Photography in the Field - Sylvan Grove Native Gardens

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 focus, how to focus properly and interpret natural light. You will be taught by a professional photography tutor in a relaxed, but very informative manner.

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.

Skill Level:

  • Anyone whom has a thorough working knowledge of their camera; aperture, shutter speeds, focusing and the basic principals of photography, or whom has done the following;
  • A Beginner’s Photography course or similar.
  • A Beginner’s Photography course – Intensive or similar.
  • A Basic DSLR / Digital Photography course or similar.


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

Essential Materials:

  • Any adjustable digital DSLR, 4/3rds, mirrorless with RAW / JPEG image capability, adjustable ISO / film speed settings and adjustable exposure settings; shutter, aperture and manual exposure ie S or TV, A or AV and M
  • 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. 20mm / 100mm / 16 – 35mm / 10 – 20 mm / 18 – 55mm / 18 – 135 mm etc please bring them along too
  • An extra battery and flash card, as you will be your using your camera, and reviewing your photographs frequently

The tutor will have one spare camera, a wide-angle zoom lens, a 50mm lens and 2 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).

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.

What else to Bring:

  • As there are some uneven and loose surfaces within the gardens flat, enclosed shoes are essential
  • Weatherproof jacket, bring warm clothing jumpers etc, mini umbrella.
  • Own food and water
  • Note pad and pen


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.

Location to Meet:

We will meet at the entrance of Sylvan Grove Native Gardens, Sylvan Grove Picnic Point, the nearest cross Road is Henry Lawson Drive.
Roll call
will start at 8.55 am
for 9.00 am sharp start

About the Tutor:

"My name is Neoklis Bloukos and I have had a passion for Photography since I was 14 years old. With over 45 years of experience with camera equipment, 25 years as a Press Photographer and over 16 years of digital post processing.

I am now a Professional Photography Tutor, teaching the whole spectrum of Photography from Buying a Camera, Getting to Know your Camera, Beginners, Intermediate and Masterclass (Advanced) Photography at SGSCC.

I am passionate about Photography, and love to teach and share both classic and modern Photography techniques, and believe it is the most significant visual medium on this planet.

My Courses, Classes and 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."


Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

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