(Photo 1) David Watersun IMAGE – David Rose, acclaimed celebrity photographer, instructs attendees and model Joe Siofele at the 2009 Maui Photo Festival, during his Hawaii photography workshop, ‘The Ultimate Location Photo Shoot.’
(Photo 2) Alexei Merk IMAGE – New Maui resident Alexei Merk captured this West Maui sunset during the 2009 Maui Photo Festival & Workshops. Merk earned an honorable mention and free admission to the 2010 Maui Photo Festival & Workshops, set for August 25-29, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.
Maui Photo Festival and Workshops
May 22, 2010 — It is the iconic Hawaiian image: A hula dancer on the beach at sunset. Yet for the average photographer in Hawaii, the chance of capturing such a scene has always been remote — until now.
The second Maui Photo Festival and Workshops (MPF), set for August 25-29, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, celebrates the exploding popularity of digital photography by bringing more than 20 of the top photo workshops trainers to one of the world’s most photogenic locations: Maui.
The signature MPF session, “The Quintessential Hawaiian Photo Shoot” Hula on the Beach at Sunset? led by Maui photographer Randy Jay Braun, offers the chance to photograph native Hawaiian dancers adorned in traditional hula style. It is just one of the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunities available for MPF attendees.
Seminar content covers the spectrum — digital novice to pro — through classroom sessions, demo and hands-on opportunities and location shoots. Special focus on available and studio light, portraiture and the business of photography. A beach wedding location shoot is planned.
Days start early with golden-hour excursions. Next are classroom sessions, often starting indoors, later shifting outside to take advantage of our lush Hawaiian setting. Evenings, in our outdoor, big-screen theater on Kaanapali Beach, offer the portfolios of our presenting pros as well as a glimpse of images shot that day and entered into competition.
Optional excursions (for a separate fee) include doors-off helicopter or underwater shoots, sunset sail and Haleakala Crater sunrise. Space is limited and available only to registered MPF attendees.
The festival wraps in a morning ceremony, awarding prizes for the best landscape, portrait, aerial, hula, studio, ISLANDS Magazine cover and more.
The $595 fee includes opening reception, three full session days, and awards ceremony. Presenter, class and registration information at www.mauiphotofestival.com. Educational rate of $395 available for students and teachers with identification. Special room rates available. Sponsored in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui.
Maui Photo Festival, Inc. is a Maui-based group intent on combining digital photography training with the most beautiful locations.
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