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The Blue Mountains are a fantastic place to nurture your passion for photography. This full one day workshop at the best Blue Mountains locations is aimed at all enthusiast beginner photographers who want to get to the next level with their landscape art. Everything you need will be covered in one intensive day, composition, location hunting, sunrise, astro, sunset, waterfalls, midday shooting, long exposures, raw processing and more, basically all the techniques to become a great landscape photographer yourself.
Sunday: dawn – sunset (plus astro for 2 hrs after sunset dependent on date, see booking below) – a 14-15 hour day.
- Sunrise – Before dawn you will be picked up at any location you require in the upper mountains (Wentworth Falls to Mount Victoria) and we will go to an easy sunrise location. Gary will walk you through his capture process at this location and his approach to landscape photography as an artist. You will also be taken through how best to capture tricky light sunrises. Times vary for dawn at different times of the year of course, see bookings below for each start end time… Breakfast will be included in the price after sunrise.
- Morning – After breakfast Gary will then offer instruction in his training gallery and go through camera basics to advanced use. How to take control of your camera using fully manual settings and manual focus, this will also include a quick first look at post processing and the most important areas of light, moment and composition. This will be followed by some practical group sessions at Pulpit Rock, Sunset Rocks or Mitchells Lookout, all close to his gallery. Late morning we will head to one of several waterfalls and rain forest locations to look at long exposure techniques, this will be followed by an included lunch.
- Afternoon – After a local Mt Victoria lunch we will go to two more big scene locations in and around the Grose Valley for another full practical session using gained knowledge about voice, composition, manual camera, focus and filters. This will be followed by a 2nd post processing session back in the training gallery. A hands-on post processing session to help you put into practise a range of Lightroom and raw techniques and a demonstrations of single frame, blended, HDR, panorama and other techniques to enhance your landscape and golden light images.
- Sunset – after a final sunset shoot around Mount Victoria and dependent on weather, we will go for a safe astro, star session – this will be on the way back to your accommodation or drop off point. Times vary, so check times in booking below.
- Personal instruction from Gary in the field and in his Gary’ Training Gallery.
- Breakfast, Lunch and training gallery and in car snacks/drinks
- Transportation from your hotel/rendezvous to location and Gary’s Gallery Training room in single 4WD car. Cool drinks/snacks all day in 4WD.
- Use of Lightroom on laptops for post processing instruction if required. (although recommended you bring your own)
- (Optional) workshop certificate and exposure of your best image on Gary’s social site/s
Any questions please email Gary
Cost: $595 per person. Includes tuition, breakfast, lunch, transport and drinks/snacks all day – 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.
Sunday 5am to 8pm – enquire for dates
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
Note: beginner photographers without all of the camera equipment below will be instructed in how to get the best out of what they have and be demonstrated the advantage (or not) of extra equipment.
- 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 some 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.