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10th – 12th November 2023


16th – 18th  February 2024

8th – 10th November 2024

Photography Weekend Package includes:

2 nights accommodation

Buffet breakfast each morning of your stay

All photography tuition from Ben Kopilow

Lunch on Saturday

Workshop sessions including meal breaks

Welcome drink on arrival

Friday night dinner

Saturday night dinner

Late Checkout of 12.30pm

FROM $940.00 per person*


Terms and conditions apply. *

From price based on 2 people sharing a mountain studio both attending the photography weekend with the above inclusions.

Contact the Resort for further information –    

Ben is very familiar with both the Resort and the local area so knows all the best locations for taking that amazing photo and will teach you about light, the right time of day for shooting along with other hints and tips throughout the weekend. You will spend time around the Resort taking photos of the spectacular snow gums, mountain landscapes, rugged countryside along with beautiful rivers, lakes and streams.

View a snapshot of the May 2021 photography weekend HERE.

View a fantastic snapshot of the February 2020 photography weekend HERE.

Meet Ben Kopilow

Ben is an accredited professional photographer and current Shutterfest Creative Landscape Photographer of the Year, as well as a well known speaker, educator, judge and mentor in the photography industry.

He holds Master of Photography honours with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and currently serves as the ACT division president. He joined the institute and was accredited in 2006 and has served on the ACT council for the intervening 10 years.

Ben is the founder and principal photographer of Fusion Photography, a busy wedding and portrait studio established in 2002. As a wedding photographer Ben has worked all over Australia as well as Asia Pacific, Italy and LA.

Ben is also an award-winning landscape/nature/fine-art and editorial photographer, contributing to international image libraries where his work is sold and published on everything from greeting cards and books to billboards in New York. Ben runs regular photography workshops and works as an assessor and judge for the AIPP and various other institutions and clubs.

Ben’s awards

2018 Shutterfest Creative Landscape Photographer of the Year
2018 1 x Gold & 3 x Silver with Distinction awards at Epson ACT/NSW Professional Photography Awards
2016 Australian Professional Photography Awards—1 x Silver Award and 1 x Silver with Distinction in Landscape
2016 La Grande Awards—Highly Commended in Landscape
2015 Australian Professional Photography Awards—4 x Silver Awards in Landscape
2015 Epson ACT/NSW Professional Photography Awards—1 x Gold Award and 2 x Silver in Landscape
2014 International Photography Awards – Honorouble Mention in Landscape
2014 Epson ACT/NSW Professional Photography Awards—Finalist in Landscape
2014 Epson ACT/NSW Profesional Photography Awards—1 x Gold Award and 1 x Silver with Distinction in Landscape
2013 Michael H.Kellicut International Juried Photo Prize—Finalist in Landscape
2013 International Photography Masters Cup—Finalist in Fine-art
2012 Professional Photographer UK—Finalist in Travel Fine-art
2008 World Institute of Photographic Masters—Fine-art & Landscape Photographer of the Year


Anyone who can use the basic functions of their camera and who wants to improve their photography and/or their understanding of the visual medium.This workshop combines classes on camera craft, composition, lighting & Photoshop along with practical hands on help during morning and evening photo shoots in the beautiful mountain environment of Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. Your tutor and guide will be multi award-winning AIPP Master Photographer Ben Kopilow, who has 14 years experience as a professional photographer, and has a thorough knowledge of the area. The workshop will focus on landscape & nature photography, but will also include help for there kinds of photography as well.

  • What composition is and why it’s so important
  • The thought process & techniques behind constructing great images with the wow factor
  • Advanced composition and its practical application including line theory, colour theory, mood & emotion, balance, harmony & visual dynamics
  • Simple Photoshop techniques you can use to enhance your images
  • Numerous practical examples will be used to illustrate topics
  • Photo shoots with practical hands on assistance will help you apply the theory you learn
  • Critique and feedback will be given on the images you take to help you further improve
  • A greater understanding of how your camera works and the ability to use manual setting for creative control
  • A greater visual awareness/understanding of the elements of composition and aesthetics
  • An enhanced visual vocabulary that will improve your ability to critically evaluate images and self-assess your own work
  • The ability to create more visually appealing & powerful images
  • An understanding of Photoshop as a production and finishing tool, rather than a magic fix it tool
  • Practical experience & inspiration to use in your photography journey
  • Your DSLR camera
  • Camera accessories including a tripod
  • Fully charged battery including a spare if you have one
  • Memory card
  • Hiking shoes (to avert twisted ankles)
  • Suitable clothing for wet and dry weather conditions

There will be no more than 10 people attend the weekend so that everyone receives personal attention.

Moderate level of fitness as there will be some walking involved.

*Terms and conditions apply. Price subject to availability. Starting from price pp based in a 2 bedroom lake view apartment sleeping 4 people.  Starting from price based in a superior mountain studio sleeping 2 people.  Limited packages available per room type. Limited room types available. Rates vary depending on room selection, dates of stay & number of guests. Standard terms & conditions on Resort Payment & Cancellation Policies.

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Start: 10 November
End: 12 November


Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

1650 Alpine Way,
Crackenback, NSW 2627 Australia