GARY P HAYES BLUE MOUNTAINS WORKSHOPS & TOURS

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Join renowned Blue Mountains based Aussie photographer and educator Gary P Hayes in a range of specialised workshops that offer something special to all levels of photographers visiting the Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains. Gary has a full NSW Eco Parks License to run commercial tours and workshops and follows best practise. License No: LIC15/161

For private one-on-one or group tours go here …Cancellation policy at bottom of this page.

Gary’s Blue Mountain’s Photography Workshops are unique in that they integrate quality photo training in his purpose designed Training Gallery, on the edge of the escarpment in Mount Victoria, combined with many well known and lesser known photo locations in this amazing region. Based on the skill-set and needs of each 2-4 person group and one-on-ones, the locations and training sessions will be tailored for each team with everyone learning from each other and Gary will inspire with his passion for emotive landscape capture and mind’s eye post production.

Nebula, Moon, Planets: Deep Sky Photography Workshop

7pm-3am - Fri 23 Oct or Fri 20 Nov or Sat 16 Jan  --- Introduction - Deep Sky for Photographers This workshop is designed to take you from basic Milky Way style landscape photography into more advanced and fascinating Deep Sky and Planetary capture. Although taking shots of only distant objects in the night sky without elements of the earth, is a stylistic leap, and can be regarded as more 'technical' than artistic, you can still take images which provoke wonder, mystery and appeal - and...

Wild Waterfall Workshop

Sun 8 Nov --- One day 'Wild Waterfalls'. The Blue Mountains contain multitudes of waterfalls that flow virtually all year long. They are the life blood of the valleys and forests and Gary has captured most of them, several times over. This workshop will explore practical techniques in taming the large majestic multi-hundred foot falls such as Katoomba, Wentworth or Govetts through to the more delicate 5-20 ft falls around Lawson, Hazelbrook, Leura and Wentworth Falls. Depending on the rainfall...

Intro to Landscape Photography Workshop Weekend

Weekend 5/6 Dec 2020 --- The Blue Mountains are a fantastic place to nurture your passion for photography. This two day workshop at the best Blue Mountains locations is aimed at all enthusiast photographers who want to get to the next level with their landscape art. Everything you will be covered in 2 days, sunrise, astro, sunset, waterfalls, midday shooting, long exposures and more, basically all the tools to become a great landscape photographer yourself. Saturday 10 - 7pm (depending on...

Hidden Blue Mountains Photo Workshop Weekend

Sat-Sun 9-10 Jan 2021 --- Aimed at the enthusiastic and passionate photographer who wants to fine tune their skills in composition, chasing light, new location hunting and advanced techniques such as 360, fine processing and astro. The workshop will focus on amazing locations that are off grid so to speak, away from the normal car park tourist lookouts alongside work will be on voice and storytelling - the best ways to personally express the wonderful landscape of the Blue Mountains. Gary has...

Aerial Drone Photography Workshop

Sat 21 Nov 2020 (2 of 3 spots left) --- Aimed at photographers who have bought a Dji drone, have done some basic flying but want to take their aerial photography and videography to the next stage. A one day including sunset, beginner/intermediate workshop in creating professional stills and video from the air. The Greater Blue Mountains are a fabulous location to take to the air with a camera and Gary has been shooting stills and video in the area for over five years as a resident professional...

Tours & Pro Shoots

Enquire about custom tours or book a preset one below --- Gary's Photo Tours are great ways for visiting advanced photographers or film crews to be driven and taken around to the best locations at the best times in the most efficient way. Aimed at people who appreciate Gary's intimate knowledge of not just well known lookouts, but thousands of photogenic compositions, many off the beaten track. Most tours last from sunrise to sunset with 5+ great locations in-between but customised ones can be...

Processing Landscapes Workshop

Enquire for next dates --- The creation of an amazing landscape photograph is a combination of things. Firstly having great light and atmospherics at a wonderful location is critical to help you produce an image that shines. Secondly having the confidence and knowledge of your camera and accessories to effectively capture what is often a very tricky scene, technically speaking. But thirdly and as important are the skills and confidence in using software to really bring your...

