Albany Photography Workshop


Albany Photography Workshop

from 500.00

Albany in Western Australia is Len's 2018 choice to run this workshop on the other side of Australia. A stunning area with a well appointed town that is only four hours south of Perth.  Photograph the magnificent coast, and some of the local forests. Improve your photography in our classroom with Len.

14th - 18th May 2018


"Thank you for an inspiring week which was also very beautiful. It is a lovely part of the world for sure!"  - Anne Richardson

Hurry - Book now, only four spots left

Book Now


14th - 15th May 2018


ALBANY - Western Australia

2018 will be the first time we have run the Albany Workshop. We will organise stunning locations to visit to create innovative and mesmerising photographs. Each year we make new friends. Each year we all grow photographically. Len's workshops are an experience worth enjoying over, and over again.

Each day we rise before dawn and visit one of the nearer locations to enjoy the sunrise over the coast. We photograph as the light changes from pre-dawn twilight through the blue hour and into the golden hours before the sun warms us when it has fully risen.  If you need a hand with your camera or composition, Len is at your side. If you want to work alone and enjoy the location without hindrance or rushing, we will give you the space to do so.

Afterwards, we retreat to the classroom where we will warm ourselves with morning tea. Soon, we are in the classroom, and Len is thoroughly responding to your list of questions about photography. Ensuring your personal learning requirements are met.  Then Len will go through one of his motivational presentations on photographic technique or composition. 

We will provide you with a hot and nourishing lunch when you will have time to rejuvenate and socialise with Len and your fellow colleagues. 

After lunch, it is time for you to download your images, and start processing them. Yet again, Len can be at your side to help. You will slowly pick your best work and we will print it to critique and discuss. It is here when you learn so much about your work and the work of others. It is always such a delight to see what your fellow participants are producing.

Just before we break, we will serve afternoon tea to energise you for your evening shoot.

At that point, we will head out once again, with camera in hand.  For the evening shoots, we travel further afield to visit the rock formations near Albany. We stay in one location until dark. Until every last possible photograph is milked from the amazing locations.

By the end of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to print a small exhibition of stunning images captured during the week.

NB: This workshop includes day workshops but not accommodation, so you are free to choose accommodation that meets your needs and budget.  




14th - 18th May 2018

Plus an evening get together / briefing on Sunday 13th May 2018



Albany Western Australia

The venue will be announced once minimum numbers are reached.



Beginners, intermediate and advanced photographers are all welcome.  To join this workshop we ask that you have basic camera handling, operations and processing skills.  This means you can take photographs, download them to your computer and do some basic editing, such as changing the exposure and cropping. If you’re not sure of your capabilities, please contact Len.

If you are a complete beginner and would like to participate in one of Len’s other workshops, they may be a better starting point. Len recommends his one day workshop as a great place to start. The Technical Lens Workshop is specifically designed to teach photography technical skills.  (For a sneak peek, please visit this video here, and stay tuned for the next Technical Lens Workshop.)



I am organising a small group tour for the following week, for those that are travelling a long distance to do this workshop and would like to stay an extra week, be spoilt and looked after, with full accommodation, food and transport and out shooting as much as we can exploring the area. Please inquire if you are interested in this extension. This special week is limited to three clients. Two people have already expressed an interest in this fabulous opportunity. 

The other extension is the Digital Black and White Photography Weekend prior to this workshop.  So some will come to that as well, and then follow up with this week shooting in BW. Others will enjoy the colour spectaular we will encounter.




The fastest way to travel to Albany from Perth is to fly. Regional Express (Rex) flies daily to and from Albany Airport, and flight schedules are available at Albany Airport is located 11km north of Albany on Albany Highway, and car hire is available at the terminal.

For more information head the City of Albany website.


Albany is just a 4.5 hour, 415km drive south of Perth, straight down Albany highway. Driving through some of the State’s most beautiful countrysides, you’ll pass forests, working farms, vineyards and, in the late winter/early spring, some of the most spectacularly yellow fields of canola you’re ever likely to see.


TransWA operates daily coach passenger services to Albany from Perth. The destination point is the Albany Visitor Centre, Proudlove Parade, Albany. A coach drive from Perth to Albany takes about six hours via Williams, Gnowangerup or Bunbury.


