Manly Sunrise Photography Workshop

Use the first morning light at the beach to take stunning photos

2.5 hours Class size 1 to 10

label $95 (or 4 payments of $23.75 Afterpay)

Make the most of the best time of the day and learn how to capture swiftly changing morning light in this Sydney photography workshop.

The location for your morning of creativity and learning will be Manly Beach, accompanied by expert instructor Scott McGale.

Learn how to keep up with the changing light, density and hue as you adjust your DSLR or mirrorless camera settings to continue optimum exposure.

At first light, you’ll create long exposures over the water (bring a tripod if you can for this part). Then you’ll learn about the theories, principles and practice of shooting in Manual mode. Thirdly, you’ll wrap everything you've learned together to shoot creative portraiture, working with bodies, tones, shapes and the sea.

Note: Start times are variable during the year, depending on sunrise times (earlier in the summer months).

What you will learn

  • Long exposure techniques
  • Manual mode
  • Controlling light and colour in rapidly changing conditions
  • Creative white balance techniques
  • Rules of composition
  • Optimising ISO
  • Quick focusing techniques
  • Controlling depth of field
  • Manual focus

Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners and suited to photographers at all experience levels as well.
What to bring
You will need your camera with manual function and a tripod for the long exposure section during first light. If you don't have a tripod you can still do this section, but its better with one.

Photo Workshop Australia is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

Additional precautions taken: I can also supply clinical gloves for students if they require them.


Wentworth Street, Manly NSW

Your teacher
Photo Workshop Australia
Photo Workshop Australia

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Editorially in the UK, Scott shot for Vogue, Arena, Marie Claire, Elle, GQ, The Sunday Times Magazine and others. While in Australia he has shot for Marie Claire, Instyle,, and the Sunday Telegraph. His Beauty, Fashion and Portraiture work has been published in over 20 countries around the globe, including Europe and the USA.

During his time in London, he shot more than a dozen Sunday Times Magazine covers. His Kissing Cover was included in an international exhibition of the Sunday Times 100 best covers and published in Cover Story (2006). The exhibition toured the world, and his Frankencience Cover was voted cover of the decade and is on permanent display at the Times Head Office in Wapping, London.

Scott had been based in London since 1995. Late in 2007 he relocated back to his home country of Australia and now lives in Sydney. In 2008, his portrait of a birth was included in Sydney Life Exhibition, and displayed in Hyde Park in the City for 2 months.

Apart from shooting Advertising campaigns and Editorial spreads for magazines, he is married with 2 lovely daughters and is often having a swim with them in the morning at Manly Beach.

More about this class

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