Oct 132013

Michael Snedic presenting at PSQ 2013On the October Long Weekend (5th, 6th and 7th of October 2013) I opened the PSQ Photography Convention in Mackay as Keynote Speaker, as well as presenting a macro workshop the following day. The event was hosted by the Mackay Camera Group and I can honestly say it was the best-run PSQ Convention I have ever attended. The caliber and variety of the other speakers and workshops was exceptional, the venue and meals served couldn’t be faulted, staff were very helpful and the event ran smoothly and efficiently. I have heard feedback from many that were in attendance at the convention and it was a universal ‘thumbs-up’ from all. I would personally like to thank all of those involved, on a voluntary basis I might add, for putting together such a wonderful event.


Michael presenting photo workshop at Mackay Botanic Gardens

I also presented a half day photography workshop the day after after the convention ended, to a group of eleven very enthusiastic participants, at the Mackay Botanic Gardens. Many questions were answered and problems solved, as well as plenty of tips and techniques given on how to take better photos. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, as the photo shows!

Aug 152013
Ipswich Enviroplan Photographic
Competition and Exhibition 2013

Ipswich City Council are hosting a wonderful photography competition again this year, the ‘Ipswich Enviroplan Photographic Competition’. There is no entry fee and anyone can enter, as long as the images entered are taken in the Ipswich Shire.

Last year saw more than 1200 entries in the competition and almost 1200 votes in the People’s Choice Awards.

This year’s prize pool is valued over $5000 with prizes for each category, the Overall Winners, and the People’s Choice Winners.

CLOSING DATE | Friday, 4 October 2013
AWARDS NIGHT | Tuesday, 22 October 2013
PUBLIC EXHIBITION | Thursday, 24 October – Wednesday, 6 November 2013
PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING | Thursday, 24 October – Wednesday, 6 November 2013

For more information and to enter the competition, click here

Apart from presenting two workshops tomorrow for council already, I’m one of the two judges and will also be the MC for the Awards Night in October.

Get your entries in now, folks!!

Jul 222013

Satin Bowerbird displaying in front of bower
Come and spend two days searching for, and photographing, a myriad of birds found in Queensland’s beautiful Bunya Mountains region. This weekend workshop (Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of October 2013) is hosted by professional birding guide, Barry Davies and myself. Barry will assist us in finding the different bird species found in the area and I will show you how to best photograph them.

Bird species we will be looking to photograph include King Parrots, Crimson Rosellas, Superb Fairy Wrens, Eastern Yellow Robins, Southern Logrunners, White-browed Scrub Wrens, Yellow-throated Scrub Wrens, Golden Whistlers and Satin Bowerbirds at their bowers and many more.

For more details on this exciting new workshop or to book your place on this workshop, click here

May 272013

Brisbane Photo Walk – May 2013
Brisbane Photo Walk – May 2013

Ian Wilson with his Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW bag – Photo Walk prize
Ian Wilson with his Lowepro Photo Sport Pro 30L AW bag – Photo Walk prize

On Sunday the 26th of May 2013, I organised a free ‘Photo Walk’ where anyone could come along and join in for a morning’s fun and photography, with like-minded people. The weather was very kind to us, there were loads of great photographic opportunities and lots of socialising. It was lovely to catch up with past-participants of photography workshops and people I had met while presenting at conventions and camera clubs over the years, Facebook friends as well as quite a few new people. The event attracted around 40 people, which was great to see.

Thanks to Lowepro (Maxwell International Australia) who came through with a fantastic prize to be given away at the event, a Photo Sport Pro 30L AW backpack, valued at $259.00. The winner was a very pleased Ian Wilson. Congratulations, Ian!

Marg Hamwood – Full Day workshop winner – Photo Walk
Marg Hamwood – Full Day workshop winner – Photo Walk

Mark Rayner and I also gave away a prize of a full day photography workshop of the winner’s choice. This was won by a very excited Marg Hamwood. Congratulations to Marg!

Thanks again to everyone for making the ‘Photo Walk’ the success it was.

