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North Shore Sunset Private Photography Tour on Oahu
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North Shore Sunset Private Photography Tour on Oahu

By Photo Hawaii Tours
This private, small-group tour is a visual adventure that goes to places most tours never go — to the best photo locations on Oahu's amazing 'seven-mile-miracle' North Shore. Led by a local pro photographer, this is the perfect small group tour for all photographers — and their companions. The tour lasts until well after sunset, when we often get our best photos as the sky becomes more colorful and dramatic.
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Ages 0-120
Duration: 4h
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  • Fun, knowledgeable local pro photographer as your guide to show you the best spots for photography.
  • Intimate, small group experience with extra time for photography at great locations.
  • Hands-on instruction, coaching, techniques and tips (as desired) by your pro photographer guide.
  • Use of tripods and umbrellas (as needed).
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Bring your own camera equipment - anything from a smartphone to a DSLR (only what you will carry).
  • Dinner


Departure details
  • Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731, USA Go to Turtle Bay Resort hotel on the North Shore. Our van will pick you up at the main hotel entrance near the valet station. Public transportation: Bus #60 from Ala Moana Center / Downtown - via Kaneohe to Turtle Bay.
  • 59-719 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA Meet us at Pupukea Beach Park (Shark's Cove / Three tables Beach) in the small parking lot on the ocean side of the highway, west side of the Pupukea Fire Station (located across from Pupukea Foodland at the stoplight on Kamehameha Hwy. at Pupukea Rd.). Our tour van will pick you up there.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 120603P5

