Join a 4-hour landscape photography course shooting the Auckland skyline sunset

Devonport has great lookout points to shoot panoramic Auckland skyline sunsets. Learn how to get the most out of your camera. We combine a hands-on guided photo shoot with a basic post processing lesson and send you on your way with the skills to create beautiful photos yourself.

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Topics covered

Photography introduction.

We will go over the basic camera functions and how each element impacts your result. We will set up your camera to be ready for the action.

  • Basic camera functions
  • Landscape photography best practices
  • How to set up your camera

Hands-on photo shoot.

We will take stunning panoramic images of the Auckland skyline during sunset.

  • Guided hands-on photo shoot
  • HDR auto bracketing and exposure compensation
  • Tips and tricks for the best results

Post-processing techniques.

2 hours of basic instruction with easy-to-learn software. How to layer shots, adjust levels and apply filters for stand out results.

  • Tonemapping basics (Photomatix)
  • Post-processing basics (Lightroom)
  • Step-by-step advanced techniques (Photoshop)

A few examples of photos that you could create

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Auckland city sunrise Westhaven Marina
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Rangitoto sunset North Head Devonport
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Auckland city sunrise Westhaven Marina
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Auckland city sunset North Head Devonport

Take control of your camera!

Whether you are a complete beginner or someone that already has an understanding of basic camera functions, we can send you on your way with valuable tips and techniques to get the most out of your camera. You will have the confidence and knowledge to build on the experience and start developing your own style of photography.

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  • 1 hour before sunset Welcome & introduction, 1 hour

    We will meet about an hour before sunset at the car park on top of North Head historic reserve in Devonport. (Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park). The sunset time will vary on the time of year, so please enquire for exact meeting times. We will go over the basic camera functions and how each element impacts your result. We will set up your camera to be ready for the action.

  • Sunset shoot 1 hour hands-on photography

    We will take stunning panoramic images of the Auckland skyline during sunset and keep at it until about half an hour after sunset, during the so called 'blue hour'. We'll try to capture the changing mood and colours of the clouds.

  • In the evening 2 hours of post-processing

    We will relocate to "The Ship": a sea scout building located on the waterfront at 5 minutes from the shoot location (25 King Edward Parade, Devonport). There we will engage in basic post processing. Instruction with easy-to-learn software. How to layer shots, adjust levels and apply filters for stand out results. We will try to work on participant photos and achieve dramatic before and after differences.

How does HDR work?

Underexposed

Underexposed

The underexposed photo in this example shows some really dark areas, especially in the foreground. The sky, however, has great contrast. All the colours are preserved.

Overexposed

Overexposed

In this overexposed photo the sky is completely blown out, but the foreground is well lit and has the detail we want to work with.

Combined

Multiple exposures combined

The end result combines the best lighting characteristics of each original photo. Learn post-processing with software like Photomatix, Lightroom and Photoshop.

Pricing options

$ 295 NZD per person
4-hour group
landscape photography course

Sunset shoot and step-by-step instructions. Maximum group size: 6 people.

$ 495 NZD total price
4-hour private
landscape photography course for 2

Full attention for yourself and a friend. Sunset shoot and step-by-step instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?

  • A camera that takes uncompressed photos (RAW) and has manual functions. (Preferably auto-bracketing function or EV.)
  • A decent tripod. (Tripods are available for hire for $30. Let us know 7 days in advance.)
  • An umbrella and something warm to wear... We will be at nature's mercy.

What is included?

  • A 1-hour landscape photography introduction.
  • A 1-hour guided sunset photo shoot instruction.
  • 2 hours of post processing tips, tricks and techniques. Warm and sheltered.

Do I need any previous photography experience?

This landscape photo course and the HDR techniques are designed for photographers of beginner and intermediate levels. No matter your skill level: I'm confident we'll be able to teach you valuable techniques. You won't be disappointed!

What about payment methods and cancellation?

The full amount can be paid with Credit Card or Paypal upon sign up and has to be processed by 2 weeks before the course at the latest. If you can't make it please let us know a week in advance.

Here’s what people are saying:

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"Jasper livened the whole lot further though, painting a bit of new over the shots we took, demonstrating the magic possible. His passion for photography, the software and people were clear and made for a great night of learning for us all."

Karen B.
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"This was a really enjoyable class with lots of great information. I learnt not only how to more effectively use my camera in general, I learnt the principles behind the basics. Jasper was fantastic and a wonderful teacher. Well worth it!"

Jackie Wang
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"I had a really good time, learnt a whole lot. Even the time in the car park learning about the camera was so beneficial. I have managed to get a trial copy of Lightroom, so am giving it a good go. The images seem to look a lot better!"

Jason Hill
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"We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and learned heaps. It was clear that Jasper was well organised, prepared and informative, though the atmosphere was relaxed and informal. We appreciated the individual attention, practical advice."

Martin and Zia Beetge
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"I thoroughly enjoyed your course and found your presentation excellent and easy to understand. It was great to see you taking time out with each individual. The post processing session was very interesting and to see our photos as an end result was terrific."

Neville Freeman
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"I thought your course was brilliant. I learnt SO much in such a short period of time! I wish I had done the course before I got Lightroom to save days of learning how to use all the tools. I have used what I learnt on the course since, it was well worth the time!"

Bhakti Patel
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"Thank you for a very informative and enjoyable evening!"

John Campbell
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"Thank you for sharing your amazing talent and knowledge. Learning in a relaxed environment coupled with your passion made the whole experience one that I certainly recommend to anyone wanting to learn and improve their photography and post-processing skills."

Rachael Wouters
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2017 dates and times

Join one of these 4-hour landscape photography courses and learn some awesome skills.
Saturday March 116.30pm - 10.30pm
Saturday April 16.00pm - 10.00pm
Sunday April 164.45pm - 8.45pm

Dates are weather permitting and will go ahead with 3 or more participants.
For any questions, more options or 3-day Photo Adventure walk dates, feel free to contact us:

info@photoadventure.co.nz

+64 21 320 081

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