The Majestic South - Queenstown & Milford Sound Workshop (5 day, 4 night)

Workshop length:
Friday 23rd September to Tuesday 27th September 2022
Location:
Queenstown - Fiordland - Milford Sound
Investment:
$2,499 (including accommodation, breakfast & transport)
Max number on course:
Maximum of 6 people (SOLD OUT)
Overview
BRAND NEW FOR 2022! Join me and co-host Laurie Winter to experience the majesty of NZ's mountains in these two incredible regions. Fiordland is known for its dramatic mountain cliffs, crystal clear rivers and powerful waterfalls while Queenstown is home to stunning lakes with amazing mountain backdrops, and lush NZ beech forest. You will experience and capture it all on this 5-day journey taking in all the best sights while learning how to take your photography to the next level!
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 23rd September to Tuesday 27th September 2022

Friday 2pm

The workshop will commence at 2pm at Pinewood Lodge in Queenstown. If you need a pick up from Queenstown Airport, this will be available at approximately 12pm.

We will have an introduction session to the weekend before heading out to shoot sunset in the Queenstown area. We will decide on the exact location on the day based on weather conditions in the area.

Queenstown Landscape Photography Workshop

After dinner if the skies are clear, we will either shoot star trails or an astro panorama later in the evening.

Moke Lake Astro Panorama

Saturday

Sunrise will be at one of the many scenic lakeside locations along Lake Wakatipu.

After breakfast back at the lodge, we head south to Fiordland, spending our day taking in all the incredible sights along the road to Milford Sound, including waterfalls, mirror reflections, towering mountains, and hopefully capturing a cheeky kea or two at Homer Tunnel along the way.

Milford Sound Landscape Photography Workshop

After an afternoon editing session at Milford Sound Lodge where we'll be based for two nights, we'll head out and shoot sunset at Milford Sound foreshore, watching the last light of day sink behind Mitre Peak. We'll eat dinner at the lodge, and then spend the night shooting an astro panorama or editing depending on the weather.

Sunday

We'll greet the day with sunrise back at the foreshore, before enjoying a full day exploring the Fiordland area. With beech forest, pristine lakes and crystal clear rivers to explore, this day will be jam packed with the jaw-dropping scenery that Fiordland is famous for. We'll also take a 2 hour scenic cruise on Milford Sound to get up close and personal with the towering peaks and waterfalls in the fiord.

Milford Sound Photography Workshop

In the afternoon, we'll return to Milford Sound Lodge to shoot sunset again in the foreshore area, and enjoy dinner at the Lodge before trying our hand at astrophotography again later in the evening or taking the time to edit our shots.

Monday

After shooting sunrise at another location close to the Lodge, we'll enjoy our final breakfast here before heading back along the Milford Road, exploring other locations that we haven't yet visited or returning to shoot others previously visited in different lights.

Milford Sound Landscape Photography Workshop

After returning to Pinewood Lodge, we'll enjoy an editing session before heading out to a new location for sunset based both on weather and group choice. If the skies are clear, we'll also shoot star trails after dark.

Queenstown Landscape Photography Workshop

Tuesday 2pm

Our final morning will be spent out at Glenorchy for sunrise, and then shooting a photogenic waterfall on our way back to Queenstown. We'll spend the remainder of the morning wrapping up the workshop and enjoying a final lunch together before everyone heads home, bursting with new knowledge and great images!

Queenstown Landscape Photography Workshop

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. If shoots can't proceed due to adverse weather, we will use the time to go over more complex editing tools.

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. Laurie co-hosted my Catlins & Dunedin workshop in 2021 and I'm thrilled that she has agreed to host again with me in 2022..

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

Additional Workshop Info

  • Accommodation will be in ensuite twin/double rooms (Pinewood Lodge) and mountain view/2 bedroom chalets (Milford Lodge). All rooms will be single share though you may need to share a bathroom at Milford Lodge.
  • Breakfasts are covered for the duration 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 $2,499 NZD
  • A deposit of $800 is required to be paid to secure your place for this event
  • The remaining $1,699 is to be paid no later than 120 days prior to the event (30 May 2022) 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 leading NZ landscape photographers
  • 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
  • 4 nights accommodation and breakfast in single share rooms (2 nights Pinewood Lodge, 2 nights Milford Sound Lodge (bathrooms may be shared).
  • Transport for 5 days including airport pick up and drop-off
  • A 2 hour scenic cruise in Milford Sound
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 (Fiordland is likely to be WET!)
  • A willingness to learn and a sense of fun and adventure!
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Testimonials

"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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