Night Photography Workshop

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See Sydney from a different perspective and learn to create postcard quality images

This night photography workshop is run on various week night evenings throughout the year.

Runs from 6pm to 9pm OR (7pm to 10pm during daylight saving).

Spend an exciting evening learning from a professional photographer as you capture Sydney’s beautiful lights and iconic harbour-side landmarks. As the city lights come on, and the city comes alive, you will learn creative techniques to help you create postcard quality images in this fun, inspirational and eye-opening experience. Your night photography workshop begins with a harbour-side brief and introduction by your Tutor. As night falls, a whole new world of subjects come to life as you spend the evening exploring the bright lights of the amazing Sydney Harbour and its surrounds.



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Learn to find inspiring subject matter after dark

Maximum 10 participants + 1 Tutor

From the moving ferry lights on the harbour to the neon lights of the central business district, the night photography workshop will introduce you to some very simple yet very creative tips and techniques involved in shooting after dark in Sydney.

Control your camera manually as you learn how to expose for mood, capture light blur trails, zooming and light painting techniques, creative portraits at night and much more.

For beginners looking for a fun and exciting introduction to digital photography or enthusiasts looking to brush up on their technique. All you need is a Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera with full manual controls, a sturdy tripod and lots of memory space.


A TRIPOD IS ESSENTIAL FOR THIS WORKSHOP – Please note – we do NOT loan tripods.

* A final weather check will be conducted with the Bureau of Meteorology on the afternoon of each workshop.  This may lead to the workshop being postponed in cases of unfavourable weather reports.  The workshop may run in cases of light showers but not in persistent showers or heavy rain. Should we need to postpone you will be notified on the afternoon of your Workshop via text message to the mobile number supplied to us.

N.B. Classes are run subject to acquiring minimum numbers


Who is the night photography course for?

The following night photography workshop is a fantastic course for beginners and amateurs who will further their photography skills, build their portfolio and master the art of nighttime photography. 

How much does it cost for the night photography course/workshop?

Our practical night photography courses currently costs $99 to enrol – an absolute steal! 

What is the duration of the night photography course?

This engaging course is three hours in length and held on various weeknight evenings throughout the year. The night photography workshop currently runs from 6pm to 9pm OR (7pm to 10pm during daylight savings).

What can I expect to learn from the course?

Ready to experience Sydney in a whole new perspective and see the city life come alive? With our three hour night photography course, you can expect the extraordinary to occur! This workshop is lead and taught by an award winning professional photographer. You are guaranteed hands-on experience to capture some of Sydney’s most stunning night-time vistas and iconic harbour landmarks at night. Whether it’s capturing the ferry lights that frequent Sydney harbour or manipulating the striking neon lights of our city’s central business district, the night photography class will introduce you to a variety of creative and technical tips to truly capture the essence of Sydney after dark. Please note, this course is location-based around the Sydney Harbour Foreshore. Comfortable, warm clothes and wet weather gear may be required. Contact our team for more information. 

What camera do I need for the night photography course?

To participate in our night photography courses you must bring a DSLR Camera or mirrorless camera with manual capacity. This course also requires you to bring a tripod (mandatory), fully charged spare batteries if you have them, and a selection of lenses to experiment with. 

Why choose Sydney Photographic Workshops for the course?

At Sydney Photographic Workshops, we ensure our practical courses encompass the necessary skills to provide you with the creative and technical foundation to create a stunning portfolio of night time images. If you’re determined to further your knack for photography, our variety of hands-on workshops, intimate private classes, and corporate training programs are a surefire way to get you where you need to be. Whatever class you choose, you will experience a sensational curriculum of workshops Curated by our principal tutor and internationally awarded professional photographer and AIPP Master Photographer, Daniel Linnet. 

Basic overview of some of the topics that may be covered:

  • Shooting neon signs & fireworks
  • Photographing the moon
  • Night landscapes
  • Night portrait
  • Long exposure techniques
  • Using movement
  • Equipment
  • Safety, camera care & security
  • Working with available light
  • Introduction to manual exposure
  • Composition
  • Working with abstracts
  • Thinking outside the square
  • White balance techniques
  • Creative light painting techniques

This night photography workshop is suitable for both beginners and amateurs using Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera with manual capability.

