About the photography tours, workshops and courses

When and where are the workshops?

I lead landscape photography courses and workshops around Melbourne and further afield. Click here to see currently scheduled workshops.

Who should attend my workshops?

Most of my courses and workshops are suitable for new or established digital or film camera owners from beginner to intermediate skill and experience levels.

I run what describe as photography first workshops. Click on that link to read about what that means in detail.

What will you learn?

On a workshop with me – and it will be me, not an “accredited instructor” – what you’ll learn depends on what you already know and how confident you are about it.

Together, we identify your personal photography goals, your experience, and find out about your photography equipment. And you are more than welcome to contact me before booking so we can figure out if training with me is your best option. If you don’t like website contact forms, you can call me on 0468 427 290 or on Skype by arrangement.

We’ll aim for significant progress on realistic objectives. I do have a list (below) of the kinds of artistic and technical topics we’ll cover, but I don’t do inflexibly-packaged photography workshops.

Because my one-day photography workshops have a maximum of three participants, I can largely tailor them to suit the needs of individuals. Multi-day workshop tours have a maximum of six-to-eight participants so that I can ensure quality tuition time with each person.

And if a third of my attention on the day doesn’t sound like enough, we can talk about one-to-one tuition.

Depending on your learning goals topics we cover may include:

  • seeing the landscape so you can express your vision photographically
  • understanding and anticipating light as a raw material for photography
  • the confidence to trust your photographic instincts
  • composition tools and techniques
  • photographic “rules”—using them and intelligently disregarding them
  • skill and confidence to make the decisions for the camera — breaking free of Programme and Auto modes, becoming competent with fully-manual camera operation
  • control of shutter speed to creatively freeze or blur motion
  • creative and technical control of depth of field
  • understanding and controlling white balance
  • understanding and using neutral density, graduated neutral density, and polarising filters
  • other things you want to learn about.

What’s included in the price of a photography course or workshop?

  • one or more on-location landscape photography days
  • frequent before sunrise starts or after sunset finishes for the best light of the day
  • some workshops concentrate on a particular landscape sub-genre or location type: waterfalls, lakeside mountain vistas, and detail in the landscape are examples
  • multi-day residential workshop tour prices includes accommodation
  • at least one image review/critique seminars during residential photography workshops
  • transport between locations is provided during the workshops

What’s not included in the price of a photography workshop?

  • camera equipment—you will be using your own camera, tripod and accessories
  • food and drink (we do enjoy our meals together but, to keep the workshop price affordable, and because people have different tastes and budgets when it comes to restaurants and cafes, guests order and pay for their own food. See photography first for why this works better for everybody
  • insurance
  • transport to and from the meeting point at the beginning and end of the workshop. Transport during the workshops is included

What camera equipment and outdoor gear do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of recommended items. Camera, tripod and things to keep yourself safe and comfortable are the only absolutely essential items on the list.

  • your camera and lenses 🙂
  • on multi-day workshops in remote areas: a spare camera just in case
  • a sturdy tripod
  • memory cards (at least two)
  • camera batteries and charger (including at least one spare battery)
  • on residential workshops, a laptop for viewing, editing and sharing images
  • cable or card reader for downloading images to computer
  • bag or bags for your camera equipment, lunch, water etc (smaller bags usually mean lighter loads!)
  • filters: neutral density and graduated; polarising
  • your camera’s instruction manual
  • camera rain-protector—a shower cap, or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you like; an umbrella can be useful but not recommended if it is windy
  • notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
  • when appropriate, a full set of waterproof clothing (breathable waterproof jacket and trousers) and walking boots
  • wellington boots or waders are useful for river and coastal locations (but not a replacement for walking boots on hiking trails)
  • insect replant, sun cream, and other essential lotions and potions
  • sitting/kneeling mat
  • torch (we may be out before or after the sun rises)
  • any medication you need and a personal first aid kit is a good idea
  • walking poles—very useful if you have a heavy camera bag and don’t want to fall over. Your knees will last longer too

Can I buy a photography workshop gift voucher?

Yes. Click here for gift vouchers.

Any questions?

Please use the contact form to ask. If you’d prefer to talk, my phone number is below the contact form.

Click for photography workshop terms and conditions

Images, insights and photography workshops by David Barrett