Photo Expedition

See The Light! – A Seminar Exploring Photography, Creativity and Spirit

Heart Wave by Jonathan Kingston

See The Light! – A Seminar Exploring Photography, Creativity and Spirit

October 24 – 31, 2015 | Molokai, Hawaii


The Seminar

Enroll-NowJoin John Barclay and Jonathan Kingston on the magic island of Molokai for a 7-day seminar as they teach both the technique and the spirit of photography. The Art of Photography is the Art of Seeing Deeply. Every photograph is a moment of personal expression and self-discovery. Photograph the highest sea cliffs in the world, wander through rain forests, swim in the warm waters of secluded beaches – if you can bear to put your camera down! Explore the reasons why we photograph and discover new ways to see – more and more deeply. Live together as a family of photographers searching for both images and insights. _DSF0066-Edit John Barclay – John will inspire you to follow your heart and encourage you to create the images you see in your imagination. “As you master the technical aspects of photography and develop your vision, you must also engage your heart. It’s getting in touch with your emotions that will allow your images to sing! ” John will help you focus on following your own vision, moving beyond imitation to find inspiration through your own voice. “We need to understand technique so well that we are freed from its constraints and liberated to pursue our vision.” John will instill within you a new confidence that will allow you to trust your instincts and to photograph without boundaries. John will help you make the connection between the essence of what you see and the visual poetry you can create. “Photography feeds my soul.” Jonathan Kingston – Jonathan will be your digital guru. Today, the computer has replaced the darkroom as the final step in the photographer’s creative process. It is here where images truly come alive. Jonathan will teach you the methods that will enhance your vision. These techniques will be explored in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. He will also share exciting new photographic frontiers opening to photographers with the iPhone. Jonathan is not only one of the best young photographers in the country, he is also a highly sought after digital consultant. Some of the most established names in photography have relied on Jonathan for his digital expertise. His great love of photography is matched by his great technical knowledge. He will share both with you during the week.

Guest Lecturer’s

Dewitt Jones (perhaps better known as “Basic Jones” of Outdoor Photographer Magazine) will be your guide into the soul of photography. The “Why” of taking pictures that is so often overlooked when we focus too much on the “How”. Dewitt spent 20 years as a photographer for National Geographic; another 10 years shooting major national ad campaigns. He makes great images. He is also a great teacher who will inspire you to create your own extraordinary visions, both in your photography and in your life. Rikki Cooke will be our guest lecturer and our island guide. Rikki has shot extensively for National Geographic Magazine, and has taught at many photographic workshops over the last 20 years. He is a resident of Molokai, and will lead us to places far beyond the snapshot spots, he will lead us to the hidden places tourists never see.  

The Location

JDK-101025-8469The seminar will take place at Hui Ho`olana, a beautiful 80 acre retreat center on the island of Molokai. Formally part of the Cooke Ranch, the lodge sits at 1100 feet offering wonderful panoramic views of Molokai, Lanai, Oahu and the Pacific Ocean. Fresh, abundant meals are prepared daily by the lodge’s gourmet chef. Much of the food is grown right on the property. Tropical gardens and a large swimming pool make the Hui a truly luxurious experience. Sleeping is dormitory style with 1 to 3 participants to a room or cabin. Enrollment is limited to 18. As well as the instruction at the Hui, we will be taking photo excursions throughout this island paradise. We have special access to Mo`omomi Preserve, one of the last protected Hawaiian Coastal ecosystems. We’ll shoot waves at dawn, hula dancers in a palm grove at sunset, flora and fauna beyond your imaging. You will find enough beauty here to last a lifetime. Come join us. Add richness to your photographs and your life as you expand your creativity. SEE THE LIGHT! is a seminar for sharpening the eye, expanding the mind, and opening the heart.


