Duration: 4 DAY
Location: Bay of Islands
Price: $2,500

16th - 19th November 2018

Our long exposure masterclass is designed to perfect the techniques of long exposure, high dynamic range (HDR) and fine black and white photography. Based at Russell, in the historic Bay of Islands, this location offers the perfect place for long exposure photography, wild coastlines, waterfalls and classic jetties. Long exposure photography requires the use of neutral density ‘ND’ filters to enable longer shutter speeds, which can capture the beautiful and often surprising effects of movement in the water and clouds. Capturing images like this requires good technique and some knowledge. By joining this workshop, you’ll be guided in ND and HDR techniques, and in the process learn how to take compelling coastal photographs.
This workshop is sponsored by Benro filters and includes free hire of a Benro filter kit if you do not have your own.
The workshop includes return transport from Whangarei, or you can choose to meet us in Russell.


  • Long exposure photography
  • Black & white fine art photography
  • HDR photography


  • The Beautiful Bay of Islands
  • Boat charter in the Bay of Islands
  • Coastal landscapes of the Hokianga

Day 1

The tour starts after a mid-morning pick up from Whangarei, to work in with fights from all the main centers. Afterwards, we drive to Russell, our home for the next three nights in the picturesque Bay of Islands. During European colonisation, Russell was briefly the capital of New Zealand, and features many historic sites. We introduce the finer points of working in manual mode and capturing long exposure photographs. The day ends with a sunset shoot over the coastline.

Day 2

An early start enables a sunrise shoot before we head back to the hotel for breakfast. A chartered boat enables us to explore the Bay of Islands by sea, including parts of the coastline not accessible by road.

Day 3

Today we will venture further afield to explore more of the beautiful Hokianga Harbour. Rugged coastlines and picturesque jetties well suit black and white ‘fine art style’ photographs. We also capture images of intriguing round boulders, similar to those found in the south island at Moeraki.

Day 4

Another early morning sunrise shoot across the Bay of Islands allows you to hone your field technique. A post production session covers processing of long exposure, black and white images and merging HDR shots. In the afternoon, we drive back to Whangarei to meet connecting flights to main centers.


  • 3 nights twin hotel accommodation (single upgrade available)
  • 3 cooked breakfasts
  • Tuition, Ken Wright & Richard Young
  • Private chartered boat
  • Whangarei pickup/dropoff
  • Transport during the tour
  • DOC concession fees
  • DUse of Benro ND Filters
  • Copy of Pocket Guide to Landscape Photography
  • Notecards on workshop topics


  • Class Size

    Maximum group size of 8. Groups of 3-4 will be led by only one tutor and groups of 5-8 will be led by two tutors. Limiting class sizes ensures we provide you with the best learning environment possible, including expert guidance, instruction and personal attention, according to your learning style.
  • Itinerary

    Our exact schedule will be determined according to the whole group’s photographic objectives and the weather. We keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this. We will spend the workshop instructing and shooting, often from before dawn until after dark. At some point during the weekend the tutors will give a lecture on their photographic ability and how you can apply their systems and vision to develop your own unique style.
  • Transport

    We will meet the group at Whangarei Airport at the start of the workshop and provide transport to the whole workshop and return you to Whangarei at the end of the workshop.
  • Physical Difficulty

    A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the workshop. All locations we shoot will be within an easy walk along the coastline, but sometimes over rocky beaches carrying your own equipment. If fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know - there are often locations which offer great shooting possibilities close to the road or our accommodation, or sometimes we also have the option to split the group.
  • Equipment & Experience

    Ideally, you will have a basic knowledge of photography and be comfortable adjusting camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. An aim of the workshop is to give you more confidence in the creative control of camera settings and shooting in manual mode. We will have a brief session at the start of the workshop, covering camera settings and controls, to be sure everyone is up to speed.
    Camera Equipment: Our workshops focus on how to use your camera, not your type of camera. A basic list of recommended camera equipment can be found here
    Clothing:A list of recommended clothing to wear on the workshop can be found here
  • Booking & Payment

    A non-refundable deposit of NZD$400.00 is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. You may pay in full at time of booking, the balance (minus the deposit) will remain fully refundable until 14 days before the workshop.
    Booking and Cancellation Policy: Please click here for our booking and cancellation policy.