Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May 2020 - Meghan Maloney Photography

Cambridge - Lake Karapiro - Wairere Falls - McLaren Falls Park - Kaiate Falls - Mount Maunganui

Workshop length: 3 days, 2 nights

$999 NZD ($799 without accommodation)


Explore the glorious autumn colours in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty with this weekend photography workshop that will teach you how to improve your composition, master your camera's settings and learn how different filters will enhance the images you capture. You'll also discover easy Lightroom techniques to turn your original RAW files into stunning landscape images. 

During the weekend we will cover an area that is incredibly rich in landscape photographic variety from swirling seascapes to quiet lakes reflecting autumn colours and lush waterfalls in hidden valleys. This will give you a range of opportunities to put into practice all the skills you will learn during our weekend together.


Friday 2pm
The weekend workshop will kick off at 2pm at Hidden Lake Hotel with drinks and nibbles and an introduction to the workshop plan.

Friday evening
There will be time to capture the autumn colours around Cambridge during golden hour and sunset and after we will dark head out for astrophotography if the skies are clear.

Saturday morning
We will meet at 6am to capture a local sunrise at Lake Karapiro before heading off in search of opportunities for long exposure photography at Wairere Falls and then over to the Bay of Plenty. A packed breakfast and lunch will be provided by the hotel.

Saturday afternoon
There will plenty of opportunities to capture the autumn colours at McLaren Falls before visiting the beautiful tiered waterfalls at Kaiate Falls and finishing with a sunset at Mount Maunganui.

Saturday evening
If the skies are clear we will find an astrophotography location on the way home to hone our skills from the previous night's session.

Sunday morning
There are plenty of options for a local sunrise within a short drive so we will pick a location based on group preference before heading back to Hidden Lake Hotel for a session on editing in Lightroom while enjoying a tasty breakfast provided by the hotel.

Sunday 12pm
The workshop officially ends and everyone is free to travel home. You will leave overflowing with a wealth of new knowledge, exhilarated by the weekend experiences and keen to try out all the new techniques and tips you have learned.


  • Tuition and advice from Meghan tailored to suit each participant's needs
  • In-the-field experience at a variety of beautiful photographic locations
  • Valuable tips and advice on creating stunning images in Lightroom
  • Advice on using social media to showcase your photography
  • 2 nights' accommodation in an Executive King studio room (single share) at Hidden Lake Hotel in Cambridge
  • Drinks and nibbles (Friday)
  • Breakfast and lunch while on the road (Saturday)
  • A sit down breakfast (Sunday)
  • Transport for the duration of the workshop
  • Use of neutral density and graduated filters while in the field


  • Camera and lenses
  • Tripod
  • Torch or head torch
  • Spare batteries and charger
  • Laptop if you have one
  • Memory cards and adapter to link with laptop for editing
  • Remote shutter control and filters (if you own these)
  • Wet weather and warm gear (waterproof jacket, hiking boots, a small umbrella or waterproof camera sleeve, hat and gloves)
  • A willingness to learn and a sense of fun and adventure!


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