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5th Annual Frog and Reptile Macro Workshop
with Adam Jones & Mike Matthews

Frog & Reptile Macro Workshop
February 18 & 19, 2017
Location: Fort Myers, FL
Workshop Fee: $895.00 Payment in full is required to register for this workshop.
Maximum number of participants: 12
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Please see my Frog Gallery here

This year we have several additional new species to our usual 35-40 species for the weekend. Mike has gone all out to provide us great access to many rare and beautiful subjects for your filming pleasure.

Traveling the world far and wide would only offer a fraction of the exotic species we'll photograph in two days in sunny Ft. Myers, FL. Join Adam Jones and Mike Matthews this winter for an incredible experience photographing dart frogs, reptiles, and more. Subjects also include seashells, a graphic nautilus shell, feathers and other great macro subjects in addition to a class leading collection of frogs, reptiles, and more. This year we are working with a new technique showcasing certain subjects on gorgeous reflective surfaces.

Client evaluations consistently show this workshop exceeds everyone’s expectations. We are pleased to offer photo enthusiasts a winter getaway in a larger facility, located conveniently at the Fort Myers airport.

Everyone is totally amazed at the number of high quality, stunning images created during this limited workshop.

The word is out, everyone captures incredible images while learning to use flash like an expert at this private workshop! Several participants even won prestigious photo contests with the images created during our macro workshop. Act quickly this workshop sells out every year. By popular request, we are offering two opportunities to photograph these extraordinary subjects on back to back weekends. We photograph spectacularly colored dart frogs, exotic reptiles, tarantulas, 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 you do find them, the lighting and backgrounds are often dreadful. We are not photographing through glass, there is nothing 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 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 my Canon MP-E 65 macro lens with Canon ringflash 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.

Not included:

Transportation to Fort Myers, Fl, 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
  • 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
Skill Level

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.

Recommended Equipment

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 telehoto 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. If you don't have one of these and don't want to purchase one, contact me about very affordable rental options.

Constant light sources such as LED lights will not work, please contact me for equipment advice and suggestions.

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

Workshop is from 9AM to 4PM on Saturday and Sunday.


Hilton Garden Inn, Fort Myers Airport
16410 Corporate Commerce Way
Fort Myers, FL33913
Phone: 239-210-7200

Block of rooms on hold at special in season rate: $209.00 plus tax

Here is a link to the hotel

Photographic Workshop Cancellation Policy

In order to make the necessary arrangements for this private workshop, we must rely on each participant's commitment to participating when they sign up. We have chosen to keep the classes small, and 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.

Reserve Your Place Now!

Reserve your space by mailing your check to:
Adam Jones
6814 Clore Lake Road
Crestwood, KY 40014

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 I look forward to working with you in Fort Myers.

Adam Jones
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