Three Ps Photography: Blog en-us (C) Three Ps Photography (Three Ps Photography) Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:26:00 GMT Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:26:00 GMT Three Ps Photography: Blog 120 120 Sydney Wedding Photographer-James Lunan New Wedding Photography Packages I have been changing my business towards Sydney wedding photography. As they say a change is as good as a holiday and I am looking forward to spending time with lovely couples, sharing and capture their wedding days as they begin the next stage in their life together.

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My background in portrait, fashion, beauty and events photography has prepared me well for this new adventure. Through my experiences I have learned about many forms of lighting from natural light to studio lighting. I have also gained an appreciation for working under pressure and to strict schedules, while working closely with people to create beautiful art. As a professional wedding photographer I love helping my clients enjoy their experience while we achieve great results that you will be proud to share with family and friends. 


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I have been working rigorously to create some new wedding packages to suit my clients needs and provide what I believe are important inclusions in each package. Here are some of the inclusions:

  1. I believe that everyone should have a beautifully made wedding album that holds the cherished memories of their day. You invest in a professional wedding photographer to create your special memories and you need to present your images well.

  2. While I offer professional print services to ensure the best quality photo printing, I will provide you with full high resolution un-watermarked images that are licenced to you for personal use. This means that you are free to make your own printing choices. You can choose to use your own printer or I can provide you with professional printing options on quality paper that is guaranteed.

  3. My 12 hour professional wedding photography package includes a complementary engagement/ pre-wedding shoot for the couple at a Sydney location of your choice. This is a great opportunity to spend a little time together, to allow you both to become a little more comfortable in front of the camera and to have a break from all the wedding planning activities.


I have thought carefully about what is important and what I would have wanted for my wedding day. Investing in a professional wedding photographer is like putting the icing on a cake. A good photographer finishes the day perfectly and provides you with special memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. I believe that it is easy to see why James Lunan (me) and Three Ps Photography would be your natural choice for a Sydney wedding photographer.


For more information of to book, please contact me at or by phone on 0431 280 920.


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Sydney's Freshest Professional Wedding Photographer I have been a work in progress changing the direction for my business, Three Ps Photography. I am proud to announce that I will be the latest professional Sydney wedding photographer, looking after and capturing the special memories for people on their special day.


I am a Sydney Wedding Photographer and Contemporary Elegance is my style!


I am not actually the newest. In fact I have invested some years in different areas of the photography industry but have loved the idea of coming back to wedding photography for sometime. This is a shift from my work in fashion, beauty and event photography and I am looking forward to this new chapter.

I believe that with the experience I will bring to my clients, I will offer a stunning alternative that I know you will love. Offering a mix from my experience in photo journalism and fashion means that clients will get the best of both worlds and because of my knowledge working on location, clients are assured of a very relaxed, comfortable and pleasant experience.

Another bonus of my experience is that I have worked with some amazing hair and makeup artists, stylists and floral stylists so can recommend exceptional quality people to looks after your needs.

Your special day should exciting and full of laughs. My relaxed, fun attitude to my work will make your day all the more enjoyable. Click, "affordable wedding photographer sydney", "best wedding photographer in sydney", "cheap wedding photographer sydney", "for more information", http:/, "hunter valley wedding photographer", "james lunan", "photographer sydney wedding", "photographer wedding sydney", "pre wedding photographer sydney", "professional wedding photographer sydney", "sutherland shire wedding photography", "sydney pre wedding photographer", "sydney wedding photographer prices", "sydney wedding photography", "three ps photography",, "visit this photography site", "visit three ps photography", "wedding photographer and videographer sydney", "wedding photographer hunter valley", "wedding photographer in sydney", "wedding photographer sydney", "wedding photographer sydney packages", "wedding photographer sydney prices", Wedding Photography- Gunnamatta ParkWedding photography at Gunnamatta Bay with Cronulla Florist and Creative hair and makeup

I have created a lovely collection of Sydney wedding photography packages to suit a range of weddings and budgets that include gorgeous albums so you can share those precious memories with friends and family.

I have sourced the best quality professional photo labs that use only the best quality paper and framing options so that I can offer quality prints for you to share or give to family as a gift.

I am not restricted to Sydney either. If you require a photographer to capture your special day in the Illawarra, Blues Mountains or Central Coast and Hunter, call me to meet and discuss your needs and I can tailor a package to suit you.

You will be pleasantly surprised by the complete package so don't miss out on learning how I can serve you on your special day. If you are looking for a Sydney wedding photographer with a difference then look no further. Please phone me on 0431 380 920 or email me at to arrange an obligation free consultation at your home or other location (Sydney and Wollongong only) and find out the difference that this Sydney Wedding Photographer will make to your special day.

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November Get Away Photography Weekend Workshop- Valhalla Perisher Valhalla lodge perisherValhalla Commercial 2013- 73A commercial photography shoot for Valhalla Lodge in the Perisher Valley.

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting a weekend get away portrait workshop in November. The portrait workshop weekend will be held from Friday 25 November - Sunday 27 November 2016 at Valhalla Perisher. I can't guarantee snow but I can guarantee a great weekend away learning different portrait and editing techniques in a relaxed atmosphere.

