KAUAI, HAWAII :: October 11-15, 2018 :: (9 SPOTS REMAIN) - Don Smith Photography

KAUAI, HAWAII - October 11-15, 2018

9th Annual Garden Isle and Tropical Paradise Photography Workshop

This price includes 4 nights at the fabulous Kauai Beach Resort included! Extra nights can be arranged 4 nights either side of the workshop dates at my special workshop rate. It's a great time to bring your family and friends and make it a vacation.

NOTE: Workshop fee also includes all resort fees and taxes plus a Island Buffet Breakfast for (4) mornings - combined savings of $55.00 per day.

SPECIAL BONUS OFFER :: The Kauai Beach Resort will give away (1) free nights lodging (double-occupancy) and (1) breakfasts good for up to a year after the workshop ends to the winner of the "Best Photo of Kauai" photo contest!

See this year's winning entry at bottom of page by Nadine Janecek!

Kauai Montage 2017

Join me for a photographic journey to one of the most beautiful islands in the world, the Garden isle of Kauai, Hawaii! This deluxe workshop (limited to only 12 participants) will be held at the luxurious Kauai Beach Resort and is located just five minutes from the Lihue Airport.

The Kauai Beach Resort is a five-story oceanfront property situated on 25 lushly landscaped acres surrounded by exotic lagoons, cascading waterfalls, and lush tropical settings. It's an outstanding setting with an extremely helpful and courteous staff.

Gary Hart will once again be joining me on this workshop.

The resort also offers the following amenities:
Complimentary Shuttle Service to/from the airport and the hotel
Oceanside sandy beach (great sunrise location), sand bottom fresh water pool
Flume and lava tube water-slide
Three main hotel pools and two whirlpool spas
Wireless high-speed internet access in all rooms
Hawaiian Rain-forest and Fitness Center
Nightly entertainment

Spend five days photographing the Garden Island from some of the most idyllic tropical locations to be found. I have been photographing Kauai for my own stock photography for over 10 years and have found numerous iconic and lesser known locations that will provide incredible photo opportunities. This will be our 8th year offering this workshop and it is one of my most popular. I regularly have participants return the following year!

The Kauai Beach Resort is located conveniently on the island's east side and is centrally located to all of our location shoots! I have added many new locations since the inception of this workshop and I am excited to share the beauty and diversity of this Island with you. But that will just be the beginning. After our two morning shoots, we will return for breakfast and then you will be free to relax, prep images, or explore on your own. The resort is located within minutes of the beautiful Island towns of Lihue and Kapa'a. Classes will be held during the early afternoon hours.

This workshop will have an emphasis on field location shooting. It will also include three Image Review sessions along with sessions designed to improve your workflow. I'm always discussing the latest equipment, software,  and workflow techniques!

We will then head back out for pre-sunset and sunset shoots. Dinner will be either before or after depending on the time we depart and return. The Resort offers a diverse selection of meals from full dinners to lighter fares. Some of the locations we will visit include:

Ke'e Beach and the Na Pali Cliffs (used in move: Pirates of the Caribbean)
Hanalei Bay and taro fields (used in movie: The Descendants)
Queen's Bath
Makahuena Arch and Lithified Cliffs
The Spouting Horn
Waimea Canyon (used in movie: Donovan's Reef)
Kalalau Valley and the Na Pali Cliffs from a 4,000 foot overlook (used in the movie: 6 Days and 7 Nights)
Wailua Falls (Fantasy Island), Queen's Bath Falls, Opaeka'a Falls and more!
Lumahai Beach (used in movie: South Pacific)

KAUAI GALLERY IMAGES (please note Kauai in image caption as gallery also contains images from Big Island and Maui)


Thursday, October  11 -- Workshop officially begins at 2pm with a 2-hour group orientation meeting followed by (2) location shoots at nearby Poipu.

Friday, October 12 - Monday October 15- We will explore many of the famous iconic (and some lesser known) locations that make this island special. You will recognize many of the locations from numerous movies and television shows. Tropical sunrises and sunsets are always on the agenda, but because Kauai is one of the wetter islands, there will be ample opportunities to capture stunning rainbows!

Each day's training seminars are geared to answer your personal questions and improve your technical abilities, plus we will show you our workflow techniques that have resulted in our images appearing in worldwide publications and gallery showings. Combined we have over 50 years of photographic experience!

The workshop will conclude with a sunrise shoot on Monday morning. Also, the Kauai Beach Resort is offering you an extended stay (at a discounted workshop rate) for four days on either side of the workshop! This is perfect for those of you wanting to spend more time on the island.

Cost: $2149.00 (includes 4 nights lodging at the incredible Kauai Beach Resort, all resort fees and taxes and a $30 Island Buffet Breakfast for (4) mornings)


Deadline: When workshop fills (limited to 12 participants). 

Frequently Asked Questions: Kauai FAQ's

Lodging: Lodging for 4 nights is included. All rooms are double-occupancy but you don't share, so bring along a family member or friend!

Meals: $30 Island Buffet Breakfast Included for (4) mornings.

Transportation: We will carpool to shooting locations. Participants are required to have transportation to and from the workshop and workshop locations.

Cancellation Policy: To View My Cancellation Policy, Please CLICK HERE

Contact Me: don@donsmithphotography.com

My Qualifications:  If you like my style of photography, that would be one reason to take a workshop with me. If you want to take your photography to the next level, that would be another reason. I run my workshops in a positive environment and give you ideas and techniques to move you forward. To learn more about me, please click here.

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