Central Otago Landscape Photography Workshop.
Central Otago at this time of the year: (August 10th/11th)
Central Otago is wonderful at any time of the year, but it takes on a very special magic for photographers in the winter months. Great sunbathing weather and great photography weather and are not one and the same. Often weather that most would label as crappy, turns out to be great photography weather. Frosts, fog, snow on the land, dramatic winter stormy clouds, sunlight low on the horizon struggling to break through, all of these conditions can, and often do, lead to really dramatic photos.
The fact that the vast majority of people avoid bad weather, means that the photos you do get in these conditions, are a lot less common, and all the more special because of it.
Of course going out into bad whether doesn't mean you have to “suffer for your art”. In this day and age with modern clothing it is perfectly possible to stay warm and dry in any kinds of weather.
So come and experience Central Otago in the winter time with us, and find out what you've been missing out on.
Who this workshop is for:
- All beginners entering landscape/nature photography, or photography in general, that would like help.
- Intermediates looking to improve their skills.
- Advanced level photographers looking for some inspiration, or to break through a plateau to the next level, (you may be surprised at what you learn).
This workshop is for anyone with a digital SLR camera who would like to improve their photography.
Accommodation is in the Wedderburn cottages Friday and Saturday nights. Each modern warm cottage is a self-contained unit with it’s own kitchenette and bathroom.
The price of accomodation is $75 per person, per night. (you don't need to book accomodation, we'll book it for you!)
More information on accomodation here
All food during the weekend will be your own responsibility. However Saturday night’s dinner will be a sociable occasion, as we’ll wander down to the Wedderburn pub, (300m from our accommodation) for a group meal. It’s not compulsory, but they put on a good feed at a reasonable price, so why not join us?
We ask that you provide your own transport to and from Wedderburn and that you are prepared to drive from the accommodation to each photography location. The locations that we will use are about 30 minutes drive from our accommodation. Often people end up sharing transport to these locations.
On the Friday evening, we’ll be driving up via Middle March and we’ll be trying to time our drive to catch good light along the way. Join us in convoy if you can.
What to bring:
Footwear suitable for outdoor terrain
Lots of warm clothing, including a hat and gloves
Camera and lens
Remote or cable release if you have one (buy one of trademe for about $10)
Camera batteries and charger
5 Photographs stored on a memory stick that you are prepared to share with the group
A laptop with Photoshop installed if you would like lessons in Photoshop. (You can install a 30-day trial version for free.)
A sense of adventure and the willingness to give something new a go!
Some equipment can be borrowed and we’ll have some specialty equipment with us for you to try.
Let us know if you feel you are short of anything as we are often able to help.
Structure of the days:
We’ll be up early and out late to capture the best light. Between these times there will be a mix of structured lessons and unstructured time; where we are there to help as you do your own thing. This time is for Photoshoping, critiquing photos that you’ve taken, or taking more photos to practice what you’ve just learnt etc. Alternatively you could choose to just chill out. The choice is yours.
$300 per photographer plus accommodation. ($150 for the two nights ie a total of $450)
The maximum number of photographers on the workshop will be restricted to 6, which means that you will receive lots of one-on-one tuition from Allan and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
We require a deposit of $150 to secure your place.
Terms and Conditions:
Also known as the fine print. terms and conditions here