Here is the plan for the weekend.

Friday- Check into Valhalla Perisher on Friday where you will be met by their friendly staff and booked into your room. Once you're settled, come down to the lounge for a complimentary drink and cheese platter while you meet the other participants. Socialize over dinner then get a little rest before a big day of learning.

Saturday- After breakfast, we will commence the day at 9.00am with my "Finding the Light" portrait photography workshop. During this workshop, you will learn how to balance natural light with reflectors and/or on camera flash.  Sydney wedding photography-Mimi innocenceSydney wedding photography-Mimi innocenceWedding portraits are about capture the inner soul to me. A vulnerable moment unveiled.

After lunch, we will move on to my "Lighting and Posing" workshop. During this workshop, I will show you how to shoot portraits using a flash off camera with softbox. I will also show and help you with different posing techniques to help enhance your images. We will be using real subjects during this workshop.

After dinner, I will introduce you to Adobe Lightroom during my new workshop "Adobe Lightroom Basics- My Portrait Photography Workflow". I will show you how to import and edit the images that we have taken during the day. I will show you my editing workflow and how I complete the process by exporting my images.

Sunday- In the morning we will finish the weekend off with a review workshop where you can use the equipment, practice any of the techniques taught during the weekend and ask any final questions before we head home.

This series of workshops alone would normally cost $500.

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  • 2 nights accommodation in a King or Twin ensuite room 
  • Friday night welcome drink with cheese platter
  • 2 hot breakfasts plus self serve cereals 
  • 1 lunch
  • 2 delicious dinners 
  • 4 workshop sessions
  • Self serve tea/coffee/hot chocolate/milo and biscuits

The weekend package is $599 twin share and $670 single room for workshop participants.

If your partner or friend would like to join you and just enjoy the area, the non participant escape weekend price is $359.

To secure your place for this great weekend simple head over to the Valhalla Website hit the book now button.

Join me at this beautiful location for what will be a sensational weekend of learning.

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Brisbane Ultimate Portrait Photography Workshop Weekend
Brisbane- 9-10 July 2016
The portrait photography journey can be long and tough with many lessons to learn. I know because I have been there and understand challenges that you face. That is why I am about to make it a whole lot easier by teaching you everything you need to know and help you create better images. Over 2 days I will be taking you through from natural light to working in studio. I can guarantee that you will be a better, more equipped photographer at the end of the weekend.
What you will learn:
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Day 1 Morning- We’ll start with my “Finding the Light” workshop. During the morning you 
will learn about natural light and how to balance it with flash on camera and/or reflector techniques. We will discuss flash settings and help you understand TTL. You will need an TTL and High Speed Sync capable flash for this workshop. Go to
Day 2 Afternoon- After lunch our models will join us for my “Lighting and Posing” workshop. We’ll take what we learned in the morning and step it up a gear. We’re going to take the flash off camera and I am going to introduce you to my secret weapon, the Godox AD360 bare bulb flash. You will learn how to use flash, remote triggers (manual only,) softboxes 
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and stands. I am also give you something that helped me 
through my early portrait journey, posing guides. With your equipment and posing guides in hand you will start creating smashing images with our models using filters and maintain flash sync and get great DOF. Go to… to learn more.
Day 2- We’re taking our models into the studio. Working with the same models as Day 1, we’ll bring other members of our creative team together to shoot a project. Well not quite but we will have our HMUA (hair and make up artist on hand.) The “Studio Photography 
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Fundamentals” workshop will bring all that you have learned and take it to the next level. Taking a client's brief through its project phase to completion takes a team headed up by a competent photographer. During the day I will show you how to work with a HMUA to create a project mood board, explain how it will impact your creative decisions (lighting and camera) and how you will deliver the final product. You will learn about lighting patterns and ratios, the effect different modifiers have on the look and mood of project and how to light to create different looks to meet the brief. I will also show you how to shoot tethered to your computer using Adobe Lightroom and some little Lightroom tricks to save you time later. Go to… to learn more.
Don’t know some of the terminology I’ve used? You will by the end of the weekend.
There will be a maximum of 9 participants attending the workshop. This workshop series is all about you developing your skills and understanding the process. You will be doing all of the setups, you will be working out your camera settings, you will be posing the models, you will be creating great images and you will learn a lot in over the weekend. Don’t be intimidated though because I will be with you all the way to help and guide you through your journey.
The price for the 3 workshops is normally $585 per person. I will be offering the weekend package for $550 with an early bird special of $500. For more information and to register go to I look forward to meeting you soon.
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Wedding Photography at the Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury Valley for Mark and Jade Sometime ago I had the pleasure of capturing the wedding for Mark and Jade at The Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury Valley. It was a beautiful day to photograph such a lovely couple at such a fantastic location and The Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury Valley did not disappoint as a wedding location. It offers the opportunity for indoor photography as well as plenty of outdoor locations to capture gorgeous images.

We met the ladies at the room in  Mark & Jade's Wedding Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley 4Mark & Jade's Wedding Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley 4The wedding photography of Mark and Jades Gavin. the morning to capture the pre-wedding activity. The morning of the wedding is such a busy time for the bride so we do all that we can to help while at the same time ensuring that the bridal party is given the time needed to enjoy the preparations. The Bride and Bridesmaids went down to make up in 2 groups. While the first group was having their make up done, we took the dress along with the chief bridesmaid to the ball room to capture some beautiful window images of the dress. As luck would have it the wedding cake had arrived and was in place in the room for us to capture some images of it as well.

