Photography: Close-up and Macro at Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan Saturday 14th October 2017

Photography: Close-up and Macro


The Australian Botanic Garden

Mt Annan


Saturday 14th October 2017


Spoil yourself, and learn close up and macro photography at the Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan. It’s a fantastic place to learn the technique and do creative close up and macro photography, in one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in Australia. You will be taught, by a professional photography tutor, with 42 years experience in photography, in a relaxed, but very informative manner.


You’ll be shown how to set up your camera for close up photography using your lens and or close up tubes and or close up filters and or your macro lens.

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 focus methods.

A demonstration of post processing Raw & Jpeg, black & white and colour on manufacturer image processing software and legitimate freely available software recommended by tutor.

Field trip debrief (last hour) The Photography Tutor will run a field trip debrief as well as an open chat session to anything relating to photography, equipment or theory, in the Cafe at Mt Annan.

Note: any food / drinks / lunch expenses are incurred at the participants own cost, only food and drink purchased in the cafe can be consumed there).

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.
  • 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 tube(s). 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).

Additional Equipment for Macro / Close Up Photography
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 of close-up and macro photography.

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, (this field trip will held in wet weather).

Please bring your own food and water, note pad and pen for this field trip.
Meeting place
We will meet on the benches (map discs) adjacent to the map discs close to the P3 Car Park adjacent to the Cafe and visitor centre at 8.55 am roll call for 9 am start. If you arrive after 9:30am please call me and I will advise you of our location, my mobile phone number on the day is 0411 251 553 in case you need to find me.
Getting there
Please allow enough time to get there by car or by public transport

By car
The Australian Botanic Garden can be accessed from both, Narellan and Mt Annan Roads, Mount Annan.

From the east From the M5 Motorway take the Narellan Road exit.
Take the right fork towards Camden/Narellan along Narellan Rd,
continue along Narellan Rd and turn left at second set of traffic lights where the brown tourism sign says The Australian Botanic Garden.

From the west Follow the Northern Road on to Narellan Rd at Narellan
Continue along Narellan Rd and turn right at traffic lights indicated by the brown tourist sign The Australian Botanic Garden.

Parking please note; Zoned parking areas and road regulations are enforced in the Garden. The roads within the Garden are public roads and therefore all normal traffic regulations apply. Infringement notices will be issued to vehicles parked illegally in no stopping, accessible parking and bus zones at the Garden. This is to control traffic in certain areas and to alleviate the congestion, safety and access issues.

By public transport
Take the train from Central Railway Station to Campbelltown Railway Station, then buses run between Campbelltown railway station and Camden via Mt Annan.

Phone Busabout for information on 02 4631 4200.
Please note that it is a 4km walk from the bus stop on Narellan Road to the Visitor Centre.

Visit TransportNSW to plan your trip.

Please check your transport options prior to the day
and please check public transport info for track work or delays

Please note; parking fines and fees / transport to and from / coffee / drinks / breakfast / lunch /morning tea are not included in cost of this field trip.

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photographs by Neoklis Bloukos are for illustrative purposes


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