PO Box H252, Australia Square, NSW 1215

VIVID SYDNEY NIGHT photography course / Focus 10 /3hrs /

Focus 10 Andrew Thomasson
LocationSydney, NSW
Duration180 mins (3.0 hrs)
FormatInstructor Led
Max Students6
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  • $130

A night photography course around the iconic Sydney harbour during Vivid season

• Iconic night photography of Sydney • How to set up your camera • Simple, effective techniques of night photography • Portraits, cityscapes, reflections, light streams, zooming & more • The best gear, lenses and accessories • Detailed notes • Cost: $130




3 hours


Courses between 26 May and 16 June include 'VIVID SYDNEY'


Introduces beginners and intermediate photographers into the fabulous world of dusk to dawn night photography in Sydney. We focus on practical 'hands on' shooting with a strong emphasis on camera settings, handling and technique. There is intuitive instruction on lighting and photo composition along with learning how to balancing ambient and artificial light, ISO settings, white balance, picture style options and the best gear and accessories to achieve professional results.

We focus on learning the hows and whys shooting of buildings, cities, landscapes and portraits and the essentials of night photography.
Our teaching style is one of clarity and simplicity, how to be flexible and adaptable so that if you find yourself with only a compact and no tripod in Venice at 2am you can still achieve a stunning photograph. A quality compact set on a low ISO setting and firmly embedded in a beanbag using the self timer will take a brilliantly sharp image. Conversely one needs a sturdy, quality tripod and a decent DLSR to shoot a night wedding, using fast inter-changable lenses, high ISO’s and external flashes. Its understanding what can be achieved with your available gear and expanding your creative vision and technical skills.



Fast track your photographic technical and artistic skills
Learn how to set up your DLSR camera, digital compact or mirrorless camera
An understanding of what these settings are and when and where to use them.
Get great shots of iconic Sydney locations such as the Opera House, Sydney Harbour bridge, city skyline and the atmospheric Rocks district
How to shoot light trails of cars, ferries etc.
How to starburst night lights
How to shoot neon lights
Zooming techniques
Understanding of white balance, ISO, file sizes, picture style
Lens perspective
How to shoot sunsets and handling the magic (alpenglow) light after sunset
How to shoot buildings, skylines, objects and people at dusk and at night
How to shoot with flash and available light
Discipline, persistence and planning skills.
A fun, interactive, dynamic, creative, learning experience


Your DLSR, compact or mirrorless digital camera functions
Smartphone with a tripod or selfie stick support
What these functions mean and when and where to apply
Modes and what’s best for the situation (Aperture, shutter, program, manual)
Memory, file sizes, formats,
Exposure compensation button (+/-)
Mirror lock up, self timer and remote release
Depth of field
ISO setting
White balance
Focusing mode and focus points
Composition, light, viewpoint, angles, lens perspective
Long exposure, movement
Balancing artificial and ambient light
Use of ‘built in’ or external Speedlite flash
Reflections and abstract effects such as zooming
Shooting buildings, iconic city structures, street scenes, modes of transport and landscapes
Night portraits using natural and artificial light and camera flash


Andrew Thomasson


No prior photography knowledge
We recommend you have a digital DLSR and / or a quality compact or mirrorless with manual functions (aperture and shutter speed priority moodes)
Should you not have a camera, you can rent a Nikon or Canon DLSR or Lumix LX7 camera from Focus 10 at a cost of $30 per course.
Smartphones are great with a tripod or selfie stick support
For Digital DLSR users, at least one quality multi range lens such as a Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens, a Canon 17-85mm, or the twin kit lenses sold as a package with many Canon, Pentax, Nikon and Olympus DLSR cameras and ideally a prime lens such as a Nikon/Canon 50mm f1.8 (available for sale from us). We highly recommend the 50mm f1.8 lens (or a 35mm f1.8) for night photography.
Memory Card(s) - we recommend at least a 2GB card for this course. We sell 32GB memory cards for $45
A tripod is pretty much essential although on this Sydney tour
Charged camera battery and a torch. Head torches are really useful leaving your hands free.
We have a few tripods for students to hire ($20) in case you do not own one.
Dress comfortably with good walking shoes.



26 May

10 June

16 June


18 Argyle St. The Rocks ( Munich Brauhaus)

*The courses between 26 May and 16 June include VIVID Sydney where the city come alive with crazy light displays. See the Focus 10 photography Facebook page for photo samples.



• Instruction from professional photographers
• Detailed notes
• Camera, lens and accessory shopping service

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