Private One x One Sessions
May
15
to Nov 30

Private One x One Sessions

A  number of people have enquired recently about one-on-one workshops - so over the Winter period as it is difficult due to the weather to arrange group outings that suit everyoneI'm offering those interested the opportunity to book a variety of personal tutorials that will deal specifically with what you'd like assistance with.  It could be things like shooting with good depth of field, using filters, looking for compositions, getting your exposure right for the best processing, etc.  

We can practice and discuss any or all of these techniques at the following tutorials : 1) city skyline blue hour 2) long exposure light trails 3) street photography 4) West Coast beach sunset 5) Macro 6) Lightroom or PS CC tutorials

Prices will vary in relation to the location, but start from $120 and you're welcome to bring along a non-photographing partner, or add your photographing partner/friend to the shoot for just 50% more!  Tutorials will generally last for about two hours, but this can be flexible - dependent on weather conditions, etc.  Please feel free to enquire.

 

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India Photo Tour - Mar/Apr 2018 - Full!
Mar
25
to Apr 6

India Photo Tour - Mar/Apr 2018 - Full!

  • Paharganj Road New Delhi, DL, 110055 India (map)
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In 2017 & 2018 I'm heading back to India to host two small group photo tours through some of the most photogenic - must visit - parts of the country.  There will be 2 trips to India - October 2017 and April 2018. They will be my 7th and 8th visits to India over 18 years.  I know the country well, in fact, it's not an exaggeration to say I'm as comfortable on the streets of New Delhi as Auckland.  This photo tour will take you to the best sights and give you a fun experience getting to know this colourful and at times crazy country. 

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The idea of running a photo tour came about after my Encounter India Photo Exhibition as I had had many enquiries about travelling in India and how difficult it is for first-time visitors.  And it's true, it is difficult!  Hence, this tour aims to let you focus on your photography, taking away all the stresses and hassles that normal first-time travellers to India experience.  Please note, this is not a tour to help you learn how to use your camera.  I presume you can already shoot on various settings.  Prior to departure I will run a free workshop for all attendees focussing on travel/street photography.  If you think you might need more tuition and you'd like to attend the India trip please contact me for some one-on-one shoot time.  Prices are very reasonable and we can focus on whatever skill or technique it is you'd like help with.

This photo tour is about chaperoning you to the best spots at the best time of day, leaving you free to focus on your photography your way.  I will handle and arrange, with the help of local 'fixers' where required, all the logistics of getting us to and from said locations with as much ease as is possible in a country of over a billion people.  Partners, husbands, wives are welcome.  It's not necessary to be a budding photographer to attend.  The focus is on visiting the best locations and taking photos, but with what device you take them is up to you - everything from an iPhone to a Hasselblad is appropriate.  

If you have any questions contact me, and if you're at all interested in signing up please email me for a copy of the itinerary.

The tour will go ahead with a minimum of 2 attendees (and a maximum of 6).

Final payment MUST be made by November 1st, 2017.  Late payments will incur a late fee.  Deposits are NON-Refundable.  Cancellation policy: 6 weeks prior to departure 40% refund, and no refund within 6 weeks of departure. 

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India Photo Tour - Oct 2017 - Full!
Oct
1
to Oct 13

India Photo Tour - Oct 2017 - Full!

  • Paharganj Road New Delhi, DL, 110055 India (map)
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In October I'm heading back to India to host a small group photo tour through some of the most photogenic parts of the country.  This will be my 6th trip to India over 18 years.  I know India well, in fact, I am as comfortable on the streets of New Delhi as Auckland.  This photo tour will take you to some of the best sights and give you a fun experience getting to know this colourful and at times crazy country. 

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The idea of running a photo tour came about after my Encounter India Photo Exhibition as I had many enquiries into how easy/difficult it was there to get the shots I got.  This tour aims to let you focus on your photography, taking away all the stresses and hassles that normal first time travellers to India experience.  This is not a tour to help you learn how to use your camera, I presume you can already shoot on the manual setting.  If not, and you'd like to attend the India photo tour, I suggest you attend a few of my regular Auckland-based workshops in order to get more familiar with your camera as this photo tour is about chaperoning you to the best spots at the best time of day, leaving you free to focus on your photography and not get bogged down in logistics.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me, and if you're at all interested please email me for a copy of the itinerary.

