Masterclass: Macro Photography with James Dorey




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As a precautionary measure, all education and public programs scheduled until the end of April 2020 have been postponed. As more information becomes available, we will do our best to keep you updated.

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**If you have already booked into the workshop on Sunday 26 April and/or Sunday 3 May, we will be in touch with your options and next steps.


When: Sunday 26 April and Sunday 3 May, 2020 - POSTPONED

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Adelaide Botanic Garden. Lecture Room, Goodman Building, Hackney Road, Adelaide

Cost: $200 incl. GST each session

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium is offering a unique opportunity to learn from one of the leading scientific macro photographers, James Dorey.

An award-winning nature photographer who specialises in macro and extreme macro photography, James' work has been published in books, magazines, mainstream media and scientific journals. In fact, his own book, Bees of Australia; A Photographic Exploration was published in 2018.

Join James as he teaches participants the best photographic techniques to achieve quality nature based macro photography images.

This course is offered over two days and participants can book into one or both days, depending on interest and experience.

This course is ideal for emerging photographers with a keen interest and passion for nature based photography. Lunch is included on both days.

Day 1

Participants will explore the techniques behind macro photography while taking shots in the Adelaide Botanic Garden as guided by James. This session will cover:

  • Photographic techniques and camera function (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lighting, composition etc.)
  • Macro photography and associated techniques

Day 2

This session will focus on the photo editing required for quality images and will cover:

  • The use of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
  • How to image stack for any type of photography
  • Instructor-led discussions and Q&A
  • Feedback and image critique


About James Dorey

James Dorey is driven by his love of nature. A love that was instilled in him while growing up surrounded by rainforest. This provided James with an environment rich in plant and animal life to explore. These interests were carried into his science degree, where he is now studying and photographing native bee diversity in Australia and the South Pacific. James has won many awards including National Geographic Photographer of the Year (2016), and four times a finalist of the Australian Photography Awards.