Technical Lens photography WORKSHOP




This is the best place to start if you really want to get a solid understanding of how to use your camera.

Run at Len's School in Willoughby East.

Photograph the ordinary and create the extraordinary © Leonard Metcalf 2014

The Technical Lens Photography Workshop is about getting control of your camera.  Enjoy Lens gentle, supportive teaching style as you participate in lessons and shoots designed to nurture and develop your technical skills.  You will receive valuable feedback on your photographs from your group in tea-and-critique sessions.  Often these insights help you take your photography to the next level.

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 Lens Blue Mountains Photography Tour.







Lens' School - Willoughby East, Sydney



To join this workshop Len asks that you have a camera and a laptop computer. Hopefully your already out taking photographs. This is not for the raw beginner. If you have done a one day photowalk or workshop on photography, or perhaps read some books and have practiced this this course is your best next step.

If youre not sure if thats you, please contact Len.


If you are a complete beginner and would like to participate in one of Lens Blue Mountains tours you might like to consider his Blue Mountains Photography Tour.



 By Car

The M1, M2 & M7 all eventually get very close to us. From the city take the harbor bridge or the tunnel and take the Brooke Street Exit. Follow Alpha Road to the end, and turn onto Edinburra Road, Third Avenue is the third on the left.

From Western Sydney, come along the M7 and onto the M2. Take the Chatswood exit at the end of the Lane Cove tunnel, onto Pacific Highway. Turn right onto Mowbrary Road, and follow this until you hit Alpha Road at Willoughby. From here it is onto Edinburra Road and then into Third Avenue.

There is plenty of parking in our suburban street.


 By Train

The closest railway station is Chatswood. From here it is best to catch a taxi to the studio.


By Bus The easiest bus is the M40 that goes between Chatswood and Bondi Junction. It makes its way along Oxford Street, and past Town Hall and Wynard Railway Stations. Get off at Willoughby Public School on Penshurst Street. Walk along Laurel Street to the very end, and through the walkway to the next street. This is Third Avenue.



Accommodation is not included in this workshop so feel free to tailor yours to your needs and budget.   There is a huge range of accommodation options here in Sydney.





Autumn in the Blue Mountains © Leonard Metcalf 2014


 9 am - 5 pm

  • Lessons from cameras - Lens starts the workshop with some lessons that some of his cameras have taught him

  • Exposure - ISO / APERTURE / TIME

  • Usual camera settings

  • Determining correct exposure

  • Lunch included

  • The atypical exposure problems and how to solve them

  • RAW workflows

  • Practical exercises / shoot

Golden autumn leaves © Leonard Metcalf 2014



 9 am - 5 pm

  • Critique of yesterday's work
  • Colour spaces
  • Lunch included
  • Intentional blur and sound photographic composition
  • Practical exercises / shoot

Creative photography is about learning to see differently © Leonard Metcalf 2011


9 am - 5 pm

  • Critique of yesterday's work
  • Lessons from the masters of art and photography
  • Colour composition
  • Practical exercises
  • Lunch included
  • Principles of division
  • Practical exercises / shoot 



9 am - 5 pm

  • Critique of yesterday's work
  • Power of projects and presentation
  • Principles of post processing
  • Practical exercises
  • Lunch included
  • Digital black and white photography theory and practice
  • Techniques for digital conversion to black and white
  • Toning and duo tones for added depth and printing ease
  • Practical exercises



9 am - 5 pm

  • Advice and rules for photography (our own lessons)
  • Critique of weeks work
  • Presentation of projects and work created during the week
  • Where too now, a photographic look at where to next
  • Review of week



This is a gentle workshop, which requires a low level of fitness.  There will be a small amount of walking to and from shooting locations, occasionally on uneven surfaces.  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.   

Autumn temperatures in Myall Lakes generally range from 18ºC-25ºC.  The mornings are usually brisk, warming through the day with crisp cool evenings.  Err on the safe side and come prepared for wind, rain and chilly temperatures.

When you book you will receive a detailed packing list to help you plan for the workshop.    



Button grass © Leonard Metcalf 2013

  • Freshwater coastal lakes
  • Sand dunes
  • Windswept coastlines
  • Gum trees  
  • Coastal rainforest
  • Rivers



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

Two dinners are included: on the Sunday and Friday of the workshop. Otherwise breakfasts and dinners are not included in the workshop and can be enjoyed at your accommodation or at one of the many cafes, restaurants, pubs and delis in and around Hawks Nest.  



Participants are requested to provide their own transport from their accommodation to the workshop location in Hawks Nest.  Courtesy transport is provided from our workshop center to all daytime shooting locations.   

If this will be a limiting factor for you, please contact Len directly to discuss your options. 



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

  • Camera equipment
  • Tripod
  • Laptop with latest Adobe Lightroom software (recommended) & various creative plug ins such as NIK or Perfect EFX or TOPAZ
  • Wet weather clothing
  • Clothing for cold temperatures
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Day pack/camera pack 

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 (link coming soon).



  • All lunches and two dinners
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Free access to Lens School forum and notes
  • Courtesy transport from Workshop Centre to shooting locations
  • Your National Park fees
  • Qualified, experienced wilderness guide, Len Metcalf
  • One-on-one instruction and guidance from fine art photographer and veteran educator Len Metcalf (see his bio here)
  • Lens unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as an artist. 
  • Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that will make your photos sing
  • Plenty of time to shoot at each location
  • Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection with the landscape
  • Suitable for all levels from absolute beginners to professionals
  • A positive environment, which encourages group learning, advice-sharing and support


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 (Hawks Nest)
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts and evening meals (except Sunday and Friday dinners)
  • Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)
  • Weather-specific clothing
  • Travel insurance.   Click here for more information. 



"Hello Len, First and foremost, I would like to thank you again for a wonderful week in the Blue Mountains. I enjoyed myself immensely, had a great time, learnt heaps, and we had lots of laughs and fun. You definitely have a happy client that will be returning for more. Loved the workshop format and being able to immerse yourself in nothing but landscape photography and everything that goes with it, was just tops. Everyone has different reasons for doing photographic workshops, mine is to learn and to go places that I would not otherwise go to on my own. And we certainly did that!

In fact, this is the first 'photographic workshop' that was actually a real workshop and I learnt something as well, that I have done - and I have done quite a few so-called 'workshops'. So please keep the workshop format. You have renewed my vigour, interest and motivation for photography - so thank you for that too. Cheers."

- Pam Handyside - Blue Mountains Landscape Workshop 2013

Click here to read more testimonials.




AUD500 will secure your place.  

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