Registration is $3150 and is limited to 18 participants. This includes the all workshop costs as well as room and board. Transportation from the airport to the Hui and well as transportation during the workshop is included. Airfare to Molokai and any personal rental car costs are not included. A non-refundable $1000 deposit will hold your place. The balance of $2150 is due August 1, 2015. Cancellations after August 1, 2015 will forfeit the complete registration fee, unless the space can be filled. ***Note***: We highly recommend travel insurance like Travel Guard. Anything can happen, and you can recoup expenses if you are insured. Due to the limited space available we highly recommend you register as soon as possible. Please Email Jonathan Kingston jonathan (at) or call Jonathan 866-305-7575 with any questions. Scroll down for a detailed course description, and travel recommendations.

How to Enroll

Email: John Barclay


Call: John Barclay 215-822-0872

$3150 for 7 days in Hawaii with four great instructors!

We expect this workshop to fill very quickly so don’t hesitate to get your deposit in to hold your seat!

    • A non-refundable $1000 deposit will hold your place.
    • Registration is $3150. This includes all workshop costs as well as room and board.
    • Transportation from the airport to the Hui and field trips during the workshop are included.
    • Airfare to Molokai and any personal rental car costs are not included.
    • The balance of $2150 is due August 1, 2015.
    • Cancellations after September 1st will forfeit the complete registration fee, unless the space can be filled.
    • ***Note***: We highly recommend travel insurance like Travel Guard. Anything can happen and you can recoup expenses if you are insured.
    • Due to the limited space available we recommend registering as soon as possible.

Course Description – See the Light


FIRST: TO EXPLORE BOTH THE SPIRIT AND THE SPIRITUALITY OF PHOTOGRAPHY — The reasons we photograph goes far beyond just making a good image. It’s a desire for direct connection with the beauty and magic of life. This part of photography is seldom spoken about. During this workshop, we will be discussing it every day. Hopefully, by giving each other permission to share the best of what we have learned from our images, we will grow more and more comfortable with spirit of our photography and the spiritual path it opens to us. To that end, there is a short piece Dewitt wrote for one of his Basic Jones columns HERE.* SECOND: TO TRAIN AND ENHANCE YOUR TECHNIQUE — No matter where you are in your photography (beginner, advanced amateur, or professional) vision without technique is blind. No matter how beautiful the conception, a good image will not manifest without good technique. We will work with you both as a group and individually to make sure your technique is based on a solid understanding of both the camera and the computer. As Ansel Adams often said: “The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.” For modern photographers, our digital negative is the camera RAW image and the print is the processing of that negative in Adobe Camera Raw, or ACR, in Lightroom or Photoshop. Just as Ansel Adams used various darkroom techniques to bring his negatives to life, ACR can be used to bring our digital images to life. During the week we will focus on techniques that will move 85% of your digital negatives to 100% of their potential using ACR in Lightroom. Because we are expecting various skill levels in this workshop, every participant will be sent a link to Jonathan Kingston’s Lightroom Basics training material free of charge. All who receive it should watch it and begin to assimilate the concepts contained therein prior to coming to Molokai. We encourage participants to come armed with questions pertaining to the material. THIRD: TO UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY — During the week, we will share myriad techniques, ideas and styles with you — both photographic and philosophic. Each will help to push the boundaries of what you thought was possible in photography, expand your vision, and give you permission to try new things. In short, to unleash your creativity. _DSF6750

*Why I Photograph By Dewitt Jones:

