Sunshine Coast Photographic Retreat
9th to 12th march 2021

The Creative Shed has teamed up with Journeys Worldwide to deliver a small group workshop at the Covid-safe Aquila Retreat. A resort style workshop for the beginner through to more accomplished enthusiast levels.

The Retreat is priced at $1,995 per person sharing. All meals, accommodation, tuition, and local transport included in the price of this experience.

Participation is limited to 18, with a minimum of six individuals.

For the beginner, keen enthusiast and intermediate Photographer, this is an excellent opportunity to receive dedicated tutoring from experienced Photographers.

Unlike some Photography Retreats, our Workshop Leaders are not participating in taking their images. They are attending to help You improve Your Photography,

Solo Photographers welcome. We’ll partner you up with an excellent roomie to ensure you don’t miss out, or a single supplement fee can be discussed.

In choosing our Retreat location, we have catered for all weather conditions. Should the weather turn lousy, or other conditions change during our Retreat we have other options already in place.

PLUS – for every person booked before the 30th January we will provide a Sunshine Coast Hamper on arrival – local chocolate, wine, Buderim Ginger and other goodies.

Our Itinerary

Tuesday 9th March – arrive in Buderim and join Malcolm and Richard plus the rest of the group for lunch (venue TBA) and a briefing on the activities of the next couple of days, before moving a short distance to the Aquila Resort. Dropping our gear into our rooms and then starting on the photographic experience you have been looking forward too.

Wednesday & Thursday (10th & 11th) – spend time:

   on the surrounding ten beautiful acres with many photographic opportunities, inside going over images – critiquing and processing;

   visiting neighbouring sites like the Buderim waterfall, the beach and the Maroochydore spit to capture surf, boats and possibly even night lights (we do plan to spend the evening out one night, so will organise dinner out this night);

Friday 12th March – a morning to do some more exploring and photography on the property, some last minute advice and ideas from Richard and Malcolm, before heading off home again before lunch

– or why not spend some more time in the area, travel up the coast to Noosa or even further north, or go west into the Hinterland and the vast array of offerings out there. Speak to us for some tailored suggestions.

Our Acommodation

The Aquila Retreat is a 1,200m2 boho-luxe mansion, situated at the top of 9.5 acres, boasting stunning, sweeping views, to Moreton Island and the Glasshouse Mountains – ours to use as a stunning backdrop for our Workshop activities.

The Aquila Retreat ensures we are not wasting time travelling to location shoots as this magnificent Rain Forest location offers much of what we need to learn about the craft of Photography.

The home draws inspiration from Morocco to Byron Bay, is filled with beautiful things and is peppered with layer-upon-layer of thoughtful and luxurious inclusions for guests to enjoy. A magnificent, super-central-hideaway, situated on 9.5 acres of rainforest on top of Buderim Mountain, Aquila Retreat is just 8 minutes from Mooloolaba, 11 minutes from the Sunshine Coast airport and an hour’s drive from Brisbane. There is also a helipad on site, should you wish to rather arrive in style.

You can enjoy an authentic Sunshine Coast experience that captures the best of both worlds – rainforest and beach!

The most luxurious and hygienic group accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. Aquila provides ozone sterilized rooms, hand sanitizer on tap and 40m2 of personal space for each guest! Aquila is exclusive and we will be the only guests staying.

Your workshop includes:

  • Waterfall and cascade photography
  • Macro photography techniques – for beginners and more advanced users
  • Landscape photography techniques
  • Bird and animal photography techniques
  • Flash photography techniques, including the use of diffusers, reflectors, natural light in a practical session
  • Night photography
  • Reviews, a critique of your images plus suggested tweaks
  • Post-processing tips and tricks
  • A session of getting to know your camera and it’s hidden capabilities
  • We will simplify the digital world, including camera technicalities, image storage, unravelling digital jargon
  • Group tuition as well as one-on-one tuition
  • We try to ensure that there is as much practical, fun and interactive time as possible
  • Free time to practice what you have learned (or unwind and relax in the stunning surrounds of the Aquila Retreat)

What to bring:

  • Whatever camera gear you have
  • Any lenses (don’t worry if you don’t have all the lenses – you will still learn a lot)
  • Flash
  • Memory card(s)
  • Sturdy tripod, if you have
  • Camera owners manual
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Drinking water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Spare batteries and charger
  • Consider bringing swimming costumes

I have possessed a keen interest in photography ever since I can remember. I have travelled extensively: realising that photography can capture moments and places in a way that not only holds those memories forever but enables sharing with other people too.

I now consider myself an experienced traveller, photographer, videographer and video editor. I am a member of AIPP and live under the renowned Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland where I have established a studio.

Storytelling is at the heart of my work and I view the camera as a way to share the incredible places, experiences and human relationships that make up these journeys. I not only organise and coordinate online courses, workshops and tours but lead them too – my approachable nature allowing me to encourage and inspire all our guests.

My work is as diverse as it is creative, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, and portrait photography. A pre-requisite for good imagery these days, I am also skilled in digital workflow and post-processing. I am accomplished in the use of Lightroom and Photoshop.

I love helping people with their photographic pursuits and draws on my vast wealth of accumulated knowledge to ensure you learn what’s needed to improve.

Malcolm Pendlebury

Richard Bassett AAPS PSQA

My love of photography started with trips around the country with my father, Richard, who was an avid photographer. I enjoy travelling, capturing images of the flora and fauna, as well as the people you meet on the journey. The digital world has enhanced the ability to be creative in the post processing of our images, capturing memories and stories around the world.
I have been involved with photography clubs for over 15 years, gaining both knowledge and experience, as well as conducting training workshops to improve the skills of others. My desire to improve my skills, led me to become a judge for the Photographic Society of Queensland in 2010.
As an Associate member of the Australian Photographic Society I have been able to enter competitions and exhibitions to showcase my images, broadening my understanding of photography.
My freelance photography work has allowed me to capture those special moments, such as Weddings, Family Portraits, Pets and Events, creating lasting memories. My involvement in photography has given me the ability to play an active role in mentoring enthusiastic photographers in their journey for self-improvement and that award-winning image.