Portrait of Allan

This portrait of Allan was captured around two years ago, the image had been archived until recently. The image always had potential to be a ‘great portrait’.

Now with the appropriate post-processing work done I feel that the image has just about reached the the final stage. If any of you have any suggestions that may add to the final look of this image, I would love to hear you opinion.

Darren J.

allan, portrait, country victoria, australia

Intro Course-Lesson 1

The first session of the ‘Introduction to Photography’ course started last night (Tuesday 7th) at the Melbourne Camera Club. The course was sold out with over 40 students attending and the evening was a great success.

I would like to thank Robert Groom for his contribution on the night, giving a wonderful presentation in a series of lectures that covered everything from ‘camera controls and functions’ to ‘understanding techniques for improving your photographs’.

Thanks also to the members of the Melbourne Camera Club who turned up on the evening to lend a hand, signing in students and helping out wherever possible.

This Sunday (12 Feb) will be our first workshop, which is a practical session commencing at 9.30am, beginning with a review of ‘fundamental concepts’ and building on techniques that were presented in Lesson 1.

With 40 students on the day, members of the Club are encouraged to attend and help out where possible.

Darren J.

“Photographer of The Year 2011”

For the second year running I have been awarded the title of “Photographer of the Year” at the Melbourne Camera Club; once again I am honoured to receive this award.

Other awards for the year include…..

* The Len Mullumby Trophy for A Grade Aggregate Prints 2011
* Set Subject Aggregate Prints Trophy 2011

Best Nature Print for ‘Peek a Boo’

peek-a-boo, boorte, country, victoria, australia.

Best Colour Print for ‘The way we were’

the way we were, portrait, old town, xing ping, guilin, china

Best Landscape Print for ‘Burning Embers’

burning embers, bright, country victoria, australia.

Intro Course Coordinator

I have recently been appointed Coordinator of the Highly Successful Introduction to Photography Course at the Melbourne Camera Club. The club runs 2 courses per year, providing a series of lectures and practical workshops over a six week period.

The first course commences 7th February 2012 and followed by the 2nd course which commences in August. Our February course sold out within the first week of going online and we already have a waiting list for our August session. The course consists of 6 lessons (tuesday evenings) and 3 workshops (sunday mornings). The course is conducted at the Melbourne Camera Club. http://www.melbournephoto.org.au/

The Intro Course has been running for over 20 years and continues to be a huge success.

I am looking forward to this new role, we have a great team of presenters that include Australian Landscape/travel photographer Peter Walton, who has been in the photographic business for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience. Robert Groom, who has been running the Intro Course for the last 15 years, is a well accomplished freelance photographer/educator and has been instrumental in getting the course to where it is today. Peter Chapple has been photographing fashion for over 20 years, his work speaks for itself and a host of other assistants.

You can check out their websites here……




Should be a great year ahead and keep in mind that l will be running land/seascape workshops throughout the year. Drop me a line with your interest.

Darren J.