Photography Retreat: On Assignment Series

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LAST DATES THIS RETREAT WAS RUN WERE : 10, 11, 12 & 13 of October, 2022

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 feeling creatively invigorated after your series of shoots.

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.).

14 reviews for Photography Retreat: On Assignment Series

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  1. The on-location workshop run by Daniel and Wendy Linnet was nothing short of magical. Every detail had been thought of, from the location, preparation, briefing, crew, transportation, catering… including a special “cheese board” cake for my birthday as it happened to fall on the week we were away. The practical tips were priceless and they curated a wonderful group of passionate photographers – not a single dull or awkward moment. I will be doing more workshops in the future, for sure!

  2. Sydney Photographic Workshop’s Monte Cristo Photographic Retreat is well worth the time, effort and expense. With Daniel’s broad rang of knowledge and expertise he is able to impart to you a unique understanding of the photographic art.
    Wendy’s organisational skills are amazing she is able to keep everything flowing, running on time and all needs meet she was loving referred to as Mum by some of the participants as she advised us of the time.
    Renee’s makeup skills were amassing and versatile. Renee also ably assisted Wendy in her enormous job. The accommodation, food and location were outstanding with no one wishing for more. All in all a great four days.

    Robert Shelberg
    Castel Hill RSL Photography Club

  3. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend one of Daniel Linnet’s Sydney Photographic Workshops. I have been shooting for about 10 years and have attended a number of photography courses and events over that time. My main reason for attending was to get better at creating a narrative as well as learning more about how and when to use additional lighting

    SPW’s event was absolutely brilliant! The expert tuition from Daniel (and crew) coupled with glorious locations, wonderful models, talented HMU and breathtaking costumes made for an amazing 3 days of jam packed shooting! This is one of the very best, if not the best, event and workshop I have ever attended.

    I highly recommend this to photographers of an intermediate or greater level of proficiency. I now plan to attend one of these each and every year.

    Thanks to the team (and the other students!) for an absolute top shelf experience. See you again soon!

  4. WOW, huge excitement after attending the “On Assignment – Adelong” briefing session and packing prior to departure.

    I was amazed at the diversity of the planned photo shoots ranging from fashion model shoots at Gold Mill and the sugar pine forest, animal shoots at a campdraft, Blueberry Farm Winery, pigs at “Happy Farm” and photographing Ducati motorbike parts.

    Daniel – words cannot express the amazing and insprirational opportunity you provided for us. Your passion and enthusiasm are second to none. Your willingness to share your knowledge, expertise and incredible ideas can only come from a man with your exceptional dedication and inspiration.

    Wendy was a super host with amazing organisation skills ensuring all aspects of the weekend were organised and keeping the entire team “on track”.

    A BIG thank you also to Mark and Chris for driving us around and for being such fantastic assistants.

    The whole experience was way above my expectations. A hugh WOW factor and highly recommend it to anyone.

    Thank you so much for a most memorable weekend.

  5. To the crazy talented Daniel, Wendy, Chris , Mark and the coolest group of photographers ever!

    Thank you all for the most epic photo-shoot weekend of my life! 7 shoots, 3 days of nonstop learning, adventure, gourmet food and friendship.

    I have never been so inspired in my life. Because of you I now breathe photography and when I look at my photos my heart jumps a little out of my chest.

    Daniel, your vivid imagination and your patience to teach is so magical to those who want to learn. You not only make sure we have the shot and composition but enable us to learn your insider tips to
    recreate it for ourselves in the future. To see the world through your eyes must be amazing and after this wonderful weekend, you have enabled me to have a glance of the world as you see it.

    Wendy, Your kindness and organisation skills, enabled us to see and photograph so many places. Your eye for detail and creativity also helped us all to see things from a different perspective and get great behind the scenes and natural shots as well. Your warmth in welcoming the group is also phenomenal, rocking up you feel like you have been greeted by your best friend you haven’t seen in ages and you made the whole group feel like we have all been friends for years.

    Chris and Mark, thank you for all your hard work and energy setting up shots and helping with equipment. Because you are both talented photographers as well, we had the bonus luxury of having 2 more teachers in our group to learn from. Your patience with the group and your jokes and kindness meant a lot to us all and we could not have done it without you.

    And to the amazing friends I made along the way. Thank you. Was lovely that we were able to help each other during the shoots and to all sit down at the end of the night to a lovely delicious meal and a cheeky glass or 2 of wine with friends and talk about our photos was amazing!

    Sign me up for all the future shoots! 😉
    Love Mel

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