11/10/2016

Croatia & New York City 2017

Possibility of Croatia and New York City Photography Tour 2017 …

 

A Fellow very well know photographer friend of mine has suggested the possibility of a Croatian photography tour in 2017. So while he has been there to photograph and has a great guide he has asked me if I would be interested in join him. of course I said yes as the fall autumn colours and stunning waterfalls of Croatia would be an awesome photographic tour to experience …

If there are any photographers that would like a guided tour of Croatia and some of New York Cities best photographic opportunities please do not hesitate to leave me your email or contact me direct at info@spoolphotography.com …

We do not have any costs as of yet as I am only looking at expressions of interest … If feasible we would like to the tour to start in Late September early October 2017 and run for around 10 days in both locations … You could choose to join us on both sides of the Atlantic or just one, it would be your choice …

 

Cheers Neal


25/10/2015

Patagonian Photography Tour 2016

Very happy to announce the most amazing photography tour yet.

The 2016 Autumn Patagonia Tour in both Argentina and Chile

I have been invited to join acclaimed photographer and friend Greg Boratyn and his tour of Patagonia in 2016. Greg is a leading landscape photographer that has visited and photographed Patagonia. His stunning landscape imagery can be seen at Evening Photography

One of the most stunning locations of earth for landscape photography we will be traveling with one of the best there is plus local on the ground guides that will be sharing their intimate knowledge of the land. This promises to be a trip of a lifetime.

I can offer 4 people either serious photographers or maybe you just carry a point and shoot camera/video and just want to see and experience this amazing land with quality ground guides with local knowledge on this amazing Autumn Tour of Patagonia.

If this is something you think you would like to be involved in please let me know asap as I am sure the spots I have been reserved for this tour will fill very fast … info@spoolphotography.com or 0406 408 317 and I will send you the full PDF info pack on the Autumn Patagonian Tour

The Dates of the tour are April 10 – 21, 2016

Here are a few of Gregs images of Patagonia to wet your appetite for the most amazing photography tour on earth.

For full information on the Patagonian Tour April 2016

Patagonia workshop’s highlights: We will see both sides of Patagonia, the Chilean and Argentinian. We will go to the most attractive parks in Patagonia: The Los Glaciers National Park in Argentina, and Torres Del Paine in Chile. Both have lots to offer including several beautiful waterfalls, blue glacial ice, and epic mountain ranges like Fitz Roy in Argentina, or Cordillera del Paine in Chile. For more information about the workshop (airports, reciprocity fee, visas, and/or what to take) please contact me: info@spoolphotography.com. I will email you our workshops pdf brochure.

Landscape Photography Tour Of Patagonia


7/09/2015

ICELAND 2016 Photographic Tour

Iceland 2016 Photographic Tour

We are now taking expressions of interest in our 2016 Photographic Tour of Iceland. With around 365 days time till the tour kicks off we are finalising some of the details before accepting bookings but if you would like to put your name down on the list to be contacted with full details of the tour in a few weeks please do so. We will be working with a local Perth travel agent to also get us the best possible flights costs to Iceland and being some 12 months out we are working with a travel agent to get the possible deal when these deals hit the market, we will know first right HERE …

The 2016 Tour of Iceland will be a little different to the normal tours we have done in the past and what others may offer. Talking to many locals on the ground we have customised next years tour to take in some new exciting fresh location in Iceland that will surely be breath taking and leave us all speechless when we visit, photograph and video them. There will also be provisions made to spend 2 days photographing Dubai

So get your name down on the list as we travel as a small tight group so we can move swiftly and at a moments notice taking advantage of the best conditions on the ground as they unfold.

Interest can be registered by dropping me an email at info@spoolphotography.com …

Hope to see you on the tour, it promises to be epic!

Here are a couple of reviews from out tour in 2015 … 

Trent Konstantinu –  The Incredible Tour of Iceland in 2015 was an amazing experience!  Neal & Clint were fantastic guides and they were able to take us to all the spectacular postcard locations in Iceland and several hidden little gems that tour groups do not go too.  They helped me a lot with developing my photography skills and instructed me on how best to compose the best shot.  They took care of everything which allowed me to just focus on taking a truck load of photos and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.  The trip was a lot of fun and Neal & Clint were easy to get along with.  I would highly recommend anyone going on a tour with this experienced pair of photographers.

