How To Capture Creative Photos In Nature

How To Capture Creative Photos In Nature

Creative lighting

Every day, millions of images are posted and published. For your images to stand out from the proverbial ‘crowd’, it’s always a good idea to get a bit creative, when taking images. Try taking a photo of a subject from a completely different angle to anything you have tried before. Try shooting from different heights and use varied focal lengths. Don’t look at other photography competition winners and replicate his or her winning image(s), as it has already been done. Try angles that, quite literally, shouldn’t work according to photography rule books. You may take 50 shots, all from different positions and angles, yet only one of those images will be that unique one that works.

With digital photography, it doesn’t matter how many images you take. Shoot like crazy, experiment and see what works and what doesn’t. Try placing your subject in direct line with the sun, using the subject to cover it. You could end up with some pretty funky backlighting and effects. For those of you that own wide lenses that go to f2.8 (or smaller), get creative by focusing on just one part of an image and blur out the rest. Some will work, some won’t, but that’s the fun part of experimenting.

If your preference is for macro photography, water has the potential creating many different moods and effects. Photographing rain drop reflections can be very rewarding and create some great artistic effects. For example, try shooting a spider’s web just after sunrise, after it has rained. The subtle light can create sublime rainbow-coloured effects, especially with the sun shining at just the right angle (see image above).

For wildlife, don’t always photograph the whole animal. Try a head and shoulders portrait, or simply take shots of a bird’s feathers or a reptile’s scales. If possible, photograph just the animal’s eye(s) for a striking effect.

Images that are perfectly sharp, well composed and photographed in good lighting are nice, but do they create a positive reaction when someone looks at the image for the first time? With so many images being posted online every day, it’s an idea to showcase images that evoke a reaction, just by being ‘different’.

When looking at the winning images of photography competitions, you will often see shots that are truly unique. Judges will always agree and disagree on what’s images are winners but often it’s the ones that are ‘out there’ that win these competitions.

The best advice I can give:

“Get on out there with your camera and give anything a try. It costs you nothing and will get your creative juices flowing”

 

If you have a passion for wildlife, nature or travel photography and would love to go on a small-number, professional photography adventure, please get in touch with Michael Snedic at WildNature Photo Expeditions. You can call him on 0408 941 965 or fill in this Contact Form and he will get back to you ASAP.

16 Day Moroccan Photography Adventure

  • Moroccan desert nomads

27th of September to 12th of October 2020

ONLY TWO SPOTS LEFT!

NEW

16 Days/15 Nights

Please Note: This Moroccan Photo Adventure has been designed specifically for photographers by a renowned photographer and tour operator based in Morocco.

Price:

AUD$9995 per person (twin share). Single supplement available for AUD$1600

morocco desert life

This fabulous Moroccan Photo Adventure will be led by professional photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic, as well as a Swiss Photographer based in Morocco, who will guide you to places at the right time for optimal light and minimum crowds. Relationships with local restaurants, as well as places we will visit mean the best access possible. In addition, they will take you to the fascinating away-from-tourists back walkways for the opportunity of very special photography indeed!

We will travel over 60km into the Sahara Desert to both the High dunes and the Low Dunes. You will see less touristic sand dunes, so it is a true Moroccan desert experience. Imagine sunrises and sunsets from the top of pristine dunes - a very special experience to photograph. Stay in comfortable desert camps with complete comfort and ensuites.

morocco desert life

  • True local market experiences
  • Entire journey is in comfortable 4x4 offload cars for maximum comfort.
  • All luggage handling
  • From fascinating Riads to lovely hotels, the accommodation will be truly Moroccan and lovely.
  • Visit one of the finest and highly-regarded Moroccan pottery factories in all of Morocco. Not only will you have full access for photography, but the chance to take something home which is handmade, unique, and of highest quality.

morocco marrakech street photography

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Highlights Include:

  • Airport transfer in Morocco to and from Marrakech airport to the hotel.
  • Photography tuition and guidance during the tour, including workshops and picture review for those interested.
  • Transport with a 4×4 off-road car (max. 3 people per car), or a mini van, with driver, and including petrol.
  • 15 nights accommodations in a hotel, riad, or camp in the desert. Arrival and departure nights are included.
  • All meals (not included alcoholic drinks).
  • Local guides.
  • Entrance fees.