Landscape Photography for Beginners

Enquire for next dates --- 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...

The Colour of Autumn

Next season April 2021 --- In late March and through April and May the colours of the non-native, deciduous trees start to glow yellow, orange and red. There are a few Autumn hotspots where we are guaranteed some magnificent displays in Mount Wilson, Blackheath, Hartley and Mount Victoria  - all worth exploring and Gary knows many back lanes that others don't find, so we won't be sharing the area with other photographers. Gary will give compositional and technical instruction out on...

Starry Night Workshop

Next One: Dates starting in March 2021 --- A workshop focused on capturing the wonderful Milky Way core and it's interaction with foregrounds of the 'earth' but gives a taste of much more including trails, time-lapse, light painting and some deep sky tracking. The Blue Mountains are one of the first places out of Sydney where the ambient light ceases to be a major problem in astro photography. Focusing on Milky Way photography and other wide cosmos plus landscape work, his workshop begins at...

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What participants have said…

I recently attended the starry night astro photography workshop and it was incredible! Gary’s knowledge of photography, the nights sky and post processing lead to some amazing photos that you can be proud of. Not only was the workshop lots of fun, full of beautiful Blue Mountains locations, Gary also tailored the workshop to our interests. I can’t wait to attend my next workshop. Thank you Gary. — Jodie Morrison

I attended the weekend workshop on waterfalls in the Blue Mountains and, let me tell you, the experience was about more than just photography. Gary’s impressive knowledge of the area and storytelling as a whole means that the technical aspects that you learn have a context and a purpose… I’m already planning the next one! — Gregg Savage

I did the Waterfalls Workshop last Friday and had a fantastic day. Gary was very patient, a great tutor and he knows where the best photo ops are. Would highly recommend and will be back for some of his other workshops — Julianne – Sep 2020

I had a great time in early August on the Hidden Blue Mountains workshop with Julien, Peter and Gary Hayes. The Gardens of Stone was amazing and Gary’s photographic knowledge is immense. From angles to leading lines, processing, he knows how to convey it to you also, thanks again and catch up sometime — Peter Hickey – Hidden Blue Mtns

Gary has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the  mountains. Showed us the most amazing places to capture the best of this area in the perfect light.. Gary was a delight as our guide, friendly and knowledgeable. — Lesa Corrine

Thank you so much for making it an amazing day. I hope to book a similar experience in the future.— Lynette Bester 2018

I just wrapped up a weekend with Gary’s Hidden Blue Mountains workshop and wow it exceeded all my expectations! Gary’s knowledge of the local area is unsurpassed, and he definitely took us to hidden parts of the greater Blue Mountains… His hospitality and guidance was fantastic and we all had a great time exploring unique landscapes. I can’t wait to join him for another trip to discover even more of this amazing part of Australia. — Paul Mock – Hidden Blue Mtns

Took the Astro course with Gary. Weather wasn’t that hot due to clouds but Gary put the miles in to find the best vantage points for the conditions. Very knowledgeable and happy to pass it on.— Jason Bunce

Recently completed the overnight Astrophotography workshop. Gary was not only knowledgeable and helpful, he showed flexibility in the workshop structure both before and during the night, as the weather wasn’t going to play the game initially. Gary passed on information and techniques in a friendly, easy to understand manner and was both mindful and attentive to the various skill levels within the group and adjusted his mentoring style to suit. After the workshop, Gary was more than happy to field follow up questions via email and offered some valuable guidance once we went into post production. — Dan Dwiar

Did the astrophotography workshop with Gary. Went to places I didn’t think about, and the wealth of knowledge regarding the Blue Mountains make Gary the perfect guide. The enthusiasm of Gary is sure to inspire you. I can thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who loves photography. I will book more courses in the future— Jeffrey Brew 2018

