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Melbourne City Highlights Photography Course

Voted "Best Value Small Tour Melbourne 2013"

An exciting range of photographic courses are offered to keen amateur photographers who desire to expand their knowledge and improve their photography skills. During your photography tour of Melbourne you will shoot and explore many of the iconic sights and capture the colours this amazing city has to offer. Travel in comfort in one of Melbourne's historic trams and get on and off at each of the photo shoot sights. Complete your knowledge with a post imaging course and find out how to use photoshop to fine tune your images. All of our photographic tours have a maximum of 6 participants.
Tours commence at 1 pm standard time and 2 pm during day light saving.

Full Day Tour

The Full day tour includes an afternoon shoot using daylight and then the low light and evening tour makes up the second half of the day

Day Photography
- Meet opposite Federation Square at St Pauls Cathedral 1 pm ends 8.30 pm (1 hour later daylight savings)
The first half of the full day course starts with students being taught the skills and techniques required to capture dynamic photographs and then how to make a photograph work in any environment.

Although most digital SLRs look much like film SLRs, the additional controls on these cameras offer new challenges and exciting possibilities for the modern photographer. Issues such as file format, resolution, colour space and white balance are all new for photographers working with digital SLRs. The purpose of this one-day hands-on workshop is to explore all the controls and possibilities and exploit them to enhance your subjects and scenes. The aim is to get the most out of your digital SLR camera so you can focus on improving your photographic skills and making better images.

Evening Low Light and Night Photography - Meet opposite Federation Square at St Pauls Cathedral
New participants are invited to join the tour for the second half of the course This takes in a sunset shoot where you learn all the techniques required to take successful photos in low light and at dusk. This tour concludes with a wide collection of night shots taken in the city along the Arts precinct, Federation Square, Flinders Street and the Yarra River. This is always an exciting and challenging test for all photographers- well worth the effort to master. Your photographic knowledge will be expanded during this session.

Dandenong Ranges
Visit the majestic Dandenong Ranges and see the natural beauty the area offers. This tour concentrates on landscape photography and includes macro photography in the mountains and national parks. During the day we visit the famous Puffing Billy steam train, the Dandenong Ranges National Parks, the incredible 1000 steps, and the small townships of Ferny Creek, Sassafras, Olinda, Monbulk and Kallista. This tour caters for nature lovers and those interested in plants and animals.

This tour can be combined with the Melbourne City Highlights Tour with accommodation in Ferny Creek in the Dandenong Ranges.Transport to your accomodation is provided after the city tour and you will be dropped at the local train station for transport back to the city.

Over Night Accommodation in Ferny Creek
Combine the Melbourne City Highlights Tour with a day in the Dandenong Ranges and stay over night in a beautiful home stay right next to the the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Your accommodation includes a private room - double bed, air conditioned and heated, a private bathroom, sauna and spa and a continental breakfast. You can start your day with a walk up the famous 1000 steps and then relax in the sauna before part taking in breakfast.
Transport to your accomodation is provided after the city tour and you will be dropped at the local train station for transport back to the city.

Topics covered in the full day course

Camera menu and body set up
Get the best out of your digital SLR camera and learn how to use all of the manual settings. We cover
  • exposure
  • bracketing
  • -ev and +ev
  • aperture
  • white balance
  • shutter speed
  • choice of lens
Image Composition
Taking a photograph is more than pressing the shutter release on the camera. Many different aspects need to be considered before you take a well composed image.
  • depth of field
  • colour balance
  • rule of thirds
  • landscape or portrait
  • movement
  • correct use of light
  • angle of line of sight

Understanding the Histogram and the correct use of filters and polarisers
Learn how to understand and read the histogram on your camera and how a ND graduated filter and polariser filter works in the field.

How to create digital panoramic images
In the session you will be shown the principles of capturing multiple images you can create a digital panoramic photograph. The common errors and pit falls will be explained.

Low light setting and Night time Photography
You will revisit some of the photo sites from the afternoon shoot and learn how to compose and take the same photos with the correct settings for low light photography. This challenging session introduces you to night photography and how to use a tripod.

After the course
The notes in your handbook can be revisited for future photo shoots and you can bring your photos to the post imaging course for digital manipulation and refinement.

Photographic Knowledge Required
This workshop is intended for enthusiastic photographers using digital SLR cameras. Each participant is expected to bring a digital SLR camera with a fully charged battery and one or more lenses, memory card(s), the camera’s instruction manual and USB cable.

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Photography in the Dandenong Ranges (Start from $150)
Sunday 27 June 2015
Sunday 12 July 2015
Sunday 26 July 2015
Sunday 9 August 2015
Sunday 23 August 2015
Sunday 6 September 2015
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Half Day (Start from $88) - Full Day City Photography
(Start from $150) and Night Tour

Saturday 27 June 2015
Saturday 11 July 2015
Saturday 25 July 2015
Saturday 8 August 2015
Saturday 22 August 2015
Saturday 5 September 2015
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Post Imaging Workshop
Photoshop Topics include:
Image adjustments: exposure, contrast, sharpness,
Filters, Layers, Image Stitch - panorama, Text
Image resizing, cropping, Dodge and burn

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