“How do I get to Tin Can Bay and where can I stay?”
For visitor information, you
will find we have 3 motels, one pub, and 3 caravan parks. Plenty of eating
places including a nearby Woolies shopping centre and there are also many fully equipped holiday rentals available. There is also a Greyhound
coach pick-up and drop-off service available here twice daily. If you are
coming by boat we have an extensive and fully serviceable Marina and Ships
Chandlery. You can also hire houseboats from here.
am I likely to find to photograph at Tin Can Bay?”
Tin Can Bay itself is a quiet little coastal
township, with a population of around 2500, and is in close proximity to Fraser
Island, Noosa, and Rainbow Beach. Its own attractions include the daily public
feeding or viewing of wild dolphins, its indigenous flora, mostly seasonal of
course, but some that bloom all year round. There is an amazing abundance of
birdlife; both land and coastal. Many of the coastal bird species are migratory
and come and go from far-off lands. The Mangrove forests, quiet waters, and
tidal flats are ideal roosting areas for many of the varied shorebirds whilst
the flowering gums, banksias, melaleucas, etc., provide food, shelter, and
nesting areas for the many and varied land species.
For the early riser, spectacular sunrises are also
a very special feature here.
It is all a rather unique experience and one that can
be done without even having to leave town.
sort of camera do I need?”
You certainly do not need any special sort of
camera. But ideally, one at least that has the ability to be mounted on a
tripod. It would also be an asset if the camera allows for some manual or
semi-manual operation. Please refer to your camera’s handbook if unsure. It is
advisable to be properly 'au fait' with your camera and its workings prior to
"What can you teach me in just 3 hours?"
Depending on the status of your photography
knowledge, if just a novice, you can learn the basics of how to properly read
and utilise the ambient light to your best advantage. Also some of the rules or
"Tricks of the trade" so to speak, of how to build a stunning
photographic composition. I can also explain the benefits of using the manual
settings on your camera as opposed to continually having your camera set on
auto. These settings include (A) Aperture, (S) Shutter speed, (ISO) ISO
settings, white balance, and manual focusing.
“What alternative equipment should I bring?”
This, of course, is fully dependent on the reason
why you have chosen to ask for one of my workshops and the question should be
asked at the time of booking. It may or may not involve the inclusion of a
tripod, but it is a good idea to bring it along anyway. If however, you are
coming from afar and don’t really want to pack it, I do have spares.
Also, if you have a remote or cable shutter
release, you may want to include that.
You will definitely need personal protection from
the elements; a hat, insect repellent, sunglasses, etc. Appropriate clothing,
long pants, old shoes, or hiking boots.
there wheelchair access available?”
Again, depending on the reason for the workshop and
as there might be a lot of walking involved, much of which could be over rough
or uneven terrain, I’d say possibly not.
you do group bookings?”
Yes, I can do group bookings and at a special
discount price on application, but I do prefer a 1-on-1 basis as more attention
is then given to the individual and I find that most of my clients also prefer
it that way. However, if group bookings are required, that is not a problem,
providing for no more than 6 persons (social distancing required), but all with
the one ultimate goal in mind.
do I pay?”
As I do not have EFTPOS facilities with me, payment
can either be made via direct debit EFT prior to the tour or by cash on the
"What time do your
There is no absolute set time - I like to leave it
up to the individual, as to when they would prefer to get started and it
depends also on what is required on the day. Unless there is a sunrise or
sunset involved, special times will be required for that purpose; however,
because the morning light is best for photographing scenery, I am personally
inclined to get started around 7 am or no later than 8 am. I find that fills
the morning nicely.
The morning curriculum: There
will be about 1 hour devoted to a discussion on some theory and for me to know
more about you and your photography status, prior to the more practical side of
actually getting out there and taking photos.
"What if my session time
extends beyond 3 hours? Will I need to pay more?"
Certainly not, that is, if your
time extends for just a few minutes but if another hour or so is needed, extra
cost will be negotiable. It is in my interest to give a fully satisfying and
complete service and for any reason, you are not fully satisfied, a full refund
will be given.