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The Portrait Exposed, Sydney Photography Workshop × × × × × × ×
The Portrait Exposed, Sydney Photography Workshop

The Portrait Exposed, Sydney Photography Workshop

Create powerful and engaging images while exploring the laneways of Chippendale and Central Park. The Portrait Exposed is an exciting and practical workshop where you learn to produce strong, emotive portraits using natural light.

In this workshop you’ll explore the fundamentals of portraiture and learn techniques to communicate your ideas. You’ll explore the variables of natural light and how to achieve a variety of styles and looks.

A powerful portrait can challenge and enlighten. Whether you’re taking portraits of family and friends, for business or for exhibition, it’s important to understand the tools and qualities that make portraiture compelling and memorable.

We look at decision-making processes and the technical aspects of composition and lighting. We examine white balance and how use contrast to create mood and atmosphere. We explore bouncing and diffusing light and how to shoot portraits in outdoor situations.

Working with a model is a great way to learn how to pose and communicate with your subject. We give you opportunities to gain confidence in directing and realising your creative ideas.

 

Workshop format: 

Tutors: A professional photographer and a
photographer's assistant (depending on group size)

Class size: Minimum four; maximum 10

Time: 9 am to 2 pm on selected Saturdays.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop commences to ensure we start on time

Meeting point: White Rabbit Gallery - 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale.

White Rabbit Gallery is a 10-minute walk from Central Station. By bus, alight at Central Park opposite UTS and cross the park to Balfour Street. Parking is available at UTS Carpark: check the website for fees. 

After a discussion about portraiture and light, we’ll walk to various locations around Chippendale for practical learning.

 

What should I bring?

  • a digital SLR camera orcompact camera with manual settings and a built-in flash
  • a cleaning cloth
  • at least one extra memory card
  • at least one set of spare batteries —make sure they’re fully charged
  • your camera manual
  • camera bag
  • water bottle and snacks
  • comfortable walking shoes 
  • sunscreen and hat
  • comfortable clothing; check the weather forecast!

 

What does the workshop cover?

  • portraiture and its genres
  • creative controls
  • memory, pixels, file sizes, and storage
  • fill flash techniques
  • how to diffuse and bounce light
  • understanding light
  • exposing for highlight and for shadows
  • advanced creative composition
  • lens perspective
  • how to pose your subject
  • how to work with a model and communicate your ideas
  • setting mood and creating atmosphere
  • choosing backgrounds and setting a style

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you want to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop. 

Workshops do not include drinks, meals/snacks, public transport or parking.

 

Weather:

If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 

 

We look forward to meeting you soon. 

The Aperture Club Team —

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au

  • Duration : 5 Hours (approx.)
From AUD $225.00

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Camera Essentials, Sydney Photography Adventure × × × × × × ×
Camera Essentials, Sydney Photography Adventure

Camera Essentials, Sydney Photography Adventure

Do you yearn to experiment with photography, to learn how your camera really works? Take control of your photography and start having fun. This workshop will lift the lid on the mystery of photography and set your creativity free.

Modern digital cameras offer a daunting array of functions and possibilities. We won’t bombard you with loads of facts and technical information; we’re photographers ourselves, and we prefer a hands-on approach.

This workshop is based in the field, not in the studio, so we’ll be able to combine a little theory with lots of practical demonstrations and group exercises.

The journey begins with understanding your camera and learning how to navigate the controls and functions. You’ll learn about aperture, shutter speed, how to select the right lens and how to use it to create spectacular images. We’ll show you simple composition techniques to improve your photographs.

Then we’ll look at colour balance and how to produce different moods using the direction of light. We explain about ‘quality of light’ and how to use it to create mood and emotion. 

You’ll see results by the end of the workshop, and will finish your first tutorial with confidence about how to handle camera to create images that go beyond the snapshot. 


What should I bring?

  • a digital SLR camera or compact camera with manual settings and a built-in flash. You can also bring a smartphone with appropriate apps to control settings. Please make sure you also bring the user’s manual
  • a lens hood if you have one
  • a cleaning cloth
  • at least one empty memory card
  • at least one set of spare batteries —make sure they’re fully charged
  • your camera manual
  • camera bag
  • water bottle and snacks
  • comfortable walking shoes 
  • sunscreen and hat
  • comfortable clothing; check the weather forecast!


What does the workshop cover?

