Reviews

Peter

Had the best 3 hour lesson with Scott. He very quickly assessed my level of competence and taught at my level. Definitely recommend some 1-2-1 time with this guy.

Mark

Had my lesson today and Scott was so patient and his explanations were very relevant to what we were shooting.  Can highly recommend Scott for that 1 on 1 lesson which as a beginner like myself you will get so much out of it.

Leah

A fantastic experience. The provider was very experienced and a great source of knowledge. He made the morning a truly enjoyable experience and I have some beautiful photos to help me treasure my memories from the day.

Andrew

I had a very exciting session with Scott and gained a much greater insight into photography. My understanding of manual mode has increased and we explored functions and buttons I didn’t even know existed. The detail in his teaching and his background knowledge of photography as a whole definitely reflects his 30 years of experience! The class was highly engaging and the lesson was greatly personalised for my needs. Scott […]

Rebecca

I did a morning lesson with Scott and it was FANTASTIC. As a beginner I learnt more than I thought I would and could. He was a great teacher and explained everything in a clear and concise way. He is very passionate about his craft and this comes through when he teaches which makes the class extremely enjoyable. I am very excited to start practicing using the techniques I was […]

Joanne

I attended the half day course today with Scott. He was absolutely fantastic. I learnt more than I was expecting and have a new found appreciation for photography. Everything was explained simple and easy to understand and all questions answered with additional information. He was very patient. I can’t wait to do my next course. Highly recommend. Thanks for all the tips Scott.

Samuel & Deb

Scott was an excellent teacher, very informative and personable as well. We got what we wanted out of the class and more and I certainly feel much more capable of taking good photos and more informed about principles of photography and it’s technicalities.

Michelle

The lesson was well organised and extremely valuable. Scott was able to impart a lot of information tailored to what I needed to know, without leaving me feeling overwhelmed or confused. I’ve been able to put the theory into practice really easily. I’m planning to do more courses with Scott.

Gareth

Thanks again for this morning. As mentioned, I found the theory part alone worth the price of admission. I’m looking forward to applying some of the techniques in other kinds of shots as well. There’s still a lot for me to work on – composition, DOF, processing – but I feel like I got a lot out of the course. Always learning!

Somnath

Quite often, experience overlooks and tramples ignorance especially when the window of opportunity is so small and the subject is so huge but I am glad Scott triumphantly overcomes that challenge with his overwhelming experience and humble personality to manage a group of novice beginners. His ability to teach photography with an impeccable skill of getting in to only so much detail without creating any confusion is sheer brilliance. Scott […]

Geoff

I was given this course as a gift from my son who lives in London. Chances are he chose the course because of its location in Manly, as I live on the northern beaches. As it turns out I would have traveled across Sydney to attend, it was that good! Scott is a very experienced photographer and an excellent teacher. The lessons are fast paced and full attention is required […]

Sue

A wonderful experience. We learned so much and have put it into practice. Scott’s knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious and he obviously knows photo editing. There is no way we would have gained the skills on our own. Highly recommend – it would not matter what level or experience.

Emily

This was a great class. Very comprehensive and went at a good pace to learn. Would highly recommend it to anyone hesitant on taking on a course Vs learning online at home. It’s great to be able to get instant feedback and ask questions.

Bernard

This is a great course! You are guaranteed to take great photos at beautiful Manly, and Scott made it a really enjoyable early morning session. Highly recommend this course to anyone who enjoys photography. Thank you Scott.

Ron

Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed last Sunday Morning. In all aspects it was a great morning.The level of knowledge and the presentation where first class and it will certainly help me in my photographic endeavours.

Vinh

We were looking for a photography course for our boys and stumbled upon Scott. The boys loved their private lesson with Scott and could not wait to show us the photos which they had taken. We definitely recommend Scott and our boys are already looking forward to their next lesson.

Glenn

I attended your Saturday workshop, and wanted to thank you for your consideration and patience. I typed up my scribbled notes and realised that there was a lot of learning crammed into that morning, especially for a newby who had not used any non automatic settings before. I had tried to make sense of some of the myriad on-line tutorials, but found them confusing and rushed. Your patient explanation of […]

Jamil

There are no negative points for this review. The course delivered everything it outlined that it would and Scott, who lead the training, was very accommodating and hospitable (especially at 5:00 am when I hadn’t had my coffee and was sleep deprived!) Having a small group of 6-7 was very beneficial, I would, however, probably take my tripod next time.

Odrik

I did a two hour private lesson with Scott and it was an excellent decision. He taught me a great technique with seven easy steps to take a good photo. He was patient, clear, he solved all my questions and was very informative. His teaching was great and helped me to change my perspective of photography. I could highly recommend Scott to anyone who wants to improve their photography.

