FocusSed LENS

A photographic mentoring program with Len Metcalf

Focussed Lens is a program that takes you on a facilitated photographic journey. Over nine months you will create a project concept, plan and develop images to produce a final series of photographs. As you progress you will bring your work to the regular sessions for feedback, encouragement and support. You will have access to a master photographer to help you solve any problems you may encounter. This is an ideal place to continue to develop your photography within a supportive and social environment.

A facilitated visual journey working on your own photographic project. Guided by Len Metcalf, you will develop, produce and present a visual series of images that you have worked on over an extended period of time.  Nine monthly sessions will introduce you to the idea of a project, introducing you to some simple tools for project management. 

Inspired by a passion to help people grow visually. It has been developed with the five years experience with his master class.

Continue your learning journey with a 'focused Lens" project.

There are a few exclusions on this course. Negativity and your ego are to be left at the door. You must bring physical prints to each class for critique and feedback. You are required to document your progress and plan out your project. You won't be required to follow it though, and you will be expected to modify if as your work grows and develops throughout the process.

The Focussed Lens course culminates in large group presentation and critique of your work. Multiple groups will come together for the final session so that you can gain insights from other people's journeys and become inspired with the work of others.

It is a social course, with time for a coffee and a chat, and perhaps make some new friends.

"Focussed Lens isn't about having sharp photographs. It is about being clear, focussed and directed in your photographic projects. Working towards a finished series presented as a physical product is one of the keys to successful image making, personal skill development and growth of content. A fun, sure fire way to keep inspired and improving photographically."

Features and benefits

  • Questions answered at every session
  • Free access to the Len's School forum and notes
  • Feedback and ongoing critiques of your work
  • Advice and support
  • Learn from your peers
  • Gain support from your peers
  • Positive and supportive environment
  • 30 years teaching and facilitation experience
  • Generous in-depth photographic experience shared
  • The reward of producing a product and showing others your work
  • Develop a photographic community - make friends
  • Drinks and snacks provided at every session

This course can be run anywhere. If you would like to get a group or more people together, Len will come and work with you at your location. Prices will vary depending on the location and the venue you can offer. 

Venues include: Sydney, Blue Mountains, MacArthur Region



Deposit $500.00

Pre requisites:

  1. NONE


  1. Camera
  2. Can print photographs (at home or by a bureau)
  3. Must bring prints to each class for critique
  4. Access to internet
  5. Ideas for projects
  6. Can regularly come to class
  7. Participates in discussions and gives carefully thought out constructive feedback
  8. Has time to work on photographic projects
  9. Enthusiasm to learn, grow, develop and produce


  • Nine sessions
  • Eight three hour sessions
  • One final session (3 - 5 hours)
  • Sessions 1 month apart
  • Final session is run at Willoughby over a full day
  • Minimum numbers required to start at each venue
  • Maximum group size at each venue of six participants.

Project ideas:

  1. Series of eight photographs
  2. Book
  3. Exhibition
  4. Portfolio
  5. Website - gallery
  6. Story
  7. Magazine article
  8. Calendar
  9. Greeting cards
  10. T-shirts
  11. Business identity (eg for a band)
  12. Document your family and friends
  13. Document your special location

Creating a photographic object, as simple as a print or as complex as a book, gives us positive feedback, increases our self esteem and drives us forward with new work.

Anything is possible...


"To dearest Len, Thanks again for a wonderfully inspirational year in Focused Lens 2015! It's always such a fabulous learning opportunity for us all. "

- Fiona Huddleston

"I've been doing a number of courses with Len's School in the past few years starting with Len's Master Class. Now I'm in the middle of 'Focused Lens' season 2.

Now the first thing that Len tells you when you start on a new project is to do your research. Google! Find out what kind of pictures you like, try to figure out why you like them. Then try to create a project description, a theme that defines what your after but also focuses you to stay on course and not wander off and do something completely different. And suddenly you’re thinking about techniques and exploring new skills and capabilities.

You're forced to work out how to take the photograph with the look you’re after, figure out how your example photos were done. I've learned so much about my camera and improved my capabilities this way. The nice thing about Focused Lens is that you're supposed to bring in some shots every month and if you take it seriously you're eyes begin to have this filter and are scanning your environment most of the time if not all the time."

- Andreas Gschwind

"Dear Len, Thank you for your time and wisdom this year. Your guidance has been invaluable. It is always a pleasure to be taught by you."

- Monica Bailey, President, Inner West Photo Society

"Len, Thank you for your feedback, support & advice in completing my street photography project through the Inner West Photo group back in 2013."

- Aldo Pena

"Thank you for your time and wisdom this year. Your guidance has been invaluable. It is always a pleasure to be taught by you."

- Monica Bailey, President, Inner West Photo Society

"I also wanted to be there to thank you again for your tireless support, teaching and wisdom. Without you I wouldn't yet have had a body of work approved by the AIPP which has pushed me on to want to go to the next level. Had we still lived in Willoughby I would have rebooked for the next mentoring journey too."

- Fiona Klat-Smith

2016 dates, times and locations

2016 Starting dates

Feb 29th Monday evening - Katoomba - Please contact us before booking in on the Monday evenings

March 1st Tuesday evening reserved for demand at either Willoughby East or Katoomba

March 2nd Wednesday evening (North Shore - Willoughby East) - Hurry, book now, only a few spots left

March 3rd Thursday evening (North Shore - Willoughby East) - FULLY BOOKED

All sessions: 6.30 - 9.30 pm

9. Large group finish 
4th December 2016
10 am - 3 pm
Len's Studio at Willoughby East

Note: If numbers fall bellow minimum numbers the Wednesday & Thursday night classes will be amalgamated.