Photo Courses, Which one and Why?

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Do you want to take better pictures?

Do you have a new baby in the family?
Know someone who’s getting married?
Are you going on holidays?
Taking a trip?
Looking for a new hobby?
Got children or grandchildren who you want to capture as they grow?
Love Scrap Booking?
Dealing with illness?
Someone getting engaged?
Birthdays or Christmas coming up?
Have pets?

Whether it’s a special occasion or just part of everyday life, we like to capture the moments so that we have something to look back on and to share, so we want to take photos that look good. Sometimes you get great photos and other times it just doesn’t come together. You can learn how to take good photos no matter what the time of day, what the lighting is like or how much people or animals are moving.

Learn portrait photography

Captue treasured moments









There is something available that can help and is affordable.

Nearly there, keep reading…..

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a professional coach look at your images and tell you how to get them right?

But who could afford that?

You can!!!

There is a photo course called “The Dash” it caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Never alone

Trick photography, create a fantasy.







There are a few different options you can choose from so that you get what you are looking for.

For the course, which includes lessons, challenges and bonus critiques picked from each stream it is $25 for 1 stream and you get an extra discount if you choose more than 1 stream.

What is a stream? It is what you will be learning about. For October it is Portrait Photography, Flower Photography and Trick Photography. You can do just one or two streams or all three, it is entirely up to you.

Isn’t this fantastic, you can learn what you need for less than $1/day in fact it works out at around only 80 cents per day!!!

But there’s more….

You can then upgrade to Gold or Platinum to have your own personal coach/ critiquer, who will look at each image you upload for the lessons and tell you what works and what doesn’t, but better than that they will teach you how to make it to work.

The critiques/coaching is tailored to your level so it doesn’t matter if you are a total beginner or a pro, there is something for everyone.

How much would it cost you to hire a professional photographer as a coach/Critiquer for a month?

A lot more than most of us could afford, so how do they do it for the Dash?

The Dash’s philosophy is to make learning available and affordable and so they have got with some professional photographers and worked out a special rate….are you ready…..

For only $79/month you can have a professional assigned to you.

You will do 8 challenges a month, so that works out at less than $10-00 an image and to top it off, you don’t just get one critique, you get to put into practice the coaching the professional gives you and upload a second image to check that you are on the right track and have understood what the coach has told you.

That means 2 images for under $10.

Learn how to take great flower photos

Learn Flower photography








Why would professional photographers do this?

I can only answer for myself as I am one of the coaches/critiquers.

My love of photography is just that, a love or a passion as I call it, but I don’t just want to share my images, I want to be able to share the experience of photography, so that you can enjoy taking images, whether just for special occasion or as a hobby or if like me, you discover the joy and healing photography brings, then it will be something that becomes your passion.

I was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia 7 years ago and so was very limited in what I was able to do. I was struggling with pain and feelings of worthlessness until I became re-immersed in photography, suddenly I had a purpose, there was something I could still do and I found that getting outdoors and into nature brought healing to my soul. I found even though the pain was still there, life was worth living, there was so much beauty all around us that I just had to stop and see. As my focus changed I was able to let go of disappointment and disillusionment and come to a place of peace and joy. Having done this, I realized I wanted to empower others to be able to do this to and so through the Dash I am able to achieve this.

So if you have ever thought about doing a photography course, now there is one that is affordable and worth doing.

The Dash is run by David Peterson of Digital-Photography-Secrets and is his brainchild. He sets the lessons and provides the teaching, there are then 3 other coaches/critiquers like myself and together we strive to bring you a fantastic course.

This is some of the feedback I have personally had.

Heather Steele 

Thanks for the critique Julia. It is very useful. I tried cropping it as you suggested and it is much improved. As it was a busy week I just popped the point and click in my pocket and was completely unsuccessful in getting a blurred background until I read about using the zoom as well….and it worked. I plan to practice however with my SLR camera as I like the blurred background effect and would like to experiment more with it so I am comfortable in attaining it when I want. Such a great course! I am really enjoying it! Thanks again for your help.

Joe Auck

Ms. Julia, You are the best, I appreciate u looking into that for me. I will try the adjustments u mentioned and send u copy. May not be till this weekend when I have time. Thanks for all the help.

So click here to have a look at “The Dash”.
If you want the Professional coaching as well, it will be offered to you after you have signed up for whichever stream/s you want to.
i love this quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”
this really sums up what the Dash is all about.
I would love to see you there and have the opportunity to travel with you on the next leg of your photographic journey.


Health Retreat Kununurra

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I noticed something the other day, when we are away time flies, but for those at home life goes on at the same old pace. So sorry I haven’t posted more often or kept in touch as much as I normally would. I feel like I am on a health retreat, inside this beautiful bubble, but I know when others go away, I miss them and wish they would stay in touch. I wish I could bring each of you up here for a few weeks, it is so beautiful, relaxing and refreshing. I wake up every morning to a lawned vista, dotted with boab trees and the river winding it way through the property, the birds are tweeting and the wind gently rustles the leaves.

They say a picture paints a thousand works, so here are some pictures to help you see what it is like.





