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 (Bribie Island) - 3rd - 6th November, 2017

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

Sydney (Blue Mountains) - 17th - 20th 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

Bribie Island

Brisbane / Bribie Island

Bribie Island

Bribie Island is connected to the mainland by bridge and is only 45 minutes from Brisbane Airport.

As you cross the Bribie Island bridge you have captivating views of Pumicestone Passage.

On both sides and in the distance the majestic Glass House Mountains Pumicestone Passage is home to an amazing array of wildlife Dolphins, Dugong, and Turtles cruise the passage and over 300 species of birds visit the island each year roosting in trees and along the foreshore and feasting along the sand flats.

Canal House

This stunning 8 bed, 4.5 bath property features the best entertaining spot you will ever see, with a large open plan area that features a full size snooker table, ping pong table, Flat screen TV, disco ball and bar. This area opens up on to the outdoor area that has not one but two swimming pools one lap pool and one plunge pool, a built in BBQ area and two separate seating areas on different levels. This prime entertaining pad also overlooks the canal and large pontoon.

There is a theatre room with a large flat screen TV and comfortable seating for eight.

This property has a roof top entertaining area with breath taking views of the canal, Bribie Islands beautiful Pumicestone passage and Glasshouse Mountains. It is the perfect spot to take up a sun lounger and laze around in the sun admiring the view.

More info on Bribie Island

More info on Canal House

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

Sydney / Wentworth Falls

Wentworth Falls

Located 95 km west of Sydney, Wentworth Falls is one of the most beautiful towns within the Blue Mountains offering possibly the most spectacular bushwalks and views. Originally called ‘Weatherboard’ after the ‘Weatherboard Hut’ built in 1814, one year later the town was named ‘Jamison’s Valley’ by Governor Macquarie. In July 1867 the historic first railway journey in the Blue Mountains left Penrith station and travelled through to Weatherboard Station where the train terminated. It wasn't until 1879 that the name was changed to Wentworth Falls in honour of William Charles Wentworth, one of the three famous explorers. When travelling from Bullaburra to Wentworth Falls you ascend Boddington Hill.

Glen Isla

Multi award winning blue mountains accommodation.

A rambling weatherboard cottage built in circa 1885, Glen Isla offers luxury accommodation only 200m from the world famous Wentworth Falls Bushwalking track.

Set on a beautiful half acre of rolling lawns and country gardens, Glen Isla offers 6 large bedrooms, a well equipped kitchen, outdoor BBQ area and library. It is perfectly situated in South Wentworth Falls, in a quiet, peaceful location only a short stroll from the Falls.

More info on Wentworth Falls

More info on Glen Isla

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 (Bribie Island) - 3rd - 6th November, 2017


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


Sydney (Blue Mountains) - 17th - 20th November, 2017