Workshops Tag

I type this column for money.If there are new products, no telephone interruptions, and coffee, the daily piece costs the company about $ 11. Hopefully it inspires readers to come in and purchase items and services that yield a profit of more than $ 11 - thus continuing business.It is not as profitable to me as washing the dishes - that yields me $ 15 per day before taxes - but at least I do not have to scrape dried spaghetti off the laptop.The point of all this is to remind the newer readers who are just contemplating turning their interest in photography into a business venture that time is indeed money and they need to persuade the world to press pennies into their hands each conscious hour of their day.Time spent surfing the net might be fun, as might be time spent networking in coffee shops or looking into the shops, or catching up on the latest episode of whatever...

You might wonder how much noise a Canon can make - in the world of motor sport, a very big noise indeed. We found out yesterday when we attended the Camera Electronic Canon workshop at Barbagallo raceway in Wanneroo.The track is well-provided for the actual racers - we were there on a Motorcycle Club practice and tuning day. There is a function room at the start of the main straight with trackside seating - McCracken House - and we use it for a lecture theater and lunch venue.Mark Horsburgh lectured us last year on basic race car photography but this year he added new discoveries in lighting with the Canon 600 speedlights. His work has a really new and sparkling look with these portable lights and it takes on very much of the studio illustration aspect even when taken out in the field. The ability to control three groups of flashes with radio transmissions rather than infrared is the thing...

Last year's Canon workshop day seems to have been a success. We all trooped out to Barbagallo Raceway in Wanneroo and Mark Horsburgh gave a show and lecture on the art and business of motor sport photography. The Canon company reps brought a metric tonne of fancy lenses and the latest Canon bodies for the participants to try and Saul organised a couple of fancy motorcycles and a very attractive model to provide a studio experience as well.Of course it was all about the course - it was a motorcycle practise event and there were subjects circling the track all day at high speed. There were cautious riders and show-offs. Fortunateley no-one came sideways through the spectators, but had they done so the photographers would have known what to do* - thanks to Mark's talk.In any event, the participants took as many lenses as they could carry off the glass buffet and stationed themselves around the track and got deafened and covered in rubber dust and had a glorious time of it.They took home great images as well as a...

I note that we will have a Nikon event next week - the 9th of July - and the staff have been permitted, enjoined, and ordered to go to it. I, for one, am delighted, as the man giving forth is an expert in his field. Kristian Dowling  knows how to take pictures of celebrities so that they continue to be celebrated - and he will likely be showing some of us the secrets that ensure his success. I'll benefit - a little later in the month someone wants me to shoot a party as if it were a Hollywood event, and I reckon Kristian's advice will be worth gold.Still have some places for interested punters so ring Shoot Workshops and make a booking for it. As long as there is one spot left for me, mind.All of which is an introduction to my plan of action for shop-related talks this year. I will be seeing several clubs for their evening activities this year and in some they want a little talk. It would be the height of folly to...

Good morning, and welcome to a new week. The sun is up, you are alive, and your computer has enough electricity to operate - life is good.Time to consider something new - something to fire your enthusiasm and add to your skills - something to help you see more clearly. Time to learn. And here are two very good teachers.1. The first is a man who Canon users will recognize immediately. Darren Jew visited us last year to show us his skill at underwater photography and to help Perth photographers have a wonderful open day at the Perth Zoo.Darren will be visiting again and will conduct two unique events. He will be teaching a 1:1 Masterclass for underwater photography and in this case it will be in a very appropriate classroom - under water. You get to dive with Darren, shoot with Darren - including using some of his equipment - and come back to the surface. This may seem an odd thing to say, but go and look at some of the places underwater that Mr. Darren goes to...

Here's a safe bet for aspiring photographers who will be in Perth between Thursday August the 30th and Sunday September the 2nd. You can put some money on and win big.The game is photography and the player is Peter Coulsen. You'll remember his presentations and lectures when he wowed the town with his approach to fashion advertising. Remember the donnybrook over the red shoes picture? Same Peter.He'll be in town for the Father's Day weekend and has scheduled five classes and workshops with great new material for Perth shooters.1. Thursday 30th August from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Perth CBD - venue to be announced       This master class is 4 hours of intensive hands - on location shooting in natural light. And Peter really means it - no flashes and no reflectors  - all the elements of great photographic illustration drawn from the shooting environment itself. This will be an eye-opener for any photographer as it will engage the services of three professional models.        Cost is $230 and the course is limited to 15...

Saturday, 21st of September, 2012Did goe to Wanneroo and whiled away day at the Barbagallo Raceway. Was vastly entertained. It was a motorcycle practise day and a perfect opportunity for Mark Horsbrugh to lecture the enthusiasts on the fine art of motor sports photography. Mark attends many motor sports meetings of all ilk - and in the case of the major events takes many, many exoposures. The system that he follows to review and classify these images before they go to publishers finally explained for me the extensive sorting systems that software manufacturers build into their systems. Without these, I suspect one would be lost in a welter of images.But Mark was not lost, nor was he unfamiliar with his subject. He broke the news gently about the business of getting into motor sport photography - the difficulties associated with getting to shoot major races and the long hours required to provide the images. But he was also encouraging to the starters - he had a number of good suggestions as to how to approach local racing organizations and publishers. Who...

 I've just been watching a colleague pack up the showbags for the Canon 2012 Workshop that is coming. We'll be going to Barbagallo Raceway on the 21st of this month  - it's a Saturday - for about the most exciting camera day yet. Mark Horsburgh is going to show us his motorsport work and then show us how he does it - with professional bodies, lenses, and lighting. It will be motorcycles so there is bound to be a lot of fast and terrifying action during the track sequences and a great deal of saturated colour in the pits.Pretty good show bag - I can see water bottles, lanyards, pens, rain protectors, Hoodman Lens Cleanse sachets, and the packing is still going on. Over in another part of the room is a big pile of Army .44 pistols and ammunition but I'm not sure if they are for the workshop - they might just be for the school holidays. In any event there is going to something to take home besides great images and a slight case of deafness. Note:...