Blue Mountains One Day Workshop
Blue Mountains One Day Workshop
Our one day workshop is the ideal place to start your learning journey with Len Metcalf. We start the day with a sunrise shoot close to Katoomba and then stop for a break (enough time for a coffee shop breakfast if you wish). We then head to Katoomba for two educational sessions split with a healthy home cooked lunch. After afternoon tea we finish up the workshop with Len demonstrating his workflow.
Saturday 6th May 2017
"I'd highly recommend it if you are thinking of going to workshop." - Grant Galbraith
AUD195 - introductory price normally AUD395
BLUE MOUNTAINS ONE DAY WORKSHOP
Set in the stunning UNESCO World Heritage listed Blue Mountains just two hours west of Sydney, this one day workshop will inspire you to improve your photography.
Join Len Metcalf for a day of photography and learning on this intensive workshop.
With an early morning photography shoot and two learning sessions split with a healthy home cooked hot meal by our resident chef and host, Carolyn Abbott.
Less than two hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a world heritage listed wilderness area, that is easily accessible for a day trip from Sydney. Alternatively, you might like to book in to one of the many fabulous accommodation venues and make a weekend out of it.
Take a deep breath of crisp mountain air and relax. Varied and vast, the Blue Mountains is a wonderful region to visit and photograph.
Saturday 6th May 2017
5 am - 5 pm
More dates to be announced
By the end of the workshop you will have:
- Len's five top secrets of photographic composition
- Len's method for getting the correct exposure and accurate focus
- More techniques for exploring your creativity
- Observed how a master landscape photographer approaches a scene and extracts the best possible image
- Techniques and ideas for critiquing your own work and the work of others
- Learnt a method to learn from other photographers work
- Had your own work professionally critiqued
- Shot in a stunning location
- Had your personal photographic questions answered
Note: Repeat Len's School clients and Focus Plus members are eligible for a discount on this workshop
Full payment is required on booking
Start and finish locations are a short drive from our Studio in Katoomba and will be provided prior to the day. For those of you who are staying in Katoomba you are welcome to start the day at the studio.
1 / 55 Waratah Street Katoomba, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
From Sydney, head west along the M4 towards Penrith. Join the Great Western Highway and follow the road as it weaves its way up into the mountains. You might like to stop for a cup of tea or coffee in lovely Glenbrook on your way! Usually a one and half hour drive, though in some peak times and from some parts of Sydney this may be two hours.
The train ride from Central to Katoomba takes approximately two hours and offers some beautiful views as you climb into the mountains. You can see the Sydney Trains timetable online here.
From the Airport
Take the train from Kingsford Smith International Airport in Sydney to Central then catch the Blue Mountains train right to Katoomba. Allow 2 1/2 hours for your journey from the airport.
There are many varied accommodation venues in Katoomba, from caravan parks, camp grounds and back packers, through to B&B's and amazing exclusive hotels. All within a short walking distance from Katoomba Street. We pick up along the complete length of Katoomba & Lurline Streets. Here are some suggestions to suit most budgets.
OUR RECOMMENDATION (the closest & consistently gets the best feedback from other clients)
Book directly with them and save 10% on your booking when you tell them you are a Len's School client. You will need a confirmation letter from us. Discount not availiable, long weekends, school holidays or festival weekends.
Click here to visit their website or phone +61 2 4782 1266
Other accommodation that gets consistently great feedback.
- Lurline House
CLOSEST ACCOMMODATION (within easy walking distance - maximum five minutes walk from the studio.
- Palais Royal Boutique Hotel
- Blue Mountains YHA Hostel
- Katoomba Mountain Lodge
- Hotel Blue
- Clarendon Guesthouse
ACCOMMODATION A LITTLE FURTHER (moderate walking distance 10 - 20 minutes)
- Blue Mountains Accommodation Directory - Katoomba
- Echoes Boutique Hotel
- Lilianfels Resort & Spa
- Shelton Lee Guest House
- Blue Mountains YHA Hostel
- Three Sisters Motel
- Katoomba Town Houses
- The Gatsby
- The Three Explorers Motel
- Sidney's Retreat
- The Carrington Hotel
- The Mountain Heritage
- Lurline House
- No 14
We start very early, predawn, so we are on site to capture the beautiful morning light. For our shoot we meet on location (for those travelling by train, or who are staying in Katoomba we meet at the studio). After our initial safety, location and subject briefing we explore and photograph an area.
During this shoot, Len is on hand to help you with your camera, composition and technique. At your side, when needed, you will find Len Metcalf's positive and encouraging teaching style, enabling and supporting you to capture stunning images.
