Gary’s Blue Mountains Photo Workshops

Winter & Spring Workshops 2018

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EcoPass_Operators_FOR-USE-ON-BLACKJoin 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

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. 

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Starry Night Astro Photography

Fri Night 10 August - FULL
Starry Night Astro Photography
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The Blue Mountains are one of the first places out of Sydney for good astro shots. This all night workshop will cover multiple locations, Milky Way arcs and composition, significant mid field objects, tracking, astro processing and a mixed star sunrise (warm season permitting).
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Starry Night Astro Photography

Thu Night Sep 6 - FULL
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The Blue Mountains are one of the first places out of Sydney for good astro shots. This all night workshop will cover multiple locations, Milky Way arcs and composition, significant mid field objects, tracking, astro processing and a mixed star sunrise (warm season permitting).
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Beginners Landscape Weekend

Sat/Sun 8/9 Sept - 1 Spot left
Beginners Landscape Weekend
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The Blue Mountains are a fantastic place to nurture your passion for photography. This 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. A lot will be covered in one day, sunrise, astro, sunset, waterfalls, midday shooting, long exposures and more, basically most of the tools to start to become a great landscape photographer yourself.
Hidden Blue Mountains Workshop
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Hidden Blue Mountains Workshop

15/16 Sept - 2 spots left
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There are over 100 spots where most visiting and local photographers regularly shoot but there are many more only explored by a few. Although less travelled photo locations in themselves are not going to produce great landscape images, Gary has picked ones for the advanced photographer that are as good if not better than the more popular locations. This two day workshop will explore excellent photographic vistas outside of the main Jamison Valley and venture into the Capertee, Wolgan, hidden Grose, Gardens of Stone, Newnes Plateau, Ben Bullen State Forest and Wollemi regions and offer the keen photographer something a little different but still with that 'wow' factor.
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Processing Landscapes

Sat 29 Sep
Processing Landscapes
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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 vision to life.
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Beginners Landscape Weekend

Sat/Sun 6/7 October
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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 beginner 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.
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Wild Waterfalls Workshop

Sat 13 Oct
Wild Waterfalls Workshop
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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.
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Processing Landscapes

Sat 20 Oct
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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 vision to life.
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Aerial Drone Photography

Sun 21 Oct
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Aimed at photographers who have bought a Dji drone, have done some basic flying but want to take their photography and videography to the next stage. A one day including sunset, beginner/intermediate workshop in creating professional stills and video from the air.
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Wild Waterfalls Workshop

Sat 10 Nov
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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.
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Beginners Landscape Weekend

Sat/Sun 17/18 Nov
Beginners Landscape Weekend
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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 beginner 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.

What participants have said…

– “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”
– “Thanks to Gary’s assistance, I have come away from The Blue Mountains with a collection of photos that I am very pleased with.”
– “Thanks Gary, I can thoroughly recommend this workshop, learnt lots had fun and all very reasonable.”
– “As a result I walked away with images that I would not have been able to get on my own for sure”
– “Gary put the miles in to find the best vantage points for the conditions. Very knowledgeable and happy to pass it on”
– “Gary’s knowledge of the area is astounding as is his passion and knowledge for photography.”
– “From angles to leading lines, processing, he knows how to convey it to you also, thanks again”
– “I was very happy with the photography that I captured and I would highly recommend attending Gary’s workshops.”
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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

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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

Workshop Lesa KlausNote: 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.

4 Responses to Gary’s Blue Mountains Photo Workshops

  1. lesa corrine says:

    “ 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. I was very happy with the photography that I captured , thanks to Gary, I will return….

  2. Klaus von Schwanebach says:

    Gary I’m most grateful for your time, and photography passion for the Blue Mountains, that you so generously shared with us. You have been an excellent tour leader, informative, down to earth, and so knowledgeable about the secret insights of each location that you 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.

  3. Wayne says:

    Hi Gary I am keen to do one of your Milky Way workshops, what would be the best months for capturing the Milky Way?

    Thanks

    • Gary Hayes says:

      Hi Wayne – we cover the Milky Way in all astrophotography workshops, and it starts to be more prominent in the sky and for longer again after March or so.

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