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Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposure Photography

Saturday 20 April
Port Macquarie National Park - 9am - 2 Hours
Ray Galea
Have you seen images where the water looks soft and silky, almost unreal? Or car taillights transformed into long red lines with clouds blurred and stretched across the sky?
You might have thought that these images are heavily manipulated in an advanced photo editor but that is not the case. It is the result of a rather easy camera technique called Long Exposure Photography; a method that takes advantage of slow shutter speeds to create creative and unique looking imagery. It is commonly used amongst landscape photographers.
The camera registers everything that moves within a frame if the shutter is open, which is why the water looks blurred, clouds stretch across the skies and cars leave light trails.
In this 2-hour session, your host will cover the essentials associated with this genre, including the optimisation of a neutral-density filter used to reduce or modify the intensity of all wavelengths, or colours in your capture. In just a few easy steps you will be ready to blur moving elements, give water a creamy look, or make the sky look stunning with its long and stretched clouds.
Participants will also receive a digital tutorial/manual created by your host.
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$43      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 04 May
Pacific Drive - 9am - 3 Hours
Ray Galea
Photography is about capturing light, and exposure is so important because it is the amount of light collected by your camera. Regardless of your interests, gear, or goals, having a solid foundation of the main concepts of photography is key to capturing better images and improving your photography with a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
If you want to harness that knowledge by learning how to take the best possible photos in a relaxed, fun environment, look no further than our 3-hour Beginning Photography workshop. Our experienced lensman packs a comprehensive tutorial from start to finish.
Participants will also receive a comprehensive digital tutorial/manual created by your host.
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$138       5 places left
Dusk-to-Night Photography

Dusk-to-Night Photography

Saturday 18 May
Lighthouse Rd. - 7pm - 3 Hours
Ray Galea
Dusk-to-Night Photography might seem a little bit like magic. This genre of photography can present both the opportunity to create compelling images, as well as some of the most difficult technical challenges you might encounter. These challenges are all learning opportunities to enhance your skills behind the camera.
Your tutor, Ray, a keen night photographer, is enthusiastic to host this 3-hour workshop, and show participants how to capture vistas and landscapes in low light and dark conditions with ease.
Photographing at night is unlike anything else. Give it a go! Capture some of the most unique imagery at the Tacking Point Lighthouse.

Participants will also receive a digital tutorial/manual created by your host.
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$138      

Bokeh Photography - for beginner and intermediate levels

Bokeh Photography - for beginner and intermediate levels

Saturday 01 June
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service - 10am - 2 Hours
Ray Galea
Pronounced bo-kay, based on the Japanese word boke-aji, which means blur or haze, defines out-of-focus parts of an image, or out-of-focus points of light.
Generally, for bokeh to be considered good, there needs to be a very sharp and clear distinction between the foreground subject in an image and the background.
Bokeh can add softness to an otherwise brightly lit image. Using this technique to separate your subject from the background can also allow you to utilise a not-so-photogenic background in your image; however, because of its diffused blur, it helps to 201chighlight 201d the subject, not detract from it.
An example of good bokeh might be a very distinct, well-defined subject with a blurred background represented by soft, blurred circles of light.
An example of bad bokeh might be an image in which both the foreground subject and the background are slightly blurry and out of focus.
In this 2-hour workshop specifically set-out for beginners and intermediate photographers yearning to take their photography to another level, participants will learn how to place a subject for Bokeh Photography, how to achieve depth of field for bokeh, aperture and exposure settings for bokeh, bokeh in portraiture, how to capture blurred light bokeh, and technical material relating to lenses because although bokeh is actually a characteristic of a photograph, the lens determines the shape and size of the visible bokeh.
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$43      
Lifestyle Portrait Photography – bring a friend for free!

Lifestyle Portrait Photography – bring a friend for free!