Once the sun breaches the horizon and the morning colour has subsided we will stop for a break. For those that are interested some of us will meet at the Hatters Cafe at the bottom of Katoomba Street for a hot breakfast and that heart starting coffee.
At 9.30 am we reconvene at the Waratah Street Studios, the Blue Mountains home of Len's School. Here Len will answer your questions about photography and proceed to teach you more about getting that amazing photograph and photographic composition.
We stop for a hot home cooked lunch, lovingly prepared by our host and chief Carolyn Abbott.
"I'd highly recommend it if you are thinking of going to workshop. Carolyn's amazing lunch and cup of tea delights are worth the money alone." - Grant Galbraith
Our next session concentrates on your photographs. You will bring a handful of your photographic prints which we will critique. Len masterfully weaves learning and inspiration into his dynamic and helpful feedback. It is here you will gain valuable insights into your own work, and of the others in the group.
Carolyn will spoil us yet again, with afternoon tea.
After our break we will finish the day with Len demonstrating his workflow, image management, post processing and printing. We will finish up by 5.00 pm. So at the end of the day, you can then make your way home, or head out to dinner with some of the others in the group in one of the areas many restaurants.
WALKING AND WEATHER
This workshop requires an average level of fitness. There will be a small amount of walking to and from shooting locations regularly on uneven surfaces with steps and inclines. Distances rarely exceed one kilometre in each direction. 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.
Katoomba is on a high plateau about 1000 metres above sea level. Temperatures are generally lower than Sydney. Spring days in the Blue Mountains often begin with a misty morning that burns off by mid-morning. This is caused by cold air sinking into the valleys overnight and rising as the day begins and can make for very atmospheric (but chilly!) morning shoots. During spring, temperatures generally rise through the day, with crisp cool evenings. Err on the safe side and come prepared for sun, wind, rain and temperatures from 5˚C to 28˚C.
WHAT TO BRING
- Camera and lenses
- Photographic prints for critique
- Camera back pack
- Water & refreshments
- Raincoat & wet weather pants
- Warm jacket and thermal underwear if needed
- Warm head wear and gloves (in the winter months)
- Sun protection (sun hat, long sleeve clothing and block out in the summer months)
- Sturdy shoes
- Your usual medications
- Spare batteries and memory
- Travel and medical insurance + Ambulance cover for duration of tour
- Umbrella or weather proof camera cover
- Working head torch or flashlight.
POSSIBLE LOCATIONS AND SHOOTS
The workshop is run out of our Studio in Katoomba and the shoot location will be close by and usually within a five minute drive from the studio. Locations are varied at different times of the year and if people are returning for a second workshop.
During the photography workshop we will meet regularly as a group to review our work and learn together.
Discussion topics include composition, camera technique, self-critique, and camera use. Discussion topics are guided by the needs of the group and through the learning opportunities found at each location.
You will also receive valuable feedback on your photographs from Len Metcalf. Often these insights help you take your photography to the next level.
This is your unique opportunity to learn from the photographic master educator Len Metcalf.
Your lunch will be a hot home cooked meal while, afternoon tea is comprised of home baked treats, all lovingly cooked by Carolyn our host.
We can cater to dietary needs such as lactose free, gluten free and vegetarian or vegan, please let us know in advance.
Meet us on location for our first shoot. Our early morning start is predawn, and we will finish at five pm. We encourage car pooling.
Transport isn't included in this workshop, but if you are staying in Katoomba and would like a lift with Len, please contact us to make a suitable arrangement so you can meet us at our Studio at 1/55 Waratah Street Katoomba.
- One hot home cooked lunch
- Afternoon tea
- Small group limited to 6 participants
- Qualified, experienced wilderness photography guide
- One-on-one instruction and guidance from accomplished local landscape photographer
- Len’s School unique and gentle teaching style, which supports you and helps you develop as an artist.
- 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 advanced amateurs
- Breakfast or Dinner
- Alcoholic beverages
- Travel insurance (required). Click here for more information.
“Thank you, Len. It’s been a wonderful week in your beloved mountains. You’ve been the perfect Pied Piper - a mine of information, freely given, a knowen of beautiful places, an unobtrusive and supportive teacher, sensitive to everyone’s needs, one of life’s truly good people. ”
— Sarah Fitzherbert
“Thanks again for a very enjoyable and informative workshop and the individual assistance you gave me during the week. I’ve received nice compliments on the photos you printed for me. I’ve said to people that while it was a landscape photography course, I see being in the Blue Mountains, seeing and experiencing it close-up as a bonus from the workshop. ”
— Graeme Masterman
"Had a fantastic day at Len's School on Saturday, inspired a whole new outlook at landscape photography."
- Nevile Thorogood