Kangaroo VAlley Workshop

25th - 29th July 2016

5 inspiring days to explore & develop your visual literacy

Len spent many years living in Kangaroo Valley as a young adult guiding groups through this amazing wonderland. His first photographic portfolio was conceived and developed in the valley, producing a stunning portfolio of little know places. In this workshop he shares many of his secret locations.

The mid morning sun breaks through the morning mist with dazzling brilliance. Kangaroo Valley, © Len Metcalf

Thick mist blankets Kangaroo Valley on most days. During the day the large water mass from Tallowa Dam evaporates and when the air cools it at night, it condenses again and fills up the valley in this most gorgeous thick mist. One of Lens favourite lights to photograph in.  He was going to call this workshop "The mist workshop".


Photographing in the mist is amazing. Subject isolation becomes easier as does creating an intense sense of depth. The nature of the light is soft and quiet as it envelopes objects. Mist is the ultimate diffuser.


Kangaroo Valley was once a leading dairy area and the central regions are rolling hills covered in lush green grass with the occasional tree scattered on the hillside. Running though the middle Kangaroo Valley River tumbles through many small cascades on its way to Tallowa Dam, and then into the Shoalhaven River.


The edges of the valley are where thick dense lush rain forest grows under the shadows of the towering escarpment.


With all lunches, morning and afternoon tea included, all you need to do is unwind and focus on your photography. 


Enjoy Len’s gentle, supportive teaching style as you participate in daily class sessions tailored to your needs.  Len plans to shoot all morning, return to the classroom for lunch and spend the afternoon learning about your photographic practice, processing and critiquing your work. You can read more about class topics below. 


Throughout the workshop you will receive professional guidance and advice while shooting at a variety of locations.  You will also receive valuable feedback on your photographs from your group in critique sessions.  


Theory and technique are practiced, developed, nurtured and grown through a series of practical shoots and class sessions.  Over the week you will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques and venture into undiscovered creative territory.


NB: This tour includes day workshops and shoots but not accommodation, so you are free to choose accommodation that meets your needs and budget.  Read on for more information on local options.  If you would prefer a small boutique tour with accommodation included, please consider one of Len’s all inclusive photographic tours.




Our lesson topics are flexible and can be varied based on the needs and interests of the group.  Below is a list of past and potential lesson topics for this workshop. 


Morning mist, Kangaroo Valley, Photograph copyright © Len Metcalf

  • Exposure for mist photography
  • Subject isolation
  • Creating a sense of depth and creating the viewers journey
  • Processing images taken in soft light
  • Creating sharp photographs
  • Tripod use & eliminating camera movement
  • Techniques to process your photographs
  • Camera use
  • Composition
  • Inspirtation
  • Creativity
  • How a photograph tells a story


25th - 29th July 2016



We will be based in the delightful seaside town of Kangaroo Valley

We will have our classroom sessions at Magnolia Cottage

2151 Moss Vale Road, Barrengarry

(5 minutes drive from the center of town)


Kangaroo Valley photography workshop INVESTMENT


AUD500 deposit will secure your place.

NB: Full payment is required 8 weeks prior to the workshop.



To join this workshop Len asks that you bring a camera and a laptop.

Beginners welcome, Len will help beginners in the field with their camera handling while classroom sessions will be aimed at specific seascape techniques and composition.




By Car

From northern and western Sydney drive through Cambletown to the Southern Highlands and then onto Kangaroo Valley. For those from central or southern Sydney drive through Sutherland and Wollongong and take the road in from Berry.

All roads into Kangaroo Valley are winding roads that need to be driven slowly and carefully.

Kangaroo Valley is three hours south of Sydney.

By Train

Regular trains start at Central Station Sydney and will deliver you to Bomadary near Nowra a forty minute drive from Kangaroo Valley.




Accommodation is not included in this workshop so feel free to tailor yours to your needs and budget.   

You will find many options in and around Kangaroo Valley from luxury boutique B&B's , through a motel and hotel, and lovely campsites.  There is a helpful directory for local accommodation here.   

If you would like more advice about accommodation, please contact Len for a personal recommendation.



