Workshops and Speaker Sessions

2019 Speaker Sessions

Photo Live Expo’s highly anticipated speaker sessions feature award-winning photographers who are passionate about their art form. In the 30 minute talks, the speakers will discuss their process and tricks of the trade to help your learn how to capture the perfect shot in their specialised areas of photography. The MC of the speaker sessions will be Tony Hewitt, twice awarded Australian AIPP Photographer of the Year. Read below for a bio of each photographer, time of the session and click to book.

 

Action Photography

9.00am–9.30am / Mark Galer / Supported by Sony

 

Mark will talk about setting up Sony Alpha cameras with the optimal settings for shooting rapidly moving subjects and discuss Sony’s amazing new AF Tracking feature – first showcased on its A6400 and A9 cameras. 

 

Mark Galer is British by birth and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Mark acquired a passion for travel when he circumnavigated the world by motorcycle between 1986-1988 while writing and illustrating articles for the news media, motorcycling press and charitable publications. His work has subsequently appeared in numerous international publications over the years and he is a recognised author for Focal Press with thirty books to his name. Although the vast majority of his work is commercial, he occasionally exhibits personal work such as at the Lumens festival in 2012 where it was screened in Suzhou, Jiangsu and Federation Square, Melbourne and is building a personal collection of abstracts called TimeScapes.

 

Mark has been a leading educator since 1990 and is a former Program Director of BA Photography at RMIT University, Melbourne. He is an authority on both capture and post production workflows and freely shares this information on his personal website www.markgaler.com

Underwater Photography

9.50am–10.20am / Matty Smith / Supported by Nikon

 

Matty says if executed well, an over/under photograph is a magical thing capable of transporting a view into another world. Matty will describe his technique used to capture over/under photography in the water. This style creates a ‘Wow’ factor especially when exhibited.

 

Matty Smith is an award-winning ocean wildlife photographer who has been a member of the Nikon ambassador team since 2014. A fitness-loving thrill-seeker who went nose-to-nose with a 2.5 saltwater croc off the coast of Cuba, he is also the same man who has been turned off eating calamari forever after taking a cute picture of a charismatic juvenile squid. It should come as no surprise therefore that despite growing up in the landlocked town of Nottingham in the UK, Matty has held a lifelong obsession with the water. Today Matty is one of the world’s foremost half-under, half-over photography authorities, being named the 2014 Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year and featuring in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition in the Natural History Museum in London.

Wildlife Photography

10.40am–11.10am / Alex Cearns / Supported by Tamron

 

It’s be safe to say that professional animal photographer Alex Cearns has lived a “wild life”. For the past decade she has photographed animals all over the world and in her Photo Live presentation, she’ll share the pros and perils of wildlife photography. Freshly returned from a tour of Tanzania, Alex will lift the curtain on her wildlife photography preparation, how she selects the right lenses and equipment for her locations, and her off site workflow, as well as provide photography tips on how to photograph different animals in a range of environments and conditions. 

 

As one of Australia’s most awarded animal photographers, with a reputation for outstanding imagery, intense ethics around her animal subjects, and a passion for conservation, Alex is a dynamic and engaging speaker. This presentation is a must do for those who want to get the best from their wildlife photography and who seek inspiration to get out amongst it!

 

Dogs Today Magazine in the United Kingdom calls Australian photographer Alex Cearns “One of our greatest dog photographers in the world.” Alex is the Creative Director of Houndstooth Studio and specialises in capturing portraits that convey the intrinsic character of her animal subjects. When it comes to her photography, she is passionate, compassionate, fun, caring and committed and it would be apt to describe her as a “crazy dog lady”. Alex photographs for engaged pet lovers, corporate brands in Australia, the USA and the UK, and for around 40 Australian and International animal charities and conservation organisations. Her images have been published extensively across Australian and International media, in books, magazines and ad campaigns. Alex is the recipient of over 250 awards for photography, business and philanthropy, and in 2019 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) from the Council for the Order of Australia for her service to the community through charitable organisations.

Portrait Photography

11.30am–12.00pm / Mark Strachan / Supported by Leica

 

Mark Strachan’s style has always been simple and to the point and though he owns two fully equipped and spacious studios, he loves to work with a minimum of equipment, which helps him tread with a ‘small footprint’. Always a believer in blending in, he rarely uses assistants on his assignments, which he finds can alter the intimacy with which he engages his subjects. Mark will talk about how he works with a single camera and a lens in each pocket to produce beautiful portraits.

