Landscape and Body Form - Bathurst Weekend Photo Retreat

AUD $680.00
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Location: Bathurst, Nsw

Landscape and Body Form

2-Day Photography Weekend

Immerse yourself in a weekend of learning, exploring and sharing creative energy in fine art photography.

This weekend concentrates on landscape and body form. Gain confidence by working with our artist’s model in stunningly beautiful and inspirational landscapes that have attracted famous artists (Boyd, Drysdale, Friend, etc) since the 1940s. Explore how to transpose your imagination into creative reality.

Fine arts photographer Sharon Hickey and owner of The Aperture Club will reveal her insider tips on how to work with figure models. Learn the specifics of how to pose and support your model, and construct powerful images through sound composition. Sharon will demonstrate ways of working with our model in a variety of locations. 

We explore the use of light in landscape photography and learn important elements of composition and its relationship with form. After the shoot, participate in valuable group critique sessions to bring out the best in your images.

This is a unique opportunity to work with a professional model in an outdoor environment in an area inspired by many great artists and photographers.

Our artist’s retreat Platypus Burra is nestled on the Macquarie River surrounded by 250 acres of breathtaking flora and fauna and is located 30 mins outside of Bathurst.

Arrive and do nothing else but relax, meet wonderful people, indulge in great photography and explore this amazing landscape.

We work in a small group (max 10).



DATE: 10th - 12th Nov 2017

LOCATION: Platypus Burra, Bathurst Art Retreat

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 6 - Maximum 10 participants.


·  Weekend for $660  inclusive of 2-day accommodation, all meals from Friday night to Sunday lunch, tutor and models fees.

.  Deposit of $200 on booking with full payment required by 15th Oct 2017.

·  Extra nights accommodation are available @ $130 pp includes meals if you wish to extend your stay. 



To join this workshop you need to have basic camera handling, operations and processing skills.  If you’re not sure if that’s you, please email us: This weekend centres on developing your artistic skills and developing your creative ideas in photography.


Friday 10th

Arrive anytime from 3pm onwards. Relax and settle into your accommodation. When you arrive we will collect you from the property gate and bring you down to Platypus Burra - if you have a 4 wheel drive then you can follow us.

Settle in and enjoy a drink and a sumptuous dinner prepared by our hosts Robbie and Steve. After dinner we will discuss the weekend and enjoy a discussion on landscape photography. Please bring in some of your landscape works that we can review and discuss.


Saturday 11th

Rise with the sun (or maybe before!) to capture the gorgeous early morning light and shifting mists that surround Platypus Burra. After a couple hours of shooting we will return to the homestead for an exquisite breakfast.  

After breakfast we settle into our discussion sessions on nude photography and its relationship to landscape.

Meet our model and enjoy lunch.

Our first photo shoot with our model will start at 2pm. Here we will learn how to work and communicate with a model. All work is practical and hands on and plenty of time is given to learn the techniques shown. This is an opportunity to practice the theory and techniques covered during the morning session. As the light changes through the afternoon into twilight we ensure we are ready for the golden and blue hours. 

Relax and process out your images and we'll use the evening to rest, reflect, dine and enjoy the peaceful environment. We can review the images taken from the afternoon.


Sunday 12th

Have a well-deserved sleep in or be adventurous and rise early for another great sunrise photography shoot on the property.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at 8am - 9am

After breakfast we work again with our model from approx. 9.30am - 1.30pm

This session shoot will give everyone the opportunity to actualise their own creative setups and work on a one to one basis with the model.

Lunch will be from 1.30 - 2.30 and we will ferry people back to their cars by 3pm.

Those who have decided to extend their weekend can relax and enjoy the afternoon.



·       Portraiture and its genres

·       Creative camera controls

·       Advanced creative composition

·       Understanding light

·       Working with diffusers

·       How to pose your subject

·       How to communicate with your model

·       Creative idea development

·       Setting mood and creating atmosphere

·       Developing personal style



This is a gentle trip, which requires a low level of fitness.  There will be a small amount of walking to and from shooting
locations, occasionally on uneven surfaces with steps and inclines.  If you have any doubts about your ability, please contact Sharon directly.  

When you book you will receive a detailed packing list to help you plan.



·      Macquarie River

·      Majestic cliff top views

·      Green mossy forests

·      Deep sandstone slot canyons

·      Gum tree forests 

·      Many kangaroos



Accommodation comprises of twin share. Single room supplements are available on request for an extra charge.

Platypus Burra has cabin style accommodation and rooms off the main living area.



Breakfast, morning teas, afternoon teas and lunches are provided by Robbie and Steve. 

We can cater to dietary needs such as gluten, diary free and vegetarian, please let us know in advance.



Car: Make your own way directly to Platypus Burra, Bathurst Art Retreat.

From Sydney, head west along the M4 towards Penrith.  Join the Great Western Highway and follow the road as it weaves its way up into the mountains.  Continue over the mountains and down through Lithgow and onto Bathurst. You will be given detailed instructions from Bathurst to Platypus Burra.

Train: We are happy to organise pick up and drop offs to Bathurst train station.

Most of our clients prefer to have their own transport for this workshop, so that they can come and go from Platypus Burra depending on their time frame.



·      Camera equipment

·     Tripod

·      Laptop with latest Adobe Lightroom software (recommended) or a
       tablet with image processing software (Snapseed)

·      Wet weather clothing? Check weather forecast

·      Wind jacket for early morning adventures

·      Sturdy footwear

·      Day pack/camera pack

·      Torch

·      Water bottle

·      Please make sure you have booked your accommodation and
       organised your breakfast, dinner and snacks prior to the workshop




·      All meals (breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea)

·      Accommodation

·      Free access to the forum and student notes

·      One-on-one instruction and guidance from fine arts photographer
       and tutor Sharon Hickey

·      Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that
       will make your photos sing

·      Plenty of time to shoot and learn

·      Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection
       with the landscape

·      Suitable for amateurs to professionals

·      A positive environment, which encourages group learning,
       advice-sharing and support



·      Transport

·      Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)

·      Weather-specific clothing 

·      Alcohol or soft drinks – BYO



This is a list of other photography workshop, events and tours offered by The Aperture Club and are designed to progress the skills you have learnt inthis workshop.

·      Camera Essentials (4 hours)

·      Master Manual Mode (4 hours)

·      Focus on Flash (4 hours)

·      Fundamentals of Photography Course (12 hours over 3 weeks)

·      The Portrait Exposed (5 hours)

·   Street Photography: The Poetic Witness (5 hours)

·   Street Photography: The Urban Observer (5 hours)

·  Discover Sydney Photo Safari (4 hours)

We look forward to welcoming you on our photography workshop very soon.

Sharon and The Aperture Club Team



Sharon: 0411 370577