Instructors / Speakers / Roustabouts

Meet the team who's sole focus is to make sure you have a fabulous weekend. 

 
 
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Nick Fletcher - Intro to AstrO & Sports

A BFOP original and hugger in chief. Principally responsible for looking stressed and herding participants in the right direction. Will be leading his spectacularly successful "Intro to Astro" workshops. Some say it was the instruction, some it was the free beer, we just say watch out for the massive uphill walk to get there. In addition he'll be leading our sports shooting workshop. This year its mountain bikes with the amazing terrain of Bright as a backdrop. Should be fab. You may get muddy!

 
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Matt Krumins - Everything

The  hardest working man in photography. Our little ball of enthusiasm has joined the management team for BFOP and will be injecting a bit of professionalism into the whole shambolic affair. When he's not saving us from our ineptitude he'll be running his spectucularly popular workshops. Landscapes, macro, astro, Lightroom - he'll be covering the lot. 

 
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Brendan Holland - LANDSCAPE and ASTRO

Better known to half of Instagram as Brightmystic, Brendan is the quietly spoken Bright local who smashes out gobsmacking images. There is no bit of the high country he doesn't know and if you happen to be on his workshops then haven't you lucked out. 

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ANNE SCOTT-VIRTUE - WEDDINGS

Who got the best feedback from the workshops in 2017? Where did we see the most mind-blowing photo's from? It was the amazing Anne's workshop. Anne is one of Australia's best wedding photgogrpahers. We have yet to meet someone who didn't learn something really important from attending one of Anne's workshops. Even if your first love is landscapes you need to attend this workshop as you will emerge a much better and rounded photographer. 

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MIEKE BOYNTON - LANDSCAPE

Oh my word this Bright prodigal daughter is back in town! A full time landscape photographer who makes truly mind blowing images. She has spent the last 6 months finding every secret spot in the high country just for you!  Definitely a workshop for the more experienced photographers (and those who enjoy a vigorous walk). Don't miss her as she is a future photographic star!

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TOM PUTT - Landscapes

Wow how excited are we to have Tom coming. Based on the Mornington Peninsula where he has his gallery, Tom is renowned for his high end international workshops. He produces stunning landscape photos and is an arial specialist. He also has some outrageous trousers. What's not to like?

 

 

   

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LISA SAAD

Lisa has won more awards than she knows what to do with including AIPP Professional Photographer of the Year. She runs a highly successful commercial photography business from her studio in Melbourne, and mentors a number of other photographers. She is particularly renowned for her Anonymous Man that has exhibited internationally. She'll be talking about how she produces images like this (above), how she uses strobes in her studio work and will be leading a couple of photo walks. We are excited!

 

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CRAIG WETJEN - Writer, teacher, rockstar photographer and all round good bloke

Anyonewho met Craig last year knows he is one of the most decent humans to walk this planet. If your zest for life if flagging just get a bit of Craig's irrestibable optimism. He'll be taking some very lucky people on his environment portraits workshops again. Not to be missed! He's spent 33 years in the industry and been successful as a commercial, portraiture, wedding and even scientific photography. Craig is an educator, mentor and advocate for professional practice within the industry for 22 year in Australia. 

 
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DENIS SMITH - Olympus Visionary and light painting savant

Bloody hell! He's coming. Denis Smith is a one man phenomenon. He is coming all the way from South Australia to help you create some light painting magic. This may well be the workshop of the festival. Book early.

 

 

 

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DAVID CAMPBELL - Aurora Photography

David is one of the most well travelled photographer we've ever met. He is an Aurora and night photography expert. He'll be helping out on our astro workshops and generally adding to the goodness of the weekend. Grab him for a little bit of his magic. 

 

 

 

 

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NAOMI SHERMAN - Food Photography

How exciting. You asked for this last year and we let you down. This year the amazing Naomi has come the rescue. Naomi is Tasmania based and runs Blue Rust Photography. She'll be taking groups out to a very special location to shoot some of Bright's delicious speciality food.

 

KAYELL AUSTRALIA - Print and Lighting Photography

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The rockstars from Kayell again are back again this year with their amazing print workshop. This was the workshop we had to twist peoples arm to do last year and those who did all thought it was the best workshop of the weekend. Learn from Masterprinters how to produce fabulous images from Kayell's professional printers. Walk away with some of your own pictures beautiful rendered but more importantly learn how to prepare your prints properly and select the paper that suits the print. Kayell will also be helping out on a number of our lighting workings, bringing high end Elinchrom lights so you can overpower the sun and freeze action. We love these guys. 

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TOM NEAL TACKER - Professional Travel Writer

Tom is a writer, traveller, photographer and all round good egg. Tom is founder of Naked Hungry Traveller, which suits his predilection for eating and drinking while travelling. He writes also about what he hears and sees, while home in Melbourne or on a trip to somewhere equally exotic, like Hackensack or Plovdiv. Naked Hungry Travellers look for truth in travel, eschewing fluff or superfluous padding to tell a story.  If you fancy being a travel writer or photojournalist then Tom is your man. He'll be helping you think about how to get your pictures to tell the story and what is required to write a compelling travel piece.