Australia’s red dirt outback, lush hinterland and dark sea cliffs all hide incredible scenery and natural phenomena waiting to be photographed.
Award-winning Australian landscape photographer Peter Eastway will take you on a journey through his home country’s most spectacular region: the Outback. Explore the continent’s red centre and its fantastic natural wonders. Discover its gorges and canyons, capture brilliant sunset colors on stunning rock formations, watch the sun rise at iconic Uluru and photograph the Milky Way in the middle of the desert.
For years, we have been shooting over the most scenic spots, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to photograph Australia’s Outback from above together with the best.
This offer is optional, hence, if you wish to join this particular workshop, please let us know in advance. The price depends on the number of guests and location. Therefore, you can sign up and subsequently cancel if the workshop is outside your travel budget.
Shoot in Sydney and along New South Wales’ amazing coastline incl. Kiama’s blowhole
Experience the famous monolith Uluru at sunrise and sunset
Explore Rainbow Valley and capture the colored rocks when they light up in the afternoon
Star photography in the desert with no light pollution
Explore the beautiful Kings Canyon National Park
Shoot at Standley Chasm, a cultural icon of Central Australia
Opportunity for aerial photography by helicopter at Ormiston Gorge
Peter Eastway is a contemporary Australian photographer who is known internationally for his landscape and travel photography. He also shoots editorially, selectively in advertising and portraiture. For more than 30 years, Peter has been involved in photographic magazine, establishing his own title with Australia’s Better Photography Magazine, in 1995. Today it is one of Australia’s leading photography magazines.
His work has been exhibited and published internationally, and he is the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Landscape Photography.
He has worked with Phase One cameras, researching and promoting its high-end medium format cameras and Capture One raw processing software. And he featured in the television series Tales By Light as seen on the National Geographic Channel, produced in partnership with Canon Australia.
Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography, a Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and a Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography.
EXPAND WITH PASSION
Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advice.
Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground.
Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure times and aperture.
How to handle equipment with care on location.
Private hands-on lessons that can help taking your photography skills to the next level.
Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
Post processing workflow.
One-to-one Portfolio Review.
A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.
DAY 0: ARRIVAL IN SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
We suggest arriving one day early in order to adapt to both the climate and the time zone. Enjoy the day exploring Sydney: Visit the Botanical Gardens, walk along the waterfront to the famous Sydney Opera House, take a ferry to Manly, go for a stroll in Darling Harbour and the Rocks, or relax on one of the sandy beaches.
DAY 1: WELCOME DINNER & MEET YOUR GUIDE
Better Moments and Peter Eastway will meet you at our hotel in Sydney for a welcome dinner and give you a detailed briefing about the upcoming workshop.
We will present our program and provide you with our best advice on equipment usage and important location details.
Tonight ends with an image show of Peter’s best work from Australia.
DAY 2: NEW SOUTH WALE’S AMAZING COASTLINE
Drive to Kiama, located south of Sydney, with photo stops along the way to photograph Australia’s amazing coastline. The unspoilt South Coast of New South Wales is lined with a rugged coast of volcanic rocks and outcrops that make for stunning landscape photography.
In the evening, we will have dinner together and afterwards discuss the photos taken during the day.
DAY 3: KIAMA-SUNRISE PHOTOGRAPHY AND A VISIT TO THE BLOWHOLE
We are off to an early start to do sunrise photography along the coastline. We will visit the Little Blowhole, a natural sea cave formed from volcanic lava; Smaller than the iconic Kiama blowhole, but just as impressive. Afterwards, we will photograph at Kiama’s big blowhole, which spouts seawater skywards – often 20m or more.
In the right conditions, waves surge into the craggy passage and compress the air inside, and then the air and water erupt through the hole with a booming sound. We will continue exploring the area and hinterland with our cameras for the remainder of the day.
Dinner at the hotel and image review and critic by Peter Eastway.
DAY 4: ALICE SPRINGS-OFF TO THE OUTBACK
Early drive to Sydney Airport for an early flight to Alice Springs, the second largest town in the Northern Territory. Today, we will visit Rainbow Valley, one of the ‘must-do’ places for serious outback photographers, in the evening for a sunset shoot. The rock face at Rainbow Valley lights up as the soft sunlight hits the surface of the scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs – truly a photographer’s delight!
In the evening, photo review by Peter Eastway.
DAY 5: GLEN HELEN
Today we will drive to Glen Helen Resort and shoot along the road at Standley Chasm. “Dramatic natural beauty” is probably what sums Standley Chasm up best, as it is a spectacular geological and significant cultural icon of Central Australia and the perfect playground for any landscape photographer. The magnificent chasm is so tall and narrow that the sun makes it appear to be on fire, but only for a very short period in the middle of the day.
