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Australia Zoo Photography Experience

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On Sunday 7th February Photo Genius took 12 keen enthusiastic amateur photographers to Australia Zoo for a fun, informative and full day of learning about cameras and photography plus of course plenty of photo taking with of some of the zoo’s amazing and beautiful animals. Photo Genius tutor Paul Farris talks us through the day and the first Australia Zoo Photography Experience

After much excitement and an early start we arrived at the world famous Australia zoo, after counting heads the first thing to do was dish out the loan tripods and monopods to everyone in the group (essential for avoiding blurry photos when using long lenses), we then followed our zoo guide to the training room for a short three hour theory session where we covered the basic essentials of photography including understanding Aperture, shutter, ISO, exposure, focus modes, depth of field and more. With the important theory covered we left the air conditioned comfort and set off for the ‘Croccoseumn’ for a welcome break and the chance to enjoy an entertaining display that included giant snakes, native birds that soared above our heads, plus of course those prehistoric legends, the big Saltwater Crocodiles. This was our first opportunity for everyone to test out the theory and also get the big telephoto lenses out as there was plenty of action to capture from our reserved seating area. After the excitement of the Croc’s we started the afternoon practical session with photos of the Alligators, Dingo’s, Cassowary birds and Binturong before taking our seats at the ‘Dingo Diner’ for a much deserved lunch break. Once refuelled and keen to take more photos the group took a walk through ‘Roo Heaven’ to be amongst the incredibly tame and very photogenic Kangaroos as well as say hi to a photo shy Echidna. With lots more to see we then walked through ‘The Wetlands’ which is home to some amazing birdlife, the variety of colours making great subjects for our keen photographers. Next up was the Koala walkthrough which is a great way to get up close and take some fantastic photos of these very cute animals. Friendly and helpful Australia Zoo staff were also on hand for anyone wanting to pet the Koalas or even grab a selfie!  The ‘Rainforest Aviary’ was the next stop followed by the Birds of Prey and Wombats – a great mix of subjects that tested our students and their skills under a variety of changing light conditions then as the afternoon was drawing to a close it was time for the Tigers. When we arrived we found a gorgeous and very majestic Tiger resting on a rock in the warm sunshine and not in the least bit fazed by the 12 photographers who had their lenses honed in on his every movement, for many this was one of the highlights of the day. Our final stop of the afternoon was a trip to Africa and an opportunity to take photos of the Southern White Rhinoceros, Zebras and Giraffes, although they were some distance from us we had some large telephotos lenses and teleconverters to play with courtesy of Brisbane Camera Hire so everyone had the opportunity to zoom in close and capture some great photos of these amazing animals.

Customer feedback

I thoroughly enjoyed a recent workshop with Paul and Andrew – this being my second workshop with PhotoGenius and like the first I came away with further confidence in using my camera and a greater understanding of how to snap that perfect shot. The day itself was well planned and faultless. Both Paul and Andrew willingly share their knowledge. I would highly recommend Photo Genius workshops to anyone with a love of photography – novice or not.
Desley Morrison – 

The Australia Zoo experience was amazing! I really enjoyed the day and got some beautiful photos! Paul and Andrew were on hand to provide assistance and feedback on our photos to ensure we got the most out of the day. Absolutely a must do course!

Recently did their Australia Zoo experience. Fantastic teaching which moved at a great pace while making sure everyone understood the concepts of photography they were getting across. The small group size allowed for ample time one to one with the instructors to optimize the photography techniques you are applying after the classroom session. The day was great, everything ran smoothly and the lunch was quite tasty. I would highly recommend for anyone starting out in photography or those that only know the basics and want to take more control over there photos.
Calum Watson – February 2016
Thanks to everyone who attended the Australia Zoo Photography Experience and to the staff at Australia Zoo, we had an fantastic day. Make sure you check out the photos below taken on the day by our students.

The next Australia Day Photography Experience is on Sunday 13th March.

Watch this short video of our first visit to Australia Zoo

A small selection of images taken by our students

Many thanks to Bradley Phillips and Desley Morrison for the use of their photos.