Tour will go ahead regardless of attendee numbers (maximum 6).  

Cancellation policy: 6 weeks prior to departure 40% refund, and no refund within 6 weeks of departure. 

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Astro is Back - Rescheduled!
Sep
16
to Sep 17

Astro is Back - Rescheduled!

  • Whatipu Road Auckland, Auckland, 0604 New Zealand (map)
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Let's go ASTRO again!  This time we're going to head West to a place that few photograph due to its isolation.  It'll be an hour West of Auckland and the last part will be on a gravel  road.  It's a fantastic place to shoot and I recommend going early to also catch the setting sun.  It could act as a nice foreground to your Milky Way image.

This workshop is for beginner to intermediate astrophotographers.  Steve and I will both give tuition early on in the night.  Afterwards, you'll be free to wander off and find your own composition to shoot.   By the end of the workshop the MW will be very low in the sky and this is when many photographers are most keen to shoot it.

* Please be aware that this workshop will have a backup evening of Saturday the 16th, if necessary due to inclement weather.

Image credit: Steve Clifton.

Image credit: Steve Clifton.

For this workshop I will have Steve Clifton along.  He's done lots of great astrophotography in the area and he will walk us through some of the camera settings, using photopills and  how best to capture the Milky Way.  It's not too late a night either with start time of 8.30pm.  The event will finish aroundmidnight, but of course you're welcome to stay on or leave earlier.  Maybe even camp there the evening as the carpark is at a DOC campground.  If you have any questions please PM or email me.

Gear: a wide angle lens with a wide aperture is best for shooting the stars unless you're into panoramas in which case a midrange lens should give you nice compression of the foreground with the stars.  A tripod is a must, a sturdy one is best of course.  You won't need any filters for the astro shoot, but if you come early for sunset they'll be a valuable addition.  A warm jacket and one that is rainproof would be a plus.  Bring a trusty plastic bag to put over your camera in the event of a shower.  Also think about your footwear, as your feet may end up wet as there are often many small and shallow tributaries we sometimes have to cross, to get onto the beach, depending on tides and erosion.  And lastly, a headlamp is always useful when setting up, and for not getting lost, or tripping over that piece of driftwood :-/  However, as a courtesy to others try not to leave your headlamp turned on nor wave it about too much.

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Reflections and City Lights - FULL!
Aug
12
4:00pm 4:00pm

Reflections and City Lights - FULL!

  • 79-85 Westhaven Dr Auckland, Auckland, 1011 New Zealand (map)
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Westhaven is a great place to shoot the setting sun's reflection across the marina while getting some lovely shots of the yachts in the harbour.  We'll commence near Westhaven Beach and walk the length of the marina looking for compositions as we go.  If it isn't windy we will get beautiful reflections.  As the sun starts to set we'll settle on a spot to shoot the sunset and city lights as they come on.

I will have a demo set of Nisi Neutral Density Filters on hand for attendees to try - this will provide you with a great opportunity to 'feel out' what filters to purchase.  If you purchase on the night I will offer a reduced price from that which is offered online.

Gear: a tripod, a polariser filter will be useful for the reflections and an ND filter and a ND graduated filter, if at all possible.  These aren't completely necessary, but will certainly improve your imagery.  A wide to standard zoom works best at this location.  Naturally, wear a warm jacket and warm footwear.  It does get cold out at this time of evening.

Please ensure you are also available Sunday afternoon in case the weather is bad Saturday.  We will use Sunday as a backup date.  Once you have paid add yourself as "going" to the event on Facebook to be sure to get updates on where to meet and if we need to reschedule the event.

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Karekare Double Play - Full!
Aug
5
2:30pm 2:30pm

Karekare Double Play - Full!

  • 2 Karekare Rd Karekare, Auckland, 0772 New Zealand (map)
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Let's shoot two subjects on the one afternoon/evening.  First we'll start down at Karekare Falls.  So let's meet at the beach carpark and we'll walk up to the falls.  Here you can practice your long exposure skills. This shoot will work best with a neutral density filter of at least 6 stops, but 10 stops would be better.  We want to lengthen the exposure to make the water milky.

