Workshops and Tours with AIPP* Accredited Professional Photographer Mark Rayner

Pam Dickenson


Thank you Mark, for a fantastic Red Centre Experience 2017. I choose your Photography Workshop over two other workshops for the Red Centre as you
offered instruction in Macro, and Birds in Flight in addition to Landscape.


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I was not disappointed: You introduced us to macro portraiture of geckos, snakes and lizards at the Reptile Centre Alice Springs. You gave us tips on photographing birds in flight, dingos etc., at the incomparable Alice Springs Desert Park – two full days. Plus you took us on a half day shooting flora at the Olive Pink Gardens. Early one morning, at 2.00 a.m., you taught us the basics of a star shoot as well! But my personal favourite was an unscheduled visit to shoot the sunset at the little visited Rainbow Valley.
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All of this was on top of personally guided day tours taking landscapes and panoramas in a comfortable, air conditioned four wheel drive driven by yourself; a day photographing the East MacDonnell Ranges; another day photographing the West MacDonnell Ranges while based in a motel in the centre of the Alice.



Individually, we received personal tuition every moment of the workshop. You helped me set up my mirrorless Sony and got its wi fi talking to my iPad. You introduced us to esoteric mysteries such as “back button focus” and the secrets of dealing with tricky shadows by using bracketing and HDR!


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While we were based for the majority of time in our comfortable motel in the heart of Alice, the best part was the three days, two nights tour photographing stunning red sand dunes and their extraordinary flora plus
Kings Canyon, Uluru at sundown, and unforgettable Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) at sunrise.

With best regards,
Pam Dickenson, Katherine, N.T.

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Ken Dickson

Having attended the Full day Mountain workshop, I have no reservations in recommending the team at Trekabout Photography. Both Michael and Mark are very down to earth guys with a great knowledge of the area in which we were shooting along with a great experience in the art and craft of photography. During the day both guys were approachable, and made themselves available to answers questions 1 on 1. I went to the workshop along with a friend just beginning into photography and both of us were able go away well satisfied with our day of shooting and both learnt a number of new and helpful things.

Tim Graham - Sunshine Coast

Hi Michael and Mark,

Many thanks for a fantastic weekend workshop in Lamington National Park. Thank-you for sharing your wealth of Knowledge and experience. It is obvious you both share a passion for photography and the Great Outdoors. I came home energized and excited about what I had learned. Your workshops are truly unique and I recommend them to anyone wanting to fast track their skills, or simply to associate with like minded people. Finally I have photos worthy of the wall ! Thanks Again.

Karen Palmer, The Gap

Thanks for a fantastic day on the “Mountain Experience” workshop.
The stunning location in the rainforest was a wonderful opportunity to experiment with photographic techniques and to meet other friendly people with similar interests. The small group with two tutors made it easy for me to get individual attention when I needed it. You had answers to all of my questions, as well as lots of tips and advice to help me get the most from my camera. Your workshop has inspired me to continue developing my photography skills and I look forward to being part of another in the near future.  Best wishes to you both for the continued success of Trekabout Photography.

Nadine Andersen -  Bray Park

Hi Mark and Michael,
What a fantastic experience.  I booked the Beach to Mountains to escape for the day and was curious if I could get the hang of photography.  I was so impressed I booked the Mountain Experience a week later.  Considering I had never even used a tripod and I couldn't tell you what my camera was without looking at it, I am amazed at how much I have learnt over 2 workshops.  Thank you both for your patience and advice.  I have highly recommended your workshops to anyone who will listen.  I can't wait to experience the Macro and the Wildlife now.  I take my tripod everywhere the camera goes now.
 
Thanks again

Jay Gould - Malvern - VIC

Hi Michael and Mark,
Trekabout Photography’s 5-Day Mountain Experience exceeded all of my expectations. As a  newbie to high-end digital photography, prior to making a commitment to participate in a 5-day learning experience, I researched all of the available local courses and evaluated the instructors, course content, and costs with my brother who is a professional photographer in San Diego, California. We came to the conclusion that Michael and Mark’s qualifications as professional photographers and instructors, the amount of material covered during the five days both in group and one-on-one instruction (there were only 12 of us!), justified choosing Trekabout Photography to be my instructor and to introduce me to the various aspects of nature photography: equipment, moving critters/birds, landscapes, and macro. When considering the pupil/student ratio, the number of hours involved during the five days, the content, and the location, the price was the most reasonable of all that I had researched. Trust me: the five-day experience will more than exceed any expectation you might create prior to going on the course! As an aside, when M & M indicated that they were considering a couple of other multi-day courses – a week in the desert and a week at Norfolk Island – several of the participants were ready to sign on the bottom line. Personally, I have registered for four more of their courses, and I am waiting to learn about their multi-day courses hoping that their dates will coincide with my schedule. See you at a Trekabout Photography Workshop!

