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Photography Classes, Photography Walk, Tour and Workshop Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Table of Contents

  1. Booking information
  2. "Trees to Sea" and "Off The Beaten Track"
  3. Photography Bushwalk v Photography Workshop - what is the difference?
  4. I do not have a digital SLR camera, can I still join the tour?
  5. Personal items and clothing to bring
  6. Photography equipment to bring
  7. Touring in bad weather conditions & cancellations
  8. Personal Fitness level
  1. Travel insurance
  2. How much time is spent on travel and taking photographs?
  3. How much money do I need to bring?
  4. Group size and age limits
  5. Food & Refreshments
  6. The importance of professional operator Eco License / Accreditation
  7. Tour vehicle - Narooma, Illawarra Coast and Blue Mountains
  8. Terms of agreement

1.NSW Quality Seascape and Landscapes in stunningly beautiful locations

Quality nature based landscape photography is held in the World Heritage Blue Mountains National Park and Royal National Park rain forests. Bush photography locations are used in historical Macarthur and Southern Highland regions of NSW.

Coastal photography extends south along the South Pacific / Tasman sea coastline from Sydney's Royal National Park along the Illawarra coastline to Wollongong and Kiama. Our three night / four night tour of the stunningly beautiful Eurobodalla Coast in southern New South Wales (The Emerald Coast) on our Narooma and Montague Island Photography Tours. See the Great Whales migrate south to Antarctica or photograph the playful fur seals.

  1. Beginner Photography Seascape & Landscape Workshops -
    Three hour beginner photography classes are held at Camden, Sydney's Royal National Park, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains National Park. Our latest beginner photography workshops are in the very heart of Sydney itself on the foreshore of both Sydney Harbour and Darling Harbour. Night and early morning photography classes are available.
  2. Private bookings for beginner, intermediate and more advanced individuals or groups -
    Choose the locations you would like to visit from our list of locations. All of our activities can be organised to meet your date and time frame. Three hour intermediate early morning and evening landscape shoots are held for more experienced photographers who can already use their camera in the manual, aperture priority and shutter priority modes. Visit the following page for information - Booking Information

Booking information

At Australian Photography Tours we welcome your inquiries.
When you contact us it is important that you give us the following information so that we can help you to get the best experience from booking a workshop with us.

  1. Your date of arrival in Sydney.
  2. The number of dates you have available to do the workshop.
  3. Your favoured location in Sydney, the Sydney coastline, Blue Mountains or the rainforest. Perhaps you want a combination of locations.
  4. Your level of experience and photography skills.
  5. Perhaps you desire a bush walk with a little photography support.

Essential information and advice - FAQ

If your questions aren't answered on this page contact me via email or 'phone: Ken : +61 2 4628 2528 / 02 4628 2528 or Email for additional information.

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FAQ - workshops:
Workshop locations, personal and equipment requirements, weather conditions, specialised or custom workshops, refreshments.

Safety for You:
Dealing with Australian snakes, spiders, insects, jellyfish, Blue Ringed octopus and other creatures one should be aware of in the bush, rainforest and along our coastline.

Equipment and tips
Discusses equipment, personal items, clothing and conditions you may meet on your Australian Photography Tours outdoor activity
Terms of agreement
Subject to availability and conditions

2. "Trees to Sea" and "Off The Beaten Track"

  • " Trees to Sea" tours start in the rainforest and finish by the sea on beaches, rock platforms or headlands.
  • "Off The Beaten Track" applies to most of our tours and workshops locations which are not usually on the general tourist routes.
  • "Ladybird" is a term used for women only groups .

3. Photography Bushwalk v Photography Workshop - what is the difference?

On the pages of this website you will see reference to Photography Workshops / Classes and Photographic Bushwalks:

Photography walk / bush walks is a short walk of up to 3.5 km or 2.17 miles offering many photographic opportunities.

Workshops and classes may have an element of walking of not more than 600 metres / 1900 ft over flat trails and are adjacent to parking areas. Four Workshops and class locations comprise the bulk of our activities and cater for beginners. These courses teach the use of the camera settings including white balance, shutter speeds, aperture setting, ISO, Manual, Aperture Priority, Auto modes and focus on photograph composition.
All our classes, tours and workshops can be tailored to meet your requirements.
Additional short three hour workshops are run at selected locations to photograph twilight and sunrise photography.

4. I do not have a digital SLR camera, can I still join the tour?

The tours visit locations which are superb for photography irrespective of the camera type you own. The objective is to learn photographic techniques and composition so all are welcome.

