MY NEWS AND ESCAPADES

There a several reasons why people come to my workshops and tours. Aside from photography, these are social events for photographers. And it depends on the needs of the group and individual clients. Software interpretations, how to see, what to look for, workflow, making friends, feeling safe in a group environment, being taken to locations at the right time and local knowledge these are just a few of the elements that are integral in a photo workshop. 

Some people just like to relax and switch off from their busy lives and have some "me" time.

The main benefit is to have people leave with new skills and the knowledge they can take with them to apply to future images and locations, and to have knowledge of these locations so that if they return on their own, they’ll know how to get around and how to deal with different light, landscapes and environments. 

As this competition gets more and more incredible entries every year it becomes harder to win an award. I have won awards every year for the last 4 years which is when I first enterered this compitition. However this is the first year I have managed to take out 1st prize in 2 categories. I am pretty happy with these wins especially the win for the botanical category. I am so proud of this image as it was super hard to set up and shoot, I had pulled a muscle in my back a couple of days earlier and was in so much pain I did not want to go out and shoot it but I was there and I am sure glad I did. The condiditons were perfect and it had taken almost 2 years for everything to come together for the execution of the image (weather)(planets) and me being able to get out to the location so I could not walk away. Lying on the ground over rocks and prickles trying to set up the composoiton was a nightmare although I was lying on my trusty car viser which I always carry for this purpose (just in case). Every time I moved or breathed the pain would grab in my back reminding me it was still there. The lighting was the next stage to set up once the composoiton was fine tuned and I knew if I could execute it the way I saw it in my head it was going to be a strong image. Off camera flash was used to create the rim light which is one of my favourite types of light. I love it when I get to use some of the technical info that I learned so long ago at ULTIMO TAFE in the studio as I dont use it nearly as much as I would like to. Once I had the lighting ratio's sorted it was just a matter of doing some test shots for placement of lights so I was back and forth from camera to lights in the most arkward positions possible until I was happy and nailed it.

To see this image please visit my astro/night gallery or award winners gallery.

http://www.juliefletcherphotography.com.au/image-galleries/event/AstroandNightImages

http://www.juliefletcherphotography.com.au/news-blog/award-winning-images

 

Another Flinders Trip done and dusted. 5 days of wilderness and wildlife fun and friendships and of course learning. I had 3 beginners on this trip which was a challenge for me with plenty of locations on offer to practice settings and compositions and plenty of time to go for a walk and find niche shots and just enjoy the surroundings. The wildlife is plentiful in the Flinders if your a wildlife chaser and there are ample opportunities for emus and several types of kangaroos and wallabies as well as birds of all descriptions.

We worked in all types of light as I believe its crucial to understand all types of lighting not just the golden hour (soft even light). I work with backlight all the time out here which is one of my favourite types of light to shoot in when I can. Its challenging light and you really need to understand your camera's settings to expose correctly using this type of light. I do not get too technical when explaining things and talk in lamens terms so you have the best chance for the penny to drop quickly and acheive good results. Composition is also crucial and I continually point out things that I am seeing when out and about as well as encourage people to show me what they are seeing and help them tighten compositons througout the tour. 

We had alot of laughs, some crazy banter and just genarally had a great time out. Sure there is frustration when something does not work or you miss the shot because your not quite there yet but thats just part of the process of learning and very normal. Even if your well versed in photography you can still learn from others and I often pick up things from participants, whether its gear or software related or a processing style I always keep an open mind.

I hope to see you one day in the great outdoors.

Juliexx

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- Lynsey Pascoe -

Hi Julie Just wanted to pass on that my grandparents absolutely loved the photograph and were over the moon with it. They have had a look at your website as well and were more than impressed with your work. Thank you again for everything :) Lynsey Pascoe New South Wales

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