Take your photographic skills to the highest level possible by spending four days with one of the world’s best photographers in an extraordinary untouched location.
A workshop adventure custom tailored to you and you’re the only participant.
Welcome to the PF Bentley One to One Workshop.
If you’re a professional who wants to improve your expertise or a photography student wanting to learn your craft in a compressed time or a hobbyist who wants to improve your imagery and technical proficiency, PF Bentley offers a unique one to one photography workshop that takes place off the beaten path on the beautiful remote mystical and magical island of Molokai in Hawaii, where Hawaiian culture is a way of life.
Award-winning former TIME Magazine photographer PF Bentley was lead instructor at the very successful Platypus Workshop for over 10 years and taught visual journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography where he was named Teacher of the Year in 2005.
Molokai has the world’s highest sea cliffs and the second longest reef the world. (next to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef). It has been named one of the Top Ten Untouched Island Escapes by Frommer’s and one of the Best Adventure Islands by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.
Throughout his career, photojournalist & documentary filmmaker PF Bentley has covered domestic and international politics. Bentley is known and respected throughout the print and broadcast community for earning unprecedented access to presidential candidates, Heads of State, and Capitol Hill. Bentley is a former Time Magazine photographer and Special Correspondent. He has won five first place Pictures of the Year awards for his political coverage. Bentley produced programming for ABC-TV Nightline, shot for The Travel Channel and helped create Reason.TV with Drew Carey, where he was Senior Producer and Director of Photography for the web network.
PF taught Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute of Photography from 2003-2006 and was named a teacher of year in 2005.
PF Bentley started his career shooting rock n roll bands for Sunbums Hawaii in the early 1970’s while attending UH Manoa. He graduated UH in 1975 with the degree in Education. In 2004 he received the Award of Distinction from the UH College of Education.
Bentley was Chief Photographer for Honolulu Civil Beat in 2014 and now works freelance for such clients as Hawaii Business Magazine and Hana Hou. To see more of PF’s work go to pfpix.com
His unique personal style of teaching focuses on the skill level of each student, tailoring the learning experience to achieve the best possible results.
Waves break on Kaiaka Rock, Molokai
I have been mentored by PF more than once during my career.He is a talented photographer & filmmaker who keeps his skill set current and is one of those rare individuals who not only knows his craft, but can teach it to others. But PF doesn’t just teach you his skills, he nutures your spirit on the island of Molokai. It was one of the best trips of my life – and to locations the average Hawaii visitor never sees, yet alone photographs or films. This was indeed a journey to The Lost Hawaii.”Gail Mooney
I just completed PF Bentley’s workshop. In my case it was a dizzying, exhausting, mind altering, inspirational leap into the world of documentary film production. PF gives himself 110% to you. It was an honor and a delight to be in his company and to learn from this funny, warm and talented artist. If you’re interested in learning any new multimedia skills take PF Bentley’s workshop. It’s worth every penny – it can and will change the course of your career.”Keith Brofsky
I have attended many workshops so I speak with some experience when I say that PF’s combination of incredibly deep knowledge, his terrific patience and sense of humor make your workshop not only a fantastic education but also a true pleasure to attend. Whether you’re a pro or just a hobbyist I would recommend this unique one to one workshop to anyone who wants to expand their horizons into the exciting creative world of digital multimedia storytelling. “Dan Lamont
Tools aren’t only the things we purchase, they are the skills we learn, the workflows we develop and the habits we create. PF has the amazing ability to pass these on in ways as easily understandable to the beginner as they are to the seasoned professional. Come take a moment to look at life through a different lens and your world will never be the same again.
All inclusive lodging and transportation on island for four full days from the moment you get off the plane until I drop you at the airport for your return flight. $4995
If you prefer to make your own lodging arrangements and ground transportation from and back to the airport. $3995
Photography students special rate: $2499
Your oceanfront room with be at the quaint Hotel Molokai, located mid-island just east of the main town of Kaunakakai. Yes, it’s the only hotel on island.
I’ll be driving you to the locations most days in my 4×4 truck, but if you want to get out on your own, rental cars are available through Alamo.
Just a 20 minute flight from Honolulu or Maui, the easiest way to get to Molokai (Airport code MKK) is via Honolulu (Airport code HNL) or Maui (Airport Code OGG) and then connect to Hawaiian Airlines direct to Molokai. Hawaiian Airlines, United, American, Delta, Virgin America and Alaska fly direct non-stop to Honolulu and/or Maui from the East and West Coast of the US.
Hawaiian also flies direct to Honolulu from Asia and South Pacific locations.
Insider Tip: If booking Hawaiian to Molokai, the plane door is in the back, so book a seat towards row 13, the last row for easy on and off.
What to Bring
We do wear Aloha Shirts, but believe it or not, it can get cool in Hawaii at higher elevations and shooting at night. Our idea of cool is in the low 60’s. And it can rain depending on the time of year and location (Remember – no rain, no rainbows!). Bring quick dry shorts and t-shirts, hat, bathing suit, lightweight rain jacket or poncho, a headlamp and a pair of long pants and lightweight hiking shoes for walking in brush or at night. We’ll also be walking through streams, rivers and on beaches, so a pair a Keen or Teva type water shoes and flip-flops are a must.
Any DSLR, mirrorless or compact camera with wide angle zoom is the best. I usually go out with a body with two zooms along with a lightweight but sturdy tripod and cable release for long exposures. I find a wide angle to tele zoom in the 24-105 range is great for most situations. If you have a 70-200 bring that along too. If you shoot with Canon EOS, you can use some of my lenses and a tripod so you can travel light.
You’ll need a computer with hard drive space or with an external hard drive to download and stroage of your daily images. I use Photo Mechanic from Camerabits.com for editing and Photoshop for processing of images. If you have Photoshop, Adobe Bridge which is included in Photoshop works fine too for editing.
These are two of several short films I’ve produced on island.