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Woodland-Nature Photography

Woodland-Nature Photography

Sunday 03 March
- 9am - 2 Hours
Ray Galea
Have you ever tried your hand at photographing a forest, and come away from that shoot disappointed and frustrated at the results?
If you are either a beginner looking to master the fundamentals, or intermediate photographer seeking fresh insights in capturing a rainforest with its flora and fauna, look no further than our 2-hour workshop at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre covering this facet hosted by our professional lensman, Ray.
An experienced photographer spanning more than 30 years in photo media, Ray will provide the ultimate guide to this genre. Participants will also receive a digital tutorial/manual created by your host.
Woodland-Nature Photography is one of the most difficult and challenging genres of this medium. A rainforest is generally cluttered, chaotic, and unforgiving place to capture with camera and lens. Good compositions can be challenging and difficult to configure. But this genre can also be one of the most rewarding photography genres.
Getting beyond the hurdles of frustration of this genre takes much patience and loads of practice, there are no ways around that adage, of practice makes perfect.
When under the canopy of a woodland area, it can be surprisingly dark. We often do not notice this due to the way our eyes adapt so well to low light situations, but unfortunately the camera is nowhere near as advanced as the human eye, particularly if you are shooting in auto!
This photography session offers a non-definitive list of tips and tricks to help with your Woodland-Nature Photography. It is the advice your tutor applies in his own style to specifically take participants to the next run of the ladder.
While a natural landscape benefits from water and spectacular light, forests are more forgiving. Grey, dull skies, and even rain soften the light and simplifies the scene. You guessed it; light is one of the vital compositional elements.
Few things are more beautiful than trees in the soft, warm light of the morning sun. Avoid the midday light that may create too much chaos with burnt-out reflexes in foliage and a cluster of black shadows.
Other factors that help increase your chances of producing good outcomes are edges, corners, and depth. The latter, such as a sense of depth, may place the definitive element in the foreground or using leading lines created by branches or fallen trees towards a backdrop.
Various topics for discussion will certainly include the choice of lens. Focal length is so much more than angle-of-view. Different focal lengths alter the compression of the scene and thereby the relationship between near and far subjects. For a composition in the forest, this relationship can mean all the difference.
Port Macquarie Photography Group hopes that this session at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre will plant a seed of inspiration for your photography passion.

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$43      
Monochrome Photography - B&W and Sepia

Monochrome Photography - B&W and Sepia

Sunday 17 March
Pacific Drive - 9am - 3 Hours
Ray Galea
In the extremely diverse world of photography, photographers are often confronted with the challenge of finding and developing their artistic vision. Whether it is monochrome (black and white, sepia) or colour, the challenge is ever there.

In this 3-hour session at Shelly Beach and nearby Sea Acres National Park, your host Ray, will emphasise that Monochrome Photography teaches us how to see differently and how to capture differently. This genre removes all distractions and focuses on three things: the subject, light, and the background. You will learn to incorporate tones of a single colour used to represent all the different monochromic hues within an image. After all, the definition of Monochrome Photography is an image displaying a single colour or different shades of a single colour. Monochrome is photography in which the entire image is recorded and represented by differing amounts of light instead of different hues.

Ray studied photography based on the Langford curriculum adapted by Royal College of Art, London, and the then Sydney Institute of Photography. Your host draws his monochromic inspirations from the inner visions of past masters including: Eugene Atget, Edward Steichen, Man Ray, Brassai, Walker Evans, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier Bresson, Ansel Adams, Yousuf Karsh, and Philippe Halsman.

This 3-hour session could be a game changer because Monochrome Photography represents subjects in varying shades of neutral grey but includes no other colours. This stands in stark contrast to contemporary colour photography in which the actual colours present in the subject are captured and represented in the photograph.

Because of this distinction, monochrome images are not true renditions of the world, but rather abstractions that represent different colours with different shades of the same colour. Thereby, Monochrome Photography is most often used for artistic and aesthetic purposes.

