Blue Mountains
Waterfalls Workshop

Capture the beauty of waterfalls in this 4hr workshop in Lawson, Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Waterfalls Workshop

There is a myriad of waterfalls in the landscape of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, flowing all-year-around. The better-known, Katoomba Falls, Wentworth Falls and Leura Cascades and others in the upper mountains attract thousands of visitors every year, while the smaller, gentler, still beautiful waterfalls of the mid-mountains are less visited yet are in many ways more accessible and provide opportunities to capture some wonderful waterfall images.

This is a practical outdoor workshop where we will visit three or four waterfalls in the mid Blue Mountains. We will discuss the challenges we may face when photographing waterfalls and learn about the “right” camera settings to use, selecting the “right” lens and different composition techniques to create some beautiful images.

Level of Fitness: Moderate to good

This walk has some steep step inclines which then level out to flat walking trails. Waterfalls are in valleys and gullies so expect some steep climbs in and out.

There are rock steps on the some of the declines plus railings in difficult parts. If you have any walking difficulties or knee and hip problems this workshop would not be suitable for you.


Date: Saturday 24 August 2024

Duration: 4 hrs 12.00pm to 4.00 pm

Includes: Tutoring by Professional Photographer Ed Cobb a local Blue Mountains Photographer.

Not Included: Meals, drinks, snacks, transport, items of a personal nature, camera equipment

Meetup Point : Carpark at 6 Benang St, Lawson (the carpark is at the rear of the Blue Mountain Hotel colloquially known as Lawson Pub)

Group Size: Maximum 6

Investment: $220 per person


  • Your camera and 2 or 3 of your lenses
  • Two or three lenses, such as an ultra-wide (14 to 20 ish), wide (24-35 ish) and medium telephoto (60-100 ish). Or a zoom lens such as 18-55mm or 24-70mm.
  • Tripod
  • Filters (only if you have any) recommend a polariser or circular polariser filter or filter kit
  • Batteries, power cables, compact disc cards, battery charger
  • Comfortable walking shoes, waterproof jacket, camera backpack, lightweight waterproof jacket, hand towel or towel, a full water bottle and snacks, sunscreen and hat and if it’s raining, an umbrella
  • Requires a moderate level of fitness.


  • Composition: understanding the basic concepts.
  • Depth of field and blurred backgrounds
  • Natural light and its properties
  • Framing – wide angle to close-up
  • Using angles to create interest
  • Rule of Thirds.
  • Symmetrical Composition.
  • Leading lines/ Diagonals / Straight and Circular lines
  • Creating mood using lines, shapes and form.
  • How to use geometry in your compositions
  • How to use textures and patterns
  • Distortion and form
  • Frame in a Frame.


  • The essentials of composition
  • How to use linear perspective
  • How to use Lines, curves and the importance of colour placement
  • Understanding form
  • Arranging visual elements in your frame
  • When to create monochromatic compositions
  • How to create mood and emotion in your pictures


Getting there by car: The meetup point is about 1 hour 15 mins drive from Sydney’s inner west. Take the M4 motorway out of Sydney and follow it all the way to its end at Emu Plains where it becomes the A32 and the climb up Lapstone Hill starts. Follow the A32 for about another 30 minutes drive to Lawson and the Blue Mountain Hotel. (Note: make sure you adhere to the 60Kmh speed limit through Blaxland as there is often a mobile speed camera parked westbound between View St and Wilson Way).

Getting there by train: Catch a Blue Mountains Line train from the country trains departures at Sydney central Station. Displayed train destination could be either Mt Victoria or Lithgow. Get off the train at Lawson Station and cross the Great Western Highway to the Blue Mountain Hotel opposite the station.. Walk around the back of the pub to the car park. The train trip from Central Station to Lawson is about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

* Let us know in advance and we can explore the option of car sharing. Email,

We look forward to seeing you in Mountains…

The Aperture Club Team


While we will understand life throws us challenges in certain circumstances, your last minute cancellation can run the risk of disappointing others. We will run a workshop on a minimum number so as not to disappoint you but If the class is a small one than last minute cancellations cannot be changed. If the class is a full class then we can certainly accomodate rebooking you on other date.


If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date.



Aperture Club


Sharon: 0411 370 577