2024 Maui Hawaii Photography Workshop

April 17-22th, 2024


A stunning sunset on this little secret beach on the island of Maui. The waves filling the beach with this amazing sunset.
'A Little Secret' | Secrets Beach | 2021 Maui Photography Workshop

Maui, HI Photography Class

With Joe Garza & Nick Selway

Maui, also known as “The Valley Isle,” is the second largest Hawaiian island. The island beloved for its world-famous white and black sand beaches, The Road to Hana, endless waterfalls, and the magnificent sunrise and sunsets from Haleakala Volcano. Make your escape to Maui and join us on this unforgettable Maui Hawaii photography workshop to capture your own stunning images of paradise.

We'll provide you instruction on how to capture the light and create unique compositions with the goal of providing a comfortable, fun environment to explore photography settings and techniques to help you learn and fine tune your photography skills. We'll even provide assistance after the workshop to help you with your post-processing editing to bring your images to life.

Collage of images from the Hawaii Photography Workshop on the beautiful island of Maui.

Workshop Information

Dates: April 17-22, 2024

Group Size: Limited to 10 people

Cost: $3,500.00 for Double Occupancy; $4,000 for 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, Snorkel Sail Molokini Crater and as much laughter as possible, and our wealth of photography knowledge making sure we put everyone in the best possible locations for light and compositions to capture their own stunning images.

Not Included: Airfare and Meals.

Booking: The workshop will need to be paid in full 90 days prior to the day the workshop begins. Refunds are not available after the 90 day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.

A famous surfboard fence in Paia ,Maui sits along the road stopping tourist everyday for photo opportunities. Shop this print and a variety of Maui images!
'Paia Crayons' | Surfboard Fence | 2021 Maui Photography Workshop

Workshop Instructors

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.


Workshop Schedule

This beautiful beach in Maui has palm trees casts shadows over the warm Hawaiian waters of Maui.
'Island Time' | 2021 Maui Hawaii Photo Tour

The tour will begin on Sunday, April 17th by 3pm at Kamaole Sands Resort, Kihei. From there we will be checking in to our rooms and then getting your camera gear ready so we can head out and photograph our first sunset. Before we take off at 5:30pm, we will have a quick meeting downstairs in the lobby to introduce ourselves to everyone and answer any questions and 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, hangout on the beach right across the street from the hotel. We also will be shooting different locations each day depending on weather conditions and what areas look the best.

Most importantly we aim to create a relaxed, fun and enjoyable atmosphere for an incredible Hawaiian photography workshop experience. You will feel more confident taking your photography skills to the next level. This photography tour of Maui will end April 22nd after we shoot sunrise. Checkout is at 11am at the resort.


Lodging Information

Lodging is included in the photography workshop fee and 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. You do not need to make a hotel reservation.

We still be staying at the Kamaole Sands Resort, 2695 South Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui 96753 (Phone: (808) 270-1200). Check in will be on April 17th, with checkout on April 22nd. If you will be staying additional nights before or after the workshop you are responsible for your own lodging and reservations. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Amenities: Staying in Maui doesn’t get better than Kamaole Sands, a condo resort built on 15 acres of gardens, waterfalls, and ponds. The resort is directly across from Kihei’s popular Kamaole Beach Park III. Defined by its laid-back vibe and tropical beauty, South Maui is a true Hawaiian paradise. This resort has Internet, pool/hot tub, BBQ grills.

Collage of images of lodging accommodations and amenities at the Kamaole Sands Resort where Light Chasing Photo Tours stays for the Kauai Photography Workshop.

Travel & Transportation Information

The closest airport is the Kahului Airport (OGG). 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.

Photo of workshop participants photographing sunset above the clouds on Maui.



Snorkel Sail to the Molikini Crater with Four Winds II Boat Company

SNORKEL CRUISE | 5 HOUR SNORKEL | 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Included in your workshop fee is The Four Winds II Morning Molokini Snorkel Tour that gives you Maui’s best snorkeling experience. Molokini Crater located 3 miles offshore, is Maui’s premier snorkeling destination. The Four Winds II is known for its family-friendly features and offers the best snorkeling in Maui. Enjoy extended time at Molokini Crater with plenty of time to snorkel, relax, and dine at your leisure.

Collage of photos from the Four Winds Molikini Crater snorkel included with the Maui Photography Workshop.

Includes: 65' Star Yacht, breakfast and lunch, snorkeling, sail

Breakfast and Lunch: Tropical breakfast, hot BBQ lunch grilled on board

Beverages: Water, Soda, Beer, Wine, Juice

Snorkeling: Gear and Floatation on board

Attire: We suggest bringing layers (including a light jacket), sunblock, sunglasses and of course your camera.

Facilities: Our passengers enjoy large, shaded cabin areas, 2 decks, comfortable cushioned seating and clean restrooms, fresh water showers, and waterslide


Difficulty of Workshop & Recommended Gear

Some areas will require short hikes thru mountain terrains with some mild elevation gains less than 400 ft. 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.

On this workshop we will also be hiking the "Pipiwai Trail" in Hana ending up at the beautiful "Waimoku Falls". This trail with take us through a massive bamboo forest and has a 908 foot elevation gain and is 3.8 miles round trip giving us amazing photo opportunities.

A wooden path guides thru the bamboo forest. Bamboo covers this path so only soft filtered light shines thru the canopy green forest.
'Wind Chimes' | Road to Hana | Bamboo Forest | 2021 Maui Photography Workshop

Recommend Photography Gear

Collage of photos of a palm tree and a rainbow eucalyptus tree from the Maui Photography Workshop.

Recommend gear includes 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 Maui
  • 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)





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.



THE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

JOE GARZA

Joe Garza | Light Chasing Photo Tours Instructor | Maui 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

Nick Selway | Light Chasing Photo Tours Instructor | Maui 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.