Maui Photo Festival Update – Classes Posted

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Hyatt Swan CourtI’ve been following the news on the 1st Annual Maui Photo Festival and Workshops at the Hyatt Regency Maui since last February, and each time I read an update about it, I get more and more excited about going.

I just recently noticed that the folks putting this event together has updated their website with a list of the initial classes and sessions they’re putting together. The list is expected to grow as September approaches and as more professionals and instructors are added to the bill. But even looking at this starting list as it is today, it looks like it’s going to be a really great opportunity for me and other aspiring photographers out there. Here are some of the sessions I personally am thinking of attending.

General Sessions

  • Creative Synergy in Your Work and Vision
  • Creating Your Own Style
  • Awaken the Artist Within
  • The Traveling Photographer

Classroom Sessions

  • Getting Close
  • Comprehensive Workflow
  • Image Processing Techniques and Predictable Printing
  • What’s New in Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Confessions of a Fine-Art Photographer
  • Photo Book Publishing

Afternoon Extended Sessions

  • Zen and the Art of Photographic Seeing
  • Fix It in Photoshop
  • Portfolio Review – Classroom Style
  • The Creative Composite

Pre-Conference Sessions

  • Around the World with a Digital Camera
  • Sweet Light Photo Safari

Phew, that’s a lot to be packed into just 4 days, and that’s only about half of what’s available so far! Be sure to visit their website and click on CLASSES at the top to see more details on these and the rest of the classes planned. Obviously I won’t be able to attend all of these in just four days, so I’ll be forced to make some tough choices. Regardless, I still think I’ll be leaving the workshops with more new knowledge in 4 days than I could have learned on my own in 2 years of practice.

The Digital Cafe
The festival organizers are also planning to have a Digital Cafe setup on the grounds of the Hyatt (where the event is being hosted) where you can have your personal portfolio critiqued by one of the professionals at the festivals and get one-on-one advice and direction. That sounds pretty sweet, considering I’ve just started to put together my own print portfolio. So far I’ve only made 14 prints (via my SmugMug account) and those are only from our first 2 trips. I need to get it in gear if I want to have a more complete portfolio to show up with in September since I’d like to think my photos have been getting better and better each trip to Maui.

As a side note, if you ever see a photo here that you’d like to have a print of, just checkout that SmugMug link above or send me a note if the photo is not featured there yet. :)

Kahului Airport after takeoffTrip Planning Update
I mentioned in a post earlier this month that I signed up for this festival and was 95% sure we’re be able to make it out for our second trip this year. Well, that number hasn’t changed, but with some of the budgeting we’re doing to accommodate this trip, it is looking like we’ll be able to pull it off and hope to have everything else booked and ready to go by the end of July. Once we get that finalized, we’ll know for sure what extra dates we’ll have for enjoying the island on our free time and, of course, meeting up with all our Maui friends.

Talk Story
As with the previous posts regarding this event, if you’re planning on attending or maybe volunteering, let me know. I’d love to trade notes and thoughts about this festival, and certainly meet up in real life while we’re in Maui. Also, if you know of anyone that might be interested in these workshops, please spread the word by sharing either these posts or the official festival website at The more people that attend this event, the more successful it will be and the better chance it will become an annual event. Also, the folks at the Maui Visitors Bureau and the Hawaii Tourism Authority wouldn’t mind the extra visitors, either. :)

- Kris

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Kris and his wife Cindy are avid Maui fans, and have visited the island half a dozen times since '06. Over the years, they have made many friends living on Maui or through social media, which keeps them in touch with the island until they can return again.

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