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Nature's Image Photography Workshops and Tours

“Frog City” Macro

A macro photography workshop with Andrew Goodall, held in Montville at the Russell Family Park…known to many of Andrew’s friends as Frog City. It’s a perfect location for hunting dwarf tree frogs, and other great subjects can be found here as well.

This is a three-hour workshop for small groups (six people only). It is held only a few times a year during the warmer months when the days are long and the subjects are (usually) plentiful. Consider it an intermediate workshop, focused on a very challenging field of photography. If you are a beginner still getting to know your camera, we strongly suggest doing Andrew’s Photography Essentials workshop first.

Andrew has spent many hours photographing at Frog City, and knows the common hiding spots for some great subjects. He will help you find your first subjects until you ‘get your eye in’ and start finding a few of your own. Then you can go to work with your macro lens while Andrew offers tips and techniques to suit each situation. Some shots will be hand-held, others may require a tripod. See how to deal with the shallow depth of field and find ways to increase the DOF if you need to. Learn to get sharp photos using autofocus and manual focus, and control your settings for well-exposed macro images. Andrew will also demonstrate some flash technique and demonstrate the pros and cons of working with artificial light.

Please note: We are visiting a place that is home to frogs and other good subjects, at a time of year when they are usually active and easy to find. But we are dealing with natural subjects in an open habitat. Every effort will be made to find you some froggy subjects but there can be no guarantees.

What to bring: Your camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) with a macro lens. A tripod (if you don’t have one you can borrow one of Andrew’s spares). A remote release if you have one but not essential. Make sure your battery is fully charged and you have plenty of space on your memory card. If you have an off-camera flash (not required), bring it along in case it comes in handy later in the day. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. A hat, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and drinking water are advised.


3.00pm to 4.00pm
Welcome to Frog City
Arrive at 2.45pm for a 3.00pm start. The subjects become easier to find later in the afternoon, so we will use this first hour to look at the essential skills of nature macro photography. Andrew will outline techniques for hand held photos, demonstrate the benefits of using a tripod, and also explain the pros and cons of working with flash.
4.00pm to 6.00 pm
Guided practice on real subjects.
As the afternoon begins to cool down the subjects become easier to find. Andrew will show you some of the best places to find subjects including frogs, praying mantis and more. Go to work applying your macro skills, with Andrew helping you overcome any challenges of light, camera settings and techniques.
End of day.
Parting shots.
Frogs often come out in numbers right at the end of the day as the sun is setting and evening humidity is setting in. So PLEASE don't plan to leave early, as you will likely have your best photo opportunities between 5.30 and 6.30pm. The workshop is over when the light is gone and the show is over for another day.
Further Information
Where, what to bring etc.
When your booking is complete (payment confirmed) you will be sent an email telling you where we meet, how to get there, what to bring etc. Should you need any further information prior to the workshop you can contact Andrew directly using the Contact details on this website.
Terms & Conditions:

Price for the Frog City Macro Workshop is $85.00 per person. There are no discounts for multiple bookings as we already offer exceptional value for money compared to other workshops. Your place at the workshop is reserved the moment you place your booking, but payment in advance is required to finalise the booking. Most people pay when they make their booking; you can choose to pay later if you wish. However your booking is not considered final until payment is made, and if a workshop is sold out and we have a waiting list, you will be asked to confirm the booking through payment, or the place may be offered to the next person on the list. There are no refunds for non-attendance, but if you genuinely cannot make it to the workshop on the date you have booked, you can transfer to another workshop at a later date. When your booking is complete (paid) you will receive information on where we meet, what to bring etc. The location has been chosen as a place where suitable subjects can USUALLY be found but there can be no guarantees when dealing with animals in the natural habitat. The host Andrew Goodall will not be held liable if no frogs are found on the day, and every effort will be made to find other suitable subjects.


  • You taught me how the soft light of dawn or the golden light of late afternoon can add a touch of magic to an image. You taught me the importance of taking control of what my camera is doing. You brought my fuzzy ideas about composition into clear focus. And you inspired me to take up my camera and shoot, to get up and have a go.
  • Andrew is a perfect presenter. Explains things clearly and at a level perfect for my comprehension.
  • Thanks for a great PRACTICAL workshop ! I have always been afraid of the big “M” on the camera – but not anymore!
  • I have been on many courses in my 75 yrs. I rank yours as one of the best . You have a great way of keeping up the interest in the class.
  • The weekend has given me more knowledge and confidence and renewed my enthusiasm… thanks again for your generosity in sharing your knowledge and experience.
  • Your method and mode of teaching is hands on, practical and free of technical gobbldygook — EXACTLY what most of us would be photographers need.
  • Description & explanation of things was very good… very helpful. You are a great teacher.
  • Good fun and a good mix of classroom and outdoors.
  • This course gave me a better understanding of the technical side which has always been daunting to me.
  • Gave me a lot of good ideas. I have a greater understanding of my camera.
  • I must say I enjoyed your ‘easygoing’ style of teaching and openness.
  • I have more practice to do but am now excited about using my camera. Thank you for the inspirational workshop.
  • If there is one thing I can recommend to anyone interested in photography it is to DO THIS COURSE! I can never thank Andrew enough for sharing his knowledge and making it so easy.




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