Frequently Asked Questions

What are the differences between a studio workshop and a weekend course?

My studio workshops are small scale, one day intensive events for up to four people that focus on the topics most important to those attending. Being in my own studio they are very hands-on with state of the art equipment and workflows, and direct access to all of my research, archives and library. My studio workshops also offer a more intimate and specialised solution compared to my larger scale weekend or residential courses, but without incurring the cost of a 1:1 consultation. Regular studio workshops are timetabled throughout the year covering a range of intermediate to advanced topics, such as the Digital Fine Print, Colour Managed Workflows, Camera Craft, Fine Art Reproduction, and Advancing Photoshop, The Digital B&W Image, and Film Exposure, Processing and Scanning.

What are the differences between a weekend course and a short course?

Different people prefer different approaches to learning and interacting according to their personalities, lifestyles and interests. A weekend course provides an efficient, productive  and cost effective learning experience that can also be accessed by interstate and country Victorian visitors. A short course on the other hand will cover the same material and run for the same total duration only spread over many weeks rather than a single intensive weekend, and therefore is really only practical for people living within easy traveling distance of the venue. Short courses also extend the incremental learning model of a weekend course over an even longer duration which can be an advantage for some people, especially beginners.

What are the differences between a weekend and a residential course?
The range of abilities required by the contemporary digital artist include both intellectual skills and practical skills. The critical intellectual skills can be acquired rather quickly, over a weekend for example, but their consolidation into an efficient practice can take a great deal longer to perfect. My weekend courses and studio workshops provide the fundamental distinctions and critical knowledge that underpins a successful practice, while my week long residential workshops provide the supervised experience and focused application needed to consolidate and refine those skills in a relatively short period of time. For example, events like my Orpheus Island residential workshop combine lectures, demonstrations and field trips in the morning with supervised practice and private consultations in the afternoon and into the evening.

How are the courses and workshops structured?
There are four sessions a day separated by generous breaks for refreshments and extended one-on-one discussion and personal advice. At the start of each course, following my welcome and introduction, everyone has the opportunity to introduce themselves, their interests and reasons for attending. I use this feedback to modify ‘my script’ to best accommodate the needs of the individual and the group. and as an ongoing conversation that continues through out the course. Therefore every time I present a course it invariably ends up being a quite unique experience.

Who attends your courses and workshops?
A broad range of people enroll in my courses for all sorts of reasons. Approximately a third are professional photographers seeking inspiration or wanting to up-skill or consolidate their technique, and/or more efficiently integrate digital processes into their daily workflow. Approximately a third are professional artists making the transition to digital processing, or who want to refine their technique, and/or want to know what is available, and what is required to significantly expand their understanding and appreciation. Approximately a third are enthusiasts supporting their interests and passion for all things photographic.

What happens at one of your weekend courses?
My weekend courses are conducted along the lines of a University course with detailed presentations, analysis and discussion of the available options, supported by best practice demonstrations and creative solutions. Numerous case studies and examples illustrate the critical distinctions in a real world context. Detailed class notes cover the main concepts and processes presented, and act as comprehensive reference material after the course. I do my best to acknowledge and attend to individual needs and to integrate them into the overall content of the course.

How many people are in the course?
It depends on the course content and venue. In general I aim for a maximum enrolment of 12 people per weekend course or short course, with typical attendances ranging from 6 to 12 people.  Some courses are capped due to the amount of  equipment and ‘hands-on’ interaction required. For example all my Studio Workshops are capped at a maximum of 5 people to ensure an intimate and personalised learning environment. Some venues can comfortably accommodate larger numbers, but too many attendees equals not enough individual attention, while too small a number reduces the group dynamic and interaction. I value equally the individual attention I can provide, and the support and interaction among those attending.

What order should I take your courses and workshops in?
Though many people attend all of my courses and workshops in the order in which they are presented, just as many attend them on a ‘need to know basis’. It is also not unusual for someone to enroll in an ‘introductory’ course (to fill in ‘the gaps’) after they have attended some of my more ‘advanced’ workshops, while others repeatedly enroll in the same workshops over a number of years in order to keep abreast of the latest developments in that field.

Do I work on a computer at the CCP?
Though not a requirement, everyone is welcome to bring a laptop computer with them. However I don’t present my CCP courses in a traditional ‘computer lab’ environment’ where everyone sits at a computer and ‘builds the same widget’. Personally I find this approach too generalised and inefficient for the breadth and intensity of the material covered in my CCP courses. Working on a computer is more suited to my one-on-one consultations and studio workshops.

How experienced do I need to be?
It depends on what you are looking to achieve. My courses and workshops are generally intense affairs, covering a lot of information with often surprisingly new or alternative forms of practice for many people. I try very hard to make sure my courses are ‘stand alone’ affairs in the sense that I do not assume you have attended any of my other courses, or in any particular order. My only assumption is that you are working at the level the course is presented at, or aspire to work at that level. Any familiarity with the relevant applications and processes is a bonus, but not essential. Most important is the desire to learn and understand more about what you are doing and to become better at it.

What happens if I can’t attend a Weekend Course, or Studio Workshop, or Personal Consultation that I have booked?

Weekend courses at the CCP: 
Refunds can only be given for withdrawals made at least 4 working days prior to the course commencement and a withdrawal fee will apply. For withdrawals with less than 4 working days notice, the CCP will not issue refunds under any circumstances.
Transfers between weekend courses require at least 4 working days notice before the course commences. There is a 12 month limit on transfers and a maximum of 2 transfers are permitted within that time. Please note that transfers are subject to course price increases. A $30 transfer fee will apply for each transfer.

Studio Workshops:
Fees for my Studio Workshops are non-refundable and non-transferable due to the maximum of only five people attending each studio workshop.

Personal Consultations:
Personal Consultations can be rescheduled as required because they are limited to just one person per consultation.