Darren

I have a keen interest in still photography and booked 3 hour private tuition on exposure and advanced lighting with Scott. Scott’s creativity and motivation makes it hard not to be inspired. The photos we created were amazing. Scott is one of the most talented, professional photographers I have met and Is happy to share his knowledge, techniques and workflow with enthusiasm and excitement. If you are serious in advancing […]

Catherine & David

Fabulous! Although our class was officially cancelled due to the weather, Scott kindly braved the rain and went out of his way to accommodate us, as we were only in Sydney for the weekend. Although Scott is obviously a serious pro photographer, he was able to patiently talk us low-tech baby boomers through the basics and we picked up a heap of tricks in the session. He tailored our experience […]

Harmony

Great session. Started the 2 hour session knowing nothing at all except how to shoot on Auto, came away with a knowledge of how to shoot in manual mode. This is a very worthwhile 2 hours. Can’t wait to put all Scott taught me into practice. Easy, no pressure, enjoyable lesson.

Leonie

Great 4 hour course for little or no understanding of how to use the manual option on DSLR camera, Scott is very patient and takes as through steps methodically that are easy to understand, would recommend this course as an excellent starting point for photographers that want to learn how to take photos off the auto button

Steve

Scott’s 3hr one-on-one photography course was absolutely brilliant! I’m just starting out and before the end of my course I was using my camera in manual mode with great results. This course is very structured, highly rewarding and best of all super fun thanks to Scott’s great energy and enthusiasm. Thank you mate I will definitely be back for more!

Susan

The best thing for me about doing a remote session with Scott is that I could choose the time! Really convenient being able to learn when I want and not to a schedule. And Scott is great at making sense of the functions and teaching easy to understand step methods. Highly recommend.

Prue

Before I did Scott’s workshop, I was a very keen ‘auto’ photographer who felt that all the technical functions of the camera were too hard. After a four-hour class, I now understand how my camera works and what an amazing difference to my photos!

Kim

Scott was friendly and informative and his experience with photography of all kinds reallt showed. As beginners it is easy to feel lost sometimes but there was no question you could not ask Scott, he was very helpful and we both enjoyed the experience greatly!

Amy

I am in the early stages of learning photography and had a great remote session with Scott. Scott carefully took me through all of the basic principles and functions and I can already see improvement! Would highly recommend.

Beth

My 12 year old son thoroughly enjoyed the Half Day photography course. Scott was an amazing teacher and taught my son important camera techniques. Scott was engaging and kept the course very interesting. We will definitely re-book another photography workshop with Scott.

Barb

I met Scott in Sydney as everything was being shutdown due to the virus. How lucky to do this before a complete shutdown. I found Scott to be a very good communicator, easy going and his enthusiasm for photography is infectious. He kept his teaching uncomplicated and was more than happy to answer any questions I had at any stage during the lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed the tuition and would […]

Alesia

Instructions and techniques are simple enough to apply, yet sophisticated enough to make an absolute difference in manual photography. I’m planning to take the manly sunrise class in a couple of weeks before we go on holidays. Also Scott helped me to find a focusing defect (manufacturing defect) on my a6400 and Sony chatswood agreed and replaced my camera over the counter! It’s a win win situation for me. Thanks […]

David

The half day course offers an amazing amount of information. The best thing is that the information is put into immediate practice with the guidance and assistance of an absolute expert. I have already booked into the Manly sunrise course and look forward to building on the skills that I learned at The Rocks.

Rachel

Just fabulous. I shared a 2 hour introduction lesson with my daughter (age14). Scott was superb at interacting with her and the whole lesson was enjoyable and informative. We learnt so much, and so much more than we could have hoped for in a larger group lesson. I did get brain overload with the amount of technical stuff on the day but on reflection I appreciate that we covered so […]

Geoff

A terrific way to start a Sydney morning. Scott showed us how to create a number of sunrise photos with a variety of setting and then a very cooperative group of locals enabled us to try to get some exciting photos as they braved the surf. Excellent morning where I learnt a great deal, now to practise and practise.

Jo

Scott taught us all the tricks of the trade to feel comfortable shooting events and photos for our print and web material. He tailored the course to suit our needs, including staying late to learn how to shoot at night. I highly recommend Scott for Corporate Training.

Maryanne

With such incredible passion and a great deal of experience in photography, Scott was an amazing teacher with a patient and direct nature. I would certainly recommend this course to all my friends who wanted to learn how to utilise their cameras to the max! Thank you Scott! See you at the Sunrise shoot!

Ossie – Private lesson in Portraiture

I thoroughly enjoyed Scott’s 3 hour tuition in portraiture. His teaching is thorough and patient, from basics to advanced elements, and he constantly checked in to make sure I was keeping up. It was no problem to ask for second explanations, as he is very easy to get along with. I loved the systemised methodology he uses and taught me, and will be working on ingraining it to my methods […]

Ben

I had a remote session and it was so easy! He made learning using Zoom easy to do and understand. He quickly taught me how to control my cameras funtions and I now know how to shoot on manual! And he even knew his way around my menu sytstem too. Great way to learn. Thanks Scott.

Julie

Good communication from Scott, especially when the original course was canceled due to rain. Scott was very willing to share his experience, answer our questions and help us in any way he could. It was a good balance of theory and practice on the settings, manual exposure and principles of photography. Took some great shots of iconic Sydney and really good notes.

