Kauai Hawaii Photography Workshop - The Garden Island
April 25-30th 2024
Kauai is Hawaii's fourth largest island and is sometimes called the "Garden Island," which is an entirely accurate description. The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs aged by time and the elements. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls! Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination. Make your escape to Kauai and join us on this unforgettable Hawaiian photography workshop to capture your own stunning images of paradise.We'll provide you instruction on how to capture the light and create unique compositions with the goal of providing a comfortable, fun environment to explore photography settings and techniques to help you learn and fine tune your photography skills. We'll even provide assistance after the workshop to help you with your post-processing editing to bring your images to life.
Kauai Photography Workshop Information
The tour will begin on Tuesday April 25th by 3pm at The Kauai Inn. From there we will be checking in to our rooms and then getting your camera gear ready so we can head out and photograph our first sunset. Before we take off, 3:45pm, we will have a quick meeting downstairs in the lobby to introduce ourselves to everyone and answer any questions and then let the photography fun begin.
We will be shooting sunrise and sunset every day and if the weather is in our favor, we can shoot later into each morning. After each morning depending on how everyone is feeling we can head back to the hotel to rest and grab some breakfast and then participate into other activities Kauai has to offer. We also will be shooting different locations each day depending on weather conditions and what areas look the best.
Most importantly create a relaxed, fun and enjoyable atmosphere for an incredible photography workshop experience. You will feel more confident taking your photography skills to the next level. This photography tour of Kauai will end Sunday April 30th after we shoot sunrise.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WORKSHOP
- 4 hr Sunset Sail- Napali Coast Sunset Photography Dinner
- Hanalei Bay & Pier
- Famous Napali Coast from Ke'e Beach
- Waterfalls-Wailua Falls,Opaekaa Falls
- White Sand Beaches-Tunnels, Lumahai Beach,Hidden Beach
- Kilauea Lighthouse
- Famous Waimea Canyon
- Queens Bath
- Optional-Doors Off 1hr Helicopter Tour around Kauai
Group Size- Limited to 10 people
Booking- The workshop will need to be paid in full 90 days prior to April 25th.Deposit Refunds are non refundable after the 90-day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.
Cost- $4500 Single Occupancy
Deposit-A 50% Deposit will need to made at the time of registration which can be made at the bottom of this page.
Hotel- Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, 3-5920 Kuhio Hwy.Kapa'a, HI 96746
Lodging- Included in photography workshop fee with Double occupancy or Single Occupancy.You do not need to call the hotel once you sign up we will send you your room confirmation # in the following weeks.
Amenities- A short walk from Wailua Bay & Giant Trail Head, and Fern Grotto are a five-minute drive away. We’re within 15 minutes of Wailua Falls, Kapaa town, and Lihue Airport. Perks include on-site restaurants, a fitness center, two pools, and a poolside bar with ocean views.
Travel-The airport you want to fly into is Lihue Airport, Kauai. the airport is 6 miles from the hotel you would need to take an uber or taxi to hotel if your not renting a car etc.
Included- Lodging, Permits, Guiding, Sunset Sail- Napali Coast Sunset Photography Dinner Cruise!As much laughter as possible, and our wealth of photography knowledge making sure we put everyone in the best possible locations for light and compositions to capture their own stunning images.
Transportation- We will be renting a sprinter van to take everyone from the hotel to our shooting locations each day.
- Airfare and Meals, transportation from the airport on arrival and back
- Optional-Doors Off 1hr Helicopter Tour around Kauai
Bonus: Napali Coast Sunset Photography Dinner Cruise - We will be taking a breathtaking sunset sail with Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventure along the Napali Coast giving us 4 hours to capture stunning views of the Kauai coast only accessible from the water and a great chance to photograph humpback whales and spinner dolphins. The afternoon light is amazing creating rich hues of green, red and black as the setting sun highlights the many sharp ridge lines and valleys that make this coastline unique. After heading North up Na Pali we’ll enjoy a relaxing downwind cruise and sunset at sea.
Includes- 65' Star Yacht, Na Pali, dinner, sail, sunset
Dinner- Snacks, salads, main course, dessert, cocktails, beverages. Menu
Attire- We suggest bringing layers (including a light jacket), sunblock, sunglasses and of course your camera. You can always change onboard. There is no snorkeling on this trip.
Facilities- Our passengers enjoy large, shaded cabin areas, comfortable cushioned seating and clean restrooms.
Difficulty of Workshop- Some areas will require short hikes thru mountain terrains with some mild elevation gains less than 400 ft. Depending on weather we will do a few short hikes up to 2 miles round trip with mild elevation gain of less than 400 feet. Our shooting areas will give you the most remote breathtaking views to enhance your experience. Hiking boots and small backpacks are encouraged. Also make sure you always bring water and some snacks for the day.
Photo Equipment Needed- Recommend gear to include but not limited to.
DSLR, Mirrorless cameras or whatever you comfortable with. Solid tripod with either a ballhead or equivalent. Shutter release setup for long exposures. Recommended lens 16-35mm, 24-70mm,70-200mm,100-400mm. If you have a macro lens there will be the opportunity for this. These are the lens we have found to be the best for all around coverage in the areas we will be. Additionally, make sure to have extra batteries, SD Cards.
What you will learn-
-Creating Stunning Compositions-Rule of 3rds and simplicity
-Understanding Exposure- Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, Depth of Field
-What lens to use for different compositions and lighting
-Introduction to Lightroom and Photo Shop
-Create breathtaking pano images
-Weather permitting, Night sky photography
Joe & I believe in maximizing everyones time in field photographing while on the workshop.After the workshop is over in the following weeks we offer a 1/1 - 2 hr Post processing session for anyone to pick 3-4 images from the trip and we will go over with you our work flow in Lightroom & Photoshop.
The Kauai Photography Workshop Instructors-
Born and raised in Lake Stevens, Washington along the Northern Cascade Mountains, he grew a profound appreciation for the natural world at a young age. He spent his childhood traveling and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family as his love for mother nature grew. He has been photographing for the last 22 years. He'd lived in Kailua Kona, Big Island of Hawaii for the last 14 years where he ran 2 photography galleries "Lava Light Galleries" and conducted photo tours to the volcano and around the island. After living in Hawaii for 14 years In 2018 Nick embarked on a new journey his lifelong dream by opening his very own photography gallery on July 1st, 2018 located in Breckenridge, CO. He had his gallery there from 2018-2021 but after 4 years he wanted to live closer to family. In late 2022 Nick and his wife Sarah moved to Scottsdale,Arizona and plan to open a new Photography Gallery in the near future located in The Famous Art District in Scottsdale,Arizona.He travels around 150 days a year photographing mother nature’s beauty and teaching a variety of photography workshops.
Born and raised in Westland, Michigan his photography has always been a passion for him that took off while serving in the United States Navy in the early 90's. He learned that landscape and astrophotography was his passion. His work has been showcased throughout the Midwest and continues to grow throughout the National and state parks. His home gallery located in Stoughton, Wi at Woodland Studios displays his work from across the country. Joe resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his 3 children.
CANCELLATION POLICY-We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants me either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.