Lectures: Ron Willems, ARPS, AFIAP, FPSNZ, AAPS

Ron has been in demand as a speaker at photographic conventions and functions in New Zealand and overseas for over thirty-five years. He can cover a wide range of topics and is an eloquent speaker with loads of enthusiasm and is very motivational.

Not only has he filled one-hour speaking slots on convention agendas he has also run hands-on weekend seminars. These have covered various themes usually encouraging attendees to improve their creativity when taking pictures.

His normal fees range from US$200 - US$1,000 plus travel costs, but he has been known to regularly donate his entire fee to the organisers if they are non-profit photographic organisations, just for the joy of helping photographers improve their work.

The following are some of the programmes he presents although he regularly formats something to suit the requirements of the organisers. All the lectures are presented using a data projector with a sound system.

Title:PHOTOGRAPHING USA IN 500 DAYS
Time:75min
Content:Spending 500 days over 3 years and covering 70,000km it shows the exciting and photogenic USA. It discusses ways to improve your travel photography and techniques to use that apply to all photography. Goes on to cover nature, landscape and creative photography while travelling.

Title:TWENTY WINNERS IN TWENTY MINUTES
Time:20min
Content:In 20 minutes he explains how to set up your camera to record potential winning photographic opportunities. This is the illustrated with 20 of his recent winners, what makes them work, their impact value and what wins and failures they have had.

Title:THE USA PHOTO GYPSY
Time:60min
Content:It explains why photograph in the USA, buying and driving an RV (campervan) in the USA. Then looks at why you take photos, how to improve travel photography and how to obtain award-winning photography while travelling. It covers creative use of lens, shutter speeds and most importantly, light.

Title:AUDIO IMAGES
Time:60min
Content:This presentation is about audio-visual production as a photographer. Not clever sound production or scripts but about how best to present still images with an audio background. It features many of his award winning audio-visuals and is both entertaining and educational.

Title:THE PHOTO HUNTER XP
Time:75min
Content:Photography is about hunting for photographs with extraordinary passion. It talks about how to use lenses, angles and themes; it includes recent work from USA, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. The techniques can be applied to both travel and local photography; it also includes a related audio-visual.

Title:DO IT IN THE CAMERA
Time:60min
Content:This program starts on the premise that photographs are made in the camera not on the computer. It covers; colour balance, exposure, depth of field, shutter speeds, lens use and lighting.

Title:THE THAILAND PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
Time:60min
Content:A workshop program on creating great photographs. One country, one camera, one lens and a monopod, this program focuses seeing opportunities in the field, often while travelling and creating great photographs with little manipulation after treatment.

Title:DIGITAL KISS
Time:100min, includes intermission after 45min
Content:This is aimed at photographers, not computer workers, using the benefits of digital photography with a strong focus on the ease of JPG vs RAW and it comprehensively covers how to improve your picture taking out in the field. Includes entertaining related audio-visuals.

Title:PHOTOGRAPHIC REALITY AND FANTASIES
Time:70min
Content:The exciting journey is covered from realism to fantasy, it questions what is real and what the photographer can add through film, lighting, filters, blurring, exposure, cropping and digital manipulation, it includes an array of audio-visuals to illustrate the points.

Title:VIEWPOINT
Time:60min
Content:Ron's view on the world and how he creatively interprets it through his camera by creative use of lens' and viewpoint.

Title:IMPROVING YOUR CAMERA TECHNIQUES
Time:70min
Content:While this talks about some basic techniques it goes on to explain how these can be creatively used. As a slide lecture this is done in four parts. It can however be expanded into a practical exercise taking 4-5 hours. (If expanding it out like this everyone at a seminar would get a film, we would talk for about 15 minutes on a section then everyone goes out to take 3 variations of an exercise relating to the section, then back for 15 minutes etc.)

Title:THE LANDSCAPE
Time:60min
Content:Largely photographing the New Zealand landscape this uses the 4x4 approach to improving your landscape photography.

Title:WINNING SALONS
Time:45min
Content:About creating the right mind-set to win salons, set goals and things you need to do to win competitions. This is a very motivational lecture with little about photographic technique.

Title:ASIA WITH FEELING
Time:60min
Content:A look at photographing in Asia, what photographic techniques to use and having empathy with the surroundings. It comes from a series of many trips he has taken to various parts of Asia.

Title:DIGITAL DOODLING
Time:60min
Content:An introduction to digital imaging covering hardware, software, what to do and how, without spending a fortune.

Title:ALL THE GIRLS I HAVEN'T KNOWN
Time:45min
Content:How to go about photographing female models and covers techniques for photographing people you don't know.

Title:CREATIVE EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY - With or without a Darkroom
Time:75min
Content:This is divided into 5 parts covering copying, montage, double exposure, bas-relief and using lith. film. A few minutes discussion after each section could be had to answer further questions etc. (Shown extensively throughout Australasia but becoming less applicable with digital taking over)

Title:HONG KONG RON
Time:60min
Content:A look at Asia comparing similarities and differences between cities and countries including tips on when you have little time for photography.

Title:GETTING A PHOTOGRAPHIC KNIGHTHOOD
Time:40min
Content:Some guidelines to getting your photographic honours (letters) and what they stand for; LPSNZ, APSNZ, FPSNZ. (Ron is a past member of the New Zealand Honours board)