Get to know your digital camera in one of Australia’s most stunning natural environments! This workshop is designed to teach participants skills in all facets of photography, including composition, lighting, exposure, aperture/shutter speed/ISO, depth of field and much more. Michael caters for all levels of experience and is very encouraging to beginners. Lamington National Park is full of photographic opportunities, including a large variety of wildlife, rainforest and eucalypt forest landscapes, waterfalls, stunning valley views, sunsets and lots of macro subjects. These amazing photographic locations and subjects, coupled with Michael’s extensive photographic knowledge and tuition skills, means you will have an opportunity to learn plenty of valuable photographic tips, with like-minded people. And you will do so in the most tranquil, beautiful surroundings.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat/Lamington National Park, Queensland
Looking for something shorter? Try Michael's 3-day Bird Photography Workshop at Lamingtion National Park here.
$AU TBA (plus GST) per person, per room (price is for your own room, not twin share)
NB: Larger room with valley views available upon request. Please use contact form link below to receive price for upgrade.
Price includes accommodation for five nights at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, all meals, free-flight bird show entry, Qld Parks and Wildlife permits and professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic.
- Macro photography techniques - for beginners and more advanced users.
- Landscape photography techniques - in the rainforest and sunset overlooking the amazing expanse of the Kerry Valley.
- Waterfall and cascade photography.
- Bird and animal photography techniques.
- Reviews and critique of participant's images and suggestions for improvements.
- Audio-visual presentations
- Getting to know your camera and it's hidden capabilities.
- Advice on recommended cameras/lenses/accessories to use for specific purposes.
- Flash photography techniques including use of diffusers, reflectors, natural light etc.
- Group tuition as well as one-on-one tuition from Michael
- Best use of photographic accessories and gadgets.
- Free time to practice what you have learned (or simply unwind and relax in the stunning surrounds of Lamington National Park)
*PLEASE NOTE – PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
Michael Snedic’s O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park Experience:
Michael spent five years working as a nature guide for O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, in Lamington National Park and knows the area, and its natural fauna and flora, extremely well. Michael was also mentored here in photography by renowned wildlife and nature photographer and documentary-maker, Glen Threlfo. He has been presenting photo workshops and tours at O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park for the last twelve years. Michael's years of local experience, plus 19 years as a professional photography tutor, will guarantee you will not only be shown the BEST wildlife, landscape and macro subjects and locations in Lamington, but you will be shown the BEST ways to photograph them.
I have just completed Michael's Lamington National Park workshop. It was excellent, the retreat was lovely and then we had all the wonderful photography opportunities. We were able to visit some beautiful places, saw lots of different birds including the Alberts Lyrebird, the Satin Bower Bird doing his courting dance for the female and many others. Michael was very patient teaching us, I learnt how to successfully photograph in low light, I'm quite proud of a couple of my photos with water flowing. I tried macro photography which I haven't done before and was quite surprised by the results. Michael takes the time to explain how to set up your settings to achieve the best results for such a wide variety of subjects, time of day etc and is then happy to review the results and suggest things that can be altered to potentially improve when required. I would 100% recommend this workshop, in fact I'd like to do it again potentially the March one to see the difference in the wildlife and scenery at that time of year and build on my photography skills with Michael's help. Thank you.
Introduction, get to know the other participants and setting up your camera settings. This is extremely important as you need to know what gear and settings are needed for specific situations and subjects.
Bird photography techniques
After lunch – Landscape photography, incorporating a trip to the Python Rock walk. Buttress roots, vines, Crow’s Nest ferns and much more.
After breakfast - Bird photography and other wildlife photography techniques, including pademelons (small, wallaby-like macropods).
After morning tea – We head into the rainforest for more landscape photography, including cascades, mossy rocks and logs, plants and much more.
‘Birds of Prey’ flight show, where Michael will teach you how to best get photos of birds in flight.
Audiovisual on wildlife photography techniques
Field trip (lunch out) – Elabana Falls, creeks, cascades and rainforest. Learn how to take great waterfall and rainforest landscape photos. Return back to base approximately 1-2pm.
Before breakfast – Come on an early-morning bird walk with Michael. Try taking some photos or get to know the birds and their calls (Michael was a guide at O’Reilly’s for 5 years and knows his birds and calls well!).
After breakfast – Macro field trip
Wildlife Photography Techniques Presentation
Walk along Wishing tree track to creek, where we will look for the amazingly-coloured Spiny Lamington Crayfish to photograph
Late afternoon – Landscape photography, we head to Moonlight Crag to photograph the stunning valley views (including sunset).
Pre breakfast – Bird photography session
Second photo critique. Michael will give constructive feedback of images taken throughout the workshop.
Finish: 11am - 12 noon
- Five nights accommodation (own room) at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, Qld
- All meals, as per itinerary
- Parks and Wildlife permit fees
- Free-flight bird show entry fee
- Professional photography tuition by Michael Snedic
You will be staying at renowned O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park, Queensland
Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$800.00 (plus GST) The balance will be due up to 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
Maximum 8 participants
This workshop is covered by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service permits.
Cancellation up to 90 days before departure - deposit forfeited. Cancellation between 90 and 60 days before departure - 50% of total workshop price forfeited. Cancellation less than 60 days before departure or during tour, no refund available.