Country Noir: Hill End & Sofala


This course runs over three days, Friday through Sunday


Hill End and Sofala, NSW.



Join renowned street noir photographer and ACP Tutor Lynn Smith on a photographic adventure to Hill End and Sofala, historic gold-mining villages in the Bathurst region of NSW.

During this three-day weekend intensive you’ll explore locations rich with history and intrigue- from nineteenth century shops still clothed in original signage, authentic period miners cottages to a private property where for decades busses have gone to die.  The visual palette students will encounter will result in edgy and unconventional images steeped in the noir genre.

Students will discuss and practice techniques used by key artists working in the photographic noir genre including location scouting, long exposure night photography and painting with light.  Practicing these techniques under instruction over several days will provide students the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded photographers and develop a cohesive body of their own work.



This workshop will begin on Friday 1 November, 1pm at Hill End.  

Day One (Friday 1 Nov) - From 1pm students will receive a genre overview, review the work of practitioners established in the genre and discuss relevant night photography techniques. The afternoon will include a tour of the town and confirmation of shooting locations.  After a 7pm dinner students will begin their night shoot while receiving tuition on photographing under a variety of ambient light sources and painting with light.  This session will conclude at 10pm.

Day Two (Saturday 2 Nov) - After a 9am breakfast students will make their way to Sofala and complete a location scout of the bus-graveyard.  After a 1.30pm lunch in Sofala students will return to the bus-graveyard for tuition on the practical applications of night photography techniques on location.  A pizza dinner will be provided on-site prior to the evening’s shoot.  This session will conclude at 9.45pm.

Day Three (Sunday 3 Nov) - Students will meet at 10am for a review and discussion session of works produced.  This session will conclude at 12pm.


Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Camera Craft 2, or relevant experience 
  • All cameras welcome. You can bring your own SLR, DSLR, Phone or Mirrorless (MILC) camera (charged batteries, battery charger and memory cards).   Please ensure you bring adequate data storage for several days of shooting!
  • Tripod
  • Cable release
  • Tablet or laptop computer for viewing and showing your images
  • Torch (handheld torches only please)
  • Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen
  • Clothing suitable for cold, outdoors environments


Please note the course cost does not include travel, accommodation or food (except Saturday pizza dinner).  The ACP is happy to make recommendations on places to stay and can facilitate car-pooling. Students will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to attending.


Image courtesy of and © ACP Tutor Lynn Smith.