After we're done at the falls we'll scoot down to the beach.  It's a very expansive beach and there's lots of room for us to spread out once we've all got a good idea of settings etc.  We can start by shooting back in the dunes getting some foreground interest with the dune grasses and then we can all move forward towards cute little Panatahi Island for some reflections in the wet sand as sunset rolls through.

As always wear warm clothing and bring a plastic bag to cover your camera in case a shower passes, it is the West Coast after all.  You may want to consider some footwear that you don't mind getting a little wet as we may have to walk across the small stream leading down to the beach and/or get our feet a little damp on the wet sand near the water's edge.  We won't be doing any 'true' seascapes here - meaning you won't be going into the water as such.

Gear: as always a tripod is a must, some ND and graduated filters are a privilege and a wide angle lens will serve you best overall.  Any kit lens around 18mm or 24mm will also work well.

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Let's Use Neutral Density Filters
Jul
30
4:30pm 4:30pm

Let's Use Neutral Density Filters

  • 79-85 Westhaven Dr Auckland, Auckland, 1011 New Zealand (map)
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Long exposure photography is one of the most enjoyable forms of photography.  It's a classic mixture of vision and documentary.  It's your chance to be at one with nature as light and location play a symphony before your very eyes.  For me there is nothing more calming and wonderful than watching the sun rise or set in that special location.

Although incredibly enjoyable it's not easy to take good long exposure images.  Many things have to come together and you have to be patient.  Photographers re-visit locations time and time again before they managed to get that image you liked on Facebook.  It usually costs a lot of money, time and effort before you can capture such beauty.  In order to take the best possible image at sunset or sunrise there are a few things you need:

1. a decent camera will help, though nothing can replace experience

2. a steady tripod & shutter release

3. a set of neutral density filters

During this demonstration I will talk you through how Neutral Density filters work and what the advantages of using different filters are for your photography.  This meetup will be a 'learning experience' where the aim will not necessarily be to shoot so much, but instead to learn how to use filters and to learn which filters would serve you best.  I will show you a comparison between Lee and Nisi.  I will also have a few filter sets available for purchase after the workshop, and if I don't have your chosen filter in stock I will have it for you within a few days.

This workshop is FREE, but is limited to 12 attendees.  Register your interest by adding yourself as "going" to the event on Facebook.

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Auckland - Sunset & Cityscapes - Full!
Jul
15
4:00pm 4:00pm

Auckland - Sunset & Cityscapes - Full!

  • Puhi Huia Rd Auckland, Auckland, 1024 New Zealand (map)
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Mt Eden is an iconic place to shoot golden hour and the sunset in Auckland. We will meet at the top of the crater and photograph the lovely afternoon light first before moving to a tried and true location to shoot the sunset over the harbour bridge as the city lights come on.  I've deliberately planned this workshop for a weekday evening as on weekends Mt Eden is just too busy to get any shots without hordes of tourists in the frame.  I know the start time won't suit some, but perhaps try to get off work a little early for this one :)

A tripod is a must. A telephoto lens will best serve the sunset & city shots. A wider lens will work well for the crater.  As usual ND and ND Grad filters will be of use.  Wear a jacket and bring a plastic bag to throw over your camera if a shower passes through.  It is Auckland after all :) There is parking about halfway up, but it may be full, otherwise street parking on Mt Eden Road is available.

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Seascape Magic - FULL!
Jul
9
3:30pm 3:30pm

Seascape Magic - FULL!

  • Takapu Refuge Walk Muriwai, Auckland, 0881 New Zealand (map)
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One of the most difficult kinds of landscape to master is the seascape.  You have so many other things to take into account.  Namely, your gear and your own safety.  Shooting seascapes on New Zealand's West Coast is a prime example of this and many seascapers can tell stories of lost cameras, filters, and for me an iPhone that I stupidly left in my pocket only to be swamped up to my waist by an incoming surge.  Therefore, it is imperative to shoot these kind of images at low tide which is when we have the most scope to explore the area as well as to stay safe.  In addition, a good seascape makes a beautiful image and on this workshop I'll walk you through the basics of getting that silky smooth drag on the water and finding some interesting foreground elements to set your image off during the sunset.

