Golden Bay offers a variety of fantastic and easily accessible photography locations. Dave Buckton and Richard Young will guide you on a four-day workshop where you will have the opportunity to photograph stunning limestone formations, lush native forests and ever-changing sand dunes.
You will also spend one full day on a privately chartered boat exploring photography locations and marine wildlife in the world famous Abel Tasman National Park. The boat will allow us to visit beaches and bays that would normally take days to walk into and gain access to short walking tracks to stunning photography locations.
Long exposure seascapes
Private charter boat in Abel Tasman
Iconic Archway Island sunset
Meet in Nelson mid-morning and drive over to our accommodation in Golden Bay. There are plenty of photo opportunities on the drive along the way so we might stop off or take a short diversion to make the most of the drive. Our first day finishes with a sunset shoot at one of many stunning beaches in Golden Bay.
We will have an early start to photograph the sunrise before we board our private chartered boat and spend the day photographing Abel Tasman National Park. You will be taken into the most photogenic areas of the park with plenty of opportunities to head ashore to take in the beautiful bays and beaches along this stunning coastline.
Our third day commences with another early start to shoot the iconic Archway Islands at sunrise. We will spend the rest of the day exploring this area, taking opportunities to photograph the stunning coastline of Wharariki Beach and Farewell Spit before heading back to Archway Islands for sunset.
Our last chance for a sunrise shoot in Golden Bay so we will be up early to shoot one of a number of coastal locations. We will then head inland to the Takaka Hill area to photograph limestone formations and beech forests before making our way back to Nelson to connect with late afternoon flights.
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.
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.
We will meet the group at Nelson Airport at the start of the workshop and provide transport to the whole workshop and return you to Nelson at the end of the workshop.
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 hereClothing: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.
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