Rotorua Landscapes & Astro Photography Workshop

Workshop length:
Friday 17th July to Sunday 19th July 2020
Cambridge - Lake Tarawera - Wairere Falls - Redwood Forest - Okere Falls - Lake Rotorua - Lake Karapiro
$825 (plus accomodation if required)
Max number on course:
4 people (SOLD OUT!)
Explore the amazing scenery on offer in Waikato and Rotorua on my Winter Workshop. During the weekend we cover two regions dear to my heart - areas that are captivating with their swirling thermal waterfalls, quiet lakes reflecting the beauty of the dawn and forests filled with magical light. This weekend is perfectly placed to capture 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 17th July to Sunday 19th July 2020

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 a winter sunset locally around Cambridge and after dark we will head out for astrophotography to Lake Karapiro if the skies are clear.

Saturday morning
We will meet at 5am to travel to Lake Tarawera for sunrise at one of the many beautiful jetties on the lake. A packed breakfast and lunch will be provided by the hotel.

Saturday afternoon
There will plenty of opportunities to capture a variety of scenery during the day at waterfalls in the region such as Wairere Falls at the Buried Village, Okere Falls as well as a trip into the Redwood Forest. We will end up for sunset at one of the jetties on the eastern side of Lake Rotorua or in Kuirau Park.

Saturday evening
If the skies are clear we will head back out to Lake Tarawera to capture the most amazing night skies you will see in the North Island before driving back to Cambridge.

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 Rotorua landscape photography 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
  • 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 beautiful photographic locations
  • Valuable tips and advice on how to create stunning images in Lightroom
  • Advice on using social media to showcase your photography
  • Use of Sony cameras and lenses
  • 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
  • DSLR/Mirrorless camera and lenses
  • Plenty of spare batteries and a portable charger
  • 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 timer 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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