Upcoming Events

Composition in Photography

Composition in Photography

Saturday 16 December
Slade Point - 9am - 2 Hours
Discover the art of composition in photography, the strategic arrangement of visual elements within a frame, in a detailed and dynamic course designed for everyone. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or professional photographer, this session is crafted to elevate your skills and enhance your perspective.

Through our course, key rules that have the potential to significantly improve your photography are thoroughly discussed. These include the Rule of Thirds, understanding the importance of shapes, applying the concept of Negative Space-Positive, effective utilization of lines, creating symmetry and highlighting patterns, the power of individual points, the influence of color, the impact of tones, mastering distance perception, and achieving balance in your photography.

Join us, as together, we work on fine-tuning your ability to perceive, envision and capture the scenes you wish to photograph. Experience the transformation in your photographic skills as you dive deeper into the world of composition.
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Outdoor Portraits

Outdoor Portraits

Saturday 06 January
River Street, Mackay - 9am - 2 Hours
This meetup goes over some basic dos and don'ts for posing and looks at issues to do with shooting in daylight for the best results. Included are: shooting different body types, men, women and shooting with strong sunlight and shooting in shade, and designing your background (composition). On this meet,up you are encouraged to bring along family or friends as models.

You will preferably need a normal, 85mm or longer lens, or a zoom. If you have a wide-angle this can also be used as we will be also looking at environmental portraits.

This is the perfect meetup to learn how to take the perfect portraits of family and friends.
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Studio Photography Class

Studio Photography Class

Saturday 20 January
Shoal Point - 9am - 2 Hours
Delve into the world of photography with a 3-hour class dedicated to the core principles of studio use. Learn about the power of production photography flash and lighting; understand how to tweak settings for perfect capture, and explore the use of materials such as white boards and reflectors. Amplify your photography skills with us as we guide you through every step. Illuminate your passion, one flash at a time.
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Photography Travel

Cape Hillsborough - North Queensland - 3 Day Photography Tour

Cape Hillsborough - North Queensland - 3 Day Photography Tour

Friday 01 December
Mackay, North Queensland - 2pm - 3 days
Photography Travel Australia
Capture the Magic of Cape Hillsborough in Northern Queensland: Join Our Photography Tour!

Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Parks is a haven nestled in the beautiful and tranquil surrounds of central North Queensland, a short drive from the hub of Mackay.

This beautiful area gives us opportunity to practice many photographic techniques such as seascape, landscape, wildlife (think Wallabies on the beach!) bird photography, flora and fauna, sunsets and sunrise to name a few.

Embark on a visual journey in this wonderful part of Northern Queensland through the lens of your camera. Our Photography Tour in Cape Hillsborough, is your passport to discovering the areas most beautiful surrounds, all while honing your photography skills.

All levels of photographer and all makes of camera are welcome. Non photographers / family are also welcome.

Highlights include:
-Review of all camera settings
-Landscape Photography and Hike, including capturing the Sunset for dramatic lighting
-Sunrise Session capturing Wallabies on the beach at this special time of day
-Hidden waterfall Hike
-Macro and close up photography

Our professional photography guide Marty Strecker, an expert in both this magical area of Queensland and photography techniques, will lead you to the ideal vantage points and provide hands-on assistance to capture Cape Hillsborough's essence. All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced photographers, as we tailor our instruction to your needs.
**Medium level of fitness required.

Tour Details and Inclusions:
Dates: Friday 1st December - Sunday 3rd December
Accommodation: 2 nights in shared or own accommodation. Options and prices range for camping / glamping / cabins / shared or private (select option at checkout)
Meals :2 x Breakfasts, 1 x Dinners, 2 x Lunch
Group Size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
Photographic instruction by a professional photographer
Equipment and Gear List: Will be emailed upon Booking

What's not included:
Airport Transfers
Alcohol with meals
Photographic equipment

Don't miss the opportunity to transform your Northern Queensland adventure into a visual masterpiece.

Reserve your spot today and embark on a photography tour that will leave you with stunning memories to cherish forever and let your creativity flourish.
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Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Mackay .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

    Join the Mackay Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
    Marty is great. He explains everything so I can understand it easily, and will also answer any other questions I have about other photos I wish to be taking. It is a great course to do to learn more about your camera and how to make the most of taking different shots. they are nice small groups which is great.
    Very informative, answered my questions in a way I could understand
    Had a great day and enjoyed that there was a real model to photograph.

    I really enjoyed the afternoon. I could ask the questions I needed information about and get constructive feedback on shots taken throughout the session. The venue selected provided variety regarding photo opportunities and the group was small which made the experience even more enjoyable. Thank you, Marty.
    Excellent! Class was so relaxed. I did not feel lost or flustered. Marty's explained everything so well, I really enjoyed it and learnt so much. I went straight home and played with different settings in the backyard. Have already booked for the next course. Highly Recommend
    Marty Strecker
    Marty is a freelance photographer who is obessed with photography. He started out with landscape and lifestyle image making, shot many sports and action events (official photog for Cutters), collaborates with local papers and magazines as well as clients. Marty has a deep passion for fashion, beauty and Avante Garde portraits for personal clients and in magazine publications. Above, appreciating the beauty of nature around us.

