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Williamstown at Sunset

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Discover Williamstown at night while capturing the breathtaking views from its waterfront across the bay of Melbourne.  This workshop is for beginners who would like to learn the basics of their digital camera. Are you still using automatic settings? Then this workshop is for you!

Students discover how digital cameras work and how to control their image making while taking in the beauty of the historical town of Williamstown. This an exciting way to learn the technical skills of image making and the proper settings for consistent results.


  • Transforming your artistic vision into memorable photographs

  • Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO – their relationship to one another and how to change them for exposure control

  • Metering and getting a correct exposure

  • Creative depth-of-field effects using aperture control

  • White balance and creative coloration

  • Creating perspective, depth, and a sense of “being there” in your photos

  • Creating powerful compositions with impact

  • Composing to control your viewer’s attention in your photos

  • Composition: balance, tension, and visual flow

  • How to use filters to capture dramatic light or create long-exposure effects


Don’t put your camera away just because the sun has set. With today’s digital cameras, taking photographs at night is easier than ever and a lot of fun.

Photographing Melbourne's urban landscapes is particularly fun at night. When it gets dark, cities provide their own light source. Melbourne is a highly photogenic city to photograph at night, with a classic skyline of glass and metal high-rises and a interweaving maze of freeways, overpasses and bridges.  We will capture all of this across the bay at Williamstown.  

Night photography really begins about 20 minutes after sunset, during the “blue hour.” During this phase of twilight, the ambient light in the sky begins to balance in brightness with the lights from the city. This is when the colour and brilliance of Melbourne’s lights really start to shine. Additionally, the sky takes on a very picturesque blue tone during this phase, even when it’s cloudy.  As the night sets in the colour of the sky at Williamstown will become a dramatic pink

Quick facts

  • Where: Gem Pier at Williamstown.  

  • Length of workshop: 3 Hours

  • Students: Up to 8 per workshop

  • Focus: Landscape & Long Exposure Photography

  • Workshop Leader: Jacqui Barr

  • Price: $75 per person

  • Photography Level Required: Suitable for photographers of all levels

  • Fitness Level: Easy


What you need to bring:

  • Camera

  • Fully charged battery plus and extra if you have one 

  • A tripod (Please let me know if you need to borrow one)

  • A cable release if you don't have touch screen will help

  • A torch

  • Comfortable walking shoes



Our meeting point is in the Commonwealth Reserve Band Rotunda, at the corner of Nelson Place and Syme Street, Williamstown VIC 3016

Click here for Directions via Maps

There is street parking close but it has a meter.  There is free 2 hour parking in the back streets.  If you wish to go back and move your car during the workshop that is ok.  There is also longer parking futher away from the town near the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club.

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