The Art of Macro Photography


Macro photography is among the most challenging genres of photography. It requires the understanding of complex photographic equipment and exceptional skills in often delicate situations.

Yet it is an exciting and creative form of photography, it allows us to reach into the inner space of nature and to record an image that is not easily visible to the naked eye. There is nothing more satisfying than to take a close-up shot of an insect or a flower at the macroscopic level.

Come to this comprehensive 11-hour training programme comprising of theory, indoor practicum and supervised field practicum

In the first lesson on Tuesday evening, you will learn about the gear that is best suited for macro photography. You may then wish to procure them from your favourite outlets for the following week's lessons. You will learn to master aperture, exposure and focus settings as well as composition techniques for macro photography. You will also learn how to design and fabricate a flash diffuser with the materials provided to you.

In the second lesson the following Thursday, you will bring your macro gear together with the diffuser that you have fabricated for the classroom practicum. There will be specially arranged live specimens and interesting subjects for you to practise in this practicum. You will exercise your creative skills in arranging the specimens to practise shooting. You will then learn how to use Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 tools to post-process your photos to perfection.

In the third lesson on Saturday morning, you will go on a supervised field practicum in the forested areas of Admiralty Park before adjourning back to the classroom for post-processing. The course will end with a sharing and gallery walk presentation of your works.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for photographers with basic to intermediate skills, using DSLR or Mirrorless cameras. This course is not recommended for novice photographers.

Entry Requirement

Computers (Windows 10) installed with Adobe CC 2019 will be provided for post-processing lesson. Course participants need to be conversant with the use of Windows 10.


Certificate of Attendance will be issued by RP upon completion of course.

Trainer Profile

Award winning photographer, Mr Fong Yew Chan has been pursuing his passion for the past 30 years. His favorite genre is travel and macro photography as it allows him to capture the beauty and splendor of nature while he travels all over the world. Being an engineer by training, he knows how to exploit the camera to its fullest while appreciating the beauty of nature and composing it for the perfect shot. He enjoys capturing nature scenes which “the eye cannot see”. He is extremely proficient in digital post processing techniques using Adobe tools and is able to transform ordinary looking photos to extraordinary works. He has been conducting basic and advanced photography classes for adult learners as well as polytechnic students. You can visit his Facebook to view his photographic works.

Course Date

Run 3

March 26, Tuesday, 6.30pm to 9.30pm in Republic Polytechnic

April 04, Thursday, 6.30pm to 9.30pm in Republic Polytechnic

April 06, Saturday, 7.30am to 12.30pm at Admiralty Park & Republic Polytechnic 

Course Duration

 11 Hours

Course Venue

Republic Polytechnic & Admiralty Park
Full Course Fee (Others) Workfare Training Scheme(WTS) Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above SME-employed Singapore Citizens & SPR Singapore Citizens aged below 40 OR Singapore PR
$$476.15 $31.60 $47.62 $53.85 $142.85

 *Course fees accurate as of 25 February 2019, subject to review annually.

*SkillsFuture credit approved.
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Last updated on 19 Aug 2019

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Fees quoted are inclusive of GST. Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to make changes to the course fees and application closing dates without prior notice. The commencement of each course is subject to a sufficient number of participants. All information is accurate at time of publishing.