Kiama Seascape Workshop
Monday 4th - Thursday 7th April 2016
4 inspiring days to explore & develop your seascape photography
This April join Len for a refreshing photographic escape on the delightful coastal town of Kiama. Immerse yourself in four days of seascape shoots, workshops and the serenity of life in a small coastal village. With all lunches, morning and afternoon tea included, all you need to do is unwind and focus on your photography.
Based in the small town of Kiama we have access to a range of beautiful coastal landscapes, from placid estuaries and sandy beaches to rustic boardwalks, rugged sea cliffs and vast ocean views. On some days we may venture away from the coast and explore the quiet landscape of mosses, lichens and ferns in nearby rainforests. This seaside town is the perfect location to relax and build your portfolio with varied and beautiful landscape images.
Enjoy Len’s gentle, supportive teaching style as you participate in twice-daily class sessions tailored to your needs. 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 four days you will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques and venture into undiscovered creative territory.
NB: This workshop includes day workshops 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 Len’s Blue Mountains Photography Tour.
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.
- Seascape-specific lessons
- Analysis of seascape masters
- Composition in seascapes
- Creating depth in seascapes
- Equipment for seascape photography
- Long exposure and soft water seascapes (including the use of neutral density filters).
- Sea scape photography
- Creating sharp seascape photographs
- Golden and blue hour photography
- Composing with tone and line
- Natural abstracts
- Safety for seascape photographers
4th - 7th April 2016 - Monday to Thursday
We will be based in the delightful seaside town of Kiama on the New South Wales south coast.
Our classroom for the workshop is at 7 / 130 Shoalhaven Street Kiama.
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.
From northern, central and southern Sydney, drive to Wollongong and follow Princes Highway south. It is two hours South of Sydney
Regular trains start at Central Station Sydney
Accommodation is not included in this workshop so feel free to tailor yours to your needs and budget. You will need five night’s accommodation: from the 3rd -7th April as we will be starting early on the 4th.
You will find many options in and around Kiama from luxury hotels and seaside apartments to budget hotels & hostels and lovely campsites. There is a helpful directory for local accommodation here.
A TYPICAL DAY
We rise before the sun to capture the gentle morning light and the sunrise over the sea. After a few hours of shooting we will break for a rest, with enough time to have the breakfast you probably skipped with your early morning rise. At ten am we head to our classroom for a morning of downloading, processing, critiquing and printing your images.
Your daily theory sessions follow a delicious lunch break provided by us. After lunch we have a couple of format training sessions, and you will have the opportunity to have any and all of your questions answered by Len. In the late afternoon you will have time to relax, process images, chat to others in the group or simply enjoy the salty air and sound of the sea.
The second shoot of the day begins early evening and continues until dusk. This is an opportunity to practice the theory and techniques covered during the day in the ever-changing evening light. After dark it’s your time to use as you choose: rest, reflect, dine and delight in lovely Kiama.
WALKING AND WEATHER
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.
POSSIBLE LOCATIONS AND SHOOTS
Some possible locations include:
- The Bone Yard
- Bombo Quarry
- Cathedral Rocks
- Minnamurra Creek
- Blowhole Point
- The small Blowhole
- Barren Grounds
- Minnamurra Rainforest
- Ocean tidal pools
- Kiama lighthouse
- Boat harbor
- Kiama Heights
NB: Shooting locations change yearly based on the interests of the group.
All of your tasty morning teas, afternoon teas 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 Kiama.
Courtesy transport is provided from our class venue to all daytime shooting locations. Participants are requested to provide their own transport from their accommodation to the classroom.
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 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.
WHAT TO BRING
There are a few key things that you will need to get the most out of the week:
- Camera equipment
- 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.
- All lunches
- Morning and afternoon teas
- Courtesy transport from classroom venue to shooting locations
- 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: Some shoots may be led by approved Len's School outdoor photographic guides. Multiple shooting locations may be provided each day.
- Transport to and from the venue
- 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
Sea scape photography workshop INVESTMENT
AUD500 deposit will secure your place.
NB: Full payment is required 8 weeks prior to the workshop.