Thursday 5 January 2023

Frequently asked questions

"Can I purchase your images?"

Yes, also, I can print images from sizes 4"x6" up to A3 or email large files, suitable for enlargement, for more information please contact me via the contact form provided.

“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. There are 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.

“What 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 in close proximity to Fraser Island, Noosa, and Rainbow Beach. Its own attractions include the daily public feeding or viewing of wild dolphins, at the Barnacles Dolphin Centre and Cafe. The dolphin feeding is from 7am. Tin Can Bay's indigenous flora is mostly seasonal of course, but some do 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 or sunsets 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.

“What sort of camera do I need?”

You certainly do not need any special sort of camera. My workshops also include help with the photography of mobile phones or tablets. 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 apparatus and its workings prior to the shoot.

"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 utilize the ambient light (IE: outdoor natural 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/s 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 need personal protection from the elements, a hat, insect repellent, sunglasses, etc. Appropriate clothing, long pants, old shoes, or hiking boots.

“Is 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. But there can always be a "plan B". That goes for the weather, too!

“Do you do group bookings?”

To be honest, since the outbreak of Covid, I no longer do groups; however, I have found that clients do prefer a 1-on-1 basis; simply because more attention can then be given to the individual.

“How 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 day. Whereby, a receipt for your payment will be given.

 "What time do your workshops start?

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. It 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, the 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.


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