Cockatoo Island Workshop Gallery

Bill Green recently ran an available light photography workshop on Cockatoo Island in Sydney with the able assistance of model Jacey Brown. The old warehouses and grungy environment proved to be an excellent location for both portraiture and general photography and the group of 8 guests learned a great deal from Bill's many years of experience. Here's a selection of BTS images from the day:

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Tasmania Trip

Tasmania 2019

In March Leica Akademie took a group of guests to Tasmania for a five day trip, featuring Hobart, Port Arthur, Freycinet Peninsula and some truly fine dining at Hobart's best restaurants. As you can see from those photos taken by Instructor Nick Rains, Nature turned it on for us a few times and some excellent photos were taken by all concerned.

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Manfred Baumann Workshop

On February 10 2019 Leica Akademie Australia was proud to host a one-off workshop by celebrity photographer Manfred Baumann. The twelve guests enjoyed a day of anecdotes and action as Manfred talked about his experiences as a Hollywood photographer and then demonstrated his techniques using the studio at the Leica Store in Melbourne. Here's a behind the scenes gallery along with images from many of the participants.

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Cuba Photo Tour

Nick Rains recently took a small group of keen photographers to Cuba which, as you might imagine, is a superb location for any kind of photography, particularly street and culture. Here's a gallery of images from that trip which shows what we photographed as well as some of our group in action!

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Motion Blur

Akademie Instructor Nick Rains recently created four short videos on Motion Blur - what it is and how to use it. Here they are in suggested order of viewing:

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Greece and Wetzlar Photo Tour

Our most recent Akademie trip was to Greece (Milos, Athens and Meteora) followed by an extension to Wetzar to see the Leica factory and stay in the new Ernst Leitz Hotel. We were astonishingly lucky with the weather because Athens had torrential rain just after we left and in Meteora we had clouds instead of the forecast blue skies (which Nick detests!).

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Red Centre Tour 2018

A gallery of images from our recent Red Centre Tour presented in partnership with Accor Plus.

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Bokeh - the classic Leica Look

Akademie Instructor Nick Rains recently created three short videos on Bokeh - what it is, what it's for and how to use it. Here they are in suggested order of viewing:

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Header image courtesy of Mark Strachan


New Zealand Photo Tour 2018

New Zealand 2018 Photo Tour Gallery

A full gallery from our 2018 Queenstown excursions can be seen below...

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Cambodia Photo Tour 2017

Cambodia - Siem Reap.

The temples around Angkor Wat in Cambodia would have to be one of my favourite places to take other photographers, particularly those who have not been before. Even in such a heavily visited place the sense of discovery and wonder is still very real and it’s a place I wish I could go again 'for the first time'.

We managed to side-step most of the busiest places by carefully planning our trip to take advantage of lulls in the visitor numbers - this is something I take great care over because it’s very hard to make good images in large crowds. The vast majority of visitors go to Angkor Wat at sunrise, therefore we don’t! We would be waiting at the gate of another temple for the local security guards to open the gate and so get a good hour or so before the visitor numbers picked up.

Over the course of the five days we rarely had any difficulty getting the images we wanted and wandering alone around a temple like, say, Preah Khan in the early morning light is an experience to be savoured.

It’s not all temples however, I think that people photography is where the most satisfying challenges lie. Good people photos are the hardest to get, but the most pleasing to view, in my opinion anyway. We used the services of an excellent local guide, Socheat Ly, who got us access to a few temples ‘back stage’ as it were. The best photos are always when you have time to consider what and how you are photographing by setting things up we all made some excellent images in this way. You can see some examples below.

Next year I am planning trips to Greece and Cuba, as well as the currently available New Zealand trip in April and the in-planning trip to Uluru in May.

Nick Rains
November 2017

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