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

Focal Length Characteristics

Saturday 06 April
Pacific Drive - 9am - 2 Hours
Ray Galea
Ever wondered how focal length determines photography?
In this 2-hour session, your host will go to detail and demonstrate how focal length impacts the look and quality of a capture in various ways, such as
field of view, depth of field, perspective, focal length comparisons, and how to select a camera lens for its focal length and perspective genre, including best lens for travel photography, portraiture, landscape, street photography, wedding photography, concert photography, macro photography, and more, including a comprehensive digital manual on this specific topic!
Participants will also receive a digital tutorial/manual created by your host.
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$43      

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      
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      

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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  • REVIEWS
    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
    Great to learn some new techniques to take photos in the evening
    5/5
    Valerie
    2023-08-14

    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
    2024-02-20
    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
    Port Macquarie Photography Group
    2023-03-27
    Title or Location: Lighthouse Beach Port Macquarie NSW 2444
    Out walking my dog and this amazing storm shelf cloud developed at lightning speed. Managing to get this panorama on my Fuji xt2 before making a hasty retreat back to the car... The heavens opened up very soon after along with some crazy lightning...
    Credit: Diane Willingham
    Facebook: Diane Willingham
    Instagram: dimawi62

    Colchester Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: Essex, UK
    A Gerbera cut flower taken in my lightbox using my Sigma Macro Lens. The gerbera makes such a lovely subject.
    Credit: Richard march
    Facebook: Photography by Richard March
    London Photography Group
    2024-02-20
    Title or Location: American Kestrel at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy
    First off, I have to say that I am not a "Birder". But I love challenging my photographic skills and abilities. The American Kestrel is not a big bird, and it is fast. So even when you know its takeoff is imminent, it is still hard to get a nice clear photo of the bird. This particular image was shot with a Canon R6 camera, with the RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens at 1/5000 sec, f/7.1 and ISO 4000. I used the animal eye-tracking feature of this mirrorless full frame camera, and was very plea
    Credit: Kevin Rodger
    Facebook: Kevin Rodger
    Instagram: ckrodger
    Syracuse Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Horseshow Bend in Page, AZ
    I had shot the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend the same morning and was hoping for a blazing sunset at this location after talking to the other photographers present at sunrise. Even with some clouds, we were not so fortunate and when the sunlight was casting on the water I switched to black and white mentality and was able to capture this photo. You can just see the setting sun in the upper right corner for the photo.
    Credit: Marc Gerbsch
    Facebook: marc.gerbsch

    Peterborough Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Nene Valley Railway - Wansford
    I was on a leisurely family walk going towards Nene Valley Railway in Wansford when serendipity struck, and I found myself in the perfect spot to capture a captivating moment. The sight of a steam train preparing to depart from the station sparked a rush of excitement and nostalgia. The timeless allure of steam trains and the bustling atmosphere of the railway added a touch of history and charm to my photography experience.
    Credit: Darnell
    Instagram: Viewfinderd
    Wichita Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Halstead Kansas, outside my house
    It was a cloudy day and my cat was up in the tree. he had always had very deep blue, but with all the defused light from the clouds and the contrast from the tree bark, It sent me running for my camera.I shot it on a Nikon D5600, with a 70 - 200mm lens, on January 25, 2024.I shot it raw while in manual mode, the aperture was 4.1, the iso 100, and the shutter speed was 1 over 700.
    Credit: Matthew Rowe
    Swansea Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: Three Cliffs Bay, The Gower, Swansea
    This one took a bit of planning to catch the Milky Way in the place I wanted, the Weather, Moon, and Milky Way core all had to be right and as you might guess it took a few seasons for it to come together, every time it was a walk in the dark over the sand dunes from Pennard to get to the right spot on the cliff edge, I'm a little picky when it comes to star trails and although there are certain formulas for shutter speed to "visibly" limit star trails I'd rather have none, so I dragged my Star
    Credit: Terry Brooks

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