In this three-hour workshop, we will teach you how to get closer to your subjects; particularly to flowers and insects. We will share with you techniques and tips on how to get both sharp and interesting images.  This workshop is for a group who understand the very basics, but who want to learn more about close-up/macro photography. We will dedicate time to personalized attention and tailored guidance so that you can come away from today with a better understanding of concepts, how to use your equipment, and have some shots you are proud of.

What You'll Learn
  • Getting Close with Wide-Angle vs. Zoom

  • What does Macro really mean?

  • Perspective

  • Handheld Technique & Stability

  • Exposure Settings

  • Composition & Framing

Physical Difficulty

Standing and walking on grassy or forest paths. You will be encouraged to ‘get down low’ if you are able to comfortably.

Recommended Equipment
  • D-SLR or mirrorless camera

  • Macro Lens

  • Midrange zoom or Telephoto

  • Tripod

  • Spray bottle with water

Meeting Details

Please meet at the main entrance to the gardens at 1 PM. The address is 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA.


Paul Nguyen

Paul is a professional fine art photographer, specializing in nature and landscapes from around the world. Paul founded BlueHour in 2014 and designs and instructs all curriculum and course material, and is a tour leader. He works tirelessly making sure the business runs smoothly and is an incredible resource to his students. 

In April 2017, he served in the prestigious National Parks Artist in Residence program, at Petrified Forest, Arizona. His work also includes an exclusive assignment as the photographer for the Gallery on the Charles River at the Museum of Science, Boston.  His images have been licensed by organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, Tamron USA, Amazing New England Artworks, and numerous local and international publications, and his outstanding image-making and teaching have gained him an equipment sponsorship from Tamron USA.

Paul lives and works out of Hanson, MA, and can be seen promoting and selling his work at art shows and fairs in New England throughout the year, and is also a lecturer and contest judge for local camera clubs. The Boston Camera Club awarded him Judge of the Year honors for 2015-2016.

Visit his website and portfolio at www.paulnguyenphoto.com