Over the 18 years of teaching landscape photography, we've been fortunate to have many wonderful participants. Here's a few comments they've made after attending our workshops.
"We’ve been doing Tom’s workshops for nearly a decade now. Why do we keep coming back? We keep learning, and he keeps making it fun to do so! Our photography skills continue to expand, the list of places we have visited and still want to visit keeps expanding and our list of friends with similar interests also keeps expanding. Tom’s workshops are always value for money, you always have everything organised for you - you just turn up - and you end up in the right place at the right time for the right photo. It’s not didactic (unless you need that - Tom’s educational skills are always adapted to the participants) and the food is always awesome! Unfortunately, you do end up wanting new cameras, lenses, computers.... Life is uncertain unless you have your next Tom Putt Workshop booked in!!" Anders & Nicole, Brisbane
Anders & Nicole
"Lake Baikal is a once-in-a-lifetime place, where every single day I pinched myself that I was standing on water in such a remote and spectacular place. It's larger than life and the memories are etched in my mind forever. And a little tip...try the home fat at breakfast, you won't regret it! "
I had previously only done two one-day workshops with Tom and with overseas travel unavailable over the last couple of years I took the opportunity to opt for Tom’s Lake Eyre tour. I’m not a confident landscape photographer and had never done any aerial photography before so I thought “why not now?”
I was not disappointed. Tom’s attention to detail with pre-trip information and a phone call set the tone for the trip. The other three participants were welcoming and good fun. Over our time at William Creek we had a total of nearly 10 hours flying over Lake Eyre/ Painted Hills with constantly changing scenery and lighting. The flights were timed to take advantage of the best time of day for our photography. Tom alternated between the two small planes so the we each had the benefit of his knowledge/instruction. (Is cloning a possibility?)
After about 10 minutes on the first flight I forgot to be nervous and actually enjoyed the small plane-no door arrangement. During the middle of the day we had plenty of time for editing and Tom was on hand with suggestions and Lightroom help. William Creek personnel... from pilots, waiters, cooks etc. were all helpful and good fun. If you haven’t seen this part of Australia or wish to re-visit (it’s so changeable) I can thoroughly recommend you go with Tom." Jenny, Geelong
"I had a sensational time & understand why you love Lake Eyre. I can't wait to use my new skills in Lightroom. Thank you so much for helping me with my photography & I really appreciate your wisdom & patience plus your sense of humour?! Warm regards"
"Lake Baikal was an out of this world experience. Totally spectacular. Hearing the ice crack, seeing the cracks of ice go down so deep into the lake. It was just so strange and scary to be driving on a frozen lake . But then we went to the frozen BIG lake where the waves were frozen. Totally unreal."
"Thank you Tom for a wonderful day. The early rise was worth it. Not so much for the shots but that the knowledge you shared with us. It was a 10 hour day and I learnt so much. Worth every cent. I especially liked finishing with a work shop on Lightroom. Even though I use it a lot there was still heaps to learn. Oh by the way the food was great too. Just fruit for me tonight. I think you should call the workshop 'More than Landscape Photography'.”
"Your workshops provide ridiculously excellent value for money, everything is included and then some."
"As the person who has kept coming back despite Tom Putt not actually shooting in her chosen genre...he still manages to teach me something EVERY single time. And who only booked the first workshop for a present for her husband...And who could organise it herself because she is an organising LEGEND. Yes, the workshops are expensive. But, YES, they are value for money. 500%. He takes you to the place you need to be, at the time you need to be, fed and watered. With TUITION, and critiques. We all think that the critique sessions are intimidating the FIRST time that we do them. But OMG no. Quite the opposite. More like mutual appreciation sessions. Other photographers don't offer them. And Anders and I aren't blind. We have been on workshops with multiple other photographers. In fact that makes us uniquely placed to assess. Seeing other photographers work is part of the journey. And many of them are now friends."
"Tom, you run first class workshops. I’ve enjoyed and learned so much. I couldn’t have asked for more."
"Every one of your workshops is an experience. I really enjoy the fact that you plan out everything, including contingencies. I have never had a bad day on my 10+ workshops. I trust your planning so much that I never research the location. I enjoy the discovery when we get there. My photography has progressed well. I've travelled the world with you and I've made some great friends."
"Having been on the very first Tom Putt workshop (one of the Guinea pigs ) I’m so happy to be going back on one (well now 2) overseas next year. Going to a country where hoping for a once in a lifetime trip, to know we don’t need to worry about anything once we are there is well worth it. And Tom’s bad jokes just make it all the more worthwhile "
"From a photography newbie I was very very nervous when I booked my first workshop with Tom. I thought am I going to learn anything or is this going to be way over my head and I should just keep my camera on auto and not bother. Well, after my seventh workshop with Tom and many more already booked over the next couple of years. I can see my skills improving in all aspects of shooting, composition and post-processing light room was like talking Japanese to me at the start. I have made life-long friendships from joining Tom on some of the most amazing experiences I have had. Tom Putt you certainly are doing somethings right."
"As a first time participant on Tom's tour this was a wonderful experience. Not only do you get chauffeur driven you have single accommodation with wonderful meals provided. Tom is always ready and willing to provide assistance and guidance with obtaining some wonderful photos. Would recommend this to anybody that is looking for a great experience."
"Tom, your workshops are fabulous! Fabulously organised and fabulously executed. Your availablity and willingness to help afterwards is so appreciated. People do make choices for a variety of reason icluding location, timing, previous experiences at other workshops, and there are a lot out there now."
"I regularly go on workshops with a variety of mentors. Each has provided me some amazing learning opportunities and pushed my growth. At first I steered away from Tom's workshops as they were a little more expensive but having now gone on a variety of his workshops I can say they are excellent value. There are less people than most other workshops which is a big thing for me, this gives Tom more chance to add value to your photography experience. Tom is not afraid to challenge you and push your growth if he feels you need it. Yes, Tom is a tad flamboyant compared to some mentors but he adds fun and is an amazing caring person. I think it is important to work with a range of people to get the best growth and Tom is so worth working with."
"I would highly recommend the New Zealand Workshop to any photographer wishing to see and capture a diversity of amazing scenery. The accommodation, food, drinks and camaraderie were very enjoyable. The helicopter flight and the photographic opportunities it provided was one the the best experiences of my life. Tom's guidance ensures that all participants capture good images and assists with improving their photographic skills."
We teach landscape photography because we're passionate about photography and helping others enjoy this fantastic creative outlet. What could be better than appreciating the outdoors and capturing it your own special way? We pride ourselves in doing the best by our clients and having them come back time and time again to enjoy the many adventures we go on together.
This year - 2023 - 39 of the 40 participants we had on our workshops had been with us before!