Focused Lens 2019 (Wednesday Evenings)

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Focused Lens 2019 (Wednesday Evenings)

1,200.00 2,400.00

Focused Lens has been running successfully for the past six years. It operates in two versions, one on Wednesday Evenings, and the other on Sundays and three full weekends.

It’s primary purpose is to keep you photographing regularly. By committing to a facilitated group, you make a commitment to bring new work to each session. At these sessions you will get individual feedback, creative ideas and encouragement. Imagine how quickly you will grow with a master photographer guiding you regularly.

AUD1200 discounted from AUD2400 for 2019

27th February - 20th November 2019

"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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Focused Lens is a program that takes you on a facilitated photographic journey. Over six months 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.  Six evening sessions will introduce you to the idea of a project, introducing you to some tools for project management. 

Each evening session will include a 20 to 30-minute critique of just your work. The rest of the evening will be discussing the other participants work. This is an incredibly valuable component of the class. You will have the opportunity to have your questions answered.

Inspired by a passion to help people grow visually. It has been developed with the five years experience with his master class.  Focused Lens has been running for the past five years. The 2017 program sold out in three days.

The usual Focused Lens program goes for a full year, this is the shorter version, an ideal introduction to the concept.




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 it as your work grows and develops throughout the process.

The Focused Lens course culminates in the presentation and critique of your final work. 

"Focused Lens isn't about having sharp photographs. It is about being clear, focused 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."



  • 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



Wednesday evenings 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm



AUD 1200 Reduced from AUD2400 for 2019

NOTE: No further discounts apply



  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 three-hour evening sessions

  • Wednesdays as outlined

  • Run at Len's Studio at Willoughby

  • Sessions approximately four weeks apart

  • Minimum number of three clients to start

  • Maximum group size is six

  • Sydney Studio is at 12 Third Avenue Willoughby East

  • Once this workshop is full, Len will consider another evening in the same week.




  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...

Projects are about you getting out and creating photographs, either at your computer or more importantly out and about with your camera.



  • Identify what project you would like to tackle during the mentoring program. Identify your favorite photographic subjects. Your project needs to be accessible. For example photographing spring flowers would be too limiting, or a distant location. Pick something you can access weekly easily. You will need to revisit it weekly.

  • Find some examples of the sorts of photographs you would like to take. Put them into a folder so you can use them to help explain your project.

  • Bring ten to twenty prints on the first session, to show your work, and to perhaps illustrate your first steps towards your project.

  • Write out questions you would like answers too.

  • Feel free to discuss your project with Len, prior to the first session. This could easily be a phone call or two.

  • Write your ideas down.

  • Projects with specific goals work better than vague ideas. A calendar of 12 images is a very good project to work on. As is a set of six images that you will print and frame for your wall. A book of thirty images is easily achievable in this time frame as well.



Each session starts with us reviewing our homework. Homework will be shared to our Cluster Groups for future reference after they have been shared and discussed in class. If you are too busy to complete homework, I am sure we will all survive… ;) Therefore it is not mandatory, but is a little extra something to work on each month.


"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 you are 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


2019 DATES - Wednesday Evenings 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm

  1. 27th February 2019

  2. 27th March 2019 (homework due: Blue and Yellow - three photographs exploring only these two colours)

  3. 1st May 2019 (homework due: Sepia Lens - a brown monochrome triptich)

  4. 29th May 2019 (homework due: four non representational abstract photographs)

  5. 26th June 2019 (homework due: pick an emotion from the list provided and create a series minimum 5 photographs)

  6. 31st July 2019 (homework due: three self portraits)

  7. 28th August 2019 (homework due: my story, an illustrated series about your life)

  8. 16th October 2019 (homework due: spring has sprung, three still life flower photographs)

  9. 21st October - 1st November 2019 Len’s School Exhibition

  10. 20th November 2019

By booking you are agreeing to Len's School Terms and Conditions, as outlined here. 


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