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Macro Photography - Autumn Flowers and Leaves

Macro Photography - Autumn Flowers and Leaves

Saturday 01 June
Mt Pleasant - 10am - 2 Hours
Sue Curtis
We will search out intricate patterns and the unseen details of autumn flowers and leaves and hopefully uncover some hidden tiny fungi. This meet-up will cover the basic skills necessary to capture these details. We will begin with activities to demonstrate and practice getting close to and focusing on a subject and how to improve sharpness. Then, we will explore the garden and pond to apply these techniques. Please bring a $5 cash donation for garden upkeep on entry.
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$43       2 places left
Milky Way Seascape - Small Group

Milky Way Seascape - Small Group

Sunday 02 June
Kiama Downs - 7pm - 3 Hours
Sue Curtis
Capture the Milky Way from Jones Beach and Cathedral Rocks Kiama Downs as our galaxy's core rises over the ocean, with sculptural volcanic coast rocks providing a stunning foreground.

We will cover planning, safety, focus, exposure and stacking, and different techniques to include the foreground.

To get the most out of this session, you will have a good understanding of manual mode or have photographed the night sky previously.
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$148       0 places left
Capturing Star Trails in the Night Sky Class

Capturing Star Trails in the Night Sky Class

Saturday 15 June
Stanwell Tops - 5:30pm - 3 Hours
Sue Curtis
In this 3-hour class, you will learn how to plan, map and set up your camera to capture multiple timed images of the night sky creating a circular star trail around the south celestial pole.

You will be provided with some preparation tasks to complete prior to the class, to maximise your success in capturing star trails on the night. We will aim to set up a two-star trail series, using different time methods. While the cameras are recording the images, we will be able to further discuss techniques or if you have a second camera - take other night sky photographs.

This class includes a complimentary Zoom session to help you with post-processing your images.
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$138       0 places left

Water Reflections - How to Create Different Effects.

Water Reflections - How to Create Different Effects.

Sunday 23 June
Audley - 2pm - 2 Hours
Sue Curtis
Create serene and creative water reflections of gum trees, rocky banks, boats and other riverside subjects.

We will learn the ideal conditions for reflections and use different exposure settings to create mirror-like effects and add a painterly feel, using reflections to bring a sense of tranquillity to an image.

Ideally, you will be familiar with manual settings on your camera to get the best from this meet-up.
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$43       3 places left
Post-Processing and Editing - Photoshop Basics

Post-Processing and Editing - Photoshop Basics

Wednesday 03 July
via Zoom - 7pm - 2 Hours
Sue Curtis
Photoshop can be an overwhelming program, but we will focus on the most useful tools to start our journey in Photoshop.

We will learn how to navigate the Photoshop interface, basic retouching tools, different selection techniques, understanding layers and masks, the removal of objects, and more if time permits. We will also overview the powerful AI generative interface.
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$47       4 places left
Beach Abstract Photography

Beach Abstract Photography

Sunday 14 July
Coledale - 9am - 2 Hours
Sue Curtis
Abstract photography involves the use of colour , light, shadow, texture, shape and form to convey a feeling or impression. We don't always know what we are looking at but the impact is lasting.

In this meet-up, we will explore techniques such as long exposure, close-up, intentional camera movement, black-and-white, and exposure to defy logic and create unique images that keep you wondering.

All levels of experience and equipment are welcome - such as those using auto settings and mobile phones.
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$47       5 places left

Post-Processing and Editing - Lightroom and Photoshop  - Exploring Beyond the Basics

Post-Processing and Editing - Lightroom and Photoshop - Exploring Beyond the Basics

Wednesday 21 August
via Zoom - 7pm - 2 Hours
Sue Curtis
Combine your workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop, utilising both programs for streamlining editing using the best features of each program.

Building on the basics, we will devise a workflow starting with Lightroom for basic editing and mask use, progressing to Photoshop for refinement with cloning, dodging and burning, filters, and combining elements from different photos, and then returning to Lightroom for exporting and adding watermarks.

