Duration: Weekend (2 day)
Location: Bay of Plenty (Tauranga)
Price: $880

21st-23rd February 2020

26th-28th June 2020

Join Ken Wright for a weekend seascape and waterfalls photography workshop in the multi diverse location of Bay of Plenty and beyond to improve your landscape photography. Over this two day workshop (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon/evening) you will learn to shoot a diverse range of subject matter including classic landscape photography, waterfalls, rivers, forests and dynamic seascapes. During the weekend you will have the chance to shoot from sunrise to sunset, in a variety of locations within the Bay.
The beaches in the Bay of Plenty offer a diverse range of terrain and many offer a unique angle to be able to shoot both sunrise and sunset on the same beach. We will explore the different effects of water movement on rocks and sand, reading wave patterns to capture a dynamic seascape. Surging, exploding and retracting waves all give a different dimension to seascapes, Ken will show you how to capture the best effects in each location.
Our aim is to have each photographer get the guidance required to capture a “Hero Shot”. During the weekend Ken will take you through HDR techniques and how to combine multiple frames to tell a dynamic visual story using Photoshop to get the best out of your images.
Please note: There is some uphill walking to and from beaches and one of our waterfalls has a 40 min walk to get to, this is along well formed tracks. A reasonable level of fitness is required. hin the Bay.


  • Tuition by Ken Wright with a small group of only 4 people
  • 2 nights accommodation at Pacific Palms Resort in a 2 or 3 bedroom self contained apartments, some may share twin room with another person from the workshop. If you wish, there is the option to upgrade to a private motel room at extra cost.
  • 2 cooked breakfasts
  • 2 packed lunches
  • DOC concession fees
  • Copy of Pocket Guide to Landscape Photography
  • Notes on Waterfall & Sescape Photography


  • Sunrise and sunset photography
  • Seascapes and dynamic slow shutter speeds
  • Waterfall and riverscape photography
  • Image layering in Photoshop
  • Settings and composition


  • Class Size

    Maximum group size of 4 will be led by only one tutor. 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
    Start time on Friday Night: We do not have any tuition on Friday night, we will discuss photography and get to know each other as people arrive. Our workshops are designed so that you can travel after work and it will not matter if you arrive late on Friday night.
    Finish time on Sunday: We aim to be finished by 5pm on Sunday but some people choose to leave from 3pm onwards, depending on their drive home.
  • Transport

    Transport to the workshop is not included, however we are happy to help arrange transport or put you in touch with any people travelling from your area.
  • Physical Difficulty

    A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the workshop. There is a fair amount of tramping to get to some of the falls, the tracks are rough and often cut through the bush and down through tree roots. If fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know.
  • 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 use a lot of “Live View” so make sure you have a second battery. 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$250.00 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.