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Dylan Giannakopoulos, Behind the Scenes, 2019

Two Day Seascape and Astrophotography Workshop

Cancelled for 2020

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Join award winning photographer and Sony Digital Imaging Advocate, Dylan Giannakopoulos on his Two Day Seascape and Astrophotography Workshop on the Mornington Peninsula.

On Day 1 you will photograph at three locations on the Mornington Peninsula, using a variety of both human-made and natural elements as your subject. You will learn all about long exposure seascape photography and how to manipulate your shutter speed to capture silky smooth water. After sunset, we will break for dinner at a nearby restaurant. On our third location we will explore astrophotography if the sky is clear. Here you will learn about the fundamentals of astrophotography including how to manually focus your lens and use the 500 Rule for capturing tack sharp stars.

During day 1 of the workshop, you will learn how to:
• Take creative control over your camera’s shutter speed with square neutral density (ND) filters.
• Use compositional techniques in your landscape photography to create captivating imagery.
• Plan your sunset and astrophotography shoots around light and moon phases.
• Photograph the night sky and galactic centre (weather permitting).
• Master control of various camera modes and settings such as aperture priority and manual focusing, and learn how to read your camera’s histogram.
Locations will be selected based on weather conditions closer to the date

Day 2 will take place at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP). During this 2 hour session, we will discuss, review and critique our favourite images that were captured during Day 1 on the Mornington Peninsula. This component of the workshop is designed to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and receive face to face feedback on your photography – an essential part to growing as a photographer. Dylan will also share practical tips and tricks to help you improve your location scouting and planning.

Strictly limited to 5 attendees, the small group structure of the workshop ensures that Dylan is able to provide plenty of one on one tuition. After the workshop, you will be invited to join a private Facebook group which is strictly limited to past attendees of Dylan Gianna Photography Workshops. The Facebook group offers members a space to share their images, ask questions and learn tips and tricks from Dylan.

Please note: This is a self-driven workshop and transportation is NOT included. Please read the FAQs before booking. Full details of the itinerary will be sent to registered attendees prior to the workshop.

Techniques Covered:
• Compositional techniques and concepts
• Quality of light
• Filter selection
• Calculating exposure times with ND filters
• Seascape long exposure photography
• Fundamentals of astrophotography (weather permitting)

What to bring:
• Camera
• Fast wide angle lens (35mm or wider with a maximum aperture no less than f/2.8)
• Spare memory cards and batteries
• Tripod
• Remote shutter release
• Filters
• Memory card reader for image review (if your camera doesn’t shoot to an SD card)
• Head torch (ideally with a red light)
• Snacks and water
• Warm and waterproof clothes
• Sturdy footwear
• Pen & Paper

Q: Will meals be provided?
A: No meals are provided as part of this workshop. You will have the opportunity to purchase dinner on day 1 at a local restaurant. It is also recommended that you bring snacks and water with you on the first day as we will be having a late dinner.

Q: Is accommodation included?
A: No accommodation is included in this workshop.

Q: Is there a minimum number of attendees required for this event to go ahead? If so, what is the cutoff date?
A: Yes – 20/3/2020

Q: Are there any age or mobility restrictions for this event?
A: Attendees must have a minimum level of fitness/ mobility and be over the age of 18 to attend this event. There is a small to moderate amount of walking required to reach each of the three shooting locations. Majority of the paths involve walking on sandy tracks and stairs, with some steep incline and descent. If you have any concerns, please contact Dylan before booking -

Q: Can minors (under 18) register for this event if accompanied by a responsible adult who also books their own ticket?
A: No

Q: What should I wear? Is there a dress code?
A: Please dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. It is strongly recommended that you bring layers of warm clothing as it will get cold particularly during the astrophotography session. It is also recommended that you bring either study shoes, runners or reef walking shoes for walking to and from the beach. Don’t forget to pack gloves and a beanie, it can get very windy!

Q: Are there any other requirements to attend the event?
A: Whilst this event is suitable for all skill levels, it’s important that you have an understanding of how to operate the basic functions of your camera.
You must bring an interchangeable lens camera with a fast wide angle lens, tripod and remote shutter release. To participate in the astrophotography component, it is essential to bring a wide angle lens (35mm or wider) with a maximum aperture no less than f/2.8 – e.g. Sony FE 16-35 f/2.8 G Master. If you do not have an appropriate lens, please contact Dylan ( in advance to arrange loaner equipment. If you don’t have your own set of ND filters, there will be a limited number of Haida M10 filter kits available to borrow. However, it's preferable that you bring your own.

Q: I don't have a camera/lens. Will I be able to borrow one?
A: Please contact Dylan in advance if you would like to borrow any equipment -

Q: I have more questions. Can I contact the host?
A: Please do not hesitate to contact Dylan via his email -

Q: What is included in this package?
A: Three shoots on the Saturday: day, sunset and night (weather permitting)
Seminars on seascape, long exposure and astrophotography
Image review and debrief at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Fitzroy

Q: Are there any exclusions?
A: Transport, food and drinks are not included as part of this workshop.

Q: Is it possible to get to the meet up point using public transport?
A: No

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