Saturday 15 June
Shelley Beach - Port Macquarie - 9am - 2 Hours
Ray Galea
Portrait Photography, also referred to as portraiture, is a genre of photography in which the subject is one or more people, and the aim is to convey something about the human identity, personality, or story.
An important component of portrait photography is understanding how to pose a subject while helping them look natural and comfortable.
Lifestyle Portrait Photography takes a more casual approach than traditional portraits. Rather than being shot in a studio, lifestyle portraits are typically shot in a real-world environment and more closely resemble real life. They may still make use of professional lighting setups, but the style is natural and realistic.
This 2-hour workshop is ideal for both beginner and intermediate photographers or enthusiasts.
Your host will present his comprehensive digital tutorial for the first half of the session, followed by instructions and practical applications for participants setting their focal lengths to 50mm (full frame cameras) 75mm (cropped sensor equivalent), and 85mm (full frame) which is 127.5mm on a cropped sensor camera.
Subjects may be directed but not necessarily required to pose. Instead of being told to look up at a certain angle or move their chin a certain way, they might be asked to walk from point A to point B or to interact with other people if there is more than one person being photographed.
Gaining the skillsets in Lifestyle Portrait Photography also gives enthusiasts the opportunity to commemorate milestones or special events, to help individuals market themselves in an increasingly non-formal digital world, or even just to create a memory of a certain point in a associate, friend or loved-one's life.
Port Macquarie Photography Group is offering participants an opportunity to bring a friend to participate and model for no extra fee.
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$43      
ABOUT PORT
MACQUARIE
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Port Macquarie .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

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    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    As usual Ray was generous in the sharing of his wide knowledge and very flexible in his delivery to cater for the varied skill level of the attendees. He was also very hospitable in changing the venue at the last moment due to weather conditions.
    5/5
    Sue
    2024-03-18
    A really enjoyable morning. Was great to learn the basics of photography. Would definitely recommend the session and looking forward to doing more.
    5/5
    Susan
    2024-01-21
    Fabulous evening. Ray is a fantastic teacher. I learnt a lot and have more confidence with my camera.
    5/5
    Debra Deane
    2023-12-21

    Ray was excellent. He was able to clearly and concisely impart his knowledge while adapting to the needs of his participants. His coursework is really good and easy to understand. He made the morning both enjoyable and educational. 10/10
    5/5
    Debra Deane
    2023-11-20
    I thought it was fabulous and exceeded my expectations. There were only 2 of us in the group so I was thrilled the class went ahead. Ray, the presenter, has incredible knowledge and a real ability to get it across to those less capable. A real skill. He provided excellent supporting notes as well. Most importantly I really appreciated the way Ray adapted the session to our individual ability, knowledge, interests and questions we asked. His personal and flexible approach to the session meant both of the participants left really feeling that we had learned so much. A most worthwhile experience
    5/5
    Sue
    2023-11-20
    Enjoyed the small group and the setting. Ray was an encouraging and knowledgeable presenter
    5/5
    Sue
    2023-11-06

    Lovely setting. Ray is very knowledgeable and is welcoming.
    5/5
    Lyn
    2023-11-05
    very informative workshop lovely group of people attending great location for landscape
    5/5
    Gai
    2023-09-24
    It was fabulous being with like minded people in pursuit of their best shot. Tutor was very interesting and patient.
    5/5
    Lyn
    2023-09-24

    Really enjoyed this workshop. Ray was well-prepared, provided great material to enhance my understanding, and helped us work through the info on our own cameras. He was very patient and was great at answering any questions. Definitely made me want to do many of the other workshops listed.
    5/5
    Leanne
    2023-09-18
    Very informative, practical and easy to understand.
    5/5
    Kim
    2023-09-11
    Ray is very easy to talk to and was happy to clarify our questions. We were all about the same level which was good. I looking forward to attending more of the courses
    5/5
    Tania
    2023-09-10

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Ray Galea
    Photography allows me to slow down and pay attention to the small details and moments happening in the environment around me. Whether I am conducting a portraiture or commercial shoot for a client, or casually capturing landscapes or indulging in street photography and other genres in vibrant or standard colour or deep contrast monochrome, I generally find the experience of creating a photo image is more important than the final result.

    Ray Galea is available for private bookings

    Available for tutoring, weddings, private portraiture, and events.

    PHOTOS
    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-03-05
    Title or Location: Montague Island, Narooma
    This was taken on a Sea Lion snorkeling tour of Montague Island on 25/02/24. I was told the jelly is called a "Lion's Mane" and it was floating in the shallows close to the sea lion colony where we anchored up.Canon R7 in a gDome water housing. Canon Efs 10-18mm lens @11mm1/800 - f/5 - ISO 1000
    Credit: Andrew Lister
    Facebook: Andrew Lister
    Instagram: ajlister

