JUNE 20 - 28, 2019
To say that Iceland is a landscape photographer’s dream would be an understatement. During the midnight sun of the summer months, sunsets bleed into sunrises and that golden light lasts for hours. Couple this with the Iceland’s northern latitude and the soft light can last all day long giving ample opportunities to explore and create wonderful imagery. 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 through the nighttime hours and sleeping and traveling to locations during the day. A benefit of “reversing” our days is that we will be chasing the best light and avoiding the crowds at the same time. 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. We will travel the entire ring road which showcases the diverse and dramatic landscapes of this beautiful island. 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 take your photography to the next level than a trip to Epic Iceland!
INSTRUCTORS: Chris Byrne & John Weatherby
GROUP SIZE: 8 Participants (4 to 1 Student to Teacher ratio)
COST: $4595 (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 Thursday June 20. Participants should arrange to arrive near mid-day by 1 pm. From there we will drive to the Snaefellsness Peninsula for our first nights stay near Mt. Kirkjufell. We will continue traveling clockwise around the island making stops at Godafoss, Dettifoss, Vestrahorn, Jokulsarlon, Vik, Skogafoss, Geysir, Gulfoss to name a few locations and of course many more! There will be opportunities to photograph puffins, seals and friendly Icelandic horses as well. Our last night will be spent in Reykjavik on Friday June 28.
Photographing through the night will give us the best light opportunities, which means each “day” will begin when we checkout of the hotel at 11am. After checkout, we will then drive a few hours to the next location and check in to our new hotel. Then rest up a bit before having dinner followed by a photography session through the night. It won’t be uncommon for us to continue shooting until 4am or later before retiring to the hotel and catching up on sleep.
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 40 - 60 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.
AIRPORT / ACCOMODATIONS / FOOD
Participants should fly into the Keflavik International Airport (KEF) by 1 pm on June 20th 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 June 28th 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 right to the airport.
Lodging included in this workshop are 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