Kauai, Hawaii Photo Adventure

Workshop Dates

Feb 23-28, 2017

Tuition Price


Group Size

5 Students


All Levels Welcome

Are you ready for an all out adventure of a lifetime? I am absolutely thrilled to announce this workshop to arguably the most beautiful place on Earth: the Garden Isle of Kauai! This is unlike any workshop I’ve done before. The only thing you need to worry about is getting to Kauai; we’ll take it from there! From the moment you land, everything will be taken care of, including our own personal chef! We’ll stay in a home together and explore the entire island by sea, land and air, leaving no stone unturned. You do NOT want to miss this!

  • Na Pali From Above | Kauai
  • Waimea Pier | Kauai
  • Queen's Bath Sunset | Kauai, Hawaii
  • Namolokama Waterfalls | Kauai
  • Poipu Sunsset | Kauai

What To Expect

This workshop is going to be jam packed. We’ll see the Napali Coast by exploring the Mountain Trails and Jungles, by sea from an exciting boat cruise and by air on a doors-off helicopter tour. We’ll see and experience the South side of the island and all that this location has to offer like Spouting Horn, The Poipu Arch and the Famous Shipwrecks Beach. We’ll kayak the Waialua river together as a group and walk to Secret Waterfalls hidden in the Jungle. We’ll photograph massive waves exploding into the air at Ke’e Beach, the treacherous surf at Queen’s Bath, the “Grand Canyon of Hawaii” known as Waimea Canyon, the picture perfect Hanalei Beach and so much more! Trust me when I say you will be worn out by the time we are done!

What’s Included

What’s Not Included

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    We’ll be staying in a big house together in Anahola (7 rooms/10 beds)

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    From the moment you land, transportation is covered, and we’ll take you back to the airport as well.

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    Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided by our personal chef!

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    Guided Tours

    Kayak tours, hiking tours, etc are all included.

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    Whale Watching Tour

    Yep, we’ll be spending an evening sailing at sunset in search of whales and beautiful views of the NaPali coast!

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    Helicopter Tour

    We’ll also do a doors-off helicopter tour of the entire island. Waterfalls, mountains, canyons and more. This is an experience you will never forget!

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    Photo Instruction

    All in-the-field and post processing instruction from James. I’ll work one on one with each student based on what they want/need to learn.

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    Airfare not included. You’ll fly in and out of Lihue International Airport (LIH)

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    Travel Insurance

    We recommend World Nomads for all your travel insurance needs.

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    Gratuity and Tips

    Tips for tour guides, chef, etc

Day 1 – We will greet you at the Lihue Airport and shuttle you back to the house, figure out room assignments, meet other students that have arrived and enjoy pupu’s (Hawaiian appetizers) together until all the guests have arrived on the property. Then we will go to the beach so you can enjoy your first sunset in paradise. After that we will return home for your first amazing dinner with us from our executive chef who will be with us for our entire stay here on Kauai.

Day 2 – Wake up early to photography sunrise at Hanalei Bay before heading back to enjoy a complete breakfast together as a group, talk about the days adventure and then set out again to explore the North Shore. We will stop at all the view areas, seeing the famous Hanalei Valley and surrounding mountains. Finally we will arrive at the beginning of the Napali Coast hiking trail were we will hike the two miles of the trail to the first beach at Hanakapai. Playing in the stream and ocean while enjoying a prepared lunch will be a wonderful way to experience your first day here in Paradise. We’ll photograph sunset at Ke’e Beach before heading back to the house for another meal prepared by our chef.

Day 3 – Wake up  early (get used to this!) for sunrise at Waimea Canyon before heading back to enjoy a complete breakfast together as a group, talk about the days adventure and then set out for the “4 waterfalls in a day tour.” Hiku falls, Hopi falls, Opaekaa falls and Waialulu falls are all on our itinerary. Be prepared to get wet and feel what it is like swimming in your own private lagoon with a majestic waterfall in the background. Return back home for a fantastic lunch, then grab your snorkel gear and beach towels for a relaxing day at the beach. Finish up this amazing day shooting sunset at Queen’s Bath and another wonderfully prepared dinner from our master of culinary treats.

Day 4 – Wake up for sunrise (location TBD) and enjoy a complete breakfast together as a group, talk about the days adventure and then set out for an adventure of a lifetime. We will drive together to a Hawaiian Village and take off for a 6 hour Kayaking adventure up the Waialua river. Here we will explore the jungles of Kauai, search out secret waterfalls, see ancient Hawaiian fern grottos and cross mighty rivers like a tribe of natives. After this adventure we will return back home for a prepared lunch then off to the blue room cave which is a collapsed lava tube with a freshwater lagoon at the bottom. For sunset, we will be taking an ocean cruise of the NaPali Coast in search of humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins and rainbows with dinner included!

