Ocean Photography Experience with Warren Keelan & Russell Ord: Wollongong

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When: Friday 19th - Sunday 21st Feb 2021

Price: $1195 (Sold Out)

Where: Wollongong Beach (One hour drive south from Sydney City, NSW Australia)


Join Tracks Magazine Senior photographer Russell Ord & multi international award winning seascape and ocean photographer Warren Keelan, for a very unique 3-day ocean, textures, surf & lifestyle photographic experience at Wollongong Beach.

This 2 and a 1/2 day Photo Experience consists of daily photo shoots with multiple water sessions capturing the ocean, artistic textures, basic watermanship, post-production and editing. This is a comprehensive ocean photographic experience for anyone looking to develop their ocean and lifestyle photography. You will be mentored by two of the most experienced and talented ocean photographers in the world.

Workshop outline:

It is all about you being able to spend time with Warren and Russell and being able to fire away all your questions, all whilst sharing the ocean with like-minded individuals.

Topics that can be covered:

  • Equipment
  • Digital photography
  • Understanding your surroundings and environment
  • Practical skills
  • Safety
  • Basic Watermanship
  • Client service
  • Marketing
  • Future projects
  • Image critique sessions
  • Working with athletes and talent
  • Post-production and editing

Equipment requirements:

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Water housing (if you don’t have a housing advise Vagabond Photographic and we will assist)
  • Laptop with Lightroom editing software (However not compulsory)
  • Wetsuit & Fins

Recommended for:

All are welcome from beginner to advanced.
This is a predominantly water-based experience so it is ideal that you are comfortable spending time in and around the ocean.
Please note any participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian


This experience excludes accommodation.
Our recommended choice for a place to stay is the Novotel Wollongong.
We will have information and a contact very soon.


  • Airfares/ Transport to and from Wollongong Beach
  • Meals and beverages
  • Accommodation

About your creative guides

Russell Ord

On his path to becoming an internationally acclaimed photographer, Russell Ord has squinted down the lens at an intriguing mix of subjects over the years. He’s shot magazine covers of world-class surfers and helped deify celebrity chefs. He’s roamed with Uunguu Rangers in the Australian outback, island-hopped across tropical fantasylands and followed his photographic instincts through urban meccas. Meanwhile, his ocean images are celebrated for simultaneously implying the cruelty and majesty of the sea.

As one of the world’s leading surf photographers, Russ’s unique talents culminated in his documentation of a violent twist of Indian Ocean known simply as ‘The Right’. In pursuit of a unique, career-defining angle, Russ put himself in a situation where the ocean’s most powerful forces converge. The hard-won image served as the focal point for his celebrated documentary, ‘One Shot’. oneshotdoco.com

While he remains a passionate and astute chronicler of the ocean’s moods, Russ suggests that evolving and diversifying is the key to a long and stimulating photographic career. “I realised very quickly if I wanted to keep working as a photographer I would have to develop other skills. Most of my work now revolves around capturing people’s stories, along with tourism and brand work.”

While professionally driven, Russ is very much the type of person who thrives on the opportunity to share his extensive knowledge. “It just about works in reverse,” he states. “By sharing my experience/knowledge, it inspires me to pick up the camera and shoot for the enjoyment. Watching someone develop a new skill and how ecstatic they are when the shot works out serves as a true reminder of why I started photography in the first place.”

Russ’s diverse range of experience, superior technical knowledge and gregarious nature mean he is uniquely placed to act as a mentor to other photographers. Time with Russ is not simply a tutorial; it’s a rollicking experience that ensures you come away both entertained and educated.

Warren Keelan

Warren is a Multi International Award winning seascape and ocean photographer spending most of his days alongside or within the ocean, interpreting what he sees through the medium of digital photography.

Waz has forever had a fascination with nature, especially the ocean and its ever-changing forms, and articulates compels himself to capture and share what he feels are special and unique moments in the sea. Loving the raw, unpredictable nature of water in motion and the way sunlight brings it all to life, from both above and below the surface. Warren sees the challenge is creating an image that hopefully tells a story or leaves an impression on the viewer.

Payment and terms
Any cancellations will incur a 30% fee of the full ticket price of $1195.  

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