Based in Wanaka our Autumn Masterclass Workshop is programmed in for the month of April when the Autumn colours are at their best. With landscape photographers Richard Young and Rob Brown as your tutors, utilising comfortable 4WD vehicles we will take you into some of the most interesting autumnal locations in Central Otago.
We will base for 3 nights in the excellent Edgewater Hotel in Wanaka, with use of a conference room for tuition and post-processing sessions.
We can pick you up early on the first morning of the workshop from Queenstown, and drop you back to Queenstown at the end of the workshop to connect with late afternoon flights. Or you can meet us in Wanaka.Capture to Print Masterclass Workshop: Our Autumn Masterclass is designed to perfect the techniques of shooting autumn landscapes, autumn abstracts and panoramic landscape 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 photographs.
Autumn landscape photography
Autumn abstract photography
Panoramic landscape photography
Otago Autumn colours
Backcountry 4WD trips
3 nights at the Edgewater Hotel
After early morning pickups from Queenstown, we head to nearby Arrowtown, famous for its stunning autumn displays of colour. We will then travel to Wanaka and assemble in our comfortable conference room in the Edgewater Hotel, we will run through the start of our masterclass programme covering advanced techniques and creative vision to capture the autumn landscapes over the following days. We end the day by exploring some of the said autumn landscapes around Wanaka and having a sunset shoot over the lake.
A pre-dawn start sees us heading out in 4WD to the Nevis Valley for sunrise. We will then spend the rest of the morning exploring the Nevis and capturing the best of the colours in this remote valley. This afternoon we will explore some of the stunning autumn scenes around Alexandra before heading back to Wanaka for sunset.
This mornings sunrise will be at the famous Wanaka tree, capturing its autumn colours against the backdrop of snowy mountains. After sunrise, 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 to bring out the best autumn colours in your photographs. This afternoon we will head out in 4WD’s to a remote location high above Lake Wanaka on a private station, we will stay here for sunset capturing the last light across the tussock covered landscape and panoramic views of the lake.
Today will start with an early morning sunrise shoot, hopefully capturing some beautiful mist that forms within river valleys in Autumn. 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. This afternoon we will return to Queenstown, stopping en route to capture a few last autumn colours shots, before connecting 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.
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 Queenstown Airport at the start of the workshop and provide transport to the whole workshop and return you to Queenstown at the end of the workshop.
A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the workshop. All the locations we shoot on this workshop will be within an easy walk of where we park and there are no extended hikes. 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.