  • introduction to your camera
  • essential equipment
  • selecting the right lens
  • aperture settings
  • shutter speed settings
  • ISO settings
  • colour balance
  • manual mode settings
  • composition rules and tips
  • learning to see with a photographer’s eye
  • light — the main ingredient, and how it works

About the workshop:

Tutors: a professional photographer
and a photographer’s assistant (subject to group size)

Class size: minimum 4; maximum 10

Time: 9 am to 1 on selected Sundays. Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can start the workshop on time

Meeting point: The City Extra Café opposite Wharf 4, Circular Quay


FURTHER INFORMATION

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop. 

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you want to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop. 

Workshops do not include drinks, meals/snacks, public transport or parking


Weather:

If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 

 

We look forward to meeting you soon. 

The Aperture Club Team —

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au

  • Duration : 4 Hours (approx.)
From AUD $145.00

Enter Number of Participants *

Choose a Time *

Master Manual Mode, Sydney Photography Workshop Book now Available × × × × × ×
Master Manual Mode, Sydney Photography Workshop

Master Manual Mode, Sydney Photography Workshop

The second workshop in The Aperture Club’s comprehensive Fundamentals of Photography course will expand your understanding of manual mode and explain the relationship between aperture, shutter and ISO. Plus, it’ll be fun!

Mastering Manual Mode is the next step in taking control of your camera so you can make informed decisions about your photography’s style and direction.

We’ll look at white balance metering and exposure compensation; how depth of field and understanding light can balance technical mastery with creative mindfulness; and we will explore methods professional photographers use to make informed creative decisions. 

You’ll learn how professionals create expressive images, and practise using the characteristics of light to create mood and emotion in your final images. 

You’ll come away with wonderful new skills that boost your technical and creative confidence.

 

Workshop format:

Tutors: A professional
photographer and a photographer's assistant (depending on group size)

Class size: Minimum 4; maximum 10

Time: 9 am to 1 pm on selected Sundays. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop commences to ensure we start on time

Meeting point:  Outside The Lounge Bar, 70 Alfred Street, Milson’s Point (on the Lavender Bay side of Milson’s Point station)

What should I bring?

  • a digital SLR camera or compact camera with manual settings and a built-in flash. Please make sure you also bring the user’s manual
  • a lens hood if you have one
  • a cleaning cloth
  • at least one empty memory card
  • at least one set of spare batteries —make sure they’re fully charged
  • your camera manual
  • camera bag
  • water bottle and snacks
  • comfortable walking shoes 
  • sunscreen and hat
  • comfortable clothing; check the weather forecast!

 

What does the workshop cover?

  • exposure — shutter speed, aperture and ISO 
  • your camera’s metering system 
  • focus lock and focusing techniques
  • white balance
  • easy shortcuts to manual settings
  • observing the quality and direction of light
  • composition and the point of interest
  • understanding depth of field
  • tripods and hand-held camera technics
  • using live view for composition
  • how using manual mode can ignite your imagination 


FURTHER INFORMATION

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you want to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop. 

Workshops do not include drinks, meals/snacks, public transport or parking.


Weather:

If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 


We look forward to meeting you soon. 

The Aperture Club Team —

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au

  • Duration : 4 Hours (approx.)
From AUD $145.00

Enter Number of Participants *

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Focus on Flash, Sydney Photography Workshop × × × × × × ×
Focus on Flash, Sydney Photography Workshop

Focus on Flash, Sydney Photography Workshop

Light is vital to creating an image; understanding how to use your flash will enable you to control light to create flattering images and to improve your indoor, portraiture and social and family event photography.

The modern flash unit is a sophisticated and very creative tool that will help you create flattering photographs of people and still life. After a brief introduction in the studio we’ll set off through the laneways of Chippendale to the courtyard of Central Park while we familiarise ourselves with the flash unit and experiment with its functions and
features.

To demonstrate the principles of using flash we’ll use still-life objects and a model to practise essential techniques such as fill-flash, direct flash and bounce flash, ‘rear curtain sync’ and
‘multi-flash’ techniques. 

You’ll learn how to observe the characteristics of light to create mood and emotion in your image, and you’ll come away with wonderful new skills that enhance your images and take your enjoyment of photography to a new level.

 

Workshop format:

Tutors: A professional photographer and a photographer's assistant (subject to group size).

Class size: minimum four; maximum 10

Time: 9 am to 1 pm on selected Sundays. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop to ensure we start on time

Meeting point:: Please meet at 'Badde Manners' Cafe 1/37 Glebe Point Rd Glebe. 

The Broadway end of Glebe Pt Rd. 

