High Country Mountains and Lakes Landscape Photography Workshop

Workshop length:
Friday 9th July - Monday 12th July
Lake Heron - Lake Camp - Lake Clearwater - Rangitata Valley - Mount Sunday
$1,599 (includes accommodation and transport from Christchurch Airport)
Max number on course:
Explore the amazing high country mountains and lakes in the Ashburton Lakes area while honing your photography skills. Staying at Lake Heron Station in the heart of the Canterbury high country, we will explore and capture this remote and beautiful area of New Zealand in detail over 4 days. A scenic flight will also be available during our stay to capture the awesome mountain vistas of the Southern Alps.
What you'll experience
During the weekend you'll learn a variety of techniques to improve your composition, master your camera's settings and use filters to enhance the images you capture. I'll help you to perfect more advanced techniques such as focus stacking and exposure bracketing to improve your results when photographing challenging landscape and astro scenes. You'll also learn how to take the potential from your RAW images and turn it into images that will wow through the use of both Lightroom and Photoshop. And of course we'll have a ton of fun and adventures along the way too.
Course Itinerary
By Meghan Maloney
Friday 9th July - Monday 12th July

Friday 10am

Transport will leave at 10am from Christchurch Airport . If you prefer to travel directly to the workshop, you will need to be at Lake Heron Station by 2pm.

Upon arrival, we will have an introduction to the weekend before heading out to shoot sunset near Lake Heron Station.

canterbury lakes landscape photography workshop


Over the course of the weekend we will explore and photograph the beautiful Ashburton Lakes region including Lake Heron, Lake Camp and Lake Clearwater. We'll also explore the Rangitata valley and Mount Sunday (Edoras in Lord of the Rings) with views to the magnificent Mt D'Archaic and the Cloudy Peak Range. During our stay at Lake Heron Station, we'll have also time to explore the farm via 4WD, and in the evenings capture the amazing Milky Way over the mountains and lakes in the area.

On one of the mornings we plan to take to the skies to explore the area with a 1 hour scenic flight over the mountains during sunrise and golden hour.

We will also incorporate two editing sessions during the weekend to maximise your knowledge and learning of the best post-processing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop.

ashburton lakes landscape photography workshop

Monday 2pm

After a final sunrise session, we will leave Lake Heron approximately 10am for a 2pm arrival at Christchurch Airport.

Note: This is an approximate itinerary only and will change based on weather conditions on the day, so it is possible that not all locations listed will be visited

Additional Workshop Info

  • Accommodation will be single share at Lake Heron Station
  • As the location is remote, you will need to bring all the food you will need for the duration of the workshop (there are full self-catering facilities available).
  • Please ensure you read the terms and conditions regarding the cancellation policy for this workshop

Fees and Payment

  • The full workshop fee is $1,599 NZD (please allow $1,899 including the scenic flight)
  • A deposit of $399 is required to be paid via Sony Scene to secure your place for this event
  • The remaining $1,200 is to be paid no later than 60 days prior to the event (4 April) payable directly to Meghan Maloney Photography via bank transfer or credit card (3% surcharge applies)
  • Payment plans are also available (additional $100 administration fee) - please enquire

How to Book

Please complete the booking form below.

What's included
  • Hands on tuition from a leading NZ landscape photographer
  • Mastering the manual settings on your camera
  • The art of good composition
  • Use of KASE neutral density and polariser filters while in the field
  • Planning and executing a successful photography shoot
  • In-the-field experience at a variety of stunning New Zealand locations
  • Expert advice on how to create stunning images in Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Advice on using social media to showcase your photography
  • Use of Sony cameras and lenses
  • 3 nights accommodation at Lake Heron Station and transport for the weekend (from Christchurch Airport)
  • The cost of the scenic flight will be approximately $300-350 and will be payable to Lake Heron Station directly
Gear requirements
  • Camera
  • Lenses (due to the opportunities for zoom shots it is recommend that you bring both a wide angle lens AND a lens capable of up to 200-300mm zoom)
  • STURDY tripod - very important
  • Torch or head torch
  • Spare batteries and charger (plenty of batteries!)
  • Laptop
  • Memory cards and adapter to link with laptop for editing
  • Remote shutter control (needed if there is an opportunity to try star trails)
  • Neutral density filters (if you own these - a selection will be available to borrow during the weekend)
  • Wet weather and warm gear (waterproof jacket, hiking boots, a small umbrella or waterproof camera sleeve, hat and gloves)
  • All food and snacks required for the duration of the workshop
  • A willingness to learn and a sense of fun and adventure!

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"Meghan is a great photography tutor. She explains things clearly and precisely and takes the time to make sure you understand. She knows a wide variety of techniques and styles for learners to try."

Craig - Matamata

Meghan's workshop is a great mix of useful skills and fundamental concepts as well as lots of fun. Meghan is such a lovely person that would like to share anything that you will be happy to spend two full days with her. The workshop helped me a lot.

Lily - China

Having followed Meghan and her captivating portrayal of New Zealand’s landscape on instagram for over 5 years, I’ve finally had the opportunity to join her 5-week online live photography course. Meghan has a gift to explain the “how to” of landscape photography in a very clear, easy to understand and enjoyable manner. Her depth of knowledge in every aspect will prove a more than worthwhile investment for anyone who enjoys this form of photography,  whether novice or experienced.

David - Christchurch

Real, honest, down to earth and very talented photographer. Very helpful with all the little things, takes time to explain information and makes sure it is understood. Just completed an online Zoom photography course which was well run and incredibly informative..

Robbie - Australia

Meghan is an amazing tutor. Her effective communication and course outline was exactly what I was looking for. I bought my first camera a few weeks before this course and lucky enough this course covered camera settings and composition which every beginner looks forward to.  From looking after your gear, settings, pro tips, composition and editing, this course was every beginners dream come true. I look forward to the next stage of this course and mind you this was quite affordable and full of knowledge. I have become a better photographer. Thank you and I look forward to more content from you.

Ash - Queenstown

Meghan is not only an awesome photographer but a wonderful teacher. I love her delivery style and this course is a great introduction to landscape photography. Meghan is also very encouraging and is very open and detailed with sharing her knowledge during her classes. The course structure was well thought out and presented in easy to digest modules. I look forward to learning more from Meghan as she grows her class schedule. Highly recommend!

Lystra - UK

Meghan has been the most helpful and caring photographer I have had the pleasure to meet, she has that special quality (and patience) that very few are blessed with to be the perfect teacher and along with her amazing photography is a mentor to us all... I have been so privileged to have her assistance on my learning journey, something I will be forever grateful for...

Robyn -  Otago

Totally amazing time with Meghan.  Her knowledge is amazing and the willingness to teach is fantastic. I never thought i could learn so much in such a short time but I did. I highly recommend Meghan to anyone wanting to learn and develop their skills. I cant wait to work with Meghan again soon.

Paul - Palmerston North

Perfect. I have learnt more in one  weekend than I ever imagined I could.

Jason - Cambridge

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