This is a question I get asked regularly, and there really is no answer (sorry!). The answer depends on you, what sort of landscapes you like shooting, what other gear you have, the environment you shoot in.... the list goes on….
Darwin will always hold a very, very special place with me - it is where I first became inspired to learn about taking landscape photos.
Don't worry, I'm not leaving town! I have many years to come, of photographing the NT. But I am very excited about getting out in to some new territory….
For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you probably guessed that I was going to start offering Photowalks to budding photographers in the area!
And what's even better?
For the first Darwin Photo Tour, I will be giving away 8 places for my launch competition!!! Keep reading for details on how to win!
What are Darwin Photo Tours?
Darwin Photo Tours are going to be conducted by me, Louise Denton. You can see examples of my work within this blog and on my portfolio website www.louisedenton.com
Darwin Photo Tours are exactly that - visiting locations around Darwin that are great for landscape photos! I specialise in seascape photos, and also in other Darwin landscape photography, nature and wildlife photography.
So, if you think you might be interested in finding some great locations in and around Darwin and the Top End, the photo tours could be for you!
It's not all about the location alone, of course. And it's not just about having a good camera. You've got to be able to use it!
That's where I come in. I will be giving guidance on how to take better landscape and seascape photos.
I will be sharing...
- How to get away from "auto" mode on your camera
- The basics on how ISO, aperture and shutter speed all work
- How to compose a scene, what to look for, and where to position the camera
- What settings are ideal to use, for what circumstance
- The answers to any questions you have!
Groups on my photo tours are limited to 8 people, so there will be time for me to get around to everyone individually, as well as talk to the group. And it's not just me you can learn from. These walking tours will be full of other people who love to take photos, a great place to share ideas, tips and knowledge.
Where will we go?
Upcoming itineraries are still being finalised, and dates are to be confirmed.
Locations will be Darwin beaches and parks, covering seascape, landscape and nature photography, including birds, flowers and other local fauna. We are lucky that Darwin is a very green city, with lots of great scenery to explore.
East Point, Mindil Beach, Casuarina Beach and my favourite, Nightcliff Foreshore.
Tours are set to begin on a regular basis at the start of July with a couple of close-to-Darwin sunset/parks sessions.
Some tours will offer a pick up minibus service, for those visiting Darwin or those without their own transport.
Within a few weeks, the groups will be venturing further out of town to some popular, and some lesser known locations outside of town. Day trips and eventually two day workshops will also be offered.
Stay tuned to this blog and to my Portfolio Website to keep up to date with new itineraries released. You will also be able to book (and purchase) online from my portfolio website.
Well, how can I win a tour?!
The first ever Louise Denton Darwin Photo Tour is planned for Monday 24th June. It is a late afternoon/evening outing (so you can come along after work!).
I'll run through the basics of how to use your camera for the magic "golden hour" of light, in to sunset and blue hour. We will also get the chance to use my favourite long exposures (I just posted a blog about them, check it out).
We'll be checking out one of my favourite areas along Nightcliff Foreshore.
To win a place on this first tour, all you have to do is:
GO TO --> www.louisedenton.com
Go to the Contact form and send me your name! That's it.
Each name will be entered in to the draw once, and the winners will be randomly selected.
Competition closes on the Friday 21st June.
There are 8 places available. Prize is only valid on the 24th June 2013, not transferable to any other Photo Tour at a later date.
Winners will be notified by email and also be sent an itinerary/details of meeting place.
There are a lot of people out there who wish they knew more about taking great photos - please share this blog with any friends you think might be interested!!
What should I bring with me?
- A camera (d'uh). Any cameras are welcome, but a DSLR is preferable.
- A wide angle or landscape lens
- A zoom lens or telephoto for walks around parks
- A tripod for landscape photos
- For afternoon/day tours, there could be a little walking, so wear comfy shoes, use a comfy bag and bring a bottle of water
- A smile and a creative mind!
This is a brand new service I am offering to people who want to learn more about their camera, and interact with other photographers.
They are a great opportunity for people visiting Darwin on holiday, to find great photographic locations without the trouble of finding them!
Let me know what you think - leave a comment below with any questions and ideas.
I will start offering this in my market stall this weekend. Come down for a chat - I am at Parap Markets on Saturdays (8am-2pm)and Mindil Beach Markets on Thursdays (5-10pm) and Sundays (4-9pm)
Or, contact me on my Facebook Page.