 

Portrait Photographer Mark Strachan received his first camera at age 7. In his teens, he was photographing for the Herald Sun Newspaper Group and had opened his first studio. Mark is passionate about making his portraits more about the sitter and less about the gear. His shooting style is uncomplicated and he has used this process to make meaningful portraits of his sitters (including actors and Heads of State) over the past 37 years. For more than 2 decades, he has worked with a Leica M camera.

Landscape Photography

12.20pm–12.50pm / Tony Hewitt / Supported by Vitec

 

Tony will be presenting a seminar on his technique and work on capturing the Australian landscape. A not-to-be-missed talk on the creative eye of one of Australia’s most awarded photographers.

 

With a passion for people, places, and an instinctive sense of the moment, Tony Hewitt brings a unique combination of award winning photographic vision, artistic narrative and simple creativity. His photographic journey has seen him explore the genres of Fine Art, Portrait, Landscape & Commercial Photography, and he exhibits regularly both within Australia and Overseas recently completing his 16th solo exhibition, at the prestigious Lynton and Kay Gallery in Perth titled ‘Lux et Aqua’.

 

Tony will change the way you make pictures!

Documentary Photography

13.10pm–13.40pm / Megan Lewis / Supported by Fujifilm

 

Megan Lewis will talk about her experiences and insights into documentary story telling.  And how she now utilises those skills to direct Fujifilm advertorials.Megan Lewis will talk about her experiences and insights into documentary story telling.  And how she now utilises those skills to direct Fujifilm advertorials.

 

Megan Lewis is a Walkley award winning documentary photographer. She is also an author, Fujifilm X Series Ambassador, and public speaker with 25 years experience in the photographic industry.

 

In her early career she worked as a full time staff member for Reuters International news agency and then The Australian newspaper. During her time with Reuters her work appeared in national and international publications such as front cover of Time Magazine, the Washington Post and the International Tribune.

 

At The Australian newspaper Megan coverednational and international stories, including the Tampa, riots in Indonesia and East Timor’s bid for independence.

 

In 2002, Megan left The Australian newspaper to live full-time with the Martu people, one of the last indigenous groups in Australia’s Great Sandy Desert to come into contact with Europeans. Her book Conversations with the Mob (UWA Publishing) was the product of eight years continuous involvement with the Martu, including several years living with them.

 

This work won Megan a 2005 Walkley Award and her peers voted her winner of the Nikon Photographers Choice Awards in 2006. Her work has been exhibited in Australia and Europe.

Baby Photography

14.00pm–14.30pm / Kelly Brown / Supported by Canon

 

“The art of baby photography” Internationally renowned newborn photographer Kelly Brown will share her secrets on how she captures the delicate art of photographing babies.

 

Kelly’s unique talent for imagining incredibly detailed ideas and then bringing them to life is really a testament to the way the images come to life. All award images are single capture – meaning all props, costumes and backdrops are handmade and captured in the frame as you see it. Kelly is very proud to have been asked to represent Canon as an Ambassador in Australia as well as a being a Canon Master.

 

Kelly is a Triple Master of WPPI and a Fellow of SWPP. Her reputation as a creative professional with commitment to quality has seen her named a Canon Australia Master, Canson Infinity Ambassador and Graphistudio Ambassador.

Kelly’s awards are extensive and span the past 9 years. In this period, she has also Judged & Chaired many international photographic competitions. Kelly continually aims to push the boundaries of her art in regard to what is possible and aspires to continue creating images that tell a story.

Wedding Videography

14.50pm–15.20pm / Nikki Fox / Supported by Panasonic

 

Nikki will take you behind the scenes to show you how she uses natural light to create Cinematic looking films. She will take you though her thought process and why making good decisions on the day will make your life easy in the post production phase. She will talk you through her strategy on where you can insert some cost effective and practical camera movements that will help bring the film to life. 

 

Nikki Fox is a Wedding Filmmaker based in Melbourne. Her love for story telling led to establish Luxe Film House some 7 years ago. With no formal education in Cinematography, Nikki says its her skills in the post production phase thats led her to becoming an efficient shooter, capturing clean well thought out shots. What she loves most about her job is the unpredictable nature of filming unstated events! She says you can never fully prepare or foresee how the day will turn out but you must have the skills to handle any shooting conditions to produce visually stunning imagery every single time.