Bob Raymount -  Robina

G'day Michael and Mark,
Just wanted to drop you both a quick line to tell you how thoroughly I have enjoyed the last five days! I am not sure I could even suggest what you guys could have done to have made it any better than it was and I want you to know that I have come away knowing a great deal more about photography than I knew at 5.30pm last Sunday. You guys should be proud of that and I know that my sentiment is shared by everyone who attended the workshop. We could not have asked for a better bunch of people to share 5 days developing our common interests and an added bonus to the skills I have learned is the friends I have made. You guys deserve a lot of credit - I know we are the paying customer, but you guys deliver in spades and your knowledge and personalities complement each other and make everyone feel very comfortable very quickly. All the best guys and rest assured, the big guy up there willing, we will meet again! Thanks heaps.

Howard Aron -  Mudjimba, QLD

Hi Michael and Mark,
As a keen photographer for a number of years, I booked on the workshop for the opportunity to spend some time outside the stressful work environment with some people that share a  common passion and interest and I  guess a quest to hone ones skills in the amazing art of photography. Not only did the leave the workshop relaxed and ready for the office environment, but I also unexpectedly took home a lot more knowledge and skills that I gleaned from Michael and Mark. A workshop like this which caters to all levels of skills also made me realise that just when you think you know it all, it take two gents like Michael and  Mark to help you lift your skill even further. My only regret was not taking my wife with me, to share in the beauty of Lamington National Park.

Pamela Handyside - Canberra, ACT

Hi Michael and Mark,
The “5-Day Mountain Experience Workshop” was fantastic. What a way to learn new photography skills – with two totally dedicated tutors who devote 100% of their time to teaching all levels of skill to every one in the group and are freely giving of their vast knowledge and enthusiasm for photography, nature and wildlife. The workshop was an invaluable learning experience and I learnt more from Michael and Mark during this workshop than I have on all previous courses and workshops combined! It all now makes sense and my camera skills have been taken to a much higher level. If you want to learn about photography and camera skills - and have fun at the same time - there are no better tutors than Michael and Mark. I am signing up for more workshops!

Gay Land - Banora Point, NSW.

Hi Mark & Michael,
Thank you for a wonderful, informative 5 full days. I feel I have learnt a lot and understand my camera and settings so much more . It was a most enjoyable time meeting like-minded people all so keen to learn.
Thank you both once again.  I would recommend your workshops any time.

 

Anne Nelson - Tugan

Hi Michael and Mark,
 A belated thank you to both of you for an inspiring “mountain experience” workshop. I certainly came away with a renewed outlook on this wonderful thing called photography. A greater knowledge of technique and an insight to the dedication you both show in what you do ,the time and effort spent capturing that special moment. I would also add that we had a wonderful group of people ,many laughs and happy memories .
I wish you both the very best for the future .

Bob Oscar - Glenmore Park, NSW.

Hi Michael and Mark, 
I’ve been thinking about the 5 day Mountain Experience Workshop and wanted to summarise my experience from the week.  I wanted a break from my working routine and an opportunity to clear my head and immerse myself in my interests of photography and bushwalking.  From day one, the wonderful environment of O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park got me hook line and sinker.  Then to mix it up with a bunch of fantastic people who were also passionate about their photography was just outstanding.  For me, the 5 Day Mountain Experience Workshop program hit all the points and I learnt a lot about my camera and photography techniques and tricks.  Your significant efforts throughout the week provided a great learning environment and created a lot of good memories (and some great photos too).  To top it off, after catching up with my wife after the course she told me I looked younger (maybe you should include this as a learning outcome), so I’m already planning a return trip.  All the very best to you both, and to the gang who were the Sept 09 5 Day Mountain Experience Workshop.    

Ann Gooley - Wynnum

Dear Michael and Mark,
Thank you for a wonderful photography experience, 5 days on the mountain learning a new hobby was great, and  what a lovely group we  had, so lucky.
As a new photographer with a brand new SLR camera I needed all the help I could get and both yourself and Mark were great with the patience of saints.  I got some really nice shots of some of the lovely birds, also some very fuzzy birds in flight.  Still a bit to learn in that area which tells me I need more photo workshops and lots more practice but I will get there.
 
Thanks again for a great workshop and I hope to meet up again someday soon.
 

