Digital Monochrome Photography Workshop


Digital Monochrome Photography Workshop

995.00 1,800.00

Spend three days with Len Metcalf, learning his simple method for digital black and white photography. A lovely mix of classroom and location shoots. An ideal introduction to monochrome photography.

23rd - 25th August 2019 - Katoomba

"I truly want to thank YOU for such an amazing weekend. You were so generous with your time, your expertise, with sharing your work and what you think makes a good photo great, and particularly generous with yourself. That might sound a bit strange but you gave so much of yourself on the weekend and I so valued that. It's a unique experience to be able to feel the energy and the passion that drive a creative talent - and you shared that with us too. Thank you!!" - Fiona Huddleston

AUD995 (reduced from AUD1800)

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Digital Monochrome Photography Workshop

23rd 25th August 2019

Always set in stunning locations, this three day workshop will inspire you to take your photography to the next level.

Join Len Metcalf for three days of learning digital monochrome photography on this group photography workshop.

Without the burden of expensive organised accommodation, you are free to pick your own to suit your budget. 

We will spend some time in the classroom every day ooking at your work and giving you valuable feedback on your progress.

Take a weekend away from daily life and treat yourself to a nurturing photographic journey. 

This workshop can be extended for an extra two days so you can Stay and Play. During these extra two days well will shoot longer, visit more different places, download and process more of your work for critique.



This workshop is a introduction to digital monochromatic photography.


23rd - 25th August 2019 - Katoomba



Katoomba - Hotel Blue Conference Room & local shooting locations



Most clients prefer to organise their own transport so that they have independence from the group. This allows you to start earlier, shoot later, and explore the local restaurants. 

Len encourages carpooling, for social and environmental reasons. Len may be able to offer transport for the whole workshop. This could include transport from the nearest airport or city center, or from the local railway station.  This is negotiated with each client on a personal basis.   In some circumstances, this may require an extra fee. Many of Len's clients fly in from interstate and overseas, and Len has been able to help them to ensure their photographic adventure runs smoothly.

If in doubt, please ask.



There are many varied accommodation venues, from caravan parks, camp grounds and back packers, through to B&B's and amazing exclusive hotels.  All within a short walking distance from our classroom.

The Easiest and where Len stays

The easiest and most enjoyable place to stay is at the workshop venue at Hotel Blue. The en suite bathrooms have all just been refurbished. The place is quirky, the food is reasonable as is the price. The music and wine on Friday and Saturday evening is beautiful. Staying at Hotel Blue makes the whole experience easy. Lurline Street Katoomba. Walking distance from the railway station, but a short taxi trip with bags. The floors are a bit creaky and the walls a bit to thin. The staff there are amazing. It has an old world feel that reminds me of Faulty Towers, but without any hassle.

Hotel Blue

Other accommodation venues close by


ACCOMMODATION A LITTLE FURTHER (moderate walking distance 10 - 20 minutes)


If you would like more advice about accommodation, please contact Len for a personal recommendation.



10 participants  - Minimum 2



Thursday night we meet, and Len will will show you how he sets up his camera, and briefly outline his workflow, from camera, through Lightroom to print.  We will go through a safety and environmental briefing.

We start very early at predawn on Friday morning so we are on site to capture sunrise. Once the full sun streams into our location we will stop for a short break so you can enjoy breakfast in a local coffee shop or at your accommodation venue. 

We will then return to our classroom, where Len will show you how to compose your images in Black and White. We will stop for a lunch break, and in the afternoon Len will continue with his presentations on Digital Black and White Photography. 

Late afternoon will see the group depart the classroom for our evening shoot. Len will be on hand to help you with your photographs, guide you in seeing and with your composition. After this last shoot of the day we will break for the evening.

Saturday starts again with an early morning shoot, and again we stop for a breakfast break.

On returning to our classroom, we will be looking at post processing your images in Lightroom, and MacPhun Tonality (similar to NIK Silver EFX). After our lunch break, we will process and print our photographs and spend the afternoon critiquing our work. 

All of the shoots are in amazing locations, and you will be rewarded with a wide variety of environments to shoot in, all at the best time to photograph each of them.

At your side, when needed, you will find Len Metcalf's supportive and encouraging teaching style, enabling and supporting you to capture stunning images.



On the Thursday night we will get together over cheese and drinks from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm where Len will walk you through the workshop and will inspire you with a presentation of his work focusing on composition. This will be at our classroom.



This trip requires an average level of fitness.  There will be a reasonable amount of walking to and from shooting locations regularly on uneven surfaces with steps and inclines.  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.    


What to bring

  1. Camera and lenses

  2. Tripod

  3. Neutral density filters (10 stop recommended)

  4. Camera backpack

  5. Water & refreshments

  6. Snacks

  7. Raincoat & wet weather pants

  8. Warm jacket

  9. Sun protection (sun hat, long sleeve clothing and block out)

  10. Sturdy shoes

  11. Usual medications

  12. Spare batteries and memory

  13. Travel and medical insurance + Ambulance cover for duration of tour

  14. Umbrella or weatherproof camera cover

When you book you will receive a detailed packing list to help you plan for the mountains.  Click here to see the packing list now.  



Some possible locations include:

  • Rainforest

  • Tumbling creeks

  • Small and large waterfalls

  • Green moss covered scenes

  • Alpine gum trees (yes the Blue Mountains has stands of snow gums)

  • Ferns

  • Board walks

  • Old rustic and historic buildings

  • Gum trees

  • Mosses and lichens

  • Cliffs

  • Waterfalls

  • Canyons

NB:  Shooting locations change yearly based on the interests of the group.



During the photography workshop Len will cover:

  1. Black and White Photographic Composition

  2. Visualising in monochrome

  3. Ensuring the correct exposure for black and white

  4. Understanding digital filters

  5. Processing in Lightroom and MacPhun Tonality DOX NIK Silver EFX

  6. Camera settings and using your camera to effectively shoot in monochrome

  7. Preparing your photograph for printing (Len's easy method)

  8. Lens Method for Digital Monochrome Photography

  9. Len's method for creating his Sepia Lens photographs.

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 Len Metcalf.



AUD995 three day workshop

AUD 1600 three day workshop and two day stay and play extension (please indicate at the time of booking your intention to attend)


Meals are not provided on this workshop. We will be offering morning and afternoon tea



We usually carpool for these workshops. Len is happy to transport you throughout the workshop. Please inform us in the notes at the time of booking if you think this may be you.

We are able to help you sort out your transport arrangements. Many of our clients fly in from interstate, and Len helps them get to the workshop and often transports them around during the workshop.

If you need a hand please inquire so we can advise of the best possible solution.



  • Delicious morning and afternoon teas

  • All transport ex the classroom if required

  • Small group limited to 10 participants

  • Cheeses and snacks on Thursday evening for the initial briefing

  • 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 professionals



  • Accommodation

  • Meals

  • Transport to and from the venue prior to and after the workshop

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Travel insurance (required). Click here for more information.



When you book you are required to agree to our terms and conditions. They can be read here.



Hi Len,

My sincere thanks for an excellent weekend of photography. What an excellent combination!

Len, I learnt a lot about shooting, setting up the camera and post processing. In particular, your method for Split Toning is truly excellent. I have used it a couple more times with very pleasing results.

You were definitely one of the better workshops I have been to and I’d have no hesitation in recommending Len’s School.

Thanks again.

Best wishes, Steve
— S t e v e M u l l a r k e y