We will meet quite early at the Muriwai gannet colony carpark and make our way down onto the beach.  There are a number of photographic elements on this beach and as it will be low tide when we commence it'll provide a great opportunity to explore the cave and rock shelf before we get ready for sunset.

Gear: a sturdy tripod as we may well be ankle to knee deep in the water at times.  A wide angle lens will work best, but any kit lens is also fine.  If you have some filters bring them.  The most appropriate filter is a graduated filter, but this isn't truly necessary, just an advantage.  It would be best to wear sandals or some kind of footwear that you don't mind getting wet.  Also, a very warm jacket, it gets quite cold standing out by your tripod late afternoon.  I also always like to keep a plastic bag (from Countdown/New World) in my camera bag in case a shower blows through.  It's much easier to put that over your camera while on the tripod than taking all your gear down.

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Astro Piha
Jun
3
3:00am 3:00am

Astro Piha

Ready for another astro session?  I've planned Saturday morning of the Queen's Birthday long weekend for the event, so if you're not leaving town this is the perfect thing to do!  

Meet Steve from Steve Clifton Photography and myself at the car park at 3.30am to shoot the Milky Way arc between Lion and Camel Rocks.  It'll make a great composition.  However, to get the whole arc you will need to be willing to shoot a series of shots and stitch them to form a panorama.  Both Steve and I can give you advice on shooting it 'freehand', just to get a feel for it.  Nonetheless, it's best done using a nodal slide.  But unless you do a lot of pano work, you probably don't need one.  you can stitch the frames together in Lightroom or Photoshop, or other trial version 3rd party software. There will also be lots of ops to spread out on the beach and shoot your own comps with Lion Rock as the subject, or even from above Tasman Lookout.

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If the weather plays up and we have to cancel we may reschedule it for the Sunday morning, so please be aware of this and have the time available as this may be the last astro shoot for a few months.  If the whole weekend is a washout, you will be refunded.  Though naturally we hope this won't be the case and therefore we won't have to reschedule.

Image supplied by Steve Clifton

Image supplied by Steve Clifton

Gear: A wide angle lens, the widest you have.  The wider the aperture the better too, i.e., F2.8 or lower is preferable. A good tripod.  A headlamp - though when shooting astro we ask you use it sparingly.  Warm clothing, gloves, beanie, jacket and boots.  We won't be getting wet, but it'll pay to wear hiking style boots.

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Astro at Warkworth
Apr
24
to Apr 25

Astro at Warkworth

YES, astrophotography season is upon us.  And now the Milky Way rises at a time more acceptable for us sleepyheads.  That's me :-D

Steve Clifton Photography will again be our guest host on this workshop.  Steve's knowledge about shooting the night sky and on how to read "Sky apps" is up there with the best!  Make sure to quiz him if you have any queries.  Don't miss this VERY reasonably priced opportunity to extend your photography skills in perhaps one of the most challenging of genres.

We've set Friday night as the main shoot night, but if it's deemed too cloudy or it's going to rain we will reschedule for the Saturday night.  If you sign up to this workshop it is imperative that you add yourself as "going" to the Facebook event - otherwise you won't get the updates on whether the shoot date has changed.  You can find the link to Facebook here: Susan Blick Photography

**Those people who attended the Te Arai astro shoot on the 29th of January - which was much too cloudy - please email me photo@susanblick.com to be added to this event without further payment.  You MUST email me ASAP though, because we need to keep a check on attendee numbers.

Image courtesy of Steve Clifton

Image courtesy of Steve Clifton

On the 21st the Milky Way will start to rise after 9.30pm.  We will shoot it through till approximately midnight.  These times should suit most people, as it is presumed we would all drive North on Friday evening after work and dinner.  The exact meetup location will be provided to attendees closer to the workshop date.

