MACRO Photography Workshop ~ 2017 ~ SOLD OUT

October 2017 ~ Two dates offered

Join Jeff Parker for his Macro Photography Workshop in central Texas

TWO (2) SEPARATE “Macro Photography Workshops ~ 2017” offered
~ Each only with space for EIGHT (8):

Saturday, October 21, 2017 workshop ~ SOLD OUT ~
~ OR ~
Sunday, October 22, 2017 workshop
~~~ EMAIL ME if you’d like to be on the waiting list. ~~~

Gain better control over depth-of-field & perfect your macro photography techniques during this full-day central-Texas MACRO photography workshop.

The workshop will cover both artistic and technical aspects of one of my favorite forms of photography.

During your workshop I’ll explain the ins and outs of macro gear, including providing pointers about what lenses work best in certain situations and why. Learn how lens focal length affects field of view, working distance, and —-ultimately -— your composition.

Jeff Parker's Macro Photography Workshop in central Texas

Become more comfortable with your camera’s manual mode, all while mastering the art of “focusing with your feet.” Learn how to “see” subjects & backgrounds with “macro” eyes and recognize the myriad ways (beyond the obvious) macro images differ from “regular” shots, including taking a look at how color affects your image.

And, since I’m a nature photographer, expect to take home tips on getting up close and personal photos of wildflowers, insects, and nature’s other small features and creatures — especially the ones that will be out and about in our country setting for this fall 2017 workshop. (I can’t promise since nature is, well, nature, but we usually have lots of butterflies this time of the year…part of why we’ve scheduled the workshop for these two dates.)

Jeff Parker’s “MACRO Photography Workshop ~ 2017” INCLUDES:

A full day of learning & creative photography fun, and lunch on-site. Workshop begins at 10:00 A.M. and ends at 4:30 P.M.


  • Sessions on the technical side of macro photography
  • Sessions on composing for macro
  • Session on lighting with regard to macro photography
  • Sessions on color & creativity
  • Problem-solving techniques for macro photography challenges
  • Tips for focusing on nature’s smallest subjects
  • LOTS of field practice interspersed with classroom learning.
  • Jeff’s one-to-one assistance throughout the day
  • Handout & note-taking packet
  • Snack & drinks (coffee, teas, soda, water, etc.)
  • Post-workshop image review (I’ve tried doing reviews during the workshop but found there just isn’t enough time to do them well; therefore, the offer stands for post-workshop image review via email for interested participants).
  • Lunch (Yes! We most certainly welcome vegetarians, gluten-free, or ?? ~ just let us know.)

Macro Photography Workshop Does NOT Include:

Lodging, breakfast, dinner, transportation to and from workshop

Macro photo workshop in central Texas

If you’re interested in lodging nearby, check out the list below. There are B&B’s and other choices in Smithville (8 miles away), La Grange (17 miles away), and Bastrop (23 miles away).


Wondering what equipment you’ll need for Jeff Parker’s “Macro Photography Workshop?” Click on this EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF) to find out what he suggests. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

You don’t necessarily have to have a macro lens to do this workshop. Email me to find out how you can work around not having one. Or, if maybe you’ll want to rent one if you don’t. is a great place to rent lenses.

Macro Photography Workshop Central Texas


Red Belly Ranch is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville, Texas’ first certified Film Friendly Community where “Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt and at least a dozen other films have been made. While visiting us, be sure and put aside some time to check out Smithville’s wonderful historic Main Street, including its nice collection of artisan shops and other unique shops, as well as the Lost Pines Artisans Alliance.

Where’s Smithville?
On a map, connect the dots for the cities of Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Smithville sits about in the middle of the triangle you formed by connecting those dots.

Travel Time:
FROM HOUSTON: About 1 ¾ hours
FROM SAN ANTONIO: About 1 ½ hours
FROM AUSTIN: About 1 ¼ hours
FROM DALLAS/FT. WORTH: About 4 ½ hours

The Red Belly Ranch is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville.

It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Smithville.
It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Red Belly from La Grange.
It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Bastrop.

SMITHVILLE has three B&B’s and one budget motel. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Smithville.

B&B: Smithville Inn
B&B: Katy House B&B
America’s Best Value Inn

LA GRANGE (17 miles to the EAST of Red Belly) also has lodging. It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Red Belly from La Grange. La Grange is worth a visit, too ~ with The Bugle Boy (a very special music venue), a unique historic town square, and a gorgeous courthouse built in 1891, we recommend scheduling time for exploration. This is a sample of what they offer:

B&B: Brendan Manor
Chain hotels:
Best Western Plus
Hampton Inn

BASTROP (23 miles to the NW of Red Belly) has lots of lodging. It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Bastrop. We’ve listed a couple of our favorite B&B’s and these chain hotels:

B&B:Morris Mansion
B&B:Pecan Street Inn
Days Inn
Quality Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn & Suites
Comfort Suites
Best Western
Super 8


o FIRST WORKSHOP: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 10:00 am ~ approx. 4:30 pm ~ ONE (1) spot left~
o SECOND WORKSHOP: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, 10:00 am ~ approx. 4:30 pm ~ SOLD OUT~
PRICE: $165 ~ one workshop (Oct. 21st ~ OR ~ Oct. 22nd)
SPACE FOR: EIGHT (8) in each workshop.

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