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

Macro Photography - Sylvan Grove Native Gardens

Spoil yourself this spring, and learn Creative handheld Macro and Close-Up Photography in one of the most beautiful and intimate native gardens in Australia, learn how to; Set up properly, interpret natural light; both high-key and low-key light, POV, framing, composition, negative space, aperture and depth of field.
You’ll be shown how to set up your camera properly, for Macro and Close-Up Photography, using your lens / macro lens and or extension tubes and or close-up filters.

Students are advised to have either have a lens with close-up capability, and or a close-up filter, and or a set of extension tubes and or a macro lens, any of these will enable you to take detailed photos some of the extremely small flowers and plants. 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.

Skill Level:

This field trip is suitable for students who have a thorough working knowledge of their camera and controls, shutter and aperture settings and or have completed either a Beginner’s / Basic DSLR / Introduction to Photography Course or similar.


Comprehensive Macro / Close-up Photography Set up;
Setting up your camera properly;

  • Image settings large fine Jpeg and or RAW
  • ISO Film speed
  • Light meter settings
  • Colour Space settings; ARGB or SRGB
  • White Balance
  • Picture styles / Filters
  • Setting up your lens, macro lens and or extension tubes (recommended), close up filters
  • Setting up properly for manual focus

Comprehensive Macro / Close-up Photography Tuition including;

  • How to do handheld creative macro / close-up photography
  • How to focus and recompose properly
  • How to interpret natural light; both high-key and low-key light
  • You will also learn; framing, composition and negative space
  • Depth OF Field DOF; maximum DOF and minimum DOF
  • Hyperfocal Distance
  • Using live view to focus your photograph
  • How to review / check your photographs properly

What to bring:

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

  • RAW / JPEG image capability
  • 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
  • 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
  • Battery charged and ready x 2 if you have them
  • Memory card x 2 if you have them

You need either;

  • At least one Zoom lens with manual focus capability

Please note: Some Zoom lenses have a close-up / macro function built in (please check the specifications of your lens)
And or

  • One prime lens with manual focus capability

and or

  • A macro lens with manual focus capability
  • A set of close-up filter(s) the stronger the magnification the better
  • a set of extension tubes in 2 or 3 sizes (in each set); i.e 12mm, 20mm, 25mm and 30mm

If you have any of these items, please bring them along too;

  • a reflector and or diffuser
  • Led light(s) and batteries
  • LED torch(es) and batteries

Not included;
Food and Drinks, etc, transport to and from and any other expenses are not included in cost of this field trip

Weather: Please check the weather forecast, this field trip will only be postponed, if there is a weather warning forecast i.e., high winds/ electrical storm etc

What to wear:

Please dress sensibly for the weather conditions, field trips will run in light to moderate rain; wear / bring weatherproof clothing, and bring a mini umbrella only, (no large umbrellas for safety reasons)


Closed in footwear for your safety, acceptable rubber soled; closed walking / running shoes / hiking boots / weatherproof runners etc


Sylvan Grove Native Gardens, Sylvan Grove, Picnic Point

Time and where to meet:
Meet the Tutor at 9am at the entrance of Sylvan Grove Native Gardens, Sylvan Grove, Picnic Point, the nearest cross Road is Henry Lawson
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. I have 40+ years of experience teaching all levels of Photography.
I am very passionate about Photography, and I love to teach and share, my knowledge and practice of both classic and modern; Photography genres and techniques in the field, and I believe it is the most significant visual medium on this planet.
It is not just about teaching Photography, it is also about 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.