Photography: Close-up and Macro
The Australian Botanic Garden
one day only
Saturday 22 September 2018
Spoil yourself this spring, and learn creative macro and close up photography in the beautiful Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan. 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 with 44 years experience in photography in a relaxed, but very informative manner. Full details on website.
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 focus properly and do handheld 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.
An hour demonstration will be given of post processing Raw & Jpeg photographs with manufacturer photo processing software and legitimate freely available software recommended by tutor (software and field trip notes will be sent via email).
Field trip debrief (prior to completion of field trip)
The photographer invites to participants of the field trip for a debrief, (any food / drinks / lunch expenses are incurred at the participants own cost) and a chat relating to anything during the field trip and anything related to photography, equipment or theory.
(Note only food and drink purchased in the cafe can be consumed there).
This Field trip is suitable for students whom have a thorough working knowledge of their camera and controls, shutter and aperture settings and or have completed a Beginners and or Intermediate Photography and DSLR Beginners Photography Course and or Mirrorless Photography for Beginners and or Mirrorless Intermediate Course and or similar.
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 – 70mm / 18 – 135 mm etc please bring them along too.
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.
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).
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 (please note any food / drink you bring cannot be consumed in the Cafe).
We will meet at 9 am 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.
Please allow enough time to get there by car or by public transport
The Australian Botanic Garden can be accessed from both, Narellan and Mt Annan Roads, Mount Annan please allow at least an extra 15 x minutes to get to P3 Parking area from Narellan Road (there is wildlife and and shared zones / pedestrian areas on the way through).
From Sydney on the M5, take the right fork towards Camden / Narellan then turn left and at 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 says; The Australian Botanic Garden.
From Cambelltown Follow Narellan Rd over the M5 then 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 south take the Camden / Narellan / Campelltown turn off then continue 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.
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