Macro and Close Up Photography Field Trip - Sylvan Grove Native Gardens Picnic Point

Spoil yourself this spring, and learn creative macro and close up photography in one of the most beautiful and intimate native gardens in Australia. The native plants will be bloom, you will learn about depth of field, shallow and deep depth of field, how to focus and recompose properly and to how interpret natural light. You will be taught by a Professional Photography Tutor, with 44 year’s experience in photography.

“ My field trips are not just about learning photography, but experiences with like-minded people whom want to learn, share and enjoy the photography learning experience together in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.” Neoklis

Field Trip Agenda:

  • You’ll be shown how to set up your camera for close up photography using your lens / macro lens and or close up tubes and or close up filters.
  • You will learn how to do handheld close up and macro photography.
  • You will learn how to focus properly for both macro and close up photography.
  • Interpret natural light, both high key and low key light.
  • You will also learn; framing, composition and negative space.
  • How to do creative macro / close up photography.
  • Depth of field – shallow and deep depth of field methods.

Skill level:

  • This course is suitable for students who have a thorough working knowledge of their camera and camera controls, shutter speeds and aperture settings and or have completed a Photography for Beginners Course and or Photography – Intermediate Course and or Beginners DSLR Photography Course and or DSLR or Mirrorless Beginners Photography Course and or similar course.

Essential Materials:

Camera Equipment for this field trip

  • No tripods are allowed for this field trip for safety and environmental reasons.

Essential Materials:

  • Any adjustable digital DSLR, 4/3rds, MIRRORLESS camera with RAW /JPEG image capability, with adjustable iso / film speed settings and adjustable exposure settings; shutter, aperture and manual exposure ie S or TV, A or AV and M.
  • You will need at least one zoom or prime lens / macro lens with manual focus capability;
  • A macro lens, a standard lens ie 35 mm or 50mm lens and or close up filter(s) and or a set of close up tubes.
  • If you have other fixed or zoom lens(es) i.e. 85mm / 100mm / 16 – 35mm / 10 – 20 mm / 18 – 55mm / 24 – 70 / 18 – 135 mm etc please bring them along too.

Please note:

Some Zoom lenses have a close up / macro function built in (please check the specifications of your lens)

The tutor will have one spare camera, a wide-angle zoom lens, a 50mm lens and 2 x extension tubes all in the Canon EF mount that can be used and shared by the students for duration of the field trip (please bring an extra blank SD card if you need to use the tutor’s camera equipment).

Please note; an extra battery, and flash card are essential, as you will be your using your camera, and reviewing your photographs frequently, during this field trip.

Macro / Close Up Equipment note:

Students if possible should either have a lens with close-up capability, and or a close up filter, and or a set of close up tubes and or a macro lens, any of these are strongly advised to enable detailed photos some of the extremely small flowers. Even if you do not have any of the additional equipment, this field trip is a great way to learn the techniques and secrets of creative macro and close-up photography.

Spring bloom info:

Please note; Not all native plants, orchids and flowers will be in bloom, September is the optimal month to photograph the orchids, only six places are available to be able to enable more one-to-one time with students, also for safety and environmental reasons.


Please note; as there are some uneven and loose surfaces within the gardens, to participate you must wear enclosed footwear only, NO open footwear ie sandals can be worn for this field trip. For safety purposes acceptable footwear is as follows; walking shoes, running shoes, bush walking shoes or hiking boots, (weather-proof footwear is advisable).

Additional items:

Weatherproof jacket, bring warm clothing jumpers etc, mini umbrella.
Please bring your own food and water, note pad and pen for this field trip.


This field trip will be held in wet weather as it can give students an opportunity to capture photographs that are not normally available in fine weather.

Getting there:

The closest bus route is the 923 bus route. Buses leave from Revesby, Panania and Bankstown railway stations.
*Please check public transport info for more information

Parking options
Off Street (near entrance) and on street parking is available in Sylvan Grove, Picnic Point

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.