    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: Looking for Love (:
    I belong to a Facebook Group which set weekly photographic challenges- they range from take a picture of something blue, something with curved lines, something that starts with the letter B etc it is surprising what you find when you have a set focus.While on a hunt looking for a heart shape I stumbled upon this rock platform - which had several heart shape pools on it- surrounded by love &10084&65039
    Credit: Kim Ambrose
    Facebook: @kimambrose
    Instagram: @saltyfox_fotography_xo
    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-02-10
    Title or Location: Town Beach Port Macquarie
    The surf was a little small, but it was one of the first mornings where we'd had a clear sky. So I swam out with the camera's water housing to see what I could findThis was a group of women who were surfing the waves right on front of the salty crew kiosk. Jess is the name of the surfer in middle of frameThe shutter speed was a lot higher than I'd normally use for a shit like this as I'd just captured a surfer flying past. 1/2500 - f/3.5 - ISO 100. Taken with a Canon R7 with ef-s 10-18mm
    Credit: Andrew Lister
    Facebook: Andrew Lister
    Instagram: @ajlister

    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-02-01
    Title or Location: Mud Bishops Flat, Old Bar
    I was with a group at Mud Bishops and we clambered down to the waters edge. It was only when we turned around to come back up that we noticed that every move we had made had been closely observed by these four Tawny Frogmouths.
    Credit: Valerie brodin

    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2024-01-17
    Title or Location: Mountain View Sunflower Farm
    An early morning start, taking advantage of a limited opportunity of the farm being open to the public during picking season, and a new wide angle lens.Canon 90D with a Canon 10-18mm lensf/22 1/200 sec ISO100 10mmEdited in lightroom to lift the shadows and reduce the highlights to clarify the sun star. I'm very happy with how this one turned out.
    Credit: Greg McAdam (Photographie de le Gitan Gris)
    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2023-11-24
    Title or Location: Shelly Beach, Port Macquarie.
    17:02 hours (5.02 pm) -captured in shutter priority.Focal length: 24mmShutter: 1/250 sAperture: f/4ISO: 80Exposure Compensation: 0.3 ev
    Credit: Ray Galea

    Gold Coast Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Cloudy bay, Bruny island, Tasmania
    Was my third attempt at catching the aurora. Got to campsite set up camp and looked up at the cloudy night. The clouds started to clear and managed to get down the road and get some snaps &128077
    Credit: Simon garrett
    Facebook: Slystyles_art
    Instagram: Slystyles_art
    Philadelphia Photography Group
    2024-04-15
    Title or Location: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
    I captured this house sparrow coming in for a landing on my bird feeder one rainy afternoon using my Nikon D7500 and a Sigma 100-400mm lens. The settings were 1/1250 f/6.3 Auto ISO.
    Credit: Max L. Lieberman
    Baton Rouge Photography Group
    2024-04-14
    Title or Location: Murfreesboro, Arkansas
    The classic "Diamond Ring" picture from the recent eclipse on April 8, 2024, taken from our cabin in the woods on the banks of the Little Missouri River! We (8 family members) have been eagerly waiting for this event since August of 2017, when we traveled to Athens, Tennessee for the last one!
    Credit: Craig P LaBorde

    Brisbane Photography Group
    2024-04-14
    Title or Location: Victoria Point, Brisbane
    This was my first attempt at astrophotography in Brisbane and was a trial shot more than anything. I went looking for an eastern facing foreground knowing that the Milky Way core would be rising at around 10pm from the east, leaving me few options where light pollution wouldn't be an issue. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't too harsh at vic point. I loved the foreground and the lightning in the distance on the horizon, and the satellite creaping in was another unexpected surprise with th
    Credit: Ryan Bowron
    Instagram: @rdb_photo
    Glasgow Photography Group
    2024-04-14
    Title or Location: GlenCoe. Scotland.
    This photo was taken a few years ago. I waited a long time for the right light and atmosphere. I was already cold when this picture appeared. I was very happy that my efforts were so generously rewarded.
    Credit: Bogdan
    Seattle Photography Group
    2024-04-10
    Title or Location: Edmonds, WA
    Dearing the eclipse of 2017 my family and I sat in our backyard here in WA to watch the 93 totality with our eclipse glasses. With my homemade solar filter attached to my camera, I took a series of photos of the sun during the eclipse. After processing my sun photos, I was disappointed to see that the moon only showed up as a black hole and not its proper form. I am an avid shooter of Astro photography and have several photos of the moon taken from my backyard and multiple other locations. I
    Credit: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt
    Facebook: Amanda Thornton-DeWitt Photography
    Instagram: @amandaswildlifepics

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