PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS AND WORKSHOPS

Jay is a Photographer and Tour Guide based in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. A licensed EcoPass holder with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, he offers Photography Workshops and Photography Tours of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area from single day tours to multi day workshops, specialising in Landscape Photography, Sunrise, Sunset, Waterfalls, Nature, Wildlife, Long Exposure and Macro. Jay is a fantastic teacher, so if you are beginning your photography journey, he can teach you everything you would need to know on becoming a landscape photographer while you focus on capturing stunning photographs across a World Heritage listed environment. As a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate and Ambassador, and an Ecopass licensed tour operator, Jay also runs photography events in the Blue Mountains specialising in Astrophotography, Waterfalls, Rainforests and wildlife.

Our Photography Tours and Workshops are designed for experience, not just about capturing imagery or content, learning landscape photography, astrophotography or nature photography, but also opportunity to learn more about the natural values of the environment you are capturing. This is why many of our tours focus on visiting World Heritage Areas such as the Greater Blue Mountains or Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Our Tours and Workshops are booked exclusively through Sony Scene, supported by Sony Australia. JAYDID PHOTO is an accredited EcoPass tour Operator with NSW National Parks and Wildlife and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Penguin colonies at danco island in Antarctica with expansive panorimic views across the icebergs and inlets surrounding it.

South of the 60 - Antarctica Photo Tour

Join me on an unforgettable Antarctic adventure aboard the Ocean Endeavour with Chimu Adventures and Sony Australia. For 12 days, we’ll explore the Antarctic Peninsula, focusing on the “Best of Antarctica: Whale Discovery” expedition, at the cost of A$11,790.00 per person, twin berth (other cabin options available*), departing from Ushuaia.

We’re seeking 5-9 intrepid adventurers and photographers to join this special expedition, capturing the peak of the whales’ feeding season, exploring epic landscapes, and encountering penguins, seals, and birds. Expertly guided by the Chimu Expedition team, we’ll use Zodiacs for photography sessions and land on Antarctica.

Led by Jay, with 2 seasons experience in Antarctica, and decades of photography teaching, you’ll refine your craft and capture emotive images. Express your interest, and a Chimu Adventures consultant will handle your booking, flights, and trip preparations. Don’t miss this extraordinary journey to the wildest continent on earth!

9th - 20th March 2025

Departs: Ushuaia, Argentina

$11,790 per person*

12 Days

Blue Mountains Sunrise Sessions - Govetts Leap

Come and join me for a sunrise session at one of the Blue Mountains best known lookouts, Govetts Leap. in Blackheath.

Govetts Leap is an amazing place to capture sunrise across the stunning Grose Valley, with plenty of options to head onto some of the nearby walking tracks for exceptional views of Govetts Leap (the waterfall), otherwise known as the Bridal Veil.

We will meet at the lookout early in the morning and get ourselves setup, using knowledge built from years of photographing of the Blue Mountains to help you get setup for the best compositions and settings to capture some stunning landscape imagery.

This sunrise sessions will help you develop your landscape and sunrise photography skills, while gathering some incredible imagery. No matter what the weather and light throws at us.

Saturday 3rd February 2024

Govetts Leap, Blackheath

$25 Per Person

5:00AM til 8:00AM*

Blue Mountains Sunrise Sessions - Narrowneck

Come and join me for a sunrise session at the sublime clifftop area on Narrowneck in Katoomba. This stunning viewpoint gives incredible views of the Jamison Valley, Three Sisters and Mount Solitary and with the right conditions at Sunrise, gives chance for a multitude of images and compositions.

We will meet early in the morning and get ourselves setup, using knowledge built from years of photographing of the Blue Mountains to help you get setup for the best compositions and settings to capture some stunning landscape imagery.

These simple and accessible sessions will help you develop your landscape and sunrise photography skills, while gathering some incredible imagery. No matter what the weather and light throws at us.

Sunday 4th February 2024

Narrowneck, Katoomba

$25 Per Person

5:00AM til 8:00AM*

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Crazy Astrophotographers Astromeet - Bombo

We Astrophotographers do some crazy things, like during the early parts of Milky Way season, we become night owls, sleeping during the day and heading out to hunt for that perfect nightscape in the middle of the night. But the results for the adventurous can often be mind blowing.

