Guided Photography Tours

Combine your next holiday with the creative adventure of a lifetime, on our guided photography tours, handcrafted by award-winning photographer Destin Sparks. Whether you are an absolute beginner, budding enthusiast, or seasoned professional, you’ll find something on each tour to test your limits and take your breath away, in a once in a lifetime creative learning experience.

Upcoming Photo Tour

Fences - Weekly Photographic Challenge (no physical location)

Saturday 2nd May 2015

Fences. Simple subject. Try to make them look cool. Did I mention that this is a Challenge? Think vanishing point, converging lines. Ever seen an intentionally wavy fence? Wire, timber, brick, metal, glass, plastic, rock, living fence. They're everywhere!

One submission per person.

Your image should be captured from the time the Challenge becomes available to RSVP, until the upload date.

How to upload? After the specified upload time/date (usually 7.30am each Sunday mor ...

A morning shoot along the Sandgate Foreshore...then a BBQ.

Friday 8th May 2015

I have a co-host for this Meet up outing. Her Name is Nicole. She is a pro sport photographer. We have chosen the Sandgate Foreshore because Nicole knows it well. It will be my first time there.

After we dabble in a little sunrise photography, you can let your creativity off the leash and capture some of the interesting and varied things in and around the general area. By about mid morning you should have worked up a decent appetite, so grab your food, drinks, and chair, loo ...

One Person Portrait - Weekly Photographic Challenge (no physical location)

Saturday 9th May 2015

Portrait time, a headshot to be precise. Shoulders , neck and head.

One submission per person.

Hints and tips;   1. Most importantly the eyes of your subject should be sharpest. Set your camera to single-shot focus (not continuous focus) Now set your camera so that it uses only one focus point. The middle point is always best. While looking through your viewfinder, depress your shutter release button and hold it half way down, at the same time that centre point is focu ...

Portrait time, a headshot to be precise. Shoulders , neck and head.

One submission per person.

Hints and tips;   1. Most importantly the eyes of your subject should be sharpest. Set your camera to single-shot focus (not continuous focus) Now set your camera so that it uses only one focus point. The middle point is always best. While looking through your viewfinder, depress your shutter release button and hold it half way down, at the same time that centre point is focussed on the nearest (to you) eye of your subject. Still keeping the shutter half depressed, recompose your shot (move your camera around until you are happy with your final composition). Now push the shutter the rest of the way down. Click! You're on the way to becoming the next Annie Leibovitz/David Lazar...and maybe a few thousand shot's practice will help!!!   2. Set your subject as far away from the background as you can. This will make for a non-distracting and defocussed background, maybe even a little bokeh if you're lucky.  Remember, this is all about the face, and backgrounds generally don't add to your composition, unless it is a documentary/travel style portrait that you are after.   3. A wide open aperture is generally best. f/1.4 to f/4.5 is a good place to start. This is also the softer end of the aperture of your lens which is good for portraits as it helps to soften skin blemishes.   4. A relaxed subject will produce a better result. Crack a joke, get them to pull a few silly faces first, and as the silliness dies down, click, you've just nailed a beautiful portrait with a hint of a smile, and not a family snap of a mouthful of teeth. Save those ones for the family album.   5. Don't get too close to your subject as facial distortion will become evident. A good focal length is somewhere between 85mm and 135mm. Shorter equals distortion, and longer equals a flattened perspective. In saying that, rules are meant to be broken, and these tips are only meant to be a good place to start.   6. Shoot your subject ever so slightly higher than your camera. This gives the effect of importance and majesty.   7. I am a big believer of portraits being in B+W. Colours can sometimes be distracting.   8. Try using natural light first (not direct sunlight). If you feel the need for some fill-flash and your subject is wearing a hat, turn your camera upside down so that the flash is operating from underneath. This will get the light from said flash up and under the hat brim. No shadows, yeah!

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

Your image should be captured from the time the Challenge becomes available to RSVP, until the upload date.

How to upload? After the specified upload time/date (usually 7.30am each Sunday morning), go to the home page of the Meet Up Group for Qld Landscape Photographers, scroll down to Recent Meetups, click on the particular Challenge you want to upload to and click on that. There you will find the word 'upload' written in blue. It is near the top on the right, directly underneath the 'stack' of photos. Hope this helps. Let me know if you still need help.

Please award a '*' for your favourite image (except the host's image). The top 10 images (not the first 10 images uploaded) will be commented on and critiqued. The winner will be awarded the banner image for this Challenge. Good luck!

Banner image? Go to the top tool bar on the Meet Up home page and click on 'Photos'. The most recent groups of images will appear at the top. For each group there is a banner image. Click on the banner image to see all the submissions.

Have you cast your anonymous votes in the Polls? Go to the top tool bar on the home page, and click on 'More"/>

Waterfalls - Weekly Photographic Challenge (no physical location)

Saturday 16th May 2015

One submission per person.

After all this rain we have had of late, this is the perfect time to capture some of the beautiful waterfalls that are around, as they should be flowing quite nicely.

HINTS AND TIPS;   1. Waterfalls usually have whitewater and as such are prone to burnout when being photographed. This is a fancy way of saying that the lighter areas of your waterfall image will be overexposed, lacking detail. Solution? Photograph your chosen waterfall when there is no ...

Animals In Action - Weekly Photographic Challenge (no physical location)

Saturday 23rd May 2015

NO Pets Or Animals In Captivity For This Challenge. Bonus points for an unusual animal.

HINTS AND TIPS;   1. As with human portraits, the eyes should be the sharpest in your image.   2. Wild animals tend to be easily spooked and are fast moving. A high shutter speed is recommended.   3. What aperture you use will depend on how big the animal is, and how far away it is.    Other things to consider...   4. The longer the focal length, the shallower the depth of field, which ...

New Zealand!!! (Flights, Accomm, Meals*, Tours Included!)

Friday 5th June 2015

Where: New Zealand | When: June 6th -10th 2015 | How Much: $1,980

*To confirm your place, please see 'The Important Bits' below*

                *******RSVP's open 7pm Friday 15th Aug*******

What's all the fuss about?

Here it is folks, the best Meetup announcement you'll see this year. Pack your camera, some Champagne and bring a jacket or 3 and join me on a trip to the land of the long white cloud over the June 2015 long weekend. (Take onl ...

Photo Exhibition and Fundraiser for Omo Child

Friday 24th July 2015

I'm thrilled to share with you some exciting news regarding one our members, Sharon Wellings.

Sharon has been announced as Winner, 2014 Portrait Photographer of the Year for her series of images "Into the Omo Valley". A HUGE congratulations to Sharon. It's a well deserved recognition of your amazing talent as a photographer (as well as being one of the most delightful people you could ever meet).

Awards announcement: