8th Annual Frog and Reptile Macro Workshop

With Adam Jones & Mike Matthews


Location: Louisville, KY

Leader(s): Adam Jones & Mike Matthews

Pricing: $1,295
*Payment in full is required to register for this workshop.

Participants: Maximum 12

Exciting news: We are moving our annual frog and reptile macro workshop to our hometown of Louisville, KY. By popular demand, we are offering this spectacular workshop conveniently located in the heart of the Midwest.

Again, we have several additional new species to our usual 30-40 species for the weekend. Mike has gone all out to provide us great access to many rare and beautiful subjects for your filming pleasure. Last year, we added a large collection of still life subjects, such as moths, butterfly wings, various beetles, butterflies, and feathers.

Traveling the world far and wide would only offer a fraction of the exotic species we’ll photograph during our intensive workshop. Join Adam Jones and Mike Matthews in early June for an incredible experience photographing dart frogs, reptiles, and so much more. Subjects also include seashells, a graphic nautilus shell, feather patterns, and other great macro subjects, in addition to an outstanding collection of frogs, reptiles, and more. Once again, we are working with a new technique showcasing certain subjects on gorgeous mirror surfaces.

Client evaluations consistently show this workshop exceeds everyone’s expectations. We are pleased to offer photo enthusiasts a comfortable and inexpensive location just 15 minutes from Louisville International Airport. If you are located in the Midwest or East, we are a days’ drive from half the population of the U.S. In each class, everyone is totally amazed at the number of high quality, stunning images created during the limited workshop.

The word is out: Everyone captures incredible images while learning to use flash like an expert at this private workshop! Several participants have won prestigious photo contests with the images created during this macro workshop. Act quickly this workshop sells out every year. We photograph spectacularly colored dart frogs, exotic reptiles, and more in a private two-day workshop. There are 6-8 shooting stations with real plants, flowers, leaves, and bark as natural looking background environments. The resulting photos appear to be taken in the wild – actually looking better than in the wild. These creatures are difficult to find, and even when found, the lighting and backgrounds are often dreadful. We do not shoot through glass, nothing is between you and the subject to interfere with image or lighting quality.

You have total control: the lighting is perfect, the backgrounds flawless, the colors outrageous, and you maintain complete depth of field to show all the stunning details. The weekend begins with a presentation on macro photography, lighting, and exposing flash perfectly every time. We will teach you how to quickly solve the technical challenges with this kind of photography, allowing you to produce your best macro images ever.



Lecture on macro photography, and flash for macro, two days of photographing some of the most intriguing macro subjects you’ll ever find, critiques on demand, and Photoshop techniques for the best images possible. Shared use of our two Canon MP-E 65 macro lenses with Canon ring flash for 1x – 5x magnification close-ups for eye popping details, patterns, and eyeballs. Personal one-on-one help to make sure your camera and flash are set properly for perfect images.


Transportation to Louisville, KY, Lodging, and Meals


Among the many topics we cover are:

  • How to use flash perfectly when only inches from your subject
  • How to protect the highlights from blowing out in your pictures
  • The RAW workflow and using Luminosity Masks for expert results
  • Equipment options for macro photography
  • Professional way to replace a background with Photoshop
  • Understanding lighting ratios with a ring flash
  • How to replace unwanted reflections in eyes and reflective skin
  • How to get maximum depth of field and sharpness for small subjects


The workshop is open to people of all skill levels and experience. The majority of people shoot with digital SLRs, but this is not a pre-requisite for attending this workshop.


We suggest a Macro lens or some way of focusing very close, such as extension tubes or a Canon 500D diopter (this will fit any camera system and any normal or medium telephoto lens — you purchase it according to the ‘filter size’ of the lens you’ll be using). Contact us if you need advice on close-up accessories. A ring flash or a flash system with two small flash units on either side of the lens works great. If you don’t have one of these and don’t want to purchase one, contact us about very affordable rental options.

Constant light sources such as LED lights do not work.

A tripod in not needed for photographing the frogs and reptiles.

Please contact us for equipment advice and suggestions.



Drury Inn & Suites Louisville North
9597 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40241
Phone: 502-425-5500

The hotel is conveniently located 18 minutes from Louisville Int. Airport. Hotel also offers:

  • Free Hot Breakfast – Start every day with make-your-own Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, KELSO+BROS® coffee and more. Free hot breakfast is served daily from 6–9:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7–10 a.m. on weekends.
  • Free Evening Drinks and Snacks* – Join us from 5:30–7 p.m. every evening to enjoy free hot food and cold beverages at our 5:30 Kickback®. We feature a rotating menu of hot food, beer, wine, mixed drinks and soft drinks.
  • Free Wi-Fi Throughout the Hotel – Get the score, check your social networks or email family members from anywhere in the hotel – for free!
  • Free Soft Drinks and Popcorn – Freshly popped popcorn and a refreshing beverage make a great snack! Stop by the lobby for free soft drinks and popcorn every evening.
  • On-Site Facilities – Take advantage of the business center, fitness center or pool while you’re away from home. Print your boarding pass, finish a presentation or check e-mail in our business centers.


Photographic Workshop Cancellation Policy

Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. Please notify us at least 30 days prior to the Workshop starting date in the event you are unable to attend a Workshop in order to allow another person to apply. In order to reserve your space at the Workshop, full payment is required. If you must cancel, there will be a $100 charge, from the date of booking, up to 45 days prior to the Workshop. After 45 days, the balance of the Workshop is non-refundable, unless we fill your spot.

Adam Jones
6814 Clore Lake Road
Crestwood, KY 40014

For more information, please email me:

Mike Matthews
16810 Polo Fields Ln
Louisville, KY 40245

For more information, please email me:

*Please include all your normal contact information including your email address along with your check, and you will receive a written confirmation of payment. You will also receive a schedule of the seminar. Please also include the equipment you plan on bringing, such as the camera system you use and any flash equipment you may want to bring.

Many thanks, and we look forward to working with you in Louisville, KY.