Photography Retreat: On Assignment Series

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
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We invite you to attend one of Sydney's most comprehensive photography retreats designed for the enthusiast and taught by internationally awarded Master Photographer, Daniel Linnet, AIPP.

Join us in a unique opportunity of spending several days away with Daniel and his team! We will leave you bristling with excitement as we get your creative juices flowing.

We secure exclusive use of a magnificent locations that set the stage for engaging and participating in multiple shoots whilst staying in some of Australia's most interesting accommodations.

To register your interest call us on (02) 9699 4255 or email

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Inspirational, educational and fun days away with action packed with shoots!

Spend your time living the lifestyle of a working pro photographer as Daniel comprehensively demonstrates and provides tuition for you through a series of shoots utilising a variety of enticing produced scenarios for your photography tuition. Take pleasure in having everything taken care of for you by your hosts so you can focus on being creative.

Our ‘On Assignment’ Series are designed to give you a series of seriously fun professional photography shoots over a period of several days with all of the production, including; model and subject casting, location scouting, team construction, etc. so that you will just need to focus on soaking up all of the tuition provided to you by one of Australia’s most acclaimed photographers.

“In photography, there is no such thing as a boring subject, just an untapped creative opportunity waiting to be explored.” As a hobbyist painter and illustrator, turned professional photographer, Daniel Linnet is recognised throughout the industry for applying a unique creative flair to commercial and editorial photography. Combining a passion for manipulating light with postartistry techniques to achieve premium illustrative imagery, Daniel’s photographs are used to communicate messages for some of the world’s largest brands and magazines.

Basic overview of some of the topics:

  • Introduction to Pro ‘Assignment’ Photography
  • The Brief
  • Creating a Shot List
  • Common Business Practice / Model Releases / Copyright
  • Approaching The Shoot – creative inspiration / research / planning / production
  • Creative Lighting For Environmental Portraiture – thinking fast, working fast
  • Working with Natural Light
  • Simple (on-location) Beauty Lighting
  • Creative Location Lighting – Creating a Mood
  • Action Photography Techniques
  • Quick and Easy Speedlite Techniques
  • Effective Story Telling
  • Dynamic Composition
  • Workflow and Editing techniques
  • and all sorts of other photographic topics

This is a fully immersive photographic experience – which means we will eat, live and breathe photography!

Package includes accommodation which varies dependant upon the assignment location.

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate partners unless they are participating in the workshop.

You will need to know your way around your camera or have completed a basic or beginners photography course.

You will need:

  • An SLR or mirrorless camera with full manual capability
  • Your cameras charger – do not forget this!
  • All the lenses you have
  • Several Memory Cards – as much memory as you can bring
  • All camera accessories – i.e: tripod, lens filters, lens hoods, cable release, etc. if you have them
  • Fully charged camera battery and spare if you have one
  • Your cameras manual(s) – for referencing those hard to find features
  • Dress casual & comfortable and bring some sensible shoes (you may get a little dirty)
  • Bring clothes to allow for the varying temperatures during the time of year of the assignment and for the region
  • Hiking boots / closed toe shoes
  • Please bring wet weather gear

Note: A tripod is essential. A lens hood is strongly recommended. If you do not already have these you should consider purchasing them at your earliest convenience as they are an essential part of any good photography kit. 

Packages for these ‘on location’ workshops are variable dependant on location and accommodation.

Your fee includes the following:

  • Tuition with Daniel Linnet, Master Photographer, AIPP
  • Photographic Assistants
  • Hosts
  • Make Up Artist
  • Models
  • Use of Studio Equipment for Locations
  • Accommodation
  • Location Fees
  • All Transport (ex Sydney – return)
  • Some or most meals
  • Wines, beers, bubbly and soft drinks
  • Drinks and Snacks throughout the day

Workshop packages are usually ALL INCLUSIVE (i.e. tuition, transport, accommodation, meals, drinks, models, location crew, etc.).

