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.

Wentworth Street, Manly NSW

Manly Sunrise Photography Workshop location
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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.

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David Gilbert Jun 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed the Sunrise Photography course run by Scott. Very knowlegible and generous with his time, the course provided a good mix of practical and theoretical content. Would recommend to any novice or enthusiast photographer

Emily Tan May 2023

I absolutely enjoyed my experience with Scott today! Knowledgeable and friendly, Scott is a great teacher who shared a lot of knowledge from his years of experience photographing. Highly recommended!

Simone Fisher Mar 2023

Good class, location great. Sent good instructions for meeting point and what to bring. Very enjoyable.

Eleanor Inskip Mar 2023

Scott was an excellent teacher and coordinator. Not only did he ensure all participants could hear and understand his instructions but he took time check on everyone individually. 2 excellent locations with 3 different styles of photography covered. Thank you Scott for an absolutely epic morning!

Jaspreet Singh Dec 2022

Scott was amazing. Learned so much about manual photography. Had so much fund and loved the whole experience.

Glyn Conlon Nov 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Not too much information more doing which was more exciting.
it was raining so that affected the sunrise shots however I learned a little about what makes great surf and people shots.
it was relaxing and stimulating. Great location.

Ernesto Pereira Aug 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Scott knows his photography in and out and was happy to get his guidance for this course.

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