On my recent trip to the Mallee I organised to run a Landscape Photography and Night Photography in Nyah West, and it incorporated photographing the milky way, or more Astrophotography. I had six participants and I think most of them, if not all of them really enjoyed the workshop. I know I did. It was a great experience taking a landscape photography workshop some where out in the real landscape. Usually when I do them it is somewhere local where I can only little things, and we have to pretend it is a real landscape.
The environment we choose to do the landscape workshop was amazing. All through the top north western part of the Victoria are salt lakes or salt pans.They rarely have water in them, but can often give you a harsh environment to photography, so it is perfect for landscape photography.
These two photos were taken by one of the participants, Gail. You can see what it was like there. I initially thought the sunset would be disappointing, but now looking back at the photos, I think it was good.
I was also sent photos by Jo.
Jo also did some modelling for us and allowed us to shoot her with the Milky Way over the top. She modeled and I pressed her shutter button for her so she didn’t miss out on getting photos herself. It was a lot of fun doing that, and something I would like to do in further workshops.
I am heading back up the Mallee in November and have two workshops planned, one in Swan Hill and one in Hopetoun. Both are going to be basic photography ones, with the idea of showing people how to use their cameras and how to get their cameras off auto so they will be more confident using them. I was actually thinking of calling the workshops that, Getting your Camera off Auto.
Getting Your Camera Off Auto
A 5 to 6 hour workshop, the first three hours will be intensive, so you will learn lots of the basic necessities for how your camera works. You will also learn more about Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO and how they work together to get the best images.
After that section we will head out into the field where you can practice some of the techniques I’ve shown you with me still around and available to answer any questions you might have.
Saturday 8th of November – Swan Hill
Sunday 9th of November – Hopetoun, from 1pm
Cost is $90 per person.
To book, contact me, or for the Hopetoun Workshop, you can book through Gateway BEET, 03 5083 3001