Excludes:

  • Air fares to Morocco and any transport outside of Morocco.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips are customary in Morocco and are not included in the price.
  • Travel insurance.

morocco chefchaouen

Itinerary:

Note: The daily programs can be subject of changes.

Day 1 – Marrakech

Individual arrival at the airport: You will be picked up at Menara airport in Marrakech. The driver will bring you to your hotel.

The group will meet at 7pm at the reception of the hotel for an introduction, followed by dinner.

Accommodation in a hotel in Marrakech.

morocco incense

Day 2 – Marrakech

After an introduction meeting, we will explore the probably most interesting city in Morocco: Marrakech. The highlights will include some architectural interesting sites such as the Koutoubia mosque and the Bahia Palace, but the main focus will be the lively medina (old town), with its colourful shops and souks (markets), followed by the famous place Djemaa el’Fna with the snake charmers, acrobats and storytellers. At sunset, we will enjoy the view from a rooftop restaurant for sunset images.

Accommodation in a hotel in Marrakech.

Photographic highlights: Marrakech and its historical sites, the medina, and the place Djemaa el’Fna.

morocco rural life markets

Day 3 – Marrakech to Ouarzazate

After breakfast, we will begin our photographic adventure to the Sahara desert. We will leave Marrakech and drive south across the High Atlas Mountains and the col of Tizi-n-Tichka. We will stop for pictures along the way to enjoy the panoramic view and to capture some wonderful images of these majestic mountains. In the afternoon, we will continue to one of the most impressive and well-preserved kasbahs and UNESCO world heritage site, the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou. We will visit this picturesque fortified village, which has been used as a film location in numerous famous films such as Gladiator, Alexander, The Mummy, Kundun, The Jewel of the Nile, and many more. It is an exciting place to explore and photograph.

Accommodation in a hotel in Ouarzazate.

Photographic highlights: The High Atlas Mountains, small Berber villages, and the ksar Ait Ben Haddou

morocco desert life

Day 4 – Ouarzazate to M’hamid

After breakfast, we will leave Ouarzazate, driving through mountainous wild landscapes, until we reach the first town in the Draa Valley called Agdez. We continue through the Draa Valley along the life-spending Draa River with its huge date palm oases. The Draa Valley once served as a link between the Sahara and the North of Morocco for the trading caravan routes that passed by the river for centuries. This part of Morocco is still much preserved in term of traditional customs and way of life. Passing Zagora the landscapes become more and more deserted and arid. After the small village of Tagounite, we will drive off-road to reach the windswept dunes of Erg Lihoudi. There will be enough time to explore the dunes with its very special sand patterns that offer unique photo opportunities.

Accommodation in a hotel in M’hamid or a bivouac in Erg Lihoudi.

Photographic highlights: Small Berber villages, Draa Valley and Draa River, oases, and the sand dunes of Erg Lihoudi.

morocco markets

Day 5 – M’hamid to Chagaga Dunes

Early morning, you can enjoy a sunrise and the soft morning light in the dunes. After breakfast, we will leave for M’hamid. In M’hamid the paved road ends and from here, we start an adventure of 60km off-road. The route passes different features of the desert: erg (sand dunes), reg (rocky desert), hammada (stony desert) and oases. The Chagaga sand dunes are far away from any civilization. It’s a mesmerizing place, where you can really feel the overwhelming tranquillity and expanse of the desert. The Chagaga sand dunes area is the largest in Morocco.

Accommodation in a bivouac near the Chagaga dunes.

Photographic highlights: Desert landscapes, oasis and the Chagaga sand dunes.

morocco incense

Day 6 – Chagaga Dunes to M’hamid

Early risers can watch the sunrise from a high dune and experience the soft light of the new day. In the course of the morning, we will leave the bivouac, driving again off-road over stony desert, back to M’hamid. In the afternoon, we will explore the little village and photograph in the evening some small beautiful dunes nearby.

Accommodation in a hotel in M’hamid.

