Oh boy what a week. Covering events and portraits through the week was fantastic but I must say it is nice to have a night off so I can get to bed before 2am and sleep into at least 6:05 am. lol
Once again the sunset tonight was spectacular and something I will never get sick of I dont think. 🙂
I will be posting a how to on this image tomorrow on my sister site http://www.photographicworkshop.com.au/ so if you are interested in how to take and post process this type of photo have a look see tomorrow.
If you are like me and just LOVE your photography, chances are that you have photographed just about everything on the planet.. Well your little planet…. 😉
And you are looking for something else to photograph. Why don’t you throw a little bit a spice into your photography and document your life???
Yep!!! Document your life through photos just as someone would write a diary, but instead you document using photos. Photos that represent you, photos that inspire you and photos that show feeling, passion and the love of life and photos.. 😉
Take photos for the mundane, of what you might consider boring and see how you can spice them up so they bring interest.
If you want some tips and tricks pop over to my sister website Photographic Workshop http://www.photographicworkshop.com.au/ where I will be going through some simple idea on how to make your images grab interest and tell a story.. but for now i’m off to enjoy my coffee with a touch of chocolate.
Last week I had the privilege of being a guest speaker and photographic instructor at one of the private Catholic schools here in Canberra called St Clare’s College.
And what a class it was! The class started off as every class does, with me giving a brief introduction of myself and some of my ideas and thoughts around photography and the industry. While the girls were fairly timid at the beginning it didn’t take long once they had cameras in hand to start getting into it and taking all sorts of photos of each other.
As I only had couple of hours I wanted to share as much information with them as possible to give them an understanding of what it is like to take portraits on a professional level. To do this I took in and set up my portable studio in one of their arts classes so they could see and touch the equipment while also getting a chance to use some of it in the practical component of the class, and I must say once they got over their initial shyness they had the studio lights popping as if it was popcorn at the movies.
We walked-through the process of postprocessing an image in Photoshop and some of the skills and techniques I use when dealing with portrait images, like skin and eyes, and not to mention hair, an I must say I was very surprised with how quickly the girls picked up all the information that I was throwing at them with not one of them having any issues using Photoshop and in post. The amazing amount of enthusiasm that the class had made it a real pleasure to instruct, while the lab where we conducted the practical photo shop part of the lesson was outstanding. Each of the kids had a PC to their own motor with photo shop so they could follow along while I demonstrated on the projector.
After talking with the teacher she tells me the girls had a fantastic time and not only enjoyed the lesson but also learnt a lot in the short time we had. We are now in discussion of how I can go along and assist in future classes both for that year and the senior years where they get more into the lighting, and I must say that be a very exciting class to give.
I was hoping to get the chance last week to video and upload me editing the same image which I gave to the class, but unfortunately I spent most of last week on the road and out of town, so today is catch up day and with any luck I should have the video up this afternoon for the girls to view and follow the process.
Looking for a guest speaker or instructor for your photography class? Drop me a line as I would love to come along.
If you run a work in education and are looking for a guest speaker for your photography classes please don’t hesitate in dropping me a line is I’m always very keen to share my knowledge and enthusiasm with the younger generation.
I have dedicated my photography career in the pursuit of capturing the very essence of what I am photographing so as to bring the “forever memories” back to life. Through this, I now have the ability to share my years of experience with you through my on-line courses.
“Yes, I was very pleased with the photos. I was hoping for a nice family picture but ended up with so much more...I love the story behind the photos (like the fake laugh!), hence me ordering a number of the candid ones. My mum is visiting at the moment and she picked a few for herself too which is great."
Alanna GregoryBredbo NSW
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"So many people have said how amazing you were on Saturday and that you are such an amazing person :)"
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"Hey Brendan, thanks for the photos - they're fantastic. I gave Jenny (the girl in the photos) her copies and she was very happy. Thank you very much!"
"I've been dancing since I was three years old. For me, dancing is how I express the depths of who I am, each fluid movement allowing me to tell a story about an emotion, a time or a person.
What I loved about Brendan was his ability to capture that expression, story, and reveals more about me that a simple happy snap."
Sarah KateDance Instructor
"We loved the passion and artistic angles Brendan Maunder put into our photos from the National capital championships, the service Brendan provided was 10/10 and the comments we got on the photos after we posted them on our fan page was overwhelming"
Andrew Buswell and Kelsey PincerInternational Dance Instructors and Winners
"Brendan I just saw a few of the wedding photographs they are just beautiful. The ones you captured of the moment I realised the music playing was from our wedding day are so special I cried seeing them a beautiful moment captured by you. I cannot thank you enough and look forward to seeing them all later this week when I sit down with Jodi and Jamie. Thank you x"
Ali RaybouldMother Of The Bride
"Thank you again so much for all the did on the day, having you there made it so much more personal "
"Lookin great, mate! I can't wait to see what you got yesterday. Also, we all really enjoyed your company; and I'd like to extend a permanent invitation to you to remain as our series photographer from now on "
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