Darryn Santich - So glad I made a last minute decision to go on the Incredible Iceland tour 2015. Neal and Clint organised a fantastic itinerary which included all the incredible landscapes I had only ever dreamed of seeing. They’re knowledge they handed to me on landscape photography was immense and I have walked away with a greater ability to compose and light landscape photography. I exspecially liked the Arora Borealis they got us too on the second last night. The only spot in the whole of Iceland cloud free and we had an awesome K5.5 storm to shoot for 4 hours. What a blast. Thanks Neal and Clint , I have already recommended others to join your next excursion to Iceland in 2016

 

 


28/07/2015

2016 Tour Of India

 

Join Us On A Bucket List Tour Of India

 

 

I am thrilled to annouce I have teamed up with Neverland Adventures for an amazing tour of India in 2016. Neverland Adventures are a Perth company that specializes in tours of the India having multiple tours each year they have runs dozens of tours over the years and have a wealth of knowledge and experience unparralled in the field.

The Tour is 2 weeks long and will take in some of the most beautiful places on earth, we will also be visiting “Wild Tiger Reserves” which has to be one of those bucket list things to do in life.

If you would like the full information pack on the tour please visit http://www.nevermindadventure.com/india-photographic-tour … Register your interest today and join myself and Nevermind Adventures on a trip of a lifetime.

 

Photographic tour of india 2016


22/06/2015

2016 India Photographic Tour

2016 Photography Tour Of India

 

I am extremely pleased to announce my 2016 Indian Tour with partnership with Nevermind Adventures. This tour promises to be one not to be missed and a sure bucket list adventure tour.

Teaming up with such an experienced tour operator as Nevermind Adventure is a dream come true.

Nevermind is a Perth based adventure travel company that specializes in grass roots off the beaten track travel. The Nevermind team and partners have over 30 years experience in traveling remote locations and facilitating amazing life changing experiences. Employing carefully selected local guides, drivers and charismatic support staff and an extensive network of expert support ensures an adventure like no other, unique, memorable, exciting and sometimes a little bit confronting but always with your safety in mind.

Now operating dozens of motorcycling adventures, jeep safaris, expeditions and adventure photography to some of the most amazing, cultural and geographically diverse regions on the planet such as Rajasthan, the remote north east Himalayas, Ladakh, Nepal, Central India and beyond…Come and see what all the fuss is about!

Adventure Photography – 12 day Classic landscapes, culture and characters of Northern India
Suitable for budding photographers of all levels and ages from beginner to advanced. Moderate to low level of fitness required.
Nevermind Adventure Travel and Spool Photography have joined forces to offer you an amazing off the beaten track 12 day Adventure Photography Tour of North West India.
This is the opportunity of a lifetime for any photographer. Travel as a small friendly group (8 maximum) on the comfortable Nevermind mobile.  Visit Jaislamer, Jodhpur, Delhi, Udaipur and Agra and so much more and capture the amazing sights, sounds, tastes and culture of the Indian heartland. Accompanied by renowned photographers from myself and Adventure Travel experts Nevermind you will gain a unique insight into this ancient landscape few travelers ever get to experience.

