With a maximum of only 6 participants, travelling in 2 modern 4-wheel drive vehicles, this workshop has been designed around the Aoraki/Mt Cook, Central Otago, Fiordland, Milford Sound and Queenstown areas. We have planned every day to give us the best opportunity to experience the quality of light photographers dream of. The route we travel provides many opportunities to photograph both New Zealand’s most-loved scenery and also backcountry landscapes which are seldom seen.
This workshop is suitable for all levels of photographer, from absolute beginner to seasoned professional. At each shoot location Phillip is always on hand to assist with advice and instruction, and the small-group environment allows for plenty of one-to-one tuition. We will also be conducting a series of short modules during the workshop, with attendance being optional, as follows:
Composition: Learning to See
Composition: Beyond the Obvious
Colour Theory: Understanding Colour in a Practical Way
Processing: Bringing out the Best in Your Image
New inclusions for 2018: Breakfast on day one and gourmet dinners as indicated in the itinerary.
If photographing iconic South Island landscapes with a small group of passionate photographers sounds like just what you are looking for, please use the links below to book your place or send us an enquiry.
Day two TWIZEL
We leave our lodging pre-dawn to be in position for the first light on the mountains. We will work the landscape in this area as the sun rises before returning for breakfast. Following breakfast we begin the first of our modules with Processing: Bringing out the Best in Your Image. After lunch we are out in the field for our second module: Composition: Learning to See. We then set ourselves up for last light photography on the mountains. (BLD)
Day three TWIZEL – WANAKA
Another chance to photograph sunrise on the mountains before we depart, and travel south towards Wanaka. After breakfast we will take a side trip to a hidden backcountry area and use this setting as our classroom to discuss Colour Theory: Understanding Colour in a Practical Way. We spend time shooting in this area before continuing on to Wanaka, arriving in the early evening. (BLD)
Day four WANAKA
We get down to the heli-pad pre-dawn this morning and are transferred up into the mountains to capture the sunrise over Lake Wanaka. After breakfast we drive into the mountains for a morning of spectacular autumn-colour photography. We return to town for lunch before departing to a remote location for our last-light shoot of the expansive Central Otago countryside. (BLD)
Day five WANAKA – TE ANAU
Just for a change we are up even earlier this morning as we drive up into the hills in time for the first light. This rugged environment is marked by other-wordly rock tors set amongst fields of golden tussock and provides expansive views of the surrounding mountains. After photographing here we travel to a nearby town for breakfast, before continuing on to Te Anau, to check in to our lodgings. In the afternoon we drive to a hidden wilderness location, where we will spend most of the afternoon photographing. While here we will discuss and learn Composition: Beyond the Obvious. We return to Te Anau in the early evening. (BLD)
Day six TE ANAU – MILFORD SOUND
We spend the full day in the Milford Sound area of the Fiordland National Park. We will be photographing dramatic mountains carved out by glaciers, lush rainforest draped in mosses and lichens, and crystal-clear rivers. In the afternoon we take a boat journey along the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea. As well as shooting this incredible landscape of sheer mountains, cascading waterfalls and untouched coastline it is possible we will see seals and dolphins. We finish the day with sunset at Milford Sound. (BLD)
Day seven TE ANAU – QUEENSTOWN
We make another very early start this morning to be in position for the first light. After breakfast we make our way to Queenstown, arriving in the early afternoon. After taking a break to refresh we set up on the shores of Lake Wakatipu for our sunset shoot. (BLD)
Day eight QUEENSTOWN – DEPART
Our last pre-dawn start as we travel along the road to Glenorchy to photograph the spectacular mountain, lake and autumn landscapes found in this area. In the late morning we return to Queenstown to prepare for our travel home. (B)
2018: APRIL 16 – 23
NZ$7570.00 per person double share
NZ$920.00 single supplement
Deposit: NZ$1000.00 per person
Deposit payment may be made by Internet or International Bank Transfer, Visa or Mastercard credit cards.
Balance of invoice payments may be made by Internet or International Bank Transfer, Visa or Mastercard credit cards.
Rebate Available: For payment made by direct bank transfer a one-time rebate of NZ$160.00 per person will be applied to the workshop fee balance invoice.
Photography guide services and in-field support
Accommodation for seven nights
Helicopter transfer at Wanaka
Milford Sound photography cruise
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Department of Conservation National Parks concession fees
All international air travel and domestic transportation within your home country
Any other travel services required to arrive at the workshop commencement location and all associated taxes, levies and insurances
Immigration, duty, passport and visa fees where applicable
Any personal items including alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and travel insurance
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▫ Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
▫ Milford Sound and Fiordland
▫ Helicopter Charter for Sunrise
▫ Otago's Autumn Colours
▫ 4WD Access to the Backcountry
▫ Dark Sky Reserve Astrophotography
▫ Queenstown and Glenorchy
“The trip with Phillip was extraordinary and delivered excellent value regardless of skill level.”
B. Pullein, NZ
“I have participated in a number of photo workshops both in the USA and overseas, and this particular trip is the best I have attended.”
E. Hartmann, USA
“Phillip possesses a wealth of experience, skill and expertise which he is able to share with each individual photographer.”
A. Barker, Australia
Just over twelve years ago I started guiding photographers and have been referred to as the most highly regarded landscape photography instructor in New Zealand. I believe this is because I know where the best coffee, and hot chocolate, is to be had no matter where we are.
The most valuable asset of digital photography, from a learning perspective, is being able to instantly assess each capture. This is immensely helpful when I am working with photographers to develop their individual style and master new techniques.
It is a privilege to share my enthusiasm for the New Zealand landscape with other passionate photographers and many workshop participants have become friends and repeat clients. You are most welcome to join me on this workshop.