Location, subject, composition, creativity, shooting technique, gear, and editing are some of the ingredients that define an amazing landscape photograph. We will cover all these topics and many more.
Planning your landscape photography will help you achieve better results. We will cover weather, seasons, timing and how to keep yourself safe in the great outdoors. Learn how to research a location and maximise your output by applying our proven approach.
Creativity is a huge part of producing work that is as individual as you are. Learn how to work a scene, about basic rules of composition and how to break them.
We will tackle the technical side of photography in great detail. Learn about different camera systems, lenses, tripods, filters and other gizmos that will help you capture the moment. You will acquire a wide range of techniques that will allow you to vastly expand your photographic comfort zone. At the end of the workshop you will have mastered filters, long exposures, bracketing, compositing, focus stacking and panoramas.
During the noon hours we will retreat to the comforts of our hotel and explore the possibilities of post-production. We will demonstrate best practices, our workflow, and sample edits in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. No previous editing knowledge will be required.
Note: The Hero Holiday requires basic knowledge about shooting in manual mode. Details further below.
Things you will be taking home:
- A deep understanding of how to plan, shoot and edit a hero image
- Your personal welcome package
- A forty page handout
- Our Hero Cheat-Sheet
- Membership to a student-exclusive Facebook group, the Hero Hangout. Share your progress with others and get constructive feedback.
- A need to catch up on sleep (and a smile)
We believe that a productive learning environment requires small group sizes. All our workshops are limited to ten students. This allows us to pay more attention to individual needs.
- A camera with a viewfinder that allows manual control of settings (DSRL, Mirrorless)
- At least one spare battery and charger
- A memory card with a lot of space
- A sturdy, full-height tripod
- A basic set of filters (6-stop ND and/or 10-stop ND)
- A wired or wireless remote
- A torch (ideally a head-torch)
While we do not require a certain set of lenses we recommend you bring a range of lenses that cover focal lengths from wide angle to moderate telephoto. Please feel free to contact Rob and Dennis for advice.
It is not a requirement to bring a personal laptop for the editing modules of the workshop. A laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop installed will allow you to review your work and edit images during downtime.
Please arrange your own transportation. We are happy to help you arrange carpooling with other students.
We invite you to join us for meals at local restaurants at your own cost, or to make your own arrangements.
We designed this workshop for photographers who are comfortable with using their cameras in manual mode. If you are not familiar with the exposure triangle and how aperture, shutter speed and ISO interact, we are happy to get you up to speed with our Essentials workshop. Further information here.
A basic level of fitness and comfort when moving on uneven terrain is required for this workshop.
Mount Cook: Expect to walk for around an hour from the car park to our location on marked tracks across uneven terrain. There is a chance this will be required several times during the day.
Queenstown: Expect to walk for up to 15 minutes from the car park to our location on marked tracks across uneven terrain. There is a chance this will be required several times during the day.
Please note that you will have to carry all your own camera gear, clothing, snacks and drinks.
We all experience the odd bad day. If you do not feel well enough to attend a certain excursion, we are happy to point out an easier accessible alternative to you. We will catch up with you later in the day when you feel better.
Clothing & Extras
We will be moving in an exposed outdoor environment, where the weather is unpredictable even with a good forecast. Good clothing for all eventualities is essential. Your safety is of great importance to us. Please note that we might have to ask insufficiently clothed participants to stay behind at the hotel and rejoin us later. You should bring:
- Sturdy footwear, ideally boots designed for walking on uneven terrain
- Outdoor compatible clothing
- Warm layers
- Waterproof clothing (at least a jacket)
- Hat for sun protection
- Beanie & gloves (you will need them!)
- Snacks & water
- Personal medication
- A sufficiently sized backpack to carry all your camera gear, clothing and extras for each excursion
We want you to have an enjoyable workshop and to return home in good health. To ensure your safety, and the safety of others, we require you to disclose all relevant health conditions when you book the workshop.
At the beginning of each workshop we give a health and safety induction and warn you about environmental hazards. Both Rob and Dennis hold current first aid certificates and carry a first aid kit, emergency blankets and a personal locator beacon to call for help.
It is your responsibility to carry personal medication required for your safety and well-being.
Please notify us immediately if you have any concerns about environmental hazards, your personal level of fitness or if you start to feel unwell at any time during the workshop.
Please note that to attend the workshop you will need to sign a waiver at the beginning of the workshop. In this form you confirm that:
- You received a health & safety induction about environmental hazards.
- You have disclosed any medical conditions that could impact your safety, or the safety of other participants, at the time of booking.
- You are responsible for insurance of your personal items.
- You will carry all gear, clothing and personal items as required for the workshop.
- You waive certain legal rights.
The waiver form can be found here. We will also send you a copy with your info package.