Tour Dates and Details

  • Day 1 26th March – Collect guest/arrive  and stay in the famous Old Delhi area. Spend the day exploring the 1000 year old market place. Visit India’s largest mosque, the Red Fort and other global significant landmarks.
  • Day 2 – 27th March – Midday/afternoon flight to Jodhpur – The Blue City. Evening tour  of  Meranghi Fort, the best in India. 7 stage zipline tour available for the adventurous types.
  • Day 3 – 28th March – breakfast in Jodhpur (The Blue City) and surrounds, the clock tower, old city. Depart noon for Jaisalmer.
  • Day 4 29th March Arrive Jaisalmer. Dinner inside the ancient fortress overlooking the desert outpost, the thar desert and Pakistan border.
  • Day 5 30th March Full day exploring the amazing city of Jaisalmer. Photograph the markets and surrounding rocky desert escarpments and the fort at sunset.
  • Day 6  31st March – Breakfast in Jaisalmer then travel out to our Desert Camp at Kurri Village. Opportunity for photography workshop before heading into the sand dunes on Camel back to capture the sunsetting over the desert. Dinner and drinks in the desert camp.
  • Day 7 1st April – travel to Jalore via Barmer stopping in remote villages along the way to see tradition culture and day to day life.Stopping on the way to take in the desert landscapes and arid national parks and remote outpost villages. Amazing accommodation.
  • Day 8 2nd April – Jalore to Udaipur via the jungles and national parks of Renakpur. See wild monkeys and waterfalls.
  • Day 9 3rd April – Udaipur and surrounds – The Venice of India, Lake palace, city palace and local markets. Full day of exploration and photography one of the worlds most beautiful cities.
  • Day 10- 4th April – Travel to Ranthambore National Park – one of Asia’s largest tiger populations. Afternoon/early morning tiger Safari.
  • Day 11 5th April – Travel to Agra the long way round. See traditional village life at its best.
  • Day 12 6th April – Visit to Taj Mahal and Nevermind school, explore Agra. Last night dinner and drinks in the gardens.
  • Day 13 7th April Transfer back to our Hotel in Old Delhi – arrive approximately 8pm. End of tour.
Cost of the Tour $3500
Which includes all accommodation, meals and transport on tour. All travel insurance, arrival and departure from Delhi before start of tour and at conclusion of tour is not included in price. Max 8 on tour so places are extremely limited.

 

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1/06/2014

Incredible Iceland Tour 2015

Incredible Iceland Tour April 1st through 11th 2015

Who wants to photograph Iceland?

Iceland has many natural wonders ranging from stunning waterfalls, translucent blue icebergs on black sandy beaches to natural hot springs and towering, snowcapped mountains. The question should be who doesn’t want to photograph Iceland?

Clint Baker and I travelled extensively throughout Iceland in 2013 and we’re now looking to return to this amazing country. Our aim is to take a small group of photographers to capture those amazing waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs and stunning mountain views.

So, we are seeking expressions of interest in joining our small group, 10 day tour of incredible Iceland in April 2015 dates are confirmed as 1st through 11th April 2015. The tour group numbers will be small, just 6 people, and all transport, accommodation and breakfast whilst on tour will be included in price. Accommodation will be twin share, unless a single room option is preferred (for an added cost), at quality comfortable hotels and motels. Airfares into Keflavik International Airport where the tour departs are not included in the price.

Some of the locations we will visit on our 10 day tour are:

  • Blue Lagoon with natural heated mineral pools.
  • Seljalandsfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
  • Skogafoss, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a width of 25 metres and drop of 60 metres.
  • The picturesque town of Vik, where we will photograph the enormous sea stacks and cliffs, surrounded by black sand beaches.
  • Jokulsarlon, where we will photograph stunning glaciers and deep blue icebergs that lie on the beach.
  • Skaftafell National Park, including Savartifoss (Organ pipe falls) and amazing snow capped mountains.
  • Dettifoss, where the earth looks like it is being ripped apart by a massive and awe inspiring waterfall.
  • Selfoss, a stunning waterfall just a few hundred meters upstream from Dettifoss.
  • Godafoss, the god of all Icelandic waterfalls and one of the most beautiful waterfalls you will ever see.
  • Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland with two amazing waterfalls in the foreground creating stunning photographs.
  • Night shoots of the northern lights at every opportunity.
  • Plus, there will be manystops along the way where you can capture the stunning mountain views of Iceland at every chance we get.

