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Macro Photography

Date: October 5 and 12
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Registration Deadline: October 4
Location: GAAC

Are you looking to get up-close and personal with the natural world? Learn techniques for making jaw-dropping photographs at high magnification. In this two-session workshop, you will learn how to use your camera in manual mode to make stunning up-close exposures of your garden, your walks in nature, food, products, or any subject you are looking to explore.

The first session will cover the basics of manual camera operation—the best exposure settings, lighting, and equipment for macro photography. We will view the work of several photographers known for their macro views and explore techniques for unique compositions, utilizing focus, depth of field, and focal length as our main tools to guide the viewer.

In the second session, you will show the photographs you produced in the week between our meetings. We will view and critique your work, discuss any questions that arose while photographing, and continue our discussion of composition and technique.

Emily J. Gómez is originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She earned a BA in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography from Loyola University Chicago in 1998. She went on to work as the staff photographer for a Metropolitan Detroit newspaper, The Spinal Column Newsweekly, for five years. In 2006, she earned an MFA with Distinction in Photography from the University of Georgia. Since 2006, she has been a professor of art at Georgia College, where she teaches darkroom, digital, and alternative process photography. Her artistic interests lie in finding awe-inspiring landscapes, often while contemplating their complicated layers of human history. emilyjgomez.com

A camera and memory card or film. (Instruction will be geared toward digital cameras that can be operated in manual mode, but any type of camera is welcome.)

A macro lens or close-focusing accessory for the camera

A tripod (optional)

Please read the GAAC cancellation and refund policy here: http://www.glenarborart.org/terms-and-conditions/


To ensure the safety of our students and Staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2022 programs to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons for indoor programs and 16 outdoor programs
  • All students who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home and not attend class.
  • Students and Staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Staff will sanitize common areas and touch surfaces regularly.
  • We have optimized our indoor ventilation system to reduce the risk of germs and contaminants spreading through the air.
  • If Leelanau County COVID-related cases are designated high risk, students and visitors must wear a face mask to prevent transmission.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, Staff will inform the GAAC’s new policies or procedures before the start of the course.


starts October 5 @ 10:00 am
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States
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Emily J. Gomez
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