Enlighten Illuminations Long Exposure Workshop Canberra 2023

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My Enlighten Illuminations workshops are over for this year
See you in 2024!


Please note, the workshops are not part of the official Enlighten Festival program.

Enlighten Illuminations Canberra is back for 2023! Come join Glenn Martin as he shows you his tips and techniques for night-time long exposure photography during the spectacular Illuminations Festival in Canberra. We will cover different techniques and considerations relating to exposure length, aperture, and ISO. As always composition will be a part of this workshop
We will visit the six major installations around the festival giving you plenty of time to learn about your DSLR or mirrorless camera for night time shooting. Starting at Questacon for camera setup and briefing, we’ll work through to the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery, Old Parliament House, Parliament House and finally the National Library of Australia. Where possible we’ll also take opportunity to shoot some of the performance exhibitions that will be occurring in the area.
The long exposure Workshop during the Enlighten Festival was fantastic. I learned so much and I will definitely do another one.
Ian P.

Skill level

This workshop is for advanced beginner to intermediate level photographers. If you are still shooting in Auto I highly recommend my Beginners Photography workshop

Learning outcomes

  • Safe photography in the dark
  • Shooting in full manual mode
  • Choosing between a longer exposure or a higher ISO - when to do it
  • Setting up your tripod for best results
  • Metering for the brightest part of the scene
  • How to capture movement
  • Composition and creativity
  • Star bursts
  • Lots of discussion about technique, gear, and whatever takes your fancy

Did the night photography workshop with Glenn at the Enlighten festival. I’d previously completed his beginner workshop so this was the perfect extension to learning how to operate my DSLR and taking great photos. Glenn’s instructional technique is easy to follow and makes you comfortable with the equipment. Look forward to the Astrophotography workshop!


Equipment required

  • DSLR, mirrorless or camera you have full manual control over
  • Wide angle lenses preferred though you can use a short to moderate zoom if you like
  • Tripod essential
  • Extra battery
  • Remote trigger optional but very handy

Fitness level

This is a wheelchair accessible workshop. During the course of the workshop you will travel approximately 3.5kms on generally flat even ground however there is the push up the hill to New Parliament House.


Weather cancellation

  • Only in the event that it is raining or rain imminent within an hour of the workshop commencing will it be cancelled and all participants will be notified via SMS
  • If the workshop is cancelled due to weather participants will have the choice to be first on the list for the next workshop or a full refund if no more Enlighten sessions are scheduled

Participant cancellation

  • Participants may cancel one full week out from the workshop for a full refund
  • If cancelling less than a week from the workshop unfortunately only a 50% refund will be offered
  • Participants can transfer their place in the workshop to friends or family at no penalty

About Glenn Martin

I've been running photography workshops since 2016 and have taught hundreds of people how to get their cameras out of auto mode. I teach beginners, long exposure, astro, processing and more. Check the reviews on my Facebook page for the wonderful comments my students have made

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  • 5
    Glenn’s instructional technique is easy to follow

    Posted by Rod on 3rd Apr 2023

    I could see an immediate improvement in my shots. Rod B. from Facebook 14/3/2022

  • 5

    Posted by Sandra on 17th Mar 2023

    Great night out lots of learnings explained in easy to understand term. Highly recommend.

  • 5
    Enlighten workshop

    Posted by Amanda Delaney on 14th Mar 2023

    Thanks so much Glenn for your patience and for imparting your knowledge on the night. It was a great night, and I got so much out of it, including some great photos. You've definitely inspired me to do more night photography.

  • 5
    Got my enthusiasm back for photography

    Posted by Tim on 3rd Mar 2023

    Pace was great , was good consideration for different skill levels and depth of experience, I appreciated the extra advice on composition which I think has to be carefully delivered as it could be taken personally! Really enjoyed the course Glenn and got my enthusiasm back for photography

  • 5
    Exceeded expectations

    Posted by Jorge on 3rd Mar 2023

    Thank you very much I was looking forward to this workshop for weeks, and it exceeded my expectations ! I was really happy that even with having some experience in photography, I learned a lot from the workshop !