Beginners Portrait Photographing Workshop, staying at Larnach Castle, Dunedin, NZ.



The Workshop:      (From 11am on Wednesday 7th June to 2 pm on Friday the 9th June 2017)


People are one of the most popular subjects to photograph. This workshop will give you the skills and knowledge to photograph people confidently.

  • We'll look at backgrounds: why they need to be considered and how to get the perfect one.
  • We’ll look at light: how to use it, how to modify it and how to make it.
  • We'll look at posing your model: how to direct them, how different poses and expressions convey different feelings and we'll show you some classic poses that you can use again an again.
  • We'll look at some Photoshop techniques to bring the best out in your subjects.
  • We'll even look at ways to find a model.
  • Professional models will be available for you to work with.


The Location:

Our location for this workshop will be Larnach Castle on the Otago peninsula. 20 minutes out of Dunedin, the Castle was built in 1871 by William Larnach for his beloved first wife Eliza. With its spectacular views over Otago harbour, magnificent gardens and beautiful period piece architecture, it is the ideal location for a people photography workshop. The onsite accommodation is Qualmark 4-Star rated.

More information on Larnach Castle here


Accommodation will be in one of the 4-Star themed lodge rooms with their spectacular views across the Otago harbour.  (you may be temped to do some early morning or late evening landscape photography from your room)

More information on accomodation here


All food during the workshop will be provided. Breakfast is either a fully cooked breakfast or continental style (breakfast menu here) , lunch will be in the café (lunch menu here) , and dinner will be a three-course meal (Dinner menu here). (Drinks are at your own expense. There may be slight menu changes between now and the workshop).


If you are flying in from out of town, we can provide transport to and from Dunedin central to Larnach Castle.

What to bring:

  • Camera and all lens (if you have a macro please bring it,
    as macro lens often double as great portrait lens).
  • Tripod and remote or cable release
    (can be borrowed if you don't have them)
  • Raincoat
  • Camera batteries and charger
  • Spare memory
  • Any specialized equipment like flashes, brollies, reflectors etc.
    (but we will have all of this stuff with us for you to use).
  • Lots of warm clothing, including a hat and gloves
  • laptop with photo editing software (if you have one)
  • A sense of adventure and the
    willingness to give something new a go!


Equipment borrowing:
Some equipment can be borrowed and we'll have 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.

$1600 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 $400 to secure your place.

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