Summer School 2014 – Jan 24th to 31st


In session

We would love to see you at this year’s Atkins Summer School, the topics are designed to help you enjoy your photography more, have fun and rethink your photographic business. All are welcome.

Cost to attend is $25 per session, payable when booking (we will call you after you register)

Register by clicking here.


Social Media Shortcuts. Friday, January 24th, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Is Social media the biggest time waster of the decade? What value is it adding? Are there any shortcuts? Paul Atkins will present his methods and those learned at workshops both here and in the USA over the past five years. Hopefully this will help you!

Adobe Lightroom Basics.
Tuesday, January 28th, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Lightroom 5.0 is the best tool for managing and lightly editing your digital image files. Paul Atkins has been using Lightroom since the first version and has brought many new users up to speed. The presentation will focus on the Library and Develop modules, but will touch on other modules and hidden features. Beginners and intermediate users will benefit from attending.

Workflow, from shoot through to archiving.
Wednesday, January 29th, 9.30am – 12.30pm 
What is “best practise”? What balances a image quality, data-safety and efficiency? Paul Atkins has been watching and interviewing professionals in the industry and has complied this presentation. Bring your questions and opinions, we can all learn from each other.

Photography Business Models
Thursday, January 30th, 9.30am – 12.30pm.
This workshop will help you fly above your photographic business, looking at it from a different perspective.
Stuart Davis will be presenting this session. Stuart is from Enterprise Connect, he is a business specialist who has spent the last 4.5 years providing advice and assisting Creative Industries companies. This has included facilitating workshops in Design Integration and Business Modelling as well as conducting Business Reviews. He has also participated in a master class by the authors of Business Model Generation and used this methodology across the country. Enterprise Connect is a Federal Government initiative to re-engergize small to medium businesses in Australia.
This will be worth every minute of your time, this is an opportunity to get help rethinking photography as a business.

For more information on what Stuart does:

The Film Challenge….
Friday, January 31st, 9.30am – 12.30pm with a return to the lab at 4pm for projection and discussion until 5pm
In the immortal words of Harry Callaghan, “do you feel lucky punk?”. However, this shouldn’t be about luck, this is a test of your skills in a tricky environment: Mid summer, Adelaide, one roll of 35mm (not Xpan) or 120 (up to 6×9) tranny film, one morning to shoot. Midday we process and sleeve, 4pm meet back at Atkins to choose your best frame and a discussion of what everyone shot. From there the Atkins will scan and prepare prints with minimal editing and host and exhibition during the following month. We will gather votes over the month for an informal ‘peoples choice award’ Are you up to it…?

9.30am pick up film and have quick chat, then off to shoot. Return at 12.30pm for processing, return at 4pm to review results. The cost of entry includes the roll of film and processing.

11 Responses to “Summer School 2014 – Jan 24th to 31st”

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  1. Paul, does it have to be tranny film rather than negative film?

  2. paulatkins says:

    Hi Gary, I specifically chose E6 tranny film as it is more difficult, plus the result is evaluated without any further intervention of good or bad scanning/image interpretation.
    I hope you can participate!

  3. that makes good sense.

    It takes me back to my photography school days in Melbourne—all our early work in the 1st year course was made on E6 tranny film.

  4. paulatkins says:

    It is a brutal master with only 4 stops of latitude.

  5. Chris says:

    Would love to have come along and shot some macro on SQ for this but I’ll be flat out with a time-lapse edit.

    Sad face.

  6. Paul Atkins says:

    I think it went well, regardless of my laptop crashing every 10 minutes! That nearly killed me… Wish you could have been there to help fix the mac!

  7. Hi Paul,
    rescuing some badly underexposed tranny film from the Summer School Film Challenge workshop

  8. Paul Atkins says:

    Underexposed tranny film can be murky and green Gary. The four stop latitude is pretty unforgiving.

  9. Paul Atkins says:

    Going to B&W will often give it a chance, and these are looking good.

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