This shows the midpoint of the Milky way rising above the horizon at 11pm

This shows the midpoint of the Milky way rising above the horizon at 11pm

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Mt Eden Crater & Sunset
Apr
7
5:30pm 5:30pm

Mt Eden Crater & Sunset

Please note: Daylight savings will finish on April 2nd.  Hence, sunset is going to be much earlier, but early start means early home - so all good :)

Mt Eden is an iconic place to shoot golden hour and the sunset in Auckland. We will meet at the top of the crater and photograph the lovely afternoon light first before moving to a tried and true location to shoot the sunset over the harbour bridge as the city lights come on.

mt eden crater

A tripod is a must. A telephoto lens will best serve the sunset & city shots. A wider lens will work well for the crater.  As usual ND and ND Grad filters will be of use.  Wear a  jacket and bring a plastic bag to throw over your camera if a shower passes through.  It is Auckland after all :) There is parking about halfway up, but it may be full, otherwise street parking on Mt Eden Road is available.

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Muriwai Seabirds & Sunset - SOLD OUT!
Mar
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

Muriwai Seabirds & Sunset - SOLD OUT!

  • Takapu Refuge Walk Muriwai, Auckland, 0881 New Zealand (map)
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Muriwai is an iconic location for seascapes.  It's a great place to practice your wildlife (seabird) and long exposure photography.  We will begin at the bottom of the cliffs on the Fisherman's Rock.  Please park at the gannet colony as it will make for an easier exit when the workshop finishes.  As the tide rises and the sun dips we will move to the viewing platform above the gannet colony, from where we'll shoot the sunset.

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Gear: You will need a tripod, a wide lens works best for the landscape shots, and if you want to focus on wildlife (the gannets), then a zoom will be useful. If you have an ND filter or graduated ND bring it too.  A warm jacket is also advisable as standing by your tripod can get rather chilly, and bring a plastic bag to throw over your camera in case a shower passes through.

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Light Trails & City Lights - Sold Out!
Feb
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Light Trails & City Lights - Sold Out!

  • Hopetoun Street Auckland, Auckland New Zealand (map)
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It's time to get creative and shoot some light trails during sunset, right before the city lights come on.  If we're lucky the Sky Tower will be lit 'rainbow' for the Pride Parade the following day.  I haven't shot from this spot since they put in the new hot pink cycleway, so I'm excited to see how the location photographs.

trail lights

Long exposure photography is all the rage these days.  It's a chance to be creative and make special effects in-camera.  Many of us use it for the sky, water and stars, but it also creates a fabulous effect when shooting cars' headlights and tail lights.  On this workshop we'll capture the traffic as it leaves the city limits on Friday night.

long exposure photography

There is free parking nearby at Beresford Square.

Gear: A wide or mid-range focal length lens.  A graduated Neutral Density filter will be useful.  A tripod is a must.  If you're looking to buy a tripod, please make sure it is sturdy enough for Auckland's winds and that it is tall enough for you.  The maximum extended height should be near enough at your eye-line.  A warm jacket is also essential as it can get breezy on the overpass.

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Macro - Last shoot for Summer! - SOLD OUT!
Feb
11
1:00pm 1:00pm

Macro - Last shoot for Summer! - SOLD OUT!

Macro photography is a popular genre and a great form to practice your manual focussing skills and your compositions.  It's fun too and easy, you can shoot macro anywhere, but one of the best places is at the Wintergardens in Auckland.

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The beauty of learning a few macro tricks is that you can practice this art in any location, even your own backyard.  And too, there is nothing more beautiful than a well-shot flower or more creepy than a super close up of an insect.  We'll also hone our eye looking for the patterns and symmetry in nature.

fern symmetry macro

The most important technique when shooting handheld macro is to learn how to focus.  There is a trick to it and I am happy to pass on that skill when you attend.  Also, this is a time when a crop sensor camera is an advantage.  you want to magnify the subject as much as possible.  If you don't have a dedicated macro lens, that's ok, just use the longest focal length you have, i.e., a 135mm kit lens or a 200mm lens will work well.  There isn't any need for a tripod or filters on this workshop.