Lost in Music – a photographic history of dance music and club culture

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Photo Genius founder, tutor and photographer Paul Farris is amongst an assortment of photographers who’s work is featured in a photography exhibition in London that is also set to tour the world and be released as a photo book. Hailed as the most comprehensive collection of club and dance culture images ever compiled, ‘Lost in music’ is a major exhibition featuring over 500 images that capture and document the evolution of dance music and clubbing from it’s humble beginnings to global domination.

‘Lost in music’ has been received rave reviews from the UK press.

Time Out : ‘Lost in Music’ – The Critic’s Choice

The Guardian : “Slaves to the rhythm, 30 years of hardcore ravers in pictures”

MixMag : “These incredible images document the history of clubbing”

Before moving Australia and setting up Photo Genius, Paul worked in the dance music industry as a club DJ and was also involved in artist promotions and managed London dance music store record store Uptown Records.

Watch the video – ‘Lost in Music’

Best of Photo Genius on Instagram 2015

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Here’s our favourite Instagram posts of 2015….

We love photography, and any excuse to share images is a good one in our book! So Instagram is undoubtably one of our favourite apps and and a fantastic way to share photos from our travels, courses and experiences.  So we present our favourite Instagram moments and pics from 2015. All of these photos were taken by Photo Genius tutor Paul Farris either on an iPhone, Nikon DSLR or a Fujifilm X100S.

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Pelican resting at Wynnum on the Brisbane bayside. Shot with a Nikon D300 and 70-200mm f2.8 lens.
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Wellington point sunrise photography course Brisbane

Fishermen head out at sunrise at Wellington point, Redlands. Shot with an iPhone.
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Cigar shot Instagram photo genius

The very colourful Parador Fumior Salon espresso & cuban cigar bar (West End, Brisbane) -Shot with an iPhone.
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View from a bridge

View from a bridge. Shot with an iPhone.
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Southside tea room Brisbane pic by Photo Genius photography courses Brisbane

Taken during a lunchtime meeting at the Southside tea room (Brisbane). Shot with an iPhone.
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New York City

New York City from a hotel window. Shot on an iPhone, edit using Circular app.
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nyc rain photography courses brisbane

Don’t let rainy days put you off! NYC cab ride in the rain. Shot on an iPhone.
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Food photography - one-to-one tuition

One-to-One sessions, food photography. Shot with a Fujifilm X100S.
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Speed light workshop Brisbane

Behind the scenes photo from our Speedlight / flash lighting course. Shot on in iPhone.
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View the Photo Genius Instagram page for more photos.

Have you seen our iPhone photography course?

Comedy wildlife photography awards 2015

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Comedy wildlife photography awards 2015

Animals and wildlife must undoubtedly rank as one of the most popular subjects to capture with photographers sometimes waiting hours for that perfect moment, of course not everything goes to plan and occasionally we capture something completely unexpected. The comedy wildlife photography awards takes a refreshing lighter look at wildlife photography and at the same time helping to raise awareness of the work of The Born Free Foundation for conservation and animal rights. Below you’ll find a small selection of this years entries including the winning photo by Julian Rad, make sure you follow the link to the website to view more great photos.

Comedy wildlife photography awards winner

The winning photo ‘Rush hour’ by Julian Rad

Comedy wildlife awards 2015 deer

Silver runner up ‘You haven’t seen me…’ by Liam Richardson

Comedy wildlife photography awards 2015 seal

Highly commended ‘Laughing seal’ by Julie Hunt

If you love photographing animals check out our Australia Zoo Photography Experience

Australia Zoo Photography Experience

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In the next few days we’ll be announcing the details of our ‘Australia Zoo Photography Experience’ which will be a great opportunity to take amazing photos of a variety of animals at the famous Australia Zoo. After a brief morning theory session we’ll head outside to start taking photos, we’ll have a lunch break at the Crocoseum then back out to take more photos under the guidance of two Photo Genius instructors.

The package will include entry to the zoo, lunch, notes, loan tripods and is limited to just 12 participants.

Further details will be announced in the next few days, to register your interest please contact us with your details.

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