Nick Halliday - Mermaid Beach, QLD

To Michael and Mark Just a quick email to say thank you for the tips and tricks you taught me on the Beach to Mountain workshop. The way you explained things was very easy to understand with all the camera functions and what they mean and actually do. Will definitely be coming back for another trip in the near future.

Andrew Raguse - Moranbah - QLD

Michael & Mark, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a great week. Although the weather was unkind to us, I certainly learnt a great deal about what my camera and equipment has to offer and how to put it into practice. You are both very passionate when it comes to photography, and this makes it easier to learn when passionate people like yourselves are teaching what you enjoy. I would certainly recommend it to anyone that would like to attend a workshop and look forward to when we meet again. Thanks for a great workshop.

Garth Thomas -  Coorparoo, QLD

Hi Michael and Mark,
The 5 day workshop at O'Reilly's was my second Trekabout workshop. The first workshop had significantly improved my camera skills and I was hopeful the experience would be even better with a longer workshop. I was not disappointed. Under the guidance of Michael and Mark, I am convinced that my skills have taken another leap forward. The longer workshop provided an opportunity to learn and consolidate new skills, and spend a relaxing week in a marvellous location.

Terry O'Brien -  Dalby

Hi Michael and Mark,
Placing pen to paper (so to speak) to say what a great time I had at your 5 day workshop. O'Reilly's will be a return journey for photography in 2010. I learnt so much about my camera, I cannot thank you both enough. These workshops are assisting in my digital photography knowledge, and I feel that it is all coming together. All the best to everyone

Colin Kildey - Bellingen, NSW

Hi Michael and Mark,
I have been on a number of courses run by Michael and this time I had the opportunity to meet Mark.  My main interest is macro photography. With the help of both Michael and Mark, I came away with a better knowledge of this type of photography. Nothing was too much trouble for either one, readily answering questions on gear, lenses most suited for the subject, light, and composition. A very good course for those who wish to better understand their cameras and how to capture that  "WOW" photograph.

Sue Kearns - Armadale - VIC

Hi Michael and Mark, The workshop on Saturday exceeded my expectations.  With the one on one tuition I now know have a much better understanding of my camera's capabilities and much more confidence in my ability to capture life's special memories on disk.

Tim Rusten -  Chapel Hill

Hi Michael and Mark ,
Thank you for the enjoyable day last Saturday.....I found the 'Brisbane Wildlife Experience' workshop to be a most rewarding and a generally fun experience .     
To others considering joining in ..............        
The workshops are run on a very friendly basis allowing anybody from a first time photographer through to an experienced lenseman the opportunity to learn more about their craft and their camera , and the opportunity to photograph some wonderful wildlife.
 I joined the workshop to gain assistance in the transition from film to digital and found it very helpful .  Both Michael and Mark were constantly on hand to offer any necessary advice or assistance........and the wildlife was co-operative as well !       
I came away with some great shots that would be competitive in any camera club ! --  

Mark Cook - Carindale

I can highly recommend Trekabout Photography to any photography enthusiast. I went along as a new comer to photography and was a little apprehensive that I may hold the class back. Michael and Mark were fantastic and no question is considered “silly”. I found the mix of participants to range from the new to the art through to the more serious. The size of the group allowed everyone to have ample time with Michael and Mark, and the tips they pass on from their years of experience is invaluable.
 
The highlight of the day, was the time spent up close and personal at the private breeders property with the native animals that were provided for us to photograph!!!

Kris Morgan - Kelvin Grove

Hi Michael and Mark,
The Trekabout Photography workshops are not only informative but an excellent opportunity to photograph wildlife and natural landscapes. A unique experience, which otherwise wouldn’t have been able to achieve in everyday life.
Attached are two photographs taken on the Brisbane workshop, enjoy. I do believe they turned out very well considering I have never used a digital slr before. Magnificent tree frog shot with a Nikon D40 and a macro 90mm lens, Tawney frogmouth shot with Nikon D40 and kit lens.

Liz Wicks

Hi Michael and Mark,   Thank you for a wonderful workshop. I had a fantastic day and really enjoyed the fact that the small group allowed for individual attention from both Michael and Mark. I picked up a lot of tips and tricks and have recommended the workshop to friends and colleagues who have an interest in photography. I like that it was suitable for me (a novice). I look forward to attending future workshops.

Bob Raymount - Robina

Great locations, great advice and critique, great fun!

What more can I say. Having tried a number of photography courses over the years I can honestly say that I have now found the best! Michael and Mark are excellent in their instruction and the courses are small enough to guarantee one on one time with them. Why would you go anywhere else?

