Hawaii, The Big Island

Join us to photograph the unique parts of the big island, Hawaii. From the moment you walk off the plane, you’ll be in the warmth of the Hawaiian Islands, surrounded by lush rainforests, tropical waters, and towering volcanoes reaching over 13,000 feet into the air. This workshop will take you on a doors-off helicopter flight of the North Kohala coast to photograph soaring waterfalls from the air. You’ll take a boat ride with a chance to photograph the lava flow entering the ocean, and visit the summit observatory on Mauna Kea at 13,000 feet, where you can photograph the brilliant stars in the night sky.

Muench Workshops pro Greg Vaughn is assisted by local pro photographer Bryan Pezman, and together they will guide you into the best of the big island. Hotels will be wonderful and you’ll spend two nights on the rim of the volcano at the famous Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. You’ll learn composition as well as camera techniques for improving your landscape photography, and in our signature image reviews you'll learn more, including our post-processing tricks in Lightroom. Don’t wait, this is a great opportunity to learn landscape photography in a warm tropical paradise!


Hawaii, Big Island




June 7–14, 2019

Fitness Level:

Moderate. Some two mile walks,
and many short walks up to
waterfalls and on beaches.

Your Pros:

Greg Vaughn
Bryan Pezman


Limited to 8 guests

Greg was tireless in his efforts to be with us wandering all over the landscape, suggesting composition alternatives, camera settings for different effects, locations to try. He also provided lots of interesting historical and geographical background for the areas we were in. Much appreciated.
— Mark Hendricks, Oregon Coast '17


June 7, 2019: Meet at hotel by 4:00 PM for group orientation and sunset shoot at Anaeho'omalu Beach near hotel. 

June 8, 2019: Sunrise at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, breakfast followed with a stop by the St. Benedict's Painted Church. Lunch followed by our first image review and critique. Sunset at Makalawena Bay. 

June 9, 2019: Another early wake-up call so we can photograph sunrise along the North Kohala-Hamakua Coast, followed by a shoot with a couple paniolos, the cowboys of Hawaii. Another image review and instruction session in the afternoon. Then we’ll head to the summit of 13,802’ Mauna Kea for an evening of star photography. 

June 10, 2019: You weren’t planning on sleeping in were you? We’ll head to the Hamakua Coast for sunrise at Laupahoehoe Point and then visit Akaka Falls State Park and an outstanding botanical garden, on our way to lodging in Hilo. 

June 11, 2019: Early morning around Hilo Bay and Rainbow Falls, then a doors-off helicopter tour of the Big Island’s north coast. There will be time for image review and instruction in the afternoon, then a photo session with models demonstrating the traditional style of Hawaiian hula. We’ll relax in the evening and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Hilo. 

June 12, 2019: Another early departure so we can shoot sunrise at a little-known location on the Kalapana coast, and then we’ll head mauka (towards the mountains) to explore rainforests and volcanic features of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Our lodging for tonight and tomorrow night is the historic Volcano House, perched on the rim of Halemaumau Crater. 

[Note: If  there is any active lava flow or other volcanic activity at the time of the workshop, we will do everything we can to enable you to witness and photograph this amazing phenomenon.]

June 13, 2019: For sunrise we’ll head down Chain of Craters Road to a coastal arch, and then spend time at a field of ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs and working the wondrous pahoehoe lava flows in this area. We’ll have time for another image review and instruction session today, and a hike across Kilauea Iki Crater.

June 14, 2019: An early departure from Volcano House, so we can catch sunrise at Punaluu Black Sand Beach, then continue around the south end of the Big Island and back to Kona for afternoon departures. Flights home can be booked after 4:00 PM. 

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
  • All meals and transportation during the workshop
  • All helicopter and boat charters, all private tours 
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Image reviews, post-processing instruction
  • Fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Air transportation to/from Kona International Airport. Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature. Optional Trip and cancellation insurance. Anything not listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $3,500 will hold your space in this workshop.  The balance of $4,495 is due March 1, 2019. All of our other standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask.

Additional Information

Enjoy the warmth of the Hawaiian islands, while learning photography in a beautiful setting with two pros. Don't wait, as this is sure to fill up fast, click the "Sign Me Up" button, register and we'll see you there!