‘VIVID 2024’ Special Edition Night Photography CIRCULAR QUAY

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See Sydney from a different perspective

This night photography workshop is run on various evenings throughout the VIVID Festival.

Runs from 6pm to 9pm 

Spend an exciting evening during Sydney’s VIVID Festival learning from a working pro photographer as you capture the stunning light installations and iconic harbour-side landmarks of the VIVID Festival from Circular Quay. As the city lights come on, and the city comes alive, you will be able to get amongst it and 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.


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This beautiful annual event offers a unique opportunity to capture the colours of the city light projections with the guidance of a professional photographer. The Festival features breathtaking immersive light projections on the iconic Sydney Opera House sails and Harbour Bridge along with an outdoor exhibition of interactive light sculptures.

This workshop is designed for those photographers who want to get amongst the action and explore the beautiful lights using creative techniques involved in shooting after dark whilst utilising the creative light installations around Circular Quay. Please feel free to explore our other options if you would like to shoot from the exclusive vantage point of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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.

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

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

  • Shooting the light installations of VIVID Festival
  • Night landscapes
  • Night portrait
  • Long exposure techniques
  • Using movement
  • Equipment
  • 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 to see your cameras control in the dark)
  • 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)

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 $149 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


5 reviews for ‘VIVID 2024’ Special Edition Night Photography CIRCULAR QUAY

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  1. Really helpful workshop focused on technique.

  2. Just thought I would share my experience with you all. Last Friday Night was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to another workshop in the near future.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 capture.

  5. I would like to thank you for your well run course that I participated in last Monday evening. Glenn was an excellent communicator and expanded my understanding of basic photographic techniques very quickly into a useful set of techniques. I would gladly recommend your company to all budding photographers.

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