Andy Smith Photographic

Grampians Photography Workshop

Grampians Photography Workshop

Join us in the Grampians for a very special photography workshop.

The Grampians is one of my favourite places to explore, I find myself here for photography trips several times a month. The vast expanse of mountainous areas allows for a variety of landscape photography. The valleys also play host to a number of waterfalls, with some of the most impressive in Victoria. It allows me to get a great range of work in different conditions, often in the space of a day.

Because of this we have set up a special photography workshop in the Grampians to focus on the landscapes on offer here. We won’t have a set itinerary, instead we focus on being where the best conditions are, which is how I practice photography myself. That way the tour is not restrained to be in a certain place – if there is good light somewhere we will chase it.

Grampians Photography Workshop

What you'll learn

The workshop will consist of a waterfall trip, and most likely a hike to it. Here we will learn the fundamentals of shooting water, long exposures and moving objects. We will also have a sunset shoot with one of the many mountain lookouts that the Grampians has on offer. Following this there will be some time to wind down, look over what we’ve done for the day and learn some post production back in Hall’s Gap.

The workshops are generally based around Hall’s Gap. Group sizes are strictly 4 people so that there is no crowding and everyone can get the attention they deserve throughout the day. Transport will be provided throughout the trip returning back to Halls Gap at the end of the workshop. Pickup and drop-off can be arranged throughout Western Victoria and accomodation can be organised for the duration of the workshop.

We will help you to understand the controls of your camera so that you can have the confidence to use it well.

The locations we will visit are picked specifically to suit a sunset and get the best photography possible.

You’ll be able to walk away from the workshop with your own sunset photography.

Your Instructor

After picking up a camera in 2014 when moving to Australia it soon became apparent that it was more than just a hobby.

Self taught through the years I realised that landscape photography was what drove me to take photos. The thrill of being in nature, discovering sometime unknown locations and capturing it in a way that can last forever.

This grew into a passion to teach via photography workshops so that others can experience the same landscapes that are all around us whilst learning to use a camera.

Grampians Photography Workshop

Here's what others are saying
Lake Gunn Astro
Thank you for a great course Andy! The workshops are suitable for experienced photographers as well as novist or hobby snappers such as me. I really enjoyed it & got so much out of it, including handy tips and a great cheat sheet to refer back to.
Claudia
Ballarat
Astro Photography Workshop
Andy’s Astro workshop was an immersive experience, sharing his thorough knowledge while educating in an approachable and friendly way. Highly recommend this workshop for anyone wanting to give Astrophotography a go.
Emma
Ballarat
Mountain sunset
I took Andy’s sunset photography workshop and it was honestly such good value for money. The face to face, on-site workshop went for 2 hours where I learnt so many tips and tricks. Andy teaches in depth but is approachable and passionate. Thanks ASP!
Alex
Melbourne

Grampians Photography Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

Not at all. The workshops will go through everything you need to know to use your camera to take photos.

For those of you that do have experience and want to further your skills we can delve into more advanced shooting techniques.

Bring your camera, lenses and tripod. Ideally you will have a wide angle lens (16-35) and a telephoto (70-200). 

I do not use filters and like to travel light so my gear is kept to a minimum. I can show you how to get the most out of your camera without the need for expensive accessories.

Prepare for the weather as it can often change quickly in Ballarat. Waterproof jackets, hats and gloves are advisable. Sun protection is also worthwhile bringing. 

When the sun does go down the temperature drops pretty quickly so have something warm.

Travel to and from Ballarat is included in the workshop. The itinerary is flexible to react to the weather and conditions and as such it’s easier to travel together.

That being said, if you’d like to take your own car and meet at location that is absolutely fine. We will reach out after booking to discuss locations and pickup details.

Even if the weather is not perfect the workshop will still go ahead. A clear sky is not always the best possibility for a photo. If there is some cloud, mist or a bit of rain, some added atmosphere can almost be a bonus to the photography and we will learn how to use that to your advantage.

If you’d like to learn more about processing and developing the photos you’ve taken we also run workshops to do just that. 

Join us on a processing workshop to learn how to finalise your photos and get them ready for print and digital use.

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Grampians Photography Workshop

Together we will have plenty of time to practice shooting the stars. As they, practice makes perfect, and with astrophotography the best way to learn is to be behind the camera. There will be opportunities to learn and practice composition and exposure techniques to enhance night photos.