Sunrise Whale Photography Workshop

CoastXP and Daily Salt proudly bring you a unique opportunity to join our ‘Sunrise Whale Photography Workshop’ on the 11th or 12th of July. The Hunter Coast as a destination is renowned for its amazing coastline, beaches, cafes, and creative genius. Amateur and professional photographers alike, love photographing the spectacular coastline of Newcastle, local surfers as well as shipping movements.

Professional ocean photographer and Newcastle local Scott Harrison, is known for his wave and nature-based images. Scott’s lifestyle surrounds his love for the ocean, much of our happiness he believes comes directly from time spent in or near the ocean. Scott is an incredible photographer, who has recently released his first book.

The Sunrise Whale Photography Workshop will cover all the basics you need to understand and progress with your DSLR Photography. We will cover all the elements of Aperture and Shutter speed so you can take control of photographing any subject, as well as the essential rules of photo composition that will transform your images from simple snapshots to become photographs that you will be proud to display.

This workshop is much more than a whale watching experience, although that’s included too. The workshop will take into account the key destination landmarks that make Newcastle such a unique destination. Humpback whales are among some of the most inquisitive of all marine mammals, many making long migrations along the east coast of Australia; in 2019 there were over 35,000 individuals which passed our coastline.

Our workshops begin in Newcastle harbour with a briefing including the types of scenes we expect to capture throughout the morning. Scott will provide professional tips and tricks in order to get the best images on the day, regardless of your photography ability. We limit our photography workshops to 10 passengers, as this provides you with a more intimate experience, and gives you time directly to chat to Scott about your personal photography goals.

CoastXP’s vessel ‘Atmos’ is a custom-built rigid inflatable.  Atmos provides the perfect platform to get the best shot. With unobstructed 360° views, there is nothing between you and the whales. CoastXP will provide jackets onboard so that you stay warm during your experience. The morning starts early at 6:15 am, this is how we share with you our dose of Daily Salt!


  • 6:15 am


  • 2.5 Hours


  • $150 Per Person


  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • Passenger must bring their own camera equipment (This workshop will be most beneficial if you own a DSLR Camera).
  • This workshop requires a minimum of 4 passengers to go ahead.  (Scott is able to assist you with your own camera equipment, including which equipment will be the best to bring on the day).

Tours Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore.

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