Transport: Buses run continually  along Parramatta rd. from Central Station and from Western Sydney. Unlimited free parking is available on Parramatta rd outside The University of Sydney. A short walk to Glebe point Rd.

What should I bring?

  • a digital SLR camera or compact camera with manual settings and a built-in flash. Please make sure you also bring the user’s manual 
  • a lens hood if you have one
  • a cleaning cloth
  • at least one empty memory card
  • at least one set of spare batteries —make sure they’re fully charged
  • your camera manual
  • camera bag
  • water bottle and snacks
  • comfortable walking shoes 
  • sunscreen and hat
  • comfortable clothing; check the weather forecast!

 

What does the workshop cover?

  • overview of composition and shutter speed
  • the flash menu
  • observing the quality and direction of light
  • key flash techniques
  • creative flash features of the
  • how to create flattering images of people and still life objects
  • how to create beautiful images in low light
  • overriding auto flash



FURTHER INFORMATION

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you want to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop. 

Workshops do not include drinks, meals/snacks, public transport or parking


Weather:

If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 


We look forward to meeting you soon. 

The Aperture Club Team —

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au    

  • Duration : 4 Hours (approx.)
From AUD $145.00

Enter Number of Participants *

Choose a Time *

Fundamentals of Photography, Sydney × × × × × × ×
Fundamentals of Photography, Sydney

Fundamentals of Photography, Sydney

Our most comprehensive digital photography course for beginners who want to fully embrace the fascinating world of photography. Commit to 3x 4 hr courses - Camera Essentials, Mastering Manual Mode and Focus on Flash to receive 20% discount.

Let your personal creative journey begin. 

The Fundamentals of Photography package has been designed to allow beginners, travellers, new parents and recently retired members of our community to cost effectively attend the 3 essential photographic workshops listed below. You will save up to 20% on the individual workshop components.

In our first workshop Camera Essentials - we re-introduce you to your camera and explain camera handling, menu navigation, good habits, basic composition and many tips/tricks. You’ll gain confidence in handling your camera so you can shoot creative images using composition, easy techniques and simple effects rather than relying on auto mode.

Master Manual Mode is the next step in taking control of your camera, allowing you to make informed decisions on the style and direction you want your photograph to take. This workshop is designed so you come to understand the relationship between Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO. We explore and experiment and build our understanding of Manual photography in easy steps. 

Focus on Flash;  Our third workshop Focus on Flash introduces you to the importance of flash photography, enabling you to capture flattering images of family and friends at social events indoors, at night and even outdoors in bright sun.Not only will you be amazed how easy it is to create outstanding photography, you will change the way you take photos.

You’ll learn in the field in a small group (4 to 10 students) with two professional photographers available to give you that extra one-on-one focus and attention.

Fundamentals of Photography will set you up for a lifetime of creative expression with your camera.


Course Format:

TUTORS: A professional photographer and a photographer's assistant (subject to group size).

CLASS SIZE: Minimum 4 / Maximum 10

DAY OF OPERATION: Selected Sundays

TIME: 9 am to 1 pm over three
consecutive Sundays. Please arrive 15 minutes before each tutorial to
ensure we start on time

 

LOCATION

Week 1           City Extra Café opposite Wharf 4, Circular Quay

Week 2           Outside the Lounge Bar, 70 Alfred St, Milsons Point (on the Lavender Bay side of Milsons Point Train Station)

Week 3           35 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

 

Week 1

CAMERA ESSENTIALS 

Modern digital cameras offer a daunting array of functions and possibilities. We won’t bombard you with loads of facts and technical information; we’re photographers ourselves, and we prefer a hands-on approach. 

This workshop is based in the field, not in the studio, so we’ll be able to combine a little theory with lots of practical demonstrations and group exercises.

The journey begins with understanding your camera and learning how to navigate the controls and functions. You’ll learn about aperture, shutter speed, how to select the right lens and how to use it to create spectacular images. We’ll show you simple composition techniques to improve your photographs.

Then we’ll look at colour balance and how to produce different moods using the direction of light. We explain about ‘quality of light’ and how to use it to create mood and emotion. 

You’ll see results by the end of the workshop, and will finish your first tutorial with confidence about how to handle camera to create images that go beyond the snapshot.



What should I bring?

  • a digital SLR camera or compact camera with manual settings and a built-in flash. You can also bring a smartphone with appropriate apps to control settings. Please make sure you also bring the user’s manual
  • a lens hood if you have one
  • a cleaning cloth
  • at least one empty memory card
  • at least one set of spare batteries —make sure they’re fully charged
  • your camera manual
  • camera bag
  • water bottle and snacks
  • comfortable walking shoes 
  • sunscreen and hat
  • comfortable clothing; check the weather forecast!

