Amazing Autumn Hawkes Bay Photography Workshop

Workshop length:
Tuesday 2nd May to Friday 5th May 2023
Havelock North
$2,099 per person (incl accommodation and transport)
Max number on course:
4 people (1 sold, 3 places available)
Come and explore this underrated and incredibly scenic region of New Zealand while it is ablaze in Autumn's finest colours. The Hawkes Bay comes alive during autumn with rows of incredible tree lined avenues, and views over serene lakes surrounded by a myriad of brilliant autumn copper, burnt orange and gold. We'll have the opportunity to capture seascapes at sunrise, lakes reflecting the best of autumn, picturesque waterfalls hidden away in quiet valleys, and panoramic views from the stunning Te Mata Peak.
What you'll experience
You'll learn to level up your photography using simple techniques and guidance to improve your composition, master your camera's settings and show you how using filters will dramatically enhance the images you capture. There will be time to try out more advanced techniques such as focus stacking & exposure bracketing to improve your results with challenging landscape scenes. You'll also learn how to take the potential from your RAW images creating results that will wow you through the use of both Lightroom and Photoshop. And we'll have a ton of fun and adventures along the way too.
Course Itinerary
By Meghan Maloney
Tuesday 2nd May to Friday 5th May 2023

Tuesday 2nd May 1pm

We'll meet at our AirBNB venue to do an introductory session for the weekend, going over important information that will help you get setup for success. From here we will head out for sunset locally, venue to be decided based on weather on the day.

Wednesday 3rd May / Thursday 4th May

We will cover a variety of landscape scenes on our travels around the Hawkes Bay - seascapes, waterfalls, lakes and panoramic views from Te Mata Peak. If the skies are clear on Thursday, we'll aim to capture moonrise around sunset. Note that due to the time of the month, astrophotography won't be possible as the moon will be too bright. We can still learn the basics of shooting the Milky Way and capture nightscape scenes with the moon.

Friday 5th May 11am

After a final sunrise session, we'll have a group brunch in Havelock North before the workshop ends at approx 11am.


A full itinerary will be provided to all attendees upon booking.

Additional Workshop Info

  • Accommodation will be in single share bedrooms in AirBnB style accommodation with shared bathroom
  • Transport from Cambridge/Hamilton is available or a Napier airport pick up at 12pm on Tuesday 2nd / drop off 12pm Friday 5th May
  • A group breakfast will be provided at the conclusion of the workshop
  • Please ensure you read the terms and conditions regarding the cancellation policy for this workshop. I highly recommend taking out insurance to cover any travel disruptions or if you need to cancel.

Fees and Payment

  • The full workshop fee is $2,099 NZD
  • A deposit of $500 is required to be paid to secure your place for this event
  • The remaining $1,599 is to be paid no later than 120 days prior to the event (2 January 2023) and is payable to Meghan Maloney Photography via bank transfer or credit card (3% surcharge applies)
  • Payment plans are available - please enquire.

How to Book

Please complete the booking form below to register.

What's included
  • Hands on tuition from a leading NZ landscape photographer
  • Mastering the manual settings on your camera - understanding the exposure triangle
  • The art of good composition - using different techniques to significantly improve how your images look and feel
  • Advanced techniques such as focus stacking, exposure blending and creating panoramas
  • 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 for those who want to try these out
  • 3 nights accommodation in single-share bedrooms (bathrooms may be shared)
  • Transport for 4 days in Hawkes Bay (transport from Cambridge/Hamilton is available or Napier airport pick up if required at 12pm on Tuesday 2nd)
Gear requirements
  • Camera and lenses (both a wide angle lens as well as a zoom lens)
  • 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, hat and gloves, possibly gumboots)
  • Umbrella, rain poncho and waterproof camera sleeve (we can still shoot waterfalls in the rain)
  • A willingness to learn and a sense of fun and adventure!
For full terms & conditions click here


"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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