Course Description: Join us in the world-class Gibbs Gardens in northern Georgia for a journey in macro photography. We will experience the variety available in the gardens which range from Japanese gardens to Manor gardens and many types of flowers. Beyond macro photography, there are plenty of opportunities for scenic photographs of the gardens as a whole or in part, including wildflower meadows and a sculpture garden.


We want this to be an enjoyable and relaxing experience filled with photography talk and learning, an open environment to ask whatever questions you have and to get some real world tips and techniques that you can apply whether you are shooting the latest DSLR or an iPhone or Android.  


When: March 30 - April 2, 2017


Cost: $550 Early Bird Special (register before February 15, 2017)

         $600 Regular Registration

         Lodging and meals are additional.

   Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

   Includes an annual pass to Gibbs Gardens.



Max#: 14 participants


Location: We will be photographing in Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, GA. We will be meeting and having our seminars at the Holiday Inn Express at 713 Transit Ave, Canton, GA 30114. To reserve your room for the special rate of $99/night, call the hotel desk directly at 770.479.7300 and request the special discount rate under Bear Creek Photography. We suggest that you reserve your room as soon as possible as there are not many hotels in the area, and they fill up fast at this time of year.



What To Bring:

  • camera gear including a tripod, your manual, and a range of lenses
  • any macro equipment you have such as lenses, extension tubes, magnifying filters, etc.
  • laptop (if you would like to)
  • Notebook/Paper and Pen/Pencil
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Layers of clothing and rain gear (be prepared for anything)



Please bring your camera(s), your camera manual, your selection of lenses, a tripod, and a laptop (if you would like to). If you have a macro lens, magnifying filters, and/or extension tubes, please bring these as we will have many opportunities for macro photography in the gardens. If you have a lens baby, there could be some wonderful places to experiment with this specialized lens.


We recommend bringing layers of clothing and rain gear. Though the weather will probably be warm, it can still be quite unpredictable. Please dress accordingly. We intend to spend long periods of time in the gardens, so be prepared for changing temperatures and rain. We will continue to shoot in light rain and will wait out any heavy showers.


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