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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Getting Things Done

Today I wanted to talk more about what I need to get done, as really the new year has been slow and I need to start getting on with things.  Time seems to be getting away from me, so I do have to be stricter with myself.  I need to stop wasting time on other things. The things I am trying to get organised the most are the classes, so much of my time has been spent getting those ready to start advertisig.

Classes in the Mallee

I really want to get going with classes.  I have classes in the Mallee organised for the long weekend in March, the 7th, 8th and 9th of March.  I am going to be teaching more about organising your photos and some basic editing using Lightroom.  We will go and take photos first though, that is always fun.  I am going to be doing this class twice, in Swan Hill on the 7th and then in Hopetoun on the 9th.  I need to get some posters done and will work on those this week.

For those that missed the Getting your Camera off Auto, I am running that class again in Hopetoun on the 8th.shepparton-country-dookie-paddocks-135

If you are interested in doing any of these classes please let me know.

Classes in the City

I am still trying to organise a place to teach editing here in Melbourne.  At this stage I am looking at classes in or around Heidelberg.  I want to start doing teaching classes in Photo editing and would like to do both Lightroom and Photoshop.  At this stage I am looking at 4 week courses, and they would be one night a week, well one night for Lightroom and another for Photoshop.  At this stage I am thinking the cost will be $260 for the 4 week course and their will be a maximum of 10 people per class.  People will need to bring their laptops and have the software on them.  I am hoping that won’t be a problem, most people seem to have laptops these days, and that is what they work on.

I also want to see if I can take peoplescyarra-2243 through more beginners things with Photoshop.  I found when I was learning that there were lots of classes for beginners and not a lot for beyond that, if any, so I had to learn on my own.  I want to be able to offer people that option of having somewhere else to go to learn beyond the basics.  I feel like my tagline should be “what I don’t know,  I know how to find out”.

Again if you are interested in doing one of these, please let me know.

Classes Online

Another option is running classes online.  I could do something on Google+ with a small number of people, maybe 8, where I can show you how to do things on my computer and you can see what can be done, ask me questions that sort of thing.  I haven’t really looked into this, but if people are interested, I would love to hear from you.

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It is coming together, and while I had hoped it would be out this week, next week is looking more of a reality. I hope you don’t mind.

If you missed the posts about the Newsletter, and would like to get it from me, it is free, then send me an email.

Social Snappers

The first Social Snappers Photography Excursions for Women is coming up and if you want to participate in them, then take a look at the site and pick your excursions.

Photos

scyarra-HDR2A friend is on holidays at the moment and we have lots of plans for photos, so on top of organising all this I have a lot of trips to plan and do.  It’s going to be quite amazing.  My friend knows lots of places I’ve never been too before, so I am going to be learning about lots of new places.  It is going to be really exciting I think, I can’t wait.  Lots of long exposures too.

Speaking of photos the images today are from two different places and were taken about 3 years or 4 years ago.  I like going through my archives and taking a look at some older images.  Some are of the Yarra River in Warburton and the remaining ones are from Shepparton around the small town of Dookie.  I used to get there a bit for cycling.

I will leave it there now, so remember if you are interested in any of these classes then let me know.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Looking Forward to 2015

Usually when I do the Tuesday Bits and Bobs it is more a short term look at the week ahead and what I am going to be doing.  For this last one for 2014 I thought I could do one that was more about what I am hoping to achieve in the year ahead. Maybe in 12 months I can look back and see how much of this I achieved.

Newsletter

I have decided to start a newsletter.  At this stage it will be once a month, I think I could manage that and then I will see how I go.  The idea of the newsletter would be like a personal letter from me, I will have tutorials, tips, and links to things that I think will be good.  I will also include information on courses I am teaching and such.

I am going to start this next month, in January.  The newsletter, at this stage will be free, if it gets too big I might have to rethink things, but at this stage, I can’t see any problem with it being free.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

If you are interested in subscribing to my newsletter, I will put a contact from at the bottom of the post for you to send me you email address.

