ICONS of Kauai Adventure

Icons of Kauai

Icons of Kauai Photography Adventure


50% Deposit at Time of Booking
Includes 4-nights double-occupancy lodging (single available for an additional cost) at the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort, one of the most luxurious resorts on the island.

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The island of Kauai is truly a photographer's paradise!! Experience it all with Ryan Smith on the 4 day adventure of a lifetime!! From luxurious beach front accommodations with ocean view rooms, to adventure filled excursions, it's all included on our Icons of Kauai Photography Workshop!!

Getting you to the most scenic and iconic spots on the island, at just the right time is Ryan Smith's specialty! While many other adventures are merely tours, this one is designed to share next level experiences. This adventure is truly the perfect mix of world-class opportunities, adventure and relaxation with friends.

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Enjoy a front row seat as we capture the souring cliffs of the Napali Coast, the vast chasms of Waimea Canyon, and the cascading waterfalls and undeveloped beaches of the "Land of Discovery." The adventures and opportunities are endless!!

The experience is based at the luxurious Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort, one of the most luxurious resorts on the island! Accommodations, transportation and all adventures are included. We will meet at 10AM on May 1st for a meet-and-greet/orientation session to go over the week's schedule and activities.

We will keep a flexible agenda, and the itinerary will be bases on weather conditions, allowing us to maximize our opportunities. Utilizing his intimate knowledge of the island, Ryan Smith will ensure you capture each iconic location at it's finest!!

Physical difficulty of the is adventure is moderate. Participants should be in good physical health, and able to walk/hike 1-3 miles per day. Many locations will be a short distance from a parking lot, but there is a possibility for longer hikes.

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Napali Sunset Photography Cruise, where we will experience the breathtaking views of the Napali Coast on a spacious 65' Catamaran. Nothing quite compares to the peace and serenity of a Kauai sunset on the water. This area is only accessible by boat, so the views will be unobstructed, and all ours! A delicious catered dinner is included, along with appetizers and cocktails.

On our Sea Caves adventure, you will experience a snorkeling adventure like no other as we swim with and photograph giant sea turtles on the protected Naololi Kai Reef. We will explore 6 natural sea caves with cascading waterfalls that drop right into the ocean. As we continue down the Napali Coast, keep your eyes open for pods of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins swimming alongside our vessel!!

Other Locations Could Include:

  • Hanalei Bay & Pier
  • Hideaways Beach
  • Waimea Canyon
  • Wailua Falls
  • Opaeka's Falls
  • Kilauea Lighthouse
  • Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees
  • Lumahai Beach
  • Tunnels Beach

Set of backlit waves breaking along the North Shore of Kauai Hawaii

What's Included

What's Not Included

  • Meals, snacks and beverages
  • Transportation to and from Kauai

The sand in a small tide pool holds a wave-like pattern while along the rocky shore aqua blue water gently comes in and on the right reflects the orange sunset.

    In-Field Instruction

    • Camera setting considerations for varying conditions, locations and desired effects
    • Techniques on creating powerful & dynamic compositions
    • Step by step instruction on shooting & stitching panoramic images
    • Strategies on gaining full detail in high dynamic range scenes
    • Bracketing concepts for adding a variety of looks & blending opportunities
    • Camera settings for maximizing depth of field & nailing focus within an image
    • Mastering shutter speeds for gaining the desired look & feel of water
    • Creating compelling compositions and storytelling through images
    • Controlling your camera in manual mode
    • Understanding and using the Histogram
    • Composition techniques
    • Finding foregrounds
    • Filters - when and how to use them. Avoiding their pitfalls
    • How lens selection affects the scene
    • Technical Tricks: Bracketing, Focus Stacking, Perspective Blending
    • Understanding and using light.
    • Capturing difficult scenes

    Post-Processing Instruction

    • Lightroom and Photoshop Techniques
    • Importing and organizing
    • Using the clone tool, warping, stretching and eliminating distractions
    • Blending images in Photoshop
    • Dodging and burning
    • Using layers and masks
    • Image critique

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    Recommended Camera Gear

    • DSLR or mirrorless camera (full-frame preferable)
    • Lenses ranging from wide angle (16-35), mid-range (24-105) & telephoto (100-400)
    • Sturdy tripod & ballhead (strong winds are common)
    • Remote shutter release
    • Circular polarizer and ND filters
    • Lens cloths and a rocket blower
    • Extra batteries & memory cards
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Rocket blower
    • Laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
    • Protection for your camera gear & backpack
    • Underwater camera or waterproof housing. Contact Us for recommendations

      Recommended Personal Gear/Clothing

      • Quick dry, lightweight long pants, shorts and shirts
      • Hiking sandals and/or water shoes
      • Rain jacket & wind shell
      • Fleece underlayer
      • Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
      • Swimwear
      • Day bag or small backpack for carrying a change of clothes and/or swimwear
      • Sunglasses
      • Refillable water bottle
      • Headlamp
      • Insect repellent
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Umbrella

      Ryan Smith

      Ryan Smith

      Ryan Smith - Photographer & Founder, Icon Travel Club Travel Agency Ryan Smith is a photographer and the visionary behind Icon Travel Club, a licensed Travel Agency specializing in curated travel experiences. With a
      decade of travel expertise and a passion for exploration, Ryan crafts journeys that blend adventure and cultural immersion. By partnering with local permitted operators, he ensures authenticity while supporting communities. Join Ryan to discover the world's wonders through a lens of wonder and appreciation.

      Ryan developed a love and passion for the outdoors early on in life, which fueled an obsession for landscape photography. Growing up in the beautifully diverse state of Utah, Ryan has consistently traveled through the west and beyond capturing iconic views, which spark emotion and tell a story. Ryan's artistic style is unique and unmistakable which has led to prestigious awards and work featured within publications. His work is also found within various high end galleries throughout the west including Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Park City, Utah; Telluride, Colorado; Aspen, Colorado & Sedona, Arizona.