We are truly a lucky bunch here in New Zealand, the country provides such a vast array of diversity in the landscape that for us photographers, it’s a dream to live here. New Zealand might look small on the map, but its amount of contrasting landscapes make it deceivingly large for any photographer, it can be terribly hard to choose where to head. To help, we like to keep you updated on the locations we visit with our tours and important things to remember to do once you’ve been. To inspire you to come to visit us, you can find out more via photography, videography and with in-depth information from our professional photographer tutors, locals based throughout the country. Have a look at some of our articles to find some inspiration to get yourself out there and shooting.



Wanaka Autumn Photography Workshop

Central Otago Autumn Colours

If there is one part of New Zealand that has the best place for autumn colours it has to be Central Otago, the banks of the mighty Clutha river and landscape around Wanaka, Alexandra and Arrowtown, as they become awash with golden colours for the month of April. Autumn Colours...
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Is It Photoshopped? – Richard Young

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams Photoshopped images have become somewhat of a taboo among the general public. With today’s technology, artists can manipulate reality so convincingly that viewers have learned to assess the integrity of an image by aski...
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Expressive Processing – Richard Young

When a student asks me how to process their image, I always feel a little hesitant in directing them. I can show them what tools to use, where to set each slider, and how to crop the image—there is nothing wrong with imparting such information. But in doing so, I run the risk of...
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Black Beaches

The deep shadows of floating islands and black sand beaches define the structure, transitions of tones within the sky and sea guide your eye across the image, the luminosity helps connect distant parts of the frame. All this can be lost if our eye is caught by unwanted...
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What are you Photographing?

Often while immersed in capturing a stunning landscape, bathed in beautiful warm light at sunset, a passer-by will stop to talk to me. The first and more than likely only question will typically be; “what are you photographing?” As if there is something that they are missing...
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Mt Ngauruhoe

Discovering Style and Vision

An Introduction to Style and Vision “How do we find our unique expression of the world, and how can we convey this to the viewer?” Achieving competence in photography is easy enough; with some basic technical understanding, almost anybody can create a good photograph. In the age...
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