October 4/5/6. The workshop was originally designed as a precursor to photographers going on an African safari but it's perfectly suited to anyone with a love of animals and a desire to polish and master their wildlife and general photography techniques.
Friday PM: Check into motel. Meet for a briefing on what to expect over the two-day event. Robin will hand out assignments [optional] and provide information on how to edit your work then upload it to Flickr for [video] feedback a week or so after the workshop finishes. Group dinner (optional)
Day One - Saturday 7 - 9am: meet at Dubbo zoo for the early morning 'behind the scenes' escorted walk with a Zoo volunteer.
09 - 10am: Group breakfast at the Zoo cafeteria
10-12am: Escorted walk/drive round several [pre-arranged] exhibits to photograph the animals. Robin teaches participants how to get the sharpest images while using tripods, monopods and telephoto lenses. You will learn about how to control shutter speed and aperture relative to the lens used, how to apply the correct White Balance (colour), resolution and ISO settings, and most importantly, how to create great composition. Ongoing assessment.
Lunch in the zoo incorporates a short talk on how to put a digital picture book together. Robin will suggest a range of book making companies and outlines strategies for starting your own book, whether it's a big trip or just a personal theme.
After lunch we continue shooting in the zoo, finishing up around 4pm
4-6pm: Free time
6:15-7:45: Dinner at [an excellent] local Thai restaurant
Optional Night Shooting Exercise
After dinner, those not wanting an early night can drive 20k into the countryside away from the built-up lights of Dubbo [to a prearranged spot] to learn how to shoot star trails for a couple of hours.
Morning walk around the city centre photographing some of the unique architecture in Dubbo. Here we'll be paying particular attention to shooting HDR images for post processing in Photomatix Pro
Return to Zoo (tickets last for two days) for more animal photography
Midday: Group lunch at the Zoo cafe and briefing on the assignments
Return home at leisure
End of following week your assignments must be edited and uploaded to Flickr for critiquing by Robin.
Date: October 4/5/6 2013
Cost: $300 for the workshop tuition, notes and detailed photo feedback [once assignments have been submitted]
(Note: All other costs to be borne by participants. For example, accommodation: Cattlemans Country Inn is good value at approx $100p/n, Western Plains Zoo entry fee = $46pp [look for discounts or become a zoo friend], + own transport costs and all food and drink).
Note, numbers on this workshop are strictly limited to 8.
|Early morning at Ben Furney Mills, central Dubbo|
|Star trails: 8 time exposures sandwiched into one image|
|Early morning behind the scenes walk at Western Plains Zoo (Gibbon on a tightrope)|
|Foot of Galapagos tortoise|
|Meerkats on the lookout|
|Giraffe on our early morning behind the scenes walk at Western Plains Zoo|