 

What does the workshop cover?

  • introduction to your camera
  • essential equipment
  • selecting the right lens
  • aperture settings
  • shutter speed settings
  • ISO settings
  • colour balance
  • manual mode settings
  • composition rules and tips
  • learning to see with a photographer’s eye
  • light — the main ingredient, and how it works

 

Week 2

MASTER MANUAL MODE 

Learning to master your camera’s manual mode is a continuous process for every photographer. This workshop begins by reinforcing the core aspects of manual mode — shutter speed, aperture and ISO. While some shooting modes automate what the camera ‘sees’, others put the photographer in control… and that’s where it gets exciting.  We’ll look at white balance metering and exposure compensation; how depth of field and understanding light can balance technical mastery with creative mindfulness; and explore methods professional photographers use to make informed creative decisions.

You’ll learn how professionals create expressive images, and practise using the characteristics of light to create mood and emotion in your final images. 

You’ll come away with wonderful new skills that boost your technical and creative confidence.


What should I bring?

See Week 1 for details; please bring the same gear and personal items — plus a tripod if you have one

 

What does the workshop cover?

  • exposure — shutter speed, aperture and ISO 
  • your camera’s metering system 
  • focus lock and focusing techniques
  • white balance
  • easy shortcuts to manual settings
  • observing the quality and direction of light
  • composition and the point of interest
  • understanding depth of field
  • tripods and hand-held camera technics
  • using live view for composition
  • how using manual mode can ignite your imagination

 

Week 3

FOCUS ON FLASH

The modern flash unit (speedlight) is a sophisticated and very creative tool that will help you create flattering photographs of people and still lifes. After a brief introduction in the studio
we’ll set off through the laneways of Chippendale to the courtyard of Central Park while we familiarise ourselves with the flash unit and experiment with its functions and features.

To demonstrate the principles of using flash we’ll use still-life objects and each other to practise essential techniques such as fill-flash, direct flash and bounce flash, ‘rear curtain sync’ and ‘multi-flash’ techniques. 

You’ll learn how to observe the characteristics of light to create mood and emotion in your image, and you’ll come away with wonderful new skills that enhance your images and take your enjoyment of photography to a new level.


What should I bring?

See Week 1 for details; please bring the same gear and personal items


What does the workshop cover?

  • overview of composition and shutter speed
  • the flash menu
  • observing the quality and direction of light
  • key flash techniques
  • creative flash features of the
  • how to create flattering images of people and still life objects
  • how to create beautiful images in low light
  • overriding auto flash


FURTHER INFORMATION

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you want to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a
camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop. 

Workshops do not include drinks, meals/snacks, public transport or parking


Weather:

If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 


Other Aperture Club products:

These workshops, events and tours are designed to progress the skills you’ve learned.

The Portrait Exposed (5 hours)

Street Photography: The Poetic Witness (5 hours)

Street Photography: The Urban Observer (5 hours)

Discover Sydney Photo Safari (4 hours)

 

We look forward to meeting you soon. 

The Aperture Club Team —

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au

  • Duration : 12 Hours (approx.)
From AUD $345.00

Enter Number of Participants *

Choose a Time *

Discover Sydney Photo Safari × × × × Book now Available × ×
Discover Sydney Photo Safari

Discover Sydney Photo Safari

Sydney’s a postcard city, perched on a magnificent harbour. Alongside the renowned icons are secret gardens and boardwalks. Join the Aperture Club for a unique local experience on our photo safari through colourful, historic Sydney.

Travel’s all about discovery, and we know how inspiring and exciting it is to discover a new city with your camera. We won’t bombard you with technical information; instead, we’ll help you discover new photography skills while enjoying a unique perspective on our beautiful city.

Our hands-on learning approach will enable you to master your camera’s functions while we give you ideas to capture Sydney’s scenery, Harbour, architecture and people — and with time and freedom to capture your own inspiring images.

The safari begins at Luna Park, where we take in the colour and lights. We then cross Sydney Harbour Bridge, taking time to admire — and photograph! — the spectacular cityscape before wandering through the historic Rocks area. Then we’ll head to Circular Quay and on to the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House. 

We’ll show you how to draw inspiration from what you discover through the lens, and you how to use colour balance and composition to enhance the power of your photographs. Every city has a unique quality of light; that quality plays an essential role in producing exceptional photographs of our exceptional city. You’ll come away with a unique experience of Sydney, exciting new photography skills and an array of beautiful images.


