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Sunrise Seascape Workshop
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Sunrise Seascape Workshop   more info 8 hours before event starts $80.00 $0.00

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Far North Queensland has many beautiful coastal locations, and often these are best photographed at sunrise.  This practical workshop will teach you to how to take stunning seascapes with tips and advice from a professional photographer.  Learn the essentials in terms of what equipment you need, the best camera settings and how to compose your shots for creative impact. 

The workshop is suited to beginner to intermediate photographers who are interested in expanding their landscape photography skills and increasing their confidence shooting in manual exposure mode.  It's a fun, practical workshop, allowing you to explore the possibilities of shooting seascapes with assistance from a professional photographer.

Numbers are limited to a max of 5 students.



Workshop requirements: 

Students should have a digital SLR, hybrid camera or compact camera that allows manual adjustment of exposure (please contact us to check if you're unsure) and a sturdy tripod (though we can hire you one if required).   A basic understanding of photography (ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed) would also be advantageous.  If you have filters such as a circular polarizer and/or neutral density filter, also bring these along.  Students should also have a good pair of walking shoes with plenty of grip that they don't mind getting wet (aqua shoes are a good option).


Some of the topics covered during the workshop:

  •    Camera set-up and settings for photographing seascapes and sunrise
  •    Using manual exposure for landscapes
  •    The use of polarizer and neutral density filters
  •    Long exposure seascapes and motion blur
  •    Compositional techniques, using different lenses and incorporating people in your shots
  •    Creative tips and techniques for seascapes

What to Bring:

  • Camera, lenses and any accessories you have (eg. cable release, circular polarizer, neutral density filter)
  • Camera bag or backpack
  • Memory cards and fully charged batteries
  • Sturdy tripod (we also hire tripods at $10 for the workshop)
  • Head torch or small flashlight
  • Dress comfortable with appropriate footwear (areas can be wet and slippery, so shoes with good grip are essential).
  • Also bring: rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen.


Professional Tutor

Cairns Photo Courses is led by professional photographer Andrew Watson whose work has been published in magazines, advertising, corporate and promotional material around the world, including National Geographic, The Sunday Times, The Australian, Lonely Planet and many more.  Andrew grew up in North Queensland and is passionate about teaching and about sharing the region's amazing landscapes, people and lifestyle through photography.


What kind of camera do I need for this workshop?

Ideally this course is suited to users of digital SLRs with interchangeable lenses, however bridge cameras, hybrid cameras and compact cameras with at least programme (P) mode are also suitable (please contact us if you're unsure).  We cover all brands of camera, from Canon and Nikon to Sony, Minolta and others.


Is there an age limit for students?

For this workshop, there is a minimum age of 18 years, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


Where do we meet and what is parking like?

We will be meeting at the Palm Cove jetty from where the workshop will commence.   There is plenty of parking in the carpack next to the jetty.


What is the refund policy?

A full refund is available if you cancel your booking more than 14 days prior to the start date.  A 50% refund is provided when cancelled less than 14 days prior to the start date.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations after the course has commenced.  If, once the course has commenced, you are unable to attend due to illness or any other reason, we are unable to provide a refund or offer a transfer to another course. 


Am I able to transfer my course to another date?

If you're unable to attend the course originally booked and wish to be transferred to a future course, you may do so, however the same policy applies with regards to cancellations for any future course.

What is the class size?

For this course, the maximum number of students is 5.  We also reserve the right to cancel a course if the minimum required number of places has not been filled.  In the event that we have to cancel a course, a full refund or transfer to a future course will be offered. 

Where can I find more information about your classes and workshops?

You can visit the Cairns Photo Courses website or you're welcome to e-mail us at




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Palm Cove jetty
Williams Esplanade
Palm Cove, QLD 4879


Cairns Photo Courses

Cairns Photo Courses is run by professional photographer Andrew Watson and offers a range of photography classes, tours and workshops for photographers of all levels. From learning the photographic basics to helping you develop your creative instincts and skills, Cairns Photo Courses can provide group or private tuition in some of the region's most scenic locations.

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