Mark & Jade's Wedding at Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley 36Mark & Jade's Wedding at Sebel Resort & Spa Hawkesbury Valley 36The wedding photography of Mark and Jades Gavin. When it was jade's time to head down for make up, we tagged along to capture her experience. The staff were very accommodating, allowing us to grab a few shots as they worked.

Things moved very quickly and we were back to the room where ladies were busily putting on dresses and completing the final touch you our beautiful Bride.

The proud parents arrived to greet Jade and the ladies and spend some quite time together before the wedding. We moved on to find Mark and the boys as there were also finalizing preparations.

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The boys were doing a great job in their preparation so we took them for a walk around the grounds of the Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury Valley to grab some shots before the big event.

With time to spare we ventured back to Jade and the ladies and capture some special moments of them as they waited to the special time.

That special moment when you spot someone close and your heart fills with happiness. Who was outside the window?


They had a beautiful garden wedding on the grounds of the Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury Valley set along the shore of a lovely small lake.

After the ceremony and a brief break with guests we snatched the happy couple away along with their bridal party to capture and embrace the love of this gorgeous couple. Seeing them together, you cannot help but feel the connection and the love they share.

It was my honour to shoot the wedding of Mark and Jade and I wish them all the happiness for the future.

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Allow me and my team be a part of your special day and give you the precious memories that you deserve. If you would like more details about our wedding packages and our services, please send me an email along with some details about your day and I can arrange a time to meet and discuss your needs further. I look forward to meeting you and sharing in your beautiful day.
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James Lunan becomes an Accredited Professional Photographer with AIPP This year has been exciting with several project published, the development of my workshops and new contacts made. Next year I will be introducing a new print service and 2 new portrait packages. To top this year off I am proud to announce that I am Officially an Accredited Professional Photographer with AIPP (Australian Institute Of Professional Photographers.) 

What does being accredited mean?

To be accredited with AIPP, I have taken my business through some tough scrutiny to ensure that everything I do is to a high standard. This includes how I run my business, my contracts, my insurance is correct (and current) and that my client support is of a high standard. Not only that but I have been put through a rigorous critique process to ensure that the quality of my images is of a high standard. This process has been developed by AIPP over many years and is seen as a significant mild stone for photographers in Australia.

Becoming accredited is just the beginning. I am now committed to continuing further education and development to ensure that I grow as a photographer and I continue to raise the standard and quality of my work. This is the expectation of such a prestigious organization and it is an honour to be a member.

What does this mean for you?

As my client you can expect high quality work that exceeds your expectations at a fair price, on time. If you are ever unhappy with my services and feel that you have not been justly supported, you have a level to escalate your complaint in going to AIPP as we proudly meet the Australian quality standards.

For more information please head over to the AIPP website or please feel to contact me.

Thank you again for being a part of my journey, have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you next year. 


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Three Ps Photography Workshop Series News September 2015

From James

In the last edition of Workshop Series News we started our journey back to basics with a brief look at the first element of the exposure triangle- shutter speed. This month we will look at the next element- aperture. In Gadget Talk we have a look at the Aputure Trigmaster Plus II off camera flash trigger.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the next 
Studio Fundamentals photography workshop has been cancelled. The next studio fundamentals workshop will be in 2016. I apologies for any inconvenience. The 31 October 2015 Getting Off Auto photography workshop is currently booking. You can see them in the "Workshop release dates and booking" section below.

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Back to Basics

Last month I mentioned my beginner workshop "Getting Off Auto", how I talk about the process of photography and the most critical elements being exposure and the exposure triangle. I also introduced the first element of the exposure triangle, Shutter. Let's move to the next element which is Aperture.

Like shutter, aperture is a mechanical element which means that adjusting it will not effect the quality of the image in relation to grain (digital noise.) Aperture plays a key role in the creative process. It can act like a window by opening and closing to let more of less light in while at the same time effect the overall depth of an image. As a photographer it will be up to you to decide if you would like a blurred background as in some portraits or everything in focus as in landscape images. The trade off will be how much or how little light you need to let in and this may also effect your creative decision.

Shallow Depth of Field (DOF)

When we talk about shallow depth of field (DOF) we think about those lovely portraits where the background is blurred and the subject is nice and sharp allowing the photographer to separate the subject from the background. The shallowest DOF is governed by the widest aperture of your lens and will be inscribed somewhere on the lens barrel. Most entry level zoom lenses may have a range eg f/3.5-f/5.6, while prime and high end zoom lenses will have a fixed aperture eg f/2.8. This means that it's the largest aperture you can achieve with your lens. If we look at an aperture of f/2.8, this will give us the largest opening (most light) however a very shallow depth to the image.