  My observations about photography can be broken down into two categories: what I can explain and what I can only hint at, the latter being by far the more important. What I can explain is mostly technical. When I say I can only hint at the rest, it’s not out of any desire to hide creative secrets. It’s because much of my photography is done on an intuitive level and usually for reasons beyond the photograph itself. It’s this non-technical part of photography that’s the most important to me however and so, every 6th or 7th column, when I sit down to write some tidbit of information on how to take better photographs my fingers freeze at the keyboard and my brain starts screaming, “Stop worrying about the camera or the f stop or the filter – just look! LOOK! Ultimately it doesn’t even matter if you push the shutter (it will just create another image and the world already has too many of them – and not enough silver). Just go out and look. Look until you are so excited by what you see that you find yourself accosting innocent bystanders and screaming ‘Do you have any idea how beautiful this planet is???!!!'”. It’s thoughts like these that really begin to get at why I photograph. Someone once said “The banquet is laid though nobody comes”. It’s true, you know. Time and again nature has brought light and line and shape together in ways that make my heart dance and my mind rejoice. And there, alone with a sunset, or a rushing stream, or softly falling autumn leaves, I find myself saying, “This would all happen whether or not I was here to see it.” The banquet is spread constantly, with no thought of whether anyone will attend. If I were receptive enough, perhaps I would see it in everything. But I’m not, so photography is one of the tools I use to help me concentrate, to help me see deeply, to block out all that is extraneous and see that which is essential. So photography to me is not an end but a means to an end. The end is a life-style, and attitude, an approach to the world that is filled with reverence and wonder. It’s seeing the banquet in everything. I haven’t achieved that end. I probably never will. But the moments when I’ve touched it let me know that it exists and confirm my commitment and direction.  

About the Teachers


Jonathan Kingston

Portrait of National Geographic Creative photographer, Jonathan Kingston.Jonathan Kingston is a photographer with National Geographic Creative currently based in Bend, Oregon. Since 2002 he has been traveling the globe, making images of our world that have appeared in various publications including National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure magazine, National Geographic Traveler magazine, Geo Saison and The New York Times. Jonathan also teaches a number of photographic workshops around the country dealing with all things digital, including Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom as well as general workflow and color management issues. He began his career as a photo educator teaching young emerging photographers at India’s first school devoted to image making, Light & Life Academy. Jonathan specializes in cultures, underwater and adventure photography, which dovetail with his passions of seeing the world, diving and spending time in the world’s wild places. Jonathan simultaneously completed degrees from Brooks Institute of Photography and Virginia Tech in Commercial Photography and Mass Communications, respectively; and, his work has been recognized in both PDN and Communication Arts photography annual competitions. When not working, Jonathan likes to spend his time rock climbing, surfing and snow boarding. To read about his adventures visit his blog at To read blogs from the See the Light 2010 seminar, click here.  

John Barclay

John_Barclay_Portrait-wJohn Barclay is an award wining freelance photographer based in Bucks County, PA.  John is a passionate photographer and enthusiastic workshop leader. He is also an inspirational speaker, presenting his program Dream – Believe – Create to audiences around the world.  John’s work has been published in a number of books and magazines and is treasured by a number of private collectors.  Recently, John was the recipient of an excellence award from B&W Magazine and chosen by Dewitt Jones to participate in his program. You can see his work and view his workshop schedule at  

Dewitt Jones – Special Guest Lecturer

Dewitt-Jones-300px Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. Twenty years with National Geographic photographing stories around the globe has earned him the reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, two of Dewitt’s films were nominated for Academy Awards. Dewitt’s column Basic Jones has appeared in Outdoor Photographer for the last 25 years. He has also published nine books including California! and John Muir’s High Sierra. His most recent book, The Nature of Leadership, was created in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey. Dewitt is also recognized as a world class lecturer and speaks to audiences around the world on creativity and vision. His genuine style and ability to communicate with audiences make his presentations truly outstanding. Dewitt’s inspirational messages are further discussed in his best selling training programs. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in drama and holds a Master’s Degree in filmmaking from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dewitt makes his home on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Find Dewitt’s daily posts on his Facebook fan page HERE.  