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5. Personal items and clothing to bring

Personal items

  • Sun cream
  • Sun glasses
  • Personal insect repellent
  • Personal toiletries
  • Money / credit card for personal shopping, lunches etc

Clothing requirements

  • Sturdy comfortable walking shoes with good grip,
  • Raincoat and small folding umbrella
  • A beanie, gloves, thermal underwear for cold weather
  • Hat
  • Water bottle

6. Photography equipment to bring

  • Camera manual, very important
  • Fully charged batteries
  • Point N Shoot or Mobile Phone

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  • Cleaning kit
  • Circular polarizing filter
  • Lens hood
  • Telephoto lens if available
  • Memory cards (1500 - 2000 images)
  • Tripod

7. Touring in bad weather conditions & cancellations

Our tours operate unless unless there is a severe weather warning for the specific tour location.
For example:

  • High temperatures during bush fire conditions.
  • High winds which easily cause Australian Gum trees to drop their branches or fall on the unsuspecting passerby.
  • Extreme temperatures which can cause dehydration even when prepared.
  • Bush fire or flood warnings in the locality of the tour.
  • Local bush fire brigade back burning.

Under these circumstances other tour locations will be offered if possible or an alternative date recommended.

Cancellations made within 30 days prior to the tour will be subject to an administrative fee.
Acceptance of an alternative tour or date will incur no administrative fee, please call +61 2 4628 2528 to book your place.
NOTE: Moneys already paid by Gwondana Photography for bookings on your behalf for accommodation and catering cannot be returned in the event of total cancellation by you.

8. Personal Fitness level

Most workshop locations are accessed directly from vehicle with the most distant being 600 metres from car parking areas to cliff tops when whale watching.

Photography Bushwalks

Our photography bush walks of which the longest is 3.5 km are clearly titled "photography bush walks".
Some of our National Park rainforest tours do include walking on approved easy grade trails along gorges up to 3.5 km or 2.17 miles in length. Trails are uneven with slight inclines, steep flights of steps may be encountered when walking up to lookouts.

If you have health or mobility issues please talk to us prior to deciding upon of booking a tour or workshop.

See - Photography Bushwalk v Photograph Workshop - what is the difference?

Contact Ken on +61 2 4628 2528 or email for additional information.

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9. Travel insurance for tour participants

Personal travel insurance is not included in the tour price.
You are required to purchase travel insurance before attending our tours. Your insurance should protect you against any accidental loss or damage to your photographic equipment, as well as any personal injuries or emergency transportation costs and the cost of a companion to travel with you during an emergency situation.

10. How much time is spent on travel and taking photographs?

The time spent traveling and taking photos varies dependant on distance from pickup point and in between locations. Please allow more time than specified on a tour description to accommodate unforeseen circumstances.

  • Bush tours in National Parks include a gentle bush walk from feature to feature and are entirely devoted to photography and tuition, however, some history is included.

11. How much money do I need to bring?

You will need money for:

  1. Dinner, lunch, snacks or drinks during the tour/ workshop.

12. Group size and age limits

  • Workshops have maximum of 10 participants.
  • Tours have a maximum of 6 participants.
  • We do not take unaccompanied children under 16 years of age.

13. Refreshments

  • Mid morning refreshment and lunches are not included in the tour price unless it is a Customised tour.
  • Refreshments are not included in the workshop price unless stipulated.
  • We have access to pubs, clubs and restaurants on our tours / workshops.
  • Dietary needs can be met with a large range of dishes on the menu in some locations.
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14. The importance of professional operator Eco License / National T-Qual Accreditation

Australian Photography Tours (Gwondana Photography Tours P/L) meets the Ecological requirements of National Parks for professional tourism in the locations monitored by them. We are also accreditation by T-Qual Accreditation for the high standards we ensure in our business. Make sure that you book with a business that has the required Eco License from National Parks in NSW when you want to enjoy guided experiences in our beautiful parks.

Their guidelines ensure we at Australian Photography Tours:

  1. Are aware of environmental and safety requirements of New South Wales National Parks.
  2. Work with National Parks by lodging returns on the number of tours and visitors on our activities enabling better management of the tracks, trails and facilities.
  3. That there is no conflict with the Rights of locals by over use of their locality.

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15. Tour vehicle - Narooma, Illawarra Coast and Blue Mountains

Ssangyong Stavic Tour Vehicle Ssangyong Stavic Tour Vehicle Interior

Our Ssangyong Stavic Tour Vehicle shown above was purchased specifically for our Narooma, Illawarra Coastline and World Heritage Blue Mountains tours.

We trialled every vehicle of its type including large 4wd's. We chose the luxury model which has a lot of leg room and leather seats (not illustrated) for your comfort. All seats have lap sash seat belts for your safety. Dual zone air-conditioning adds to your comfort and we are sure that you will feel comfortable and arrive at your destination relaxed and refreshed.

It makes a big difference to your tour if the journey is relaxing and we have found this vehicle so easy and comfortable to drive and as a passenger.

Transport is an inclusion for our Narooma, Illawarra Coastline and World Heritage Blue Mountains tours only. If you require transport for our photography workshops please call to discuss and organise.

NOTE: Smoking and the consumption of food and drink is not allowed on this vehicle

 
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