Neil

I have been taking photos most of my life thinking I knew what I was doing. This course has taught me that maybe sometimes I got lucky but I definitely didn’t know why. Scott breaks it all down in a way that makes sense. I now know why my lucky shots work and why I don’t get it right most of the time. I can’t recommend this course highly enough […]

Meino

The workshop leader was very knowledgeable and made sure every attendee was informed and involved. We were taken to 3 different locations under different lighting conditions that made the workshop challenging and full of interest. Highly recommend.

Jackey

I had a 2 hour private lesson with Scott and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am a total beginner in photography but Scott was very patient and worked at my pace. Scott is not only very experienced and knowledgeable but his passion to teach others comes across throughout the lesson which makes all the difference.

Steve

Scott’s 3hr one-on-one photography course was absolutely brilliant! I’m just starting out and before the end of my course I was using my camera in manual mode with great results. This course is very structured, highly rewarding and best of all super fun thanks to Scott’s great energy and ethusiasm. Thank you mate I will definitely be back for more!

Cameron

This half day photography course provided me, who barely knew anything about photography, with a whole world of new concepts. The teacher taught each student in the class according to their camera that they brought to help with their learning. The teacher, Scott was organised enough to provide the students with not only a map of where to meet but also a list of equipment which was useful on the […]

Jelle

I got this photo workshop as a Christmas present. I have had my DSLR for about 5 years, always shooting in Auto and not really knowing what I was doing. I kind of knew the main functions of a DSLR but this photo workshop from Scott absolutely blew my mind!!! There is soo much info and cool stuff possible with even a base model camera. Scott really brings out his […]

Gemma

Great course! Scott is really knowledgeable – there is a lot of information to take in and Scott breaks it down into easy to understand pieces. I was clueless at the beginning but by the end, I felt confident to shoot a range of photos using all the functions of the camera. Thanks Scott ! Highly recommend this course!

Amy

Scott was simply fantastic on the photography course! I was very fortunate to have a one on one and he talked me through how to use the camera (it was my first time using manual), and how best to take the actual photo. Scott is very friendly and patient. This course comes highly recommended and it was such a nice way to start the day! Scott even spent time advising […]

Jemima

I enjoyed the course very much and would happily take part in another course. I learnt a lot about my camera and the different settings towards taking different shots. I think this course, and other ones in the future, will help me develop a greater understanding of taking great/amazing photos. The course has deepened my knowledge and I would definitely recommend this course to others, especially if you’re new to […]

Doug

Was a spectacular way to start a Sunday morning. Even though I was running late our teacher Scott McGale was eager to catch me up on what I had missed and went out of his way for all the participants, in what was an informative and educational morning. Would recommend to anyone to give it a go.

Amelia

Loved the half day course! Very informative and learnt a lot!! Scott was excellent at making sure each of us understood what was going on and taught us so much. Can’t wait to do some more of his workshops in the future! Would highly recommend!!!

Jude

A great early morning class working on how to organise camera settings quickly and capture the best pre dawn light before it fades. Thanks to Scott for clear and timely teaching. That beautiful light lasts for such a short time! A coffee and chat with more camera info was welcome before getting in some action shots as the beach busied up. A couple of hours really well spent.

Julien

Had a fabulous one on one session with Scott for Lightroom and Photoshop. The whole post production thing makes sense now and my images look so professional. Highly recommended to make your pictures pop. Thanks Scott.

Craig

I had a morning private 2 hour lesson with Scott around circular quay a couple of weeks ago. I realized after a group sunrise session that I needed to spend more time with Scott to really get into more detail on how to be effective with my camera. Scott’s knowledge is incredible. He had a breadth and depth of knowledge and delivered in a very helpful and progressive way. The […]

Brian

I can’t rate this workshop high enough. Scott is excellent. A great teacher and communicator. Explains things simply and logically to ensure students get the best possible results. Very well organised. Scott knows his timings to ensure the group is in the right place at the right moment to get great photos. His instructional workshop over coffee bought the morning practical all together and has allowed me to go on […]

Carmel

With such incredible passion and a great deal of experience in photography, Scott was an amazing teacher with a patient and direct nature. I would certainly recommend this course to all my friends who wanted to learn how to utilise their cameras to the max! Thank you Scott! See you at the Sunrise shoot!

Ben

Hands down the best photography class I have attended, I learnt so much over the 4 week period and will definitely be taking some one on one classes with Scott at a future date.

Scott

Very rewarding. I had a 2 hour one-on-one session with Scott and he was quick to identify my level and teach accordingly. We went through a structured framework to master manual mode. I left feeling confident and motivated to keep practicing and push my photography to the next level. Will be back for more lessons soon!

Nahla

Scott McGale is not just a professional photographer but, a passionate artist. The 3 hours were full of practical information . With written and practical points about how and when to shoot in different scenarios, Scott made the practice session easy and fun. Can’t wait to practice and try what I learnt and hopefully, get to attend more workshops with Scott .

Charlotte

Scott has brought together a comprehensive beginners course, jam packed with plenty of information and practice opportunities. Scott was professional, personable and organised. He provided more knowledge than I could have ever hoped for in a 4 hour session, and helped each person on the course to configure the photography steps according to each of their unique cameras. A true industry professional! I can’t wait to see Scott next time […]