Classes

I have spent the last couple of years teaching photography, but I have now decided to add photo editing to my available classes. I am going to start offering classes to learn Lightroom and Photoshop CC. I feel fairly confident that I know enough about both programs that I can teach it, and domesticblissinvwhat I don’t know, I know how to find out.

At the moment I am waiting to hear back from a couple of places to see if they have somewhere available for me to use to teach them. Once I have a place I can then start organising dates. At this stage I am thinking of classes of around four weeks.

People will need to have laptops to do the classes and the software on them, hopefully it won’t be too hard to find up to 10 people who want to learn and have a laptop.

Book

Most of you know that I got that grant this year to produce a book on Banyule Flats. I will be working on that quite a bit next year. So more photos and then getting things ready for the book.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn the short term decisions have to be made on exactly what the book will be about, and whether or not I need more money to produce it. If I need more money then I might have to look into some crowd funding, I’ve never done that, but I might be able to get help.

I will, of course, keep you up to date with what is happening with the book in these posts.

Trips

Now my biggest adventure is my planned trip to the USA. I am really looking forward to that, and pretty soon tickets will be booked and I will be getting every thing ready for it.

It is very exciting and very scary at the same time. I do plan on now making it a regular feature of the Tuesday Bits and Bobs posts. I just need to sort out my dates now.

Social Snappers

00221I am going to continue going the Social Snappers Excursions next year. Hopefully they will pick up a lot more. I need to look into my advertising a lot more and see what I can do. I have some plans.

Artwork

You may have noticed in this post that the images are a bit different to what I normally show. This work is what I started when I was at the Victorian College of the Arts doing my Fine Arts Degree. It was quite popular work, but it was hard to do and very expensive.

00207All the individual things are ceramic. I made molds of everyday items and then cast them in clay. They were then bisque fired and left. I liked the colour of them and I painted everything else in a colour to match. I had work in a few exhibitions, but in the end stopped applying for things.

Now I have boxes and boxes of those ceramic pieces under my house, and I think I know how to use them. I am going to do more environmental work with them, and I will be sure to show you the photos here.

2015

I think that is enough to try and achieve, of course I will continue visiting as many places as I can to take photos and finding more images to work on. None of that will change.

Here is a gallery with those images, and I hope you have some great plans for 2015. Don’t forget if you want to subscribe to the newsletter fill in the contact form at the bottom of this post.

Friday’s Bits and Bobs

http://leannecole.com.au/workshops-and-classes/social-snappers-photography-excursions/It has been an amazing ten days, and I have to say I am writing this with my eyes hanging out of my head.  I am so tired, and really looking forward to just hanging around the house today. Of course, there are things that have to be done, and I am looking forward to some time alone with my photos.  I haven’t really had a chance to play with any and see their potential, but hopefully things will settle down now.

Tripping to New York

I have been meaning to tell you for awhile, but haven’t had a chance, but it looks like I could be going to New York next year.  I have a sponsor who loves my work and often gives me very generous donations, and they have decided that I photograph Melbourne so well, then they want me to leave my comfort zone and see how I would photograph New York.

I am so excited. It won’t be until around May next year, but that is good.  They are paying for my airfare and my accommodation, and in return they want me to help them with their photography and give them some of my images.  I think it is a great deal.  I have started planning where I am going to go and what I will see, what I will take.  Such an amazing offer, like a littlemurders-heidelberg-theatre-dress-rehearsal-9dream come true.

Books of Poetry

This isn’t really about photography, but since there are many writers that follow my blog, well I had to add this.  My daughter, Klara, has written a book, it is a book of poetry, and she has self published it.  She is so excited about it, and she wanted me to tell you about it.  The book is called Thorns and if you want to support a young writer, then please go and take a look, maybe even purchase a copy.