Follow this progress as we create a composite image demonstrating each stage of the process.
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$47      
Heritage Trail in Our Town

Heritage Trail in Our Town

Saturday 24 August
Harbour St, Wollongong - 9am - 2 Hours
Sue Curtis
Follow part of the heritage trail with us through Wollongong CBD as we capture features of the historical landmarks and buildings, plus observe street life as people move about their weekend activities.

All types of cameras and experiences are welcome.

This meet-up will focus on architecture, urban features, and street photography. Join our group as we explore the town and its culture.

We will finish at a cafe to share our experiences and ideas (optional).
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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

Urban Walk About

Urban Walk About

Saturday 08 June
Manly - 9am - 2 Hours
Sutherland Photography Group
Geoffrey Chuah
With over 20 years of experience, photographer Geoffrey Chuah. Will take you on this Urban Walk About photography course in and around Manly. He will point out to you some gems that you may not have seen before, as well as some historic ones. Manly is known for being a beach side town, but over time has grown with character. You will be able to shoot all kinds of subjects as well as some electric street photography.

This course is for everyone from your experienced photographer to the beginner. You will be guided through what the best settings are on your camera to mastering the lighting on the day.
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$43      
Black and White Photography

Black and White Photography

Saturday 08 June
Centennial Park - 1pm - 2 Hours
Eastern Suburbs Photography Group
Mel Koutchavlis
Black and white photography dramatically changes your images.
We will examine what makes a black and white photograph successful and how to see it when you are looking through the lens.
Light, shadow and sunlight all contribute as well as subject matter.
Post-production is key to this workshop and we will discuss processes to make this work.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 22 June
Mrs Macquaries Rd - 9am - 3 Hours
Sutherland Photography Group
Geoffrey Chuah
Ready to learn more about your camera and get out of automatic exposure? Now is your chance!

Join us as we break down your camera to help you learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how these settings affect your exposure.

We will then put your new knowledge to the test with the guidance of a professional photographer.
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$148      

Winter Nature & Woodland

Winter Nature & Woodland

Saturday 22 June
Centennial Park - 1pm - 2 Hours
Eastern Suburbs Photography Group
Mel Koutchavlis
Set in a Park on a Winter's afternoon, we will wander through nature, connecting with what we see and capturing it with our lens.
This is a workshop for all who love nature and wish to learn more about capturing it throughout the different seasons.
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$43      
Street Photography

Street Photography

Saturday 06 July
Arthur and Illawarra Road - 9am - 2 Hours
Sutherland Photography Group
Geoffrey Chuah
People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to "see" interesting detail is a practised skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer's eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. The most rewarding part of the class is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

We will also go over settings, focusing techniques and lens choices common to street photography to help us capture those random chance encounters.
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$47      
Composition in the Park

Composition in the Park

Saturday 06 July
Centennial Park - 1pm - 2 Hours
Eastern Suburbs Photography Group
Mel Koutchavlis
Composition is a crucial element to photography.
Arranging elements within the camera frame gives balance and sense to our photographs.
We will talk about the rule of thirds and how this contributes to successful imagery, and how to balance them both in reality and in the abstract.
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$47      

Creative Photography

Creative Photography

Saturday 27 July
Centennial Park - 1pm - 2 Hours
Eastern Suburbs Photography Group
Mel Koutchavlis
We are all creative beings. We cannot be taught creativity. We can be taught how to unravel it from within, capture it and use it.
This workshop is about learning how to recognise it and use it to solve problems, communicate, capture images and generate new ideas.
We will go through all the different ways we see it within our own lives and how we can use it to communicate it through our images.


