Close-Up Photography


Close-Up Photography
online class 

This is our online photography class devoted exclusively to the world of close-up photography. We will take every student on an adventure filled eye-popping journey into the world of CLOSE-UP photography with and without a macro lens! This class will quickly debunk the myth that close-up photography is solely about flowers, bees and butterflies.


Of course no close-up photography class would be complete without exploring these topics, but this course goes way beyond these common subjects and exposes you to many other close-up subjects that will have you soon exclaiming, “Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?”


You will also make the discovery that your own home is a virtual gold mine for ‘mining’ truly compelling photographs.


This 4-week course is loaded with an extreme amount of close-up photography tips and techniques and will not only change your mind about WHAT subjects make a great close-up opportunity but it will also change your style and approach to picture making in general as you soon realize just how many intimate and close encounters await you at every turn-no matter what lenses you may have in your bag.

How it works:
Class materials/lessons
Course starts on Friday - your first lesson will be opened (and so on - four lessons in four weeks). Lesson materials are super valuable with great content - full of interesting theory and practical photo examples. 
Each week you will receive one fun and innovative lesson that you can download, four lessons in total. At the end of each lesson you will also find your enjoyable and challenging assignment 

You will have 10 days to complete your assignment (until next Sunday). After you have completed your work, you will upload your photos for feedback.

Valuable critiques
Your instructors are passionate about  close up and macro photography and will offer extremely honest to the point critiques of your work - we’re all adults here and we’ll save the “sugar coating” for the dessert cookies. Feedback is a gift! You also have the ability to see the other students images and view their critiques from the instructor as well each week. 


Q&A Forum
This forum is available for all your photographic discussions. Here is where you can ask all questions and get answers! Here you can interact with our instructors and fellow photographers. Join our photo community and meet new friends!

Instructors and photographers: Monika and Patrik Banas

Author : Bryan F Peterson*


What is also included:

  • 4 valuable lessons / class materials with tons of examples

  • 8 photography assignments (2 per lesson) + honest feedback/critique of your images

  • experienced photo instructor(s)

  • dedicated and private learning environment

  • time flexibility - fully ONLINE class


Starting date: Friday, April 3, 2020

Duration: 4+1 week

Regular Price: 149 CHF

NOW >> Introduction price: 129 CHF

Payment via bank transfer or online in advance prior the course opening.

​Interested? Contact us for more info:     Any other question? Read our FAQ.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1

  • What does it mean macro and close-up

  • Macro lenses and extension tubes

  • Mirror lock up for perfectly sharp imagesL

  • Useful tips about photo gear - lenses to get great close-up pictures, filters and more to photograph details

  • Assignment #1

Lesson 2

  • Depth of field and optical rules

  • Mining the mundane - getting excited about everyday subjects

  • Your subject is as important as your background

  • When is the best time to photograph vertically

  • Assignment #2

Lesson 3

  • Home studio in your kitchen

  • How to create your own "rain droplets"

  • Role of the cleaning detergents for close-up details

  • Close-up ratios in macro photography

  • Assignment #3


Lesson 4

  • Textures and patterns, close-up and personal

  • Out of focused sources of light and reflections

  • How to work with your white balance

  • Wide angle lens for close photography 

  • Assignment #4

Course Requirements:
- basic knowledge of photography triangle (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)

- any camera with full manual exposure mode

- basic macro gear e.g. extension tubes and/or close-up filters and/or 60mm, 100mm, 105mm, 180mm or 200mm macro lens - ask us in advance about your equipment, if you are in any doubts.

- tripod is highly recommended
- computer with internet connection

There will be other optional equipment that we will be exploring and talking about during the course that will show you many options for capturing great shots. Apart the basic requirements above, everything is optional and all equipment is introduced only to make you aware about its existence and how to maybe use it for your next close-up adventures...

We are offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your course - please notify us within 7 days of your course start date (prior opening second lesson). We will refund your tuition in full, no questions asked.

*Bryan F Peterson has been a photographer for over 30 years and teaching photography for 20 years. He brings a unique educational style which will guarantee creative and fun learning by all photographers. Bryan is the author of such best selling books as Understanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Learning to See Creatively and Understanding Close-up Photography. Bryan, Patrik and Monika are friends and business partners for over ten years and they are running courses and workshops together in many parts of the world.

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