Overview of our Educational Programs

The Digital Print - Studio Workshop

The Digital Print – Studio Workshop

The challenges and opportunities facilitated by digital technology can be absolutely fascinating and equally infuriating all at the same time.  So where does this leave us? How can we keep up with such rapid change?  What don’t we know but need to understand?  What new skills are required?  And where do we even begin?  In answering such questions I find it helpful to distinguish between those intellectual skills that enable us to think about and understand what is needed and achievable, and the practical skills that facilitate our creativity and enable us to realise our dreams and desires.

The intellectual skills tend to be quickly acquired, for example over a weekend or two, but the practical skills take much longer.  This is why we offer such a broad range of educational programs, from public lectures to week-long residential courses. Each serves a different purpose and caters for different needs.

Weekend Courses:
The least expensive option are the weekend courses we run at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Melbourne, PhotoAccess in Canberra, and other public-funded contemporary art spaces.  My weekend courses are attended by artists, photographers, designers, illustrators, curators, archivists, scientists, teachers, students, and enthusiasts with 23% of those attending the CCP courses coming from interstate or country Victoria.  They have a maximum enrolment of 12 and the two day format ensures plenty of  time for reflection, revision and consolidation during the workshop.  The class hours are 10.00am to 4.30pm on both days.  This also provides extra time before and after class for one-on-one consultations, as well as supporting our fly-in fly-out interstate visitors and others who have to travel long distances to attend.  Detailed course outlines are available by clicking on the individual course titles at Weekend Courses.  The cost of a CCP Weekend Course (two day course) is $495 including GST for CCP Members, or $550 including GST for non-members.

Short Courses:
We also run six week duration short courses at the CCP on weekday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.  Each class includes focussed exercises (both in-class and between classes) to guide your practice and consolidate your learning, while the longer duration format also maximises feedback and other opportunities such as the regular reviews of your work and weekly summaries of our progress.  This all takes place in a supportive and enquiring learning environment where sharing and cooperation is a priority.  They are ideal for anyone who learns best in a group environment and/or benefits from the extended conversations and ongoing support that a short course prioritises.  Because of their episodic nature they also encourage and support a wide range of interests with additional topics easily incorporated as examples or specialist extensions to the syllabus.  Detailed course outlines are available by clicking on the individual course titles at Short Courses.  The cost of our CCP Short Courses are $499 including GST.

Studio Workshops:
In contrast to our weekend and short courses, our Studio Workshops are intensive one day events held on Sundays in our Melbourne studio.  Being in our own studio you are working with us and our state-of-the-art equipment and workflows with access to all of our research, archives and libraries.  While each studio workshop focuses on a specific topic and skill set, with a maximum of 5 attendees the priority is always on your needs and how to translate and adapt our ‘world’s best practice’ into your own working environment.  And with nearly 50% of our attendees travelling from interstate or country Victoria, the Sunday schedule is designed to support flying-in just for the day – our studio is only 25mins by car from Melbourne Airport.  Some attendees also add a few hours of private consultation before or after a workshop, thereby maximising return on travel and accommodation costs.  Detailed workshop outlines are available by clicking the individual workshop titles at Studio Workshops.  The cost of a Studio Workshop is $330 including GST.

Private Consultations:
Private Consultations provide an exceptional opportunity to refine specific areas or to nurture the finer details of one’s creative practice and artistic development.  They are held in my Melbourne studio with its state-of-the-art facilities and tend to cover unique content which is also covered in much greater depth and in a more focused manner than can usually be realised in my weekend courses or studio workshops.  This often takes the form of close mentoring and evaluation of an existing practice and its focused development.  In this sense the content is unique to each individual and their methods, theory, skills and techniques.  The cost of a Private Consultation is $180/hr + GST or $600/ half day + GST.

Residential Courses:
We run week long residential courses such as our annual Daintree workshop at the James Cook University DRO Research Station at Cape Tribulation in Nth Queensland. This is a unique experience generously supported by our sponsors who also attend the workshop and supply ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment, knowledge and materials for all our creative photography needs.  All inclusive costs ex Cairns are AIPP/ACMP/NZIPP/LPN Members $ 3620, Non-members $ 3980, Full time students $ 2900.

How to Proceed:
When you are first looking for assistance, training and education, start by categorising or grouping your requirements into specific areas of interest to help prevent being overwhelmed by the possibilities, and also to identify the most pressing areas of your practice, not just the practical skills, but also your understanding and confidence. For example, if you are looking to improve your digital camera and creative capture skills, then our Knowing and Loving your Camera short course would be ideal, but if you are already ‘camera competent’ (and confident) but wanted to prepare and print your own images, then our Photoshopping and Printing Images weekend workshop would be a perfect introduction to both Photoshop and digital printing. But if you are already printing  your own images but are seeking more advanced control and specialised experience, then our The Digital Print studio workshop would be perfect. Or if you are already happy with your paper selection and printing procedures, but needed even more refined and spectacular prints, then our Advancing Photoshop Studio Workshop would be ideal in advancing your print preparation skills, but if you needed even greater creative control than Photoshop provides along with a profound comprehension of what you are doing, then our Beyond Photoshop – Colour Correction Studio Workshop would probably be the most helpful of all. But if issues of meaning and purpose rather than tools and techniques are most pressing, then our Understanding and Curating Pictures weekend course would be highly recommended.

Attending one of our courses will also provide you with an overview of the possibilities that lie ahead and other opportunities. You will also confidently understand what you do and don’t know, and be able to identify what is most pressing in your practice.

Online bookings and payments are available for all of our events via the links on each course/workshop page.

More Information:
Please consult the individual course/workshop outlines under the COURSES tab in the main menu at the top of this page.  Also our Courses Calendar provides a regularly updated list of what programs we are presenting throughout the year, while our Testimonials and FAQ pages collate feedback from participants at our recent courses, workshops, seminars and lectures.


Les and Andrey
Les Walkling & Co. Pty Ltd