Fine Art and Fashion Photography Retreat

with Rob Woodcox and Jane Long

Learn more about conceptual and fashion photography, compositing and post production with this series of intimate workshop retreats with Rob Woodcox and Jane Long.

Each located within an hour of the major cities, the retreats will be a hands-on, interactive, and extremely immersive experience, showing you new techniques to better your photos and business.

Our aim is to teach you to develop your concepts and ideas into polished images that tell a story. With a strong emphasis on compositing and post-production, you are only limited by your imagination in what you can create!

Whether you’re an experienced photographer or looking to enter the fine art market, these workshops are designed to help you take your images to the next level.

We hope you will join us on this adventure!

Brisbane (Montville) - 3rd - 6th November, 2017

Melbourne (Daylesford) - 10th - 13th November, 2017


The Workshop

This hands-on workshop will take you step by step through the creation process of a conceptual photograph from idea to final output. Numbers are strictly limited to ensure all guests receive individual attention and plenty of time for shooting and post-production.
What we will cover:

Inspiration and Storytelling

Where do great ideas come from? What is the process of developing great concepts?

Concept Planning

To fail to plan is to plan to fail! We discuss how to plan for a creative shoot and how to keep things running smoothly on the day.

Lighting and Gear

What lens is going to give you the best result for your concept? What other gear might you need to execute your grand plan? We’ll also discuss the effect of lighting choices and modifiers and how they influence the mood and overall look of the shoot.

Shooting With a Model

We will have two models on set with groups of three working with an individual instructor. We’ll cover posing and expression for storytelling as well as effective use of props, wardrobe and makeup choices and how they influence the final outcome.

Shooting Stock for Compositing

To create the smoothest combination of images requires planning when shooting stock. We discuss the pros and cons of shooting your own stock versus using existing images.

Post-Production Process

An extensive look at the post-production process – from basic beauty editing to detailed compositing tips. The importance of masking and ways to tie the final image together.

Final Output and Review

How will your final image be viewed? We look at printing options and the way your choice of output effects the final result. How does your paper stock choice influence the outcome? How does your choice of framing effect how people will view your work?

We will also spend time exploring the wonderful locations and consider how they might influence and inspire us in our stories.

Day 1

12 pm

Meet at location. Local activities.

3 pm

Check in to accommodation. Informal mix and mingle.

7 pm

Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 2

7.30 am

Breakfast at accommodation.

9.30 am


Inspiration and Storytelling.

10.45 am

Morning Tea.

11.00 am

Concept planning.

12 pm

Lunch at accommodation.

1 pm

Instructor shooting.

2.30 pm

Student shooting.

5 pm


7.30 pm

Dinner at accommodation.

Day 3

7.30 am

Breakfast at accommodation.

9.00 am

Introduction to post-production.

10.45 am

Morning Tea.

11.00 am

Post-production and stock imagery.

12 pm

Lunch at accommodation.

1 pm

Student post-production.

3.00 pm

Image review.

4 pm

Q & A.

5 pm


7.30 pm

Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 4

7.30 am

Breakfast at accommodation.

10.00 am

Check out of accommodation.

10.30 am

Local activities.

1 pm


The Presenters

Rob Woodcox

Rob Woodcox is a fine art and fashion photographer dually residing in New York City and Portland, Oregon. His passion for telling stories takes him traveling for business and pleasure on a regular basis, documenting experiences all over the world.

Rob has contributed to various successful projects including a short film festival Project Imaginat10n with Canon and Ron Howard, and Stories Worth Telling, a personal project that funded a new camp for foster kids. His work has been published in various magazines and online publications such as Vogue, Huffington Post, Popular Photography, ABC, Yahoo, Mashable, Buzzfeed and more.

Rob has taught over 60 photography related workshops worldwide, he has taught in over 15 cities around North America and over 10 countries internationally. He has reached an audience of over 1000 students in person and over a million people online.

Rob is passionate about highlighting and educating about social justice issues that touch us all and regularly creates personal work focusing on these topics.

Jane Long

Brisbane-based photographer and digital artist Jane Long combines photography and compositing to create surreal images that hover between reality and fantasy. Completely self-taught, she has worked with Photoshop since 1994.

Her first series “Self-Preservation” received several accolades as finalists for the Macquarie Photography Prize and semi-finalist for the Moran Photographic Prize.

