The Great Ocean Road has an enormous amount to offer to the landscape photographer. We are lucky here to have the coast on our doorstep to explore, however it’s not just the coast that the Ocean Road brings. There are rainforests with ferns and redwoods from ancients times, waterfalls that flow through valleys down to the ocean and wildlife that make this place home. It’s a photographer’s dream to spend some time here and it’s why I love to take workshops down to this part of the world.
Whilst on a workshop you can expect that we have time to get to 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 there will be chances to learn long exposure photography to capture water flowing in its natural journey.
Heading down the coast there are more than plenty points to stop for a scenic coastal lookout. Not only do the many tourist spots such as the 12 Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge offer great spots to take a photo but all along the Great Ocean Road there are viewpoints that if you take a moment and step back you will discover photographic opportunities.
Focussing on the smaller detail on seascapes can produce some dramatic landscape photography. Waves and movement in the ocean lend themselves to photography methods such as long exposure and ICM (Intentional Camera Movement).
Workshops will include transport include pickup and drop-off within Western regional Victoria and further at discretion, and full transport throughout the duration of the workshop. Bookings can be made in groups or privately to suit. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.