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Maui Photography Workshops & Education

Offering private and semi-private photography workshops.

Workshops & Education

Offered are private and semi-private photography workshops catered to the needs of the participants. Topics include how to take better photographs, composition, landscape and scenic photography, lighting, portraiture, and underwater photography.

To set up a workshop email me your dates in Maui, and the type of workshop you are interested in portrait, landscape or underwater photography. Call 808-879-0260 or email to Dhimages@maui.net to book your workshop.

Douglas J Hoffman currently offers three categories of photography workshops and education.

Maui Portraiture Workshop
Tools are taught to enhance or modify existing light to create images that capture emotion and have impact. Also discussions on posing, styles of portraiture, how to create environmental portraits of people and overall composition.... [see next panel]

Maui Landscape Workshops
Taking the perfect landscape photo. Maui is perfect for landscape and nature photography. This workshop includes sample photographs to illustrating concepts such as framing, lines of repetition, leading lines, repetition of design, rule of thirds, and more.... [see next panel]

Learning Underwater Photography
A workshop covering all important aspects of photography underwater from good buoyancy, recognizing dive conditions and currents to techniques used to create better images... [see next panel]

 

 

 

Workshop Topics

Maui Portraiture Workshop

In Maui there is an unlimited number of beautiful settings starting at sea level and going up to the forests and pasturelands of Haleakala. When creating portraits of people in these locations photographers face a variety of lighting situations. This workshop will expose participants to lighting tools such as off camera flashes, reflectors and diffusors. With these tools I will teach you how to enhance or modify existing light to create images that capture emotion and have impact. We will also discuss posing, styles of portraiture, how to create environmental portraits of people so that the people have an appropriate head size in the overall image, and composition.

I offer half day workshops. The cost is $500 per person. Family rates are available as are small group incentives. Includes the use of radio controlled camera flash units, professional quality diffusors and reflectors.

Call 808-879-0260 or email me at Dhimages@maui.net for more information.

Maui Landscape Workshops

Maui is perfect for landscape and nature photography. There are beautiful beaches, waterfalls, bamboo forests, streams, valleys, pasturelands and agricultural lands. The light is best after dawn and before sunset. Maui has many microclimates so there are always places to go. Prior to the workshop I will send participants a PDF describing the most important rules of composition. It includes sample photographs to illustrating concepts such as framing, lines of repetition, leading lines, repetition of design, rule of thirds and more.

Sunrise Tours and Workshops.

Maui’s North Shore and the road to Hana.

This is our most popular tour and it right takes 7 hours. We need that much time to travel to some incredible locations along along the road to Hana. Some of the areas we will go to include an epic Maui beach for the actual sunrise, bamboo forest, waterfall, rocky coast, Keanea and more. If in the unlikely event weather is a factor we will change the plan accordingly. Maui is has dozens of micro climates and we can always find a place to make photographs. While in the car we will talk about photography topics ranging from how your camera works, settings, composition, and so much more. Neutral density filters are strongly recommended for this tour.

West Maui

This tour is 7 hours. We will head out of Lahaina, Napili and Kapalua and work the coast line which features tranquil bays, beaches, rugged cliffs, sugar cane fields, dirt roads, rocky coast, miles of scenic topography. We will about travel more than halfway around the west side heading towards Kahakaloa then decide if we should continue around to Wailuku or head back the way we came. Weather, time, and road conditions will be the determining factor. The road is not well maintained and considered a bit sketchy by many. If you have been to Maui before and never explored this side of the island this tour might be perfect for you. While in the car we will talk about photography topics ranging from how your camera works, settings, composition, and so much more. Neutral density filters are strongly recommended for this tour.

Haleakala and Upcountry.

This tour starts early. This tour is 7 hours. We meet 2.5 hours before sunrise so we have time to drive up the Volcano before the sun breaks the horizon. It is a long drive to be sure and weather can be a factor. Even if the weather is great it gets really cold up there so dress accordingly. Once the sunrises we will create images at the summit, then head to Hosmers Grove for a walk through the forest. After that we will head down, stopping when we see rainbows and beautiful views. At this point we might head towards Poli Poli another area featuring majestic views, Ulapalakua where the winery is an look for horses, old fences, curving roads, or explore the back roads and agriculture lands. While in the car we will talk about photography topics ranging from how your camera works, settings, composition, and so much more.We can do this as a sunset tour as well. We just start later in the day. Call for details. Neutral density filters are strongly recommended for this tour.

South Maui

This is a five hour tour/workshop. The beaches in Makena and Wailea can be a sunrise tour, but are the best areas to photograph sunset. We will visit Secret Beach, Big Beach, Le Peruse, Poolenalena beach, Charlie Young beach, and more as time allows. These areas feature sandy beaches, rocky coast line, lava, and have great ocean views. While in the car we will talk about photography topics ranging from how your camera works, settings, composition, and so much more. Neutral density filters are strongly recommended for this tour.

Sunset Tour and Workshop

This tour starts in the Iao valley and we will photograph a beautiful stream and use neutral density filters to create artistic effects and manage light. Once done in the valley we will head to south or west Maui to photograph beautiful beaches, dramatic coast line, and end after the sunset. This is a 7 hour tour. Participants should bring neutral density filters for this tour.

Semi-private and private tours/workshops are available. We take groups as large as four or five people and as small as one. We’re not a boat em and float em high volume business. Rather we are passionate photographers that want to share the islands beauty and our photographic knowledge in order to enable photographers to make better photographs.

We charge $85/hour/per person for the semi-private tours. If your traveling with more people that want to take the tour/workshop and create landscape and island scenic images the rate is $60/hour per additional person. If your traveling with some that just wants to go on the tour and is not going to create photographs the rate is $30/hour/person.

Private tours cost $175/hour. It does not matter if you bring another photographer or your family along for the ride. Maximum is five people.

Included with the tour is a composition guide. This is a valuable resource featuring explanations of the most popular composition techniques. Next to the definition is a photograph and your invited to recreate the guide using our explanations and your photographs!

We will bring a cooler with water, and healthy snacks, including fruit and power bars. If you want to bring a sandwich please do there is space in the cooler.

Please bring a rain jacket, shoes that can get wet, a dry pair of shoes, your camera, spare batteries and memory card, and a tripod.

Lighting, posing, camera mechanics, workflow. If interested in learning lighting, posing, how your camera works, how to make better pictures, family portraits, or photoshop we offer two hour mini workshops. Please Call 808-879-0260 or email to Dhimages@maui.net for more information.

Learning Underwater Photography

This workshop covers the importance of good buoyancy, recognizing dive conditions and currents to create better images. We discuss the rules of composition, lighting, shutter speed, apertures, lens choice and strobe position. When in the water I will demonstrate how mastering your buoyancy will enable you to create photographs without damaging the reef or stirring up visibility. After the dive we will review the images. The workshop will require about 6 hours and include a lecture and 2 dives. Clients can select shore dives or boat dives. (boat fees, tank, dive gear or camera rental not included). To learn more about the workshops send me an email at Dhimages@maui.net

The underwater workshop costs $500 per person. A professional grade Nikon D300 in a housing is available for rent for clients interested in trying a digital SLR system.

 

DOUGLAS J HOFFMAN

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Kihei, HI 96753

  Kihei, HI 96753

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