Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August, 2014


Blurry ghost gum, Newnes Plateau, The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area © Leonard Metcalf 2011

Shift your focus at this weekend workshop with fine art photographers Len Metcalf and Shirley Steel.  Have some fun and forget about sharp focus – create beautiful, soft, expressionistic images instead!  


Anyone can take a photograph that’s out of focus.  So what makes a blurry image wonderful?  Your workshop will start in Len's studio with a presentation of blurry images and the techniques used to create them.  Through studying these photographs you will develop an understanding of what makes a blurry photograph exceptional and how you can emulate these effects.  We will examine blurry composition so that you know how judge your work. We will also talk about bokeh and how you can use it to improve your photography.   


Then we’ll move to a location with water views to put your new knowledge into practice. Experiment with plastic and soft focus lenses and different filters.  Play around with moving your camera as you shoot.  Dance your photographs into being!  


At the end of the day we will return to the studio to go back through our work and review the images we’ve created and what we’ve learned.  On the second day we will follow a similar schedule, returning to the studio early enough to print our best work. 


To find out more about your tutors, visit Len’s blog and website. (create embedded links here and below)


 You can visit Shirley’s website here and see some of her lovely blurred images here



2nd & 3rd August 2014



The workshop starts and finishes at Len’s studio:

12 Third Avenue 

Willoughby East NSW 2068




By car

Drive to the studio in Willoughby.  There is plenty of free parking on the street outside. 



By public transport

Take a train to Chatswood Station on the North Shore Line.

Take the 205, 206 or 207 bus from Wynyard, Sydney and alight at Edinburra Road at Castlecraig and a 5 minute walk sees you at the studio. 



Maximum 6 participants




  • Camera
  • Packed lunch
  • A sense of humour



  • A few different lenses
  • 100mm equivalent or 70 - 200mm equivalent zoom (35mm equivalent)
  • Laptop with image processing software
  • 3 stop neutral density filter ND9


Blurry reflections, Fish River, The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area © Leonard Metcalf 2013


  • One on one instruction from Len Metcalf and Shirley Steel
  • Two outdoor shoots
  • Classroom lessons
  • Valuable group critique, feedback and discussion
  • A positive environment, which encourages group learning, advice-sharing and support
  • Morning tea, afternoon tea and coffee/tea throughout the day
  • One A3 print of a photography taken during the workshop
  • Laughs and fun


As a ‘beginner’, I found the explanation of theory, followed by practical demonstration as excellent way to learn. The lessons from this course have increased my learning, and my abilities in photography.
— Peter J
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the two day course I attended last week. You took me to some wonderful places, gave me some really clear helpful guidance in how to improve my photos . . . and last but not least were great company for the two days – thanks!
— John Alexander

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AUD200 will secure your place.  

NB: Full payment is required 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

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