Australia’s red dirt outback, lush hinterland and dark sea cliffs all hide incredible scenery and natural phenomena waiting to be photographed.
Award-winning Australian landscape photographer Peter Eastway will take you on a journey through his home country’s most spectacular region: the Outback. Explore the continent’s red centre and its fantastic natural wonders. Discover its gorges and canyons, capture brilliant sunset colors on stunning rock formations, watch the sun rise at iconic Uluru and photograph the Milky Way in the middle of the desert.
For years, we have being shooting over the most scenic spots so don’t miss this unique opportunity to photograph Australia’s Outback from above together with the best.
This offer is optional, hence, if you wish to join this particular workshop please let us know in advance. The price depends on the number of guests and location. Therefore, you can sign up and subsequently cancel if the workshop is outside your travel budget.
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography and how to capture spaciousness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.
Peter Eastway is a contemporary Australian photographer who is known internationally for his landscape and travel photography. He also shoots editorially, selectively in advertising and portraiture. For more than 30 years, Peter has been involved in photographic magazine, establishing his own title with Australia’s Better Photography Magazine, in 1995. Today it is one of Australia’s leading photography magazines.
His work has been exhibited and published internationally and he is the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Landscape Photography, as well as having his work featured on the cover of the Lonely Planet’s guide to Australia and in articles in the Qantas inflight magazine, and in an Apple television commercial.
He has worked with Phase One cameras, researching and promoting its high-end medium format cameras and Capture One raw processing software. And he featured in the television series Tales By Light as seen on the National Geographic Channel, produced in partnership with Canon Australia.
Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography, a Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and a Fellow and Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography. He won the 1996 and 1998 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year Award. He is also a member of the ND5 Ninety Degrees Five collective with Christian and Michael Fletcher, Tony Hewitt and Les Walkling. More recently, he won the 2009 Kodak Award of Distinction at the international WPPI Print Competition held in Las Vegas, USA; the AIPP NSW Professional Photographer of the Year 2010; and the AIPP NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013.
A NEW TRADITION
Peter’s early landscapes were primarily black and white, carefully printed and toned, but with the advent of digital photography, he is taking a leading role internationally in creating a New Tradition of high quality landscape imagery. Peter speaks nationally and internationally on topics including landscape photography, Photoshop techniques, publishing and the business of professional photography.
“Many people think professional photography would be a great way to earn a living, and they are right. But too many forget the first word – professional. My advice to newcomers would be to do a business course before starting a career as a photographer. Here’s a quick joke: How do you become a photographer with a million dollars? Start out with two million!” Peter say in an interview to Tristan Jud / Raw.
“I love surfing and when I was young, I wanted to photograph my friends surfing as well. In fact, I couldn’t understand why people photographed anything other than surfing, but my views on that have now changed.” At 57 years of age, Peter still rides a short surfboard, believes two skis are better than one, and in case you’re buying him lunch, he is vegetarian.
Peter Eastway Major Awards Summary
2013 NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Landscape Photographer of the Year
2010 NSW Commercial Photographer of the Year
2009 Kodak Award of Distinction, WPPI
2009 1st, 2nd, 3rd Landscape Category, WPPI, Commercial Category
2008 Grand Award, WPPI, Commercial Category
2007 New Zealand Overseas Photographer of the Year
2006 AIPP Grand Master of Photography
2005 Grand Award, WPPI, Commercial Category
2004 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year
2004 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
1998 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
1998 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1996 AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year
1996 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1996 NSW Professional Photographers of the Year
1995 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year
1995 NSW Professional Photographer of the Year
1995 Master of Photography, AIPP
1986 Kodak Achievement Award
1986 Associateship of the AIPP
We suggest arriving one day early in order to adapt to both the climate and the time zone. Enjoy the day exploring Sydney – visit the Botanical Gardens, walk along the waterfront to the famous Sydney Opera House, take a ferry to Manly, go for a stroll in Darling Harbour and the Rocks, or relax on one of the sandy beaches.
Better Moments and Peter Eastway will meet you at our hotel in Sydney for a welcome dinner and give you a detailed briefing about the upcoming workshop.
We will present our program and provide you with our best advice on equipment usage and important location details.
Tonight ends with an image show of Peter’s best work from Australia.
Drive to Kiama, which is located south of Sydney, with photo stops along the way to photograph Australia’s amazing coastline. The unspoilt South Coast of New South Wales is lined with a ruggered coast of volcanic rocks and outcrops that make for stunning landscape photography.
In the evneing, we will have dinner together and afterwards discuss the photos taken during the day.
We are off to an early start todo sunrise photography along the coastline. We will visit the Little Blowhole, a natural sea cave formed from volcanic lava – smaller than the iconic Kiama blowhole but just as impressive. Afterwards, we will photograph at Kiama’s big blowhole, which spouts seawater skywards – often 20m or more.
In the right conditions, waves surge into the craggy passage and compress the air inside, and then the air and water erupt through the hole in a booming sound. We will continue exploring the area and hinterland with our cameras for the remainder of the day.
Dinner at the hotel and image review and critic by Peter Eastway.
Early drive to Sydney Airport for an early flight to Alice Springs, the second largest town in the Northern Territory. Today, we will visit Rainbow Valley, one of the ‘must-do’ places for serious outback photographers, in the evening for a sunset shoot. The rock face at Rainbow Valley lights up as the soft sunlight hits the surface of the scenic sandstone bluffs and cliffs – truely a photographer’s delight!
In the evening, photo review by Peter Eastway.
Today we will drive to Glen Helen Resort and shoot along the road at Stanley Chasm. “Dramatic natural beauty” is probably what sums Standley Chasm up best as it is a spectacular geological and significant cultural icon of Central Australia and the perfect playground for any landscape photographer. The magnificent chasm is so tall and narrow that the sun makes it appear to be on fire, but only for a very short period in the middle of the day.
