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Melbourne Photography Night Tours

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Melbourne is a photographer’s dream. From its grand old buildings to the graf-streaked lanes, our fair city evokes a charm that translates beautifully on film. But after dark, does it show the same sparkle?

I decided to find out as I tagged along on Melbourne’s very own Photography Night Walk Tour. The group’s twice weekly tours set out to show both experienced and novice photographers how to capture our fair city in the dark of the night.

Tour routes vary from walk to walk, depending on the theme for the night, and I was told by our knowledgeable guide Daniel that no tour is the same, resulting in many repeat participants who are known by name.

The theme of tonight’s tour is ‘Neon’ and we make our way to the graffiti sprinkled alley next to Blender Studios on Franklin street, followed by a nine-story car park and finally end up at in a pitch-black alley off Lonsdale street.

Now I’m no photography expert, but that didn’t matter in the slightest, with people of all skill levels invited to join in. Daniel and assistant Jen were more than willing to help me figure out how to use the setting on my borrowed DSLR to get the most out of each shot, without the use of a flash. By the end I even had my own shot of lightsaber-like boom gates using the power of exposure.

So whether you’re an aspiring photo journalist or a junior equipped with an iPhone, Photography Night Walks can help you see Melbourne in a whole new light.

Tours cost $20 and run every Thursday and Sunday night.
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