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Night Photography Workshop

  • Princess Bridge State Route 3 Melbourne, VIC Australia (map)

Ferris Wheel at night, Melbourne

- - - - - - - - Thursday 6 April, 2017 - - - - - - - - - 

Are you interested in making great photographs in the city at night time? I’m very happy to announce the next dates for my Night Photography in the City of Melbourne workshop. The workshop will be conducted outdoors. Participants will be sent notes, prior to the session, that will cover basic technical concepts and some suggestions for preparing for the shoot. Tripods are recommended, though not essential.

The fee for this workshop is $88 (including GST)

Workshop Description

This workshop provides a great introduction to the world of outdoor photography at night. Sunset will occur at around 8:40pm, which means you've got plenty of time for a relaxed dinner in the city or, alternatively, time to whiz home after work for a meal prior to heading into the city for the workshop. The choice is yours.

It's going to be quite a late finish, for a week night but, at this time of year, that allows us to photograph at sunset and during the afterglow in addition to our actual night photography session.

Course Content

  • Maximize opportunities by making the existing light work for you
  • Experiment by photographing moving objects within the still frame
  • Gain an understanding of your camera’s ability to shoot at high ISO’s
  • Portray architectural elements in exciting ways
  • Work creatively with reflections (weather dependent)
  • Have fun working with a highly motivated tutor and like-minded participants

To enhance learning emphasis will be placed on a hands-on practical approach.

I’m there to help and to advise.

Princess Bridge at Dusk, Melbourne

The fee for this workshop is $88 (including GST)

Course Outline

Do you fit the demographic?

This workshop is intended for photographers with a basic to intermediate understanding of their camera. Have fun photographing with a group of like-minded folk and be able to raise your photography to the next level through enhanced technique and creativity.

The course includes the following:

  • The Session
  • On site information via One-to-One discussions and group-based huddles
  • Extensive Notes (supplied pre-workshop)

As participation is limited to a maximum of 10 people, it's best to avoid disappointment by booking early.

Please feel free to contact me by email should you have any specific inquiries.

Although the exact itinerary may have to be altered on the day I expect the program will run as follows:

Angel Statue at Night, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

5:45pm-6:30pm Meet and photograph Sunset from Princes Bridge

The bridge, situated on St. Kilda Road, crosses the Yarra just south of Flinders Street Station. We will meet on the footpath on the side that overlooks the Yarra and Southbank. The google calendar below shows the exact location.

Sunset will occur around 6:10pm but, weather permitting, the light should be really lovely from around 5:45pm onwards. Folks arriving on time (I'II arrive from around about 5:30pm) have the option of greater one-to-one access and help with camera functions prior to the actual after dark (night photography) session beginning around 7pm. In between sunset and dark will have fun exploring the twilight.

Do You Need a Tripod?

No! While you're welcome to bring one, don't worry if you don't own a tripod. I'II provide you with tips to help you make lots of great photos, even without a tripod. And that end of the session you'll have a better understanding of the types of low light photography you can undertake without a tripod and whether it's something that's needed for the majority of photography you're likely to undertake over the near future.

6:30-8:30pm    Afterglow and Night Photography

We'll photograph a range of illuminated structures and city views that might include some of the following:

  • Sunset and Afterglow
  • Yarra River
  • City Buildings
  • Southgate, Birrarung Marr and Federation Square

Please Note:

The exact locations photographed will vary depending on the weather and the mobility and enthusiasm of the group in question. The good news is there's a lot to photograph either side and within a short distance of Princess Bridge. You'll be able to photograph, largely at your own pace, but will also need to be prepared to move on quickly when it's time to move onto the next location. It's important to note that a diversity of locations is important to both your learning experience and to the concept of perceived value.

A range of short, impromptu demonstrations on night portraiture, working close-up, photographing moving subject matter, composition, white balance, achieving optimal exposure and managing contrast will occur as the session progresses.  

I'II work hard to help you make great images and will encourage you to explore a variety of iconic landmarks and interesting situations as creatively as possible.

Course Outcomes

  • Gain a better understanding of the equipment and techniques required to produce great images of night scenes under a range of different lighting conditions
  • Stimulate your own creativity
  • Produce a range of interesting and exciting images

Federation Bells at Night, Melbourne


A basic level of understanding of your camera is required. In particular an ability to use either Manual (M) or Aperture Priority (A or AV) exposure modes and, if required, Manual Focus. If you're a quick learner, don't worry. Just ensure you arrive around 8pm and make sure you approach me and ask for help to bring you up to speed in these areas. Seriously, three minutes of concentration is all you'll need and then you'll be up and running.

