Photoshop and the Landscape.



Nowadays—whether we like it or not— if we want our photos to look their best, Photoshop is an integral part of digital photography.  From a little bit of polishing to a major overhaul, it’s rare to find a photo that can’t be improved in some way.  Until you get your head around Photoshop it’s this big scary monster. Once you do, it suddenly becomes incredibly empowering and liberating and you'll never look back!


The Workshop:  

When the light is good we’ll be out on location capturing some fabulous landscapes.  These will then become the raw material for the other half of the workshop: the Photoshop half.  During the middle of the day, when the light is not so good, you'll learn how to work your photos in Adobe Photoshop.  I teach more on the 4-day workshop than I would normally teach on our weekend Photoshop courses, but the amount is not double.  On the 4-day workshop there is more time spent working the photos you’ve taken during the workshop.  This means you’ll have even more time to put into practice all of the new skills you’ll have learnt. And as the saying goes “practice makes perfect!”



From Wednesday evening of the 10th of October to Sunday afternoon of the 14th of October.


Beginners one-day course before the workshop:

We'll be running our 'One-day workshop for beginners' (more info. on course content here) on the day before the main workshop starts (ie on the Wednesday in the Maniototo). This is for those who feel it would be of benefit to them, whether because you feel there are gaps in your knowledge at this level or you need a refresher because it's been awhile.  Add $320 to the cost.  This includes an extra nights accommodation (Wednesday night) and food.


The Location:

Held in the Maniototo area of Central Otago.  Why? Because quite simply the Maniototo has more amazing landscapes than a person could shake a stick at.


Level of fitness:

One photo location we may use, involves a gentle 20min amble along a track beside a creek. If this track is beyond you, then you should probably be checking yourself into the nearest cardiac unit instead of coming on this workshop. Most other locations, are within a few hundred metres of the car. We do however recommend good footwear, as to get that perfect photo you may decide to walk through long grass or scramble down a small bank.


We'll be staying at the Wedderburn Cottages, where everyone gets their own room with an ensuite bathroom and kichenette.
Bedding and towels are supplied.
We stay here because it's nice, comfortable accommodation, and it's smack in the middle of some wonderful landscape locations. 

For more information on accommodation click here


We will provide all food during the workshop.  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).
Our aim is to provide you with food that is hot, tasty and plentiful. For an example of food you may get click here 



If you are flying in from out of town: we may be able to provided transport from Dunedin and during the workshop: just ask!  Otherwise, 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:

  • Camera and lens
  • Tripod and remote or cable release
    (can be borrowed if you don't have them)
  • Raincoat
  • Camera batteries and charger
  • Spare memory
  • Footwear suitable for outdoor terrain
  • Lots of warm clothing, including a hat and gloves
  • laptop with Adobe Photoshop instaled
  • A sense of adventure and the
    willingness to give something new a go!


What version of Photoshop?  

Any version from CS3 through to CC will be fine. (Not photoshop elements)
(If you have Photoshop, but not on a laptop, contact us as we may be able to lend you a laptop with Photoshop for the course)


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.


$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