Maui Photo Festival and Workshops Combines Top Digital Photography Training with Photogenic Hawaii Locations, August 25-29, 2010, $595

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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 pro photographers. Optional excursions include doors-off helicopter shoots or underwater photo tours to Turtle Town. In the evenings we'll gather in our outdoor theater on Kaanapali Beach to view the work of our presenting pros and see images shot that day and entered into competition. Space is limited. $595 – For more information and online registration go to http://www.mauiphotofestival.com.

Starr Kealaluhi IMAGE - Best hula winner at 2009 Maui Photo Festival & Workshops

The Quintessential Hawaiian Photo Shoot — Hula on the Beach at Sunset, led by Randy Jay Braun, is just one of the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunities available for Maui Photo Festival attendees.

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 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 http://www.mauiphotofestival.com. Special room rates available. Sponsored in part by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Maui.

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Maui Photo Festival, Inc. is a Maui-based group intent on combining digital photography training with the most beautiful locations.

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maui, photo, festivalDevank Patel IMAGE - Haleakala Crater sunriseSunrise at the summit of Haleakala Crater took "Best Landscape" honors for MPF attendee Devank Patel at the 2009 Maui Photo Festival & Workshops. maui, photo, festivalAubrey Hord IMAGE - Sunset hula on the BeachPresenter Randy Jay Braun provides the instruction and the hula halau (school) of dancers, Maui provides the spectacular sunset backdrop. "The Quintessential Hawaiian Photo Shoot - Sunset Hula on the Beach" is a signature session of the Maui Photo Festival & Workshops. Join us Aug. 25-29, 2010 to get your "once-in-a-lifetime" chance to capture the magic. maui, photo, festivalAlexei Merk IMAGE — Planet Maui Photo FestivalMaui Photo Festival attendee Alexei Merk, a relatively new digital photographer, submitted so many incredible images that he was awarded an honorable mention as well as free admission to the 2010 Maui Photo Festival & Workshops. In this stitched panorama, Merk creates his own Planet MPF in the middle of the outdoor Paradise Cinema.maui, photo, festivalMike Sidney IMAGE - International underwater photographer David FleethamPhotographer David Fleetham presented his portfolio of images at the opening reception of the 2009 Maui Photo Festival & Workshops. Join David in 2010 as he leads the Turtle Town photo dive and snorkel, an optional excursion available to registered attendees of the 2010 Maui Photo Festival and Workshops.maui, photo, festivalRandy Miller IMAGE - Hello Turtle Town!One of the popular optional excursions at the Maui Photo Festival & Workshops is the one-tank Turtle Town dive and snorkel. Randy Miller captured this image, and first-place wildlife honors, at the 2009 festival.maui, photo, festiavlStacy Pearsall IMAGE - Welcome aboard!Former aerial combat photographer Stacy Pearsall captures this image of husband Andy Dunaway, former personal photographer for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, as the pair ready to lead another doors-off helicopter photo tour of Maui as part of the 2009 Maui Photo Festival & Workshops. The couple will return in 2010, presenting their popular digital photography basic training, portfolio review classroom style, and the doors-off photo tours.maui, photo, festivalAubrey Hord IMAGE - Behind the scenes with Jack Reznicki.2009 MPF attendee Aubrey Hord captured this image of studio lighting presenter and New York photographer Jack Reznicki as he demonstrates softbox techniques, earning her top "Behind the Scenes" honors in the event-long Maui Photo Festival competition.maui, photo, festival, digital photography, outdoor cinemaTracie Dux IMAGE - ISLANDS Magazine cover shot winnerOahu resident Tracie Dux almost missed her doors-off helicopter ride at the 2009 Maui Photo Festival and Workshops. She arrived at the heliport in time to claim her seat and capture this winning image, chosen from over 1000 images by ISLANDS Magazine photo editor Lori Barbely. The doors-off helicopter tour, led by former aerial combat photographers Stacy Pearsall and Andy Dunaway, is just one of the signature sessions on board for the 2010 Maui Photo Festival and Workshops.maui, photo, festivalLeah Mark IMAGE - Best overall winner at 2009 Maui Photo Festival and WorkshopsCaptured during the canoe club golden hour excursion at the 2009 Maui Photo Festival & Workshops. Leah Mark took not only "Best Golden Hour" honors but "Best Overall" for this duotone image of outrigger canoe paddlers during a sunrise practice session.