Videos and Such

I’ve been doing a Online Photography Course with a woman and she recently sent me a video of her photos that she had taken while on holidays.  I was so impressed with it and now I want to try doing some myself. I did try one, the link and name of it are here, Six Months after the Fires. I did it with Lightroom and the quality of the images isn’t too good, but it was fun to try and most definitely something I want to do again.  I love the idea of making video/slideshows with my images.  So I am doing lots of research to see what is the best way of doing them.  Any hints and tips would be very much appreciated.littlemurders-heidelberg-theatre-dress-rehearsal-6Software for video is not something I have, but I am thinking of purchasing Camtasia Studio 8.  I tried it once before for doing video tutorials and really liked it, but the price was a bit much at the time. However, now that I am doing the Online Photography Courses I think it could be good.  The course I’ve been doing with this woman has been mainly directed by her and what she needs.  I started off by helping her get more familiar with her new camera and to take better photos.  Now with one session left, she wants to do more editing, so I am hoping I can use the Camtasia software to record our session so she will have a copy of it.  It has been great doing the Online course, I love it, and so interesting to meet people from the other side of the world.

Teaching

This has been going well, and I had my second person this last week that was from out of town and wanted to do a One on One with me while in Melbourne.  It was littlemurders-heidelberg-theatre-dress-rehearsal-14a very early morning, we met in the city at 6am.  She wanted to do markets and produce, so we headed to the Queen Victoria Market.  It was fascinating to see it so early in the morning as they were setting it up.  I really enjoyed it and I hope she did too.  I think one of the things I love about these is that each person wants something different, so I am always doing different or new things.  I have another session booked for this Sunday morning, a new person, and we will be doing completely different things again.

Outings and Insurance

I am still pushing the Social Snappers, not getting many people signing up, which has surprised me.  I thought so many women would love the opportunity to have outings organised for them. I have been trying to work out if I should advertise the idea of the insurance aspect.  I think insurance is something that many of us don’t think about.  I don’t know how many times I have seen photographers going out to take photos and they chuck their bag down on the ground and don’t worry if someone trips over it.  Do they have the insurance to cover them if someone hurts themselves?  I do, and because people are out littlemurders-heidelberg-theatre-dress-rehearsal-8with me as my students, then they are automatically covered by my insurance.  I don’t know if it is worth pushing that concept.  Apparently Australia is one of the most litigious countries in the world and I am so glad I am covered.

Theatre

The play, Little Murders, that I have been photographing at Heidelberg Theatre Company, started last night.  It has been a surprising play for me, and one that I have enjoyed watching.  It is funny, but also very sad.  I have photographed it a few times along the way, but last Tuesday night I did it for the last time, and it was one of the final dress rehearsals, so the photos in this post are from that.

I hope you enjoy the small snippets of the play, I will be putting more photos on my Facebook page if you want to see more.  I’m off now to relax, hope you get to do the same.

 

 

Weekend Wanderings – Lessons in Melbourne

The post is a little late today, and it isn’t what I hoped it would be.  I have just finished on Skype doing my first Online Photography Lesson.  A little different to how I do them normally, but I just have to think a little differently and the class is more individual, so suited more to what my client feels they need to learn.  Today was about learning how to use a new camera and a different lens. Today I will have to come up with some lessons to email to them.

Speaking of lessons, I know you know about the One on One I did the other day in Melbourne, but today I thought I would show you some of the photos I took during that lesson. I know I normally show some photos of the area around where I am, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get out, it has been a busy week, and a very wet week, so much rain.  Looks like the skies are clearing so I should get a lot more photos this coming week.

LeanneCole-melbourne-emporium-20140606-0102One of the things that my client said that she was having trouble with was taking photos when there is a lot of light and a lot of dark, so I tried to think of places that had those and helped her work out how to do them. There is a new shopping centre in Melbourne, it is The Emporium.  I have taken photos of it before with my phone and instagram, but this was the first time I had had a chance to take some with my Nikon D800.  It is an interesting building with lots of shapes and lines everywhere.  I wouldn’t mind going back and just wondering, but use my 14-24mm lens.

