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What else is going on at With Camera In Hand?

Being engaged with community & giving back has always been important to me. From experiences while travelling when I was younger and living in remote communities around the world, I know how many causes could be better understood through the power of photography. So it seemed obvious when shaping the idea for With Camera In Hand that it should be about more than just teaching people to use their camera to it’s full capacity and take great photos.

There are people looking for purpose & motivation for their photography and there are community organisations needing great images to help them raise awareness for what they are doing. It seems like a perfect fit to me. Over the last few years, we have been involved in loads of projects including Multicultural women’s projects, youth projects as well as running a series of “Photography challenges with Heart” which raised awareness of community organisations through photography and local photography lovers.

Our world is better when we are all consciously aware of each other & willing to help each other out. Combine this with a celebration of creativity and you’ve got With Camera In Hand.

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Who’s behind With Camera In Hand?

I’m Michelle Dunn & I’ve been sharing my love of photography & teaching workshops & short courses since 2006. First in Melbourne, then in Ballarat as a tree change saw a move to the country and now we have expanded to Bendigo and Castlemaine as well!

This website has come about for a number of reasons. Mostly because what was happening was outgrowing my other website  – which is about my own photography & video work – & taking on a life of it’s own.

What I love about teaching others how to use their cameras is that it reminds me of the magic of photography. It reminds me of how I felt when I first learned what the settings did & how I could use them to interpret what I was seeing in my mind & in the world around me. I love being able to help people do the same.

The In person courses are running now, currently in Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine. The Online courses launched in 2017 and are also now running for anyone who can’t make it in person, or prefers to work at their own pace. I’m hoping to extend these beyond myself, so if you have a particular photography skill that you think would make a great short course, get in touch & we can see if it’s a fit. I’d love to have the skills of photographers all over Australia sharing their knowledge.

So in a nut shell, this website is all about exploring creativity, learning & sharing skills to make a better world through photography. As is says on the homepage – Create, Explore, Learn + Give. I hope you’ll join me, dust off your camera & get involved!