April 25-30th 2024 | Hawaii: Kauai Photography Workshop
Kauai Photo Tour with Joe Garza & Nick Selway
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.
Kauai Photography Workshop Information
Dates: April 25-30, 2024
Group Size: Limited to 10 people
Cost: $3,500 for Double Occupancy | $4,000 Single Occupancy
Deposit: 50% deposit due at the time of registration which can be completed at the bottom of this page.
Included: Lodging, Permits, Guiding, as much laughter as possible, and our wealth of photography knowledge making sure everyone is in the best possible locations for light and compositions to capture their own stunning images. Napali Coast Sunset Photography Dinner Cruise Included in cost!
Not Included: Airfare and Meals
Booking: The workshop will need to be paid in full 90 days prior to April 25th. Refunds are not available after the 90 day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.
Led by Joe Garza and Nick Selway, this incredible Light Chasing Photo Tours Workshop is one you don't want to miss. Both Joe and Nick are professional landscape and nature photographers with years of experience leading workshops and helping individuals at all levels enhance their photography skills. (See bios below)
Joe and Nick create a relaxed, fun environment where you feel comfortable asking questions about your camera gear, settings, techniques, and composition so you can bring your photography skills to the next level. Workshops are a great opportunity to learn as the guided photography tour will bring you right to the best locations and sites so you can focus on your photography and taking in the breathtaking views that will surround you. We hope you'll sign up so we can hit the ground with you in one of our upcoming workshops! Feel free to contact Joe directly with any questions.
Kauai Photography Workshop Schedule
The tour will begin on April 25th at 3pm at Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay. From there we will be checking in to our rooms and getting your camera gear ready so we can head out and photograph our first sunset. Before we take off we'll meet at 3:45pm in the hotel lobby for a quick round of introductions and answer any questions. Then we'll be off and running to 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 provide optimal conditions, scenes, and compositions for the day.
Most importantly we'll create a relaxed, fun and enjoyable atmosphere for an incredible photography workshop experience. You will gain confidence and take your photography skills to the next level. This photography tour of Kauai will end April 30th after we shoot sunrise.
Kauai Workshop Activities and Locations
On this epic adventure, locations and activities will include but not be limited to:
- 4 hr Napali Coast Sail Tour
- Hanalei Bay & Pier
- Famous Napali Coast from Ke'e Beach
- White Sand Beaches: Tunnels Beach, Lumahai Beach, Hidden Beach
- Waimea Canyon
Lodging Information | Hawaii Photography Tour on Kauai
Lodging at Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay at 3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746; Telephone: 808-823-6000 is included in the photography workshop fee with either double or single occupancy. You do not need to make a hotel reservation. We have secured rooms with standard double occupancy or single occupancy and will assign single or double occupancy rooms based on your selection when you register for the workshop. We will reserve your room for you and send you a reservation number for your room prior to the workshop.
Amenities: With unparalleled views of the mountains and ocean, as well as a breathtaking location on the Garden Island, Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay boasts a transformative experience for your next getaway. You have the opportunity to relax in a resort with a beautiful, beachfront location and guest rooms featuring complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, mini-refrigerators and outdoor pool with poolside tiki bar allowing you to soak up the Hawaiian sun.
Travel & Transportation Information
You should plan on flying in to Lihue Airport, Kauai (LIH airport code). If you need transportation to and from the airport we will attempt to provide that for you if we have your approximate arrival time.
We will be renting a sprinter van to take everyone from the hotel to our shooting locations each day. You do not need to rent a car unless you plan on going out and about outside of workshop hours.
Napali Coast Sunset Photography Dinner Cruise
The Napali Coast Sunset Photography Dinner Cruise is included in cost of your workshop! 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. This also provides 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.
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 and Gear Needed
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.
Recommend Photography Gear
Recommend gear to include but is not limited to:
- DSLR or mirrorless camera
- Recommended lens 16-35mm, 24-70mm,70-200mm,100-400mm, macro lens, if desired
- Solid tripod with ballhead
- Remote shutter release
- Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)
- Memory Cards
- Extra camera batteries
- Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc.
Instruction Provided During the Workshop Includes:
- A photography tour of the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Kauai
- Shooting in manual mode (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field)
- Lens selection for composition and lighting
- Creating stunning compositions (rule of thirds and simplicity)
- Finding foreground elements
- Creating intimate, abstract images
- Capturing grand landscape photos
- Creating panoramic images
- Filters - how and when to use them
- Night sky photography techniques, time and weather permitting
- Technical tools (e.g. bracketing, focus stacking, histogram usage)