Whether you’re a keen amateur or a passionate professional, Snap Happy is the show for you. Maddie Sloane meets some of Australia’s best photographers and finds out what drives their passion. Darran Leal takes us on some amazing photographic adventures and offers some really practical advice. Peter Eastway shares some insight into his post production workflow and James Treble gives us some handy tips for decorating our homes with prints.Our dedicated team will inspire you to become a better and more passionate photographer!
Meet the team
Maddison-Clare Sloane Snap Happy Host
Maddison-Clare has experience on both sides of the lens. As a child, she spent much of her time taking photos and developing them in her own home made darkroom. Maddie now works as a TV presenter and photographic model. She interviews some of Australia's best photographers to find out what drives their passion.
Darran Leal World Photo Adventures
For 30 years Darran has been writing books and leading photo tours to some of the most amazing locations around the world. He now brings his knowledge and experience to us on Snap Happy. Join Darran and the team from World Photo Adventures as they take us across the globe for some stunning photographic opportunities.
Better Photography Magazine
Peter is well known for his award winning landscape photography and creative use of post production. He brings us some insight into his post production workflow. His tips and techniques are very practical and will help you get the most out of your photography. Peter is a Wacom Ambassador and shows us how using a tablet can increase your creativity.
James is a Sydney based Interior Designer, TV Presenter and writer, who loves to share his passion for houses, colour, good design and recycling. What do you do with your photos once they are processed? Well, James gives us some handy tips to help us decorate our homes with our own prints.
Jason Edwards National Geographic
Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for nearly two decades. Drawing upon his skills as an environmentalist, animal scientist, indigenous patron, historian and National Geographic stalwart, Jason is an entertaining and insightful presenter. Jason hosted the show for the first three series.
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In the first episode, Maddie meets up with Fujifilm ambassador, Markus Andersen, for a lesson in street photography. Meanwhile, Jason is in Far North Queensland to travel on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, photograph the markets and experience the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. In a new segment, we follow Jason around the world on a National Geographic assignment – this week he is at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Macchu Pichuu. The Living Room’s, James Treble, returns to help a young photographer decorate his home with his own prints.
In this episode, Maddie chats with Griffin Hammond, a New York City based filmmaker, about how he uses the Lumix GH5 to produce stunning documentaries. Jason heads to the Red Centre to give us some tips on landscape photography on the ground and from the air. He also shares with us from a recent trip to Easter Island. We travel to country NSW with Megan Lewis, to go behind the scenes of a heart-warming shoot she did there.
In this episode, Maddie goes on a shoot with Peter Eastway, for some tips on long exposure landscape photography. Jason takes Maddie out on the Great Barrier Reef for a diving expedition. In our ‘Around the World’ series, Jason heads to Kathmandu for a very special burial ceremony, and also photographs some weavers in Peru. Finally, Maddie checks out the Lumix TZ90 travel camera.
In this episode, Jason gets snap happy at the Uluru Camel Cup. Maddie chats with documentary photographer, Michael Coyne, about a recent trip to Borneo. Traveling with Jason around the world we visit the Potala Temple in China and find out why you should get up really early. We chat to Karen Alsop about a special project she is working on and how she integrates Wacom products into her workflow. Finally, Jason begins selecting and processing images for a photographic portfolio.
In this episode, Jason photographs one of the most bio diverse locations on the planet, The Daintree Rainforest. Maddie chats to Lisa Saad about her unique brand of photographic art and gets some handy tips for taking food photography. Jason travels to Cambodia to capture some photogenic cultural sites and creates his photographic portfolio using the Snapfish website. And finally, we review and road test the Lumix GH5 to see what it is capable of.
In this episode, Jason revisits a shoot he did for Australian Geographic, about the wild horse population in Australia. Maddie chats to celebrity photographer, Gary Heery, and discusses the benefits of using the new Fujifilm GFX. Jason reports back from awe-inspiring Petra, Jordan. We put the Fujifilm XT-2 through its paces and look more closely at the Wacom Intuos Pro.
Episode 1: Ray Martin's World
In episode one, we discover why Ray Martin describes himself as a ‘feral photographer’, and why he likes taking photos more than writing. Jason Edwards visits Taronga Zoo to photograph the Chimpanzees during their morning feed. Maddie Clare-Sloane shows us just how easy it is to print our photos through the Snapfish website. Jason puts the FujiFilm XT-2 through its paces and gives us some post-production tips.
In this episode, Maddie meets up with one of Australia’s most loved nature photographers, Steve Parish, for some tips on photographing wildlife. Meanwhile, Jason is in the Dandenong Ranges in pursuit of the elusive Lyrebird. We find out how to make our own professional grade calendars at home, and Jason takes a close look at the impressive Lumix 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens.
In this episode, Maddie catches up with documentary photographer, Megan Lewis, to discuss some projects that are close to her heart. Jason visits the Blue Mountains for the first time and discovers for himself why it’s a national treasure. We find out how Wacom can improve your photographic workflow with their range of pen tablets. Jason shoots a massive bon fire, and we find out a low cost yet professional way to get our own photos printed onto canvas.
