Light and Composition Masterclass – Maniototo

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4 Day Masterclass
26th-29th September 2024
22nd-26th February 2025
Central Otago
Max People : 8
Light and Composition Photography

Based in Central Otago, our Light & Composition Masterclass is designed as an ideal programme to expand your use of perspective and light in the landscape. Over the 4 days, you will explore this remote region in 4WD vehicles. Famous for Grahame Sydney’s iconic New Zealand paintings, the Maniototo Plains are an elevated inland landscape, and distinctively Central Otago. The enormous, untamed landscapes give you a sense of place, and nature has its own sophistication as it quietly reveals its differences in subtle and unexpected ways.


The two learning modules on this masterclass

This masterclass offers a mixture of both tuition and post-processing sessions to help you create some stunning photographs in the diverse light and perspective of Central Otago’s Maniototo landscape. We will run through our programme of advanced camera setup for landscape photography and tutorials on composition & light. We will then help you process your two best images from the masterclass and produce finished 16×22″ fine art prints to take home.

Maniototo Landscape Photography Workshop
Light in the Landscape

Master working the light in the landscape, from warm dawn to blue dusk tones , a challenging and critical part of landscape photography.

Maniototo Landscape Photography Workshop
Composition and Perspective

Learn to work with perspective to change how you present your subject within this vast landscape with its many rustic buildings.


Ken Wright

Tutor and Landscape Photographer

Ken Wright’s seascapes speak for themselves, outstanding moments in time that capture sunrise and sunset. With 40 years experience in creative industries, Ken is highly skilled in design, illustration and photography.

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Glen Howey

Tutor and Landscape Photographer

Glen has been a travel, documentary and landscape photographer for more than 30 years. As an educator at Massey University, The Photo School and through workshops, really enjoying helping others discover their affinity for photography.

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The workshop is based at the Wedderburn Cottages in Wedderburn. We will pick you up early from your Queenstown accommodation, or you can meet us at Wedderburn Cottages later that morning.  We can drop you back to Queenstown on the last day to connect with late afternoon flights.

Start time on day 1: The workshop will start at 8am at Queenstown or 11am at Wedderburn.
Finish time on day 4: The workshop will finish in time to be in Queenstown by 3pm on the last day to connect with late flights. Please do not book onward flights before 4pm.


Our workshops run with a maximum group size of 8 and 2 tutors, offering a 1:4 ratio of tutors to guests. Limiting class sizes ensures we provide the best learning environment possible, including expert guidance, instruction, and personal attention according to your learning style. Smaller groups of up to 4 may only be led by one tutor.


A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the Mastercalss. Some locations we shoot will require walking 15 minus one way along formed tracks carrying your gear.


Ideally, you will have a basic knowledge of photography and be comfortable adjusting camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. The aim of our masterclass workshops is to cover more advanced creative camera control and help you develop your style and vision. You will also receive Free access to our Online Essential Landscape Photography Course to make sure you are camera-ready for the workshop.


Camera Equipment: Our workshops focus on how to use your camera, not your type of camera you have. A basic list of recommended camera equipment can be found here.

Clothing: A list of recommended clothing to wear on the workshop can be found here


A non-refundable deposit of NZD$400.00 is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the workshop. You may pay in full at the time of booking, the balance (minus the deposit) will remain fully refundable until 30 days before the workshop.
Booking and Cancellation Policy: Please click here for our booking and cancellation policy.



With Leading Photographers 


Print Your Best Images 


Remote 4WD Trips


Unique Wedderburn Cottages

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Gill Hodgson

Solo Traveller

I have learned the art of seeing, and that light and composition are important elements – it’s not just about taking a photo of the environment. Fabulous guides, and great people, I keep coming back. Pack a bag, and book a flight, you can’t lose.


Peter Hawath

Solo Traveller

I couldn’t have asked for more. It was great to have Ken’s composition talk and then get out in the field and look for the light on the hills, and the warm tones in the early morning, it’s just stunning. I learned how to capture that and to keep our images simple. It’s worth every cent and these guys take you to places you’d never find by yourself. New Zealand Photography Workshops are just beyond anything else.


Ruby Roberts

Solo Traveller

Absolute trip of a lifetime. As a relatively new photographer, I’ve gone from understanding the basics of the exposure triangle, aperture and shutter speed to where I really feel like I’ve managed to get my head around it in an astonishingly fast time. I would highly recommend the masterclass. You’re made to feel welcome and it’s an unbeatable learning experience.


Derek Finnegan

Solo Traveller

I found Glen’s guidance on the Maniototo Masterclass Outstanding.