Andy Smith Photographic

Light and Dark Photography Workshop

Light and Dark Photography Workshop

Learn to shoot manually from sunset to dark.

Join us for afternoon and evening in Ballarat to shoot both a sunset and astro, a combination of our other workshops. This workshop lasts for 3.5 hours. You will learn all of the techniques and knowledge required to use your camera in manual mode, and have the opportunity to do so both in light and dark

Light and Dark Photography Workshop

What you'll learn

The workshop will be on location, starting at a spot suitable for the sunset. From here we will begin with the theory to understand exposure and the manual modes of your camera. This incorporates the shutter speed, aperture and ISO and we will understand how to use this. For those that already understand this we will go into compositional techniques and ideas to enhance your photos. Once we’ve gone through this we will move into the practical part and have the opportunity to shoot the sunset. 

Once the sun has gone down we will head to our astro location and begin the theory on shooting the stars. This builds on what we’ve already learned and how this can now used when there is no light. Again we will move on to putting this into practice and shooting the stars.

This workshop will give you everything you need to be able to use your camera in manual mode and give you the knowledge to continue your photography journey.

We will show you all of the settings required on your camera to take photography during light and dark situations.

The locations we will go to will make the most of the sunset and the dark skies that surround Ballarat.

You’ll be able to walk away from the workshop with your own photos of the sunset and stars.

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.

Light and Dark 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!

Light and Dark 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 at night. 

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

To shoot astro the most important thing with your camera is to have a wide angle lens. This can be anything from 12mm to 24mm. Other than this a sturdy tripod is essential, without this shooting night skies is all but impossible. If you have a remote shutter they can be handy but it is not required. Bringing a torch is worthwhile for any walking we might need to do. 

A warm coat, hat and gloves is recommended. We will be in areas that are exposed at night and it is likely to be cold and potentially windy. Unfortunately there is not much protection from the elements when shooting astro so there’s no overdoing it with layers.

Hand warmers can be a life saver!

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.

Unfortunately astro workshops are heavily dependant on the weather. Each month there are about 2.5-3 weeks suitable to shoot astro before there is a full moon and too much natural light. However cloud can be problematic.

Workshop bookings are only taken close to the event so that weather can be assessed and judged to be suitable for the workshop. However, in cases where it is not possible to run a workshop bookings are transferrable to another date.

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.


Light and Dark 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.