Come and join Sony Advocate Jay Evans for a day introducing you to the fascinating world of macro photography, helping develop the skills and techniques required to capture stunning close-up images of small subjects found in nature focusing on the astounding array of Wildflowers that are popping up all over the Blue Mountains.
If you are seeking to learn how to capture Macro imagery in nature, then this is a must do workshop. You will learn the ins and outs of Macro photography from start to finish using Sony cameras as spring begins to unfurl its spectacle.
Commencing in the morning after sunrise at Govetts Leap (you are welcome to join me for sunrise as well), we will we move across a few different locations around the mountains, where we will find bright yellow wattles in full flourish, alongside the reds of the Mountain Devil, the magentas of the grevilleas, the whites of rice flowers and flannel flowers and all the natural colours of the banksia and casuarina cones. There is also potential to find some flowering Waratahs.
We will conclude our day with walk through the back streets of Katoomba and Leura where there is a stunning array of flowers popping up over garden fences and street side shrubs and potential for cherry blossom on Leura Mall.
All walks are easy to complete, so everyone can come and enjoy the spectacle of spring in bloom here in the Blue Mountains.
You will also leave with a deep appreciation of the natural values of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area as I provide interpretive guiding on the places we visit, and the flora/fauna we may see.
So book your place now for this special Macro photography workshop, and don’t miss the spectacle of nature as it flourishes here in the Blue Mountains.
I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the country we will visit during this workshop, the Gundungurra and Dharug, and pay my respects to their elders past, future and ongoing.
JAYDID PHOTO is a licensed NSW National Parks and Wildlife EcoPass Tour Operator with permission to host photography tours and workshops in the Blue Mountains and Wollemi National Parks. Where applicable, your National Park Entry Fees are included in your workshop fees.
The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is known for its stunning valley vistas, epic ancient forests, eucalypt trees and rainforests captured with your wide angle lenses. It is also very renowned for the abundant wildlife including birds, marsupials and reptiles you can capture in incredible details with your telephotos. But throughout the year, one of my favourite past times is to look at the Macro details we find all across this epic environment in the form of flowers, both wild and cultivated, and fungi. While the residents have some wonderful flowering plats in their gardens often visible from the street, the natural environment also holds a plethora of tiny flowers that flourish at various times of the year. Getting up close and personal to these amazing natural wonders to capture their tiny details takes some patience and good conditions, and this is what we learn while travelling together on this workshop.
As we meet at each location, we will go through the theories of Macro photography, and as we find our tiny subjects around the trails and pathways through the Blue Mountains National Park, we will focus on learning composition, lighting and get plenty of hands on practical experience of the techniques used to bring out the best ion your Macro photography.
If you are seeking help in editing your Macro imagery, you will be provided with a video link to watch my informative Macro photography editing tutorial that will take you through the concepts of focus stacking, blending and editing suing Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
We will convene the workshop at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre in Blackheath, 2 hours drive from Sydney CBD via the M4 motorway and Great Western Highway. This is a self drive workshop and you will require your own vehicle to get from one location to another.
Parking will be available in all the locations we plan to visit. Commencing in August 2023, some parts of the Blue Mountains are having Parking meters installed so please ensure you bring cards to pay where required.
We will travel to 3-4 locations accessible by any vehicles throughout the day, and commence a short 1-2km bushwalk at each location with a longer 2-3km photowalk in a loop around Katoomba and Leura before returning to our vehicles. If you wish to attend but do not have transport, please contact me in the first instance and we can see if there is an option for you to car pool with myself or another participant.
In the event of rain or storms, we will still proceed with the workshop. I have booked a local space space, where I will have several “stations” setup with Macro subjects, including some locally obtained cultivated wildflowers and bush foods, to shoot in a controlled lighting environment throughout the day.
Apart from receiving Landscape photography coaching & tuition from your highly experienced professional guide and photography tutor, your small fees cover my business costs for hosting such tours in NSW National Parks, Council Reserves and Crown Lands which includes:
- Any National Park Entry Fees ($4.64 per person per day).
- License fees (such as NSW National Parks EcoPass).
- Public Liability Insurance to cover Bushwalking and Wilderness Activities (a Requirement of Licenses)
- An Experienced and Accredited Guide and Photography Educator with Remote Area First Aid Accreditation.
- Other Ancillary costs.
We will have some Loan equipment to use on the day, including, Sony cameras, Sony macro lenses, Extension Tubes, Focusing Rails, Reflectors, Speedlights, etc. however this will be limited. To secure any loan equipment, you will be required to surrender your drivers license that will be kept until equipment is returned. I also recommend you bring a blank formattable SD card with you, as cards formatted in other cameras may not work in a Sony body.