Len's Master Class


Len's Master Class

from 495.00

Spend a year developing your photography skills with Len Metcalf in this unique opportunity.  In bi monthly weekends you will study with Len Metcalf and learn everything from camera skills to printing and exhibiting your photographs. 

This is the course that started Len's career in photography education. Len hasn't offered this opportunity in half a decade. 

Run on the 1st weekends in Feburary, April, June, August, October & December 2019


"Len's master class took my photography to the next level. I enjoyed the class very much, learnt a lot, met a great group of people. It inspired me to take my photography to take my photography further."    - Sue

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Len's Master Class is designed specifically for the photography enthusiast that wants to get learn as much as they can in one year. A photographer who is willing to study and work on projects between the bi-monthly weekends will benefit the most from this year-long course.

We start at the beginning. Len teaches you around your camera, and we clear up misconceptions and get into getting the most from your camera. Len teaches you how to control your camera.  Len teaches you how to capture sharp photographs. You will learn how to control the depth of field.

Len will show you how to process your photographs with Lightroom. He will teach you how to get the most from your original photographs. He will show you how to print your work through a service bureau or with your own inkjet.

Len will show you how we communicate through the medium of the visual arts. He will show you the secrets of composition, and teaches you how to create a photograph that captures the viewer's attention and keep it. Len will show you how to create a timeless artwork that captivates the viewer.


Yearly Program Outline


2nd & 3rd February 2019 - Willoughby East 

  • Introductions
  • What is a photograph?
  • What makes a great photograph
  • Correct exposure
  • Apertures and depth of field
  • Creating sharp photographs
  • Workflows
  • Preparing your photographs for printing
  • Critique of your photographs
  • Explanation & exploration of homework and assignments


6th & 7th April 2019 - Blackheath

  • Processing your photographs to get the most out of them
  • Composition - the language of the visual arts
  • The ethics of photography
  • How much processing is enough
  • Critique of your photographs
  • Explanation & exploration of homework and assignments


1st & 2nd June 2019 - Kiama

  • Monochrome - Understanding the use of tone 
  • Creating black and white photographs
  • Model shoot 
  • Portraiture and photographing the figure
  • Creativity and being a visual artist
  • Critique of your photographs
  • Explanation & exploration of homework and assignments


3rd & 4th August 2019 - Norah Head - Central Coast

  • Abstract Photography
  • Colour Theory - understanding how colour works in visual art
  • Making photographic books
  • Critique of your photographs
  • Explanation & exploration of homework and assignments


5th, 6th & 7th October 2019 - Katoomba

  • Three day workshop
  • Flower weekend - coincides with Leura Flower Festival
  • Long weekend NSW Holiday Weekend
  • Macro photography
  • Setting up a still life photograph and lighting it
  • Critique of your photographs
  • Explanation & exploration of homework and assignments


30th November & 1st December 2019 - Location to be announced

  • Mounting and framing your photographs
  • Making books and portfolios
  • Websites
  • Final projects due
  • Critique of your photographs
  • Explanation & exploration of homework and assignments



Master Class Outcomes


  1. Produce a number of cohesive photographic projects
  2. Print, mat, frame and present your own photographs
  3. Write an artist’s statement
  4. Complete a self-portrait project
  5. Find your voice and develop your own style
  6. Participate in a group show
  7. Immerse yourself in photography for a year and take many photographs
  8. Complete a series of photographic exercises to build your visual literacy
  9. Discover new visual influences
  10. Gain confidence as a photographer
  11. Practice and improve your photo critiquing skills
  12. Develop your own style and aesthetic
  13. Make new friends
  14. Build a photographic community
  15. Inspire and help others with their photography
  16. Enjoy yourself
  17. Laugh


You will be encouraged and supported if you choose to

  1. Curate your own exhibition
  2. Develop a business plan
  3. Publish a book
  4. Produce a calendar
  5. Design a website of your work
  6. Create a set of greeting cards or postcards
  7. Develop and maintain a photoblog
  8. Complete a photograph a day challenge
  9. Start a new career 


You might even

  1. Grow in unexpected ways
  2. Take unexpected leaps
  3. Amaze yourself with your abilities



  • Camera craft & control
  • Lens choice
  • Sharpness & focus                  
  • Bokeh & blur
  • Critiquing photographs techniques and practice
  • Positive psychology
  • Photography for impact verse photography for contemplation
  • Technical verse emotional photography
  • Begin to explore the work of master photographers and artistic philosophers
  • Develop an understanding of the elements of composition
  • The Power of Lightroom
  • Workflow
  • Keeping it simple
  • Colour management
  • Colour spaces
  • Colour temperature
  • Overcoming creative blocks
  • The creative brain and creative process
  • Learning to see
  • The command to look
  • Strategies for idea generation
  • Positive self-talk
  • Creative visualization
  • Photographic visualization
  • Creative processes of the masters
  • Journals
  • Golden sections & Fibonacci
  • Composition (yes, again!)
  • Colour theory
  • Colour psychology
  • Conceptual art
  • RGB, CYMK, YRB colour wheels
  • Analogous colours, complementary opposites, triads, colour harmonies
  • Digital black and white
  • Natural lighting
  • Hollywood lighting
  • Quiet Light
  • Rembrandt lighting
  • Chiaroscuro 
  • Tonal composition
  • Leading lines
  • Luminance
  • Depth - atmospheric perspective verse liner perspective
  • Digital black and white workflow
  • Portraiture
  • Headshots
  • Posing the figure
  • Street photography
  • Writing your own artist statement
  • Creating a portfolio
  • Online presentation and publishing, including photo blogs, online galleries and websites
  • Going to press
  • Publishing a photography book
  • Curating your own work
  • How to organise an exhibition
  • How the art world works
  • Dealing with art galleries
  • Price pointing
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Branding yourself
  • Finding an audience
  • Designing a website
  • The beauty of paper
  • Soft proofing
  • Prepress preparation
  • Digital printing
  • Inkjet prints
  • Archival issues
  • Framing and mounting
  • Collecting photography
  • Ongoing learning and development     



  • Six weekend workshops over a year in 2019
  • Full day of classroom sessions
  • Tea and coffee in classroom sessions
  • Tuition
  • Model hire
  • Ongoing support throughout course
  • Class notes
  • Lightroom Presets



  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Entry into display gardens and lighthouses


AUD$4950 full course fees

10 easy monthly payments of AUD$500