In the evening, we will shoot at Western MacDonnell Ranges, a series of striking mountain ranges that span both eastward and westward outside of Alice Springs. Within those ranges, you will find some amazing gorges that would get any outdoor photographer excited. We will stay until sunset to capture the wonderful colors the setting sun paints on the rocks.
We all meet after dinner to work on our images. Peter will give one-to-one support on framing and post production.
DAY 6: ORMISTON GORGE-AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOP
No rest for the wicked – we will get up early to take photos at Ormiston Gorge at sunrise. There are many beautiful angles from which you can shoot the scenery and its reflections in the water. Lone scattered ghost gum trees make for a great subject for photography.
Optional helicopter flight over Gorge to capture its beauty from the air. Alternatively, you can explore the area further by foot.
After dinner, we will discuss the images taken during the day and Peter will provide feedback and suggestions.
DAY 7: KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we will drive from Glen Helen to Kings Canyon by dirt road, with photo stops along the way to capture the magnificent desert scenery. Across vast stretches of red sand rises the pre-historic sandstone walls of Kings Canyon, the sandstone cliffs that rise above the surprisingly lush vegetation of the appropriately named ‘Garden of Eden’ below. We will shoot Kings Canyon’s surroundings in the evening and explore its natural wonders with our cameras.
After dinner, image editing workshop and photo review by Peter Eastway.
DAY 8: ULURU-SUNSET AT THE WORLD LARGEST MONOLITH
In the morning, we will continue discovering the incredible sceneries at Kings Canyon before we travel to Yulara to photograph magnificient Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, at sunset, during which brilliant colors light up both the sky and the natural red sand that covers everything out here.
Uluru probably is the best known landmark of Australia. The massive monolith rises out of the barren plain and dominates the area.
DAY 9: OLGAS AND STARRY SKIES
We will shoot Uluru in the morning and walk around the monolith in the afternoon, as it typically changes color and appearance depending on the angle, weather and time of day. The rock can appear moody on overcast days, shiny when it’s wet and glowing red at sunset. You will capture spectacular shots whatever the circumstances.
In the evening, we will photograph the Olgas (Kata Tjuta). The ancient rock formations rise majestically above the green-tinged bushland only 16 miles away from Uluru. Kata Tjuna means ‘many heads’ in the local Anangu language, and there are actually 36 of them that provide for magnificent panorama shots. Give yourself time to explore the pathways to find a perspective and watch the twilight colors evolve as the sun starts to set.
Central Australia is a superb place to photograph the night sky, so we will do so after the stars have come out. If we are lucky, we will be able to photograph the Milky Way twinkling in the night sky.
DAY 10: BACK TO SYDNEY
Today, we will fly back to Sydney. If time allows, we will discover more of the city with our cameras before we have our farewell dinner in the evening.
DAY 11: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Today, we return home.
However, if you like to extend your stay in Australia, Better Moments can give you advice on what to see and do.
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QUICK GUIDE GETTING THERE
Sydney International Airport – locally known as Kingsford Smith Airport – is Australia’s busiest airport. There are plenty of international flights arriving and departing each day. The airport is located just 13 minutes by train from the city. Airport Link offers a fast and convenient way to reach the city and suburbs, with trains running approximately every 10 minutes.
VISA & IMMIGRATION
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. You must apply for a visa before leaving home, e.g. at your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate. You can also apply for certain types of visas online. Red more about it here: Entering and leaving Australia.
Australia has very strict rules about what you can bring into the country due to its biosecurity requirements. Please inform yourself before the trip, for instance here: Can I bring it?
Australia’s climate varies greatly throughout the eight states and territories; there are four seasons across most of the country and a wet and dry season in the tropical north. In May, the temperature in Sydney ranges from 10 – 20 degrees Celsius. In the Outback, autumn is moderately temperate with average temperatures of 8 – 23 degrees Celsius.
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New South Wales is Australia’s oldest and most populous state. It is home to popular attractions including the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley wine region.
Sydney is the nation’s largest city and is renowned for its idyllic beaches, great walks and world-class dining. You can still see party of the early settlements in “The Rocks”.
There are plenty of museums in the city that are worth visiting, e.g. the Art Gallery of NWS or the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Taking a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens or the Chinese Gardens will give you a break from the bustling city. Or head further outside for one of the coastal walks that offer magnificent views.
More so than than Uluru, Alice Springs is the the heart, soul, and centre of the outback. You can take a pleasant afternoon stroll to the Alice Springs Telegraph Station and explore the town’s earliest beginnings there.
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