Macro Photography - Sylvan Grove Native Gardens St George & Sutherland Community College

Macro Photography - 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 in 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.

What to bring:

Camera Equipment;

Any adjustable digital camera; DSLR / 4/3rds / Mirrorless camera with;

  • RAW / JPEG image capability
  • djustable ISO / film speed settings
  • with adjustable exposure settings; shutter, aperture and manual exposure i.e. S or TV, A or AV and M,
  • With manual / auto focus capability
  • also if your camera has adjustable picture control / picture style settings i.e. monochrome standard, neutral etc
  • A spare camera body if you have one
  • Batterie(s) charged and ready x 2 if you have them
  • Memory card(s) x 2 if you have them
  • Lenses: any zoom prime lens semi wide to standard focal length

IF you have any of the following, please bring them too;

  • Any close up kit: either or
  • A macro lens
  • Close up filter(s) that fit the front of your lens +1 +2 +3 etc
  • An extension tube that can be used with most zoom or prime lenses (from 35mm to 200mm) not super wide or super telephoto

and or
A compact advanced adjustable camera
with Close Up / Macro ability i.e. a flower icon
(check your instruction book or the manufacturer)

  • adjustable ISO / film speed settings
  • with adjustable exposure settings; shutter, aperture and manual exposure i.e. S or TV, A or AV and M,
  • With manual / auto focus capability

to wear:

Weatherproof clothing / clothing for cool weather

  • Cool / wet weather

layers are strongly recommended

  • Thermal wear
  • woolen jumper mid layer
  • fleece mid layer
  • windproof jacket
  • puffer jacket
  • rain jacket / rain outer shell
  • Gloves
  • neck gaiter / tube
  • scarf etc
  • handwarmers (most chemists stock them) they are very handy for keeping batteries warm too
  • mini umbrella (NO large umbrellas they are a burden to carry and for safety reasons)

Warmer weather –

  • comfortable breathable clothing,
  • hat and sunglasses and sunscreen
  • rain jacket / rain shell in case of sudden rain

Essential Footwear: You will need proper footwear for this field trip Please note; as there are some uneven and loose surfaces, to participate you must wear enclosed footwear only, no open footwear i.e.; sandals, high heels, open shoes, smooth soled shoes cannot be worn for this field trip.

For safety purposes acceptable footwear is as follows; Shoes with grip / rubber soles i.e. walking shoes, running shoes, bush walking shoes or hiking boots / water / weather-proof footwear / boots are highly recommended).

Additional items:

Lunch/food: We will be having a short break for lunch and help for students during the break

  • It is strongly advisable to bring your
  • ample water at least 1 × 600ml
  • food
  • snacks
  • drinks etc,
  • Bug repellent
  • Note pad and pen
  • Cushion or towel for chairs/ bench
  • A towel for yourself and your camera
  • Mini umbrella (no large umbrellas for safety reasons
  • parking fees / transport to and from, water, drinks, snacks, food, lunch etc are not included

Please note;
Please be sure to pack any additional safety items you require

What Safety items to bring: Recommended safety items; * For your safety, a face mask is highly recommended especially for feedback * A handkerchief, Tissues, Alcohol-based hand sanitiser should be at least 70 to 90 percent alcohol, Disposable gloves Antibacterial wipes (camera) Camera (LCD) screen cleaner * Please note; General photography is permitted, but; (close-up photos of families / adults and especially identifying children under 18 years old should not be taken, or be published, unless a model waiver has been signed).


This field trip will go ahead even if it is raining lightly
Field trips will run regardless of the weather to give students an opportunity to photograph in fine or wet weather.
If it is dangerous weather, high winds severe downpour you will be sent an email or text, please keep an eye out for any messages / mail from Neoklis in case the weather changes suddenly.
A field trip will only be postponed to a future date if heavy weather / thunderstorm is forecast or it is continuously raining.




Sylvan Grove Native Gardens
7 Sylvan Grove Picnic Point NSW 2213

Special notes:

Safety precautions; Please note any hygiene safety precautions, and Government advisory will be in place

Students must stay on the marked tracks at all times as these gardens are sensitive, many plants are near or on the actual pathways and tracks.

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 the entrance) and on-street parking is available in Sylvan Grove, Picnic Point

About the Tutor:

"My name is Neoklis Bloukos and I have had a passion for Photography since I was 14 years old. With over 48 years of experience of Photography, 25 years as a Press Photographer, and over 19 years of digital post-processing.
I am now a Professional Photography Tutor, teaching the whole spectrum of Photography; Beginner, Intermediate, and right through to Masterclass (Advanced) Photography at SGSCC.
I am passionate about Photography and I 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 and Field Trips are not just about learning Photography, but experiences with like-minded people who 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.