$25 - Available Light Portraits - After Dark! (basic version)

Melbourne Photography Education
Melbourne Photography Education
Public group

Southern Cross Station Steps

Bourke Street · Melbourne

How to find us

I'll be standing at the bottom of the stairs at the intersection of Spencer and Bourke Sts. I'll usually be carrying a red satchel. If you're running late, call me on 0402-323-739 or look for us near Lord of the Fries at the top of the stairs.

Location image of event venue


This is a 2-hour session trying to find locations where available light can be used for shooting portraits.

Unlike my usual night "Available Light Portraits" session (which uses a different location with a smaller group), this one is a little more free range - we'll be exploring to see what we can find. We may find awesome stuff, we may not. We'll head towards Etihad Stadium and may move down into Docklands with the goal of returning to Southern Cross station when we're done.

I'll be providing some guidance but I'll be open to suggestions from the group. I will be able to provide some camera assistance for those who need it.

Numbers will be limited to 10 photographers (plus myself as organiser).

As no model is provided, we'll be taking photos of each other. If you're not comfortable being in front of the camera for others, this may not be the walk for you.

This walk is probably best suited to photographers who are already comfortable with their camera controls and have a working knowledge of the concepts of aperture, shutter speed, film speed (ISO) and white balance.

The recommended equipment for the walk is a camera capable of at least ISO 3200, an appropriate portrait lens (eg. at least 50mm or longer) with a reasonably wide aperture (eg. f/2.8 or wider). If you own a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens on a cropped sensor camera, that's ideal. I'd suggest tripods should be left at home as we'll try to keep moving. You will not require a flash or any other lighting equipment as that would defeat the whole purpose of hunting for available light. :-)

As this activity is run outdoors after dark, please ensure you're dressed in appropriately warm clothes (it's often freezing in winter) and if the forecast suggests rain, please bring an umbrella.


Previous students have said...

"Opens your eyes to the quality of light even from available light at night, and increases your sensitivity to shadows and highlights on the model. Great value workshop. Looking forward to attending others in this series." - Jason, October 2017

"Another great and informative session with David. I took so much away from last nights outing." - Mick, October 2017

"Useful tips. Exceeded my expectations!" - Luke, August 2015

"I am glad I went as I learnt a new way to view and use available light. David is an excellent communicator and got his message across easily. Perfect location for what we needed to do and easy to get to on public transport. I highly recommend this Meet-up with David." - Owen, August 2015

"Thanks David for sharing your expertise and thank you to the male models who froze in the name of photography. Great fun." - Annie, July 2015

"Fabulous - loaded with information, great ideas- I learned heaps" - Judi, July 2015

"Just attended David's night portrait by available light class a couple of days ago and I haven't stopped talking about how worthwhile the session was. The best part was David's friendly nature which made me feel at ease straightaway. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Will definitely come back for more classes :)" - Aviti, May 2015

"I learned heaps again thank you! Great value for money and I have come away with a new insight into night portraiture." - Sarah, May 2015

"It was amazing session and great lessons with David. Thank you" - Hamid, June 2015

"Thanks David, very informative. Enjoyed it a lot." - Ellen, April 2015