Workshop format:

Tutor: 1 professional photographer guide

Class size: minimum four; maximum 10

Time: 8 am to 12 pm on selected Thursdays. Please
arrive 15 minutes before the workshop to ensure we start on time

Meeting point: entrance to Luna Park entrance, Olympic Drive, Milson’s Point. An average level of fitness is needed for this walking tour

  

What should I bring?

  • a digital SLR camera or compact camera with manual settings and a built-in flash. Please make sure you also bring the user’s manua
  • a lens hood if you have one
  • a cleaning cloth
  • at least one empty memory card
  • at least one set of spare batteries —make sure they’re fully charged
  • your camera manual
  • camera bag
  • water bottle and snacks
  • comfortable walking shoes 
  • sunscreen and hat
  • comfortable clothing; check the weather forecast!

 

What’s covered?

  • introducing the area
  • introducing your camera
  • selecting the right lens
  • Program mode and semi-auto mode
  • selecting ISO setting
  • colour balance
  • composition rules and tips
  • learning to see with a photographer’s eye
  • light — the main ingredient and how it works

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you want to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop.  

Workshops do not include drinks, meals/snacks, public transport or parking

 

Weather:

If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 

 

We look forward to welcoming you to our next Sydney photo safari!  

The Aperture Club Team —

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au

  • Duration : 4 Hours (approx.)
From AUD $160.00

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Sydney Street Photography Adventure, CBD (The Urban Observer) × × × × × × ×
Sydney Street Photography Adventure, CBD (The Urban Observer)

Sydney Street Photography Adventure, CBD (The Urban Observer)

Sydney is known for its iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, but beyond the icons there’s a diversity of people and a vibrant street culture. Downtown Sydney is perfect for street photography

People, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, historic buildings, art installations and much more. The power of observation underpins the art of great street photography. Learning to ‘see’ interesting detail is a practiced skill and we introduce you to easy methods that will open your photographer’s eye and expose you to a world that is alive with detail. The most rewarding part of the workshop is learning how to approach interesting people and have them willingly pose for you.

We begin the workshop with an introduction and a morning coffee. We then explore the busy and colourful Town Hall and St Andrews Square area as it comes to life. We delve into the urban landscape that unfolds as cafes open and people start to fill the city streets. There are heritage arcades, laneways and eclectic speciality stores plus unique spaces with iconic images to capture. We’ll break for lunch to debrief: a great opportunity to exchange stories and to ask questions.

Our focus then shifts refining the morning’s experience, with your experienced tutor/s enhancing your techniques with one on-one coaching. 

By the end of this unique workshop, you’ll have photographed an exciting visual story of the city’s of Sydney’s unique culture and its community.

What story will you tell?    

Workshop format:

Tutors: A professional photographer and a photographer's assistant (depending on group size)

Class size: Minimum 4; maximum 10

Time: 9 am to 2 pm on selected Sundays. Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop commences to ensure we start on time

Meeting point: Parisi Café: street level, southern entrance of Queen Victoria Building, opposite Sydney Town Hall. We finish at 2 pm close to our starting place. 

What should I bring?

  • a digital SLR camera or compact camera with manual settings and a built-in flash
  • a cleaning cloth
  • at least one extra memory card
  • at least one set of spare batteries —make sure they’re fully charged
  • your camera manual
  • camera bag
  • water bottle and snacks
  • comfortable walking shoes 
  • sunscreen and hat
  • comfortable, inconspicuous clothing; check the weather forecast!

What does the workshop cover?

  • sharpening your powers of observation
  • identifying points of interest
  • composition

  • the quality and properties of light
  • street awareness and etiquette; working inconspicuously
  • candid photography techniques

  • predicting and capturing a great moment
  • how to approach people and request a portrait

FURTHER
INFORMATION

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you want to experiment using a professional
DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop. 

Workshops do not include drinks, meals/snacks, public transport or parking.

Weather:

If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 


We look forward to meeting you soon. 

The Aperture Club
Team —

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au

  • Duration : 5 Hours (approx.)
From AUD $185.00

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The Art of Macro Photography × × × × × × ×
The Art of Macro Photography

The Art of Macro Photography

Take your lens into the world of up close and personal. We show you how to bring brilliant textures, colours and shapes into the frame from a completly different perspective. This starts in a secret place in the Royal Botanical Gardens...

Looking through a macro lens brings you up close to a whole new world of colours, textures, shapes.  The canvas is limitless as we focus on techniques that help you create and frame visual compositions through macro and close up photography. We start our visual adventure in a secret, hidden garden few people get to see.