(within Australia) 1300 662 205

(international) +61 8 9326 2600



Do not book your accommodation until minimum numbers have been reached. At this time we will announce the venue for our classroom. This is so you are not out of pocket if this workshop was not to proceed. It also allows you to book your accommodation close to our classroom.



8 clients maximum group size

3 clients required for this workshop to go ahead



  • Photographic composition
  • Photographing on beaches
  • Camera technique 
  • Long exposure technique (the use of neutral density filters to extend exposure)
  • Creating stunning fine art photographs
  • Secrets and myths of correct exposure
  • Managing your equipment in sandy environments
  • Post processing photographs in Lightroom
  • Post processing in the NIK &/or MacPhun plug in collections
  • All of your photography questions answered (Len will ensure your personal learning needs are met throughout the workshop)
  • Daily critique sessions, feedback, encouragement & support
  • One on one tuition when requested in the field and at your computer on your images
  • Review of the week




5.00 am - 8.00 am Sunrise shoot

10.00 am morning tea (included)

10.30 am - 1 pm - Presentations, lessons, exercises, Q&A time

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm hot lunch (included)

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm Download, process images with support and critique images 

3.00 pm afternoon tea (included)

5.00 pm - 7.00 pm - evening group sunset shoot



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 who will assess your fitness mobility and find a solution for you.   

Late autumn temperatures at Albany generally average 16ºC and vary between 12ºC to 20ºC.  With a high chance of rain at 61%.

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



  • Ocean granite cliffs
  • Sweeping emerald beaches
  • Tall forests
  • River and bay mouths
  • Old jetties



All of your tasty morning teas, afternoon teas and lunches are provided by Len's School. We always serve hot lunches and can cater to dietary needs such as gluten-free, vegetarian and some allergies.  Please let us know of your dietary needs in advance so we can cater accordingly.

Breakfasts and dinners are not included in the workshop and can be enjoyed at your accommodation or at one of the many cafes, restaurants, and pubs in and around Albany.

On the last evening of the workshop we usually all go out for dinner together and enjoy a glass of wine and a lovely meal together.



Participants are requested to provide their own transport for the workshop located in Albany. We encourage carpooling to save on traffic congestion and fuel.

We are able to provide all transport for this workshop. Please inquire at the time of booking.  We can do an airport pick up as well.



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

  • Camera equipment
  • Tripod
  • Neutral Density filters (a 10 stop is a great starter)
  • Laptop with image processing software (e.g., Lightroom or Photoshop or Capture One etc.)
  • Wet weather clothing
  • Clothing for cold temperatures
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Day pack/camera pack 
  • Large clip lock plastic bags for your camera equipment to keep the sand out

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.



  • All lunches
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Free access to Len’s School forum and notes
  • Qualified, experienced wilderness guide, Len Metcalf
  • 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. 
  • 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 beginners to professionals
  • A positive environment, which encourages group learning, advice-sharing and support




  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts and evening meals
  • Transport (unless extra option taken)
  • Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)
  • Weather-specific clothing
  • Travel insurance (required)   Please click here for more information. 




AUD$500 deposit secures your spot

Returning customers, you will automatically receive our discounted rate, bringing this workshop down to AUD$2000

Full payment is required eight weeks prior to the workshop commencing.



“I wanted to write and thank you so very much for a truly wonderful week. We saw Cradle Mountain in all its weather systems and you made sure we were all able to capture its uniqueness. It is certainly a stunning part of the country and the world and I was so thrilled to finally make it there after years of wishing! You were such a fabulous tour leader and looked after us so so so well!!! I never saw you show any sign of anything other than care and concern. Thank you! It was a wonderful tour and a great group. We certainly experienced some fantastic wildlife and some stunning scenery. The weather was fabulous and to have had the chance to experience the frost and that special fog / mist rising was amazing! I just hope I have a few photos to do it justice. It was lovely to get to know you better and to have the opportunity to have so many great chats. Thank you for being so attentive and supportive and for your guidance and advice both when taking photos and when processing them. I learnt so much. I just need to write a lot of it down so that I don’t forget it! I have been able to upload all of my photos which is wonderful. I loved seeing you fly your way around Lightroom and absolutely adored your processed images! WOW!!!!! Just stunning! You must have been thrilled! Looking forward to seeing you next week. Again, thank you for such a brilliant experience! Kind regards,”            — Fiona Huddleston


Click here to read more testimonials.