Because we're getting the maximum amount of light on the sensor, we can use a faster shutter speed allowing us to freeze motion and reduce camera shake.
Deep Depth of Field (DOF)

At the other end of the spectrum, when we talk about deep DOF we think about those amazing landscapes where most of the scene is in or close to focus. You may also notice another type of blur in these images, motion blur. You know the streaming water fall or misty looking water on a harbour, it's indirectly because of a small aperture. At the smallest, in general we think of about f/22 and even small in some cases. So why is it that water becomes misty and water falls stream? Because the opening is so small, it lets in less light and to compensate we need to keep the shutter open longer to bring the exposure back up.

It's when you get to this end of the range that you may start to push the shutter speed a little and need to support the camera on a tripod or similar to reduce camera shake.

Let's recap, the smaller the number (f/2.8,) the shallower the DOF (but more light) and the larger the number (f/22,) the deeper the DOF (but less light.)

Project time: Mount your camera on a tripod and have someone (or something) stand in front as your subject. In aperture priority set the aperture as low as possible (f/2.8) and take an image observing the shutter speed, then do the same at the highest aperture (f/22.) You can also step through the aperture range to view the effect.

Quick tip: Shoot single person portraits between f/2.8 and f/5.6 and for landscape shoot at between f/11 and f/22 depending on the range of the image. Also a shutter speed of 1/4sec should be sufficient the blur a waterfall but try it for yourself.

Next month I will talk about the last element of the exposure triangle, the ISO and the balance of the exposure triangle.

Gadget talk!

Whether I am doing a shoot on location or working in studio I carry a set of triggers with me in my camera in case I need to get creative or if something unforeseen happens. I wanted to tell you about my triggers and why I chose them. I use Aputure Trigmaster PLus II triggers. I have been using them for about 18 months in many different environments and was put on to them by Peter Munro who use to own Pro World. Peter is now at Kayell Australia after they acquired Pro World. They have always been reliable and I really like the solid construction. My request was simple. I wanted a good quality, reliable trigger system that didn't cost me a lot of money.

Here are some specs:
Signal range 500m and 1000m in relay mode
Flash sync up to 1/320 sec (depending on camera brand)
Triggers can be setup in up to 4 groups (allowing you to isolate flashes)
6 channels are available (so you don't get caught by others on the same frequency)
Universal with speed lights or studio strobes
Trigger camera and flash remotely simultaneously. Yes it fires your camera remotely

There is not a lot you can say about triggers other then reliability is the key and these unit have never let me down. Oh yeah, there is a flip up antenna however I have never needed to raise it for better signal.

You will learn how to use these triggers when you participate in my 
Light and Posing workshop. If you're looking for a good quality trigger at an economical price these triggers are definitely worth considering. Check them out at The Kayell Australia Website.

Workshop release dates and booking

Please click on any of the workshops below for more information and to book.

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What's Coming up

Next month we will be looking at the ISO and how to best utilise all three elements of the exposure triangle to achieve the best results. In future editions we'll demystify tonal range and discuss Raw V Jpeg. Moving forward we'll also look at focus points and exposure metering. Don't forget to book you next workshop to learn a whole lot more and get more from your creative journey. Watch out for future editions and be sure to share you passion with others.

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Three Ps Photography Workshop Series News August 2015

From James

In this edition of Workshop Series News we start our journey back to basics with a brief look at the first element of the exposure triangle- shutter speed. In gadget talk we review the Westcott Omega 10in1 reflector designed by Australian photographer Jerry Ghionis.

We have released the dates for the next 
Studio Fundamentals and Getting Off Autophotography workshops. You can see them in the "Workshop release dates and booking" section.

Please drop me a line with your photography or processing based questions and we'll find the answers together.

Back to Basics

My beginner workshop is called "Getting Off Auto" and it is all about the basics. While I feel I have developed rapidly in my photographic journey I always try to reflect on the basics. This has helped me because the basics are so relevant at every level. Photography is a process, while our craft is creative, we must follow a technical process in order to achieve the best results. With this in mind I thought I would start with the most critical element of photography, exposure. In particular the relationship between shutter, aperture and ISO. So let's kick off this edition the first element of the exposure triangle, shutter.

To explain shutter is simple, it is all about the length of time the sensor is exposed to light, right? It would be great if it were that simple but we know that shutter speed does a little more than that. It is also a creative element for the scene and if set incorrectly can ruin an entire shoot. If it's too slow, your hand held portrait shoot will be left looking a little shaky and blury, however if it is to fast there is a risk of underexposing the shot or simply creating a lifeless landscape without movement. It can be tricky to know exactly which setting is best, let's break it into 2 categories hand held and long exposure.

Hand Held
When operating a camera hand held we run the risk of camera shake due to slow shutter speed. To reduce the risk of camera shake the general rule is to set the slowest shutter speed to 1/* the focal length of the lens e.g. for a 50mm lens the slowest shutter speed should be 1/50 sec. When using zoom lenses, set the slowest shutter speed to the lenses longest length eg  for a 70-200mm lens set the slowest shutter speed to a minimum 1/200 sec. Other factors can play a part as well. If you tend to get shaky hands, this needs to be considered with a buffer by increasing the shutter speed further. Our saving grace is the image stabilizer feature that is available on a lot of lenses. This can reduce shake by up to 3 stops but this should only be a guide.

