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Catlins Coast: Overnight Camping Trip


Friday Session: 4pm-8pm
Saturday: meet 6am and drive down
(Get back to Dunedin Sunday Evening)
Meet Point: Opposite Uni Flats Office (Address: 361 Leith Street Central)
Number of Spots: 7 People
Cost: $150 NZD

Sign Up: Using the submission form below :)

Catlins - McLeans Falls.jpg

About this Workshop:

This workshop will be held over three days: Friday afternoon will be dedicated to figuring out manual settings and an introduction to editing workshop, which will be good prep for a long weekend of shooting. Saturday will be chasing the sunrise at Nugget Point, followed by waterfalls, lakes, and long sandy beaches before settling in for a cozy night of camping and hopefully stargazing at the Milky Way. Sunday’s sunrise mission will be right outside our tents, treading carefully around the resident sea lions, before breakfast and another day exploring lush green forests and rugged coastlines. If luck is on our side, we’ll catch another rad sunset before heading back to Dunedin.

This will be a very hands-on and collaborative workshop for those wanting to discover the full potential of their camera and acquire practical skills, which will give you so much more creative freedom while you explore and frolic away your exchange semester in NZ. You will get to experience the beautifully raw landscapes of the Catlins and test out your new skills on its wild coastline.

Nugget Point just after Sunrise

Nugget Point just after Sunrise

Who is this Workshop For?

Beginners-Intermediate Photographers. If you would like to learn how to shoot in manual mode and how to post process your photos - this workshop is for you! As a small group of 8 people, there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and work closely with each other and myself.

You can view some of my work here: Photography Portfolio
Or my Instagram Gallery: @emilypeilan

What You Will Learn:

  • Lighting and Composition

  • Location Scouting: What to look for?

  • Manual Mode Settings: ISO, AV/Aperture, TV/Shutter Speed

  • White Balance, Focus Modes, Drive Modes

  • Introduction to Long Exposures

  • Portrait Photography Tips and Best Camera Settings

  • Best Lenses for different types of photography

  • Post Processing: Different Editing Softwares (free vs paid)

  • How to efficiently manage your workflow and photos

  • Tonal Curves, HSL, Tonal Balance and Colour Grading

  • Luminance, Radial, Gradient, Colour and Brush Masks

  • How to create your own presets

What to Bring:

  • Camera (any model is fine but one with Manual capabilities would be best!)

  • Tripod if you have one

  • Hiking shoes

  • Beanie and Gloves (definitely!!)

  • Warm Clothes

  • Togs and Towel (Togs = kiwi term for swim suit/bathing suit)

  • Water Bottle

  • Lunch for Saturday and extra snacks

  • Headlamp (super handy around the campsite)

  • Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillow

  • Alcohol - up to you :)

  • Happy Faces!

What this includes:

  • Transport to and from location

  • Campsite costs

  • Camp Dinner on Saturday Night

  • Breakfast Sunday Morning

  • Private Sauna Session - 1hr at the OUSA

  • Post Processing Workshop

  • Trial version of Photo Editing Software

  • Meet awesome people!

What is NOT included:

  • Camera gear, lenses, tripod, accessories

  • Ongoing Photo Editing Software Subscription

  • Extra Snacks, lunches and drinks

  • Alcohol - bring your own

  • Headlamp for camping

  • Tents, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillow - can rent from Unipol here.


Why so early (6am) on Saturday?

It’ll take us about 1.5-2hrs to reach Nugget Point, factor in the walk - we would want to arrive by 8am for the sunrise. This Golden Hour provides the best lighting and soft array of colours.

What are some of the places we will see?

Nugget Point, Jacks Blowhole, Purakanui Falls, Curio Bay and some more secret waterfalls, forest trails and lookout points ;) We will be camping at Purakanui Bay Campsite.

Where can I borrow tents, sleeping bags, and mats?

You can rent them from Unipol here: Camping Equipment - Rental Prices
If you’re happy to share a tent with 2-3 others on the trip, then it might be more cost efficient to get the 4 person tent. The camping equipment hire is not included in the Workshop Cost, but I’m more than happy to help you out in arranging things :)

How to Sign Up?

Please sign up using the form below - one form per person :)

Due to the limited spaces, it may be that not everyone gets to join this trip - but I will let you know if I run future tours and those who missed out will get priority in the next workshop!

Looking forward to meeting you all!

Sign Up Form:

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Later Event: August 3
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