Adventure Photography with NZ Geographic Young Photographer

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Castle Hill

Castle Hill, Canterbury 7580

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For those on the South Island, we’re bringing you a jam-packed weekend of Adventure Photography. If you’re looking to up your photography skills in a small group setting outdoors – book this trip!

This overnight camping trip will explore the famous Castle Hill Basin, which is a semi-alpine area nestled between two mountain ranges in Christchurch. The small group will be taught the basics of adventure photography, from composition to light, by the young photographer and adventurer Talman Madsen.

For the past two years, Talman has explored New Zealand from top to bottom, climbing mountains, sleeping under stars, hiking and dangling out of helicopters. He captured every moment, expressing his relationship with the moment and location through his photos, which he turned into a published book. He has had some pretty incredible career highlights so far, including winning New Zealand Geographic Young Photographer of the Year in 2016.

To keep ticket cost to a minimum, we are asking participants to bring (or borrow) camping gear and food for themselves. We are also providing discount vouchers for participants if you need to purchase gear before the event. We highly advise investing in outdoor gear or borrowing from friends or family, but if you need help renting gear please let us know.

The first 5 people to sign up will receive a free pair of any Oboz shoes from the Kathmandu range, subject to availability, boots collected at event.

Requirements: Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness, not required to have hiking experience. Participants should have basic understanding of how to use their cameras in Manual Mode.

Includes: Guided hike for two days, first aid, small group photography tuition, tents, cooking equipment, navigational & safety equipment provided.

Excludes: Transport, Food, Camera Equipment.


  • ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, and how they all work together

  • Using the camera in manual mode

  • Correctly exposing an image (dynamic range, understanding light and creating balance)

  • How to compose a shot (including main focal point, framing, foreground, scale and depth of field)

  • Working in low light, Astro and night time photography (only if you bring a tripod)


  • Meet at Castle Hill basin location for briefing at 8am on Saturday (carpooling encouraged)

  • Briefing for the weekend & intro to adventure photography

  • Practical sessions & hiking

  • Overnight camping

  • Day 2 hiking and adventure photography practical sessions

  • Arrive back at arrival location at 3.30pm


• Sturdy, comfortable closed footwear (ankle support recommended)

• Comfortable, loose-fitting pants and shirt (preferably made of wool or quick drying, synthetic material)

• Warm mid-layer (preferably made of wool or quick drying, synthetic material)

• Compact cold weather jacket

• Lightweight waterproof shell jacket

• Lightweight waterproof shell pants (optional but recommended in wet weather)

• Hat

• Beanie

• Gloves

• Spare set of socks

Food and Equipment:

• Lunches, dinner, breakfast and snacks

• Sunscreen

• Sunglasses

• Insect repellent

• Head torch

• Personal medications

• Toiletries

Camping Equipment:

• Backpack suitable for overnight hiking

• Sleeping bag (appropriate for cold conditions)

• Sleeping mat

• Hiking pillow

Tents, cooking, navigational & safety equipment provided.

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