The Catlins - NZ's Best Kept Secret Photography Workshop

Workshop length:
Friday 4th June to Monday 7th June 2021 (Queens Birthday)
St Clair Beach - Nugget Point - McLean Falls - Purakaunui Falls - Curio Bay - Waipapa Point Lighthouse - Matai Falls - Haldane Bay
$1599 (includes 3 nights AirBnB single-share accommodation & transport from Dunedin Airport)
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Join me and my special co-host award-winning astrophotographer Laurie Winter for an epic long weekend of landscape and astrophotography adventures in one of NZ's most remote and photogenic locations - The Catlins. The area is home to endless amazing waterfalls, lighthouse and seascapes so there will be an amazing variety of locations to choose from to hone your photography skills while learning many different settings and techniques to improve your results.
What you'll experience
We'll teach you how to use simple techniques to improve your composition, master your camera's settings and use filters to enhance the images you capture. We'll help you 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 an image that will wow you 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 4th June to Monday 7th June 2021 (Queens Birthday)

Friday 2pm

The workshop will commence at 2pm at the accommodation in Dunedin. If you need a pick up from Dunedin Airport, this will be available at approximately 12pm.

We will have an introduction to the weekend before heading out to shoot sunset at a local beach. We will decide on the exact location on the day based on weather conditions in the area. If the skies are clear we'll stay out to shoot astro at one of the beaches before dinner.

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Sunrise will be at Hoopers Inlet or another iconic Dunedin coastal location taking in the beautiful swirling seascapes and rock formations in the area.

After breakfast, we head south to The Catlins towards Curio Bay with plenty of stops along the way for photography including  McLean Falls, undoubtedly one of NZ's most impressive waterfalls. There are many opportunities to photograph in this location, both the upper and lower waterfall and the forest along the way - you wont believe the birdsong here!

After an afternoon editing session, we'll head out and shoot sunset and astro at Waipapa Point Lighthouse before returning to Curio Bay for the night.

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We'll greet the day with sunrise along the wild and windswept Curio Bay headland cliffs, before spending the morning processing our images. Then we'll head north to Kaka Point via Matai Falls and Purakaunui Falls. Sunset will be at the amazing Nugget Point lighthouse before the final astro session of the workshop.

catlins landscape photography workshop


Our final morning will be spent at Nugget Point lighthouse watching the sun rise over the ocean at one of NZ's most amazing coastal locations. From here we'll pack up and return to Dunedin approx 12pm.

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.

Workshop Co-Host

Laurie is a supremely talented NZ landscape and astrophotographer. She was a top-3 finalist in the Sony Alpha awards astrophotography category in 2019, and won the category in 2020. I have learnt a lot by photographing alongside Laurie on many occasions over the years and so I'm thrilled that she will be co-hosting The Catlins workshop with me in 2021.

You can check out more of Laurie's work on her website and Instagram.

Additional Workshop Info

  • Accommodation will be single share in AirBnB style accommodation (there is more than one property booked in some locations)
  • As the locations are remote, it is likely you will need to bring food for some meals (this will be confirmed)
  • 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
  • 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) and is payable 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 to register.

What's included
  • Hands on tuition from two of NZ's leading landscape/astro photographers
  • 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 (AirBnb) and transport for the weekend (from Dunedin Airport)
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, 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

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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