The workshop is not recommended for compact cameras without full manual mode.

You will need:

  • Your Camera(s)
  • A sturdy tripod (this is essential)
  • A selection of lenses if you have more than one and you would like to experiment with them
  • A torch (to be used in exercises)
  • Lens Hood if you have one
  • Blank formatted memory Card(s)
  • Fully charged camera battery and spare if you have one
  • Your cameras manual(s) – for referencing those hard to find features
  • Dress casual & comfortable with sensible shoes (you may get a little dirty at some locations)
  • Wet weather gear if any showers are forecast*

* A final weather check will be conducted with the Bureau of Meteorology on the morning of each workshop.  This may lead to the workshop being postponed in cases of unfavourable weather reports.  The workshop may run in cases of light showers but not in persistent showers or heavy rain. Should we need to postpone you will be notified on the morning of your workshop via text message to the mobile number supplied to us.

Note: A tripod is ESSENTIAL for this workshop. A lens hood & wide angle lens are recommended. If you do not already have a lens hood or tripod – you should consider purchasing them at your earliest convenience as they are an essential part of any good photography kit. 

This Sydney night photography workshop is $99 for 3hrs Tuition

Your fee includes the following:

  • Professional and experienced Photographer / Tutor for 3 hours tuition

N.B. Classes are run subject to acquiring minimum numbers


51 reviews for Night Photography Workshop

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shirley Mower

    Great night photography session during VIVID!! Was provided some new tips and had my memory jogged about ones I knew about and had forgotten! Thoroughly enjoy the training offered by Sydney Photographic Workshops, the classes are always the right size and the trainers are friendly, helpful and very professional. Looking forward to my next one!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martin Gardiner

    I undertook the Night Photography workshop in November on what threatened to be another wet Sydney night. Sydney Photographic workshops kept me well informed on whether the session was going ahead or not. The tutor on the night, Glen, was very knowledgeable and approachable and only too willing to help with answering any questions. He freely gave of his time and even went over the allotted 4 hours to ensure we got to practice what he was teaching us. A great night and I would thoroughly recommend this workshop.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul McArdle

    This was my first experience with Sydney Photographic Workshops and it was just fantastic. Highly recommend the Night Photography Workshop. Glenn Lockitch was our tutor and he was just fantastic and so knowledgeable. I learnt so much within such a short amount of time. I would definitely recommend this organisation and their workshops to anyone who is interested in photography.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris McDiven

    Our night photography workshop tutor, Glenn, was excellent. He was professional, knew his ‘stuff’, and imparted the information in a way it was easy to understand. Glenn also made sure everyone got individual attention. I really enjoyed this workshop and got some great tips.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gerry Heaton

    What a great evening. Glen Lockitch is an excellent tutor. He took the time to ensure that everyone in the group received the attention they needed. He led the group through so much in a 3 hour period. It was excellent value. I have signed up already for another longer course in January. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to learn about nighttime photography and how to get into using your camera on manual. Cheers Gerry

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very well run.
    Great course for beginners to make the most of Night photography.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steven Krikstolaitis

    The night photography was very enjoyable and informative. Excellent presentation. Very informative. Certainly found my night photography improved during the class. I am now a lot more confident. Looking forward to continuing my learning with Sydney Photographic Workshops

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Malannie Wang

    I attended the 3 hour night photography workshop and it was very insightful. Glen showed us a variety of techniques and functions on our cameras and was very patient with questions. I thoroughly enjoyed the night and would recommend this workshop to anyone looking for a beginner course.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5


    Loved the night, highly recommend

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leanne Morris

    Really enjoyed the Night Photography Workshop – informative, very professional and fun. Lots of helpful information, learnt new creative techniques and visited some great vantage spots around the harbour. Excellent course – thanks Daniel.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brendan Millett

    I have participated in the night Photographer Workshop and found it very professional, informative and good fun. The trainer kept things simple and ensured everyone had the attention they needed to ensure they got the most out of the course. Lots of little tips and tricks. Very enjoyable.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ken Mott