Cliff Batty - Morayfield

Mark & Michael, Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed the workshop on Sunday. I had a blast and learnt plenty. You guys made it all very easy for us. And what a great place to spend the weekend. Hopefully, I wont be waiting until my next birthday until I can join you again!

PS. Michael, the book is brilliant ! Thanks again

Jenny Rhind - Samford

Hi Michael & Mark
 
It was a pleasure to be part of the recent O'Reilly's workshop. With a small group it was professional yet friendly and I felt at ease to ask questions. The combined knowledge of Michael and Mark meant we were taken to the best locations and I have learnt so much. I will definitely be doing further workshops with Trekabout.

Bill Woolley - Gold Coast

Hi  Michael and Mark
I would like to thank you both for the time you have taken not only to teach me a lot about my camera but also about photography. It is both fantastic and rewarding to spend time with two guys who have such a passion not only about photography but with nature itself. I have now attended the "Weekend Mountain Experience" and the "Brisbane Wildlife Experience", as you know I have booked in for the "Portraiture Course" and can't wait to book in for the "Beach to Mountain" Experience, I find you both very easy to communicate with. On previous courses I have attended, the facilitators spoke way above the level of my expertise.You are both friendly, down to earth all round fantastic guys. If anyone is thinking about doing photography course, don't waste your time looking any further.  You won't regret spending the time or money with these guys.
Look forward to seeing you soon.

Becky Williams

Michael and Mark,
I came to the Brisbane Wildlife Workshop a complete beginner, armed with a digital SLR that I had no idea how to use.  I came away with some great photos but more importantly with a much better idea of how to use the aperture and ISO settings, light metering and flash to achieve good photos without having to rely on the camera's automatic settings.  Michael and Mark pitched the level just right - going through the basics with me one minute, and more complicated stuff with the more experienced photographers on our course the next.  I would recommend this course to aspiring photographers of all levels

Eddie Todd

Michael and Mark,
I would just like to say that I found the course extremely informative and practical. I liked that you could practice what was taught immediately and see the results. I thoroughly recommend this course and am going to attend further courses as I was so impressed.

Graham Taylor - Victoria Point

Thank you Michael and Mark for the great Macro Workshop.
I had a great day and feel your experience and skill and your ability to pass on this information to all on the day was invaluable.I hope to have the opportunity to attend more of your workshops in the future.
Thanks again,

Dave Anderson

To Michael & Mark,  
Thanks for a very informative macro workshop day.  While the weather was not perfect for outdoor macro photography, I was still able to learn a lot about my own digital SLR and was able pick up on camera work again after a very long break. I used to use a Practica 35mm SLR film camera and as I found out on Saturday, there is so much more you can do with a digital camera. Thanks to the both of you for your support and help.  See you at the next workshop on Saturday.  

Graham (The Snapper ) Cohen

MICHAEL & MARK,
Thanks for a great and very enlightening "Mountain Experience ". As a photographer, you've improved me by a huge factor.
Can't wait to join you guys on another excursion!
 

Ivan Peryer

Dear Micheal and Mark,
Would just like to thankyou you on a great day on your "Beach to Mountains workshop" . As a complete beginner I was unsure if I would be out of my depth on the course , but the way things were explained and shown to me I came away from the day with a complete understanding of my camera and the confidence to get out and take photos. I will be doing more workshops in the future and would recommend them to anyone thinking of doing one. Thanks again for a great day

Brian Key - University of Queensland, Brisbane

Dear Mark and Michael
I am quite comfortable with using digital SLR cameras and understand the relationship of F-stop to the depth of field. My main reason for undertaking the workshop was to gain some feedback on composition which is probably the hardest thing to learn from a book. I was not disappointed and your advice prompted me to try some new arrangements and to investigate further the use of my 100mm lens rather than my standard 50mm prime lens. I now plan to practise more. I'll be back!

Cathy and Scott, Capalaba QLD

Scott and I had a wonderful time during The Mountain Weekend Workshop. We both came away with many different experiences gained from the weekend. It was nice to spend time with a group of people with various levels of photography experience and a keen interest in photography and the outdoors. Thanks to you both for sharing your knowledge of photography and experiences over the years.