Photographic highlights: Desert landscapes and the Chagaga sand dunes.

morocco chefchaouen

Day 7 – M’hamid to Merzouga

In the morning, we will leave for a new desert adventure to Merzouga. First, we will drive to Zagora and the Draa Valley that is famous for its dates. While we drive along the Draa River, you will see huge date palm oases and small, cultivated fields. We will leave the Draa Valley in Tansikht and drive through dry desert landscapes, dotted with acacia trees and small Berber villages, until we reach Rissani, and later Merzouga. After arriving at the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, we will have time to explore the beautiful sand dunes, with its deep shadows during the ‘golden hour’.

Accommodation in a hotel near the Sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Photographic highlights: Oases, desert landscapes, and the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

morocco desert life

Day 8 – Merzouga

Early risers can experience the sunrise and the wonderful soft morning light in ‘the sea of sand’. After the breakfast, we will drive to Rissani and visit the Sunday market with the famous donkey “parking place”. It is a colourful, very authentic, rural market, where the farmers come on their donkeys from far to buy and sell their goods. Before sunset, you will enjoy a camel ride into the sand dunes.

Accommodation near the Sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.

Photographic highlights: The market of Rissani, sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and desert life.

morocco spices

Day 9 – Merzouga to Fès

After saying ‘Good-by’ to the magnificent sand dunes, we will drive to Erfoud that is famous for its dates and fossils. We will then continue, via the Ziz Valley, to Midelt, with view of the Middle Atlas Mountains. In the afternoon, we will cross the Middle Atlas Mountains, heading east via Ifrane to Fès. Ifrane is often called ‘The Moroccan Switzerland’. On the way, we will hopefully be able to see and photograph some Berber monkeys in a forest. At the end of the day, we arrive in Fès, which is the oldest of the four imperial cities. Fès is also called the cultural, intellectual and spiritual capital of Morocco.

Accommodation in a hotel in Fès.

Photographic highlights: Desert landscapes, date palm oases, and kasbahs.

Morocco desert life

Day 10 – Fès

Today, you will enjoy a day tour of Fès, considered as Athens of Africa. It is famous for its historical monuments, rich heritage and handicraft. You will discover the mysterious Medina called Fès El Bali (UNESCO World heritage site), with its narrow alleyways and lanes with shops, medersas, mosques, and residences. Highlights of the city tour will include: the Borj Sued and Borj Nord, the Bouanania Medersa, the tanneries, and the gates of the Royal Palace. Fès is an interesting place for people who enjoy street photography.

Accommodation in a hotel in Fès.

Photographic highlights: Fès and its historical sites and lively medina.

Moroccan desert nomads

Day 11 – Fès to Chefchaouen

After breakfast, we will leave Fès, heading eastwards to Chefchaouen. We will drive through green mountains, covered with trees, until we reach the blue city of Chefchaouen. The small, charming mountain-city Chefchaouen is a photographer’s paradise. The blue and white painted houses and the small colourful medina, invite you to explore and photograph this peaceful place, hidden away in the mountains.

Accommodation Accommodation in a hotel in Chefchaouen.

Photographic highlights: City of Chefchaouen.

morocco babouche

Day 12 – Chefchaouen

Today, we will visit the Kasbah of Chefchaouen, followed by a walk through the narrow lanes of the medina. We will enjoy photographing old, blue painted houses, street cats on their search for food, and the plenty tiny shops, offering special handicraft of the region. The medina invites you to get creative and enjoy wonderful street photography.

Accommodation in a hotel in Chefchaouen.

Photographic highlights: Chefchaouen, kasbah, medina and street scenes.

Morocco markets

Day 13 – Chefchaouen to El Jadida

After breakfast, we will leave for Casablanca, where you will be able to photograph the exterior of the beautiful mosque Hassan II. It is the largest mosque in Africa and has the world’s tallest minaret (210m). After the visit we will continue to El Jadida.

Accommodation in a hotel in El Jadida.

Photographic highlights: Mosque Hassan II in Casablanca.

Day 14 – El Jadida to Essaouira

Early morning, we will drive to the charming coastal town Essaouira – another paradise for photographers. We will arrive mid afternoon and have time to photograph the beach and coast with its fishermen and countless hungry seagulls during sunset.

