Most frequently asked questions . . .
“How do I get to Tin Can Bay and where can I stay?”
Tin Can Bay is situated on the coast in the Gympie/Cooloola Region of SE Queensland and is about a 3-hour drive north of Brisbane.
If you look up my website “Annexe” (tincanbayphotographytours.com), you will find a comprehensive list of information for the visitor; with reference maps of how to get here, where to stay, eat, etc. You will find we have 3 motels, one pub and 3 caravan parks. There is also Greyhound coach service information. A pick-up and drop-off facility is available here twice daily. If you are coming by boat we have an extensive and fully serviceable Marina and Ships Chandlery. You can even hire a houseboat from here.
“What am I likely to find to photograph at Tin Can Bay?”
Tin Can Bay itself is a quiet little coastal township, with a population of around 2000 and is in close proximity to Fraser Island, Noosa and Rainbow Beach. Its own attractions include the daily public feeding or viewing of wild dolphins, its indigenous flora, mostly seasonal of course, but some that bloom year round. There is an amazing abundance of bird life; both land and coastal. Many of the coastal bird species are migratory and come and go from far off lands. The Mangrove forests, quiet waters and tidal flats are ideal roosting areas for many of the varied shorebirds whilst the Flowering Gums, Banksias, Melaleucas, etc., provide food, shelter and nesting areas for the many and varied land species.
For the early riser, spectacular sunrises are also a very special feature here.
It is all rather unique experience and one that can be done without even having to leave town. However, other photography tours of neighbouring areas can also be arranged. (More on Tin Can Bay in my "About" page).
“What sort of camera do I need?”
You certainly do not need any special sort of camera. But ideally, one at least that has the ability to be mounted on a tripod. Especially if the tour/workshop involves low-light or close-up photography. It would also be an asset if the camera allows for some manual or semi-manual modes. Please refer to your camera’s handbook if unsure. It is advisable to be properly au fait with your camera and its workings prior to the shoot; unless of course, help with your camera or manual is the reason for the tour/workshop.
You may not need it but it is a good idea to bring it anyway. Especially if you need help with the workings of your camera.
"What can you teach me in just 3 hours?"
Depending on the status of your photography knowledge, if just a novice, you can learn the basics of how to properly read and utilise the ambient light to your best advantage. Also some of the rules or "Tricks of the trade" so to speak, of how to build a correct photographic composition. I can also explain the benefits of using the manual settings on your camera as opposed to continually having your camera set on auto. These settings include (A) Aperture, (S) Shutter speed, (ISO) ISO settings, White balance, and manual focusing.
“What alternative equipment should I bring?”
This, of course, is fully dependent on the reason why you have chosen to ask for one of my workshop/tours and the question should be asked at the time of booking. It may or may not involve the inclusion of a tripod, but it is a good idea to bring it along anyway. If however, you are coming from afar and don’t really want to pack it, I do have spares.
Also, if you have a remote or cable shutter release, you may want to include that.
You will definitely need personal protection from the elements; hat, insect repellent, sunglasses, etc. Appropriate clothing, long pants, old shoes or hiking boots.
“Is there wheelchair access available?”
Again, depending on the reason for the tour and as there might be a lot of walking involved, much of which could be over rough or uneven terrain, I’d say possibly not.
“Do you do group bookings?”
Yes, I can do group bookings and at a special discount price on application, but I do prefer a one-on-one basis as more attention is then given to the individual and I find that most of my clients also prefer that way. However, if group bookings are required, that is not a problem, providing for no more than 6 persons with one ultimate goal in mind.
“How do I pay?”
As I do not have EFTPOS facilities with me, payment can either be made via direct debit EFT prior to the tour or by cash on the day.
"What time do your workshops start?
There is no set time; I like to leave it up to the individual, as to when they would prefer to get started and it depends also on what is required on the day. However, unless there is a sunrise or sunset involved, special times will be required for that purpose; but if it is assistance with camera settings or the like I am inclined to get started around 7 am or no later than 8 am. I find that fills the morning nicely in time before lunch.
There will be about 1 hour devoted to a discussion on theory prior to the more practical side of actually getting out and taking some shots.
Any other Questions? Please contact me via my “Contact” page. Thank you - drive safely!
"What if my session time extends beyond 3 hours? Will I need to pay more?"
No, even if your session with me extends for a further hour you will not have to pay any more. It is in my interest to know that you are completely satisfied with the service I have given and for any reason that you are not fully satisfied, I will be happy to offer the service free of charge.
"Will I need my camera manual?"