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On the same theme we went to Centre Place.  I think photographing this small dark laneway is so hard.  You have all the dark areas at the bottom, but then you have the bright spots at the top.  It is a challenge, especially at the time of day we were shooting.

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I have been enjoying how close I can get to things with my 24-70mm and love testing it, and who can walk past the cakes in the window of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade without taking photos?

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We went to Hosier Lane and found an artist doing his work on the wall.  I took a few photos, and it was good practice for my client to see if she could take photos of something moving.

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One thing she wanted to learn to do was panning.  So while we were waiting for the sun to go down to do some night photography we headed to the road to try our hand at panning.  It isn’t as easy as it sounds, and does take a lot practice.  I’m not bad at it, but I did it for many years when I was photographing the cycling.  Though when I look back on my early attempts, I am a bit embarassed.  I am going to get a post up on the News Blog today or tomorrow on panning for anyone who is interested in learning how to do it.

She learned a lot and said she got heaps out of the session.  She did email me to ask me to explain a couple of things, which was fine, I think that is fair enough.  You can’t be expected to remember everything in the one day.  I should make a list and then send an email afterwards, I think that would be a great idea.

This is what she said about the One on One Photography Session

“You certainly didn’t confuse me, you have a very practical and easy to understand approach. I am going to sit down and look at the photos today and make a few little notes, so I don’t forget what things you told me.

I felt like I really got a lot out of our session, but I will just have to get out there snapping I guess to get the practice.”

I was so happy to read that.

I am going to put the rest of the images in a gallery for you now.  I will a caption with each one so you know where they are.  I hope your weekend is going well. The sun has come out today here and the sky is blue, lovely.

Weekend Wanderings – Melbourne at Night

It is becoming very popular with my Practical Photography Class to spend the last week’s class in the city doing some night photography. It is by far the best class, and so many students really look forward to it and enjoy the evening so much, and this last class was no different.  I am getting so much better at planning where to go, making sure they get some great images.

This last class, I wasn’t sure how it would be.  We decided to go on Sunday, less people, but all day Sunday it rained.  Even as I was getting on the train to the city and getting off, it rained.  As we went for a coffee to start with, it was raining.  Not heavy rain, but enough to be annoying.

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Our first stop was in front of the Casino. I had planned that we would be there for the 6pm gas show that the casino does every night.  Though I suspect some nights it is better than others.  I don’t know if it was because it was Sunday or because it had been raining, but it wasn’t great.  The above shot was just before.

The rain stopped for the rest of the evening and it turned out to be a fantastic night for night photography.  The clouds hung around and gave some wonderful skies, I liked the way the light from the city bounced off them.

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Then the gas fires started and it went off.  One, there in the middle, wasn’t working, and didn’t give it great symmetry.  It was very disappointing really, though it was good to know that we were in a good spot for capturing them.

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We thought of taking more reflections, but there were still so many people around it was hard to get the footpaths with the reflections on them.  Melbourne has become such a busy city, it always seems like there are so many people around.

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There were a couple of Black Swans in the water on the river.  They were so hard to photograph in the dark.  I had to turn my ISO all the way up to get any shots of them.  They move around constantly.  I have seen them there before, there are also two that have been hanging out in a park near here too.

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I think I mentioned yesterday that I had a One on One Photography Session with someone yesterday, and part of what she wanted to learn to do was take some night photos so after doing some other things around the city we headed down to the river.  It was wonderful being back there, though the biggest difference between last night and last sunday, were the buildings, there were so many more lights on them last night.  They really lit up the skies.

I am going to include a gallery for you now. I will put as the title, Sunday, for the ones taken last week, and Friday for the ones taken last night.  I hope you get to see some night skies with your camera this weekend.  Happy Snapping.