The emphasis of this workshop is on the quality of light and how to use it to your advantage. Also how light effects the colour, texture and definition. We'll be looking for unusual angles and leading lines, natural framing and how to problem solve harsh sunlight and shadows.

We'll look at composition, where to place the subject in relationship to the background and how colours and shapes can create a strong graphic image. We also explore some basic camera techniques to make the creative process fun and easy. This workshop is perfect for getting creative. 

At the cafe we will take a break and review what we’ve learnt. Our tour then takes us to the Lotus Pond and Oriental Garden, before finishing up at the Opera House.

Our tutor Brent Wilson is an expert in the field of horticultural photography, working for years at Consolidated Press and working alongside Don Burke from Burke's Backyard on his magazine and television series. Brent has a a field of knowledge to share so join us in this unique opportunity.


Workshop format: 

Tutors: A professional photographer and a photographer's assistant (depending on group size)

Class size: Minimum four; maximum 10

Time: 1pm - 5pm  1pm - 5pm or 

2pm - 6pm May - Sept (Daylight Saving)


Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop commences to ensure we start on time

Meeting point: Steps of the Art Gallery of NSW


What should I bring?

A digital SLR camera or compact camera with manual settings and a built in flash.

A cleaning cloth

At least one extra memory card

At least one spare set of batteries - make sure they are fully charged

Your camera manual

Camera bag

Water bottle and snacks


What does the Workshop cover?

The quality of light and how to use it to your advantage

Composition - where to place the subject and its relationship to the background

Getting creative - looking for unusual angles and leading lines

Macro photography - getting up close

Natural framing and how to deal with harsh sunlight and shadows


FURTHER INFORMATION

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you would like to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop.


Weather:

If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we'll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


Sharon and The Aperture Club Team

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370577

Email: sharon@theapertureclub.com.au


  • Duration : 4 Hours (approx.)
From AUD $185.00

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Sydney Street Photography Adventure, Newtown (The Poetic Witness) × × × × × × ×
Sydney Street Photography Adventure, Newtown (The Poetic Witness)

Sydney Street Photography Adventure, Newtown (The Poetic Witness)

Street photography is a form of art photography that features the human condition in public places — including places without people but with a human character or aesthetic.

Whether you want to document a historic event or capture the spirit of a city while you’re travelling, this popular Aperture Club adventure will teach you to photograph people, objects, architecture, street art, events, festivals and more. 

Newtown is known for its diversity, thriving street culture and street art. It’s perfect for street photography: people, cafes, vendors, street merchants, buskers, pets, historic buildings and unexpected surprises along the way!

We begin the workshop at Café Newtown, then explore the urban landscape that unfolds as markets set up, cafes open and people fill the streets. Our adventure takes us past antique shops, eclectic speciality stores and spaces heavy with street art in search of inspiration and creativity.

We’ll break for lunch to debrief: a great opportunity to exchange stories and to ask questions. Our focus then shifts refining the morning’s experience, with your experienced tutor/s enhancing your techniques with one-on-one coaching. 

By the end of this unique workshop, you’ll have photographed a charming visual story of one of Sydney’s most iconic communities … and you’ll have learned sharp observation, quick reflexes and people skills to help you create high-impact images you’ll be proud of.


Workshop format:

Tutors: a professional photographer and a photographer’s assistant (subject to
group size)

Class size: minimum four; maximum 10

Time: 9 am to 2 pm on selected Saturdays. Please arrive 15 minutes
before the workshop to ensure we start on time.

Meeting point: Cafe Newtown, 329 King Street, Newtown (corner of King Street and
Enmore Road, opposite Newtown Station)

Getting there: Public transport: easy access from Newtown Station, and a variety of buses from the city.

Private transport: parking available at Dendy Cinema, 261 King Street; entry via Lennox St. Maximum
fee $12. Phone 1800 PARKING (1800 727 5464)


What’s Covered:

  • How to improve your power of observation 
  • How to identify your ‘points of interest’
  • Composition
  • Quality and properties of light
  • Street awareness and etiquette 
  • Candid photography techniques
  • How to predict and time a great moment
  • Approaching people and requesting a portrait 
  • How to be inconspicuous Choice of camera equipment 

What should I bring?