Rikki Cooke – Special Guest Lecturer

JDK-060419-376137-Edit Rikki Cooke, has been a professional photographer for 40 years. Much of that time he worked as a freelancer for The National Geographic Society, where he traveled to much of the world on a variety of assignments. His main interest is focusing on the innate beauty of his subjects and honoring that. His assignments included shooting two books: America’s Ancient Cities and The Blue Ridge Range as well as work in other National Geographic publications. He also photographed a book for the Smithsonian on Hawaii. His experience touches the full spectrum of photography, from lighting pyramids to photographing polar bears in the Arctic as well as national advertising campaigns for commercial clients. Rik and his wife Bronwyn are the authors of the award-winning book, Molokai, an Island in Time. In the early 1990s they moved back to Molokai. This island was part of his childhood, and today they live on lands that have been with his family for 100 years. They run the educational and arts center, Hui Ho’olana, which is dedicated to healing its lands as well as the students it helps to inspire. To see some of Rikki’s images go to his website at or read his blog at    

Travel Recommendations

Arrival and Departure Information

Plan to arrive at the Hui Ho’olana after 2pm on October 24, 2015. Snacks will be offered at 3pm and the formal opening of the workshop will be at 5pm. Plan to depart before noon on October 31. Saturday breakfast is the last formal meal during the workshop followed by our last morning session that will be finished by 10am.


We highly recommend travel insurance like Travel Guard. Anything can happen and you can recoup expenses if you are insured.

Flight Information

There are no direct flights to Molokai from the USA mainland. The most convenient way to fly to Molokai is to first land in Honolulu, then catch a connecting flight on one of the following airlines: Mokulele Airlines, or Ohana/Hawaiian. Allow a minimum of 1 hour 15 minutes between mainland and inter island flights. Be sure to check your bag all the way to Molokai, your destination is Ho’olehua Airport, and your baggage sticker should say MKK on it.

Ferry Information

Another option is to travel to Molokai from Maui via the daily Molokai Ferry.

How to get from the Airport to See The Light at the Hui Ho`olana:

We will pick you up from the airport at the start of See The Light and drop you off to the airport at the workshops conclusion.

Note – If you are not renting a car, please be sure to inform John of your arrival time and cell phone number so he can coordinate your pickup at the airport.

If you wish to rent a car to explore the island on your down time during the workshop, Alamo car rentals are currently the only rental agency operating on the island. If you are renting a car – please print these directions to get from the airport to See The Light at the Hui Ho`olana: Turn right as you exit the airport Turn left onto Mauna Loa Hwy (460) Turn left up the Kalae Hwy (470) Take a right at the green 3 mile marker sign and go to the end of the private drive View Larger Map

Shipping and contact info for the Hui Ho`olana

If you need to ship anything to the Hui Hoolana ahead of the workshop use the mailing address: PO Box 280, (Or for UPS: 1476 Kalae Hwy), Kualapu’u, Moloka’i, HI 96757. The emergency number at the lodge is (808) 567-6403.

If you choose to extend your trip:

Accommodations on Molokai

If you are interested in spending a night or more on Molokai before or after the seminar, there is one hotel on the island, Hotel Molokai. There is also a working ranch at the east end of the island that provides accomodations as well as horseback riding, Other accommodation information can be found at and

Activities on Molokai

A list of Molokai activities can be found at Here are a few of our favorites; Molokai Fishing for deep sea fishing trips, whale watching and snorkeling – Mike Holmes 808.336.0047 or 808.567.6789 Alyce C Fishing for deep sea fishing – Joe Reich – 808.558.8377 Molokai Fish and Dive for whale watching, snorkel and scuba trips and ocean kayaking – 808.553.5926  

Accommodations at the Hui Ho`olana



We are looking forward to being with you, old and new friends alike. This is a reminder for some and new information for others. ­ One of the most important things guests have learned over the years is: PACK LIGHT! You need very little here.

