Adventure - Discover - Learn
Once you have mastered the basics, it’s time to take your photography to the next level. This workshop focuses on Landscape camera settings, shooting in manual mode, bracketed exposures, composition, shooting with tripods, ND & Polarising filters, remote shutter release and long exposures.
During the summer months approximately 2 million short tailed shearwaters live on Cape Woolamai. Participants will experience these magnificent birds as they return to the island just after sunset en mass. The birds will appear in the sky as a black mass just after sunset and will surround the workshop group. They are harmless but are often oblivious to humans so we will need to watch that we don’t step on them or hinder them in any way. We will maintain a respectful distance from the birds at all times and flash photography will not be allowed.
Participants will also learn about the native animals and environment unique to the island to better understand what they are shooting. All workshop facilitators are island locals and professional photographers who have an intimate understanding of the environment, seasonal fluctuations, animals and conditions on the island.
The workshop is usually facilitated by two professional photographers/educators to ensure each participant gets plenty of one to one instruction and guidance.
The workshop lasts between 3-4 hours and participants need a moderate level of fitness.
Meeting Point and Workshop Location
We will meet at the ramp to the beach at very end of Woolamai Beach Rd, Cape Woolamai.
Participants should be comfortable adjusting their ISO, shutter speed and aperture manually.
What to Bring
Participants need to bring their camera and all lenses, fully charged battery, empty memory card, good shoes, jumper or jacket, flashlight and a small bottle of water. A tripod is required for this workshop.
The Phillip Island coast can be a rugged and unforgiving place. Coastal areas are prone to rogue waves and cliff tops are unstable. The island has a very sensitive ecosystem and we will require all participants to remain on the clearly marked paths at all times for their own safety and the safety of our local flora and fauna. Photo Rangers is not responsible for any loss or injury that may occur on the workshop.
How To Reserve Your Place
To reserve your place in the workshop we require prepayment. Payment can be made either by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by direct deposit to our account - contact us for account details. When you prepay, please contact us and we’ll ensure your place is reserved. We will require your mobile number and email so we can keep you updated if there are any changes to the schedule or if weather forces a cancellation.
Cancellations and Refunds
You may cancel and get a full refund if you notify us 24 hours or more before the workshop. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice you can apply the workshop fee to a future Photo Rangers workshop.
Our Adventure Based Workshops will generally go ahead in light rain. Typically the rain on the island will not last long and afterwards we get some of the best conditions for photography. Make sure you bring a raincoat and plastic bag (to shield your camera) just in case of rain.
If the weather is severe or lightning is present, we will cancel the workshop. We will attempt to make a call on workshop cancellation 2 hours before the workshop if possible.
The Astro workshops will go ahead on cloudy evenings and we will concentrate on light painting, fire spinning, using a Pixel Stick, strobes and El Wire as conditions allow. The Astro workshops will not go ahead in rain.
Cancellation of workshop
If a workshop is cancelled we will offer you a full refund or the option of applying the fee to a future Photo Rangers workshop.
Acknowledgement of Country
Photo Rangers pay our respects to the traditional people of Phillip Island, the Boonwurrong People and pay our respects to their ancestors, elders and any who attend our workshops.