MANILA, Philippines - Travel photography is the perfect convergence of adventure and art. The ability to capture a beautiful locale and elevate it into an immortal image is a skill few have mastered.
Belonging to this elite group is Gunther Deichmann, an Australian of German descent who has travelled to more than 30 countries and taken his share of immortal photos, many of which have graced the pages of National Geographic, Time Magazine, Readers Digest, and many others.
Learn from the best
From February 8 to 9, aspiring travel photographers will get a chance to benefit from Gunther’s 35 years of photography experience through a workshop to be held in Subic Park Hotel, Zambales.
The workshop will focus on techniques in photography and image editing using Aperture, Apple’s photography software.
“We chose Subic because it is the perfect environment for the workshop as it offers a very beautiful and serene environment. The participants will definitely enjoy every minute of taking pictures of the area as it helps them push their artistry in photography to a higher level,” said Deichmann.
Participants will see Gunther in action as he shoots Subic’s beautiful land and seascapes, all the while giving points on technique. From there, Gunther, a certified Apple Pro Trainer for Aperture, will discuss topics that include tips on color correction and editing and the use of curves and brushes.
He’ll discuss post-editing processes such as the best ways to back-up files, protect images, compare RAW and JPEG formats, manage and share libraries, and to work with Aperture on the field.
As in any workshop worthy of the name, participants get to practice the principles and tips they learn. Using their digital cameras, they’ll take their own Subic photos and edit them using Aperture. Gunther will facilitate a critique session in which all participants will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of their photos.
Sixteen hours of the workshop will be devoted to training with actual photo shoots. Registration costs Php 6,500 per participant, inclusive of meals and a certification of course completion signed by Gunther.
Journeys in images
Gunther’s journey as a travel photographer began when he flew to Australia from his native Germany to work for the exploration department of a mining company. His explorations brought him to the Australian Outback which he immediately fell in love with. His first experiments in photography were driven by the desire to capture the landscape’s eerie, dangerous beauty.
Since then, he has been capturing images for some of the world’s major publications and broadcasting networks. He’s published 12 books which include “The Dive Sites of Puerto Galera, Philippines” and a coffee-table book of photographs of over 22 countries entitled, “Journey Through Color and Time.”
He has judged for several prestigious photography competitions such as the Nikon “The Big Shot” contest in Singapore. He has also spoken for a slew of photography seminars and workshops.
In 1997, he and his family settled in Manila from where he covers South East Asia.
To know more about Gunther and his photographs, visit his website.
With Subic as Gunther’s workshop venue, Filipino photographers won’t have to look far for gorgeous landscapes to capture. This only goes to show that distance travelled doesn’t make a travel photographer. What’s more important is a fresh perspective. - Rappler.com