Kauai, Hawaii Photo Adventure

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Workshop Dates

Jan 12-17, 2017

Tuition Price


Group Size

6 Students (SOLD OUT)

Skill Level

Beginner to Advanced


Aloha! Are you ready for an all out adventure of a lifetime? I am absolutely thrilled to announce this photo tour 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 private chef! We’ll stay in a home together and explore the entire island by sea, air and land, leaving no stone unturned. You do NOT want to miss this!

Time with Instructor
Time to Make Photographs
Time to Process Photos
Hiking Difficulty

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 6 room house together in Anahola .

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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

  • 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.

Kauai Photo Tour


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!

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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!”