So come and join Jay on this Astro-meet, capturing the Milky Way as it rises off the eastern coastline from behind the famed basalt rock columns lining the old Bombo Quarry. This place is like being on a distant rocky planet when juxtaposed against the night sky. There are plenty of great compositions to look for around the area, so plenty for everyone to shoot.

While on site, I will go through some basics about safety, etiquette, how to find the Milky Way, how to capture it, how to look for a unique composition and how to manage lens fog when it occurs on cold nights (as it surely will!).

We will shoot the Milky Way and Star Trails through to sunrise.

Saturday 10th February 2024

Bombo Headland Quarry

$25 Per Person

1:00AM til 6:00AM*

The Milky Way rises above the coast while taking in the patterned sandstone cliffs of Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Bouddi National Park Astromeet

Join Sony Digital Imaging Advocate Jay Evans as we embark on a journey through the cosmos with at our eagerly anticipated second Astromeet of the year! Prepare to be dazzled as we venture to the breathtaking coastal haven of Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast. Here, amidst the rugged beauty of sandstone cliffs sculpted by time, we’ll witness a celestial spectacle like no other.

Under the cloak of night, immerse yourself in the enchanting dance of the Milky Way as it ascends majestically over the horizon, casting its ethereal glow upon the pristine coastline below. With a plethora of captivating compositions awaiting discovery, every participant will have ample opportunity to capture the magic through their lens.

But this event isn’t just about capturing stunning images—it provides a concise learning experience. With Jay as a seasoned Nightscaper imparting invaluable knowledge on safety protocols, astrophotography etiquette, and techniques for locating and capturing the Milky Way. Delve into the art of crafting unique compositions amidst the rugged terrain, and master advanced capture techniques to elevate your astroscape photography to new heights.

As the night progresses, we’ll delve deeper into the intricacies of astroscape lighting, ensuring every participant can skillfully illuminate the magnificent sandstone cliffs, unveiling their intricate patterns and textures in all their glory.

Prepare to be spellbound as we journey through the night, photographing the celestial wonders above and witnessing the birth of a new day as the sun rises over the horizon. Join us for an unforgettable experience as we shoot the Milky Way and Star Trails, forging memories that will last a lifetime.

Friday 8th March 2024

Putty Beach Road, Bouddi National Park

$35 Per Person

11PM - 5AM

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Barrenjoey Lighthouse Astromeet

Join Sony Digital Imaging Advocate Jay Evans as we prepare to embark on an extraordinary journey through the cosmos as we dive into another exhilarating Astromeet amidst the breathtaking surroundings of Barrenjoey Lighthouse, perched majestically atop the headland in Palm Beach. Nestled within the pristine expanse of Kurin-Gai Chase National Park, this promises to be an unforgettable evening of celestial exploration.

Weather permitting, this event offers a rare opportunity to capture not only the iconic vistas from the front of the lighthouse but also to venture into lesser-explored areas nearby, uncovering unique and seldom-seen compositions that will ignite your creativity.

Led by our Jay we will, delve into the fundamentals of safety, etiquette, and the art of capturing the Milky Way in all its glory. From locating the galactic center to mastering advanced capture techniques, this immersive experience will empower you to create images that truly transcend the ordinary.

As the night unfolds, navigate the challenges of astroscape lighting, including how to effectively manage the illumination from the new LED system within the lighthouse itself. Learn to harness the interplay of light and shadow to accentuate the rugged beauty of the landscape, transforming each shot into a work of art.

From the mesmerizing swirls of the Milky Way to the ethereal trails of the stars, join us as we capture the celestial symphony unfolding above until the first light of dawn graces the horizon. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this unforgettable Astromeet, where every moment promises to be a testament to the wonders of the universe.

Saturday 9th March 2024

Governor Phillip Car Park, Palm Beach

$35 Per Person

11PM til 5AM

Mount Hay & Butterbox Point Photo Adventure

Join us as we take a photo adventure through the sublime declared wilderness area of Mount Hay and Butterbox Point  in the Blue Mountains. After taking in a sunrise, you will be taken on a guided bushwalk with plenty of photo opportunities for the landscape photographers, but also providing lots of nature, macro wild flowers, birds and other wildlife.

This area remains one of the most unknown gems of the Blue Mountains and is an absolute must for photographers to visit. So book your place and come join us for the day.

2024 Dates Coming Soon!!

Meet at 5AM

$100 Per Person

5:00AM til 2:00PM*

A stunning sunrise at the Three Sisters in Katoomba Blue Mountains Sydney Australia

Grand Clifftop Photo Adventure - Katoomba to Wentworth Falls

Come and join Sony Advocate Jay Evans as we explore an iconic walking track in the Blue Mountains on this epic photo walk.

