Dinner Plain 2018

Dinner Plain – Fine Art Photography & Printing

Presented by Les Walkling, Gina Milicia with Nat Ord and Mieke Boynton

Join us for this all inclusive 4 day photography workshop at Dinner Plain in the North East Victorian high country. We will spend four days immersed in the fine art of photography, editing and printing your work. All costs are included* for private accomodation, amazing food from a 3hat chef, travel from Albury plus around Dinner Plain, and lots of stunning prints to take home with you. (*There is also a “Workshops Only” package available for those wanting to provide their own accomodation and meals.)

Mount Hotham. Image by Nat Ord

You will have the chance to attend various presentations and workshops on different styles of photography, plus learn all about post-production and printing your work from some of Australia’s leading creatives. The focus of these workshops is the fine art of photography, and creating beautiful images from capture to print.

Dinner Plain 2018 is for all levels and genres of photographer, beginners through to professionals will get something out of it. The 4 days of workshops is limited to 40 participants to ensure everyone gets as much as possible out of the workshops. We have 4 speakers at Dinner Plain 2018 that all have vast experience in both photography and running their businesses, and you will not only have group workshops and seminars to attend, but will also get one on one tutoring to take your photography to the next level. There will also be scheduled down-time where you can just soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful High Country, or take the time to seek out like-minded photographers and talk about the medium you love.

There will be organised activities with highly qualified photographers to help you get the most out of your images, plus the print centre will have plenty of editing stations for Mac and PC, both 24″ and 17″ Epson printers, and a vast supply of Ilford Galerie paper. You will come away from the 4 days with some amazing images of Dinner Plain and surrounds, an amazing portfolio of prints, and a wonderful experience with some of the nicest photographers in the business.


Mount Hotham. Image by Nat Ord

Accomodation in Dinner Plain is included with private rooms and an ensuite for each participant, and 3 meals per day are provided from a world class chef including 3 course dinner each night. Travel is also included from Albury/Wodonga from a chartered coach, which will be available all weekend to take us to various locations around the Dinner Plain area.

Numerous suppliers will bring their gear over the weekend for us to play with, including various lenses and accessories for your Nikon or Canon (or Fuji and Sony), lighting for all levels, plus several of the medium format brands will be represented and available to try out. There will be specials available for all participants, both during and after the workshops, and plenty of free samples to take home. Check out more of the suppliers here…

Order your tickets for Dinner Plain here –
Total Inclusive Cost $2450 (includes all accomodation, meals, and transport from Albury) Early Bird Special (10% off) = $2205
Workshops Only $1795 (does not include accomodation or meals) Early Bird Special (10% off) = $1615

Early Bird Specials apply for tickets purchased before 18th August 2018.


Workshop and presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

Sunrise and Sunset on the High Plains, Landscapes, Portrait shoots in Natural Light and with Artificial Lighting, Editing with Lightroom and Photoshop, Printing Fine Art Prints, plus much more…

Day 1 – Thursday 18th October

8:00am – Transport will leave Albury from QEII Square at 8am and travel to Dinner Plain.

11:00am – Arrive at Dinner Plain and get settled into accomodation

12 noon – Meet with all the other participants and speakers, and break for lunch around 1pm

Thursday Afternoon – Discussion on Printing, and other planned activities, and work out small sized groups for each activity.

7:00pm – Dinner at Stones Throw Restaurant

Day 2 & 3 – Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October

Sessions will be broken up between Morning and Afternoon. Will include printing workshops with Les Walkling, Portrait workshops with Gina Milicia, and Landscape outings with Mieke, Natalie, and others. There will be plenty of time for each participant to do each workshop, wander round of their own accord, or go along on the group outings.

Day 4 – Sunday 21st October

Morning – Can be spent finalising prints, getting that shot your missed, or just talking with the presenters and others presenting.

Lunch – will be a BBQ (location to be decided) where we can enjoy the High Country, and discuss how the weekend went.

2:00pm – Workshops will conclude, and the bus will transport participants back to Albury, which will arrive there around 5:00pm.

All days will include plenty of time to edit and print your work, and also discuss the finer points of photography with experienced photographers. I expect this will go on into the night, and the print centre will close each night around 11:00pm or so, and open each morning around 9:00am after breakfast.

There will be computers available with calibrated Eizo monitors, which will be profiled to the various printers onsite, and we will be using these to create all of your prints. You are also welcome to bring along your own laptop to continue editing at your own leisure.



Intro to Adobe Lightroom

Do you want to learn the basics of Adobe Lightroom? This introductory class is for those starting out with Lightroom for the first time, or for those wanting to get more out of this program they already use.

Topics covered include –

  • Importing your images into Adobe Lightroom catalog
  • Creating folders and using collections
  • Navigating the Library module
  • Keywording and categorising your images
  • Develop module, using presets and the history panel
  • Learn about the adjustment panels in the develop module
  • Find out about Noise Reduction and Sharpening your images
  • Apply edits to multiple images at once to speedup your workflow
  • Export images optimised for use on the web or for print
  • Understanding different file types

This class is limited to 6 people, you will need to bring along your own laptop and also have Adobe Lightroom installed (LR5, LR6 or CC). You can find out more about installing Lightroom on the Adobe web site, or please contact Dirk if you would like any help getting this sorted.

Tickets for Intro to Adobe Lightroom can be purchased here…

There is also a more comprehensive photo editing course I run at MAMA Art Gallery over 10 weeks, where you will learn and apply the basics of both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. More details can be found here – http://mamalbury.com.au/see-and-do/Programs-and-events/masterclasses-and-workshops/basic-photo-editing