In this episode, Maddie chats with Darran Leal to find out about his family’s world photo adventures. Jason is in his hometown of Melbourne, to give us some tips on shooting street photography. Maddie visits fashion week in Sydney to find out how to get the ultimate catwalk shot. Jason road tests three lenses from Fujifilm and finds out that great things can come in small packages. Finally, Maddie tells us about a recent holiday to Bali and shows us how she made a photo book of her trip.
In this episode, Jade Gao gives us some great tips for taking newborn photography. Meanwhile, Jason visits Sydney’s Vivid Festival, which is described as a photographers delight. James Treble is back to give Maddie some tips for decorating her apartment with prints. Jason talks about ethical photography and we look at the range of custom photo gifts from Snapfish.
In this episode, Maddie catches up with Marcus Bell, a wedding and studio based photographer, who shows us how he integrates Wacom products into his workflow. Meanwhile, Jason is at Melbourne’s SEALIFE Aquarium to swim with the sharks. Maddie and Jason visit Wentworth Falls together, to road test the Lumix GX-85 and the TZ-110. Finally, we find out how to make greeting cards at home with our own photographs.
Jason travels to the top end of Australia where he visits Kakadu National Park, to get up close and personal with wildlife, ancient rock art and breathtaking scenery. Maddie looks at the evolution of the selfie and discusses with Jason why it is a good idea to print your digital images. We find out what’s in Ken Duncan’s kit and Jason photographs an impressive fire show at the Mindil Markets in Darwin.
Maddie Sloane meets up with world-renowned panoramic photographer, Ken Duncan, for an early morning lesson in photographing a sunrise. Afterwards they take a tour of Ken’s gallery where they discuss some of his favourite images. Jason Edwards road tests the Lowepro Pro Trekker and chats with Carly O’Neill, a photographer that has been working on a special project. We find out what’s in Wolfgang Glowacki’s kit and meet Sophie Daley, who photographs Maddie on the beach during golden hour. Finally, Ken Duncan gives us some tips for taking stunning landscape shots on his Lumix GX-7.
Products featured: Lowepro Pro Trekker, Lumix GX7 (Ken Duncan), Canon (Wolfgang Glowacki, Sophie Daley, Carly O’Neill), Phase One (Ken Duncan)
Episode 3: Tasmania
Jason Edwards travels to Tasmania to find and photograph the elusive Fagus tree. He checks out the Wilderness Gallery at Cradle Mountain, which displays the work of Wolfgang Glowacki, the artist behind some stunning landscape and macro photography. Maddie Sloane tells us about her recent trip to Morocco and how she has made a photo book of her adventures. We meet Paul Arnold, a panoramic photographer that captures amazing images from the Aussie outback. Jason road tests the Tamron 15-30mm wide angle lens and reflects on what life would have been like for the convicts at the Port Arthur historic site.
Jason Edwards meets Karen Alsop, the creator of Story Art, and discovers how she uses photography to create fantasy artwork. Karen shows us what’s in her kit and gives us some tips for shooting on the go. Maddie Sloane talks to Scott Mellish from Panasonic, who gives us some advice on choosing the right camera. Jason shows us how to shoot a waterfall and takes us through his workflow, from creation to print, with Jeremy Daalder of Image Science. Also, we meet Chris Nobs for some tips on getting a huge Instagram following.
Panasonic Lumix Range, Image Science, Canon (Karen Alsop, Chris Nobs), Nikon (Jason), Sony A6000 (Karen Alsop), iPhone 6 (Karen Alsop)
Episode 5: The Great Ocean Road
Jason Edwards travels along the Victorian shipwreck coast to photograph the 12 Apostles from a helicopter. Afterwards, he visits Otway Fly Treetop Adventures to capture the rainforest canopy from a 50-meter tower. Maddie Sloane talks with Sophie Daley for some tips on getting great portrait shots on a smart phone camera and we find out what’s in her kit. Jason road tests the Lumix GH4 and discovers that size doesn’t matter. Finally, Jason catches up with Barrie Sutherland, an old surfer mate who has been photographing Bells Beach for decades.
Maddie Sloane meets up with Ryan Schembri, the youngest photographer to become an AIPP master. Ryan shows us what’s in his kit and gives us some tips on avoiding wedding faux pas. Jason Edwards visits the Michael’s Camera Museum in Melbourne and gets his hands on some unique items. Wolfgang Glowacki shows us how we can take macro photos on our smart phone cameras and Jason road tests the Cokin Creative Filter System. Finally, interior designer, James Treble, gives Maddie some tips for displaying prints in her home.
Products featured: Cokin Creative Filter System, Snapfish canvas/glass/woodblock prints, Lowepro (Ryan Schembri), Canon (Ryan Schembri), Nikon (Jason), iPhone 6 (Wolfgang Glowacki), Michael’s Camera Video Digital