What is included while on the “Incredible Iceland 2015″

  • A guided tour to some of Iceland’s most amazing photographic opportunities.
  • All driving around Iceland will be taken care of by Clint Baker and myself.
  • A small group of like minded people which provides an environment where ideas and the passion for photography can be shared.
  • All accommodation, twin share, in comfortable hotels and motels. These facilities are clean, comfortable and have their own bathroom and small TV. Most importantly the rooms will be warm after a solid day of photography. Most, if not all the hotels have free wi-fi connections or are provided by the hotel for a small fee.
  • All breakfasts are included.
  • All transport to and from Keflavik International Airport Iceland, where the tour will start and finish.

 

What is NOT included on the “Incredible Iceland 2015″

  • Airfares to Keflavik International Airport
  • All travel insurance
  • All camera gear insurance
  • Lunches and dinners are not included, but will be arranged on a day-to-day basis around shooting times. Hot drinks and alcoholic beverages are also not included however we will have water always in the vans.
  • Snacks, bars etc.

 

What to bring to “Incredible Iceland”

  • A sense of adventure, fun and team spirit
  • Warm clothing, thermals etc. (temperatures will be approx. -2 – 7C) Waterproof and wind break jackets.
  • Strong, steady hiking boots.
  • DSLR Camera, tripod, lenses, remote switch, filters, batteries etc
  • Camera bag
  • Rain proof gear for camera equipment

 

Visa’s and Medial Recommendations

We advice that your see your own doctor for any medical needs and enquire about your own

passport and visa requirements as we may be traveling on different passports.

Pricing

10 Day tour of Incredible Iceland AU$3200.00

A $500.00 (non-refundable) deposit reserves your spot amongst the group to tour Iceland. Final balance due by March 15th 2015. Cancellations refunds, excluding deposit, can be made up to 90 days before departure. After this time no refunds can be made on cancellations due to advance booking of vehicles and hotels.

All bookings are fully transferable so if you cannot make this trip, you can transfer your spot to someone else.

An insurance liability disclaimer will be supplied with all bookings to be signed by each person on the tour.

This is an opportunity you can’t pass up!

Contact Clint Baker or Neal Pritchard for more details and reserve your spot today!

Clint Baker: clintbakerphotography@live.com.au

Neal Pritchard: info@spoolphotography.com

What Past Workshop Attendees Have Said :

Dale Frank - The three day Great Ocean Road Workshop with Neal has completely changed the way I take my photographs and also post process my images.
Would recommend Neal’s workshops to anyone who wishes to get more out of their photography.

Ricardo .C - ”Thank you Neal for the one-on-one workshop today. Your approach was effective and nothing was left out and I appreciate you ensuring that you answered all of my questions. Was definitely worth the small investment”

Michael Taylor Education and Training Co-ordinator Busselton Camera Club - The one day workshop was a real hit with our members. It was interesting and ‘hands on’ and the way you used some of their own images taken during the day and made them ‘pop’ by applying minimal post processing was both inspirational and educational.

Jill Fisher - ”It was a wonderful workshop and my first time visiting Great Ocean Road. Although I’m not exactly a beginner, Neal was a very good instructor and always very helpful when needed. I would recommend anyone who wants to photograph this part of the world to join one of Neal’s workshops, he knows the area very well and has a passion for landscapes and it shows”.

David Lanigan -”The one day course with Neal was both enjoyable and informative. Neal was very hands on for the entire process –  from camera settings and helping frame your shot, to the post processing techniques used to bring your images to life. Questions were not a problem and everything was answered thoroughly in a friendly manner.”

All payments can be made via direct deposit or through mobile eftpos facilities,

all cards accepted besides diners and american express



23/10/2012

Great Ocean Road Workshop

4-6 December 2012
Great Ocean Road Workshop

Join myself as we shoot some of the best locations along the Great Ocean Road, shooting some of the areas most stunning scenes at the best times of day. I will instruct you in the field when we shoot and when we are not shooting in the best possible light i will be showing you my digital post production workflow and tools I use.

We will be shooting waterfalls, forest and the Apostles over the course workshop. This is my last workshop for the year. All meals, transport and accommodation is provided on the workshop. Workshop numbers are very limited and small so I can spend quality time with each person. Please contact myself for further information and to reserve you spot today at info@spoolphotography.com ….