In the evening, we will shoot at Western MacDonnell Ranges, a series of striking mountain ranges that span both eastward and westward outside of Alice Springs. Within those ranges, you will find some amazing gorges that would get any outdoor photographer excited. We wills tay until sunset to capture the wonderful colours the setting sun paints on the rocks.
We all meet after dinner to work on our images. Peter will give one-to-one support on framing and post production.
No rest for the wicked – we will get up early to take photos at Ormiston Gorge at sunrise. There are many beautiful angles from which you can shoot the scenery and its reflections in the water. Lone scattered ghost gum trees make for a great subject for photography.
Optional, helicopter flight over Gorge to capture its beauty from the air. Alternatively, you can explore the area further by foot.
After dinner, we will discuss the images taken during the day and Peter will provide feedback and suggestions.
After breakfast, we will drive from Glen Helen to Kings Canyon by dirt road with photo stops along the way to capture the magnificient desert scenery. Across vast stretches of red sand, rises the pre-historic sandstone walls of Kings Canyon – the sandstone cliffs that rise above the gorge tower over the surprisingly lush vegetation of the appropriately named ‘Garden of Eden’ below. We will shoot Kings Canyon’s surroundings in the evening and explore its natural wonders with our cameras.
After dinner, image editing workshop and photo review by Peter Eastway.
We will shoot Uluru in the morning and walk around the monolith in the afternoon as it typically changes color and appearance depending on the angle, weather and time of day. The rock can appear moody on overcast days, shiny when it’s wet and glowing red at sunset. You will capture spectacular shots whatever the circumstances.
In the evening, we will photograph the Olgas (Kata Tjuta). The ancient rock formations rise majestically above the green-tinged bushland only 16 miles away from Uluru. Kata Tjuna means ‘many heads’ in the local Anangu language and there are actually 36 of them that provide for magnificient panorama shots. Give yourself time to explore the pathways to find a perspective and watch the twilight colors evolve as the sun starts to set.
Central Australia is a superb place to photograph the night sky so we will do so after the stars have come out. If we are lucky, we will be able to photograph the Milky Way twinkling in the night sky.
Today we return home.
However, if you like to extend your stay in Australia, Better Moments can give you advice on what to see and do.
Thanks for choosing Better Moments for your workshop.
16-26 May 2020
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: private mini bus
Exertion level: Easy
Accommodation: Hotels are included
Meals: All meals are included
Travel to and from the workshop destination: Not included
Flights within Australia: Not included
Visa and taxes: Not included
Alcoholic beverages: Not included
Travel insurance: Not included
€ TBA in shared double room.
€ TBA in single room.
Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
All prices are per person.
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Sydney International Airport – locally known as Kingsford Smith Airport – is Australia’s busiest airport. There are plenty of international flights arriving and departing each day. The airport is located just 13 minutes by train from the city. Airport Link offers a fast and convenient way to reach the city and suburbs, with trains running approximately every 10 minutes
VISA & IMMIGRATION
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. You must apply for a visa before leaving home, e.g. at your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate. You can also apply for certain types of visas online. Red more about it here: Entering and leaving Australia
Australia has very strict rules about things you can bring into the country due to its biosecurity requirements. Please inform yourself before the trip, for instance here: Can I bring it
Australia’s climate varies greatly throughout the eight states and territories; there are four seasons across most of the country and a wet and dry season in the tropical north. In May, the temperature in Sydney ranges from 10 – 20 degrees Celsius. In the Outback, autumn is moderately temperate with average temperatures of 8 – 23 degrees Celsius.
Australian Dollar (AUD)
Basis of rates:
All prices are quoted in Euro (€). The prices are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so, and notification will be given at the time of final invoicing.
A deposit of €1000 is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due no later than 150 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 150 days of the departure date, full payment is required when the reservation is accepted. In order to participate in a Better Moments workshop the participant must have made full payment prior to the start of the workshop.
The payment terms can be stricter when the workshop includes chartered ships or planes, and any variation will be communicated clearly on the invoice.
Cancellations and refunds:
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective on the date, which the letter is received by Better Moments. There is no cancellation charge until 150 days before departure, however we will deduct an administration fee of €300 from the repayment of the deposit. The cancellation charge between 150 and 120 days before departure is €1000 (i.e. the deposit). Cancellation charges less than 120 days before departure are expressed as a percentage of the total price, and are as follows: 119 – 90 days before departure 25%; 89 – 60 days before departure 50%; 59 – 30 days before departure 75%; 29 days or less before departure 100%. This policy also applies to pre- and post-trip extensions. Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving a workshop in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of a workshop.
We reserve the right to cancel a workshop because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate, or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If a workshop is cancelled prior to departure, you will have a choice between a full refund or a credit towards a future Better Moments workshop equivalent to amount paid. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a pro-rata refund based on the number of days. We are not responsible for any refund for airline tickets, hotel accommodation, etc. purchased by the participant. In the event of the specified photo expert being unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances beyond our control, a photo expert of the same standard will be provided. If this is not possible, then the workshop will be cancelled and the provisions above will come into effect.
In order to participate in a workshop you are required to have comprehensive insurance coverage for personal accident and injury, medical and repatriation costs during the workshop. In addition we strongly recommend that you arrange cancellation and travel insurance covering the loss, expenses and damages arising from, including but not limited to, the cancellation of the holiday (whether in whole or in part), loss of baggage and personal money and belongings, as well as flight cancellations and delays.
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If you have special requests, e.g. dietary, cabin number, bedding type, airline seat or other requests, you should inform us of these at the time of booking. We will advise the relevant supplier of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met, and will have no liability to you if such requests are not met.
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