Based at Hahei, on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, this location offers the perfect place for long exposure photography, wild coastlines, waterfalls and classic jetties.
Join Richard Young and Ken Wright on a four-day long exposure photography workshop showcasing the best of the Coromandels 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 advance use of in ND filters along with HDR techniques, and in the process learn how to take compelling coastal photographs.
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 session and printing a 17x22" fine art print of one of your images using the latest Epson SC-P800
printer. We will also have a number of Benro Long Exposure filters kits
along with Nikon
cameras & lenses available for shared use during the workshop to help you capture some stunning coastal photographs.
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- Day 1 - Auckland - Hahei
After Airport and city hotel pickups we depart Auckland for Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula, where we shall be based. 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.
- 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 head back to the hotel for breakfast. We spend the rest of the day driving North to photograph 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 make some unique photographs.
- Day 3 - Thames and Surrounds
Today we shall begin exploring the Western side of the Coromandel Peninsula. Here we find smooth, calm waters and jetties built in the prospering days, now within small fishing communities. The coast here is coated in lush Pohutukawa trees, booming with colour in the summer months as the road weaves along the water’s edge. We will stop off in many bays to take advantage of these swathes of colour between sunrise and sunset whilst also further exploring the lush mountainous areas of the central area.
- 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 17x22" fine art print to take home. In the afternoon, we drive back to Auckland to meet connecting flights to main centres.
- Class Size
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 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.
- Physical Difficulty
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.
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
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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