Author Archives: Tim Marsden



It’s been 18 months now since I started The Photo Coach workshops and personal tuition and I’m always looking at ways to improve the course. One thing I’ve discovered in that time, is how much everyone enjoys the outdoor workshop during the Four-Week-Course. One of my last class participants said they could hardly sleep, they were so excited about getting out and shooting the sunrise the following day. Just so happens that it was the coldest day of the year, but after the initial shock we all warmed up and got some great photos.

I’ve been thinking for a while about adding an extra outdoor session in my Four-Week-Workshop and have decided that I will put the feelers out and see what previous participants of the course think of my plan.

WEEK 1: The first Wednesday night at the Robina Community Centre, will cover the camera functions, camera menus and focusing techniques just like we do now. I will continue to send written modules each week prior to each workshop.

WEEK 2:  This week I will run a two-and-a-half hour early-morning workshop at Kurrawa Beach, which has proven to be a terrific place to be at first light. There is always lots of activity happening and heaps of variety to photograph. We will talk about shutter speed and apertures to coincide with Module 2 ,working on slow and fast shutter speed techniques, having fun shooting water movement and surf action. We will also touch on lighting and composition prior to the next week’s Module 3

WEEK 3:  Week three’s workshop on the following Saturday afternoon around 3.30pm will be at a different location where we can shoot as the sun goes down. I’ll discuss the various types of outdoor natural lighting, spend lots of time talking on composition and we’ll practise more slow shutter speed and low-light techniques in the ‘golden hour’ before and after the sun sets.

WEEK 4: We will again return to the Robina Community Centre to work on photo-editing. I have been recommending Adobe Lightroom as the best photo-editing platform, but participants are welcome to use whatever program they deem suitable for their needs. Everyone loves this lesson as they learn how to make their photos really jump off the page.

I’d love all your feedback on this if you can find the time

Cheers all










I’ve been running The Photo Coach classes in Robina now for almost 18 months and in that time I’ve seen quite a few different models cameras that clients have brought along.The models that have really impressed me are the latest versions of the Olympus mirrorless range. Like this one above. I’m astounded by the features that they come with. In fact I was so impressed I went and bought one! The OM-DE MK iii. I was looking for something much lighter than my Canon 1DX’s especially for travelling and hiking. I already owned a Canon 5D MK ii but felt it was past its use by date and I still needed  to carry big lenses with me. This camera is perfect. I bought it with a  Zuiko12-40mm f2.8 zoom that is great for low light situations and on top of that the camera body is stabilised allowing hand-holding down to an amazing 1/2 second, providing you have a steady hand. The quality of the images is amazing, like these below and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it for years to come. 
The Photo Coach -girl jumping over water at Surfers Paradise -Olympus camera
Puddle jumping at Surfers Paradise
Natural Arch