Long Exposure
Sometimes we may want to slow the shutter speed for creative reasons or to increase exposure. Whether you're shooting a landscape at sunrise, light painting or creating motion blur in a waterfall, you will be considering a shutter speed of 1/4 sec to 30 sec and beyond (or anything that you can't hand hold because of camera shake.) In this situation you need to support the camera on a stable base.

A necessary piece of equipment is a good quality solid tripod. It is one piece of equipment you can't really cheat on and if you have ever experienced one of those $50 tripods you will know what I mean. The tripod needs to have solid legs and the head needs to have no movement when locked.

As you can see, shutter speed plays a key role in the exposure triangle. Over the following editions we will discuss Aperture, ISO and the relationship between the three elements called the exposure triangle.

Remember the faster the shutter speed, the less light that reaches the sensor and the darker the exposure.

My little holiday tip. If you're travelling and don't want to carry a tripod, get yourself a wheat bag. They're not only great for soothing those muscles after a hard day of site seeing but are great for supporting your camera on any surface including hand rails and other odd shape objects.


Gadget talk!

Kayell Australia loaned me the Westcott Omega 10in1 reflector, so I took it along to the Finding The Light workshop to put it through it's paces. At stages during the workshop I show people different reflector techniques using a 5in1 reflector to enhance and filter light on a subject. When we pulled out the Westcott 10in1 reflector I wasn't sure that it would make much difference. I couldn't be more wrong. The addition of the shoot through panel was the winner for me and how this reflector smoothed out the light was sensational.

Let's step back a little and explain. A 5in1 reflector is a great economical gadget that enables you to filter, redirect and change the colour of light and works well in a lot of cases particularly with side light. With light coming from behind the subject we can try to use the reflector to direct light however it can be challenging and leaves shadows because of the angle of reflection, while also not taking up the photographers space. The Omega can however be placed straight in front of the subject to provide lovely soft light while allowing the photographer to shoot through the removable panel. It is a great piece of equipment which offers a lot of creative opportunities. One thing we found is that the white panel is best for shooting through as the silver can be blinding for the subject. Did I mention that I loved the soft gold panel which is much lighter toned to the standard gold that you get on most cheaper 5in1 reflectors. Kayell sells the Omega reflector for $220 on their website however Peter Munro will offer a special to those who mention me, 
P I G S (Facebook Group) and the Three Ps workshop series.

Breaking News- Peter from Kayell has allowed me to bring the reflector along to the P I G S Cockatoo Island meetup on the 9th August so people can give it a try.


Workshop release dates and booking
Please click on any of the workshops below for more information and to book.

Sometimes it's those little things that are so special.
What's Coming up

Over the next few editions we will look at Aperture, ISO and the exposure triangle. We will also try to demystify tonal range and discuss Raw V Jpeg. Watch to future edition and share you passion with others.
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Three Ps Photography Workshop Series News July 2015 Edition

From James

What lessons have you've learn this month while out on your creative journey. It's true that we learn new things all the time. My lesson has been not to ask my boys to sit for me when they are busy playing with the iPad. The results were hilarious.

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on the first edition of workshop series news and helping me to improve the newsletter. Please keep the feedback coming.

Reflect or not to reflect

With the Finding The Light Workshop approaching fast I thought I'd play with some window shots to demonstrate the difference a simple reflector can make to an image. I used to think that reflectors were just something else to carry around until I got to understand their capabilities. Taking a photo is easy compared to finding a willing subject among my 4 sons. After I was able to pry one of them from the iPad for a couple of minutes, he was more interested in mum holding the reflector then looking at the camera. Below is the difference a simple reflector can make to an image.

So I negotiated more iPad time in exchange for a willing subject and Noah agreed. This image was shot with Noah side on to the window. Notice the deep shadows across half of his face.
By introducing a reflector I was able to effectively fill the shadows to create a more pleasing image. 5in1 reflectors can be used to fill light, reduce light, change the colour of light and soften light. It is great that an economical accessory can help enhance an image so well.
To learn more about reflector techniques and master flash on camera, join me 25 July and don't miss the early bird special. Click Here

What's Been Happening?

Another month and another Publication. I am very proud to have received 5 pages in the June edition of Lita Magazine.
Photographer: James Lunan
Model: Maddison Crain
HMUA: Trish Lee G
Assistant: Kristie Carrick



Gadget talk!

Last month I talked about about our new toy the Godox AD360 bare bulb flash which is great as an off camera flash. I thought that I would share the love and talk about Yongnuo's latest additions to their speed light family. Yongnuo is the first after market company to release a controller flash in it's YN600EX-RT. They say that it is pretty well matched to the Canon 600ex-rt however at a fraction of the price making economic sense. The YN600EX-RT and little brother YN566EX are both high speed sync compatible and support ETTL (TTL) systems. Here is a brief run down on what I found out about each of these flashes.

A great feature of the YN568EX is that it supports off camera ETTL (TTL) to both Canon and Nikon systems. That means that when you meet up with friends for shoots you can set up multiple YN568EX flashes as slaves and know that while your your's is Nikon and your friend's is a canon mount units they will communicate wirelessly to multi brand from standard Canon or Nikon transmitters. The YN568EX costs around $165 (on special) and is available for both Canon and Nikon.