  • a digital SLR camera or compact camera with manual settings and a built-in flash. Please make sure you also bring the user’s manual
  • a lens hood if you have one
  • a cleaning cloth
  • at least one empty memory card
  • at least one set of spare batteries —make sure they’re fully charged
  • your camera manual
  • camera bag
  • water bottle and snacks
  • comfortable walking shoes 
  • sunscreen and hat
  • comfortable, inconspicuous clothing; check the weather forecast!

What will I learn?

The Poetic Witness street photography adventure will help you sharpen your
powers of observation, improving your candid photography, teaching you how to
predict and capture moments without being noticed and how to tell stories with
photography. You’ll also build confidence in meeting and photographing new
people.


Further information

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed to you on completion of each workshop.

Camera kits are available for $75 per workshop if you want to experiment using a professional DSLR camera. Kits include a camera, lens and other equipment (flash/tripod) appropriate to the particular tutorial. Kits are limited, so make sure you reserve one when you confirm your workshop. 

Workshops do not include drinks, meals/snacks, public transport or parking


Weather:

If it looks as if the weather will be unsuitable on the day, we’ll contact you early in the morning. In the event of cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 


We look forward to welcoming you to our next street photography workshop!

The Aperture Club Team —

Sharon Hickey: 0411 370 577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au

  • Duration : 5 Hours (approx.)
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Hidden Landscapes × × × × × × ×
Hidden Landscapes

Hidden Landscapes

Our all-inclusive Easter weekend photo retreat is a perfect portal to emerge yourself in the art of landscape and world of close up and macro photography.

Hidden Landscapes

2-Day All-Inclusive Easter Weekend - Photography Retreat

Immerse yourself in a weekend of learning, exploring and sharing creative energy in landscape and macro photography.

The Bathurst landscape has been inspirational for many genres of artists for its subtle light and undulating mountain and bush scapes. 


Looking through a macro lens brings you up close to a whole new world of colours, textures and shapes. The canvas is limitless as we focus on techniques that help you create and frame visual compositions through macro and close up photography.


The emphasis of this workshop is on the quality of light and how to use it to your advantage. Also how light effects colour, texture and definition. We’ll be looking for unusual angles and leading lines, natural framing and how to problem solve harsh sunlight and shadows.


We’ll look at composition, where to place the subject in relationship to the background and how colours and shapes can create a strong graphic image. We also explore some basic camera techniques and make the creative process fun and easy.

 

We will be running this workshop over two days – Saturday and Sunday.

Arrive Friday afternoon, enjoy a home cooked meal, good company, a million stars and wake up to call of birds and a meandering river scape.  Workshops will be run Saturday in the morning and afternoon in the cooler parts of the day and will finish at 3pm
on Sunday.

 

If you wish to book an extra nights accommodation to make the most of the weekend please let us know.

Bathurst Art Retreat is surrounded by 250 acres of breathtaking native flora and fauna. The private property borders the Macquarie
River and provides a variety of dramatic settings for both budding and established photographers.

Catering includes breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and dinner. Classes are approx 6 hours lessons per day with a professional photographer. A material and equipment list will be sent out for each class advising what you will need to bring. Various accommodation options are available on site, or can be recommended at local B&B's or hotels (not all packages include accommodation).

 

WORKSHOP FORMAT


DATE: 30th - 1st April 2018

LOCATION: Platypus Burra, Bathurst Art Retreat  http://www.bathurstartretreat.com.au/

GROUP SIZE: Minimum 6 - Maximum 10 participants.


 WORKSHOP INVESTMENT

·  Weekend for $680  inclusive of 2-day accommodation, all meals from Friday night to Sunday lunch, and tutor fees.

.  Deposit of $200 on booking with full payment required by March 1st 2018.

·  Extra nights accommodation are available @ $150 pp includes meals if you wish to extend your stay. 

 

PREREQUISITES

To join this workshop you need to have basic camera handling, operations and processing skills.  If you’re not sure if that’s you, please email us: info@theapertureclub.com.au. This weekend centres on developing your artistic skills and developing your creative ideas in photography.


PROGRAM

Friday 30th

Arrive anytime from 3pm onwards. Relax and settle into your accommodation. When you arrive we will collect you from the property gate and bring you down to Platypus Burra - if you have a 4 wheel drive then you can follow us.

Settle in and enjoy a drink and a sumptuous dinner prepared by our hosts Robbie and Steve. After dinner we will discuss the weekend and enjoy a discussion on landscape photography. Please bring in some of your landscape works that we can review and discuss.

For those keen after dinner we'll explore shooting the night skies with a million and one stars!