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$47      

Other Nearby Groups

Beginner's Crochet Class

Beginner's Crochet Class

Sunday 02 June
Corrimal - 11am - 3 Hours
Wollongong Crochet Club
Clair Coles
Welcome to a skill-building session designed for beginners, refreshers, and those seeking to perfect basic crochet stitches. This instructive gathering will initiate with essential techniques of holding the yarn, then smoothly transition to forming the prime stitches essential for a traditional granny square. To make your learning experience even more enjoyable, all crochet materials are provided within the session, complemented by a complementary tea or coffee. Be part of this warm, supportive environment and immerse yourself in the intricate art of crochet.
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$86       5 places left
Puckeys Estate Reserve

Puckeys Estate Reserve

Saturday 08 June
Puckeys Estate Reserve
My Family Photo - Wollongong
Do you need an updated family portrait? Come along to our mini photo sessions.

Mini-sessions are short 30 minute photo sessions for up to 6 people - perfect for families with little ones who can't sit still for too long.

book now       10:00am       $220

book now       10:30am       $220
Discover the Art of Crafting: Granny Square Crochet Bag Class- Part 1

Discover the Art of Crafting: Granny Square Crochet Bag Class- Part 1

Saturday 15 June
Corrimal - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Wollongong Crochet Club
Clair Coles
Join the "Discover the Art of Crafting: Granny Square Crochet Bag Class - Part 1" to embark on a creative journey in crocheting while crafting a chic and functional accessory. In this dynamic workshop, participants will master the fundamental techniques of creating granny squares and assembling them into a stylish bag. With expert guidance from our instructors, attendees will not only develop essential crochet skills but also have the freedom to choose their color theme from four options: brights/black, pastels/cream, naturals/beige, or coastal/tan-sandy color. Whether you're a beginner eager to explore a new craft or an experienced crocheter seeking fresh inspiration, this class provides a supportive atmosphere to hone your skills and unleash your creativity. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the art of crochet and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!
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$86      

Beginners Crochet Class

Beginners Crochet Class

Saturday 22 June
Barrack Heights - 1pm - 3 Hours
Wollongong Crochet Club
Clair Coles
join the Beginners Crochet Class to embark on an exciting journey into the world of crochet. Whether you're completely new to the craft or looking to refine your skills, this class offers a supportive environment to learn and grow. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the basics of crochet, from mastering essential stitches to creating your first project. Joining this class is not just about learning a new skill; it's an opportunity to unleash your creativity, meet like-minded individuals, and immerse yourself in a rewarding and relaxing hobby. Don't miss out on the chance to explore the endless possibilities of crochet and unlock your creative potential—join us for a fun and fulfilling crochet experience!
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$84      
Master the Art of Crafting: Granny Square Crochet Bag Class - Part 2

Master the Art of Crafting: Granny Square Crochet Bag Class - Part 2

Saturday 29 June
Corrimal - 10:30am - 3 Hours
Wollongong Crochet Club
Clair Coles
Elevate your crochet skills and complete your journey toward crafting a stunning and functional accessory by joining the "Master the Art of Crafting: Granny Square Crochet Bag Class - Part 2." Building upon the foundational knowledge gained in Part 1, this workshop delves deeper into advanced techniques of granny square construction and bag assembly. With expert guidance from our instructors, participants will further hone their crochet abilities, expand their repertoire of stitches, and gain confidence in tackling more intricate projects. Additionally, participants have the exciting opportunity to choose a color theme for their bag from four options: brights/black, pastels/cream, naturals/beige, or coastal/tan-sandy color. Don't miss out on the chance to perfect your crochet prowess and create a masterpiece—join us for an enriching and empowering crochet experience in Part 2 of the workshop!
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$86      
Wollongong Botanic Garden

Wollongong Botanic Garden

Sunday 07 July
Wollongong Botanic Garden
My Family Photo - Wollongong
Do you need an updated family portrait? Come along to our mini photo sessions.

