DAY ONE: SATURDAY 20th September 2014
The workshop’s objective is to broaden and enhance ‘capture’ skills as they apply to landscape, plant and animal photography. The content will challenge both “imaginative” and “traditional” photographers to consider using an alternative style or combination of styles. Whether your skills are basic or advanced you will come away excited by the mind-boggling opportunities for self expression within nature photography thereby finding the ‘creative you’.
8.30 (arrive) commence 9am – 10.30am
Session 1 HOW TO CHOOSE AND USE A NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS DSLR TOOLKIT
This session’s objective is to enable photographers to broaden their capture skills across the wide range of challenges as the apply to landscape, plant and animal photography and to achieve this with minimum cost and maximum satisfaction. Regardless of whether you consider your skills basic or advanced, you will come away excited by this session.
Two key areas are covered:
- Developing a long term plan that brings together technical know- how, and equipment choice at minimum cost for maximum satisfaction.
- Setting up the kit and operating it to produce the very best images. Exposure and Sharpness (which is much more than focus) are often poorly understood in the digital environment. We see how these vital components of image making can work together to deliver extraordinary results
10.30 – 11.00am Morning tea provided
11am – 12.30pm
Session 2 NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY – CONTENT & TECHNIQUE
Two areas are covered:
Content: Expanding your knowledge of the content of an image adds value aesthetically and commercially. What you see through the viewfinder is the specific landform, type of vegetation, or particular behaviour of an animal but with some research, knowledge of habitat, seasons, weather and some story telling, images can come to life. Regulations and copyright will also be discussed.
Technique: Increasing opportunities at point of field capture such as shooting a bird on the wing or shooting a lizard on the ground is a matter of experience. Steve introduces some of the techniques he has discovered while photographing a vast array of landscapes, plants and animals.
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch provided
1.30am – 2.30pm
Session 3 HOW TO MANAGE LIGHT AND COLOUR
Colour within content, natural and artificial light can be managed to deliver pre-visualised results. You will learn how to capture images in RAW files and see how these can be managed to produce dramatic outcomes not thought possible at point of capture. Post production will be covered in far greater detail during the Sunday morning session.
2.30 – 3.00Pm Morning tea provided
3.00pm – 6pm Session
Session 4 PRACTICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES FOR CAPTURING IMAGES
A practical shoot on site with native Australian animals will present great opportunities to review the morning sessions in a practical senses. You will need to bring your camera and lenses, plus a tripod and cable release will be essential for this session. A selection of your images will be used the following day to demonstrate post production processes.
DAY TWO SUNDAY 21st September 2014
8.30 (arrive) commence 9am – 12.30am
Session 6 WORKFLOW and THE DIGITAL DARKROOM
During this full morning session Steve discusses his own photography workflow from capture in the field through to final export of processed images. Post production can be confusing for beginners so he has simplified the process. This will be followed by a practical session using images taken by workshop participants the previous afternoon.
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch provided
1.30 – 3.00pm
Session 6 HOW TO DESIGN HIGH IMPACT PHOTOGRAPHS
There are three important aspects to designing eye-catching visual images…
- Composition: Includes an understanding of angles of view, image planes, perspective, balance, framing and more…
- Subject choice: Determines overall design through use of line, form and modelling, texture, pattern and more…
- Camera operation: Includes understanding format ratios, cropping ratios, lens selection, focus and shutter speed all of which contribute to overall design and final impact.
3.00 – 3.30pm Afternoon tea provided
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Session 8 EXPLORING AND SHARING THE CREATIVE YOU
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as as what you become by achieving your goals.” Henry David Thoreau
Steve believes passionately that the processes used in making the image are able to release hidden levels of creativity within each one of us. During this final session he will share his vast personal and commercial experience including product development,self publishing, writing, marketing, use of social media, exhibiting work and much more.
4.30 – 5.00pm Q&A on the Seminar
Venue: Belgrave Heights Convention Centre, Convention Avenue, Belgrave Heights, Victoria
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