The Art of Macro Photography

AUD $185.00
  • Duration: 4 Hours
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Looking through a macro lens brings you up close to a whole new world of colours, textures, shapes.  The canvas is limitless as we focus on techniques that help you create and frame visual compositions through macro and close up photography. We start our visual adventure in a secret, hidden garden few people get to see.

The emphasis of this workshop is on the quality of light and how to use it to your advantage. Also how light effects the colour, texture and definition. We'll be looking for unusual angles and leading lines, natural framing and how to problem solve harsh sunlight and shadows.

We'll look at composition, where to place the subject in relationship to the background and how colours and shapes can create a strong graphic image. We also explore some basic camera techniques to make the creative process fun and easy. This workshop is perfect for getting creative. 

At the cafe we will take a break and review what we’ve learnt. Our tour then takes us to the Lotus Pond and Oriental Garden, before finishing up at the Opera House.

Our tutor Brent Wilson is an expert in the field of horticultural photography, working for years at Consolidated Press and working alongside Don Burke from Burke's Backyard on his magazine and television series. Brent has a a field of knowledge to share so join us in this unique opportunity.

Workshop format: 

Tutors: A professional photographer and a photographer's assistant (depending on group size)

Class size: Minimum four; maximum 10

Time: 1pm - 5pm  1pm - 5pm or 

2pm - 6pm May - Sept (Daylight Saving)

Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop commences to ensure we start on time

Meeting point: Steps of the Art Gallery of NSW

What should I bring?

A digital SLR camera or compact camera with manual settings and a built in flash.

A cleaning cloth

At least one extra memory card

At least one spare set of batteries - make sure they are fully charged

Your camera manual

Camera bag

Water bottle and snacks

What does the Workshop cover?

The quality of light and how to use it to your advantage

Composition - where to place the subject and its relationship to the background

Getting creative - looking for unusual angles and leading lines

Macro photography - getting up close

Natural framing and how to deal with harsh sunlight and shadows


Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you would like to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop.


If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we'll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sharon and The Aperture Club Team

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370577