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Astro & Sunrise
Jan
29
3:30am 3:30am

Astro & Sunrise

  • 698 Te Arai Point Rd Te Arai, Auckland, 0975 New Zealand (map)
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Let's get in early for a night shoot - this time we're heading up North to an awesome location, a little tucked away, not often photographed but with stunning features for our Milky way shoot.  Try your hand at some star trails as well if you'd like, and we'll wait on for morning to shoot the sunrise.  We have a GUEST HOST for this workshop - Steve Clifton from Steve Clifton Photography.  Check out his astro work at https://www.facebook.com/NZStevePhotography

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A new location for this shoot with some nice foreground interest.  We'll meet up by 3.30am and will have a good two to three hours to shoot the Milky Way and star trails in complete darkness.  The sun rises here off to the left of the mounds which will make an interesting foreground.  It'll be low tide while we're shooting the Milky Way, so we'll be able to get down on the beach and in amongst the rocks.  The beach here is beautiful, very clean with soft white sand and no nasty-wave surprises.  The last bit of  the drive in from Highway 1 however is 7kms on gravel, but it is well-graded and it is a flat easy drive. This is the Auckland Anniversary weekend, so I suggest if you have time you make the most of it and come up for the day, maybe stay at Warkworth, or like me, sleep in the car :)  i'll be there to shoot sunset too and to have a day at the beach!

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For those new to astrophotography, Steve will provide some introduction and some tips and advice on setting up your camera and how to process your images once home.  If you have any photography apps on your phone you can run any questions you have by him.

There's a carpark right at the location.  Let's meet there at 3.30am.

Gear: a wide, fast lens for preference, a tripod, some ND filters for the sunrise, a headlamp and maybe a jacket.

Please stay in touch on Facebook @susanblickphoto in case we need to cancel.  If so, you will be refunded or we will run it the following night.  Remember this is a long weekend!

Pakiri - Image courtesy of Steve Clifton

Pakiri - Image courtesy of Steve Clifton

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Piha Sunsets
Jan
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Piha Sunsets

  • 3 Marine Parade S Piha, Auckland, 0772 New Zealand (map)
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It's Summer guys, so we need to take advantage of this brilliant weather.  Therefore, it's time to catch a West Coast sunset at New Zealand's most famous beach Piha.

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In the past we have usually only photographed from the beach, and we will start at beach level on this workshop too - hopefully we'll catch a few surfers in the afternoon's golden light - but by the time sunset is approaching we're going to walk the cliffs and shoot the sunset over Taitomo Island and back towards Lion Rock.  It's a short walk, but a little steep early on.  Bring a torch or headlamp for the walk back down to the cars.  Please note where to park: at the very end of Marine Drive, not at the Surf Club nor the Cafe end of the beach.  The meeting location is at the far left end of the beach nearer to Camel Rock.

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Gear: Bring your tripod, filters, remote trigger and even a jacket as it's sure to be somewhat windy at least.  It'll be low tide at 7pm, but it will turn after that, so we'll head off the beach and up the hill.  A wide lens is always best when shooting landscapes, but here we'll be quite a ways back from our subject too, so a nice standard zoom will also work well.

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Street Photography Skill-set - Sold Out!
Dec
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Street Photography Skill-set - Sold Out!

To end 2016 let's practice a heap of photography skills all in one evening.

  • street/urban/architecture
  • panning
  • long exposure sunset + light trails

We will start at Britomart focussing on buildings/architecture and leading lines and wander back along Quay Street. From here we'll shoot some pans and make our way to Wynyard Quarter.  Panning is an exciting technique that allows you to freeze a moving object while giving the background a nice blur.  It's famously used by sport photographers to show movement.  Here's one I took a while back, once you've got your exposure and focus set it's all about timing!

Next up, we'll walk along the waterfront stopping at a few interesting points and at Karanga Plaza or Silo Park for sunset.  And on the way back towards town as blue hour sets in, we'll photograph some trail lights and the Sky Tower once it's lit up.  It's featuring Christmas colours at the moment!

** You will need a tripod, a wide to mid-range (kit) lens works best, and a warm jacket! An ND filter (especially a graduated ND) is always good to have with you.  However, if you don't have one that's fine.

