Creativity and Composition Photography Workshop.


We've been running our 'Creativity and Composition' workshops since 2013 and they have always proved to be very popular, so we are running more!

Over the Weekends of 9th & 10th June 2018.


The Weekend:   (from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)

The emphasis of this weekend will be on the artistic side of photography.  We’ll look at things like ‘where does creativity come from and how to increase it!’  Is composition just following a bunch of rules or is there more to it than that?' How do we get into the ‘zone’? 
Come prepared to be challenged, maybe have some of your ideas overturned, and even learn some new things about yourself.  All while having fun, taking some great photos and having a laugh or two.

Central Otago at this time of the year:        

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 weather 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, and find out what you've been missing out on.

Who this workshop is for:

  • To get the most out of this workshop, you should have a reasonable understanding of your equipment and how to use it, so you can concentrate on the artistic side of photography.

  • You should have moved away from the auto settings and be shooting on aperture priority (AV on Canon, A on Nikon) or better yet manual (M on Canon & Nikon).

  • You should know that the exposure that the camera gives, is only a starting point, and you should either be shooting off a tripod or at least know the advantages of a tripod.

If you are a little rusty on some of these points, don't worry, we'll soon have you up to speed.


Accommodation will be at Peter’s Farm Lodge at Waipiata.  Why there, you ask?  Short answer: it’s nice, comfortable accommodation, with great ambiance and it’s smack in the middle of some wonderful landscape locations.

The beds are comfortable with electric blankets.  Everyone gets their own room: so you can spread out, and if you wish to snore at night, you can do so without worrying about affecting other people. ☻

More information on accommodation here


We will provide all the food for the weekend.  Breakfast will be continental style (cooking facilities are available if you feel you need something more).
At this point in time, I feel I should make a small confession: we are not French gourmet chefs!
I do however believe we have progressed past the stage of burning water (just).
After a long day of shooting and photo exercises – potentially in cold conditions, our aim is to provide you with food that is hot, tasty and plentiful. 

For an example of the type of food we provide click here


We ask that you provide your own transport to and from Waipiata 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.


What to bring:

Large Umbrella
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 off Trademe for about $10)
Camera batteries and charger
Spare memory.
If you have a laptop with photo editing software of some sort, please bring it.
A sense of adventure and the willingness to give something new a go!


Equipment borrowing:
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:
The good news is that because of the time of the year, there will not be the ridiculously early starts or late evenings that we have in the summer months to capture the good light.  The bad news is we'll be working you hard during the day.  We’ll spend time out on location when the light is at its best, and the rest of the time will be spent with challenging exercises to get your creative juices flowing.

$750 per photographer.  This includes accommodation and food.

The maximum number of photographers on the workshop will be restricted to 5, which means that you will receive lots of one-on-one tuition and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

We require a deposit of $300 to secure your place.

Terms and Conditions:
Also known as the fine print. terms and conditions here