2021 Local Photography Workshops & Online Events

Workshop length:
Check for various workshop dates
Location:
Waikato - Rotorua - Tauranga - Worldwide (Online)
Investment:
Various - see individual course links on Sony Scene to book
Max number on course:
Please see individual events for course numbers
Overview
Want to learn some new landscape photography skills in 2021 but can't attend a weekend workshop this year? Check out my list of shorter local events and courses being run throughout 2021. From online courses showing how to create beautiful long exposures with filters and becoming a pro to 1/2 or full day local in-person events around the Waikato, Tauranga and Rotorua. Whether you're into waterfalls, sunrise and sunset, magical forests or capturing the stars, there's something for everyone here!
What you'll experience
Learn the art of creating beautiful exposures. Learn to love editing in Lightroom. Experience the best landscapes around the Waikato and Bay of Plenty both by day and by night. With in-person events, I'll be on hand to show you how to use filters to improve your images, and how to compose a scene for the best results. If you're overseas, you can still join in on the online courses too!
Course Itinerary
By Meghan Maloney
Check for various workshop dates

LEARN TO LIVE LIGHTROOM (online over two Monday nights)

When: Monday 15 & Monday 22 March 7.30pm - 9.30pm (NZ time)

Where: Online

Cost: $40

Details: Lightroom is a powerful and simple tool to transform your images into stunning works of art, but how do you begin to understand and use all its features to your advantage? I will help you become proficient in Lightroom during this 4 hour online workshop (held over two consecutive Monday nights of 2 hours each session) focusing on simple step-by-step learning.

To book visit: Learn to Love Lightroom Online Workshop

MCLAREN FALLS AUTUMN SUNSET PHOTO WALK (FREE) - SOLD OUT

McLaren Falls Autumn Sunset Photography Workshop

When: Sunday 2nd May 4pm - 6pm

Where: McLaren Falls

Cost: Free (max 10 people)

Details: Join me for a casual sunset shoot shoot at the picturesque McLaren Falls during the height of the autumn colours. As this is a casual event there won't be any formal teaching but I'll be on hand to offer tips for camera settings to capture great sunset shots and give you ideas on unique compositions around the lake front. It's also a good chance to meet and chat to other local photographers!

To book visit: McLaren Falls Autumn Sunset Photo Walk

HAMILTON GARDENS AUTUMN GOLDEN HOUR PHOTO WALK (FREE) - SOLD OUT

Hamilton Gardens Autumn Photography Workshop

When: Saturday 22nd May 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Where: Hamilton Gardens

Cost: Free (max 10 people)

Details: Join me for a casual photo walk during golden hour in the Hamilton Gardens. As this is a casual event there won't be any formal teaching but I'll be on hand to offer tips for camera settings to capture some unique compositions in the enclosed gardens ending with sunset at Turtle Lake. It's also a good chance to meet and chat to other local photographers!

To book visit: Hamilton Gardens Autumn Photo Walk

INTRO TO ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY - WAIKATO (EVENING + ONLINE) - SOLD OUT

Lake Karapiro Astro Workshop

When: Saturday 3rd July from 5.30pm (back up date Sunday 4 July) and Monday 5th July (7.30pm - 9.30pm online)

Where: Lake Karapiro

Cost: $125 (max 4 people)

Details: If you've ever wanted to get started with astro, now is the time! This will be a small group setting to maximise your learning. I'll cover all you need to know to take great astro shots including equipment, settings, how to ensure sharp focus, and how to stack your shots to reduce noise while we are out in the field. This will be followed up by an online editing session on Monday to show you how to edit your astro shots.

To book visit: An Intro to Astrophotography (Waikato)

INTRO TO ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY - ROTORUA (EVENING + ONLINE) - SOLD OUT

Rotorua Astrophotography Workshop

When: Saturday 31 July from 5.30pm (back up date Sunday 1 August) with online editing session Monday 2nd August (7.30 - 9.30pm online)

Where: Lake Tarawera

Cost: $125 (max 4 people)

Details: If you've ever wanted to get started with astro, now is the time! This will be a small group setting to maximise your learning. I'll cover all you need to know to take great astro shots including equipment, settings, how to ensure sharp focus, and how to stack your shots to reduce noise while we are out in the field. This will be followed up by an online editing session via Zoom on Monday evening to show you how to edit your astro shots.

To book visit: An Intro to Astrophotography (Rotorua)

STAR TRAILS - WAIKATO (EVENING + ONLINE) - 3 SPACES AVAILABLE

Star Trails Lake Karapiro Photography Workshop

When: Saturday 4 September 6pm (back up date Sunday 5 September) with online editing session Monday 6 September (7.30 - 9.30pm online)

Where: Lake Karapiro

Cost: $125 (max 4 people)

Details: Mastered the basics of astro but want to take your astro images to the next level? Learn how to capture star trails in the field and edit them successfully to create stunning surreal night shots. We'll spend approximately 3 hours in the field (1 to set up and 2 to shoot your star trail images). This will be followed up by an online editing session via Zoom on Monday evening to show you how to put your star trail images together.

To book visit: How to Capture & Edit Star Trails

SPRING CHERRY BLOSSOM PHOTO WALK (FREE) - 10 SPACES AVAILABLE

Spring Cherry Blossom Photography Workshop

When: Date TBA (approx 21-23 September) 4pm-6.30pm

Where: Hamilton and Cambridge

Cost: Free (max 10 people)

Details: The Waikato is pretty as a picture during Cherry Blossom season, and there are some beautiful compositions to be shot during golden hour and sunset. We'll be visiting 2-3 different locations around Hamilton and Cambridge over 2.5 hours. I will provide transport from the meeting point and back again afterwards. As this is a casual event, there won't be any formal teaching but I'll be on hand to give you tips on camera settings and help you find some unique compositions to show off this stunning time of year.

To book: Email me below to register your interest, exact date TBA

What's included
  • Tuition from an award-nominated, leading NZ photographer
  • Mastering the manual settings on your camera for any lighting situation
  • The art of good composition at any location
  • How to use KASE neutral density and polariser filters while in the field to create stunning landscape images
  • In-the-field experience at a variety of stunning New Zealand locations
  • Expert advice on how to create stunning images in Lightroom (online only)
  • Use of Sony cameras and lenses (in person only)
Gear requirements

For in-person events

  • Camera and lenses
  • STURDY tripod - very important
  • Torch
  • Spare batteries and charger (plenty of batteries!)
  • Remote shutter control if you have one
  • Neutral density filters (if you own these - a selection will be available to borrow if you message me in advance)
  • Wet weather and warm gear (waterproof jacket, sturdy footwear, a small umbrella or waterproof camera sleeve, hat and gloves)
  • A willingness to learn and a sense of fun and adventure!

For Online Events

  • COMPUTER / SMARTPHONE - you should have access to a desktop or laptop with a camera/webcam installed, however if you can only connect via audio this is OK. You can also use your smartphone for the online event, but you will get the best results from using a larger screen.
  • INTERNET CONNECTION - I recommend you have high speed broadband access to enable the best viewing experience via Zoom.
  • CAMERA AND LENSES - Ideally you'll already have a camera with interchangeable lenses (i.e. DSLR or mirrorless camera), but if you are just starting out in photography and want to know more about filters and editing then you will still benefit from the events.
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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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