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Seascape Sunset & a Lighthouse - Sold Out!
Dec
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Seascape Sunset & a Lighthouse - Sold Out!

It'll be low tide on the 16th, so what better chance to discover the caves and reflective streams of the wild West Coast.  

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Atop Ninepin Rocks sits a Lighthouse that was set up after a dreadful shipwreck here in 1863 when 190 people lost their lives. It makes a great backdrop to any sunset.

A wide lens is definitely best here, and a tripod is a must for sunset.  If you have an ND filter, bring it.  A graduated ND is best to get the most out of sunset.  As always wear a jacket and some footwear that you don't mind getting wet - we will have to cross a couple of shallow streams that run out onto the beach.

It's a one hour drive to Whatipu from Auckland CBD, the last 7 kms are gravel, although it is well-graded and not rough, it is however quite dusty.  This is a remote location and the wild rugged beauty of this beach will amaze.

** There is a carpark at the end of the gravel road beside the Solstice Campground, let's meet there.

** We won't be climbing the hill behind on the beach on this outing, but instead sticking to the coast and the rock/cave formations on either side of the bay.  A railway tunnel was built into the rock 

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Bayswater - City Lights - Sold Out!
Dec
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Bayswater - City Lights - Sold Out!

One of the best locations in the city to shoot the city skyline.  Bring your tripod!  We'll go for a wander around the marina first if you arrive early enough, then we'll setup on the pier as we watch the sunset and the city lights come on.  Auckland city is so beautiful by night.  The colourful city lights reflect in the shallow harbour waters and if there's little wind the effect is awesome.

This image was taken December 4th, last year

This image was taken December 4th, last year

This is also a great location to try your hand at panoramic photography.  You don't necessarily need your widest lens here, a regular kit lens is fine - I usually shoot this location with my 24-105mm.  A solid tripod is necessary as it can be windy.  The usual warm jacket is a must.  We won't be getting wet, high and dry on the pier this time :)

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Gannet Colony & Seascapes
Nov
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

Gannet Colony & Seascapes

Muriwai is an iconic location for seascapes.  It's also a great place to practice your wildlife (seabird) photography.  We will begin at one of the lookouts and will speed up our shutter speed to catch these amazing birds as they start to roost for the evening. 

Gannet in Flight

As sunset approaches we will head down to Maori Bay to practice shooting seascapes. It will be low tide at this time affording us the rare opportunity to head around the bay - impossible at any other time - and find some nice weather-beaten rocks to "drag" those waves around using long exposures. This workshop will give you the opportunity to practice fast and long exposures.

Gear: Obviously for shooting wildlife a long focal length lens is best - anything from 100mm to 400mm (we wish, haha) would be ideal.  For shooting the seascapes a wide lens will work best.  Anything from 10mm to 50mm will be suitable for this part of the workshop.

Meeting Point: Let's all meet at the Gannet Colony carpark.  Just check the gate closing times as you enter.  We may need to park outside the gate if it closes too early for our departure.  If you arrive late due to traffic etc just post a message in the Facebook event.  That way I can respond to you quickly once you arrive to let you know just where we are.

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Light Trails & City Skyline
Nov
11
6:45pm 6:45pm

Light Trails & City Skyline

Hi Everyone, my workshops are back by popular demand and as we're moving into Summer we should be getting some nicer skies.  Please join me to kick off the new season!

If you have a camera and you'd like to know how to actually use it and get it off the auto setting, come along. These workshops are for beginner to intermediate learners. Get some tips and ask some questions before you go off on holidays - get the most out of your camera by attending a few workshops.

Let's get together and shoot light trails as everyone leaves the city on Friday night.  Light trails are an interesting and captivating long exposure technique - coupling good exposure of the city while controlling the highlights of hundreds of car headlights as they head out of Auckland on a Friday evening.

Gear: A wide or mid-range focal length lens.  A graduated Neutral Density filter will be useful.  A tripod is a must.  If you're looking to buy a tripod, please make sure it is sturdy enough for Auckland's winds and that it is tall enough for you.  The maximum extended height should be near enough at your eye-line.  A warm jacket is also essential at this time of year.  it can get breezy on the overpass.

 

Non-refundable UNLESS cancelled by organiser.