 

Saturday 31st

Optional -Rise with the sun (or maybe before!) to capture the gorgeous early morning light and shifting mists that surround Platypus Burra. After a couple hours of shooting we will return to the homestead for an exquisite breakfast.  

After breakfast till late morning we will explore photographing some riverscapes which is full of beautiful hidden rock formations and beautiful reflections. 

We will then have time to download our work and settle into our discussion sessions on landscape photography.

Lunch is served and then take a couple of hours to relax and swim in the river or read at the library retreat next to the river bed.


The afternoon session will commence at 3pm where we discusses the art of macro and close up photography. 

We will then shoot our practical session from around 4pm to 7pm.

This is an opportunity to practice the theory and techniques covered during the day.  As the light changes through the afternoon into twilight we ensure we are ready for the golden and blue hours. 

Relax and review your images and we'll use the evening to rest, reflect, dine and enjoy the peaceful environment. We usually have a  review of your top shots taken from the day.

 

Sunday 12th

Be adventurous and rise early for another great sunrise photography shoot on the property.

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at 8am - 9am

After breakfast we do a practical session on creating a studio approach for macro work.

This session shoot will give everyone the opportunity to actualise their own creative setups and work on a one to one basis with their macro setups.

Lunch will be from 1.30 - 2.30 and we will ferry people back to their cars by 3pm.

Those who have decided to extend their weekend can relax and enjoy the afternoon.

  

WHAT THE
WORKSHOP COVERS

·       Landscapes and its various genres

·       The Art of macro

·       Creative camera controls

·       Understanding light

·       Working with diffusers

·       Lenses and macro attachments

·       Natural lighting

·       Creative idea development

·       Setting mood and creating atmosphere

·       Developing personal style

 

WALKING AND WEATHER

This is a gentle trip, though it requires a good general level of fitness.  There will be walking to and from shooting
locations which are along the riverbeds  and the hills behind the property. There are uneven surfaces with steps and inclines.  If you have any doubts about your ability, please contact Sharon directly.  

When you book you will receive a detailed packing list to help you plan.

 

POSSIBLE LOCATIONS AND SHOOTS

·      Macquarie River

·      Majestic cliff top views

·      Green mossy forests

·      Gum tree forests 

·      Many kangaroos

 

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation comprises of twin share. Single room supplements are available on request for an extra charge.

Platypus Burra has cabin style accommodation and rooms off the main living area. Each cabin has 2 separate bedrooms with a shared bathroom.

 

MEALS

Breakfast, morning teas, afternoon teas and lunches are provided by Robbie and Steve. 

We can cater to dietary needs such as gluten, diary free and vegetarian, please let us know in advance.

 

TRANSPORT

Car: Make your own way directly to Platypus Burra, Bathurst Art Retreat.

From Sydney, head west along the M4 towards Penrith.  Join the Great Western Highway and follow the road as it weaves its way up into the mountains.  Continue over the mountains and down through Lithgow and onto Bathurst. You will be given detailed instructions from Bathurst to Platypus Burra.

Train: We are happy to organise pick up and drop offs to Bathurst train station.

Most of our clients prefer to have their own transport for this workshop, so that they can come and go from Platypus Burra depending on their time frame.

 

WHAT TO BRING

·      Camera equipment - camera, lenses, macro or close up rings.

·     Tripod

·      Laptop with latest Adobe Lightroom software (recommended) 

·      Wet weather clothing? Check weather forecast

·      Wind jacket for early morning adventures

·      Sturdy footwear

·      Hat

·      Sunscreen

·      Day pack/camera pack

·      Torch

·      Water bottle

·      Please make sure you have booked your accommodation and
       organised your breakfast, dinner and snacks prior to the workshop

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

·      All meals (breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea)

·      Accommodation

·      Free access to the forum and student notes

·      One-on-one instruction and guidance from fine arts photographer
       and tutor Sharon Hickey

·      Gain valuable insights into computer processing software that
       will make your photos sing

·      Plenty of time to shoot and learn

·      Calm, relaxing atmosphere, encouraging engagement and connection
       with the landscape

·      Suitable for amateurs to professionals

·      A positive environment, which encourages group learning,
       advice-sharing and support

 

NOT INCLUDED

·      Transport

·      Photographic equipment (cameras, lenses, tripods etc.)

·      Weather-specific clothing 

·      Alcohol or soft drinks – BYO

 

We look forward to you joining us.

Sharon and The Aperture Club Team

 

Contacts:

Sharon: 0411 370577

Email: info@theapertureclub.com.au

  • Duration : 2 Days (approx.)
From AUD $680.00

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Choose a Time *