Adventure, Exploration & Learning

FREE-ROAM NEW ZEALAND TIMELAPSE WORKSHOP

Experience the beauty and grandeur of the South Island of New Zealand. You’ll capture incredible desert, rain-forest and mountainous landscapes that will make your jaw drop in awe. This 6-day free-roam timelapse workshop will teach you how to capture captivating and dynamic timelapse shots using a simple tripod + camera setup along with provided 3-axis motion controlled units.

What does Free-roam mean exactly? It means there will be structured group time (where we will teach you) and also time for you to explore the area on your own to show off your new skills!

This course is focused heavily on sunset and astro timelapse photography. You’ll learn how to shoot, process, and render your shots like the pros do in Hollywood! 

Adventure Type

Timelapse / Stills

Cost Per Person

$3800.00 USD

Experience Level

Basic to Advanced

Group Size

8-10

Adventure Dates

April 18-23, 2020
September 12-17, 2020

Adventure awaits!

Here's what you'll experience and learn

New Zealand is a photographers paradise. During any of the adventures you choose, you’ll encounter magical rain forests, endless deserts, and snow capped mountains (and potentially a glacier or two!).

This workshop will be aimed at capturing exotic landscapes and the beautiful night skies that New Zealand has to offer. You’ll learn how to not only shoot gorgeous astro-photography you’ll also learn how to capture it in motion using timelapse photography.

Our gurus have timed this workshop to coincide with the last stage of the moon phase so that the nights are the darkest and blackest possible. You’ll experience the Milkyway and constellations like never before. After learning how to shoot astro-timelapse photography you’ll also learn how to put it together using programs like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe After Effects. 

The majority of workshop shooting locations will happen in late afternoon into early morning, leaving time for processing imagery and exploring the scenery before hand. 

 

Difficulty Level

Easy to Moderate

Hiking and general walking will be involved. Expect to travel anywhere between 1-3 miles on foot (in total) per location / setup. If you have health concerns or issues we recommend speaking with your doctor before embarking on these adventures to ensure you’re healthy enough to participate.  

Gear Required

What you’ll need

Camera (With intervalometer)
Sturdy Tripod 
(1) Fast Wide-Angle Lens (F/2.8 or better)
(1) ND Filter System (At least 2-6 stops)
(1) Laptop with the Adobe CC Suite (Or equivalent) 
Hiking Boots 

Weather

Dress Appropriately

 The weather for this time of year, depending on your adventure dates (either fall or spring), means that it’s going to be chilly and temperatures may drop to the low 30’s at night. It’s recommended that you bring the appropriate clothing so you can stay warm and toasty as the stars twirl over your head. You’ll definitely want to bring a heavy jacket (for night shooting), thermal pants/shirts/socks as it will get cold in the mountains. Because of New Zealand’s wild weather patterns you can expect to see fantastic cloud formations and color in the sky quite regularly. This makes it a perfect environment for capturing timelapse! 

Shooting Locations

Here are the places you'll be visiting

Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Breath-taking views on the lake lead to a vast and diverse landscape as you travel west towards the ocean. The city is the perfect place to begin your New Zealand adventure! 

Wanaka

Wanaka, a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island, is set on the southern end of its namesake lake with views of snowcapped mountains. It’s the gateway to the Southern Alps’ Mount Aspiring National Park, a wilderness of glaciers, beech forests and alpine lakes. 

Mt.Cook

Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand and also has some of the best views in the country. At night the mountain silhouettes the stars and milkyway making it the perfect location to shoot astro-photography. Light pollution is non-existent enabling you to see everything in the night sky. 

Meet your Gurus

Award -winning and seasoned veteran's of the craft

Andrew "Drew" Geraci

DP / Timelapse Cinematographer / Sony Artisan of Imagery, USA

Lead Guru

Andrew ‘Drew’ Geraci is a passionate and award winning photographer/cinematographer who has been in the media industry for over 15 years. At 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Mass Communication specialist. During his time in the Navy, he was deployed to aircraft carriers, exotic overseas locations, and traveled the globe documenting military activities. After nearly a decade of service he hung up his uniform and signed on a as Senior Multimedia Producer for the Washington Times in Washington, DC. His role as a visual story-teller and leader would eventually lead him to create his own business which he currently operates and owns – District 7 Media.

Drew has an affinity for creating brilliantly colored and high impact HDR motion time-lapse productions. His notoriety rose when he landed a job working with David Fincher to create the now iconic House of Cards opening credits on NETFLIX. His work has also appeared in shows/advertisements produced by the NFL, HBO, Redbull, Sony, Apple, Nike, Discovery Channel, Cartier and more.

Stephen Patience

Timelapse Photographer, New Zealand

Guru

Stephen Patience is an accomplished film maker specializing in motion-control time-lapse photography. To his credit, Stephen has twice been a ‘winner’ for time-lapse in the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year. He has been engaged to produced time-lapse for TV and his work has been published and used in other international film media. As someone once said: ‘Stephen Patience – what a great surname for someone who does time-lapse’.

See Stephen’s website

www.stephenpatience.photography

What's included

Permitting Fees

This allows us to take you out to the best locations! To shoot in large groups we're required to secure these fees so we can enjoy the parks and maintain proper cultural protocols.

Transportation

We'll get you to and from all workshop locations! This service is included in the price and makes sure you're getting the best possible shots. You're free to rent your own vehicle as well but it is not included in the workshop price. *Off-site lodging will require you to rent your own vehicle.

Loaner Gear

We'll be supplying a various amount of Sony equipment to include lenses, bodies, and accessories . We'll also provide multiple 3-axis motion control rigs (that everyone will get a chance to use).

Tuition

All group & individual timelapse instruction / education is included with your tuition. You'll get plenty of 1 on 1 time to ask the guru's as many questions as you like. They'll share their experiences with you so you can become a better shooter!

What's not

Travel

You're responsible for getting yourself to the workshop from whatever fantastic location you're coming from. Airfare is not included. We will however pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel!

Lodging

Hotels / living arrangements are up to you and not included in the price. There will be a wide variety of spots to chose from in each small city and we'll supply you with a list of locations that we recommend (and will be required if you're not using your own vehicle).

Meals

You'll be responsible for all your main meals during the course of the adventure. We've got you covered though while we're out exploring! We'll provide refreshments and delicious snacks during the workshop hours.

VISA Fees / Travel Insurance

Your visa's (if required) are not included with the workshop fees. It will be on you to ensure your passport is up-to-date and valid for this adventure. We also recommend purchasing travel insurance should the unexpected happen and the trip is canceled.

Fall Workshop

$3800
  • April 18-23, 2020
  • Great Clouds
  • Beautiful Golden Landscapes
  • Great for Sunsets
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Spring Workshop

$3800
  • Sept 12-17, 2020
  • Amazing Astro
  • Snow covered mountains
  • Fantastic Reflections
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