May 172013

My latest photography newsletter has just been released. It includes eight pages packed with photography-related information including:

Newsletter 11 – May 2013

  • News regarding photo trips, publishings and other events
  • Landscape Photography Masterclass – Short article on how to take better landscape images
  • ‘Photo of the Month’ – Image and text by photographer Wolf Crisan
  • Inspirational Photographer – Miguel Lasa
  • Photo Competition – Winning image plus new subject announced
  • PSQ (Photographic Society of Queensland) Photography Convention details – Mackay – October 2013
  • Photography Workshops news – Including details on recently-announced African and Kangaroo Island trips
  • Lord Howe Island Photography Workshop and Tour – Announcing Ben Fewtrell as Guest Presenter
  • Tasmanian Photography Workshop and Tour update (March 2013) – Including photography of Aurora Australis during workshop
  • One on One Photography Tuition details
  • Free Photo Walk – South Brisbane – 26th of May 2013


Read the May 2013 edition of the Photography Newsletter

May 072013

Dead trees of Sossusvlei – Namibia

‘African Adventure Photography Workshop and Tour’ for May 2014 has already booked 11 places, with only three places left. This once-in-a-lifetime photographic experience has been designed from the ground-up, with photographers in mind one hundred percent.

Elephants at the Okavango Delta

Our photographic adventure goes to Namibia, where we will stay right on the spectacular sand dunes. We will photograph Sossusvlei at sunrise, the stunning Oryx and much more. We then fly to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the best place in Africa to see and photograph its stunning wildlife, where we will be on private reserves. Not only do we have our own private guides but also trackers on the ground, to maximize our chances of seeing and photographing great wildlife interaction. The vehicles we will travel in have been purpose built with photographer’s in mind, each with an open roof and no poles to get in the way of our cameras. We then take another flight to a different part of Okavanga Delta, where there will be more amazing wildlife photography opportunities.

From the Okavanga Delta, we fly to Zimbabwe photograph the iconic Victoria Falls, do a river cruise, go on a guided tour and more. At the end, we will celebrate with a wonderful African party, full of singing, dancing and lots of local food and drinks!

Apr 042013

Rainforest Masterclass ‘Deep Under Cover’ -  Australian Photography magazine – April 2013 The April 2013 edition of Australian Photography magazine features my article on how to best photograph rainforests. It is advertised on the front cover as a ‘Rainforest Masterclass’ and is titled ‘Deep Under Cover’. This article is the largest feature I have ever had published and comes in at a whopping seven pages! It includes numerous tips and techniques on how to best photograph in rainforests, to create stunning images. Rainforests are, without doubt, a favourite photographic destination of mine.

4th of April 2013. Read the ‘Rainforest Masterclass’ article

Mar 272013

Aurora Australis captured on camera during Tasmanian Photography Workshop and Tour!

One of the most remarkable experiences of my life occurred right in the middle of a week-long Tasmanian photography workshop and tour (17th of March 2013), that I was presenting with Tasmanian landscape photographer, Luke O’Brien. Luke and I had just finished presenting a sunset shoot at Coles Bay on the Freycinet Coast, in Tasmania, with our participants. Word was out that there was a very strong chance of an Aurora Australis happening that night, (and Luke’s Aurora App was going off) so we all stayed around and waited patiently. Sure enough, as the night wore on, the Aurora started to happen and the euphoria amongst our group was unbelievable! Without doubt, the most amazing landscape photography experience of my 17 years of photography and a night I will NEVER forget….

27th March 2013. View a larger version of Aurora Australis

Mar 202013

Bird Photography Article – Barking Owl The subject of my article on bird photography for the ‘Bird Photography Masterclass Series’ of Australian Birdlife magazine for March 2013 is the delightful Barking Owl. It took quite a bit of patient waiting, before the owl turned his head to one side.

20th March 2013. Read the Bird Photography Article

Feb 142013

Latest Photography Newsletter - Issue 10 – February 2013 Issue 10 of my Photography Newsletter has just been released. This issue is filled with seven pages of photography-related topics. These include an article on depth of field, photography location of the month, photo of the month, photography competition details, another inspirational photographer as well as information regarding up-and-coming photography workshops/tours and one-on-one tuition. I hope you find it useful and entertaining.

14th of February 2013. View Newsletter 10 or subscribe here

Jan 042013

Bird Photography Article – Little Egret The subject of my article on bird photography for the ‘Masterclass Series’ of Australian Birdlife magazine is the Little Egret. It took many hours each day, for four days, to finally ‘nail’ a shot of the egret with his wings out, fish in beak. This is a perfect example of being rewarded for your patience and never giving up…

4th of January 2013. Read the Bird Photography Article