Autumn Colours & Astro - Waikato/Tauranga Photography Workshop

Workshop length:
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th May 2021
Cambridge - Lake Karapiro - Blue Spring - McLaren Falls Park - Kaiate Falls - Mount Maunganui
$825 NZD (plus accommodation if required)
Max number on course:
Explore the glorious autumn colours in Waikato and Bay of Plenty on my Autumn Workshop. During the weekend we cover an area that is incredibly rich in landscape photographic variety from rocky coastal seascapes to quiet lakes reflecting autumn colours and lush waterfalls found deep in hidden valleys. This weekend is perfect for capturing the Milky Way too!
What you'll experience
You'll learn a ton of awesome photography tips and techniques - including how to improve your composition, master your camera's manual settings and learn how using filters will enhance the images you capture. You'll also discover lots of easy Lightroom editing techniques to turn your original RAW files into stunning landscape images you won't believe you've created!
Course Itinerary
By Meghan Maloney
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th May 2021

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 to capture Middle-earth scenery at The Blue Spring 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.

BONUS: There will be a selection of Sony cameras and lenses to try out over the weekend, but there is no requirement to shoot with Sony gear to benefit from the workshop.

What's included
  • Tuition and advice from Meghan tailored to suit each participant's needs
  • In-the-field experience at a variety of beautiful photographic locations
  • Opportunities to use filters to enhance your photography
  • Valuable tips and advice on creating stunning images in Lightroom
  • Advice on using social media to showcase your photography
  • Drinks and nibbles (Friday)
  • Breakfast and lunch while on the road (Saturday)
  • A sit down breakfast (Sunday)
  • Transport for the duration of the workshop

Please let me know if you require accommodation as I have special rates arranged with Hidden Lake Hotel.

Gear requirements
  • 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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"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

I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to improve their photography skills. I learnt so much this weekend and am so excited to practice my new skills. I have a lot more confidence and knowledge about what I'm doing and a heightened enthusiasm.

Emily - Otorohanga

I really enjoyed going to new locations with expert guidance in each place. Meghan is super friendly and happy to answer all questions  - a great tutor.

Vivienne - Whangaparoa

Fantastic introduction to a variety of areas in the Waikato to take photos. We were encouraged to experiment and Meghan has a genuine interest in other's perspectives and the photos we all took.

Zoe - Hamilton

Fun and lots of learning while feeling like a few friends going out to get good photos!

Becky - UK

Meghan is very knowledgeable and has a wonderful manner to teach.

Dave -  Tauranga

I learnt so much about my camera and different ways to compose images. I learnt how to get my aperture, shutter and ISO to all work together.

Hannah - Cambridge

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

Jason - Cambridge

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