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Close-up Photography - with or without a macro lens

Close-up Photography - with or without a macro lens

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  • Sun 12 Jul, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Kim Westerskov's Photo Workshop Studio, 18 Greerton Road, Gate Pa, Tauranga


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Workshop Admission, Non-student: $295.00
  • Workshop Admission, Full Time Student (with ID): $145.00


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Close Up Photography – with or without a macro lens
Intimate Encounters with our amazing world - finding magic, creating magic.

Many keen photographers will really enjoy this workshop, I think. When I first ran it a few years ago I got very enthusiastic comments afterwards. One of the photographers, Hazel Ellis, took the techniques she’d learned, found some flowering Cosmos [just like we’d been photographing in Viv’s garden here], added a Monarch butterfly caterpillar and the resulting photo earned her a Highly Commended in the world’s largest and most prestigious plant and flower photo competition, the International Garden Photographer of the Year - run by Kew Gardens in London. Hazel’s photo is here
Hazel told me: “If it wasn't for that workshop I would never have been crawling around inside the plants in my garden trying out all the things I learned with you”.

A whole new world opens up for you when you & your camera get up close and personal with the world we live in. I’ve been exploring both documentary [“real”] and creative [artistic/impressionist] close-up photography for some time now. On March 29 I’ll run the third “Close Up Photography” workshop. The good news – as well as the fact that it’s rewarding and fun - is that you don’t need to own a special “macro lens”. For most readers, you already have lenses that can get close enough to enter the wonderful and exciting world of close up.

The workshop will, first of all, introduce you to the principles of close up photography – and to the technical stuff. Then we’ll get on to finding magic and creating magic. All of the accompanying photos [except three] were taken here within 20 metres of where you will be sitting – and photographing - in the workshop studio. I will take you, step by step, through how I got these photos [and more] - and then in the afternoon, it will be hands-on. Cameras in hand, we will find magic and we will create magic. You will go home inspired and with your head buzzing with ideas and techniques. It should be a lot of fun.

Kim is uniquely qualified to teach this. He is one of the very few photographers ever to have won five First Prizes in the BBC/Natural History Museum “Wildlife photographer of the Year”, the world’s biggest and most prestigious nature photography competition, running for over 50 years now. This competition is recognized as the Oscars or Olympics of nature photography worldwide.

Sunday 29 March 9.00 am – 5.00 pm plus assignment and follow-up evening 2-3 weeks later for assignment evaluation [at a time that suits everyone]. The follow-up can be by email.

Cost: Full course fee [which includes tuition, hand-outs, yummy catering, assignment and follow-up] $295. Fulltime students with ID $145.

About Kim Westerskov. Kim has had a long and internationally-recognized career as a photographer and for the last 12 years has taught, inspired and guided many photographers through mentoring, tuition and the regular workshops he runs, mostly from his workshop studio in Tauranga.
Kim has had 18 books published internationally, all written and photographed by him.

Any questions: please contact Kim at

For a good dose of photography, articles, photo tips, and inspiration check out Kim's newsletters at

Kim Westerskov’s 2020 Workshop Programme.
• Sunday 29th March. “Close Up Magic”
• Saturday 2nd May. “Photo Essentials”
• Sunday 24th May. “Slow, smooth & wonderful – long exposures”
• Saturday 20th June. “Great people photos” Portraits, kids, families, candid, travel, events, weddings.
• Sunday 19th July. “Photo Impressionism & Photo Art”
• Saturday 15th August. “Zap, Zing, Wow! & Creativity”
• Saturday 10th October. “Even more exciting new techniques”
• Sunday 1st November. “Good photos, great photos – anytime, anywhere”

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