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Tips for Professional Close-Up and Product Photography

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Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

In advance of each session, Tech Training will provide you with a Zoom link to your class, along with any required class materials.



In this class we will discuss the skills and basic knowledge that are required to achieve Macro and Product photography. We will cover photography basics like composition, lighting, exposure, manual focus, and depth of field.
This class will also explore the best techniques, including going over some of the best industry-standard practices, for utilizing hardware and software (camera/apps) to capture your Macro and Product Photography.
Prerequisites: Understand basic camera settings. Class can also be taken with a smartphone.
Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this class, you will have a better understanding of camera settings, composition, and be able to photograph objects in a professional manner.
Topics include:
  • Quick overview of F-Stop, Shutter Speed, and ISO settings
  • Photography basics like composition, lighting, exposure, manual focus, and depth of field
  • Best techniques for utilizing hardware and software (phone camera apps)



University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.

Erika Cespedes

Erika Cespedes is a Costarican born commercial and fine art photographer. Her fine art work focuses on day-to-day narrative life events placed in natural settings, while her commercial work focuses on food photography, advertising and people.

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