    Marty Strecker is available for private bookings

    Available Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday's by prior arrangement, for private tutoring, fine art portrait, personal branding and events.

    Mackay Photography Group
    Title or Location: Northwall Beach
    This photo was taken on a late afternoon walk along the beautiful Northwall Beach &129655&127800This was the first time in what felt like ages I was able to go for a walk on the beach, and I found it very hard to leave &129655&127800Northwall Beach magic never disappoints&129655&127800
    Credit: Nikki Lee-Anne
    Facebook: Nikki Lee-Anne

    Mackay Photography Group
    Title or Location: Northwall Beach &129655
    This photo was taken on a late afternoon walk along the beautiful Northwall Beach &129655It was the first time in a while I'd been able to go for a walk on the beach and that afternoon I realised just how much I'd missed it. &129655It was very hard to leave. &129655Northwall beauty never disappoints&129655
    Credit: Nikki Lee-Anne
    Facebook: Nikki Lee-Anne
    Mackay Photography Group
    Title or Location: Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens, Lagoon Street
    First visit to this Stunning Botanical gardens in Mackay snapped a Pretty Blue butterfly on a Red plant - turns out to be a Papilio Ulysses on a lllawarra Flame Tree and apparently there's a song by Cold Chisel an ode to the lllawarra flame tree - thanks Google - what a stunning lucky start to our holiday.
    Credit: John Mason
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    Instagram: Johnmadon950

    Mackay Photography Group
    Title or Location: Lambert's Beach carpark below lookout
    I like to get up early and catch the ever changing sunrise before my morning beach walk.This was what I saw before I jumped out of my car, and so I tried my hardest to capture it's serenity.
    Credit: Kaylene Korneliussen

    Mackay Photography Group
    Title or Location: Campwin beach

    Credit: Daniel McLean
    Mackay Photography Group
    Title or Location: Mackay
    I love Photography . I normally use my Canon Camera but on this photo. This Photo was taken during day time by exploring on the features of my Iphone 12. This 1st shot turns out good so i decided to share it. No edit has been done for this photo . This is the flower in my Vase inside our house. I get curious in using the features of my Iphone because every time i'm using facebook I always see this advertising Ads about mobile photography. So i tried the way he hold the mobile wherein the
    Credit: Lizette Mendoza
    Facebook: Zethskigray Templo Avecilla Mend

    Wollongong Photography Group
    Title or Location: Bauld Hill, Stanwell Park
    I was on my way home when I saw the paragliders hovering ahead. So even though I thought I would try to get a few photos of them. The storm was getting closer & we all thought we would get wet, but just before it hit, it threw out a quick burst of colour. Sometimes it?s all about timing. iPhone 12 Pro Max & Snapseed.
    Credit: Rosalie zbtady
    Portland Photography Group
    Title or Location: This was shot in my back yard in Felida Washington
    There had been a frost and most of the flowers in the garden stopped blooming but early one morning after a rain shower I found this blossom and decided to photograph it. Canon 90D, Sigma 105 f2.8, sturdy tripod, cable release.
    Credit: Joe Allen
    Facebook: Joe Allen Sr
    Fort Collins Photography Group
    Title or Location: Firehouse Alley, Fort Collins, CO
    This shot was so fun to capture. The model, Dakota, wanted some epic shots for her senior session. Equipment: Canon R5 on a tripod, Canon rf 28-70, Flashpoint ad200 in a 42" MagMod pro octa. How I got the shot: The camera was on a tripod and set to a 2.5 second exposure, f/10, iso 50. The flash was camera left at about 6' high, It was set to 1/16 power. Behind the model is a 30 year veteran of the Poudre Fire Authority. He was dressed out in full bunker gear. We had a steel 2" square tube wr
    Credit: Bob Younger (Bob Younger Images)

    London Photography Group
    Title or Location: Straffordville
    I was at Watermelonfest, and there was a gentleman there with birds of prey from the Raptor Conservatory. This was one of many shots I took with my Canon 6DMK2/EF70-300 IS USM MK2.
    Credit: Bruce Foster
    Crawley Photography Group
    Title or Location: Manchester
    walking on a cool October day in the streets of Manchester I loved these pigeons bathing plus the colors and reflection and all the vibe there
    Credit: Maria Stanuca
    Victoria Photography Group
    Title or Location: Beacon Hill Park in Victoria BC
    I'd been at Beacon Hill Park?s Famous Story Pole a number of times and noticed that some of the Eagles would land on top of it to survey the park from. Realizing it was a golden opportunity, I brought my camera gear (Sony A7iv and a Sigma 150-600mm lens) and just waited for some magic to happen. And happen it did...
    Credit: Sean Quinn
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