Photography Workshop at the Bunya Mountains, Friday 13 to Sunday 15 May 2011

I’ve dreamed of running a photography workshop at the beautiful Bunya Mountains ever since I first visited in the mid 1970s.

I come from Blackall in central western Queensland where the country is a very flat, not many trees and the country is brown most of the time. The Bunya Mountains on the other hand have real mountains, the Bunya Pines reach to the sky; the country is so green it burns your eyes. It all seemed very exotic to me back then and still does today. After the massive summer rains the sub tropical Bunya Mountain rainforest is lush, a photographer’s paradise.

The workshop will run over three days. Participants will check in Friday afternoon 13 May. We will meet on the Friday night and get to know each other and show some of our photos – it will be a get to know each other night. The workshop will conclude Sunday afternoon 15 May.

Some of my photographer friends from Brisbane and Toowoomba 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. My plan is for us to have 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 landscape, nature, wildlife, portraiture 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.

Depending on numbers we may break up into smaller groups so that you can have more one on one contact with team leaders. If there is enough interest I plan to bring a Photoshop expert from Brisbane to pass on his knowledge, so let me know you’d be interested in this too. 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.

The accommodation is at magnificent Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre. $506.60 gets you everything you need for the weekend – 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.

Phone the friendly folk at Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre on 07 466 83126 to secure your place at the workshop. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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.

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.

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

I hope to see you there

John Elliott


Bunya Pines
Bunya Pines

Bunya Mountains photo workshop summary:

What: Three day exclusive photography workshop with John Elliott, share accommodation with other participants and full catering.

When: Friday 13 to Sunday 15 May 2011

Where: Bunya Mountains, Queensland (approximately an hour and a half from Toowoomba, or three hours from Brisbane)

How much: $506.60 all inclusive for the photography workshop, share accommodation and catering (individual accommodation available for additional charge)

How to book or find out more: Call the friendly staff at the Bunya Mountains Accomodation Centre on 07 4668 3126 to book your place, or email me at for more information

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