographic and Canon. This year Matt will also judge the macro category of the British Photography Awards. Some of Matt’s work can be found on his Facebook page.

Matt also runs a conservation group with friends called ‘A planet fit for nature’, The aim is simple; to educate children and families about our wildlife, its current condition, and what we can do to help save and conserve it.

Take your photography to a new level with a private macro masterclass with Matt Doogue! 

Learn how to create amazing macro images of insects, plants, fungi and other wonders of nature with your DSLR, compact, or bridge camera. Matt will guide you through a range of different techniques that will help you see and capture some amazing close up details of the natural world!

We will not only show you how to take quality macro photographs of a whole range of creatures in their natural habitats, we will also discuss and demonstrate field craft, such as showing you where to find what you’re looking for and how to approach your subject when you find it. We’ll also be giving you tips and settings advice about equipment and discussing the different approach and techniques required for different subjects, lenses and accessories. This workshop is mainly aimed at small groups of photographers, wildlife groups and camera clubs.

For inspiration browse some of Matt’s work in the gallery (click on the tab above).

Dependent on the weather we will aim for a start time of 7:30am in the spring/summer months. This will allow us to get extra close to those insects that are just warming up. We will tour the area selected and finish at around 3pm. Tuition and feedback on images will be given throughout the day.

Please note that we are flexible regarding the start time and finish times and will be more than happy to discuss your specific requirements.

Questions and answers

What will I need to bring?

A camera – DSLR, compact or bridge

A macro lens if you have one – don’t worry if you haven’t as we can get creative with telephotos, zooms & wide angles too!

Memory cards & batteries – make sure your spare batteries are fully charged!

A tripod/monopod (only if you wish to use one, we try to promote hand held technique)

Suitable clothing for outdoors and all weathers

Food and drink

What do I need to know?

It would be useful to come to the workshop with a basic understanding of your camera. For example, knowing how to control shutter speed and aperture can be very important in achieving technically good macro shots so being familiar with these settings is a good start.

But please don’t worry if you don’t feel you do understand these settings or any others, we will be able to help you learn throughout the day.

How will the day be run?

The workshop will cover techniques and approach for different subjects,as well as lens and accessory choice, use of flash, and camera settings.

You’ll spend your time in the field taking photos, with Matt on hand to offer guidance throughout the day.

At the end of the workshop you will have received a good introduction into close-up and macro photography and found out about the possibilities for taking your own macro photography further by the use of the techniques learnt and the equipment options available to you.

Are there any age restrictions?

No. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. We do ask that children (anyone under 18) are accompanied by a parent or guardian though.

What if the weather is bad on the day?

If it is deemed unsuitable to even start the workshop we’ll try and agree a mutually convenient alternative date with you.


Meet & Greet: Arrival on site for introductions and explanation of how the day will run

Workshop: Photography in the field for at least 6 hours (with a lunch break at a mutually agreeable time)

Departure: Goodbyes and depart from the workshop site

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