Enlighten Illuminations Long Exposure Workshop Canberra

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Enlighten Illuminations workshops will return in 2023!


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

Enlighten Illuminations Canberra is back for 2022! 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

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

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.


Covid Cancellation

  • In the event ACT Government places restrictions on the event, or the Enlighten event is cancelled a full refund will be offered

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