A Face For Radio and FREE Workshops.

ABC Alice Springs Interview and FREE Photographic Workshops

The other day when I was out taking some photos of the amazing landscape we have here in Alice Springs, I thought to myself that it might be nice to put on a FREE workshop to encourage other photographers in the area to get out and capture this outstanding country, while also passing on some of my 15+ years as a professional photographer and instructor.

With that thought in mind, I put out a post on the local Facebook group offering a FREE workshop.

Brendan Maunder at the ABC radio station in Alice Springs giving an interview about free photographic workshops he is putting on for the local community

Well to my surprise I got a heap of people responding and from that ABC Alice Springs contacted me to come into the radio station and do an interview.

Off I popped in and met the crowd, to with Stewart Brash in his morning show.  Have a listen to see what I am up to in this part of the world. 

Here is a link to the original morning show but to save you scrolling the end when I was on I cut it out and put it below, just press play.

If you live in Alice springs or know someone who would be interested in the workshops, you can have a look at the Facebook Group that I created for this HERE, drop me a message, or do a Facebook search on Photographic Workshop – Alice Springs

Life Lessons

As we all walk through life be it our personal or professional lives we experience things and change who we are. 

Some are good and some are bad.  The key is to take and learn from the good and drop the bad.

Over my photographic career, I have learned sooo many lessons and made soooo many mistakes it’s not funny.  It is the things that I didn’t do right and totally messed me up that are the things I have learned from the most.

One of the key lessons I have learnt over the decades is that YOU should believe in yourself.  Believe you can make it and believe you can be the person you want to be and can be.  You can take your career in whatever direction YOU choose.

So don’t be afraid to take that leap of faith.  It can be good for you and it can be liberating, not to mention that you can only learn to fly when you do. 

Space, Space and More Space

Space the final frontier

Even as a photographer the search for space is always present.

We take hundreds of thousands of photos each year to ensure you can store all those images in a safe and secure environment where you also cater for things like fire, and hard drive failures, the best friend you have is a NAS (Network Attached Storage).

For those that are not sure what NAS is, it is effectively a heap of hard drives that you would normally have in your computer, added together to create mass storage.  The other key with this type of mass storage is that you combine hard drives together and they appear as if they are one hard drive so you don’t have to worry about smaller hard drives to store large amounts of files.

The other great thing and the reason why you should invest in a NAS if you have not already, si they offer security over hard drive failure.

What I mean by this, is depending on how you configure your NAS you can have 1 or even 2 hard drives fail and all your data and files remain.  So all you do is buy a new drive put it in the NAS and away you go.

How cool is that!?

I have used NAS to store all my photos for years and here is the problem with a NAS.

As you fill up your drives you have to upgrade your hard drives to bigger ones, which is exactly what I have been doing over the last week. To be honest, has been a bit overdue but the cost of replacing l the drives has made me put it off for as long as I could. 

Now the new drives are in and I have a heap of space once again, it’s time to start filling them up with the idea that I won’t run out of space.

Oh, the other thing about the NAS I have, is that it automatically backs up to an off-site backup so if my building burns down, I will always have a copy of the photos and can retrieve and continue on with no only minor interruptions. 

win-win I say. 

NAS Drives

Who Needs A Challenge

One of the things we really don’t do enough of is “Challenge Ourselves”


When I say challenge ourselves I mean both mentally, physically, and emotionally.  


It’s one of those things we generally only do when we have to, most of us don’t chase the challenge or go to the edge of where we feel comfortable. 

Snow Hiking

There are many ways in which we can challenge ourselves. 

The photo above was the start of a hike and weekend camp which I can safely say that 99% of people that live in Australia will never do. 

Like really what person in their right mind would go hiking and camping after a blizzard in the Kosciuszko National Park? hahahahaha

TBH – The hike on snowshoes was amazing, the countryside was even better.  THE LIFE EXPERIENCE IS PRICELESS!

Let’s fast forward to today, given the blizzard conditions over the last few days and snow falling In Canberra not to mention so early in the ski season, my question is.

If your dream was to walk up to the top of Mt Kosciusko and this weekend was the only time you had the opportunity, what would you do so you could achieve your dreams this weekend given the environmental factors?