Focused Lens

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Focused Lens

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A mentoring program to take you to that next level. Imagine being inspired to work on your own photographic project. Printing your work regularly and presenting it for valuable and informative supportive feedback. 

Over a year on nine separate Sundays, this is the program that will push you further. Unlike any other photography workshop, this program is unique. 


"Dear Len, Thank you for your time and wisdom this year. Your guidance has been invaluable. It is always a pleasure to be taught by you." - Monica Bailey


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Focussed Lens is a program that takes you on a facilitated photographic journey. Over a year you will create a project concept, plan and develop images to produce a final series of photographs. As you progress you will bring your work to the regular sessions for feedback, encouragement and support. You will have access to a master photographer to help you solve any problems you may encounter. This is an ideal place to continue to develop your photography within a supportive and social environment.

A facilitated visual journey working on your own photographic project. Guided by Len Metcalf, you will develop, produce and present a visual series of images that you have worked on over an extended period of time.  Nine Sunday sessions will introduce you to the idea of a project, introducing you to some tools for project management. 

Each Sunday will include a shoot, lessons, exercises and critiques of your work.

Inspired by a passion to help people grow visually. It has been developed with the five years experience with his master class.




There are a few exclusions on this course. Negativity and your ego are to be left at the door. You must bring physical prints to each class for critique and feedback. You are required to document your progress and plan out your project. You won't be required to follow it though, and you will be expected to modify if as your work grows and develops throughout the process.

The Focussed Lens course culminates in large group presentation and critique of your work. Multiple groups will come together for the final session so that you can gain insights from other people's journeys and become inspired with the work of others.

It is a social course, with time for a coffee and a chat, and perhaps make some new friends. Share ideas over breakfast & lunch.

"Focussed Lens isn't about having sharp photographs. It is about being clear, focussed and directed in your photographic projects. Working towards a finished series presented as a physical product is one of the keys to successful image making, personal skill development and growth of content. A fun, sure fire way to keep inspired and improving photographically."



  • Training and inspiration from Len at every session
  • Questions answered at every session
  • Feedback and ongoing critiques of your work
  • Advice and support
  • Learn from your peers
  • Gain support from your peers
  • Positive and supportive environment
  • Access to Len's personal photographic library of books and videos
  • 35 years teaching and facilitation experience
  • Generous in-depth photographic experience shared
  • The reward of producing a product and showing others your work
  • Develop a photographic community - make friends
  • Drinks and snacks provided at every session (main meals not included)



Early Morning - Location shoot with photography exercises

Breakfast break

Late Morning - Presentation and critiques by Len Metcalf


Afternoon - Critiques

Early morning through to 4 pm



AUD 950

Deposit AUD 100

Payment plans to suit your finances happily negotiated

No discounts or discount codes are accepted on this program.



  1. Intermediate photography skills



  1. Camera
  2. Can print photographs (at home or by a bureau)
  3. Must bring prints to each class for critique
  4. Access to internet
  5. Ideas for projects
  6. Can regularly come to class
  7. Participates in discussions and gives carefully thought out constructive feedback
  8. Has time to work on photographic projects
  9. Enthusiasm to learn, grow, develop and produce



  • Nine one day sessions
  • Sundays as outlined
  • Various locations, including; Katoomba & Sydney
  • Sessions approximately six weeks apart
  • Final session is run at Katoomba
  • Minimum numbers required to start
  • Maximum group size is ten
  • Waratah Street Studio is at 1/55 Waratah Street Katoomba
  • Sydney Studio is at 12 Third Avenue Willoughby East
  • Other Sydney based locations to be negotiated and announced



  1. Series of eight photographs
  2. Book
  3. Exhibition
  4. Portfolio
  5. Website - gallery
  6. Story
  7. Magazine article
  8. Calendar
  9. Greeting cards
  10. T-shirts
  11. Business identity (eg for a band)
  12. Document your family and friends
  13. Document your special location
  14. Join a professional photography association and prepare your portfolio
  15. Prepare works for a judging at professional association

Creating a photographic object, as simple as a print or as complex as a book, gives us positive feedback, increases our self esteem and drives us forward with new work.

Anything is possible...



"To dearest Len, Thanks again for a wonderfully inspirational year in Focused Lens 2015! It's always such a fabulous learning opportunity for us all. "

- Fiona Huddleston

"I've been doing a number of courses with Len's School in the past few years starting with Len's Master Class. Now I'm in the middle of 'Focused Lens' season 2.

Now the first thing that Len tells you when you start on a new project is to do your research. Google! Find out what kind of pictures you like, try to figure out why you like them. Then try to create a project description, a theme that defines what your after but also focuses you to stay on course and not wander off and do something completely different. And suddenly you’re thinking about techniques and exploring new skills and capabilities.

You're forced to work out how to take the photograph with the look you’re after, figure out how your example photos were done. I've learned so much about my camera and improved my capabilities this way. The nice thing about Focused Lens is that you're supposed to bring in some shots every session and if you take it seriously you're eyes begin to have this filter and are scanning your environment most of the time if not all the time."

- Andreas Gschwind

"Dear Len, Thank you for your time and wisdom this year. Your guidance has been invaluable. It is always a pleasure to be taught by you."

Monica Bailey

"Len, Thank you for your feedback, support & advice in completing my street photography project through the Inner West Photo group back in 2013."

- Aldo Pena

"I also wanted to be there to thank you again for your tireless support, teaching and wisdom. Without you I wouldn't yet have had a body of work approved by the AIPP which has pushed me on to want to go to the next level. Had we still lived in Willoughby I would have rebooked for the next mentoring journey too."

- Fiona Klat-Smith


  1. Sunday 5th February 2017 - Katoomba at our Waratah Street Studio

  2. Sunday 5th March 2017 - Willoughby East at our Sydney Studio

  3. Sunday 9th April 2017 - Venue to be advised

  4. Sunday 28th May 2017 - Willoughby East at our Sydney Studio

  5. Sunday 9nd July 2017 - Katoomba

  6. Sunday 27th August 2017 - Venue to be advised

  7. Sunday 24th September 2017 - Katoomba

  8. Sunday 22nd October 2017 - Willoughby East at our Sydney Studio

  9. Sunday 26th November 2017 - Katoomba


  • Sunrise for our early morning shoot - meet on location

  • 10.00 am - 4 pm Classroom sessions & Critiques