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Service animals are permitted on our private tours only (due to available space and consideration for other guests). This tour is not recommend for small children or babies.
  • BONUS FEATURE: Your guide is a professional photographer with over 30 years of commercial and portrait photography experience. He has spent years searching the island to find the best locations for photography. During the tour, he'll provide hands-on coaching (as much or as little as you want) and teach you professional tips and techniques to increase your photography skills, expand your artistic vision, and help you capture amazing photos. LEARN HOW TO: * Design and create high-impact compositions. * Use your camera settings and lenses as creative tools. * Make your photographs tell a story. * Utilize on-location movie lighting techniques. * Edit images with quick and easy editing methods, and more!
  • CLOTHING: Since daytime temperatures on Oahu are (almost) never below 70 degrees F, warm clothes are not needed. Shorts and short sleeves are usually most comfortable. Having a long sleeve shirt and light windbreaker is a good idea to provide a little warmth as well as wind, mosquito, and sun protection if needed. Please do not bring heavy coats or bulky clothes. RECOMMENDED CLOTHING: Shorts and short sleeves, Good walking shoes or strap-on sandals with sturdy soles, Sunglasses, Sun hat, Extra lightweight long-sleeve shirt (sun & mosquitos), A light windbreaker or poncho (in case of rain). NOT RECOMMENDED: Flip-flops, Heavy boots, Bulky coats or other clothes. FOOTWEAR: Good walking shoes or strap-on sandals with sturdy soles are essential. We’ll be on the beach at times, so footwear that is easily removed or waterproof is recommended. We will not be doing long hikes, so heavy hiking boots are not recommended. However, we will be walking over sharp lava at some locations, so be sure your footwear has a substantial sole. File-flops are NOT adequate on sharp lava and can lead to dangerous situations. SUN PROTECTION: Hawaii’s sun can be brutal, especially if you have fair skin. Sunglasses and sunscreen are essential. Also, a hat and an extra, lightweight long-sleeve garment are recommended. Long pants are okay but can be hot. RAIN GEAR: It rains often in Hawaii, especially on the lush windward coast. Fortunately, the rain is not cold. Rain can produce some wonderful conditions for photos. Cameras, however, do not like water, water protection for your gear is recommended. We have umbrellas available but bring a compact poncho or other waterproof cover-up. WEATHER NOTE: Oahu is a tropical Hawaiian island surrounded by water. Consequently, the weather in Hawaii changes rapidly, and it can rain multiple times in a single day, especially on the windward coast. The result is beautiful jungles and rain forests. We recommend that you be prepared for rain with appropriate clothing. We DO NOT cancel tours because of weather unless a full-blown Kona storm or torrential rain showers are predicted.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT: You will need to bring your own camera and lenses – anything from a smartphone to a DSLR. (Keep it simple). Please bring ONLY photo equipment you plan to carry out to each location we visit. Space is limited and nothing of value is left in the van when we are out shooting. CAMERAS: Any type of camera can be used on our tours, from a pro-SLR to a smartphone. Bring what you have. There will always be someone with better camera equipment – but that doesn’t guarantee better photographs. The creative concepts, rules, and techniques you’ll learn on our tours can be applied to almost any type of camera. Your photographic skills, experience and creative vision are far more important than the camera equipment you use. More sophisticated (and expensive) camera equipment will yield higher quality images. However. unless you need to significantly enlarge your photos, most camera systems produce images of adequate quality and resolution. A high-resolution DSLR camera can give more control, creative choices and the flexibility to crop an image later to the ideal composition – while still maintaining adequate quality – but even a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera in the hands of a photographer with the skills and creative vision that you’ll learn on our tours – can produce amazing photos. We’ll teach you how to create great images with any camera (several of the images in our gallery were shot with an iPhone 6s). Remember, your camera is basically just a tool to capture a composition. In this age of digital photography, much can be done later in ‘post-production’ image editing to correct problems and transform your rough image into a stunning work of photographic art (we’ll also teach you some of those quick editing techniques). Ultimately, your photographic skill and creative vision is far more important than your camera equipment. Most of the same concepts and techniques you will learn will apply to any camera you use. Rule #1: Keep it simple, lightweight and compact! LENSES: “Your best lens is the one you have with you” is a saying among photographers – but also remember, you have to carry all the lenses you bring – so be selective. Carrying a lot of lenses will not make you a better photographer. Having multiple lenses in your bag can often hinder your ability to capture a great photo – as you fumble to attach the perfect lens – as the perfect moment passes. A good wide-angle zoom lens and a telephoto zoom are usually sufficient for the vast majority of subjects we will encounter. TRIPODS: You probably will not need a tripod since we will be photographing in daylight. Tripods can actually cause you to miss shots as they require set-up time and can be cumbersome. We do have a few tripods on hand which you are welcome to use – so we don’t recommend bringing a tripod. FLASH: A small flash can be useful (as fill-flash) but not usually needed for most of the subjects (landscapes) we’ll be photographing on this tour – unless you are photographing a person or other subject in the foreground (against the sunset for example). We will discuss and demonstrate some creative effects using flash outdoors if we encounter any situations where flash would help make a better photo. FILTERS: A polarizing filter can be very useful to eliminate reflections on the water and leaves, or to produce more saturated colors. Gradated neutral-density filters also quite helpful in landscape photography – especially for sunsets where the sky is much brighter than the foreground. In today’s digital world, almost all other filters are pointless – since virtually all color correction and most other effects can be created later in Photoshop and other photo editing programs. ** REMEMBER: Nothing of value will be left in the van when we are out at locations.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • NOTE: Our van can hold a maximum of 6 guests. If have a larger group or simply prefer to take your own vehicle, you are welcome to follow us from the meeting point to the shoot locations.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 120603P5

Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
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    North Shore
    Stop: 4 hours
    This tour visits several spectacular locations on the North Shore of Oahu. We do not list these locations here because they are not frequented by other tours and we don't want more tour groups showing up. Also, our tours are flexible based on weather, surf conditions, traffic and requests of our tour participants.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Tammy K
Des Moines, IA2 contributions
My daughter and I had a great tour with Doug. He took us to many places not known to tourists that were excellent places to take photos. I enjoyed the tour and got some great pictures. Would recommend to anyone looking for a photography tour.
Written June 4, 2019
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Thanks. I enjoyed our day together.
Written January 23, 2020
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2023 North Shore Sunset Private Photography Tour on Oahu