Andy Smith Photographic

Great Ocean Road Photography Workshop

Great Ocean Road Photography Workshop

Explore the Great Ocean Road with an engaging photography workshop.

The Great Ocean Road is a playground for landscape photographers, with so much on offer from rugged coastlines to waterfalls and redwood forests. We are absolutely blessed to have the coast on our doorstep to explore, however it’s not just the stunning beaches that the Great Ocean Road has on offer. Discover ancient rainforests with giant towering ferns and beech trees, waterfalls that flow through valleys down to the ocean and native wildlife that make this region truely unique. It’s a photographer’s dream and you could experience this first hand, all while learning the best techniques to capture eye-catching one of a kind photos!


Join us in exploring one of Victoria’s most immersive photography locations today! Book below or contact our team to learn more. 


Great Ocean Road Photography Workshop

What you'll learn

You’ll learn the best settings for your camera in different circumstances, in an easy to understand and engaging way. 

The locations you’ll explore are picked to show off the Great Ocean Road and get the best photos possible all while learning on the go. 

Walk away from our workshop with your own photos, practical experience and new sense of appreciation for the Victorian outdoors. 

Where you'll go

Heading down the coast there are multiple places we will stop and discover scenic coastal lookouts. Stopping at popular tourist attractions like The 12 Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge, we also explore various off the track locations along the Great Ocean Road where you will discover unique photographic opportunities.

The Otway’s National Park is a hidden gem, only a stones throw away from the Great Ocean Road. Here we will explore ancient rainforests and redwood forests, learning the skill and theory behind forest composition. Here is an ideal location to potentially find some native Australian animals in their natural environment.  

Whilst on a workshop we will endeavour to visit one of the many waterfalls that are home to the Otways – a temperate rainforest that you wouldn’t often associate with the beach so close by. Here we will learn the theory behind long exposure photography to capture water flowing in its natural journey.

What you'll get

You’ll receive a full day (11 hours) with practical on location experience from an experienced and highly regarded landscape photographer. You will learn how to use your camera, about exposure and composition and how to get the perfect photo. 

Workshops will include transport include pickup and drop-off within Western regional Victoria at discretion, and full transport throughout the duration of the workshop, returning to original pick up point.

The very best part of partaking in a photography workshop is the amazing photos you’ll be able to take home with you from a day exploring our beautiful coastlines and forests. Andy Smith Photographic also offer Photo editing workshops. Be sure to enquire as spots fill quickly. 

Bookings can be made in groups or private 1 on 1 workshops. The only other expenses would be food/drink and accommodation which we are more than happy to help organise (and advise to!) throughout the trip. As we like to run our workshops as close to how we would work to produce landscape photography ourselves we try to be as flexible as we can with our itinerary in relation to weather. We often don’t have anything set in stone until close to the day so we can arrange the workshop to have the best conditions as possible. If weather conditions can’t be worked around the workshop will be rebooked at the next available date. Don’t let a little rain or wind deter you though, this can still produce some incredible moody photography along harsh coastlines. 

Your Instructor

After moving to Australia from England in 2014 Andy’s eyes were opened to a world of photographic possibilities. 

Self taught over years of trial and error, an ever evolving passion for landscape and astrophotography became apparent.

The thrill of being in nature, while discovering unknown locations and capturing it in a way that can last forever is what inspired Andy to begin teaching others.  

Now with a long list of clients who have started their own photography journeys, Andy is keen and eager to continue to share his knowledge and experience with others via his workshops on location. 


Great Ocean Road 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.
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.
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!

Great Ocean Road 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.


Great Ocean Road Photography Workshop

Join us on a special workshop designed to show off the best of the Great Ocean Road whilst at the same time giving you the opportunity to learn a wide range of photography techniques. Workshops are run in small groups to give you the best experience possible and maximise your time behind the camera.