Big Island Hawaii Landscape Photography Workshops


At this time, we are not offering workshops until further notice. We will update this page as soon as we resume our workshops. Mahalo!

Hawaii photography workshops and tours with Big Island landscape photographers Wade Morales and Tom Kualii.

Hilo workshops start at $250.00. For other locations, please inquire. Before signing up for my workshop, please review the terms and conditions page and release of liability form.

To book, please contact me for pricing and availability

Photography workshops are the perfect way to learn new skills while exploring Hawaii. Joining a workshop is a great way to ensure you'll capture the best photos during your stay.

Aloha and welcome! My name is Wade Morales, and I am a landscape photographer here on Hawaii Island, specializing in photographing landscapes, wildlife, and the beauty of Hawaii island. The Big Island is like nowhere else on the planet, and I look forward to having to come along to photograph its beauty with me.

Are photography workshops worth it?

As a landscape photographer, I understand what other photographers are looking for in a tour. Not just going out to see beautiful places, but to see them during the best light while seeking out the best compositions. Not to be on a strict schedule rushing from location to location, but to carefully plan a trip to get beautiful photos during the most optimal light. This is what differentiates my photography workshops from the hundreds of other tours in Hawaii. So many factors come into play when photographing in Hawaii, such as the time of year, weather, ocean conditions, safety, equipment, volcanic eruptions, moon phases, where lava is flowing and where it is not, and so much more. Because every day of your trip is valuable, I would like to assist you in getting the very best photos during your stay on the Big Island.

The Best Places To Photograph In Hawaii

Hawaii Island is highly diverse, offering various photographic opportunities ranging from sunsets on beautiful sandy beaches, volcanoes, lava, native Hawaiian birds, sea turtles, and more. With so much to see with so little time, making every day count is essential. I look forward to planning an adventure based on your interests.

South Point Sunset

Services I offer before and during the workshop

I offer a variety of services during our workshop. My workshop participants range from beginners to professionals. I like to provide as much or as little help to my participants depending on what they would like. Here are a few things I offer my workshop attendees during our workshop.

What You Will Learn

Akaka Falls Sunset

  • How to work with light to create compelling photographs
  • Discovering unique compositions
  • Planning the photo and selecting the right equipment
  • Working with the available light to create the best possible photo
  • How to utilize lens filters if needed
  • How to use camera settings for creative expression
  • My knowledge of Hawaii.
  • Safety while photographing on location
  • How to overcome the challenges of photographing lava if we are shooting lava.
  • How to shoot astrophotography
  • How to photograph seascape images
  • and much more

What do I need for a photography workshop?

  • Transportation. Depending on the workshop we will meet up and then drive to the shooting location
  • Any type of camera, including cell phone cameras
  • A sturdy tripod if you want the very best landscape photos
  • A wired or wireless shutter release is recommended
  • A good headlamp and/or flashlight with extra batteries if the workshop calls for it (usually night photography)
  • Batteries and memory cards to last the entire workshop

It is not uncommon for my workshop attendees to see one of my photos and ask me to help them photograph a similar scene. It is essential to know what equipment is needed, if it is currently possible to shoot at that location, and if the conditions will suit the specific shot. I welcome you to contact me before booking so we can better plan your workshop!

Prior to signing up for my workshop, please review the

terms and conditions page as well as my release of liability form.

Photography Lessons

Every photography lesson I give is different and based on the participant's skill level and understanding of their camera. When we meet up, I will ask a series of questions to find out what you know and want to learn. Lessons run for approximately 2 hours. Please contact me for pricing and availability.

What is the difference between a photography workshop and a photography lesson?

Photography workshops are planned outings to photograph specific subjects or places. During a photography workshop, I teach about using the camera, although it is less in-depth and more focused on capturing the photos the participant is after.

Photography Lessons are much more focused on learning how to use your camera. A photography lesson can be held in the field or in a coffee shop. Participants usually take photography lessons to understand better how to use their cameras in the field. I often recommend that inexperienced photographers take a lesson before taking a workshop. Taking a workshop and a photography lesson can be done on the same day or over several days.

Here are some of the things that I teach in my photography lessons

Many of these subjects are basic fundamentals which are some of the most important things to know, in my opinion. Knowing your camera well can make the difference between getting amazing photos or mediocre photos out in the field.

•Camera Basics

Turning your camera on and off

Change your lens safely

Handling your camera

Cleaning your camera

Cleaning your lens

Memory cards


•Important Camera settings

(note: some cameras may not offer certain features. I will mark the features * your camera may or may not have. I find them very helpful so I will explain their benefits.)


JPG picture modes

White Balance

Color Space

Live Shooting


Autofocus on and off

Metering mode

Image Review

Throwing away images

Highlight over exposure warning

The histogram in live view*

Composition Grid

In-camera level

Drive Modes


Why shoot on a tripod

Different ball heads

The importance of a sturdy tripod

Getting low with a tripod

Shooting in landscape/portrait

Benefits of carbon fiber legs

Planting a tripod firmly into the ground

Attaching weight to your tripod in wind/grass

Tripod maintenance


How the camera creates exposure

What is aperture

What is ISO

Shutter speeds

White balance

ISO, Aperture, and Shutter to create exposure

How to use a meter

What is a stop of light

What is metering

What is evaluative metering mode

Viewing shutter, ISO, Aperture in the viewfinder

Adjusting viewfinder

Activate live mode

Navigating live mode

Using a histogram

Does the scene exceed the camera dynamic range

Drive modes

Using a cable release

Using autofocus and focus points

Using manual focus and live screen focusing

Where should I focus?

What aperture should I use?

What shutter speed should I use?

What ISO should I use?


Why 24-70mm is my favorite lens

Why 16-35mm or wide-angle is 2nd favorite

Why 70-200mm is the third favorite

How to get sharp photos with telephoto lenses

Cleaning your lens


When is the best time to shoot?

Why shouldn't I shoot mid-day?

Why I should shoot mid-day

Shooting into the sun

Shooting with back-to-sun shadow problems

Shooting a scene with side light

Shooting a scene when the sun is behind clouds

Avoiding dull grey sky's

Foliage in the harsh light

Light situations exceeding my editing capabilities?


Polarizer Filters

Avoiding polarizing skys

Removing glare on foliage

Enhancing rainbows

ND (Neutral Density Filters)

Uses for ND filters

Removing People from a scene using ND Filters


Composing the shot

Work the scene

Getting the horizon line straight as possible

Choosing your zoom

Avoiding distracting objects

Leading lines

Choosing to shoot high or low

Choosing to shoot portrait or landscape

Deciding if your shot will require exposure blending

Interested in a photography lesson? Please contact me

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