The YN600EX-RT is a little different as it is apparently the only after market speed light that can operate as an RT transmitter/ receiver and is compatible with Canon's new RT (Radio Transmission) system. Sorry Nikon user, this is only available to Canon and at a cost of around $200 is a very economical option. Check out for more accurate pricing.


Workshop release dates and booking


And there's mum holding the reflector.
Back to Basics
With all the learning and self development that we undergo in photography it's good to reflect on the basics. Over the next few editions I'll talk about the exposure triangle, tonal range, RAW v Jpeg and more. Stay tuned and if you have any suggest please drop me a line.

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Three Ps Photography Workshop Series News June 2015 Edition

From James
Learning photography can be a daunting journey with many techniques to learn and develop. At Three Ps we have developed a series of workshops that we believe will help you to embrace those challenges and help you feel like a professional.

My aim of the newsletter is to offer tips, early release dates for workshops and early bird specials. I welcome any feedback on anything that you would like added in later editions of the Workshop series news.


Getting Off Auto
The Getting Off Auto Photography workshop is a great way to kick start your creative journey or refresh your natural light knowledge and techniques.

Long exposure photography during the Getting Off Auto workshop.
Participants sharing results and discussing techniques during the Getting Off Auto workshop.


What's Been Happening?
I recently had 3 images published in Like A Lion Magazine with further images being published in another magazine this month.
Photographer: James Lunan
Model: Maddison Crain
HMUA: Trish Lee G
Assistant: Kristie Carrick



What's new at Three Ps?
I introduced the Godox Witstro AD360 bare bulb flash at the Lighting and Posing workshop in April and it didn't disappoint. It’s economical, powerful and comes with a battery pack which helps the light develop both power and continuous performance. As it is a bare bulb flash it offers a similar light quality to the larger studio lights, bouncing light around inside softboxes and beauty dishes beautifully. The results speak for themselves in the way the light wraps around the subject.



Workshop release dates and booking
(Three Ps Photography) Canon beginner business commercial fashion flash landscape light lighting location makeup model nikon people photographer photography portfolio portrait posing speedlite studio sydney wedding workshop Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:00:00 GMT
Light and Posing Workshop is getting close Davies, Gavin, Jade, Mark, event, portrait photography, portrait, weddingDavies, Gavin, Jade, Mark, event, portrait photography, portrait, weddingThe wedding photography of Mark and Jades Gavin. Let's take this marriage to the next level in a stunning car.

From the flowers, rings, dress and cake through to the ceremony and bridal portraits, capturing such an important day in a creative way should be an honour for any photographer and is very important to me.

I am very excited about the upcoming workshop. I am currently adding the finishing touches to the "Light and Posing" portrait photography workshop booklet for the next workshop on 18th October 2014 at Parramatta. Each participant will receive the booklet in PDF format along with posing guides for men, women, couple and children that contain about 20 poses per group. This will help the students as they learn the art of posing a subject.


There is still time register to participate in the workshop as there are 2 places remaining. Please head over to for more information and to register.

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Light and Posing Portrait Photography Workshop New Date Released Kathryn Grunge Hi Res- 22Kathryn Grunge Hi Res- 22Grunge location model portfolio photography shoot for Kathryn Gilligan. Grunge theme.

Saturday 18th October is set as the date for the next "Lighting and Posing" portrait photography workshop. This workshop will be the turning point for most people in terms of learning the creative side of portrait. As it suggests, it's about off camera lighting on location using speedlights and posing a subject. All you need to know before coming to the workshop is how to set your camera and I'll show you the rest, it's that easy.

You will learn about different ways to trigger a flash, more about flash sync, ND lens filters and 1 & 2 light setups on location. Not only that but I'll give you a set of posing guides that I use if I get stuck posing subjects. Lastly you will receive the workshop E-booklet with all the information that you learn during the workshop to refer back to later.

Did I mentioned the models. Hanna and Emily are both internationally published models and they'll will be ours for the afternoon to practice our posing techniques.

The next Lighting and Posing workshop will be on Saturday 18th October from 2pm-5pm in the Parramatta area and cost $170 per person. Also the group size is limited 6 people so that you get more from the afternoon. The next Lighting and Posing workshop after this will be in 2015 so don't miss out. You will need a DSLR camera and lens or lenses and I'll have the rest of the equipment. Go to the link below to register for this workshop.

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The "Sydney Studio Model Portfolio Workshop" Announced Alicia- In the FieldShot on location at Wanda, Sydney Following on from a recent blog that I did about creating a professional impression and the importance of a good model portfolio, I am happy to announce the release of a new workshop that I have developed in Collaboration with Maricel Dionisio of Glam it up by Celle.

The “Sydney Studio Model Portfolio Workshop” is an introductory workshop for models to learn the basics of modelling and life in studio. The workshop will be held at Pro World Studio in Banksmeadow (Botany.)

The workshop will be conducted over 5 hours with 5 participants per workshop. During the workshop Maricel and I will cover hair and makeup, basic lighting, basic posing, taking direction, the mood board, the portfolio and making a good 1st impression. You can visit the workshop page at the link below. Dates will be released shortly for the first 2 workshops on the Facebook page. Please share with your friends and anyone who you feel would like to learn more about the modelling industry.

