FAQs

What am I going to learn?

My short photo lessons around Darwin are based around landscape, nature and outdoors photography.

My tours are mainly aimed at beginners – I can teach you the basics on what settings to use and why. I can assist you in getting your camera off the full “auto” modes. I aim to explain the important principles of exposure and composition.

My walks are also suitable for intermediate photographers in getting in to the next level – how to use long exposures, how to use the light and what is “good light”.

Most importantly, my tours give you the opportunity to apply those new skills “out in the field”! Time to practice and ask all the questions you need to, as you go.

The sky is the limit! Our day will provide you with lots of information, valuable interaction with other photographers and a heap of stuff to take away with you so you can continue learning after the workshop is over.

 

I use a “point and shoot” camera, can I come?

Of course!
 All camera types are welcome, from point-and-shoot to professional.
I shoot with a Canon DSLR,  but any DSLR camera will have the same manual control as a Canon or Nikon, and I will try my best to assist you with your own camera.

A lot of “point and shoot” style cameras now have a lot of manual control, we can show you what settings you can use to get the best out of these great cameras too! Mirrorless cameras are also a great option, but any camera will do! If you are concerned about your camera, don’t be! It’s not the camera that takes great photographs, it’s the photographer using it!

 

How long are the lessons?

Usually a sunset session begins at 5pm and continues until after sunset. This is usually around 7:15pm, but in the wet season can be as late as 7:45pm.

 

What is the cost?

For one-on-one the cost is $180 per session.

If you have a friend or two who would also like to come, you can add extra participants for $75 per person.

 

How do I book?

You can request a booking from me here: here

Please include a couple of date options and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can, with a confirmation of date and a choice of location options. You will be required to pay a deposit to secure the booking. You can choose whether to pay in full in advance, or you can pay cash on the night.

 

Where are we going to go?

Where we go will depend on you! Most lessons take place at one of Darwin’s local beaches, for example Mindil Beach, East Point or Nightcliff Foreshore.

The tide times on your chosen day will determine where we can go to shoot. I know all of the best spots for different tides around Darwin, so upon requesting your dates I’ll take a look and give you a few options of places to go on that tide. If you have a particular interest or area you would like to shoot, let me know when you request a booking!

 

What lenses should I bring?

That’s up to you!
This tour is aimed at landscape photography, so a wider lens is better (i.e. a smaller focal length, that might be 18-55mm, or a 10-20mm)
That’s not to say you won’t need a longer lens as well (you never know what might happen!)

If you have several lenses, you could bring them all! Bare in mind that you might have to carry your gear for a couple of hours, remember that too many lenses could get heavy. It’s completely up to you and what you are comfortable using. There is no “right” lens for landscape photography.

 

Should I bring a tripod?

If you have one, yes! It is the most essential piece of kit, after the camera.

I have one tripod available for you to use – on a first come first serve basis. Let me know if you would like to use one and I can put this one aside for you.

 

Do I need to bring anything else?

Nope…. Just bring footwear for the beach (you might get wet feet), water if you think you’ll need it, and an open mind!

 

What if I’ve booked, but need to cancel last minute – can I?
You can. If you cancel up to two days prior to the scheduled lesson, your payment will be offered as a refund. Otherwise, you can transfer the full balance of your payment to another tour in the future.

 

It’s raining, is the day still going ahead as planned?

Yes!
Some of the best skies occur in “bad” weather. Bad weather is usually good weather for photographers!
Only a severe weather event will cause us to reconsider this. You will be offered an alternative date to take part or offered a full refund. If it’s looking like a wet day for our scheduled outing I’ll be in touch with you throughout the day and we can work out a plan of action.

A short afternoon storm won’t stop the session – we can shelter somewhere and wait for the rain to pass. The best sunsets and most dramatic light can occur after rain!

 

I want to buy your tour for someone as a gift, do you offer gift certificates?

Yes I do. I have gift cards available here

 

I’m having trouble booking online – how else can I book?

Feel free to get in touch – I can process your booking over the phone.
If you would prefer to do this, call Louise Denton on 0406 811 479.

 

I am 15, can I come?

Unfortunately not. Our terms and conditions state you must be 16 or over to participate.

 

Can I bring my kids?

I’m sorry, but you are not able to bring children to this event.

 

Do I need anything else?

I recommend bringing a small bottle of water and some insect repellant.
Wear comfortable footwear for the beach. Personally, I am happiest in thongs, but bare in mind there may be walking on the rocks involved, so wear what ever you are comfortable in.

 

Feel free to get in touch:
 Louise Denton Photography can be contacted here