Julie Geldard - Jules Art Designs

I really enjoyed the macro experience workshop with Michael and Mark.  I found so many features of my cameras which I was not sure about. I felt impressed that Michael and Mark both took time to help me get the shot of the lovely  movie star frog. You are both great with people as well as knowledge.
Thanks heaps

Varina Taylor - Brisbane

What a fantastic day I had on the ‘Brisbane Wildlife Experience” I went in knowing a few basics and came away understanding more of what I knew and learnt more of what I did not know.  I also came away with a hunger to learn and experience so much more, thank you to both Mark and Michael for the patience, support and encouragement you showed.Coming from New Zealand and now settling in this beautiful country the opportunity to come up close and photograph your native wildlife was awesome, I came literally face to face with reptiles I did not know even existed.  The whole experience certainly had the WOW factor for me and I look forward to seeing you both in April as I have booked to attend the “Beach to Mountain” 

 

 Audrey Harvey – Burpengary

Hi Michael and Mark,
I’ve been taking photographs for many years and have been published a few times, so many of the techniques you taught on the weekend were more familiar to me than perhaps to some others newer to photography. Having said that, I still learned a lot of new techniques and approaches.   Spending the weekend with you, and sharing your passion and enthusiasm has got me really fired up to get out there and get back into it. So, in a sense, it’s been more of a life enhancing experience than just learning how to take a good photograph. I’ll definitely be taking you up on your offer of a discount for second and third workshops, so look forward to seeing you again

Kaylene Hobson - Indooroopilly

This is a case of those who can do -  but can also teach. I ended the day feeling not just like I had learnt a lot but left with enthusiasm and passion and a belief in myself that wasn't there before attending. Michael and Mark are both very supportive and encouraging to the beginner but with the skills and experience to benefit all levels. They also have a knowledge of wildlife and the area that makes it a interesting day out even without the camera. I'll be going back again.

Annelise Howes - Albany Creek

The Trekabout Photography Workshop “Brisbane Wildlife Experience” with Michael & Mark was a great experience. As a wildlife artist I rely on my photos for reference and the workshop helped me to improve my camera skills through expert tuition. The variety of beautiful Australian native animals & reptiles provided for up-close photography made the day very special.

Jessica Rea - Morayfield

I would highly recommend Trekabout workshops to anyone that has an interest in Photography,  the locations are fantastic and both Mark and Michael are extraordinarily approachable. They provide the tuition in a relaxed, calm, carefree atmosphere and always go that extra mile to make the day enjoyable. Much better than sitting in a classroom all day! As a raw beginner, I definitely learnt a lot at the two workshops I attended and will be looking forward to attending more in the future.

Linda Rodgers - Rockhampton Qld

I found the Beach to Mountain Experience workshop offered by Trekabout Photography great value for money with a variety of different photographic aspects covered. Michael and Marks’ love of photography spills over into their teaching technique to make the day both informative, and a whole lot of fun!

John Chadwick – Eumundi

Hi Mark & Michael, I want to send a hearty thank you for today’s Beach to Mountain workshop. I realised today that it is of no surprise to me why many of your course participants were repeat clients. Your friendly, caring, supportive, and professional manner throughout the day was clearly what will see your business succeed, and grow accordingly. Did I mention an obvious passion for your craft? You have read your target market well, and deliver what is required by them. Congratulations. As for me? Well, I learnt a ton today, and did so in an environment that will also see me return, as well as recommending your product to those I know. A sincere thank you once again. Cheers

Paulette K, Burleigh Waters

Since attending a one-day workshop with Trekabout my photography skills have improved dramatically.  Within the first hour I learned so much about my camera that I felt I'd already gotten my monies worth.  It was invaluable getting the inside tricks of the trade from working professionals. 
Mark and Michael are great photographers, excellent instructors, and I'd highly recommend taking a workshop, or two.  I know I'll be doing more in the near future.

Paulette's partner Tony came along on the recent Brisbane Wildlife Workshop and was good enough to put together some video footage of the day. A hearty thank-you Tony from Michael and Mark.



 


Sam R, Narangba

The Beach to Mountain Experience was fantastic.  I can't think of a better way to spend the day than going from one beautiful location to the next & getting the opportunity to take fabulous photographs.  The things you learn on these treks are invaluable & add to the overall photography experience & leave you wanting to go again!' Thanks

Keith C, Carindale

Both the "Mountain Experience" and the "Beach to Mountains" workshops were great photographic learning experiences. It was so good to work in a small group with expert instructors. It was like having a personal coach at my side to guide my photography. And I've got some great photos to prove it. I'm already thinking about another Trekabout workshop to refine my skills.

Stuart M, Caloundra

Thank you for your great photo workshop.  I have now completed 2 workshops and can highly recommend them to any beginner to advanced photographer.  It is great to be able to ask the question to people who really can explain how to do in a way that anyone will understand. I can’t wait for my next workshop.