Our workshops are suitable for all experience levels, from amateur to professional photographer. Each photographer receives tailored individual instruction, based on their personal goals for the workshop.
We believe that the key in providing a successful photography workshop is experience. Experience not only of the photography instructor but also in the logistical support, which is vital for overall guest satisfaction. After leading workshops for over twelve years we continue to be the innovators of the most authentic and original photography expeditions in New Zealand. Your instructor, Phillip Bartlett, is a born-and-bred New Zealander whose work as a professional landscape photographer has given him the knowledge and expertise necessary to practically transfer skills and techniques to workshop participants. Beginner photographers can expect intensive input on each shoot so that through repetition of process good elementary photography habits are formed, allowing more freedom in the creative process. Advanced photographers receive unobtrusive mentoring to fine-tune their existing skills and help transcend any creative blocks or default shooting styles. We know that some photographers may prefer to receive support only when they ask for it, which is absolutely fine. Along with direct mentoring, we also work together as a small group sharing ideas, vision and insights. The common denominator of photography creates a community environment, which makes the adventure a lot of fun at the same time!
Any camera equipment which you are already familiar with is the right choice, so that you can concentrate on your photography. Prior to the workshop we send out a suggested camera equipment packing list and can offer advice on lenses, filters, tripods and other accessories which you are likely to find useful while photographing in New Zealand.
Our workshops are timed to coincide with autumn, winter and spring conditions so you can photograph New Zealand in the season which appeals to you.
Our workshops are designed to be suitable for people of all ages in good health and moderate fitness. While activities are not strenuous, on some workshops we may be taking hikes on tracks in wilderness areas, including alpine regions, which may involve uphill walks and uneven ground. It will be necessary to carry your own camera equipment for these activities. Should you have any concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness in relation to a particular workshop, please contact us to discuss this before registering. There is no obligation to participate on any hikes, and in most cases we can offer an alternative for you.
We limit each workshop to just six participants, with the benefits of restricting the group size to such a low number becoming very obvious after a day or two in the field.
Absolutely! Non-photographers regularly join their spouse, friend or partner and always comment on the wonderful experience which they have enjoyed, with the freedom to come out with the group on shoots as they decide.
Yes we can. We have extensive experience in organising customised workshops on an individual or group basis. We can also arrange logistics and support for international photographers who want to run a workshop in New Zealand.
To ensure that we are well-rested after our day’s activities we stay in comfortable, modern lodgings which are well equipped. Meals are included as noted in the itinerary and are typical of New Zealand cuisine: fresh, local produce with choices to suit all tastes and appetites. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
If you still have other questions please feel free to get in touch using the below contact form.