Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Finding pictures wherever you are

There is an unlimited number of unique pictures just waiting to be taken. These photographic workshops will show you how to use your DSLR camera to make considered, thoughtful pictures wherever you might be.

Held in the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney by Paul Foley, a Sydney-based photographer with over 25 years experience, these ‘Finding Pictures Wherever You Are’ workshops are all about understanding the creative aspects of the DSLR camera, with the aim of setting you on the path to your own style, with skills and techniques that nurture inspiration.

You will learn to hone your composition skills, as well as use light and shadow to add depth and drama to your photographs. Learn how to control depth of field and add deliberate motion blur, as well as the ins and outs of polarizing and graduated filters.

These workshops will help you gain the skills to 'find' pictures by exploiting the techniques and photographic rules that apply to DSLR cameras. By knowing when to adjust aperture, shutter speed and ISO, a photographer can manipulate texture, depth of field, movement and colour to 'create' photos rather than just 'take' them. This course is for the keen enthusiast who knows the basics of how their camera operates and owns a tripod and shutter release.

Because class size is limited to no more than 12, Paul is able to give everyone personal attention. The morning finishes with a beautiful lunch in the courtyard where you can discuss your pictures and Paul will answer any questions.

A unique feature of Paul's workshops is ongoing tuition. In the month following the workshop, each attendee can submit up to five pictures by email for assessment and suggestions; or you can ask questions about anything photographic to improve your pictures or solve a technical challenge.

The fee also includes:

  • one-on-one online assessment of up to five pictures you make in the month after the workshop
  • PDF workbook for ongoing reference and instruction
  • free A3 fine art print on archival cotton rag paper of one of your favourite pics personally made by Paul Foley.

When: Workshops will be held on Saturday 8 September, or 6 October, or 10 November 2012 from 9 am to 1.30 pm. 
Where: Meet at the Foundation & Friends Cottage, Mrs Macquaries Road, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
Cost: $150.00 Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens members / $175 for non members (includes morning tea and lunch).  To book: go to Foundation & Friends events and click on the quick link to online bookings or phone (02) 9231 8182 during office hours.