I am most grateful for Gary’s time, and photography passion for the Blue Mountains, that he so generously shared with us. Gary has been an excellent tour leader, informative, down to earth, and so knowledgeable about the secret insights of each location that he has explored for so many years. As a result I walked away with images that I would not have been able to get on my own for sure. Even though I’m far away in California, I’m looking forward to take an other tour with you soon. — Klaus von Schwanebach

I arranged the hidden Blue Mountain photography workshop for my hubby’s suprise birthday gift. It was a fantastic experience for him to chill out and do something different away from his workaholic lifestyle. He felt so energetic with all the hiking and wonderful sites visited and of course, photos he never knew he could take himself. Gary was so inspiring and full of knowledge. We highly recommend this workshop for those who want to do something fun and to explore the Blue Mountains from a different perspective. — Cindy W – Hidden Blue Mtns

Gary’s Autumn Workshop was fantastic. The whole day was extremely well organised and nothing was too much trouble. With Gary’s knowledge of photography combined with his knowledge of the local area his workshops are a must. Highly recommended.— Scott Lambert

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Workshop Style Browse the workshops above and book your place by clicking the links. If you would like some more insight on the workshops Email Gary first.

All workshops will cover four primary areas photography in detail alongside each specialised theme:

  • The Photographers Voice (pre-visualising, emotion & location research)
  • Light and Composition (the anatomy of a great shot)
  • Understanding Camera & Equipment as a Tool (technical)
  • Basic Post Production Techniques (how to make your image shine)

Terms Note: workshops will only take place with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 participants. In the event of less than 3 a full refund will be given to all or change of dates discussed. The non-refundable deposits listed in each workshop are only for those who pay a deposit only and pull out less than a week out. Full payment for workshops are due 3 weeks before the workshop date. Gary has full public liability insurance covering the group in Blue Mountains NP and his training gallery and all appropriate permissions prior to the workshop will have been setup with NSW NPWS office.

Pre-requisites for all workshops

Note: photographers without all of the camera equipment below will be instructed in how to get the best out of what they have and see the advantage 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 hiking tripod and familiarity with using it.
  • BRING: A decent quality DSLR or Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and have a working knowledge of it.
  • BRING: Two or three lenses. Suggest an ultra wide (14 to 20 ish), wide (24-35 ish) and medium telephoto (60-100 ish). Or combinations in zoom lenses.
  • OPTIONAL: Filters. Any combination of – neutral density, 5 or 10 stops. Graduated neutral density 2 and/or 3 stops. Polarizer circular. It is not critical to have filters as we will explore blending and/or HDR techniques without using them.
  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

Important! Please read before payment:

Cancelled because of Gary:

Garys Training Gallery-3It is rarely the case that Gary has to cancel a tour or workshop and this will either be due to 1) His illness 2) Location/Environment issues (eg: bush fires, pandemics) 3) Personal emergency date clashes or 4) Very inappropriate weather forecast

If a workshop is cancelled the following will happen

  • A new date will be discussed and set with all participants 
  • Participants moved to the next available similar workshop after discussion
  • Participants moved to another type of workshop after discussion
  • note: once a new date has been set above and the workshop goes ahead the rules below apply
  • A full refund given to the participants in the event of total cancellation only

Cancelled because of Participant/s:

Sometimes circumstances mean a person cannot participate in a workshop or tour. Regardless of the reasons why they cannot make it, the workshop/tour will still go ahead without them and because of the difficulty in finding new participants or in the case of solo tours, losing the dates in short timeframe here is the refund policy, and cancellations must be requested via email. (note: to cover yourselves it is recommended you get travel / event insurance to cover any costs due to personal circumstances or emergencies).

Refund Policy … If YOU cancel

  • 60 days or more you will receive a full refund, minus a $50 admin and PayPal fee
  • 30-59 days you will receive 50% refund
  • 29 days or less you will receive a 20% refund
  • less than 5 days out, no refund