forest estate

1 DAY / $tbc

Subjects covered:
Hand held and tripod work - including focussing rail
Day and night photography
Composition and depth of field management
Editing and processing of images including focus stacking


Maximum of 4

Transport to all sites
Use of additional camera equipment if required

Course Dates:

The Mahakirau Forest Estate comprises almost 600 hectares of native forest divided into 24 private properties with introduced animal and plant controls.

 Rated as a ‘Key Ecological Site’ by Environment Waikato the estate has been ranked as holding “outstanding wildlife value”, including the extremely rare Coromandel striped gecko, Hochstetter’s and Archey’s frogs, North Island kaka and North Island brown kiwi, alongside significant indigenous vegetation. Helms butterflies, painted cave weta, longfin eel and kokopu spp. have also all been found in the estate.

We are very fortunate to be able to offer Mahakirau Forest Estate as a photographic location.  It provides an amazing opportunity to learn about and photograph some of New Zealands rarest flora and fauna in a site of outstanding ecological value.

I have been on two of Ian’s workshops and both have been brilliant! Two different themes behind them both and I walked away with so much more knowledge and understanding of how to correct my images... Can’t thank you enough Ian. Your calm way of teaching and explanation of how things work is completely easy to understand. Look forward to another workshop soon
— Dale, New Zealand