WELCOME TO MY WORKSHOPS
These light painting workshops are based on 20 years of experimentation and practise as a celebrated artist. While there are other workshops available, no one can offer you the depth of knowledge and understanding. I'm regarded as a pioneer in the art of light-painting photography. My images have been collected by major art institutions, as well as honoured with major photographic awards, regularly featured in public and commercial galleries and profiled in numerous photography and art magazines. In the last ten years I have inspired thousands of photographers. I continue to push my skills through image making and collaborations. I'm always happy to share my inspirations with others.
See this one minute video of a light painting session in Centennial Park in 2018: VIDEO
“Such a wonderfully, magical session – we loved the experience of light painting and look forward to doing it again in the future. Thanks so much Peter for your guidance and sharing your photography wisdom”
Brenda McKenna (graphic design student) Jan 2018
" Peter's light painting workshop was an awesome experience from start to finish. It's a privilege to be able to learn from an expert so dedicated to their craft. Peter has been light painting for many, many years so accessing his knowledge and experience in this workshop is invaluable for anyone who is keen to explore light painting. It's a really different, creative art-form and a great way to start out. Highly recommended! "
Eric O'Brien Jan 2018
I offer specialised workshops for primary and secondary schools.
I also run workshops for photo enthusiasts in Centennial Park.
* SCHOOL WORKSHOPS - click here
CENTENNIAL PARK WORKSHOPS - scroll down here for details
# Friday 4th January 2019
# Friday 8th March 2019
Description: Taught by award winning light painter Peter Solness, the Painting With Light workshop will teach you how to apply torchlight onto darkened subjects such as flowers and trees to create unique and exciting photographic images.
Centennial Park is the ideal learning space as there are no street lights and the park has a wonderful range of subjects to explore.
After an initial session in the Discovery Centre photographing beautiful wildflowers, we will head out into Centennial Park’s picturesque paperbark and fig groves where you will ‘paint’ the trees, statues and historic buildings with special torchlights supplied by Peter. The results will astound you.
- An audio-visual presentation of the best images from Peter’s ‘Illuminated Landscape’ essays, followed by a Q and A session and descriptions of how certain images were created.
- I will bring a range of light painting tools and torches for you to experiment with, including Maglites, LED Lenser torches, EL Wire, light wands etc. You can also bring your own torches which I can help you to use
- Discussions about the principles of night photography and the recommended lights and equipment required to create stunning night time images.
- An initial session playing with lighting effects and photographing native wildflowers inside the Learning Centre and then light-painting the immediate surrounds outside of the building, to gain confidence working with your equipment in the dark.
- Break into smaller groups and head out to photograph Centennial Park’s splendid paperbark and figtree groves nearby. I will guide you in ways of ensuring the best results, as you ‘paint' the trees, sculptures and landscape with torchlight.
Age: 12 years and above (parents can accompany their children for free if the children are 16 years or under)
Meeting point: Paddington Gates - then we all head to the WILD PLAY Discovery Centre, Dickens Drive, Centennial Park
Times: 7.00 pm–10.30 pm
Price: $135 per person.
Special Offer: For two or more people on the same booking there is a special $10 discount per person. So each person pays $125 each instead of $135.
BOOKINGS: Please email or ring me direct to book a place in one of my Centennial Park light painting workshops. Ph 0413 304889 or email: email@example.com . I will confirm places and send payment details. Strictly limited numbers - so please book early.
- Parking: Participant parking available at Learning Centre, Dickens Drive. Entry and exit via Paddington Gates only for attendees. A map of the Park showing the exact location of the Learning Centre will be supplied at time of booking.
- Public Transport: People using public transport can meet Peter at the Paddington Gates at 6.45pm for a lift in his car down to the Discovery Centre.
- Bring: A sturdy tripod and a digital camera with fully charged batteries. Your camera must have manual exposure and focusing features and be able to do 30 second long exposures not 1/30th second. (This is a feature with most modern digital SLR cameras). Point-and-shoot cameras may not be suitable. Check your operators manual if you have any doubts. Peter has spare cameras and tripods to hire if needed. Bring a torch to help see while you work. Also warm clothes and sturdy footwear.
Weather contingency: Peter will send out an email 24 hours before the event if he has to postpone the night due to a poor weather forecast.
"Thank you for an extraordinary workshop! The Cranbrook boys were so impressed of what they learned in one evening. This one event had a huge impact on developing their camera skills! Some boys said it was their school highlight for 2016"
Julian Wrigley, Visual Arts Teacher, Cranbrook School. Jan 2017
"Fantastic class. Peter is very passionate about what he does. It was a lot of fun playing with the light."
Megan. Jan 2016
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the workshop and learnt so many new skills! It was inspiring to see the images that you have taken and the many ways that you have taken light photography in your practice. Thanks again and we are hoping to join another one of your workshops soon".
Ms Amy Yongsiri, Visual Arts and Photographic and Digital Media teacher. Jan 2015