Accommodation in a hotel in Essaouira..

Photographic highlights: The coastal town Essaouira – beach and coast.

Morocco essaouira

Photos courtesy of and copyright to: Rosa Frei

Day 15 – Essaouira to Marrakech

In the morning, we will explore Essaouira in the soft morning light and watch the fisher men bring in the fresh fish from the sea, surrounded by seagulls and hungry cats. We will photograph the sqala, harbour and the lively medina. After lunch, we will leave for Marrakech. On the way we will see the famous Argan trees. The vitamin-rich Argan oil, made from its nuts, can be used variously, i.e. for culinary use, as cosmetics or medicine. Back in Marrakech, we will have a last discussion and enjoy a fabulous dinner.

Accommodation in a hotel in Marrakech.

Photographic highlights: The coastal town Essaouira.

Day 16 – Marrakech

Individual departure. You will be transferred to the airport in Marrakech in time for your flight home.

desert sand dunes

Bookings:

To confirm one of the limited spots available on this unique Moroccan Photography Adventure, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required.

NB: This Photo Adventure will be capped at a maximum of 8-9 participants. A minimum of 4 participants are needed for the tour to proceed.

Cancellation Policy:

  • From booking date to 71 days before departure, loss of 20% deposit
  • Between 70 and 46 days before departure, 50% of the cost of the Photography Tour forfeited.
  • 45 days or less before departure (or failure to join the Photo Tour), 100% of the cost of the Photography Tour forfeited.

 

NB - COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS A NECESSITY WHEN BOOKING THIS PHOTO TOUR

Contact:

To ask any questions you may have regarding this very unique photographic adventure, or to book one of the limited places, please contact Michael via the contact form or call +61 408 941 965

morocco cities medina

5 Day Victoria Photography Workshop – City, Beach and Bush

  • Superb Lyrebird in Courtship Display

Come and join us on this BRAND NEW Victorian Photography Workshop, visiting a wide variety of locations and subjects.

About the Workshop and Tour:

NEW

Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic on this exciting new Victorian photography tour. From when you will be picked up by bus, until when you are dropped off at the end ion the workshop, everything is organised for you.  Lot's of work has gone into researching the best possible locations and subjects to photograph. You simply need to enjoy the photography locations and subjects, eat tasty food, learn lots of new photography techniques and relax!

Cockatoos Grants Picnic Ground

When:

Monday the 4th to Friday the 8th of May 2020 (five days/four nights)

Yarra River - Melbourne

Where:

  • Melbourne including Arts Centre, Federation Square, Yarra River bank, Melbourne Skyline, Southbank Promenade and Flinders Street Station
  • Brighton
  • St Kilda
  • Dandenong Ranges including the famous steam train, Puffing Billy
  • Olinda Falls
  • Sherbrooke ForestDomaine Chardon Winery
  • Wirrawilla Rainforest
  • Healsville Sanctuary
  • Warburton
  • Montsalvat Artist’s Colon
  • Eltham
  • and much more

Montalvat - Eltham

Cost:

$AU2895 (plus GST) per person (each participant gets a single room)

 

Mossy-Stream-Warburton

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Transport:

12 seater bus. Pick-up an drop-off in Melbourne

Meeting Point:

Arts Centre in St Kilda Road

Accommodation:

Four nights at York On Lilydale (single room).

Federation Square

Photography Skill Level:

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. You will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Maximum Numbers:

This workshop is capped at a maximum of nine participants (minimum of six participants required for workshop to proceed)

Melbourne at Night

Inclusions:

  • Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic
  • Four nights accommodation at York On Lilydale (Standard Room - twin share)
  • All meals (as specified)
  • Transport in a 12 seater bus
  • Entry to Healsville Sanctuary, Cloud Hill Gardens and Monstalvat Artists Colony

Exclusions:

  • Transport to/from Victoria & all associated expenses;
  • Hotel “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.
  • Accommodation in Melbourne before and after tour

Cloude Hill Garden 2

About Your Photography Tutor:

Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been passionate about the natural world since he was very young and has now been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. He has also written many dozens of magazine articles on nature/photography since 2001, including Australian GeographicWildlife AustraliaBirdlife Australia, the UK’s BBC Wildlife and Australian Photography (Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine) which he has been a feature writer for since 2006.

