Blue Mountains Landscape Photography Weekend
Saturday 10 – 7pm and Sunday dawn – 5pm
The Blue Mountains are a fantastic place to nurture your passion for photography. This two day course is aimed at all enthusiast photographers who have a good quality DSLR or mirrorless camera and want to get to the next level with it. Beyond auto settings, finding beauty, chasing the light, filters, post processing, understanding your camera and the art of composition – everything you need in 2 days to be set with all the tools to become a great landscape photographer yourself.
Day 1 –
- Pickup – You will be picked up at any location you require in the upper mountains (Wentworth Falls to Mount Victoria) and, on the way to Gary’s training gallery we will go to location 1 and look at basic approaches to landscape photography as an artist.
- Morning – Gary will then offer instruction in his training room and go through camera basics to advanced use along with refreshments. How to take control using fully manual settings and even manual focus – this will be followed by a quick location 2 session at Pulpit Rock, Sunset Rocks or Mitchells Lookout all close to his gallery.
- Afternoon – After an included local Mt Victoria lunch we will go to two more major locations in and around the Grose Valley for a full practical session using gained knowledge about voice, composition, manual camera, focus and filters. This will be followed by a first post processing session back in the training gallery.
- Sunset and drop off – after a final sunset shoot around Mount Banks or Mount Rigby followed by the included dinner you will be dropped off at your overnight accommodation anywhere in the Upper Blue Mountains. Times vary, so check sunset times for date.
Day 2 –
- Sunrise (optional) – Depending on participants a dawn sunrise can be arranged, times vary at different times of the year – winter a 5.30am pickup and summer around a 4.00am pickup! Breakfast will be included if we do sunrise and we will finish 2 hours earlier, later in the day.
- Morning – After pickup (if required) a 10am morning post processing session of your sunset (and optional sunrise) images and a detailed look at single frame, blended, HDR, panorama and other techniques to enhance your golden light images. Late morning we will head to several waterfalls and rain forest locations to look at long exposure techniques followed by lunch.
- Afternoon – This will begin with a hands-on post processing session to help you put into practise a range of Lightroom and raw techniques followed by a final Blackheath and Grose Valley area location to make sure you really have all the skills required to take great Landscape Images. Gary will then take you back to any transport or accommodation point around 5-6pm.
- Personal instruction from Gary in the field and in his Gary’ Training Gallery.
- Lunch, mid-morning and late afternoon snacks/drinks (plus optional dinner on Sat and/or breakfast on Sunday)
- Transportation from your hotel/rendezvous to location and Gary’s Gallery Training room in single 4WD car. Cool drinks all day in 4WD.
- Use of Lightroom on laptops for post processing instruction if required. (although recommended you bring your own)
- Workshop certificate and exposure of your best image (optional) on Gary’s social site/s
Cost: $850 per person. In the event of only one booking on a workshop 1 week out, a full refund will be given or the participant moved to an agreed future workshop.
Jun 23/24 Sat/Sun 2018 ‘Landscape Photography Weekend’
- Full amount $850
Note: workshops will only take place with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3 participants so as much personal attention can be given to each photographer and we are more flexible in moving between locations. Full payment for workshops are due 2 weeks before the workshop date. Gary has full public liability insurance covering the group in Blue Mountains NP and his training gallery, an EcoPass for commercial workshops in the Blue Mountains so all appropriate permissions prior to the workshop will have been setup with NSW NPWS office.
Pre-requisites for all workshops
- PASSION: It is inspiring to Gary and the other photographers if you have a great attitude and can make the best of whatever the weather throws at us or your expectations of the workshop. We will come away with great pictures regardless.
- BRING: A good quality tripod and familiarity with using it.
- BRING: A decent quality DSLR or Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and have a basic knowledge of it.
- BRING: Two or three lenses. EG: a good basic kit zoom such as 24-70, good landscape prime lens such as 24mm, 35mm or ultra such as 14mm or 20mm. A telephoto zoom or prime eg: 70-200 or 100mm etc: For landscape work in the Blue Mountains as wide a lens as possible is recommended 14 to 24mm range…
- BRING: Filters. It is not critical to have all filters as we will explore blending and/or HDR techniques without using them – but any or all of CPL polariser, Neutral density graduated (usually 3 stop) and neutral density full (5 or 10 stop) – the 10 stop is more specialised but if you can for your wide lens get at least a 5 stop ND filter and Polariser.
- DO YOU: Have a moderate level of fitness and able to walk confidently on rocky terrain with camera equipment (this will vary on each workshop but call for information if in doubt).
- BRING: Comfortable hiking shoes, good camera back pack and waterproofs/warm clothes in case the weather goes south.
- READ: It is recommended that you orientate yourself with the mountains by reading my introduction post A Landscape Photographers Guide to Visiting the Blue Mountains Australia which helps break down the geography and refers to many of the locations we will be exploring.