The Grand Clifftop Track covers a distance of 15kms, traversing the southern escarpment of the Jamison Valley, beginning at the iconic Scenic World and Reids Plateau, finishing at Wentworth Falls. Comprised of several sections of track encompassing the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, Sublime Point, Lillians Bridge Trail, and the Overcliff/Undercliff Walks.

This epic trail has recently undergone a transformation, repairing flood damaged tracks to rebuild a legacy of the tourism and industrial history, combined with the natural and cultural values of this area of the Blue Mountains. There is no better way to introduce yourself to the wonders of the Blue Mountains than to complete this trail.

As we traverse the clifftop track, we take in Katoomba Falls, The Three Sisters, Leura Cascades, Elysian Rock, Pool of Siloam, Sublime Point, Valley of the Waters, Den Fenella Falls, and Wentworth Falls, traversing the iconic trail through eucalypt forest, hanging swamps and sandstone cliffs. Plus, at this time of year, a startling array of colourful wildflowers intermixed with the wildlife in the many varieties of birds (cockatoos, eagles, lyrebirds, wattlebirds), plus many other insects, snakes and reptiles.

2024 Dates Coming Soon

Meet at 5AM

$100 Per Person

5:00AM til 5:00PM*

Exploring Autumn Photography Tour Blue Mountains. A street lined with trees displaying the beautiful reds of autumn.

Autumn Colours Exploration

Join us in April, where you will be transported around the Blue Mountains in our dedicated tour vehicle, as we explore the autumn colour fest across the mountains, from Leura through to Hartley Vale, and across the other side of the Darling Causeway at famous Mount Wilson. While we travel, I will introduce you to some of the lesser known facts about the prevalence of European gardening in the mountains that has given us so much colour in the autumn months, and the reasoning behind there being so many streets lined with deciduous trees. We will also look at techniques for capturing autumn colours, and seeking compositions both in wide angle and macro, and if we are blessed with misty cloudy days, we will see how this can be encompassed into our images, so we are able to take away some stunning unique imagery from the day.

New Dates Coming Soon

Single Day Tour

$199 Per Person

Transport Included*

Learn Astrophotography and Nightscape Photography Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains Astrophotography Workshop

Bringing back my series of successful Astrophotography Workshops, come and join me for a night under the mesmerizing night skies in the Blue Mountains while learning the techniques required to capture stunning milky way, star trail and nightscape photos. You will be collected from Katoomba Railway Station and transported to each of our specially selected locations in our dedicated touring 4WD, where we will take you through our signature Landscape Astrophotography and Nightscapers training package and then working to set our cameras to begin our night of capturing the night skies. We then travel between various locations capturing a variety of different astro images until we conclude once the Milky Way is out of view. Once we have completed our workshop, you are welcome to join in an online session the next evening (or as arranged with the whole group) to run through my simple and effective Astro image workflows in Lightroom and Photoshop to help you bring out the best of your images from the evening.

2024 Dates will be added soon

Single overnight workshop

Optional Online Editing Tutorial

$450 Per Person

Transport Included*

Wonder of Waterfalls Photography Tour

Our most popular Tour introduces you to the Wonder of Waterfalls in the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains. Available as a 2 day fixed date tour for a maximum of 5 people. This tour will take you across a stunning array of waterfalls where we guide you to some sublime locations and tutor you on the photography techniques that will capture the best long exposure images of flowing water among the lush green mosses and ferns our waterfalls are renowned for.

2024 Dates Coming Soon

2 Day Tour

$399 Per Person

Transport Included*

Magical Mountains Photography Tour

One of my most popular tours, introducing you to the Magical Mountains. Available as a 2 day fixed date tour for a maximum of 5 people. This tour guides you across the photography hotspots and many locations only locals know about. Focused on capturing the wide variety of photography the Blue Mountains has to offer capturing Sunrise and sunset across deep valley vistas, and descending into fern and moss lined gullies and rainforests to capture the waterfalls. Not just for photographers, you will also be guided on the natural values of the region introducing you to the flora, fauna, geology and guiding you on the industrial and tourist history. There is no better way to explore the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.

2024 Dates Coming Soon

2 Day Tour

$399 Per Person

Transport Included*

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