Michael is honoured to be a Nikon School Tutor for Australia.

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary:

Day 1

Meet at St Kilda Road near the Arts Centre, Melbourne, where you will be picked up by Michael.

Workshop session at Brighton - Introduction to camera settings and photography techniques explained.

Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes). This location provides an opportunity to photograph the colorful bathing boxes on Brighton Beach and views to the CBD.

Brief stop at St Kilda Pier.

Princes Pier - (Long Exposures) - Photographing the old piles of the Princes Pier at Port Melbourne. Long exposure techniques on tripods to smooth the water.

Lunch

City Photography Walk, including view of Melbourne from Swan Street Bridge, Yarra River Bank, Federation Square, Hosier Land (Graffiti Centre), Evan Walker Bridge, Princes Bridge, Melbourne Skyline, Southbank Promenade, Flinder’s Street Station and more.

Travel to Lillydale.

Warburton Redwood Forest

Day 2

Dandenong Ranges, heading to Olinda Falls for rainforest photography.

Puffing Billy at Trestle Bridge.

Photography at Menzies Creek Station.

Bird photography session in-the-field.

Lunch

Sherbrooke Forest for macro and landscape photography and possible Superb Lyrebirds.

Visit Gardens at Cloudehill Nursery – gardens dating back to 1890’s.

Roadside autumn colour changes photography session.

Photo Critique Session – Lilydale.

Flinders Street Station

Day 3

Visit Domaine Chardon Winery for a photography session.

Drive to Wirrawilla Rainforest near Toolangi.

Myrtle Beech Forest where a 1 km long boardwalk takes us along a circular route by the side of Sylvia Creek for a macro and landscape photography session).

Lunch

Healsville Sanctuary for an afternoon wildlife photography session.

Sherbrooke Forest

Day 4

Drive to Warburton - This 45-minute drive will take us to the old pioneering and gold mining town of Warburton near the head of the Yarra River. We will travel past a number of wineries, drive on through the town and stop at the Redwood Forest at Cement Creek. This is one of the few places to see giant Sequoia trees outside their natural environment in Northern California.

Head to the Big Peninsular Tunnel at Reefton to photograph the Yarra River cascades and tunnel entrance / exit. The tunnel was dug through a neck in the river in 1864 so that gold could be extracted from the river bed.

Lunch

Drive to the Rainforest Gallery – a boardwalk through the rain forest gives views of ferns, moss and a small stream with mossy rocks.

Time to photograph the rapids, cascades and street scapes in Warburton.

Audiovisual presentation on wildlife and wilderness photography.

Healesville Koala

Day 5

Photo shoot at Montsalvat Artist’s Colony. Montsalvat was established by Justus Jörgensen in 1934. It is home to over a dozen buildings, houses and halls set amongst richly established gardens on 12 acres of land.

Lunch

Drive to Westerfolds Park in Templestowe and walk a short distance to photograph kangaroos that range through the park. Some birds may also be present in this area of the park.

Photo critique session in the field.

Workshop concludes. Local people leave for home. Others will be driven to the CBD or airport.

Evan Walker Bridge

Things To Bring

A substantial list of items to bring will be forwarded to you during the booking process. Warm and water proof clothing is essential, as is all your own personal camera gear.

Hosier Lane

To Make A Booking

 Please contact Michael to be sent payment details

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$500.00 (plus GST). The balance will be due 90 days before the start of the workshop date. 

        Cancellation Policy: Cancellation between 90 and 45 days before departure - 50% of total workshop price refunded. Cancellation less than 45 days before departure or during tour, no refund available.

        ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF AND COPYRIGHT TO: BRUCE WILSON

Wirrawilla

Wildlife Photography Workshop – Lone Pine Sanctuary – Brisbane

Koala with joey

When:

NEW

No Dates Currently Available

Time:

Time: 9.30am to 1.30pm

Price:

TBA

Common Wombat

Would you like to spend half a day at Brisbane's Lone Pine Wildlife Sanctuary, learning how to photograph a wide variety of animals on display?  You will benefit greatly from the tips and techniques offered throughout this workshop, specific to wildlife photography.