What to Bring for the Photography

Participants in this class range from semi professionals to beginning shooters. John and Jonathan recommend that you bring whatever camera gear you have to the seminar including but certainly not limited to:
    • Your digital SLR camera.
    • Your tripod.
    • You will be photograhing during the seminar in the RAW format. In our experience, you will shoot alot of images, therefore we recommend you bring around 50GB of memory cards for your camera OR you have 50 GB of free space on your laptop computer on which to download your memory cards.
    • A laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom installed.**
    • A backup hard drive for your laptop computer.
    • A card reader for your camera.
    • During recent seminars Dewitt has spent time discussing the iPhone and its use as a digital sketchpad in the field as well as a powerful creative tool in its own right. If you have a iPhone – bring it!

Pretend you are going to camp and remember the following

    • December is one of the cooler months on the tropical paradise of Molokai, check the forecast before you depart.
    • Bring 2-3 light changes of clothing that can be rinsed out.
    • A fleece jacket.
    • A light rain jacket and/or an umbrella.
    • A pair or two of warm socks.
    • A bathrobe if you want one.
    • Slip off shoes (Hawaiian custom is to remove your shoes before entering a home).
    • A flashlight.
    • A water bottle.
    • A light beach towel (the Hui Ho`olana provides bath towels).
    • A small reading light (for late night reading in your room).
    • Either checks or cash if you anticipate buying a souvenir from the onsite gallery or getting a massage from the massage therapist. The Hui Ho’olana is unable to take credit cards and the closest ATM is a 25 minute drive from the retreat center.
    • Be sure to bring your own toiletries and any prescription medicine you need as they are unavailable at the Hui Ho’olana.
    • If you are a light sleeper – bring earplugs.

What to Expect

Before you come to Molokai you will want to be sure to go online to check the weather forecast, noting that we are several degrees cooler and wetter than the general Molokai forecast. Here is a link to the weather here in our closest town.

Notes from the Hui Ho`olana

Please remember check in time is 2pm. Before 2, we are preparing for you and we cannot accommodate early arrivals. Check out is by 12 noon on your departure day. That is when the staff begins our ‘down time’ and clean up – your timely departure is appreciated. Our guests can look forward to an experience that is simple and close to the earth. Be prepared for natural, uneven walking trails as you go to the meeting hall, the shower houses, cabins and the main lodge. This requires some fitness and a willingness and ability to hike short distances up a gradual 20% incline. For those staying in cabins, and for staff as well, it is a short walk to the bathrooms. All cabins and the lodge have electricity and most cabins have access to WIFI, but we still encourage you to bring a small reading light for late night reading in your bed. hui-foodIt is very quiet on Molokai and especially here at the Hui. As is typical in the tropics, the buildings are single wall construction. Unless you are a couple, you will probably have a roommate. Therefore, simple noises can seem louder than usual. If you are a sensitive sleeper, bring earplugs. Again, make sure you bring a flashlight, batteries and a quart sized water bottle. There are no guest laundry facilities. We suggest you bring clothing that can be hand washed and line dried. The Hui is known for its fabulous homegrown salads and delicious healthy cuisine. Meals are mainly vegetarian plus fresh local fish and beef. The food is exceptional! However, we do not have the appropriate staff or facilities to accommodate unusual dietary needs. If you are on a restricted diet of any kind, please be sure to notify John Barclay and he will work with you to let you know if you need to bring anything to supplement your meals. Karma Yoga represents time offered to support the needs of your retreat and is an intrinsic part of living in community. Staff and guests all participate in karma yoga on a daily basis. You will each be given a small job like sweeping a deck or wiping down the tables after meals. We greatly appreciate your willingness to help in this way during your stay at Hui Ho’olana. All together this is a full experience of earth, sky and community with – na ohana hoaloha – a family of friends. We look forward to being with you and welcoming you home!

Aloha from the Hui Staff!!

__________________________________________________________________ ** If you have Photoshop and wish to use that rather than Lightroom, that is fine with John and Jonathan. However, Jonathan will be teaching Lightroom. If you do not wish to purchase Lightroom you can download a free 30 trial of the software a week or so prior to beginning the workshop.