Aussie Photo Adventures



Because we have mean unfair Government who don’t understand the tech business, Australian Facebook users are no longer receiving any NEWS content on the platform.

My only question is how do we get them to block access to endless motivational cut and paste posts? 🙂

Someone told me the other day, I store all my photos on Facebook, because that way they will be safe forever and it’s free.

A few years ago there was a large company supplying online storage and e-commerce to professional photographers. All went well until a Receiver was appointed to wind up the business.

Photographers where given seven day to retrieve all the files before the power would be turned off. Most got their pictures back.

But some, on assignment to remote parts of the planet didn’t get the message and even if they did couldn’t retrieve their files because of poor internet.

A number lost their entire lives work. Because true to their word, receivers cut the power and sold off the servers.

In an online world nothing is permanent, not even giants like Facebook.


stock photo from young woman running on beach at sunset.
Our most stolen photo:)

What can I do?

Well, the below link isn’t specifically Australian related, and some of the advice may be off-base, but it is worth a read.
It is probably worth two reads. Most photographers let image theft slip.

They are dismissing image theft as not worth the effort to attempt to recover compensation for blatant commercial exploitation of their hard work. I know, as I have been guilty of this on many occasions.

Close-up photo of a Common Heath flower. Excitations Photo Adventures regional Australian photo workshops and online training.
Our second most “borrowed” image. Mostly acquired by the “holistic health industry”. Once used on a book cover in the same market sector. It didn’t work out well for the infringer in this case:)

There are a few images I have that I would definitely follow up. And, have, with varying success.
Here is the link to defending copyright on the BBC’s website.


This is a great place to start.

The Australian Copyright Council.



We have an explanation HERE.


If you haven’t already guessed, state borders will be “slammed shut” in an instant if  new outbreaks of Covid occur.

Certainly not the news I’d been waiting for:) But, then again, this isn’t news that we hadn’t expected.

Photo Adventures will also produce a series of short, YouTube videos on a host of photography-related subjects. These will be free of charge. And they will be short. Nothing on this planet annoys me more than YouTube videos with 3 minutes of content and 15 minutes of self promotion:)

NEW VERSION OF AN OLD TECHNIQUEdigitally altered landscape of rotting post is The Coorong, South Australia, Excitations Photo Adventures.

Back, way back in the early days of my photography journey, I use to dabble with a technique called split-toning. Briefly, it went like this.

While making a chemical print in the darkroom, we treated the paper to several chemical processes to change the perceived tone of an image. Mostly we would make the dark tones more cool or blue if you prefer while shifting the colour of the lighter areas to warmer or brown tones.

We called that process split toning, obviously we also toned with single colours. For example most people will be familiar with the Sepia toning, which was in the days of film and chemically processed prints was simply another chemical step in the process of print making.

The above image, captured on the edge of the Coorong in South Australia is the digital equivalent of that process. You can find dozens if not hundreds of filters/plugins to do this. Or you can modify the colour of the darker tones and light tones separately in your chosen image editing software.

The Move to MeWe

We are currently looking at moving all our FaceBook content to another platform.

The chosen service is provided by MeWe. Which looks a whole lot like FaceBook. The BIG advantage is that it doesn’t sell you private data to anyone with a dollar to spend:)

It is free to the user which is good. There are no adds at all, another plus, they provide a messaging service which doesn’t harvest you personal data.

The downsides to this is it costs us $$ to have business pages additional storage and a number of other things provided free by FB. Free that is if you don’t count giving FB the keys to your privacy:)

The link to our test page

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Excitations Photo Adventures, photography instructor, Ian Mckenzie

Learn a little more about our chief instructor, Ian McKenzie. That’s the old bloke above, we have a Q&A session with him. Just click on the picture.


That was the heading. I should know better, but no, in I went, expecting, no hoping to find some new and exciting tips. After all, the first line of text under the heading said today’s photographers are not only photographers but hyper-creative entrepreneurs.
The fact that the article was illustrated by photos of these hyper-creative entrepreneurial types making images with their phones should have warned me. Don’t read on. But, I did, and I wasted ten minutes I haven’t got to spare.
The actual content of the article could easily have been cut and pasted from a photography magazine forty years earlier.

The following are my tips for creating a folio, whether it be for online or hard copy the basics are the same.Beautiful young woman wearing a red coat against a subdued Winter background. Excitations Photo Adventures, Photo training online and workshops, regional and remote Australia.
1- Your images have to stand out from the crowd (in other words, don’t copy other photographers)
2- Play to your strengths. (This is about you, it is personal)
3- Edit hard. (nope I’m not talking about Photoshop editing, toss out the junk, and by junk I mean images that aren’t up to scratch)
4- Start strong, (first impressions and all that)
5- End strong (make your last couple of images memorable)
6- Revisit #3 (remove more of the crap photos between your start and end )
7- Make your content relevant (showcase the subjects you want to shoot. If you wish to be a people photographer, show people images, not landscapes or kittens)
8- Ensure your folio shows you are competent technically (you would be surprised at how many of our modern creatives are clueless here, so here is your chance to shine)
9- Be yourself, don’t try to be someone else. If you are copying the style or ideas of another photographer, then you will be nothing other than a cheap imitation of that photographer.
10- There is no number ten because that would put this into the TOP TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO CREATE A PORTFOLIO and I won’t be going there:)

Warning, the above has been cut and pasted from 40 years of experience:)