Mini-sessions are short 30 minute photo sessions for up to 6 people - perfect for families with little ones who can't sit still for too long.

book now       10:00am       $220

book now       10:30am       $220

ABOUT WOLLONGONG
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Wollongong .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

    Join the Wollongong Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Sue always ensures that she contacts everyone individually to cater for our specific needs. I always learn something new. The locations were fantastic!
    5/5
    Deidre
    2024-05-27
    Sue puts a lot of effort in to planning these outings. She gets scouts out the best spots, often places mearby Ive never been too. Sue gets around to all the participants is so generous with her time and advice. These outings are with a fun group and very informative. Will be going along to plenty of future events.
    5/5
    Terry
    2024-05-27
    Excellent intro- very good and great presenter
    5/5
    John
    2024-05-23

    This was such a great workshop. Really got us all thinking and looking differently at the gardens and flowers and Sue had some great creative suggestions and help in her handout for this one.
    5/5
    Donna
    2024-05-05
    Loved it. Sue was very helpful.
    5/5
    DEANNE
    2024-04-30
    Well worth the lesson I learnt a lot
    5/5
    Rod
    2024-04-22

    Excellent intro to the stars. Sue is very good.
    5/5
    John
    2024-04-16
    I thoroughly enjoyed the event. Sue was very knowledgeable and approachable and no question felt too stupid. I look for to attending more classes.
    5/5
    Sarah mezedi
    2024-04-15
    This event was excellent. All attendees were lovely. The instructor was great and knowledgeable and willing to help, share and answer everything that we required. I leant a lot and it was an enjoyable evening.
    5/5
    Jen
    2024-04-15

    Really good Lots of great photos
    5/5
    Nicholas
    2024-04-14
    Sue provided a comprehensive and easily understandable introduction to astrophotography and camera setup. A great starter session.
    4/5
    Jo
    2024-04-14
    Had an amazing night. Rescheduled due to cloud cover the previous night, the conditions were perfect. Sue spent time with everyone to help them get good images and explained everything really clearly.
    5/5
    Jo
    2024-04-14

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Sue Curtis
    Sue has enjoyed more than 30 years of photography experiencing a wide range of techniques and subjects, including nature subjects landscape, astrophotography (with a telescope), plant macro and birds, and award-winning underwater photography. She likes to integrate the technical aspects of photography to pursue unique effects and ideas.

    Sue's long time career in scientific research and diagnostics has progressed to providing 15 years of education at TAFE and University.

    The opportunity to combine teaching and share her love of photography with other people has been a rewarding experience with Wollongong Photography Group.

    Sue has a side photography business operating as Sue Curtis Photography with a focus on Pet and Family session photography as well as Junior Sport Teams and Portraits.

    Websites www.suecurtisphotography.com.au (Pet and Family Photography)
    www.suecurtis.com (Sport Photography)

    Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/sue.curtis.75286/
    https://www.facebook.com/suecurtisphotos

    Instagram
    @suecurtisphotography
    @sue_curtis_pet_photography

    Sue Curtis is available for private bookings

    Available weekends and some weekday evenings
    Individual tutoring, specialised themes and general group workshops, business events, portraits individual and families, sports events, pet and family photography

    PHOTOS
    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: Carrington Falls, NSW Southern Highlands, Australia
    Taken with Fujifilm X-T5 30sec, f10, ISO400. Had a practice day out with a brilliant group from Wollongong Photography Group. Worked on various techniques capturing the beauty of our local waterfalls.
    Credit: Terry Mugavin

    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-05-26
    Title or Location: Swans at Lake Heights NSW
    This swan couple often come to where I live. That morning I saw them from our kitchen window and ran to take their photos which made my day. Canon R7, Sigma 100-500mm
    Credit: Marina Rysko
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5026489127414729/
    Instagram: winter_ocean
    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-05-26
    Title or Location: Swans at Lake Heights NSW
    This swan couple often come to where I live. That morning I saw them from our kitchen window and ran to take their photos which made my day. Canon R7, Sigma 100-500mm
    Credit: Marina Rysko
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5026489127414729/
    Instagram: winter_ocean

    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-05-20
    Title or Location: Bombo Quarry
    I headed to Bombo as there were predictions for a very large swell. Although the swell was not as big as predicted, there was nice cloud and the north channel had some good flow.Settings: 24mm, f/11, 0.4 sec, ISO100
    Credit: Jo Andrews

