Duration: 4 Day
Location: Mt Cook National Park
Price: $3,400

17th - 20th September 2022

Based at Mt Cook, our Landscape Masterclass Workshop is designed as an ideal programme to expand your skills as a landscape photographer. With Rob Brown & Glen Howey as your tutors, you will learn to shoot a diverse range of subject matters including, mountains, glaciers, macro and nature photography and the night sky & astrophotography. Mt Cook has world-renowned clear skies with no light pollution, offering the chance to photograph the Milky Way above the Southern Alps. The workshop also includes a ski-plane flight over Mt Cook to do some aerial photography.
We will base for 3 nights in the comfortable Hermitage Hotel in Mt Cook Village, with the use of a conference room for tuition and post-processing sessions.
If you are arriving via Queenstown airport we can pick you up the day before and that evening your guide will meet with all participants to discuss the programme. Or you can meet us at Mt Cook Village
Capture to Print Masterclass Workshop: Our Landscape Masterclass is designed to perfect the techniques of shooting landscape photography, aerial photography and astrophotography; 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 photographs.


  • Landscape photography
  • Aerial photography
  • Astrophotography


  • Ski-plane over Mt Cook
  • Capture NZ highest peak
  • 3 nights stay at the Hermitage Hotel
  • Day 1

    We will pick you up early from Queenstown or you can meet us at Mt Cook at lunchtime. After assembling in our comfortable conference room at the Hermitage Hotel, we will run through an introductory programme of advanced camera setup for landscape photography and tutorials on composition and advanced the depth of filed of landscape shooting. Later in the afternoon, we will head out for our first sunset in the Tasman Valley.
  • Day 2

    The day begins early sunrise shoot over Mt Cook before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. The rest of the day will be taken up alternating between locations in the park and covering a whole range of techniques for advancing your photography. After sunset in the shoot in Hooker Valley and some dinner, tonight we will head out for an Astro shoot to capture the Milkyway in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve.
  • Day 3

    This morning we will do a ski-plane flight (included in the price) over Mt Cook to learn the basics of aerial photography, along with a stunning landing up high on the Tasman Glacier. We will then spend the morning in the hotel conference room to offer some group critique of the photographs from the last days and an in-depth post-production session covering the processing of landscape photographs. Sunset this evening might see us returning on a location with the park or venturing further afield to explore more of the beautiful Mackenzie Country.
  • Day 4

    Another sunrise shoot to capture some of the first morning light across the Southern Alps. We will then help you process your two best images from the workshop and produce a finished 16x22" fine art print of them to take home. The workshop will finish after lunch today, with return transport then provided back to Queenstown to meet with late afternoon flights.   After an early morning sunrise shoot at a location within the park, we will help you process your best image from the workshop and produce a finished 16x22" fine art print to take home. There will then be return transport provided back to Queenstown for those heading there.
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.



  • Class Size

    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.
  • 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. 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.
    Start time on day 1: The workshop will start at 8 am at Queenstown or 12 pm at Mt Cook on the first day.
    Finish time on day 4: The workshop will finish at 1 pm at Mt Cook or 4 pm at Queenstown on the last day.
  • Transport

    You can meet us at Mt Cook Village or we can provide return transport from Queenstown. Once at Mt Cook, we will provide transport around the park.
  • Physical Difficulty

    A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the workshop. Most locations we shoot on this workshop will be within an easy walk on good tracks, the longest walk will be 20-30 minus one way. There might be the option to do a longer hike out to the Hooker Lake; if so we will split the group, with one tutor also providing an alternate location for those not wish to walk this far. If your fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know.
  • Experience

    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.
  • Equipment

    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$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.