What We Do

Our Kaikoura-based week-end workshops are aimed at beginner and intermediate level photographers wishing to get more out their camera equipment, to improve their photographic skills, and learn new techniques for making better pictures.

Outdoors in the field, we will show you how to get out of 'P' mode and take full manual control of your camera. We'll cover technical areas such as lens selection, exposure control, focus point and depth of field, and how to interpret the digital histogram; as well as working on image visualisation and ideas for creative composition to help you make your images stand out. On the second day we include some time to look at basic post-processing techniques using Adobe Lightroom, and we finish up with an image review session so you can measure your own progress.  

All our Kaikoura workshops include overnight accommodation and breakfast at Manakau Lodge, an award-winning luxury b&b located about 15 minutes from town. Our image review sessions also take place at the Lodge, where we have a HD data projector and screen available for our use. Non-photographing partners are welcome to join us for the week-end (a nominal additional charge of $50 is made for accommodation and breakfast) and guests may extend their stay to make the most of it. 



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AORAKI-MOUNT COOK ~ 16-17 May 2020

Limited to just three participants, this is a really special and intensive workshop in the heart of the Southern Alps, offering spectacular opportunities to photograph the mountains around Mount Cook both up close and from a distance. We'll also be boarding a helicopter at dawn, flying with the doors off and enjoying an amazing perspective for photographing the mountain peaks, glaciers and braided rivers below us.  Cost per participant: $1,999 accommodation included

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Aimed at beginner and intermediate level users of Adobe Lightroom, this interactive workshop is limited to just 6 participants. We’ll go over the basics of setting up and managing an image catalogue and then explore Lightroom’s most powerful editing tools in detail, discussing ways of transforming dull, flat RAW image files into photographs which stand out. Location: Kaikoura

Cost per participant:  $125 incl. tea, coffee and lunch.


4 Spots Available

Kaikoura Winter Landscapes ~ 24-25 August 2019

The workshop starts at 11am on Saturday. We'll spend some time during the afternoon photographing from the Kaikoura Peninsula, until sunset. Dinner and the rest of the evening is at leisure. The following morning we'll be out early for sunrise and then return to the Lodge for breakfast. The remainder of the morning will be spent at a further scenic location. We will conduct an image review and post-processing session during the early afternoon, with a sandwich lunch provided. Workshop ends at around 4pm. Cost per participant:  $499 incl. accommodation.