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Photography workshop with outback twist

Thursday, 10th April, 2014

A picture taken by Michael Ellem near Broken Hill last year. A picture taken by Michael Ellem near Broken Hill last year.

By Erica Visser

It’s a long drive from Sydney to Broken Hill, but photographer Michael Ellem said that it was definitely worth it to reach a “beautiful location.”

Mr Ellem, owner of Offroad Images, has been attracting groups of tourists from the eastern seaboard to the Far West for years.

He holds photography workshops at eight stations near Broken Hill, with the most of his students coming from the big cities.

“Most people are coming from the eastern seaboard; Melbourne or South Australia,” he said.

“I’ve used Broken Hill as a location for years. It’s definitely worth the 15 hours in the car.

“I’ve used it quite a bit for my own photography too, for the simple reason that I love Broken Hill, I love what it offers and I love the people there.”

Mr Ellem’s next workshop will begin on Monday afternoon at Eldee Station, 56 kilometres from Broken Hill.

“We’ve been using Eldee for quite some time, it’s pretty special,” he said yesterday.

“It’s one of those places that you can make look like so many different areas in Australia.”

Mr Ellem said that a similar workshop held last year received “awesome” feedback and that some participants would return this year.

The four-day workshop allows participants to have the “full outback experience” by camping at the site. 

“That’s exactly why we take them out there,” Mr Ellem said. “If they want to take pictures of where they’ve been to go home with I can help them make that sort of imagery better.”

The workshop is for beginners to intermediate photographers. 

More information can be found online at http://www.offroadimages.com.au/Workshops.html.

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