Photographic tuition is geared towards all skill levels (including beginners). Michael is a very patient tutor and lots of questions are welcome!

Rainbow Lorikeets

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Itinerary

9.30amIntroductions, an outline of what to expect from the workshop, then recommended camera settings will be discussed. Subjects covered will include best use of aperture/DOF, recommended shutter speeds, focal points, white balance, low-light photography, ISO, metering and much more. Once this session is complete, we will head out in the Sanctuary and start photographing the various animals (Michael will assist you to make sure your camera is set up correctly, before you start shooting).
11.30amMorning Tea. Time for a cuppa! Michael will be available during morning tea for any photography-related questions you may have.
12 noonMichael will present a session on flash techniques, as well as composition. He will also talk about how to get creative with your images, by thinking 'outside the box'. We will continue photographing any species we have missed and come back to any favourites!
1:30pmFinish.

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Echidna

Tasmanian Devil

Topics Covered Include

  • Composition
  • Recommended Aperture
  • Recommended Shutter Speeds and ISO
  • Focal Points
  • Focus Styles
  • Metering
  • Exposure Compensation (for Aperture Priority)
  • Flash Use
  • Hand-held versus Monopod
  • How to Achieve Creative Images
  • Recommended Accessories
  • And Much More…

How to book

For more information on this workshop or to book your place, please contact Michael on +61 408 941 965 or by using the contact form.

 

Barn Owl

5 Day Cradle Mountain Autumn Photography Workshop – Tasmania

  • Aurora-Cradle Mountain

Come along and photograph beautiful Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, during the incredible autumn-colour changes of the Nothofagus Gunnii (Deciduous Beech Tree)

Next Workshop and Tour:
May 2021

About the Workshop and Tour:

Join professional wildlife and nature photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic and renowned landscape photographer, Ben Fewtrell, on this exciting new photography tour of Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, in autumn!

'The golden-orange autumn colours of the deciduous beech Nothofagus gunnii – also known as ‘Fagus’– make autumn a delight in alpine areas like the Overland Track and Mt Field. Fagus is Tasmania’s only deciduous tree – it usually changes colour around the Anzac Day holiday (April 25) and holds its colour into May’ (text from Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website)

Aurora-Cradle Mountain_Tasmania

When:

May 2021 (five days/four nights)

Where:

Cradle Mountain – Tasmania

Cost:

TBA

*Single supplement available 

Wombat Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Transport:

12 seater bus. All transport within Tasmania is included, starting and finishing at your hotel in Launceston.

Meeting Point:

Launceston hotel pick ups and drop offs included. Participants will need to arrive in Launceston the day before and stay one night after the workshop.

Accommodation:

Cradle Mountain Hotel, Tasmania (Standard Room - twin share)

Cradle Mt and Dove Lake - Cradle Mt Lake St Clair N.P. - Tasmania_1ms6845

Photography Skill Level:

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. With 2 experienced photographers and professional tutoring , you will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

Maximum Numbers:

This workshop is capped at 10 participants, giving you maximum tuition time with Michael and Ben

Red Fungi - Tarkine- Tasmania

Testimonial

“In May 2018 I joined Michael on his photography workshop to Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. What a wonderful location to indulge my passion for photography – beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna. Regardless of the weather there was always an opportunity to make imagery and to learn.
Michael and Ben Fewtrell (who co-presents the workshop with Michael) provided friendly and knowledgeable advice and assistance with camera gear, settings and post-processing of images in Lightroom to ensure we achieved the best results possible.

Aside from the wonderful location, I also enjoy the camaraderie shared with workshop participants who willingly share their experiences and knowledge.
As a participant, arrangements for accommodation, meals and transport were comfortable and seamless.

Cradle Mountain was my second workshop in Tasmania with Michael, my first was to the Tarkine region. With the diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna available to see in Tasmania I plan to participate in future workshops with Michael.

