Photography Workshop at the Bunya Mountains with John Elliott

Getting great photos doesn’t have a lot to do with the camera you use. It is what you do with what you have that is important.

Bunya Mountains – 30 August to 1 September

Upgrade your photography skills in the beautiful Bunya Mountains.

Five things you’ll get from attending the workshop

  • I will open your eyes to picture taking opportunities.
  • Show you how to get the most out of your camera equipment
  • Upgrade your technical skills.
  • A social weekend with like minded people in a beautiful location
  • A bunch of new and exciting pictures you will make over the weekend.

Course Details

The workshop will run over three days. Participants will check in Friday afternoon 30 August 2013. We will meet on the Friday night and get to know each other and share some of our photos – it will be a get to know each other night. The workshop will conclude Sunday afternoon 1 st September.

The Weekend

Some of my photographer friends will join us for the weekend to share their photographic experiences and help with the workshop. Over the weekend, hands on technical instruction will happen at the start of each session followed by hands on shooting in the field – using the beautiful Bunya Mountains scenery.  Sessions early morning till mid morning and mid afternoon till sunset leaving the middle of the day to do some shooting for yourself or to enjoy a tranquil rainforest walk.

We will cover portraiture, landscape,  nature, wildlife, and social documentary photography. “The sort of people photography I do doesn’t have a lot to do with photography, more to do with the interaction with your subject and I will share some hints on getting your subject to relax in front of the camera.”

Some of the weekend will be devoted to helping you plan longer-term photography projects; opening your eyes to photographic possibilities and doing something with the photos you have already taken.  You will need a basic understanding of photography and how your camera works to attend the workshop. More basic workshops will be offered in the future but this weekend is designed for people already a bit down the photography road.

The Bunya Mountains Photo Workshop will add to your technical photographic skills, open our eyes to the natural world and the beauty of the Bunya Mountains, help you to be more comfortable photographing people and light the fire and passion in you to get the most out of your photography.


The accommodation is at magnificent Bunya Mountains Chalets. Accommodation on a multi-share basis with other workshop participants, all meals fully catered for the weekend and the photo workshop. Individual Mountain Chalets are available for an additional charge.

How much?

For all catering, accommodation  and one-on-one time with me, the cost per person is $550.

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. REGISTRATION CLOSES 16 AUGUSTth August.

You will need to bring your own linen, sheets, towels etc.

* Every participant will get a signed John Elliott print.

How to register

Visit the event page to register

Where is it?

The Bunya Mountains are easy to get to, about a 90 minute drive from Toowoomba, which is about 90 minutes from Brisbane. The Bunyas are about a three and a half hour drive from Brisbane Airport. It is a good road and an easy drive in a sedan. Here’s the Bunya Mountains on Google Maps.

If you have any questions about the photography workshop please feel free to email me at

“My photography workshops will empower you with the self belief and technical skills to take the photos you have always dreamed of taking” – John Elliott

About John

For over thirty years John has been self-employed as a writer, photographer and documentary maker mostly concerned with Australian culture, the bush and music. He has an engaging presence on social media and does a weekly spot on commercial radio.

He co-ordinated the production of the Slim Dusty Living Legend Stamp Series for Australia Post in 2001.

His work is published regularly in magazines and newspapers and he has authored fourteen books including the best selling On The Road With Slim and Where Country Is. His exhibition 1000 Mile Stare featured at the National Portrait Gallery and he continues to show his work in galleries around Australia.

Elliott collaborated with Joy McKean on a major coffee table book I’ve Been There and Back Again in late 2011. In 2013 he participated with Martin Parr in the exhibition and book Pilbara Stories. His book Progress and Prosper on Mount Isa is set for release late 2013.

“I am as passionate about photography today as I was when I started clicking away in the 1960s. Taking pictures is a bit like breathing; it’s something I do every day.

“Photography is another tool in the storytelling process and the longer I keep learning about photography the better I get at it. My work depends a lot on my ability to get close to my subjects so in the workshops we will spend time on developing that close working relationship with the subject.

“Getting great photos doesn’t have a lot to do with the camera you use. It is what you do with what you have that is important.

“My workshops are about empowering participants to take the pictures they dream of taking.”

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