Minimum 3

Maximum 10



We start the day early and meet on location after breakfast at around seven (7) am. Out in the field we will photograph an area for a couple of hours.

We then break for a hot cuppa tea or coffee and something tasty from the local bakery. Afterwards we move onto a second location and shoot until the mist breaks or lunch beckons, which ever comes first.

We return to the country club for a home cooked hot meal and a much needed rest. Though most of you will go straight into the classroom to down load, rate and process the mornings images.

After lunch you will have ample time to process your images with the added bonus of having Len Metcalf there to help you milk every ounce of goodness from each one. We will share the rewards of each shoot with the others in the classroom, practicing our skills in giving positive helpful critiques and observing what others have created in the same environments.

Afterwards we will end the day with presentations by Len Metcalf aimed at inspiring your creative vision and developing your photographic skills.

In this workshop we will break for the day around 5 pm and will not have an evening shoot.





This is a gentle trip, which requires a low level of fitness.  There will be a small amount of walking to and from shooting locations, occasionally on uneven surfaces with steps and inclines.  If you have any doubts about your ability, please contact Len directly.  He is a qualified wilderness guide and will assess your fitness and mobility and find a solution for you.    

Dairy country, Kangaroo Valley, Photograph copyright © Len Metcalf



Some possible locations include:

  • Kangaroo Valley River
  • Upper Kangaroo Valley
  • Tallowa Dam
  • Morton National Park
  • Belmore Falls
  • Fitzroy Falls
  • & lots of secret locations that don't really have any names....


NB:  Shooting locations change yearly based on the interests of the group.



All of your tasty morning tea’s, afternoon tea’s and lunches are provided by Len's School.  We can cater to dietary needs such as gluten free and vegetarian, please let us know in advance.

Breakfasts and dinners are not included in the workshop and can be enjoyed at your accommodation or at one of the cafes, restaurants and pubs in and around Kangaroo Valley.  The valley has limited options for evening meals and limited supplies. We would recommend bringing your all your breakfasts and a few evening meals with you so you can supplement them some local restaurants / clubs and hotels.




In this workshop you will need your own transport as shooting locations, accommodation, shops and restaurants are all some distance apart. 

Most find it most convenient to use their own vehicles and car pool so that they can go directly between shoot locations and their accommodation venues.

We are able to provide all courtesy transport from Sydney with hotel or airport pick up, and provide all transport throughout the workshop. Please discuss this with us after booking onto the trip.


There are a few key things that you will need to get the most out of the week:

  • Camera equipment
  • Tripod
  • Laptop or tablet with latest Adobe Lightroom software (recommended)
  • Breakfasts and dinners or be prepared to eat out
  • Personal snacks and drinks
  • Wet weather clothing
  • Clothing for cold temperatures
  • Travel and medical insurance + Ambulance cover for duration of tour
  • Day pack/camera pack
  • Accommodation plans

Len Metcalf is a qualified and experienced trekking guide with 30 years of experience guiding groups to remote destinations.  He knows what you need to keep yourself comfortable in the harshest environments on earth.  Click here to see his packing list now.

What are you doing here? Kangaroo Valley, photograph copyright © Len Metcalf


  • All lunches - a large hot home cooked meal every day
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Courtesy transport from classroom venue to shooting locations if required
  • National Park fees
  • Plenty of time to shoot at each location
  • Suitable for all levels from absolute beginners to professionals
  • Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that will make your photos sing
  • One-on-one instruction and guidance from fine art photographer and veteran educator Len Metcalf
  • Len’s unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as an artist
  • Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection with the landscape
  • A positive environment, which encourages group learning, advice-sharing and support
  • Develop a photographic community and make new friends


NB: Multiple shooting locations may be provided each day.


  • Transport (provided if negotiated at the time of booking and you stay at the Kangaroo Valley Country Club)
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts and evening meals
  • Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)
  • Clothing specific to the weather
  • Travel insurance.   Click here for more information.  



“Thank you so much again for a wonderful workshop; I found myself at times having to ‘hold back’ my enthusiasm - the excited little boy came alive in me! photographer and photography educator will take you to a new level. You will come home with some stunning new images, that take you away from your usual landscape genres.”

— Kel Knox

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