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Photograph: Andrew Clarke, Sony Digital Imaging Advocate

Five photography workshops to attend during Sony’s Scene Festival

You could win a week-long trip to Paris by taking part in any of Sony’s incredible photography masterclasses

By Melissa Woodley for Time Out in association with Sony

If a picture says a thousand words, then we could write a novel about all the exciting photography masterclasses running at Sony’s inaugural Scene Festival. This annual convergence of photography and filmmaking is packed full of hands-on and online events from the top creatives across Australia and New Zealand. You’ll want to get snapping soon, as Sony is giving away five tickets to the ultimate Scene experience in Paris, inclusive of flights, six nights of accommodation, guided tours and daily meals.

Whether it’s travel photography, pet portraits or Lightroom editing, you’ll score one entry for every workshop that you attend from September 8 to October 31. Who knows? These skills might come in handy if you’re lucky enough to win one of those prized trips to France.

Out top picks at Scene Festival

Deep down, we all secretly dream of being travel bloggers. Well, pack your camera bags for this online travel photography workshop with Sony Digital Imaging Advocate, Dylan Giannakopoulos. Drawing upon his globetrotting adventures, Giannakopoulos will spill tips and tricks for documenting an area's landscape, culture and people, as well as dissect the magic behind his standout shots. Attendees will also get a sneak peek into Giannakopoulos’s travel camera bag, advice on how to scout locations and compile shoot lists like a pro, and the scoop on how to manage data and workflow images while on the go. Save all your burning questions for the Q&A at the end. 

When: Thursday, September 21, 7-8.30pm

Where: Online

Who: All skill levels

Price: $15

Step into the fascinating world of macro photography with this hands-on masterclass by Brisbane-based photography guru, Craig Turnbull. Attendees will adventure deep into the rainforest with Tamborine Mountain serving as the ultimate backdrop with an abundance of flora and fauna. Shrink down to a bug’s eye view as you play with natural lighting, portable LED lights and off-camera flash. Then master the skill of balancing ambient lighting to unveil the intricate details of the hidden rainforest world. This really isn’t just a photography class; it’s a rainforest tour and practical shooting session all rolled into one.

When: Sunday, September 17, 10am-2pm

Where: Palm Grove Circuit, Tamborine Mountain, QLD

Who: All skill levels

Price: $45

Prove how much you love your furry best friend by enrolling in this pawsome beginner dog photography workshop. Whether your canine companion is a turbocharged sprinter or a master napper, pet whisperer Ina Jalil will give you insider tips on how to capture their cheeky personality and charm in every snap. You don’t need a fancy camera set-up for this workshop – just grab your trusty smartphone or basic digital camera, and you’re good to go. Warning: Prepare for your camera roll to be filled with tail-wagging pics as you put your new skills to work in the weeks that follow. 

When: Saturday, September 9, 10-11.30am; Sunday, September 10, 10.30am-12pm; Sunday, September 16, 1.30-3pm

Where: Jerrabomberra, NSW

Who: Beginners

Price: $75

No matter what your niche is, you’ll leave this photography masterclass with the tools to enhance your digital asset management strategies and workflows. Creative flow pro and certified software engineer Jay Evans will walk you through not just the basics of Adobe Lightroom Classic catalogs and the library, but the tenets of search and storage strategies. The supercharged session also includes opportunities to apply your learning immediately with hands-on exercises and Evans will conclude the class by sharing his proven techniques on how to protect your assets with backup and resiliency. 

When: Thursday, 21 September, 7-9pm

Where: Online

Who: All skill levels

Price: Free

The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer and there’s no better way to celebrate spring than by joining this free photowalk in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Gardens. Your morning will start with a casual coffee and chat at the Gardens Simpson Kiosk with award-winning photographer Colin J. Pearce. You’ll then wander around the Main Lake, First Creek Wetland and International Rose Garden, snapping stunning pictures of the surprising landscapes and wildlife. With Pearce’s expert tips on exposure and focus, it will be hard not to walk away with a spectacular bank of images.

When: Sunday, 1 October, 9-10.30am

Where: Gardens Simpson Kiosk, Murdoch Ave, Adelaide, SA

Who: All skill levels

Price: Free

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