Editing Process

The women were able to learn about the editing process. How you decide a photo may look good in black and white. The women learnt more about the work that goes on behind the scenes, to document, catalogue and back up the images. We watched a slideshow of the week’s images and made plans for future business ideas and what products the women would like to make with their images. We then went fishing for a celebration at Pago after a busy week. Margaret and Lisa joined us sharing stories of the old missionaries. The two cameras will remain in community so the women can continue on their journey to launching a mirco-enterprise, ‘The Kalumburu Photography Collective’. Thank you to the Strong Women’s Centre for the venue and the use of the Troopy. Photo: Freedom Garvey


Maria M got up at Dawn to shoot photos. Waiting for light and seeing the changes in the light on country and playing with the use of a sun flare in images. Shooting into the light, or shooting away from the sun to capture the country lit up by the rising sun. The morning field trip was themed a ‘day in the life of Kalumburu’ and was about documentary photography & photojournalism. Freedom explained what could be
ordinary for people in Kalumburu can be extraordinary & interesting to someone else. For example; Kalumburu not having mobile phone range and waiting for the phone booth. Photo: Ana Bundamurra

Ester, Maria and Kimberley

Ester and Maria also went with Freedom to take school photos of Room 1 and use the tripod . They learnt how to engage with kids, coordinate the photo shoot and work with each other. The women also had to explore the school and find the best location thinking about light and background. They also applied the techniques learnt from the morning portrait session. In the afternoon Kimberley took us to Honey Moon Bay to think of images to sell for tourists who camp there over the dry season. Photo: Honeymoon Bay, Maria M & Kimberley - Freedom Garvey

Taking Portraits

The focus of today was learning to take portraits and also to experience being photographed. Freedom shared techniques for capturing a strong portrait not just with the right light and composition but also making sure the person you are taking the photo of feels comfortable. This helps to capture authentic moments. Taking strong images can be about the relationship you develop with the person you are photographing. Photo: Delina - Freedom Garvey

Tell a Story

We then went to the old mission to capture content for possible sale to tourists who visit Kalumburu mission. We expanded the catalogue of images within the mission grounds, which tell a story about Kalumburu. In the afternoon Maria Maraltajd took us to McGowan beach for Sunset. It was exciting to have some young teenage women join the project for the first time, who all captured different views of McGowan. Photo: Angie in Mission - Freedom Garvey


We went to Louwal for a morning field trip and experimented with the zoom and macro settings on the camera, looking for details in nature, capturing dry season dragonflies, textures in the grass, and on bark. Freedom asked the women to explore the finer details of landscape in order to depict story of place and season. Photo: Ester - Freedom Garvey

Unique Stories from Kalumburu

In the afternoon our field trip was to the wrecks of the Japanese war planes. Freedom reminded the women to take photos of the planes in even light to show the planes in the bush settings. Lisa shared the history of the bombing of Kalumburu in World War II. We spoke about how unique stories from Kalumburu could assist the women in marketing their images. We then visited Anscar rock and Maria joined us from Kalumburu school as part of the Big Picture Education Program. Photo: Anscar rock - Maria Fredericks

Welcome Back!

We welcomed Freedom on the mail plane who arrived with mat board prints of the women’s images. We spoke about places to sell these prints in Kalumburu, the Kimberley and on Yunmi (www.yunmi.com.au). Clare showed the women how social media can be used to promote business and share stories and photo’s. Photo: Plane - Maria Fredericks

Day Five

On the last day of the workshop, we spoke about how to keep practicing with the Olympus cameras. We spoke about what is in the camera kit and how to keep cameras clean. Remembering to always keep the lens cap on and turning the camera off to save battery!
The women then chose a photo each to have edited and printed. The women composed a short story about the photo and why they took it. We then watched a slide show of the women’s photos over the week, which was amazing to see all the different perspectives and expression of Kalumburu life and on country.
We spoke about what products could be made from these photos and what other ways photography skills can be used
in business with a plan to make simple framed prints to sell during the tourist season. Clare showed some women ‘Yunmi’ the ELP online shop (www.yunmi.com.au) for products made by people from remote areas. We made plans for locations to visit and take photos on the next Olympus Vision Workshop.

Tarisha Mouda

"What I like to capture was going to the river at 5am in the morning and took the windmill. The different side of the morning when it rises and using the camera, using the tripod and learning how to use it. I'd like to make a calendar to express something about Kalumburu, to show my kids what I've done and make them little bit proud about what I've done."

Day Four

Freedom, Clare and Tarisha got up before dawn at 5am to catch the light fall on river and country. Tarisha learnt how to use the tripod and slow exposure. She waited for the light to be just right to take photos. Shooting in low light and experimenting with manual
settings on cameras.
Back at the centre we spoke about how to record and store photos on the computer. Maria F knows
how to do this and may help the other women store their photos. Maria M from the school also joined the workshops today taking great photos of ‘in-between moments’ during family portraits and outside the shop.

Day Three

Justina and Zerika practiced with the bigger zooms learning about different perspective and focal points. It was hot so some women took photos with the their feet in the cool water, taking close up of mini waterfalls and flowers in the water.
Back at the women’s centre Freedom gave the women more tips about depth of field and ISO to think about when taking photos. That afternoon, Maria, Tarisha, Freedom and Clare experimented with ISO at Marra garra catching photos of lightening and the big storm
clouds on the way back to community.

Day Two

In the morning Freedom and Clare shared photography product ideas Freedom also shared photos from Pilbara.
The women had strong eye for the detail in her photos, in the way they commented and ask questions. Some women noticed how she used reflections in her photos and that afternoon some women practiced using reflections in the water in their photography.
The women learnt about portraits and taking them in even light and interesting backgrounds for colour contrast and
framing. The women practiced this at the mission, with community members at the shop and the men working at the shed. Thanks to the community for being such great models for the women when practicing portraits!
In the afternoon we waited for light to come through the clouds at sunset near the gorge. Freedom was welcomed with a Smoking ceremony by Margaret for Freedom. Kimberley managed to catch small animals and birds in her photos near the gorge. Everyone was feeling good leaving the bush and returning home.

Kalumburu: Day One

Freedom and Clare arrived at the women’s centre. The women were keen to learn how to use the cameras and get on out country and take photos. Freedom shared her story of how she became a photographer and business women. Then we went out to 'Lowell' and the women on country were confident with finding, composing and creating images without guidance so encouraging to see. Clare nearly got the troopy bogged but we made it back to the centre to look at our photos.