Narooma Seascape Photography Workshop


Narooma Seascape Photography Workshop


Narooma is a popular photography destination with dramatic coastal rock formations just begging to be photographed. This five day workshop explores the coast at sunrise and sunset shoots, with the rest of the day in the classroom improving your photography technique. This is always one of our most popular photography workshops so book early.


20th - 24th November 2017


"I'm still persuing the learning journey which commenced in Len's Master Class and enjoying the rewards."   - Kay Gordon

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20TH - 24TH NOVEMBER 2017



2017 will be the third time we have run the Narooma Seascape Workshop. Each year we find a few more stunning locations to visit. Each year we return to create innovative and mesmerising photographs of the coast. Each year we make new friends. Each year we all grow photographically. The Narooma workshop is 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 is 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 hinderance 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 colleageus. 

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.

2015 Narooma Seascape Workshop © Len Metcalf

At that point, we will head out once again, with camera in hand.  For the evening shoots we travel further a field to visit the rock formations north and south of Narooma. 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 printa 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.  Read on for more information on local options. 




20th - 24th November 2017

Plus an evening get together / briefing on Sunday 19th November 2017



The Whale Motor Inn Conference Room

104 Wagonga Street ( Princes Highway)

Narooma, NSW, Australia

Phone: +61 2 4476 2411



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 youre not sure of your capabilities, please contact Len.

If you are a complete beginner, and would like to participate in one of Lens 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 peak, please visit this video here, and stay tuned for the next Technical Lens Workshop.)



Moruya airport is located approximately 50km drive from Narooma. You can connect to regional flights that travel from Sydney to Moruya.  Feel free to contact Regional Express at 13 17 13.  Alternatively, you can fly to Melbourne and take a train to Bairnsdale, which has a connecting bus service to narooma.  As a third option, you can fly to Canberra, hire a vehicle and drive (see below) or catch a Murray's Coach to Narooma.  In some circumstances, Len's School can also provide transportation from Sydney to our destination workshops.  If you would prefer this option, please contact Len directly. 


V-Line (Phone 13 61 96) offer a rail service from Melbourne to Bairnsdale with a connecting bus service to Narooma.  You can also catch a Murray's Coach from Canberra to Narooma, which takes roughly 4-4.5 hours. 


Narooma is a five hour drive south from Sydney via the Princes Hwy/A1.  You can also reach Narooma from Canberra in roughly three hours via Kings Hwy/B52 and Princes Hwy/A1. 


Our classroom at Narooma will be at the Whale Motor Inn Conference Room.

The Whale Motor in will offer you their corporate rate if you book directly with them. 

Phone: +61 2 4476 241

Accommodation is not included in this workshop so feel free to tailor yours to your needs and budget. 

We recommend six nights so you can settle in on the Sunday afternoon, finish up on the following Friday afternoon and travel home on the Saturday. We will start the workshop on Sunday evening with a little get together so that we can hit the ground running for sunrise on Monday morning.

The Narooma region has a range of lovely accommodation options.  You may like to book a room at a B&B or choose from a range of comfortable hotels and motels.

For something a little different you could consider renting a holiday house or even camping at one of the local camp grounds, which offer options from camping or room for your caravan or motor home.

Photograph Copyright © Len Metcalf



  • Photographic seascape 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


Photograph Copyright © Len Metcalf


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 spring temperatures at Narooma in November generally average 13ºC to 20ºC.  It wouldn't be unexpected for the temperature to hit 30ºC on an unusual day.

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



  • Glasshouse Rocks
  • Bingi Bingi Point
  • Camel Rock
  • Horse Head Rock (tides permitting)
  • Mystery Bay
  • Plus many more (there are so many great locations near Narooma)



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 Narooma.

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 Narooma. We encourage car pooling to save on traffic congestion and fuel.




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 Lens 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
  • 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 beginners to professionals
  • A positive environment, which encourages group learning, advice-sharing and support

Horse Head Rock Copyright © Len Metcalf






AUD$500 deposit secures your spot

Returning customer, you will automatically receive our discounted rate.

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


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