The workshop may not get you the job but it will help.

Sydney Studio Portfolios Workshop


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Model Marketing Guide for Success- Portfolio Tips Ruffled Beauty with Chelsea Lewis.

A little while ago I posted a blog about things to remember and do prior to and during a shoot but how do you land that great job. As a model looking for the next opportunity, it’s important to keep your portfolio fresh, up to date and to keep things clean in order to attract the kind of work that you would like. When selecting the next model to represent their brand, company representatives will do research on a model to ensure that they will be able to promote their brands in the best light. Here are some things to consider that may help you land the great job.

1.      Your portfolio speaks volumes. Your portfolio is where it all starts and is the first port of call for agencies and clients to see your potential. You should only show your best work. Only 1 or 2 images from each shoot and remove any images that are more than a year old. Don't change hair colour or length as client expect to get what they see in your portfolio. If you do then change your images.

2.      Team up with some trusted photographers to help you develop your portfolio. There is a little unwritten rule (well I have seen it written somewhere in the past) that is all about TFP (time for print) shoots, where when all things are equal (experience of model and photographer are about the equal) that they can agree to give their time free to each other for the purpose of practice and building their portfolios. Match up with photographers that are prepared to give some of their time for free to do shoots with you and embrace them for it. These people are capable of making you look fantastic or ……….. let’s leave that one there.

If you need better quality images and more experience then you are currently getting from the photographers that you are doing TFP shoots with then you may need to approach and/or pay a more experienced photographer to provide you with the quality that you need. They can also give direction and help you with ideas to help you grow as a model. I will say it again, it is in your best interest to have best quality portfolio that you can. Black Lace with Roberta

3.      Spread yourself around and get exposed. Now stop thinking that way, I am talking about taking your portfolio and posting it anywhere that prospective clients might look. Where is that you may ask? Everywhere. Facebook, Google+, Agents, Model Mayhem, photographer’s websites and pages (more on this later,) the list goes on. Anywhere where you can create a profile and place your images for the world to see is a good place to start.

4.      I mentioned photographer’s websites and pages previously. Photographers need exposure as much as models do. Have an agreement with the photographers that you work with to tag or mention you on any images from a shoot that they do with you and you do the same for them anytime you post or see an image that you worked on with them. While you are at it don not forget the HMUA (hair and makeup artist) and make it a three way agreement. If the three of you tag and mention each other on any image you have worked on together, that’s three times the exposure.

5.      The last thing to mention and something that is pretty important is the negative side of your portfolio. That is those BAD images. The girl’s night out, the fish face pose, trashed and staggering images that are thrown up on the social media pages.... All the time. Also that profile pic that you thought was funny at the time, change it right now. These images are what people find when they do a profile search of your name and you will be critiqued on them. I know from experience. Now I am not talking about the family picks at Christmas or the nice images you with your other half, just those images that make you look really bad. Clear the bad images from your pages and leave those amazing thought provoking images of you looking a million dollars.

You may not be planning on being the next face of Chanel or L’oreal, but if you want to pick up some well paying jobs, it’s worth doing a little work to promote your brand in the best possible light…..Your brand, You!

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Private Photography Lighting Workshop and Tuition Session Last weekend I ventured to the home based photography studio of a local Sydney portrait photographer who was coming to terms with there new studio lighting equipment, camera settings in studio and working a studio shoot to completion. We covered the following topics during the workshop.

  1. Lights, modifiers and their application.
  2. Setting the main light's (key light) and the fill light's power using a light meter.
  3. Using the light meter and the camera's settings in conjunction with lighting to achieve correct exposure.
  4. Capturing an image with the camera tethered to the computer using Adobe Lightroom.
  5. 1, 2 and 3 light setups, highlighting hair and backgrounds.
  6. Changing, moulding and modifying light.
  7. Working with grids and gels.
  8. Posing tips and techniques.
  9. Intermediate discussion on working with Adobe Lightroom to process images.

The session went for 3 hours in total. It was a good session with plenty of great learning outcomes. While this may seem like a fairly advanced level for some, the same approach can be taken to private workshops at any experience level. I suggest doing the "Getting Off Auto" beginners workshop as a group session and then after learning the basic fundamentals, choose to continue with either further group workshops or the option of a private workshop.

The series of workshops that we are considering rolling out in the new year will include "Getting off Auto", "Finding The Light", "Introduction to Lighting", "Lighting and posing", "Introduction to Landscape (Collaborative Host)," "Introduction To Architecture (Collaborative Host)" and "Lightroom Basics." I am also looking at more creative workshop like "introduction to Lightpainting (Collaborative host.) I will add the information to this website, to the Three Ps Photography Facebook page and the Three Ps Photography Google+ Page in the next month.

In the meantime, if you would like further information, please feel free to drop me a line at or call me 0431 280 920.



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A Beautiful Garden Wedding Mark & Jade Gavin Wedding Event ImagesMark & Jade Gavin's Wedding Event ImagesThe wedding photography of Mark and Jade Gavin.

