Duration: 4 Day
Location: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin
Price: $3,400
Wildlife Photography Workshop

21st - 24th May 2022

Our Wildlife Masterclass Workshop is based around the Otago Peninsula, otherwise known as the ‘wildlife capital’ of New Zealand. You will spend four days with photographers Edin Whitehead and Shaun Barnett as your tutors, to capture the area’s exceptional wildlife. This includes New Zealand sea lions and fur seals, as well as a host of rare bird species, such as the yellow-eyed penguin, northern royal albatross and petrel. Our Otago wildlife workshop includes a boat charter around the peninsula and a visit to the Orokonui Wildlife Sanctuary, with another highlight being a stay and dinner at the famous Larnach Castle.
We will be based for 3 nights in the stately Larnach Castle in Dunedin, with the use of a conference room for tuition and post-processing sessions.
If you are arriving via Dunedin airport, we can pick you up on early on the first day and drop you back there in the late afternoon on the final day.
Capture to Print Masterclass Workshop: Our Wildlife Masterclass is designed to perfect the techniques of shooting coastal wildlife, coastal birds and coastal landscape photography; with dedicated tuition sessions and notes on these subjects. The workshop concludes with processing and printing two of your best images as 16x22" fine art prints using the latest Epson SureColor P906. We will also have a number of Tamron 150-600mm lenses along with some available for shared use during the workshop to help you capture some amazing close up wildlife images.  


  • Bird photography
  • Coastal wildlife photography
  • Coastal landscape photography


  • Penguins, sea lions & albatross
  • Boat trip around Otago Peninsula
  • Stay at Larnach Castle


  • Day 1

    Meeting at Dunedin airport to be picked up from the early-morning flights, we drive out to our accommodation for the next three nights, Larnach Castle. We will run through our introductory programme for the finer points of capturing amazing wildlife images and advanced settings for wildlife photography. The afternoon will see us heading out for our first wildlife shoot, to photograph the magnificent New Zealand sea lion, which breeds along the rugged coastline of the Peninsula area.
  • Day 2

    Today we head further afield to photograph the forest birds at Orokonui, which is also home to New Zealand’s tuatara, a relic from the dinosaur age. Spending the whole morning in the reserve will offer us the chance to photograph a number of rare birds including South Island Kākā and the Takahē. This afternoon we head out to photograph Yellow-eyed penguins on a private beach as they return from a day out at sea, with luck we also likely find a few more sea lions to photograph on the same beach.
  • Day 3

    After sunrise to capture wading birds silhouetted in the morning light, we will spend the morning in the hotel conference room to offer some group critique of the photographs from the last days and in-depth post-production of your wildlife images. This afternoon we will take a boat charter to photograph many species of birds from the sea, we will also visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross. We end the day by returning to Larnach Castle for dinner (included) which will be the culinary highlight of the tour, eating a three-course meal in the castle’s grand dining room.
  • Day 4

    This morning we will capture the sunrise from an exclusive location on private land which offers unparalleled views across the Peninsula. After sunrise, we will help you finish processing your best two images from the workshop and produce a finished 16x22" fine art prints of these to take home. We will have some time today to explore inside Larnach Castle if we have not already had the chance and maybe one final wildlife shoot, before returning to Dunedin airport to connect with late afternoon flights.
  • 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.


  • Tuition by Edin Whitehead and Shaun Barnett
  • Private chartered boat around the Otago Peninsula
  • Private penguin trip on the Otago Peninsula
  • Entry to Orokonui Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 3 nights single room accommodation at Larnach Castle (Own double stables room, with the option to upgrade to a lodge room)
  • 3 breakfasts at Larnach Castle
  • A three-course dinner at Larnach Castle
  • Copy of Pocket Guide to Wildlife Photography
  • E-book on masterclass workshop topics
  • Two 16x22" Fine-Art Prints from the Epson SC-P800
  • Use of Tamron 150-600mm lenses (Nikon & Canon mount)
  • Use of Nikon bodys & lenses
  • Trial of Nikon cameras & lenses
  • Conference room for processing & printing
  • Transport during the workshop
  • Dunedin pickup/dropoff
  • DOC concession fees
  • DOC marine mammals permit
  • Donation to our Conservation Fund
  • Native tree planting to Carbon Offset your workshop


  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Transport

    We will meet the group at Dunedin Airport at the start of the workshop and provide transport to the whole workshop and return you to Dunedin 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. One beach has a downhill walk to assess it. 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.
  • 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.