Announcing a 1 Day Intensive Seascape Workshop

29 04 2009

workshop-banner12Hey folks

Lately I’ve had a number of people enquire about whether they can get some formal training on the way I capture and process my seascape images.  I’ve done a couple of one-on-one lessons which went down well, so now I am planning an intensive 1 day workshop that will cover all aspects of seascape photography from equipment, planning, the capture, and post processing of your images.  I will be sharing all my tips, tricks and secrets that I have accumulated over the past 5 years of shooting seascapes.

I’m going to limit the number of spaces to keep this group small.  So if you want more information or would like to view the workshop agenda, please go to this page.



Took Part In a Cool Workshop This Weekend…

27 04 2009

Oat in Action

On Saturday I spent the day with Oat and Nelson on their Off-Camera-Flash workshop.  Now this was definitely something different for me… a devout landscaper.  However it’s been something that I’ve been watching with interest for a while… in fact ever since Oat (aka HangingPixels) went to the “dark side” and crossed from being a landscaper into a photographer that photographs chicks in their underwear.

When I turned up clutching my tripod like a security blanket, it wasn’t long before these staunch Canon shooters started paying out on the “Nikon Guy”.  However this didn’t phase me…  those Canon guys can jibe me all they want….  water off a duck’s back!


Nelson strutting his stuff

Anyway, what can I say about the workshop… it was fantastic.  Nelson (aka NellyPro) and Oat really know their stuff, and after browsing their portfolio’s, their experience in off-camera-flash was very apparent.  I totally enjoyed the day.  Not only did they de-mystify off-camera-flash, but the location shoots were a blast and made me really want to start experimenting a bit more with this type of shooting.

The ballet dancer (Emma) that I photographed a few weeks back has agreed to come out on location and do some modelling with me, so I have some pretty clear ideas of how I would like to incorporate off-camera-flash into my landscape and night photography work.  Watch this space.

In the meantime,  for any of you Aussie photographers, if you are at all considering a workshop to improve your skills,  then I would highly recommend this workshop. If you want to reach these guys you can email Oat or email Nelson.

Check out this video that I made of the day.  This should give you a feel for the fun we had on Saturday.

The Best Photography Book I’ve Ever Read

19 04 2009

joesbookI recently was loaned a copy of Joe McNally’s first book “The Moment It Clicks”.  I’m sure many of you have already read this book, however for those of you that have not read it, I highly recommend it.  It is without a doubt the most enjoyable and inspiring photographic books I have read.   I loved the way you can pick it up, just read a few pages and totally enjoy each page for the story that was conveyed on it.

I am now making my way through Joe’s second book “The hot shoe diaries” which is all about off camera flash lighting.  It is written in the same style as The Moment It Clicks, however it is getting more technical and educational.  I am still loving his new book, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless the reader really wanted to start experimenting with strobist lighting… then it’s a must.

Here’s a link to Scott Kelby’s interview with Joe McNally about his book.

Highly recommended.


Photoshop Video Tutorial – Intensifying Water

16 04 2009

Now that I am using this new blogging platform, it is a lot easier for me to integrate richer media into my blogs.  While I have posted step-by-step photoshop tutorials in the past,  now it is easier than ever for me to produce and post them.  So to kick things off, I thought I’d start with a tutorial that I wrote about a while back on intensifying water.  However I think it really comes to life when you watch it in video.   Enjoy.