Whatever your skill level, if you wish to improve your photography, I have no hesitation in recommending participation in Michael Snedic’s Wildnature Photo Expeditions :-))”

Julie Westley

Julie Westley – Middle Park, Brisbane, Queensland

Inclusions:

  • Professional Photography Tuition from Michael Snedic and Ben Fewtrell
  • Four nights accommodation at the Cradle Mountain Hotel (Standard Room - twin share)
  • All meals (as specified)
  • Transport in Tasmania in a 12 seater bus
  • Entry to ‘Devils at Cradle’ Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife pass

Exclusions:

  • Transport to/from Tasmania & all associated expenses;
  • Hotel “in-room” expenses
  • Other personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages with meals.
  • Accommodation at Launceston before and after tour

Tasmanian wildlife

About Your Photography Tutors:

Michael Snedic

Michael Snedic, Professional Photographer and Proprietor of WildNature Photo Expeditions, has been passionate about the natural world since he was very young and has now been photographing wildlife and nature for twenty years. He is one of Australia’s most accomplished and published nature photographers, his images having won numerous awards. Michael’s images have been published across Australia and the world, in hundreds of publications. He has also written many dozens of magazine articles on nature/photography since 2001, including Australian GeographicWildlife AustraliaBirdlife Australia, the UK’s BBC Wildlife and Australian Photography (Australia’s largest-selling photography magazine) which he has been a feature writer for since 2006.

Michael is honoured to be a Nikon School Tutor for Australia.

Michael Snedic Pro Photographer and Tutor

Itinerary:

Day 1

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Launceston, where we will drive our bus to Cradle Mountain Hotel, our base for the duration of the photo tour. After checking in and a short break, we will get together for a briefing, before heading to Dove Lake for our first sunset shoot. Then its a scrumptious dinner, followed by an audio-visual presentation.

Day 2

Today we will shoot sunrise at Dove Lake, as well as exploring the ancient alpine rainforest of the region. We will then visit Waldheim, a rustic hut nestled deep in the rainforest, surrounded by ancient rainforests and autumn fungi in the rainforest. In the afternoon we will head to the famous ‘Devils At Cradle' for a chance to photograph this iconic Tasmanian wildlife species. Ben will also present the first of his two sessions on Adobe Lightroom.

Day 3

After breakfast, we will be taking a stroll around Dove Lake, photographing the wonderful plants and landscapes the area has to offer. The ‘Nothofagus’ (Beech Trees) losing their leaves will make for some great images! Lunch will be a ‘packed lunch’ out in the field. Back for the afternoon for a break, dinner, then out for another sunset session at Dove Lake. This time around to the famous ‘Boat Shed’. We will also have a bit of fun doing some ‘astro photography’!

coral fungi

Day 4

A second attempt at sunrise at Dove Lake, followed by breakfast. We will then spend the morning photographing the rainforest landscapes and fungi along the ‘Enchanted Walk’ and ‘Waterfalls Walk’, which include the waterfall at Pencil Pine Falls. Back for lunch, then Ben will present his second Adobe Lightroom session. Some free time to visit the wonderful images in the Wilderness gallery, then in the late afternoon, we head to Ronney Creek to photograph echidnas, wombats and wallabies!

Day 5

Should we have missed out on a sunrise at Dove Lake due to possible inclement weather, we will return for one last attempt. Otherwise, we will head on out and do some more exploring with our camera. A packed lunch will be organised for our trip back to our starting point in Launceston

Cradle Mountain Nick Brunlow

Image courtesy of and copyright to Nick Brunlow

Tasmania’s Weather

Autumn weather is very changeable, especially in the mountains and west coast. Participants would be well advised to check the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather forecast for Cradle Mountain in the days leading up to the Workshop before making final decisions on what to pack, but as with any outdoor activities, it is important that you are properly prepared for all kinds of weather.

Things To Bring

A substantial list of items to bring will be forwarded to you during the booking process. Warm and water proof clothing is essential, as is all your own personal camera gear.

Tasmanian Photo Tour participants

To Make A Booking

 Please contact Michael to be sent payment details

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$500.00 (plus GST). The balance will be due 45 days before the start of the tour date. 

        Cancellation Policy: Cancellation between 60 and 30 days before departure - 50% of total tour price. Cancellation less than 30 days before departure or during tour, no refund given.

 

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