Sport Photography

15.40pm–16.10pm / Manuel Goria / Supported by Sigma

 

Manuel will be going through the finer points of shooting sports.

 

Photography and cars are Manuel’s passion, he started to photograph racing at local events and worked his way up to photographing the F1 Grand prix in Melbourne in 2010 shooting for Ercole Colombo, Ferrari’s photographer since the early 70’s. In 2013 he started working as a freelance with a season contract for Sutton Images.

Manuel is a team photographer in Formula E for Dragon Racing, Renault, Venturi, NIO and Techeetah, Personal photographer to Nelson Piquet Jr, Salvador Duran and Jean Eric Vergne.

 

In 2016 he was awarded Western Australian Sport photographer of the year and the same year runner up as Australian Sport photographer of the year.

 

For the 2018 F1 season he is Team Photographer for Sauber Alfa Romeo F1 Team with Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson.

Travel Photography

16.30pm–17.00pm / Michael Haluwana / Supported by Olympus

 

Michael Haluwana has achieved several accolades and awards from reputable businesses such as National Geographic, BBC , Sony and Canon. With the love and passion Michael has for his Photography, Videography and Cinematography, he’s had fantastic opportunities to work alongside incredible professionals for iconic projects in Australia and overseas including with Sir David Attenborough on BBC Planet Earth II.

Workshops Series

Photo Live Expo workshops will go for 2 hours and the expert speakers will go into detail in their specialised areas. Complementary coffee, tea and water will be available for those enrolled in workshops. Numbers are limited so get in fast!

 

Print Workshop

12:00 – 14.00pm / Adam Monk

 

Printing is the missing link for most digital photographers, it can seem a complex and intimidating process that never comes out quite right… But just like driving a car, once you know how it’s easy!

 

Adam Monk has been professionally printing photographs for well over 25 years.  From chemical wet darkrooms to huge format digital printers and 6m long images,  he has literally printed tens of thousands of digital images.

 

Let Adam show you how its done in this rollicking roller coaster ride of digital printing knowhow that packs all 25 years of experience into just 2 hours of workshop!

 

This workshop will get you up and printing, with everything from colour management and monitors to choosing fine art papers and getting the printing just right.

 

Seeing your pride and joy on the computer screen is a great thing, but there is nothing quite like seeing it on the wall.

 

Freed from the confines of running his own landscape photography gallery for the last 13 years, where he printed every single image, Adam now exclusively runs boutique photo tours to extraordinary places. From the highlands of Iceland to the rainforest of Tasmania and just about everything in-between.

Lightroom

12:30 – 14:30pm / Nick Melidonis

 

Lightroom is the industry standard software for quick, easy and powerful image enhancement which anyone can master in a short period of time. Enjoy a fun, informative and inspiring creative journey with Nick Melidonis; one of Australia’s most dynamic and passionate photographers and leading software imaging presenters. learn how easy it is to produce stunning fine-art photographs as you watch Nick demonstrate his magic using the simple yet powerful tools offered by Lightroom.

 

Nick Melidonishas been one of Australia’s foremost photographers and photo educators for over two decades. A Master Photographer; he was named number two in the world in 2016 in ‘Nature’ (landscape and wildlife) in the prestigious World Photographic Cup winning a silver medal. He was also a finalist in the National Geographic 2016 ‘Travel Photographer of the Year’. Nick is one of only three photographers to have won the ‘AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year’ three times.

Pet Portrait Workshop

14.30 – 16.30pm / Alex Cearns

 

Studio animal photography expert and Profoto Ambassador Alex Cearns will share the tips and tricks she uses to photograph over 1300 animals in her studio each year. During this two hour lighting seminar,  Alex will cover the camera gear she uses, her settings, lighting setups, how to work with different animal coat colours on different backgrounds, using flash around animals, posing animals, and engaging with animals to capture their true character. Top dog model Pixel the Greyhound will be attending to assist with the practical demonstration of this presentation. Best suited for beginners to intermediate photographers, or those new to studio photography.