    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-05-17
    Title or Location: MM Beach Port Kembla
    After finishing nightshift just before sunrise I dashed to MM beach just as the first glimpse of the new day was appearing. I played around with some settings, different angles, different subjects and ended up with a few frames I was happy with. I named this image 'Sunrise Set'
    Credit: Clinton Down
    Facebook: Clinton J Down Photography
    Instagram: cjd_photography
    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-05-15
    Title or Location: Bombo Quarry, Illawarra, NSW, Australia
    Taken not long after a long rain period which allowed for reflections in the water. Waited for minimal cloud cover for the focus to be on the rock formation.
    Credit: Paul Anthony
    Facebook: Paul Anthony
    Instagram: @oceanandearthfotography

    St Albans Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: Night-time at Portland Bill lighthouse
    The weather forecast for the night Friday the 3rd May looked very good and because the last time I went to Portland Bill I didn't manage to get home with anything good, I thought of giving it another go. Even though it was a 4 hour drive from my house, I'm over the moon I went there because I haven't seen the sky so nice and clean in a very, very long time, it was just perfect.I took quite a few photos and this one is the first that I want to show you because I love it to bits.As always, I
    Credit: Emil Andronic
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Emil.Andronic.Photography
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ancient_light_by_emilandronic/
    New Orleans Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: St. Charles Parish Wetlands Watchers Park
    Saturday night, 5/11/24, I went out to the St. Charles Parish Wetlands Watchers Park wanting to capture some photos of the Northern Lights as the Solar Storm made the aurora visible down here in Louisiana. It was a cloudy night so we didn't get to see any of it. But a thunderstorm was was approaching and "heat lightning" was seen in the distance. As it got closer, the lightning strikes were getting more and more visible even though the storm was still miles away. So I repositioned my camera and
    Credit: Bertis Tamplain
    Santa Clara Photography Group
    2024-05-27
    Title or Location: Yosemite Valley
    I went on a hike in Yosemite Valley and unexpectedly found this tree that had a heart shaped hole in the trunk. I stayed until dusk and used my red light on my headlamp to cast the red glow inside the heart. I was inspired by my then girlfriend. I love LOVE!
    Credit: Cody Mattson
    Facebook: codymattsonphotography

    San Gabriel Photography Group
    2024-05-25
    Title or Location: Home
    A photographer friend visits his parents in Alaska every year and upon his return home he always brings me salmon steaks that his family catch as part of their food provisions. This was my dinner and will say that this dinner was nothing short of amazing!
    Credit: Gonzalo Guerrero
    Facebook: G GUERRERO PHOTOGRAPHY
    Instagram: @photo818
    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-05-22
    Title or Location: Charlies Hut, Carneys Creek
    As anyone who chases milkyway photos will tell you, they take some careful planning and often a lack of sleep. Charlies Hut is in the Scenic Rim. It's about a 2hr drive from home, and with the help of Photopills, we could see that the moon would have set with the milkyway still visible at about 4am. So alarms were set for 1.30am, coffee was made and off we went. I use the intervalometer on my Canon 6D mark ii to shoot between 15-20 images of the sky. The lens I used was a Samyang 14mm, set
    Credit: Lisa Pritchard
    Facebook: Lisa Pritchard
    Instagram: lisa_pritchard_photography
    Oshawa Photography Group
    2024-05-21
    Title or Location: Just north of Brechin on Hwy 169.
    May 10 the northern lights hit a G5 storm, a KP index of 9, the highest it will go, and the best storm we've seen in over 20 years. I drove my 10 year old son north to see them, this was a chance of a lifetime. I managed to get several amazing photos. Canon R6M2, RF10-20mm lens at 10mm, 30sec at f4, iso 1000, manual focusing. This was looking more north-west as most of the bright colours could be seen to the south, west and just north of us.
    Credit: Diane Schlichting
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