Maui, Hawaii 2020








Happy Valentine’s Day!

MEET AND GREET FEB 12 @ 7pm Kamaole Sands in Kihei, Maui

It seems a bit foolish that I am about to write a paragraph or two about a workshop location that most everyone is already familiar with. I mean, the mere mention of the name, Hawaii, is enough to make most of us yearn for the warm climate, the warm water and the warm tropical breezes as we envision a relaxing day on the golden sand beaches or a walk in the rain forest. Maui, Hawaii is an island in the Central Pacific with its sprawling Haleakala National Park and it’s volcano Haleakala, as well as the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, accessed via the very scenic, winding Hana Highway. In addition to the island’s many golden sand beaches (and black sand beaches too) you will stand in awe at the imposing ocean surf on the north shore while watching the brave men and women take on these giant forces of nature with their surfboards and sailboards.

Lush tropical vegetation seems to be at every turn, unless you are on the desert side of the island, where the area around Makena Beach is a landscape of massive lava flows from years gone by. As you can imagine, Maui has no shortage of photographic potential, from wide angle to telephoto and of course macro shots are everywhere, Maui, Hawaii will not disappoint.

Lodging will take place at the Kamaole Sands Condominium’s located on the south side of the island, in the town of Kihei.

The workshop will begin with a meet and greet, a gathering if you will, out in front of the office lobby at the Kamaole Sands and from there we will move across the street to the local park and enjoy getting to know each other and it is here where we will also make a daily schedule of where we will go and what we will shoot and what to bring and how long we will be out for each of our 4-days together but generally speaking, most days will start around 7:30am and go until 11am and then we break until 3pm and we will go until 30 minutes max past sunset which means finishing up around 7pm. And yes, we will be shooting at least one night, as late as 10:00pm, shooting some spectacular compositions of the Milky Way at Makena Beach, while being serenaded by the calming sounds of the ocean surf! 

All transportation is provided to each daily location too, so unless you want to drive, you do not need to worry about driving during the workshop.

Whatever your photographic desires may be, we will surely cover them all in beautiful Maui Hawaii. When it comes to a location for photographic learning, I can’t think of any other place that is more beautiful and welcoming.

*You are free to lodge anywhere IN the Kihei area, but I am merely suggesting the Kamaole Sands as a great place to stay and for sure it will be here where the meet and greet initially takes place. If you were to simply google KAMAOLE SANDS CONDOMINIUM RENTALS you will have a number of rental services to choose from.


To make this workshop the most enriching experience possible, I am strongly recommending that your basic camera kit include the following:

1) Camera Body…(it is not necessary that you have two camera bodies but IF you do have two camera bodies you are certainly welcome to bring both.)

2) Lenses: For those of you who have a crop sensor camera, i.e. Canon 70D, Canon T3, Nikon D5300, Nikon D7200, Nikon D500, you will benefit immensely if your current lenses offer the focal lengths from 18mm-300mm BUT, if you have focal lengths from 12mm-300mm, AND a macro lens and/or a set of Kenko Extension Tubes there will be no subject matter that is out of your reach.

For those of you with a full frame camera i.e. Canon 5DMarkIII, Nikon D810, Nikon D750, you will benefit immensely if your current lenses offer the focal lengths from 28mm-300mm, BUT if you have focal lengths from 14mm-400mm or 500mm AND a macro lens and/or a set of Kenko Extension Tubes, there will be no subject matter that is out of your reach.

3) IF you own a portable flash, bring it, but if you do not own a flash, DO NOT buy one for this workshop

4) Filters: You will need a circular polarizing filter, an FLW magenta filter. These other filter’s may come in handy but DO NOT buy them but IF you already own then do bring them: a 4-stop ND filter, a three-stop LEE Graduated ND filter BUT the additional LEE Holder is arguably NOT necessary as one can often just hold the filter up to the lens for most shooting situations.  And finally the optional 10-stop aka “Big Stopper” ND filter Links to these filters can be found below.

5) You will need a light-weight but sturdy tripod along with a sturdy tripod head.

6) Although most of your time will be spent shooting DO bring your laptop.

7) You will need at least 128GB of memory card(s). I have yet to have any student fill up a 128GB card in a given day, so I am using the 128GB card as the daily threshold. Each night you will of course have the opportunity to download your images and start anew the next morning with a clean card.

8) Extra Batteries, fully charged as well as your charger and DON’T FORGET to bring the necessary electrical adaptors for your charger when doing workshops outside of North America.

9) A camera bag to keep all of the above.  If you prefer to carry on your back, or use a camera bags with wheels, it matters not to me, but for obvious reason, when walking along beaches or mountain trails camera bags with wheels can be a bit challenging.

10) A LOCKING electronic cable release for all of your blue hour and nighttime photography, ESPECIALLY WHEN SHOOTING THE NIGHT SKY, so go to your favorite camera store or camera store’s website and search for a locking electronic cable release for YOUR specific camera i.e, “Locking electronic cable release for my Canon 70D…”


We are going to make some lasting memories together-PROMISE!

All my best-

Bryan F Peterson