    I very much enjoyed the evening. Glen was excellent. He clearly has a great depth of knowledge and experience. His explanations were very clear and he was able to answer all of his questions. He offered up plenty of great tips and techniques. I’m sure my night photography will be much improved in the future.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    Well structured evening. Group size not too big. Helpful and knowledgeable instructor, able to cover from beginners to enthusiasts. Well recommended

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Hall

    Thanks for organising this workshop. I enjoyed it and learned lot. Ben was a really good tutor providing lots of advice.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Juan Antonio Becerril

    Awesome course! it´s crazy what you can learn in only 3 hours. Really useful and professional.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Enrique De Nicola

    Very satisfied with the course considering it was crammed into 3 hours. I learned a few things about my camera and made me more confident using manual mode.It also reinforced what I already knew about basic photography and made me go back to reading more about photographic techniques . The tutor was great and very knowledgeable.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Scott Thompson

    A great night. The tutor was extremely informative and taught at a comfortable level for all levels of experience. Having done previous photographic course, I learned some valuable tips which will only enhance my photography. Thoroughly recommended

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gary B

    Enjoyable eve, with a super helpful guide/tutor who was patient & forthcoming with his knowledge of photography, the city & it’s unique vantage points.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gerry Stevens

    I can recommend this workshop. I learnt so much about my camera and process. Glenn was a great teacher, was so patient with us and gave us a full overview of how our cameras worked. As well as taking some basic pictures he helped with some creative shots as well. Vivid was a fantastic subject and I have come away with photos I will keep and even frame.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great experience – well worth the cost. Learned heaps, the trainer was fantastic.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    Good course, learned a couple of new techniques and camera settings to gain superior control and confidence with manual mode.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    Glenn was really great – patient and got around to speak to everyone to make sure we were getting the best from our shots. Really good to experiment with my camera in different settings – I am now no longer afraid of shooting off auto!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Stickland

    Great way to spend 3 hours learning some new skills and techniques. Really beneficial and have enjoyed putting what I learnt into practice. Highly recommend if you want to learn or improve your night photography

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Haig

    A very awesome experience with Ben and the other work-shoppers. Was also great as it was during VIVID in Sydney and the Crowds were minimal, but mostly due to how much i learnt to capture in understanding photography, and more about what i can achieve. Thanks again.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raymond Beddie

    This was a great course, I picked up some very good tips and ended up with a great set of photographs. I would recommend this course and found our instructor to be very helpful.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Heidi W.

    Couldn’t recommend enough, both fun and informative!
    Ben was patient and made everything easy to follow and memorable can’t wait to practice more.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5


    A very enjoyable evening in which I learned a huge amount about how I can better use my camera off the “security” setting of automatic. Glenn was incredibly patient, making sure that even the slow learners (i.e. me) were able to keep up. He explained the technical stuff in a very user-friendly way. I’m already applying the things he taught and seeing the benefits. Thank you.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had a very informative experience at the night photography class. My teacher definitely knew what he was talking about and I learnt a lot about photography that I didn’t prior to the class. The photos I captured were also very amazing and looking back on them, I can see what I’ve learnt and what I need to improve on. Overall, I had a very great experience and I really want to apply for another one as soon as possible!

  29. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ross Sayer

    Totally enjoyed the short course with Ben, everything was explained very well, just sorry not to have longer and done some shots around the Rocks area.
    Got some great shots of the city and Bridge, would enjoy doing some One on One with Ben as he was very Natural and down to earth.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris Askell

    Grreat experience in and around the Quay.Highly recommend this night course.Ben was so good in his explanations and always willing to help.Do this workshop and you will not go back to AF mode on your Camera .Thank you so much SPW.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had a great experience on my night photography class, my teacher was amazing really informative at a simple level for people like me who didn’t know to much about photography. He also took time to help everyone in class with there different camera issues. I learnt so much and am going to keep improving my skills and look into getting a better camera and do more lessons. This course is highly recommend for people with all levels getting to learn new and very creative ways to take photos,

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thanks Ben, had a great time learning how to work my new Nikon camera and also learning new techniques on Friday evening, came home and put some to use last night, well worth it.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5


    This course is highly recommended. Our teacher, Ben, provided an excellent exposition of the way shutter, aperture and ISO can be manipulated to generate different effects in night photography, and a series of exercises in varying locations in the Opera House Circular Quay precinct. He was a skilled teacher – able to work effectively with both whole group and individuals of divergent skill levels. This ‘enthusiast’ learned a lot, and was delighted with the whole experience.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5


    Glen was an excellent teacher, fully engaged with us for the whole course. He explains things clearly, has lots of great tips, understands every type of SLR it seems and is well organised. Top marks!

  35. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kaylene Harris

    Thanks Ben for the fun evening and information. I learnt heaps and will practise what I have learnt. The tips and fun photos around the Rocks will enable me to think about trying different techniques. Thanks so much.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5


    My friend and I did the night course with Glenn last week and it was FANTASTIC. Luckily, we were in a tiny group of three which gave us lots of one-on-one time and meant that things only needed to be explained once. We got some amazing shots of the bridge, city, and Opera House, as well as gained a greater understanding of long exposure, finding the right balance and settings for low light, and had some great fun with torches. We walked away so inspired and have not stopped sharing our photos with people. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Larry Ryan

    The course was very informative with Ben providing personal service to each of us on the night and catering to all skill levels. I found the pace of the course excellent with sufficient time to explore the new skills being taught and feature of the camera previously not well understood. Overall highly recommended and a 5 star course.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Get Delany

    An outstanding course that offered something for everyone. Ben catered the course to the needs of each individual and challenged participants to try different techniques. Great value and highly recommended.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie Sinclair

    The workshop was brilliant! Ben was a very patient and informative teacher and Vivid a great backdrop! Really learnt an amazing amount and would thoroughly recommend it to beginners or just anyone as a refresher. My children gave me a gift voucher .. what a great gift! Thank you and hope to enjoy more workshops.
    Julie Sinclair – 14 June 2016

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elise Catterall

    We had a fantastic night; really enjoyable, and so informative. Glenn was an awesome instructor and we would definitely do another workshop with him and with SPW.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed this course. It was a great complement to the Photography Essentials and Glenn is a great teacher and I certainly feel more confident with my photography having done this course.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5


    Awesome experience at Vivid 2016 opening night. Learnt a lot about night action photography, tips and tricks, and functions of my camera I wasnt familiar with. Ben was a great guide – informative, thorough and challenging. Highly recommended for beginner/novice like myself and Vivid is a great medium to cspture.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


    There’s nothing quite like a sultry, kinetic portrait of the iridescent Sydney nightscape. Starting with the groundwork, experienced photography master Glenn Lockitch ran through some of the basic principles of photography before sharing effective techniques for getting quality long-exposure shots. If you’re after a 3-hour workshop packed with more features than the latest Nikon user’s manual, you’ve found the place!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great night! Thanks for all the information Ben. It was a great balance of technical & creative information. Thanks for answering all the questions!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5


    A tremendous experience. Learnt so much and am already looking at other people’s pictures in a different, more attuned way!

    The painting with light stuff was the best.

    3 hours flew by.


  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great course. I learned so much more about my camera and came away even more confident about using it.. The tutor was informative and his teaching style made understanding the technical aspects so much easier.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5


    The night photography workshop was amazing!!! I have awesome picture now and love what i know know with what to do with my camera and it only took 3 hours!! I would definitely go back to learn the day time ones it is an overall amazing experience and the location was just as good! Ben was awesome and if you didn’t understand or get it right away he would help you out and show you until you did understand it. I loved it I would go back soon!! Thank you so much!!!!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5


    IT WAS AN EXCELLENT NIGHT! Glenn was excellent. He clearly explained the camera basics and gave us useful hints on how make photos attractive even when surroundings are a bit ordinary. It was a very enjoyable and valuable photographic experience.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Meredith McNay

    Just to let you know we had a very informative workshop on Friday night, we were so lucky with the weather, Ben was fantastic and we all learnt heaps. His teaching style was fantastic and everything made sense. Would not hesitate to recommend this course to anyone.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Natalie Verdon

    I tried some time back to do a course and came away more lost with my camera and feeling I would never ‘get those numbers right’ – zero confidence. I learnt more from Glenn in 3 hours and now so keen to learn more. He was a patient and thoughtful tutor, who really knew how to get information across in a straight forward intelligent way.

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