Day 5 – Sleep in and enjoy a complete breakfast together as a group, talk about the days adventure and then set out for a doors off helicopter tour of the entire island, including the star of the show, the NaPali coast. If you choose not to go on the Helicopter we will have other fun things for you to do. After your heavenly experience we will return home for another prepared lunch, then off to Poipu to do some last minute gift shopping and nature exploring at the world famous Spouting Horn, Poipu Arch and my favorite beach, Shipwrecks. If we have time before the sunset we can explore the sea caves that dot the coastline through the net work of secret paths. We’ll do our last sunset at Poipu Beach before heading back to enjoy our final dinner with our chef.

Day 6 – After shooting our last sunrise together, we’ll head back and enjoy a complete breakfast together as a group, talk about the days adventure where we will focus on packing up and then shuttling everyone back to the airport and reality; there will certainly not be any dry eyes as we reflect on the amazing time we had together here in Paradise


  • How to create compelling and enticing landscape compositions.How to properly expose for an image throughout all variety of light.
  • How to use your camera to it’s full potential.
  • How to photograph the night sky and the Milky Way!
  • How to create beautiful light painted images beneath the night sky.
  • Workflow techniques for Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • How to use masking and adjustment layers to bring extra life to your photographs in Photoshop.
  • Much, much more!
  • A DSLR camera

  • A variety of lenses – a wide angle lens will be your most used on this trip

  • A sturdy tripod (See my Budget Specific Tripod Recommendations)

  • An intervalometer

  • Multiple memory cards

  • Extra batteries

  • Laptop

  • At least the trial versions of Photoshop and Lightroom installed on your computer.

  • A powerful flashlight

James Brandon

James Brandon has been a professional photographer for over 6 years and is based in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Kristin and two children (Isaac and Levi). He specializes in travel and landscape photography and also has a huge passion for photography education and showing others the incredible world we live in.

James is author of several ebooks, videos and other products that are available at his online store, as well as Flatbooks.com. He is also a regular contributor to the photography education giant Digital Photography School.

James has a website and blog that he updates regularly and is also very active on Google+Facebook and Twitter.

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Kauai is an absolute paradise for photographers (and anyone else as well), you do not want to miss this workshop! Workshops have filled up in less than 24 hours so don't wait, sign up now!

Deposits are a firm commitment and are subject to a cancellation fee per our Cancellation Policy.

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Client Testimonials

George Schrenk, PHD.

Workshops Attended: Death Valley, Eastern Sierras, Moab, Hawaii

“I’ve had the pleasure of joining James on three workshops so far with a fourth already booked. Having previously traveled thru Death Valley, I knew first-hand how photogenic and challenging the area is. My experience went far beyond my expectations! It was exceptional. James is a masterful photographer who works exceptionally well with his students and co-instructors. His expertise afforded me the opportunity to polish and refine my skills while photographing this exceptional landscape. His advanced ground-work in scouting the best sites and views for us to photograph greatly enhanced the experience. My initial experience with James was fun, informative, and flawless. I know of no better way to photograph the beautiful areas he has selected for his trips except to join him!”


Workshops Attended: Moab, Death Valley

“Early this summer I came across a blog post about a photo workshop with James Brandon. I jumped at it and signed up because, ever since I had seen Peter Lik’s Gallery in Las Vegas, I was smitten by one particular image of Mesa Arch that was for sale at the cost of an average home. I wanted to take that image on my own and hang it in my home. The workshop was amazing. Both James and his co-instructor Mike are very accomplished photographers and complement each other well. Very helpful in every way and very friendly and fun to be with. The group was great! I shot about a thousand images which included the one I came for, which is now hanging above my dining room table! I learned a lot and feel that I am a better photographer. I will go back in a heart beat.”

Richard Davis

Workshops Attended: Death Valley, Ozark Fall Colors, Big Sur & SLO

“I enjoyed my first workshop so much, I’ve already booked another!

The small group size allows James to really spend time with each student and it also means the workshop can be flexible to maximize the shooting opportunities.

I’ve been taking photographs for over 30 years but thanks to James I’ve started making photographs and that is far more satisfying.”

Taffy Raphael, PH.D.

Workshops Attended: Death Valley

“James’s landscape workshop, held in Death Valley National Park, was exactly what I needed. The 4 days were filled with opportunities to learn and practice the art of landscape photography. He planned at least three photo walks a day, around three types of lighting (sunrise, sunset, night sky) in a range of geographic settings within the park — including a ghost town with wonderful old structures.

There’s enough down time to download photos and engage in a little processing, but not so much that it would take away from the actual photographic opportunities throughout the park.

By the end of the course, I had a good jump start on using Lightroom for post processing RAW files and an overview of the capabilities Photoshop has to offer and sufficient photos that 3 months later, I’m still working on them!”

Wayne Gresser

Workshops Attended: Moab

“Every aspect of James’s workshop far exceeded my expectations. The experience was so much more than simply a photography workshop; it was an amazing adventure! I learned a lot about photography, captured some amazing images and really appreciated his ability to put everyone at ease. Even more memorable though, was the adventure aspect of the trip; the wild weather, the crazy hours and all the laughter we shared.

Thanks for such an inspiring week at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks! I will definitely see be back again at a future workshop!”