8 reviews for Photography Retreat: On Assignment Series

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shirley Mower

    I joined the ‘On Assignment’ trip to Central Australia and had a fantastic time – not only did I meet some really interesting people who had great photography skills – but I got to have some real one on one assistance from Daniel, which I sorely needed!!! The locations were sensational, even the camping (and I’m not a camper) was fun! What was most satisfying however, were the quality of my photo’s after each location. I can’t thank the team at SPW more for an enjoyable, informative and entertaining 9 days – would and will, absolutely do it again!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenny Morawska

    As well as a superb photographer, Daniel is a gifted teacher. He has the capacity to bring out the best in individuals, inspire, empower and explain. All this coupled with excellent interpersonal skills and enormous patience!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Margret Schuller

    I have attended several workshops and trips away with ‘Sydney Photographic Workshops’. I first joined the short Saturday afternoon workshop, as I had a small hybrid camera. The tutor was brilliant. I was surprised how much my little camera was able to do, and I learned its limitations and advantages in one single, fun afternoon. Having been exposed to all the possibilities a better camera would be able to do, I bought a midrange DSLR camera and attended the 8 weeks’ beginners workshop to learn how to drive my new camera. Once again, I could not fault the tutor. Every student received his attention and we all learned in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. To expand my knowledge further, I attended several more workshops, some were just for a half or a full day of fun and learning experiences. The highlight was the few days we spent at ‘Monte Christo Homestead’. Daniel and Wendy are excellent hosts. They make you feel like you are their personal friend. All the photographers I meet were as dedicated and enthusiastic as Wendy and Daniel. I found that my personal needs were always met, I learned a lot and their enthusiasms rubbed off on me.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Koenig

    I travelled to Adelong (near Tumut NSW) with Daniel and Wendy for a 3 day assignment which was action packed and a wonderful experience. We had 7 shoots covering many topics including the Adelong rodeo, fashion in the ruins of an abandoned goldmine and in a forest, a machinery shed, happy pigs, and wine and food. Daniel had even arranged for an old drover to gallop through a creek at sunset for us! Generous with his knowledge, Daniel ensures that everyone gets an opportunity to learn and participate regardless of their level of experience. Wendy’s planning and back up ensures that everything runs without a hitch. I would highly recommend their ‘On Assignment’ workshops to all keen photographers looking for something special.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susan Papazian

    I was first introduced to Sydney Photographic Workshops 2 years ago by a photographer friend. I was literally blown away when I saw Daniel Linnet’s work. When the “On Assignment” adventure was announced I jumped at the opportunity. Wow! What a truly amazing experience. The workshop was 5 star – wonderfully organised and so many unique photographic opportunities to capture amazing people and landscapes. Daniel’s tutoring was exceptional and inspiring. He truly is a master photographer and a real privilege to have had this time with him. This definitely took my photography to the next level. Thank you!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ross johnston

    Daniel (and wendy) offer one of the best experiences I have encounted in the many workshops I have attended across the globe. His creative flare and willingness to share ideas for improving an image with a clear passion for people is one not to be missed. They are also impeccably organised (well done wendy). I recommend them whenever I get the chance. The images on his page speak for themselves. You can achieve the same……

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bruce Webb

    I had the pleasure of accompanying Daniel and Wendy on the Monte Christo Homestead assignment in 2014. I have to say that this was a great weekend filled with photography and it enabled me to get to photograph in areas that I would not normally do.

    Magdelena Soulos (a.k.a. Lady Medusa) was a brilliant model, she and the costuming that was used was superb and suited the venue.

    I never realised that Lawrence Legend was the owner of the property and going over his props and the cars and buses he has used was a great addition.

    No-one was haunted during the night, which was a surprise as the place is supposed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Australia.

    Overall a great weekend, great people and I would highly recommend anyone who is a really keen photographer to attend one of these weekends.

    One caution though, if you do not really know your equipment inside out or are not comfortable working by yourself with a model, I would say wait until you are, you’ll get a lot more out of the time spent with Daniel.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen Allworth

    Last year I attended an “On Assignment” trip to Central Australia. It proved an extremely rewarding experience. Daniel had arranged for us to visit fascinating locations and provided unique access to the local indigenous people. On every occasion he provided valuable advice as to how to approach each shoot and was always ready to share his knowledge and experience.

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