Helpful Hints:

If your photos turn out too light or too dark, too warm or too cool don't worry, I'm show you how to fix poor exposure in a matter of seconds.

In the days leading up to the workshop practice being able to adjust Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. All three of these functions are visible at the bottom of the viewfinder display in most cameras. Understand what dials and/or buttons change these critical camera functions and get used to seeing them change by watching the updated LED display in the viewfinder.

You may benefit by bringing along a small torch or headlamp, as it’s hard to find black buttons on a black camera body at night.


You’ll receive a comprehensive set of notes that covers much of the material covered in the workshop. This will be provided to you, via email, a few days before the workshop. With the technical stuff sorted the night will be far more enjoyable.

Drinking Fountain, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Where and When?

This fun and informative workshop will take place on the following date:

- - - - - - - - Thursday 6 April 2017, from 5:45pm - - - - - - - - -

 Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru

Tutor Profile

With 35 years in the photography industry Glenn Guy's career has encompassed documentary and travel; landscape; education; publishing; newspaper; wedding/portrait; film and TV stills; photo retail, manufacturing and wholesale.

Glenn’s passion for photography and travel has resulted in many photography adventures, both in Australia and Abroad.

His fine-art prints are exhibited and collected at both private and corporate level.

Glenn has completed three tertiary level courses in photography including a Master of Arts (photography) at RMIT University.


  • An interchangeable lens DSLR or Micro Four Thirds camera with at least one fully charged battery & empty memory card.
  • A sturdy tripod is desirable. However, if you don’t have one, high ISO shooting will often allow you to produce very acceptable results. If you find you have an affinity for night photography you can purchase a tripod later.
  • A fast, fixed (prime) lens is ideal for low light photography, often negating the need for a tripod. But don't worry you'll be able to manage with the kit zoom lens that most likely came with your camera.
  • An external portable flashgun, with fresh batteries, is by no means essential, but may also be useful.

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The fee for this workshop is $88 (including GST)

To register for this seminar please email me, via the Contact tab on the navigation bar at the top of this page. Alternatively just click here. I'II then reply with payment options.

Registration will be confirmed once your payment has been processed.

Payment must be made in advance and your space is not confirmed until payment has been received, in full.

The Fine Print / No Refund Policy

Please be aware that, due to the low cost of the course, if , for whatever reason, you are unable to attend refunds and/or transfers are not possible.

I will be there to conduct the session, regardless of the weather. We may have showers, which usually present fantastic photographic opportunities for night photography, but the chances of it raining heavily for the entire session are extremely unlikely. 

Professional photographers rarely have an opportunity for a re-shoot. The skill is to make the best out of the situation and a positive attitude, appropriate clothing and a little extra care is often all that's required to make wonderful images under difficult conditions. Of course you should wear/bring clothing appropriate to the weather. (It's not all that hard to pack a jacket, raincoat or umbrella). In fact we're unlikely to be further than 200 meters from substantial cover should the heavens break.

Personally I look at such things as an opportunity, not a burden, and most of my favorite images made during night photography sessions have been under inclement weather.

Winter Sun Festival, Federation Square, Melbourne


"A top guru is worth more than top camera gear. Photography is not so much about the camera as about yourself and how you see the world around you."

"Three years ago I retired from the daily grind, rekindled my interest in photography and made the leap from film to digital. Glenn's teachings on portrait, street and night photography gave me more than the needed technical skills and the benefit of his experience; they caused me to think about the images I wanted to create."

"You never stop learning and his website remains on my Favourites Bar for inspiration."

Dave Barton

"Glenn epitomises what it is to be a pro photographer. He knows his craft inside-out which makes it such a pleasure to learn alongside him. His passion for photography shines through in these workshops and I've learnt so much just by listening to him share his in-depth knowledge on all aspects of photography from gear through to software.””

“Glenn is a brilliant teacher and a super nice guy which makes these workshops so enjoyable to attend. It was also great to meet other people who were at the same stage of learning as myself. Thanks Glenn!"

Travis White, Melbourne


Join me on Thursday 6 April, 2017 from 5:45-8:45pm for just $88, including a comprehensive set of fully illustrated notes (delivered, via email, as an eBook).

This seminar is limited to TEN (i.e., 10) participants and is expected to sell out quickly. Please ensure your place by booking promptly.

I very much appreciate you visiting my blog and would love to help you along the road on your own photography journey. I run a number of photography workshops and tours through the year. Maybe this is the right one for you. And, at $88, the risk is minimal while the rewards could be wonderful. Or you could just sit on the couch and watch TV.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru