We will be based at Hahei, on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, 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 four-day long exposure photography workshop showcases the best of the Coromandel’s 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 in 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 Church Hotel in Hahei, with the use of a conference room for tuition and post-processing sessions.
If you are flying into Auckland, we can pick you up from the airport (or CBD hotel) early on the first morning of the workshop, and drop you back to Auckland at the end of the workshop to connect to early evening flights. Or you can meet us in Hahei.
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 a processing printing two of your best images as 16x22" fine art prints using the latest Epson SC-P800 printer. We will also have a number of 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 Coromandel Peninsula
Journey by chartered boat
Day 1 - Auckland - Hahei
After airport and CBD hotel pickups we depart Auckland for Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel Peninsula is a mountainous finger of land, formed from old volcanoes, and separated from Auckland by the Firth of Thames, a shallow expanse of sea home to many wading seabirds. After arriving in the hotel we use the conference room we will run through our introductory programme about the finer points of capturing a long exposure photograph and advanced settings for HDR photography. Later in the afternoon will see us heading out for our first long exposure shot on the areas stunning coastline, and Coromandel sunset.
Day 2 - Hahei and Surrounds
The day starts with a sunrise shoot over Cathedral Cove, famous as the location of Cair Paravel in the Narnia films, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, and ‘Prince Caspian.’ After photographing the cove and its impressive arch. We spend the rest of the day photographing the beaches, forests and waterfalls of the Coromandel Peninsula. With the terrain rising steeply to mountains, many of the area’s streams boast photogenic waterfalls. Sunset will be spent at one of the Coromandel’s bays. We will be utilising the long exposure and HDR techniques that we have learned to take some unique photographs.
Day 3 - Thames and Surrounds
We will spend this morning in the hotel conference room to offer some group critique of the photographs from the last days and in-depth post-production session covering the processing of long exposure, black and white images and merging HDR shots. This afternoon we shall head out on a boat trip from Hahei to capture an alternative view of the coastline. After our boat trip, we explore one of the many beautiful bays to take advantage of these swathes of colour and further practice some long exposure techniques and finish up with a sunset.
Day 4 - Hahei - Auckland
Another early morning sunrise allows you to hone your field technique and capture some more of the areas 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 image from the workshop and produce a finished 16x22" fine art print 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 and 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.
We will meet the group at Auckland Airport at the start of the workshop and provide transport to the whole workshop and return you to Auckland at the end of the workshop.
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. Two beaches (including Cathedral Cove) require half-hour walks each way to access. If your fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know.
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.