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Workshop Itinerary

For Away the Art of Photography we will be offering the delegates the opportunity to join one of 2 skill sets groups. Both of our groups will cover the same topics, just at varying degrees of expertise.

The Introductory group is perfect for those photography enthusiasts’s looking to develop their entry level skills, whilst learning some valuable tips and tricks from our Photography Masters.

The Advanced Group will be taking your already keenly developed photographic skills to new heights under the direct guidance of our Industry Icons.

Sunday 13 July

3.00pm – 5.00pm Registrations at Reef Lounge located ground floor or Reef View Hotel
6.30pm – 9.30pm

Welcome Dinner – The Bougainvillea Marquee.
Includes a Buffet Dinner and a Cash bar will be available to purchase drinks.
Audio Visuals from the hosts and photos from previous AWAY courses.

Monday 14 July

At leisure Breakfast at Pool Terrace Restaurant, Sails or Wildlife Park
9.00am – 5.00pm Workshop Session including the following topics
  • Introductory Group—For those not completely sure about the equipment, this session will bring you up to speed: camera basics, apertures and shutter speeds, white balance and how to process your files quickly and easily in software like Light room and Capture One (Barnicle Room, Yacht Club).
  • Advanced Group—Professional Portraiture Secrets. Let David Oliver explain how he produces his award-winning portraits – his equipment, how he finds the light, and how he poses his subjects. Work with him as he demonstrates his approach on location (Auditorium, Yacht Club)
10.30am Morning tea
10.45am Workshop Session including the following topics
  • Introductory Group—The essential portrait photography skills, including camera control, posing and lighting. This is an introduction to portraiture so you will have all the skills and knowledge needed to capture amazing portraits of your own (Barnicle Room, Yacht Club).
  • Advanced Group—Photoshop Skills including colour management, working in 16-bit, Photoshop layers and masking. There are lots of ‘little things’ behind exhibition-quality prints and Peter Eastway will explain these simply. These are the essential building blocks for moving up to professional quality images (Auditorium, Yacht Club).
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm - 3.30pm Mystery Session with hosts.
3.30pm Workshop Session including the following topics (Auditorium, Yacht Club)
  • Aerial Photography Presentation in preparation for Thursday’s helicopter flight. We want you to come back with amazing photos, so let Bruce Pottinger share his experience shooting from the air. Compare available light and flash techniques.
4.15pm Afternoon Tea
At leisure Dinner – own arrangements

Tuesday 15 July

At leisure Breakfast at Pool Terrace Restaurant, Sails or Wildlife Park

7.30am – 2.00pm

Meet at Front Street (Watersports)  for the Whitehaven Beach Trip, departing 8am

8.00-2.30pm (High Tide is at 13.03pm)

2 Groups rotating between the below activities (dependant on numbers)

  • Walk to Hill Inlet lookout—landscape and stitching photography.
  • Whitehaven Beach Photography Session (Portrait and Action)

Lunch packs and water bottles provided to have on Whitehaven (weather permitting) Group Photo on Whitehaven Beach and depart at 1.30pm, arrive back at Hamilton Island at approximately 2pm.

3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3.30pm - 5.00pm Back to the Auditorium at the Yacht Club for an afternoon editing session and workshop with the hosts
6.30pm – 10.00pm

Poolside Dinner – Includes BBQ Buffet dinner

Cash bar will be available to purchase drinks. Make your own way to the Main Pool in the Resort Centre.

Wednesday 16 July

    • 5.00am - Sunrise shoot from Passage Peak with Peter (Strong fitness level required)
    • 5.30am – Sunrise shoot from One Tree Hill with David (Walk up great Northern Highway)

    Both walks include snack packs handed out on departure from the Reef View Hotel

    At leisure Breakfast at Pool Terrace Restaurant, Sails or Wildlife Park

    9.00am - 9.30am

    Wedding shoot introduction from Clair Oliver

    9.45am Bus Transfers from the Yacht Club to the Chapel for Group 1
    10.00am - 11.00am Group 1- Mock up’ wedding in All Saints Chapel and location shoot.
    Group 2- Newborn/baby photography – at the Yacht Club

    Group 1 bus transfer back to the Yacht Club for newborn shoot and swap with Group 2.

    11.00am - 12.00pm Group 1- Newborn/baby photography – at the Yacht Club.
    Group 2- Mock up’ wedding in All Saints Chapel and location shoot.
    12.00pm Bus Transfer from Chapel to Yacht Club
    12.30pm - 1.30pm


    1.30pm - 3.30pm

    Workshop session including the following topics (Auditorium, Yacht Club)

    • RAW processing, file management and print techniques by Bruce. An efficient workflow will allow you to get the most out of your photography.
    • The creative process by Peter. It’s great to know lots of different camera and editing techniques, but what do you do with them? You need to think about your creative approach – and here’s how!

    Using Nik Software by David. Photoshop isn’t for everyone, but Nik’s plug-ins make it easy to explore the creative potential in your images with an easy to use interface.

      At leisure Dinner - Own arrangments

      Thursday 17 July

      At leisure Breakfast at Pool Terrace Restaurant, Sails or Wildlife Park
      8.30am - 11.30am Workshop session with hosts.
      10.30am Morning Tea
      11.00am - 4.00pm

      ½ hour Heli Flight (time slots to be advised on island) over Whitehaven Beach.

      • 30min Helicopter Flight—Aerial photography of Whitehaven Beach, Tongue Point & Tongue Bay with views of Hill Inlet.

      Workshop Session (Auditorium, Yacht Club). Editing Session: This is an incredibly popular session where you bring your laptops to the Auditorium and work on your photographs. Share your images with other attendees, sit next to one of the presenters as they help you analyse and improve your images.

      • Image critique and advice

      Audio visual image preparation for the evenings AV Presentation.

      1.00pm – 2.00pm Lunch
      3.30pm Afternoon Tea

      Farewell Dinner at the Yacht Club Ketch & Cutter Room
      Includes Dinner and 4 hour beverage package
      Make own arrangements to Yacht Club (Adults only)

      What to Bring

      • Any level of experience – it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced photographer. 
      • Your camera – We recommend a Digital SLR / SLR and if you have more professional equipment, that as well.
      • Sturdy tripod
      • A wide-angle lens
      • A telephoto lens
      • We recommend a wide-aperture lens for portraiture, like a 50mm f1.4 or an 85mm f1.8 etc
      • A polariser filter (circular)
      • A backpack style camera bag
      • A USB drive for transferring images
      • Cable Release / remote release
      • At least 16GB of cards (depending on Camera file sizes) and Special film if required. Both can be purchased form the Island’s Photo Store if necessary. Even hard drive storage, batteries etc – all the usual ‘extra’s’
      • There is usually time to get advice from the leaders about any aspect of photography you need a hand with.
      • Personal laptop - MAC or PC loaded with Lightroom, Aperture, Capture One, Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. You don’t need all of them, just what you usually use.
      • Sun screen 30+
      • Good hat, shorts, swimmers, sunglasses
      • Closed walking shoes for the day tours
      • Reef shoes or booties would also be a good idea but certainly not a necessity

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