• Sun, July 30th
  • Time: 1-5pm
  • Instructor: Leah Gray
  • Level: Beginner – Intermediate
  • Cost: $85
  • Supplies: Bring your camera, lens and a tripod.

Broaden your photography horizons by discovering the magical world of Close-up and Macro Photography. Find out what settings and techniques work best, work with depth-of-field and add light to your subject. This is a three-hour session composed of a classroom lecture followed by an opportunity to shoot with instruction in the McTavish garden and grounds behind the school.

Students should bring their camera along with any macro lenses, extension tubes, close-up lenses and/or focus rails they may own along with a tripod. Bring a short and long lens if these other items are not in your camera kit. Students should be very familiar with their camera using manual settings.


Leah Gray, FCAPA, PPSA, AFIAP, BPSA is a Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA) certified judge. Leah Gray has accumulated over 750 acceptances for her images in International Photography Exhibitions including 17 gold medals, 3 Best in Show awards as well as other medals and placings. Leah’s image “Siblings” won the gold medal and best-in-show in the PSA Nature and Wildlife division from International Exhibitions world-wide in 2018. Interests range from wildlife and landscape photography to sports, travel, macro, studio, and creative images.

https://spirithills.ca/ (Leah)

Steve Smith PhD, RPF(Ret) has won gold medals and other significant awards in national and international photographic competitions. Steve has taught forestry at the university level. He has presented photography workshops on various subjects to members of the Victoria Camera Club. He has been involved in a number of image review groups and has judged internal and international competitions. For Steve, the art of photography is a combination of light, composition and a moment, to create a compelling piece of visual art. Compelling because an emotional link is forged between the viewer and the image. Nature and wildlife photography are his main interests but he also enjoys travel, table top, macro, creative and studio work.

https://spirithills.ca/ (Leah)
https://treehunterphotos.ca/ (Steve)