PMPE 1, 6th to 11th April 2009

PhotoMalaysia Photography Experience

Two days in a Classroom & 5 Days of Practical Shooting in Cambodia

PhotoMalaysia is launching a unique learning program aimed at newbies and not-so-newbies, who want to improve their digital photography skills.

The PhotoMalaysia Photography Experience, or PMPE for short, will initially be a Two Stages, 7 days event, led by Maxby and Digitalartist. Additional specialist modules, now under development will later be added. Part of the proceeds from these events will be donated to PM’s server costs fund. A PhotoMalaysia Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to all participants..

Stage 1

Stage 1 will be 2 days of intensive lectures, demos, discussions, photo-critiques & questions & answers in a classroom setting, using hundreds of sample images as illustrations. The tips, instructions & skills to be downloaded are normally picked up over a lifetime of learning and experience. The two days program is designed as a fast track way to get you up to speed, and be effectively running, in the science, art, craft, and subtle nuances of Digital Photography.

We will guide you on How to Choose Cameras, Lenses & Accessories, How to Care for your equipment including Sensor cleaning, How to Use, Understand & Master your Camera controls, including skills like differential & hyper-focusing, How to See, Compose, Frame & Shoot Compelling pictures, How to Post Process digital pictures with Photoshop, Conversions to B&W, HDR or High Dynamic Range techniques, How to Calibrate your monitor, and How to Sort, Store, Catalog, Organize, attach Keywords and quickly process your digital images in a non destructive manner, using a metadata image processor like Adobe Lightroom. The essential learning points in main genres of photography will be taught.

The two days program will cover an intensive and Complete Digital Workflow, arranged to equip attendees with the essential skills needed to see, compose, shoot and process successful digital images. It is designed to give you a kick start in Digital Photography, to equip you with the foundations upon which you can further develop your photography skills. You can bring along your own pictures for Critique, and to be used in Post Processing tutorials & demonstrations. The first day is devoted to help you understand, use and master your camera. Half of the second day will be for teaching you a practical & immediately usable post processing workflow while the second half is to highlight the essentials of all the major genres of Photography.

Stage 2

Stage 2 will be a 5 days Photo Safari in Seam Reap, Cambodia, programmed to reinforce the learning points in Stage 1.

There will be Guided Shooting Walkabouts, Q&A, Discussions & Critique sessions, and Practical Demos of Composition using Angkor Wat and people of Cambodia as subjects and backdrop.
There will be Tips on Street, Village & Market Shooting, Demos of Low Light Photography, how to See and Use Light, Shadows, Patterns & Textures in B&W and colour, how to Shoot Sunrises, reflections, and in fact how to see and make compelling pictures. The 5 days Photo Safari is a practical, on site and hands on learning program, reinforcing the lectures of Stage 1, combining photography with the pleasures of exploring mysterious Seam Reap and sampling its culinary and other delights.

This is a learning photography tour, designed by experienced photographers for photographers. There will be only 20 persons in each classroom & photo trip to ensure that you get personal attention.

The first Stage 2 PMPE will be from 7-12 April. Preference for places in Stage 2 will be given to those who have attended Stage 1. Only places not taken up will be offered to others not wishing to join in Stage 1.

Your take away from the PhotoMalaysia Photography Experience will be not only hundreds of beautiful pictures from Cambodia, but also at least 50 practical tips on how to shoot compelling pictures. We are planning an exhibition & coffee table book for the best pictures..

Locations, Dates and Costs for Stage 1

Two days and 16 hours of lectures, hands on demos, critiques, discussions & Q & A sessions, with lunch & refreshments provided, to be held at:-

  • Bintulu – Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th March 2009 8am-6pm
    Minimum 15 persons, RM580 per person, BYO lunch & Refreshments
  • Miri – in collaboration with Malaysian Nature Society – Miri Branch – Saturday 14th to Sunday 15th Mar 2009
    Minimum 15 participants, RM650 per person inclusive of Lunch & Refreshments
  • Kuala Lumpur – Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd Mar 2009,
    Max 20 participants, RM450 per person inclusive Lunch & Refreshments
  • Kota Kinabalu – Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th March 2009
    Min 15 participants, RM650 per person inclusive of Lunch & Refreshments

Dates and Costs for Stage 2 (Photo Safari in Seam Reap, Cambodia)

  • Group One Tuesday 7th to Sunday 11th April 2009

Special rate of RM1900 for Parts 1 & 2, or RM 1750 for Part 2 only
Including meals, accommodation and land transport in Cambodia
Excluding Airfare, Airport Tax (US$ 25), & Entrance Fee to Siem Reap temples (US$ 20)
(Book & pay for your own flights to Seam Reap – Estimated Air Asia Airfare KL-Seam Reap is around RM500)

These special introductory rates are applicable only for PhotoMalaysia members. This program was originally developed for Corporate clients who have booked dedicated sessions for their staff. PhotoMalaysia is prepared to run additional sessions for any group requiring dedicated private sessions. For information please telephone either Maxby at Zero One Two -2181396 or Digitalartist at Zero One Two 2712955

Registration

Registration is now open.

To register send PM or email to Digitalartist email – yh.digitalartist@gmail.com. Include your full name, telephone, email & home address. When booking, please indicate whether you are also taking Stage 2.

As we have already received pre announcement bookings, places are limited, and acceptance will be on a First Come, First Served basis.

For the Stage 2, Seam Reap Photo Safari sessions, preference will be given to those attending the Stage One sessions. Additional details will be provided by return mail.

Detailed program for PhotoMalaysia’s Photography Experience is as follows (subject to further fine tuning & additions).

Program for Stage 1

Day 1

Choosing Equipment, 30 min
Sensor Cleaning & Monitor Calibration Demo 30 min
Break 15min
How to Use your Photography Equipment 2 hours
Using Flash 1 hour
Lunch 45 mins
Practical Composition with actual illustrations 3.5 hours
Q &A – Participants hand over 3 files for Critique 30 min

Day 2

Practical Post Processing 2.5 hours
Break 15 min
Genres of Photography 2 hours

  • Landscape photography
  • Travel photography
  • Street photography
  • Black and White photography

Lunch 45 mins
Continue Genres of Photography 3 hours
Critique & Rounding up Q&A 30 mins

Note: All participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and cameras.

Program for Stage 2

Photo Safari in Cambodia

Photo Safari – Day 1

  • Arrival & welcome lunch
  • Explanation of photo safari program
  • Street shoot and sunset shoot at temple
  • Dinner
  • Free & Easy

Photo Safari – Day 2

  • Sunrise shoot at Angkor Wat – 4 am wake-up
  • Packed Breakfast
  • Bayon temple
  • Lunch
  • Ta Prom temple
  • Another temple (to be decided)
  • Dinner
  • Review & critique session – 2 photos per participant

Photo Safari – Day 3

  • Depart 5am
  • Breakfast (packed)
  • Morning market shoot (tripod & flash)
  • Temple Shoot
  • Lunch
  • Village shoots (Monastery Temple Village)
  • Dinner
  • Free & Easy

Photo Safari – Day 4

  • 6.00 am Breakfast
  • 6.30 Bus
  • Tonle Sap floating village
  • Lunch
  • Tonle Sap Lake
  • Dinner
  • Review & critique session – 2 photos per participant

Photo Safari – Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • Free & Easy Street shooting/Shopping in Siem Reap
  • Lunch
  • Another nearby village shoot
  • Dinner
  • Closing and presentation of 5 photos (overall) per participant (photos will go into the joint Photobook)

Photo Safari – Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Preparing for departure of Group 1
  • Transport to Airport
  • Arrival of Group 2

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