 

Dogs Today Magazine in the United Kingdom calls Australian photographer Alex Cearns “One of our greatest dog photographers in the world.” Alex is the Creative Director of Houndstooth Studio and specialises in capturing portraits that convey the intrinsic character of her animal subjects. When it comes to her photography, she is passionate, compassionate, fun, caring and committed and it would be apt to describe her as a “crazy dog lady”. Alex photographs for engaged pet lovers, corporate brands in Australia, the USA and the UK, and for around 40 Australian and International animal charities and conservation organisations.

Baby Posing

15:00 – 16:30pm / Kelly Brown

 

“The art of baby photography” Internationally renowned newborn photographer Kelly Brown will share her secrets on how she captures the delicate art of photographing babies.

 

Kelly’s unique talent for imagining incredibly detailed ideas and then bringing them to life is really a testament to the way the images come to life. All award images are single capture – meaning all props, costumes and backdrops are handmade and captured in the frame as you see it. Kelly is very proud to have been asked to represent Canon as an Ambassador in Australia as well as a being a Canon Master.

Videographers Talks

NEW! PhotoLive Expo introduces a PRO Video room with displays on all the latest equipment from leading brands in the Film/Broadcast Industry and to celebrate this will be informative and educational talks from two brilliant Australian cinematographers who will share their work, and provide tips and tricks of the industry with you in 2 very real open sessions.

DAVID LE MAY STATE PRESIDENT OF ACS
(Australian Cinematography Society) Sponsored by Fujifilm
9.00-9.45am

DAVE MAY from TALL STORY FILMS
Canon Ambassador
10.00-11.30am

Cinematographer From London

9:00am – 9:45am / David Le May / Supported by Fujifilm

 

Joining the ACS 6 years ago has seen David gain recognition for his documentaries, short films and music clips several gaining gold awards and recently the West Australian screen award (WASA 2014) for best cinematography long form for ABC factual series “Who’s been sleeping in my house?”.

 

David has been in the film industry for over 20 years starting off in London on Music video, TVC’s, Documentaries and Indy Features. Moving to Australia with a few trips back for projects to London has seen him join the ACS. David will sharehis work, and provide tips and tricks of the industry with a very real open session.

Award Winning Cinematographer

10:00am – 11:30am / Dave May / Supported by Canon

 

Dave is an award-winning cinematographer/director with a portfolio extending across documentary, TV and music, as well as a range of online and social content.

 

He has shot and directed for many of Australia’s leading production companies (Blackfella Films, Northern Pictures, CJZ), broadcasters (ABC, SBS) and youth media brands (triple j, Viceland). His recent credits include Director/Cinematographer on the flagship factual series Filthy Rich and Homeless, Cinematographer on the new season of Employable Me and Creator/Director of the wildly successful ABC series Throwback, which has had more than 8 million views.

 

He has been awarded a Young Walkley, an ACS Golden Tripod and has worked with Canon as an ambassador for their cinema cameras. He also directed Ice Cube for a video once which was pretty great.

Terms and Conditions

Booking and Payment

Registrations are allocated and guaranteed only upon receipt of full payment.

 

Cancellation

Workshop fees are non-refundable if you do not attend or notify Camera Electronic that you cannot attend. You must arrive 5 minutes before the speaker/workshop is due to start. Late arrivals will not be allowed in.

 

We reserve the right to alter or cancel any workshop at any time. If any workshop has to be cancelled by us, then fees are refunded in full.

 

Limitation of Liability

Payment of your booking fee represents your acceptance of all terms and conditions outlined anywhere on our website.

 

We aim to provide every participant with a safe, educational and enjoyable experience during the workshops. As there is always certain risks and dangers associated with photography, we accept no responsibility or liability for injury, death, illness, accident, losses or additional expenses associated with workshop participation. Nor do we accept responsibility for damage to equipment, property or digital data loss.

 

We reserve the right to substitute venues and facilities, and to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary or advisable.

 

We reserve the right to take photographic or video records of any workshop and may use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes.

 

Client Responsibility

You are responsible for bringing the appropriate equipment to participate fully in your designated workshop.

 

In the event of medical emergency and/or repatriation from a workshop by whatever means, the responsibility of such costs will be borne by the client. It is therefore essential that adequate cover is in place.

 

We reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any member of any workshop should such person’s actions impede the operation of the workshop or the rights or welfare or enjoyment of other members of the workshop, and it is agreed that no refunds will be given in such circumstances.

 

Recording, including and not limited to voice or video recording, will not be allowed to occur during the speaker sessions/workshops.

 

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