There are beautifully coloured bee eaters, red breasted robins, willy wagtails, green throated lorakeets, crimson rosellas, white cockatoos, sulpher crests, mud larks, cranes and sea eagles to name a few of the birds, the kangaroos and wallabies lay in the shade of the mango trees and then come down to the lawned area near the river in the evening.

bee eaters in flight

bee eaters sitting on sprinkler









sea eagle

sea eagle







The gazebo has lovely swing chairs where I sit and read or just sit and watch the world around me and my soul takes a deep breathe and relaxes.

view from gazebo






Don’t worry though, Colin has still kept very busy, him and Bill, the owner of the property we are staying on are renovating the house, so he is up and gone at 7am and knocks off at about 4pm. He is loving it:)

We have got to do a bit of sight seeing as well, Bill and his wife Andrea took us up to Lake Argyle where we were able to borrow a friends barge and spend the day out on the lake. We took a tinny (motorboat) with us to get out to the barge and to cruise around at a bit faster pace. Andrea stayed on the pontoon and read and swam while we went sightseeing in the tinny. We saw a couple of big crocs, fresh water ones though. There were pelicans and cormorants and even some rock wallabies. The water was beautiful and calm and as we turned and headed towards home the water had started to glass off and the reflections were amazing.

islands in Lake argyle

islands in Lake argyle

reflections in lake

reflections in lake








swiming in Lake Argyle


















Colin and I took the day off on Wednesday and went out to Zebadee springs, one of our favourite places and then into El Questro for lunch and then decided to continue on the Gibb River Road to Home Valley Station. The road was amazingly good until we crossed the Pentecost River and then it deteriated a bit from there to Home Valley. It was great for me as at least I got to drive on the Gibb River Road and cross the main river. From there we headed out to Wyndham and went up to five rivers lookout. It is an amazing place, no matter how many times we visit.

zebadee 1








Last night Bill and Andrea had visitors for tea, so we went out to Kelly’s knob to watch the sunset. Here comes the photo tip for this week:- Don’t automatically head to where everyone else is, look around you for interesting features or hang back a bit so that the people themselves are silhouetted against the sunset. Everyone was looking at the sun set and yet if you turned around the real light show was happening on the rocks as they changed to burnt orange and the trees were bathed in golden light, but most people never saw this, neither did they capture it. If you want to have people showing in detail, rather than in silhouette, as you take a sunset you need to get close to them and use some fill flash to add light to their faces. Also remember sunset is a low light situation, so take your tripod, and use a remote shutter release or the timer function on your camera to avoid camera and shutter shake. If you don’t have the right equipment, don’t worry, try doing some video instead.









Have you ever heard of a two eyed jack or a one eyed jack? Go and get a pack of cards and look at the jacks, I think it will surprise you, it did us.

We will be here for another week before we head closer to home.


Will post again soon.


Road trip to Darwin

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Well we are on the road again. We left home and had a few days in Perth.

Enjoyed a beautiful sunrise and some of the native birds while we caught up with family before heading to Mt Newman.


Sunrise over palm trees in Perth’s northern suburbs.







bird in tree

Bird feeding in a tree outside our Motorhome









We camped out near Mt Magnet for the night before heading on to Mt Newman. The peace and tranquility as well as the beauty around us makes camping out a delight.

motorhome at sunset

first night camping out







In Newman we caught up with friends and went to watch Jet boat racing. What a blast that is, they really spray the water and our friend won the raffle and got to have a ride.

flying jet boats

Jet boat white water







It is good to be on the open road again, just enjoying the freedom and space of the open road.

“Rosie” as our motorhome is called has been purring along, I think she likes being on the road too.

Will add the next installment in a few days.

I am still doing photo coaching as we travel, so if you want to learn how to take great photos for yourself go to The Photography Dash

Western Australia’s Special Secret

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Western Australia has a secret place that not many people know about. First let me say it should be listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. Biased opinion? Well I’ll let you decide for yourselves.

Below I will put some images that give you a very small glimpse into what this amazing place has to offer.

The name of this place was once called Hamersley Ranges, now it is known as Karajini.

Kanyini, which Karajini is taken from means responsibility and unconditional love for all of creation and it envelops the four principles of aboriginal life:
Tjukurrpa– Creation Period ( ‘dreamtime’): Kurunpa– Spirit, Soul, Psyche: Walytja- Family, Kinship: Ngura– Land, Home, Place or Mother.
” Kanyini is best expressed in English as the combination of the two words ‘responsibility’ and ‘love’, but it is actually a relationship; it is an enormous caring with no limit – it has no timeframe: it is eternal.

This is so much of what this place speaks of, it is like you are descending into the artsacpes of God. You feel the embrace of nature and the grandeur of creation as well as it feeling like you are coming home to where things were a lot simpler and far more beautiful.

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Station Stay Part 2

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These are some more from our Station Stay…staying on an outback station is such a unique experience and a real in site is to the lives of Dinky Di Australians. The hospitality of the bush is legendary and this station is no exception, the people are amazing and so welcoming. We had a great time and hope to return again sometime.

Gold mine

An old shaft to an early gold mine



Namma Hole with a rock protecting it from animals

Namma Hole with a rock protecting it from animals

Namma Hole

These were holes Aboriginls made in the rock to store water

Reedy Mine

Blue Lake at Reedy Mine

Purple flower

Blooms in the desert




































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