Weekend Wanderings – Landscape Photography Classes

All around the world on the weekend there are people teaching photography classes and people taking them.  Here is no different to anywhere else and yesterday I was teaching my new students landscape photography.  There is a place I take them in Eltham, and while not the greatest place in Melbourne, it is close to where I teach and they get to take photos and experiment.  I help out, but I can usually get a couple of photos myself.  It is good for them to see me doing this as well, I think.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-6951These gates are usually where I start.  They are so old, yet so out of place for where they are.  They do seem to imply some sort of old world grandeur that now is long gone. I don’t know if the gates have always been there and did lead to something else, or are more recent.  It doesn’t seem to matter, it is a great place to start.  It is contained, so they don’t wander too far.  Every class I have taken here have seemed to enjoy photographing here.  They stand afar, apprehensive to get in close, but you can see that they all want to.  As soon as one does it, they all go.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-0463It is good for them to realise that they should look all around, up and down, that good images don’t always come from eye level.  Looking up can also give a different view.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-6990Yesterday we went further a field than we have before and found a lovely spot to take photos where they could all wander around and just see what they could find.  I hung around so they could ask me any questions.  I think it is good to let them go off on their own too, see how they go.  I know in next weeks class there will be lots of questions once they have looked at their photos and maybe didn’t get quite what they wanted.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-7011It was nice for me too, to photograph somewhere new and see what I could get.  I will try this week to take some of these photos and do more to them and see what else I can bring out.  Turn them into fine art images, as opposed to just straight images with little processing, which is what you have here.  I like to show them the possibilities of what they can aspire to, if they so wish.

LeanneCole-landscapeclass-6969I am also trying to show them that there is the big picture and also the smaller one.  I am trying to do more of this myself and so I try to encourage my students to take in the details.

We were lucky with the rain, it did rain a little, but then it went away and we had a great time.  It poured all afternoon, but we were all home by then.  I am going to give you a gallery now of more photos. Some taken yesterday and some taken in my last landscape class.  Happy Wandering.

Weekend Wanderings – From One End to the Other

Last weekend I went into the city to do some night photography shots, most of you know this already, as I took my class in for a night photography class.  It was the final class in the course and it was a great way to finish it off.  There were 10 of us with our tripods and camera gear going along the Yarra River for our night shots.  Each week we approached something new to help them learn how to use their cameras.  My classes are very practical, I always think you “Learn by Doing”, so taking photos is an important aspect of what I teach.  I haven’t seen what they got when they went out, but I have been working on the images that I took.

LeanneCole-citylight-1404054981_5HDR-2You have seen a few of them already, and there aren’t that many more of them.  I am happy with what I got.  One thing I did with my class was to let them know they should do more on their own.  I would set up my image and then do 5 exposures for HDR and if they needed help my camera would be fine taking its photos while I helped them.  It worked really well.  I felt more like the person who was keeping them together and moving them along when the time was right than the teacher.  It was a lovely relaxed class.

We started down at Docklands and ended up near Flinders Street Station, not quite to it. We ran out of time and then had to rush to get the train.  I don’t think anyone minded.

Then yesterday morning I went into the city very early in the morning.  The sun was coming up, but thought I would take some photos along the Yarra River again, only daylight ones.

LeanneCole-city_5013-10hpmWe have had so much rain, and I was hoping that if it had stopped raining that maybe, fingers crossed maybe, the Yarra River would be still, and look at that, it was.  I have seen it much calmer, but this wasn’t bad.  Unfortunately the rowers started coming up and down, with their coaches in motor boats and that stillness disappeared.  It was lovely while it lasted.  I love seeing all the buildings reflected in the water.

Nearly all the night photography images are HDR images.  They were all done using the Nik Collection HDR Efex.  It seemed to work much better for the night shots than Photomatix.  Most of the morning shots are straight images, except for two, the above one and one of the bridge.  I used Photomatix for these two, as it seemed to be better for the day ones, softer.  All images were taken with the 14-24mm wide angle lens.

The gallery will have all the night images I have processed, the image I used for the MMC is here too, but the colour version.  I will also put the morning images.   Some of the morning images that I have done were taken at the same spots I did the night shots.  I should have done that more, it would have been interesting comparing them.  If you are interested in my classes then please go to my website, www.leannecole.com.au.  Enjoy your Sunday.

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