I photographed a wedding recently at the ‘The Sebel Resort and Spa” in Windsor. It is a beautiful location and the lucky couple were blessed with perfect weather for their garden ceremony. The location offers many wedding options and the location has many great places for beautiful wedding photography. It was an intimate affair with the couple’s most treasured friends and family and I felt blessed to be able to capture this special time for them. Congratulations to Mark & Jade on your marriage and all the best wishes for the future.

Please follow the link below for information about single, couples or family shoots and for those special events or to book your next photography shoot.

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Armco Model Cars Product Photography Project Armco Model Cars product focus on black reflective base 1Armco Model Cars product focus on black reflective base 1This type of individual product image may be used for features or to highlight a product. In product focus photography we can utilise a black matt or mirrored background, a white matt background, white or black infinity style background or something more creative to suit your brands.

I recently completed my first product photography project for Armco Model Cars. The project consisted of group shot and at the same time I played with small group and single product shots for the client’s consideration. The detail in these model cars is fantastic. You can visit Amco Model cars at

Follow the link below for more information on our product photography offering or to book your next product photography project.

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Pre Photography Shoot Portrait and Model Tips  

Singles portrait photograph of Alicia You've booked or have been booked for a photo shoot but how can you get the best results from the experience. Everybody plays a role in the shoot from the photographer to the hair and makeup artist to the subject or model to ensure that the best photos possible are achieve from the shoot. So what can you do as the subject? I have compiled a list of things to consideration when preparing for your next shoot.

Personal Grooming

If you wax or pluck, this should be done 2 days before the shoot to allow any red areas to settle down prior to the day. Have hair cuts 2 weeks before your shoot. This will prevent your hair from having that chopped look. Gently exfoliate and moisturize 2 days before the shoot.

Males also remember to shave on the morning of the shoot unless told otherwise. Also check for nasal and ear hair and eye brows. Ensure that the back of your neck is clean of hair and sideburns are equal length.

Sun Tan

We all love to have that tanned look however when your photos come back you don't want to run the risk of blotchy skin tones. Try to stay out of the sun for several days before a shoot to reduce the chance to any redness from accidental sun burns.

Hair and Make up

If your hair and makeup is being provided by us, please ensure that your hair is clean and dry with no styling product in. Also make sure that your face is clean and moisturized and that the preparation above has been conducted.

If you are doing your own makeup please ensure that you use matte powder products as liquid based makeup, moisturizers and creams can leave a shine on the face under lights and leave hotspots in your images.

Feeling Your Best is Looking your Best 

We can make your hair and makeup look absolutely stunning however if you don't feel right it will show in your images. To get the best from your shoot be kind on yourself. Have plenty of rest, get a good night sleep. On the morning of the shoot have a nice fresh light breakfast, dress in comfortable clothes. Don't pack all your items for the shoot in the morning, do it the night before so that you can try to relax in the morning. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the location.

The most important thing to remember is to relax, try to feel really good about yourself and the day ahead. Remember, your images will look the way that you are feeling.

Have Fun

The shoot is to be enjoyed so relax, have fun, be a little crazy if you want but most importantly enjoy the experience.

Please follow the link below for more information on our portfolio style photography shoots or to book your next portrait photography shoot. 

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Alicia and Peter's Couple Photography Shoot Couple portrait photograph of Peter and Alicia2 Recently I had the pleasure of doing a couples photography shoot with Peter and Alicia for their 1st wedding anniversary. We did the shoot at the beach and got some really lovely keepsakes for them. You can see more images from the shoot at

Click on the following link for more information or to book your next photography shoot.

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Valhalla Perisher- commercial on location photography shoot Valhalla Perisher Commercial Photography Shoot 2013- 73 Recently I had the pleasure of staying at Valhalla Perisher for several days and taking photos for the 2014 marketing program. When we arrived it was around -10deg with the wind chill factor and the resort had received 50cm of beautiful soft snow over the previous 24 hours. On arrival via Hans Over snow transfer we were greeted by the staff who helped us with our bags to our room and to settle us in.

Each room consists of new very comfortable single beds that quickly convert to a king size bed for couples. The rooms are also independently heated ensure personal comfort. A great feature is the night light as you enter your private bathroom which saved me on several occasions.

Valhalla Perisher consists of 3 common areas. The lounge area with it's comfy sofas and log fire place, the communal dining area and great games room with television, DVD, video, Wii game system as well as a games table for those card nights.

Hot/ cold breakfast and a 3 course dinner daily are included in the cost of your stay at Valhalla Perisher. A really lovely touch was the cheese that is served at 5:00pm in the lounge area which is great after a big day skiing. Drinks are served by your waiter from 5:00pm until after dinner.

The drying room is conveniently located at the entrance to Valhalla Perisher so that you can move through this area to prepare for the days skiing and on return easily place all you snow/ cold weather gear back so that it will be dry for the next days activities.

The best part about the location is that you're on the snow. You simply ski down to the lifts in the morning and head out for the day and when you finish a complimentary Hans Oversnow vehicle will return you to the lodge after 4:00pm.

My job while at Valhalla was to take photos of the rooms and common areas, the exterior, the view (which was amazing,) meals and some action shot around the resort. The highlight of the shoot was being able to photograph one of the staff who was a fire twirler in action. You can visit Valhalla's website at

Click on the following link for more information about our commercial photography or to book your next photography shoot.

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