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Negro es Hermoso - Portraiture
May
15
3:00pm 3:00pm

Negro es Hermoso - Portraiture

Shoot a Nigerian model and practise getting your highlights and shadows just right.  Dark skin isn't easy to light.  Nonetheless, if done well can be supremely beautiful.  Our model for the afternoon is from Nigeria and will be wearing two outfits, a traditional Nigerian one and some contemporary clothing.  Securing the time of models isn't easy, so don't miss this great opportunity for a fraction of the cost that other workshops charge for something similar.  

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If you'd like to stay on after the model is done, you're welcome to.  As the shoot will run close to sunset and we can do some of our regular landscape work afterwards.  You will need different gear for that shoot, such as, a wide lens and ND filters if you have them. 

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Gear: A lens suitable for portraits, midrange 24-105mm will work well.  If you have a speedlite bring it.  If you have a diffuser for your speedlite, bring that too.  I will be bringing a softbox and flash unit again which we will share around.  

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It's a Gansta's Life - Portraiture - Sold Out!
Sep
6
2:30pm 2:30pm

It's a Gansta's Life - Portraiture - Sold Out!

Shoot a young, handsome, ripped underwear model who is breaking into the world of body-building.  Securing the time of models isn't easy, so don't miss this great opportunity for a fraction of the cost that other workshops charge for something similar.

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The theme of the shoot is a Gangsta's Life - which basically means our model Lee will be dressing and posing aka gangsta.  We'll shoot this session in a gritty location, with lots of graffiti and the industrial look of a parking garage.  No need to worry about the weather due to the indoor/outdoor location of the shoot so we can take full advantage of what is thrown our way on the day.  Lee will be posing for us for an hour, he will change up his outfit/look two or three times during our shoot.

Please arrive by at least 2.15 to get your gear ready.

Gear: a good mid-range lens is best for portraiture.  If you have an off camera flash you are welcome to bring it.  As usual I will be bringing my large softbox and stand and if you're a Canon shooter I can lend you my trigger for a round of shots or two.  A tripod isn't necessary, nor are any filters.

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Parking is available anywhere in the Karangahape Road vicinity as well as in the Wilson Carpark where we'll be shooting.

 

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Long Exposure Sunset on the North Shore - Sold Out!
May
9
4:45pm 4:45pm

Long Exposure Sunset on the North Shore - Sold Out!

Sunset locations abound in peninsula Auckland, but finding a truly great new spot is difficult.  Luckily I did that just this past week and I am eager to share the location with those who are keen to shoot it. 

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There are at least three vantage points, but we'll probably just focus on the two at sea level, as the third is somewhat precarious.  At least you'll know where it is for next time :)  We want to be thinking about our compositions when shooting this location - rule of thirds, leading lines, diagonals, etc.

As usual you will most definitely need a tripod for this workshop.  A wide lens will suit best, along with the power of a Neutral Density filter.  A graduated filter will be great here too as our horizon is flat.  I have co-ordinated the shoot to match low tide, this means your shoes will get muddy and possibly wet as Auckland's foreshore is made up of many mangrove swamps, but it also gives us a lot of room for creative compositions.

I will be releasing the exact location to those who signup just a couple of days before the workshop.  However, it is on the North Shore and isn't far from Birkenhead.  No, it's not the Chelsea Sugar factory, haha, had a few people guess that one. 

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Fashion & Punk Modelling
Feb
28
2:30pm 2:30pm

Fashion & Punk Modelling

Shoot 2 beautiful, aspiring, young models.  It's not often I can secure the time of such models.  This is a great opportunity for a fraction of the cost that other workshops charge for something similar.  Maximum 8 attendees.

The models will portray two themes:

1. Young, hip and fashionable.

2. Punk, edgy, aka Grease.

A great chance to hone your portraiture skills.  

Best lens 50mm or anything higher.  Wide lenses don't work well in portraiture as they distort too much.  A 35mm lens will work fine on a crop sensor camera.  Any zoom kit lens will be fine.  If you have a flash, bring it (not necessary, but a good chance to use it and get familiar with it).  No tripod or filters needed.

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