 

 

Workshop Includes

  • Composition
  • Using the conditions to your advantage
  • Camera Raw processing
  • Blending through luminosity clusters
  • Luminosity masks
  • White point
  • Curves
  • Levels
  • Selective image contrast
  • Painting light with levels and curves
  • Increasing dynamic range without getting that awful HDR look
  • Blending layers to achieve desired tone, clarity and vibrance
  • Preparing images for final internet presentation through to print

And some neat tricks I have developed through years of trails …

If you would like a workshop in your area please register your interest at info@spoolphotography.com …. We already have registered interest in 2013 for the Central Coast NSW, and Tasmania …

Refund and cancellation policy

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27/09/2012

Great Ocean Road Guided Tour Workshop

GUIDED GREAT OCEAN ROAD WORKSHOP WEEKEND

Join myself Neal Pritchard and Clint Baker on a 3 day photographic safari through some of Australia’s most beautiful locations along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria. Take this opportunity to take a guided tour to explore the some amazing locations on the Great Ocean Road and at the same taking your photography to the next level. The 3 day workshop involves photographing sessions at the golden hours of each day, from before dawn and late afternoon through to twilight. With Photoshop post production classes held throughout the day. You will learn post production methods, insights and techniques that both Clint and Neal use with their own photography. We all stay at great accommodation at both Apollo Bay and Port Campbell where you will enjoy the great food of local eaters and is all inclusive. Full transportation is included on the course. We pick you up from the Melbourne CBD first thing friday morning and drop you back to Melbourne Airport or CBD Sunday afternoon/evening.

What is supplied on the course

Transport to and from Melbourne CBD and/or Melbourne Airport.
2 nights accommodation along the Great Ocean Road (Twin Share)
All meals. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Friday & Saturday. Breakfast & Lunch Sunday
Guided tour of locations along Great Ocean Road. Stunning coastal scenes, waterfalls and magnificent forests
Photoshop post production methods insights and techniques used by both Neal and Clint
Workshop Manual (video tutorials) on USB Stick
Small group workshop limited to JUST 6

What you need to bring on the course

DSLR Camera, tripod and lenses
Camera Case/Bag
Remote cable release
FIlters ( if possible Polariser and ND Graduated )
Lap Top with Photoshop CS4 or Photoshop Elements
All clothing including provision for wet and cold weather

Course Date Friday 7th December through to December 9th 2012
Course Cost $1695
Deposit to Secure place 50%
Positions available 6
Early Bird Book and Pay Before Nov 1 2012 Special Discount Price $1495

Reserve your space by calling
Neal 0406 408 317 / email info@spoolphotography.com
Clint 0401 189 666

 


24/06/2012

Stirling Ranges Workshop

Holding another one day workshop this time it is in the Stirling Ranges, I have only one space available for the August 25th South West Workshop. We shoot dawn and dusk in Stirling Ranges and surrounding areas and with post production workshops held during the day. Learn what and how I use certain ideas and techniques in my post production of my work. Day workshop is $395 and limited to just 3 people.

Only 1 spot left … contact me at info@spoolphotography.com if you would like to join this intensive one day workshop …

Hope to see you there …

More workshops to come soon and if you would like a one or two day workshop in your area please do not hesitate to let me know and I will endeavour to do my best to accommodate your request.


25/02/2012

Denmark WA Workshop Date

A Winters Sunrise

Following on from the positive response I have received for the NSW workshop I now have a date for a 1 day workshop in Denmark Western Australia. The course will take in locations around Denmark at the golden hours each day, dawn and dusk with post processing during the harsh light of the day. I will take you through everything I do post production wise from raw file through to print and website display. The course is limited to just 3 people. Course Date 1st April 2012

There will be a lunch provided and light refreshments throughout the day.

What you need to bring is a DSLR camera, tripod and if possible a lap top with at least Photoshop CS3.

The one day workshop fee is $395. If interested please email myself at info@spoolphotography.com …
Course Date 1st April 2012

And if you are not in WA and want to do a workshop I have a 2 day Victoria Great Ocean Road workshop dates coming very soon.

Cheers Neal


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