April 25-30th 2024 | Hawaii: Kauai Photography Workshop

The beautiful blue waters surround the Nā Pali coast with a double rainbow in Hawaii. See more Hawaii landscape images for sale on Joe Garza Photography
'Nā Pali Dreams' | Kauai, Hawaii | 2022 Kauai 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.

Small pool of water casting a reflection of the sunrise and clouds in Hawaii. Protected by black lava rocks and soft white sand.
'Salty Rays' | North Shore Kauai | 2022 Kauai Photography Workshop

Kauai Photography Workshop Information

Crystal clear turquoise Hawaiian waters crash on this small beach in Kauai. Hideaways beach is tucked away surrounded by lush jungle trees.
'Washed Away' | Hideaways Beach | 2022 Kauai Photography Tour

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.

Workshop Instructors

Collage of scenes from Kauai Hawaii Photography workshop

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!

Crystal clear turquoise water rush over the sandy shores of Tunnels beach. The beautiful rainbow stretches across the sky over the north shore of Kauai.
'Island Rush' | Tunnels Beach | 2022 Kauai Photography Workshop

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
  • Waterfalls
  • White Sand Beaches: Tunnels Beach, Lumahai Beach, Hidden Beach
  • Lighthouses
  • 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.

Collage of images of the Hilton Garden Inn, Kauai for the Kauai Photography Workshop.

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

In this image a sailboat in sailing along the Napali coastline with a stunning rainbow that fills the entire sky.
'Napali Dreams' | 2022 Kauai Photo Tour

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

Flowers, leaves, ocean waves of Kauai Photography 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.

Recommend Photography Gear

Recommend gear to include but is not limited to:

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'Island Vibes' | Hanalei Bay | 2022 Hawaii Photography Workshop
  • 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)
Ocean waves explode along the rocky shore as sunset highlights the turquoise waves as the incoming and outgoing waves collide.
'High Five' | Kauai Wave Photography | 2022 Kauai Hawaii Photography Workshop

Kauai Photography Workshop with Light Chasing Phototours

Cancellation Policy

The workshop must be paid in full 90 days prior to the day the workshop starts. Client cancellations prior to 90 days before the workshop will be eligible for a full refund or transfer of funds paid to another workshop. Refunds are not available after the 90 day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.

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 may 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.



Joe Garza | Light Chasing Photo Tours Instructor | Kauai Photography Workshop

Born and raised in Westland, Michigan, Joe has always had a passion for photography. It started while serving in the United States Navy in the early 90's when his travels brought him all over the world. He was able to turn his passion into his profession and continues to focus on bringing you amazing images through his collection of images from National Parks, Hawaii, and the U.S. from the east coast lighthouses, Colorado mountains, and canyons and deserts across the southwest. Joe resides in Madison, Wisconsin with with his 3 children.


Nick Selway | Light Chasing Photo Tours Instructor | Kauai Photography Workshop

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 18 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 did photo tours to the volcano and around the island. In 2018 Nick moved with his beautiful wife Sarah Buzzetti and embarked on a new journey his lifelong dream by opening his very own photography gallery on June 1st, 2018 located on main street in Breckenridge, Colorado. He currently travels up to 150 days a year photographing mother nature’s beauty and teaching a variety of photography workshops.

Single, long wave just starting to break as the sun shines through highlighting the mist at the top of the wave and the crystal blue waters of Kauai.

Beautiful blue waves of Kauai are spectacular to watch and this particular spot brings in the best of them. This is absolutely one of my favorite spots on this island paradise!

Like what you see? Join Light Chasing Photo Tours on our Kauai workshop to bring home your own amazing images!