We'll be announcing a new speaker every week, here's what you've missed so far:
Lisa Saad - Commercial Photographer extrodinaire
FREE Kids workshops with Sandra David
We are thrilled that Sandra Davis, one of our friends from the MGA will be running her fabulous kids workshops. If you have tickets for the festival your kids get Sandra's workshops for free. We'll have two workshops each of two hours on Saturday. Bring a spare camera for your kids. Fun guaranteed. We'll also have our family orientated photo treasure hunt running across the weekend.
David Campbell - Aurora Photography
David is one of the most well travelled photographer I've ever met. He's going to talk about his shooting aurora. He's covering everything from why you should be planning for 2026 through to where the best places to shoot are. Love it.
Craig Wetjen - Award Winning Photographer, NASA star, and all round good bloke
Craig Wetjen is a professional photographic artist and author with 30 years experience. He began his career at the age of 16 as a photojournalist photographing for the local Newspapers in the tiny state of Connecticut USA. Moving to Santa Barbara Ca. where he received his Bachelors degree in Photography. His career highlights are shooing for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories documenting the Mars Pathfinder and Cassini projects. He moved to Australia 21 years ago to play a pivotal role in establishing Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) digital imaging photography course. He has gone on to become a national and international award-winning photographer, and has self published two books of images of man’s best friend and their owner. He is now sharing his wealth of knowledge, passion and creativity teaching photography.
However, the journey his photography now takes him on is far more personal. He has initiated the Men’s Shed Photography Project in 2010. Its aim is to increase awareness of men’s health issues—mental and physical—by documenting how the iconic backyard shed is a space not only for fixing things but also the men inside them. Most of the men captured in these images struggled to articulate what their sheds mean to them. In these cases images can speak more powerfully than words. The Project has now been published and titled ‘Men and Their Sheds’.
Craig will be leading a couple of brilliant workshops showing how he approaches his environmental portraits. Come and join him as he sets up and shoots the a traditional blacksmiths workshop at the High Country Forge and a custom car workshop at Marty's Garage.
Matt Krumins: Photography Coach Extraordinaire
Matt is Melbourne based and runs some of the best workshops in Australia. He'll be leading some of our photowalks, and you have to attend his workshops on processing and composition. If you are Melbourne based you have to go and join one of his great local trips: http://mattkruminsphotography.com.au
Mel Lyons: Sports Photography Professional
Join Mel for an amazing sports photography workshop. She is the queen of the strobe and we have managed to to co-erce three of Victoria's best downhill mountain biker to be our models for the day. We also happen to have one of the best mountain bike tracks in Victoria!
Nick Fletcher: Astro Photography
Nick loves star photography and believes you can get great astro pictures from almost any camera. This workshop is aimed at the beginner and intermediate photographer but experts are welcome to come and help out and enjoy the dark skies. We've lined up a fabulous location and even towed (literally) a couple of fascinating things into position for you to photograph. Join us in a private lodge (above) set on 20 acres in Mt Buffalo National Park. We will have our indoor theory session in front of the fire before we step out the door to some of Victoria's darkest skies. You'll need a tripod, the fastest widest lens you have and a torch. Or just bring your iPhone - Nick loves a challenge.
Amar Dev Singh
Amar is the Daddy of adventure travel photography. He's been published in everything from Newsweek to Australian Geographic. We haven't figured out what Amar is going to do. Definitely a talk, probably a workshop but maybe we'll just hang out with him and soak up the cool....
If you follow Bright Mystic Cottages instagram account you already know what a fabulous photographer Brenda is. Based in Bright and as host of the Bright Instameet he knows where all the best locations are, join one of his guided photowalks.