Her next series “Dancing with Costica” shot her to international exposure with features on over 150 prominent photography and general interest websites and printed publications including ABC News US, Daily Mail, SLR Lounge, PetaPixel, Bored Panda and BuzzFeed. The series was exhibited at the Romanian Embassy in Canberra, at the Romanian Photo Festival and as a core artist at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale in 2015. Her work has also been shown in Stockholm, Hamburg, London, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Media interest in her work has continued with commercial work for Decca Records for the album artwork for Norwegian singer Aurora’s debut release.

She has taught workshops in post-production at Queensland College of the Arts, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, St Margaret's Anglican Grammar and has written articles for several magazines including Amateur Photographer UK and Photoworld.

The Locations


Brisbane / Montville


Montville boasts glorious views of the Sunshine Coast & Hinterland while providing visitors with a unique shopping and dining experience. History and architecture buffs will marvel at the fine buildings which run along and around Main Street, Montville and across the range. Lovers of nature will be at home among the parks & gardens, walking the rolling hills, exploring the lake, national parks, rainforest's and waterfalls. 

305 Montville

Featuring free WiFi and a terrace with mountains views, 305 Montville is a vacation home, located in Montville. You can fire up the barbecue for a tasty meal and enjoy the grounds when the weather's nice. Free private parking is available on site.

There is a sitting area and a kitchen complete with an oven and a microwave. A flat-screen TVwith cable channels, as well as a CD player are provided. Other facilities at 305 Montville include a sun terrace.

More info on Montville

More info on 305 Montville

Melbourne / Daylesford


The beautiful country town of Daylesford is located in the Goldfields Region of Victoria Australia, an hours drive north west of Melbourne, (the capital city of Victoria) and is nestled between the regional cities of Bendigo and Ballarat.

From the moment you arrive you will find the breathtaking views and laid back atmosphere to be like nothing you have ever experienced before.

No matter the season, the beauty of the landscape will delight your senses and ignite your desire to explore further.

Tasma House

Affording stunning views of the Wombat State Forest, Tasma House rests in the 1.5 acre landscaped gardens of the historic Tasma House and Gardens. The grounds - recognised as significant by Australia's Open Gardens Scheme "feature majestic trees, towering hedges, wisteria arbors, banks of lavender, espaliered fruit trees, and ornamental ponds." There's even an in-ground Olympic sized trampoline.

The famous Daylesford Mill Market is just a short walk away, and the bustling foodie heart of the town is only a brisk walk along the road. Beautiful Daylesford Lake is also within walking distance.

More info on Daylesford

More info on Tasma House

The Fine Print

This workshop is designed as an intimate experience with a small group of like-minded people. Numbers are strictly limited.

The venues chosen are boutique locations catering for small groups. As such a number of single rooms as well as shared rooms are available. Subject to availability, you may choose a single or shared room as part of your ticket purchase.

Meals will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Saturday, breakfast and lunch on the Sunday and breakfast on the Monday. All other meals, including those at local restaurants, are at the expense of the guest unless otherwise stated. Every effort will be made to try to accommodate any special dietary requirements. Please specify any requirements at the time of your ticket purchase.

Guests are responsible for their own transport to and from the locations. We strongly suggest car-pooling where possible to reduce the impact of parking at the accommodation. You will receive a link to a private Facebook group where you can discuss ride sharing with other guests.

We reserve the right to change venues, however we will endeavour to find alternative venues of a similar standard in a near by location.

We reserve the right to request any guest to leave if their behaviour is deemed inappropriate or violates the rules of the accommodation.

This workshop is not suitable for beginners. It assumes a basic understanding of photography and Photoshop.

Guests will be required to bring their own camera and laptop. A mouse or tablet is also highly recommended.


We are incredibly grateful to all our sponsors for helping to make this happen.



Dragon Image Australia



This is an informal environment with a choice of single or shared accommodation. Locations may change subject to availability. This course assumes a basic understanding of photography and Photoshop.

Single room - $1395
Shared room - $1345

Places are strictly limited so get in quick to secure your preferred accommodation options.


Brisbane (Montville) - 3rd - 6th November, 2017


Melbourne (Daylesford) - 10th - 13th November, 2017