Whale photo and editing Adventure Workshop

From AUD $447.00
  • Duration: 5 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales
  • Product code: Whl_PhEd_Exp

Member price: $357 
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Member Benefits: 
Before you book this workshop check the member benefits as there are various discounted offers on our workshops as well as other helpful ways like mentorships and PhotoReviews to help you extract the most from your photography. Read more...

Optional: Whale Photography Adventure only
We are also offering the Whale Photography Adventure only – without the Adobe Lightroom Editing Session.

Non-members: $249

Members: $199


Suitability - Who is this adventure for?

  • Photographers of all levels
  • Photographers visiting Sydney looking for an adventure
  • Wildlife photographers
  • Nature lovers 
  • Explorers, historians, city workers  who love their photography 
  • Anyone interested in creative photography

This is an exciting way to appreciate these beautiful animals. We will show you how to: 

  1. Plan and prepare for the adventure
  2. Use our Photography tips and techniques, specific to photographing Whales
  3. Appreciate and understand these beautiful animals

Private Chartered Whale Watching boat just for us.

This super-fast vessel is purpose-built to the same design as offshore rescue vessels. The rigid hull, three powerful engines and the high back seats provide safety, speed and comfort. 

We will head out to sea searching for pods of Whales on this super-fast boat, which is specifically chartered for We Are Observers. The trip will be 3 hours return and your crew are experienced Whale spotters from Whale Watching Sydney

Meeting point
Our private charter will leave and return from the Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour

About the Photo Adventure 
Your photo guide is Graham Elliott and your Adobe Lightroom session is presented by Colin Seton.

Creative photography is a mix of technique and method. Your guides are experienced and passionate photographers. Each of the photographers onboard will receive personal coaching while shooting, allowing for a deep learning experience. We welcome local professional photographers as well as visiting photographers who need a direct link to special locations around Sydney in the form of a photography adventure! Our professional and expert photo guides will answer all your questions and give you valuable insights into their approach to creative photography. 

Spend time with 3 passionate WAO photographers. Graham Elliott, Shane Rozario and Colin Seton as they guide and assist you on this 3-hour Photo Adventure. You will learn to work with the unpredictability of wild animals in their natural environment and how to achieve creative expression in your work through lightroom. 

You will receive a checklist to assist you in preparing for the whales. This will include information about Whales. Being informed about the subject you’re photographing will raise your understanding of how to approach your photography, creating a stronger connection with the images you capture. 

We will return to Darling Harbour at approximately 09.30 am and then make our way to WAO HQ in Chippendale where you will discover how to develop your RAW files in an inspiring and original way. The Adobe Lightroom editing and workflow session with Colin Seton will reinforce the fundamentals for good workflow and introduce you to techniques on how best to develop your RAW files to create captivating photographs. 
Cropping for composition, colour grading and workflow will be some of the topics covered. 

What we do
We will encourage you and help you experiment with your photos. You will feel empowered by your own ideas resulting in confidence as a photographer. Our goal is to enable you to understand how to apply a photographers mindset to make your camera create unique photographs which you can turn into art for your home or books that tell your story.

Get yourself out there, into the life you want to photograph. It’s healthy and it will make you happy. We will show you how to see new opportunities and best of all how to read light, capture light and control light.   

This is an adventurous workshop which will inspire you and move you closer towards creative thinking. 

Please note: Photographing wild animals in their natural habitat means there is a chance we won't see them. As we will be on the seas there is also the reality of seasickness however the crew and your guides will help as much as they can to get you through any rough patches which you may experience. 

Pre-Workshop Briefing
There will be a group webinar before the workshop to discuss expected weather conditions, what to bring an opportunity to ask any questions. This session will be recorded in the event you are unable to make it.

In the event of extremely bad weather, the trip will be cancelled and your money refunded. There will be an option to reschedule the experience. There is no guarantee we will see whales and in the event, we don't see any whales there is always the opportunity to photograph other wildlife and seascapes.

Suggested items to bring with you

  • Camera body (two bodies if possible)
  • Fully charged batteries
  • Telephoto lens
  • Wide-angle lens (better on another body as it's best to avoid lens changes on the boat)
  • Waterproof cover (available from most of the photographic retailers)
  • Camera bag
  • Monopod (optional)
  • Sea-Sickness pills or other measures
  • Warm clothes (layers)
  • Waterproof/spray-proof jacket
  • Brimless hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Memory cards
  • Water to drink
  • Suitable shoes (sneakers with good grip) 
  • Appropriate clothes for the weather (Heat, wind, light rain, cold, glare)

Things you should know

We are a responsible organisation and take safety seriously. We travel with an emergency first aid kit. We advise you to please read our terms and conditions.