September 25 - October 3, 2019
Seeing the aurora borealis dance in the sky is quite a sight to behold! There is no better place to experience this than the land of fire and ice. In the fall months the tundra of this lush land turns to subtle autumn colors revealing another unique side of this beautiful island. To say that Iceland is a landscape photographer’s dream would be an understatement. The island is famous for it’s abundant waterfalls, rugged green cliffs, black sand beaches, and glacier lagoons. We will cover as much of Iceland as possible on this workshop while photographing into the night time hours in hopes of capturing the dancing lights! This truly is a photographic trip of a lifetime and an experience not to be missed!
On this 9 day and 9 night Photography Workshop all lodging and transportation within Iceland will be included. You will be guided to some of the most iconic locations as well as some off the beaten path, and provided with expert instruction on how best to capture the light and interesting compositions. The goal of the workshop is to give you the ability to explore, learn, and fine tune your photography skills both in the field as well in post processing development to bring your images to life. Helping students create a portfolio of images they are excited and proud of is priority number one on all of our workshops. And there is no better place to photography landscapes than a trip to Epic Iceland!
INSTRUCTORS: CHRIS BYRNE & JOHN WEATHERBY
GROUP SIZE: 8 PARTICIPANTS
COST: $3995 (double occupancy room) / $800 additional (Single Room Supplement)
DEPOSIT: A 35% deposit is required to secure a spot. A second 35% payment is due 120 days in advance with the final 30% balance due 60 days prior to workshop.
You will be picked up from the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) on Wednesday September 25. Participants should arrange to arrive near mid-day by 12 pm. From there we will drive to the Snaefellsness Peninsula for our first nights stay. We will continue traveling to the interior of the island and golden circle area then follow down to the southern coast making stops at Kirkjufell, Geysir, Gulfoss, Bruarfoss, Vik, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara, Jokulsarlon, and Vestrahorn to name a few locations and of course many more! Each night, if the skies are clear we will have the opportunity to photograph the northern lights! Our last night will be spent in Reykjavik on Thursday October 3.
During this time of year there is nearly 12 full hours of daylight. We will begin our morning field sessions well before sunrise to be on location and capture the magic of the golden hour. After that we will convene for a mid morning breakfast and travel to our next location typically a couple hours away and get settled into our hotel. We will spend our afternoons out photographing into sunset before returning to our hotel for dinner and a weather check. If it looks promising we will set out again to capture the Aurora Borealis. As time permits in the afternoons we will mix in post processing instruction in both Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for those that are interested.
USEFUL INFO / PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY
Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Iceland and must have a valid passport to do so. Temperatures this time of year can range from 25 - 50 degrees, with a variable climate including high winds and rain. It is important for participants to be in good physical health. There will not be any strenuous activity on this trip with the longest hike being a flat riverside hike of a few kilometers. Sunrise is around 7:30am and sunset at 7pm.
AIRPORT / ACCOMODATIONS / FOOD
Participants should fly into the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) by 12 pm on September 25th where you will be picked up. If you arrive earlier than that date, please let us know and we will arrange a meeting location. Our last night will be spent in Reykjavik on October 3rd and participants should plan to fly home the following day at anytime. A great way to wind down a trip in Iceland is to go to the Blue Lagoon and relax for a few hours and then head right to the airport.
Lodging included in this workshop is for double occupancy rooms with two single/twin beds and a private bathroom. Hotels in Iceland are on the smaller side but we will not be spending much time in the rooms themselves. A single occupancy option is available for an additional charge. Once the spots are filled a private Facebook group will be created for the workshop and roommates will be determined.
Meals and drinks are not included in this trip. Whenever possible we will have a sit down meal at a restaurant, likely at our hotel. We will also be driving daily between locations for a few hours, and stopping for gas, so there will be plenty of chances to grab meals and snacks on the road.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
An epic trip of a lifetime! There’s a good reason that Iceland has become a hot spot of landscape photography. The land of the midnight sun simply gives photographers an opportunity like no other to get creative and capture beautiful images. Iceland can feel like another planet in one location and something straight out of a fairy tale in another. No matter the weather (which is constantly changing) there are photographs to be had. The field sessions are structured to not wear anyone out and get the most enjoyment of the surroundings and scenery. In the field techniques and tips will be provided to help capture images correctly "in camera" with the goal being that part becomes second nature and students can then focus on the creative aspects of landscape and nature photography. Post processing instruction will run the gamut of importing and organizing files into Lightroom to processing images in Lightroom and Photoshop and finally prepping images for the internet or for print. I am an open book and willing to share any tips or tricks I’ve learned to help you turn your photographs into art!
FIELD & CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE:
Creating compelling compositions and storytelling through images
Controlling your camera in manual mode
Understanding and using the Histogram
Filters - when & how to use them and avoiding their pitfalls
How lens selection affects the scene
Technical Tricks: Bracketing, Focus Stacking, Perspective Blending
Understanding and using light
Capturing Difficult Scenes (getting all the pieces in the field to put together in post processing)
Lightroom - importing and organizing
Lightroom development tools
Cleaning up images - cloning tools, warping and stretching, eliminating distractions
Blending images in Photoshop
Dodging and burning
Using layers and masks
Mindful sharpening (depending on the output)
RECOMMENDED CAMERA GEAR, ETC
DSLR & Lenses ranging from wide angle (12mm) to telephoto (300mm).
A very sturdy tripod
Cable Release Trigger
Filters (Circular Polarizing Filter, Graduated ND Filters and Solid ND filters for long exposures)
Lens cloths, rocket blower, etc.
Computer with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
RECOMMENDED GEAR - CLOTHING, ETC.
Quick dry, lightweight long pants and shirts
Fleece or warm jacket
Shoes that can get wet or muck boots
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Meals and snacks