Friday 25 - Sunday 27 September 2020 - Meghan Maloney Photography
Cherry blossoms on a spring morning in Cambridge

Cambridge - Lake Te Koutu - Lake Karapiro - Pirongia - Bridal Veil Falls - Raglan - Cherry Blossoms

Workshop length: 3 days, 2 nights

$999 NZD ($799 without accommodation)


Cherry Blossom in morning light

Explore the amazing scenery on offer in the Waikato 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 including the beautiful spring cherry blossoms, lush waterfalls in hidden valleys, quiet lakes reflecting the starry night sky and the dreamy seascapes of Raglan beach. 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 golden hour and sunset with the cherry blossoms local to Cambridge and after dark we will head out for astrophotography if the skies are clear to Lake Karapiro or Arapuni.

Saturday morning
We will meet at 5am for sunrise at Lake Karapiro or at one of the many local cherry blossom locations. A packed breakfast and lunch will be provided by the hotel. There will be opportunities to stop in at other cherry blossom spots during the morning.

Saturday afternoon
After lunch we will head out to Pirongia to capture the lush forest and river setting of the Mangakara Nature Walk before heading out west to Bridal Veil Falls where there are a number of vantage points to capture this lovely waterfall.

Saturday evening
We will aim to capture the sunset at Raglan beach either among the rock pools or from the hillside overlooking the beach. If the skies are clear we will stay on for astrophotography at the beach.

Sunday morning
Daylight Savings starts overnight so we get an extra hour's sleep (not really!) so we'll meet at 6am for another local sunrise. We then head 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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