maui photo festival • august 25 – 29, 2010

It is the iconic Hawaiian image: A hula dancer on the beach at sunset. Yet for the average photographer in Hawai‘i, the chance of capturing such a scene has always been remote…until now.
The second Maui Photo Festival & Workshops, set for August 25-29, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Maui, will continue the trend of bringing world-class photographers to one of the world’s most photogenic locations: Maui. From novice to professional – attendees will learn from classroom sessions, location shoots, and hands-on demo sessions led by professional photographers.

The signature session, “The Quintessential Hawaiian Photo Shoot – Hula on the Beach at Sunset” led by Maui’s own (and our cover 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 attendees of the Maui Photo Festival & Workshops.
Seminar content covers the spectrum – digital novice to pro – through classroom sessions, demo and hands-on opportunities and location shoots. There is a special focus on available and studio light, portraiture and the business of photography. A beach wedding location shoot is also planned.
Days start early with golden-hour excursions. Next are classroom sessions, often starting indoors, later shifting outside to take advantage of the lush Maui setting. Evenings are spent, in the outdoor, big-screen theater on Ka‘anapali Beach, offering the portfolios of 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 these excursions are 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. You can find classes and register at, special room rates are also available. The festival is sponsored in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui. Call 808-633-1339 for more information. Maui Photo Festival, Inc. is a Maui-based group intent on combining digital photography training with the most beautiful locations.

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