We will be based in Russell, in the historic Bay of Islands which offers the perfect place for long exposure photography, wild coastlines, waterfalls, and classic jetties.
With landscape photographers Richard Young and Ken Wright as your tutors, this 4-day long exposure photography workshop showcases the best of the Bay of Islands coastal scenery. 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, by joining this workshop you’ll be guided through advanced use of ND filters along with HDR techniques, and in the process, learn how to take compelling coastal photographs.
We will base for 3 nights in the excellent The Duke of Marlborough, with the use of a conference room for tuition and post-processing sessions.
If you are flying into Whangarei, we can pick you up from the airport early on the first morning of the workshop to work in with all the connecting flights from all the main centres. We can drop you back to Whangarei Airport or Auckland at the end of the workshop. Or you can meet us at Russell.
Capture to Print Masterclass Workshop: Our Long Exposure Masterclass is designed to perfect the techniques of long exposure, high dynamic range (HDR), and fine art black and white photography; with dedicated tuition sessions and notes on these subjects. The workshop concludes with processing & printing two of your best images as 16x22" fine art prints using the latest Epson SC-P800 printer. We will also have several Benro filters kits along with some additional Nikon cameras & lenses available for shared use during the workshop to help you capture some stunning long exposure photographs.
Long exposure photography
Black & White fine-art photography
The beautiful Bay of Islands
Boat trip on the Bay of Islands
Coastal landscapes of the Hokianga
DAY 1 - RUSSELL
The tour starts after a mid-morning pick up from Whangarei, to work in with flights from all the main centres. Afterwards, we drive to Russell and the historic Duke of Marlborough Hotel, 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. After arriving in the hotel we use the conference room run through our introductory programme for the finer points of capturing long exposure photography and advanced settings for HDR photography, The day ends with a sunset shoot over the picturesque coastline, on one of the many beautiful bays close to Russell.
DAY 2 - RUSSELL
An early start enables a sunrise shoot before we head back to the hotel for breakfast. A chartered boat today enables us to explore the Bay of Islands by sea, including parts of the coastline not accessible by road. We will send the day stopping at a number of the beautiful islands to capture these at our own pace, utilising the long exposure and HDR techniques that we have learned to make some unique photographs.
DAY 3 - RUSSELL
Today we will venture further afield to explore the beautiful Hokianga Harbour, stopping on route to capture some of the stunning waterfalls located around the Bay of Islands. The rugged coastlines and picturesque jetties of this area are well suited for black and white ‘fine art style’ photographs. We also capture images of intriguing round boulders, similar to the iconic ones found in the South Island at Moeraki.
DAY 4 - RUSSELL
Another early morning sunrise shoot across the Bay of Islands allows you to hone your field technique and capture some more of the area's stunning beaches. After breakfast, we will then use the hotel's conference room for an in-depth post-production session covering the processing of long exposure, black and white images, and merging HDR shots. We will help you process your best images from the workshop and produce two finished 16x22" fine art prints to take home. In the afternoon, we drive back to Auckland to meet connecting flights to the main centres.
Please note: We keep the workshop itinerary flexible to allow for the best shooting and the order of each day's shoot may be changed due to weather, but we try to get to all of the locations over the 4 days.
Our workshops run with a maximum group size of 8 and 2 tutors, offering 1:4 ratio of tutors to guests. 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. Smaller groups of up to 4 may only be led by one tutor.
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. During the workshop, our tutors will give a lecture on their own photography vision and the workshop topics to help you develop your own unique style.
If you are flying into Whangarei, we can pick you up from the airport early on the first morning of the workshop to work in with all the connecting flights from all the main centres. We can drop you back to Whangarei Airport or Auckland at the end of the workshop. Or you can meet us in Russell.
A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the workshop. Most locations we shoot will be within a short walk along the coastline, but sometimes over rocky beaches carrying your own equipment.
Ideally, you will have a basic knowledge of photography and be comfortable adjusting camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. The aim of our masterclass workshops is to cover more advanced creative camera control and help you to further develop your own style and vision.
If you are yet to master the basics, perhaps check out our 1-day Photo School workshops in Auckland and Wellington.
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 30 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 30 days before the workshop.
Booking and Cancellation Policy: Please click here for our booking and cancellation policy.