8 DAY LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

23 JUNE - 1 JULY 2018

Iceland is surely near the top of almost every photographers bucket list of places to shoot, and rightly so.  The landscape here is utterly unique and offers the kind of scenes that you simply can’t witness anywhere else on earth.   Glaciers and waterfalls, black pebble beaches and jagged mountain peaks, the diversity is seemingly endless and it’s the kind of trip where you can’t fail to be inspired by the epic nature of the scenery.  During June the golden hour, sunset, twilight and sunrise merge into each other lasting for hours, and all the elements are in place for truly unforgettable experience.

We’ve created this workshop to give you plenty of time at Iceland’s most beautiful and iconic places by basing ourselves at three separate locations for a couple of nights each.   Our first base is in the south, from where we can shoot the famous black beach at Vík and Reynisfjara, the cliffs of the Dyrhólaey , the waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and the eerie remains of the DC-3 stranded on Sólheimasandur beach.  However, there’s more to the area than that and we’ll take you to lesser known waterfalls and beaches during our time here.  

Our next base is the southeast where the Vestrahorn’s peaks rise impossibly from the black sand beach of Stokksnes and are mirrored in the tidal lagoons.  The south east is also home to Jökulsárlón, a lagoon full of icebergs which slowly drift into the sea where many are washed up on the neighbouring “Diamond beach”.  Of course, we’ll also introduce you to some of the less commonly visited gems in the area.

Finally we’ll head to the north of the country where the stunning waterfalls of Dettifoss, Selfoss and Godafoss are located as well as the geothermal plains of Hverir, an alien desert of multicoloured bubbling hot mud springs and steaming fumaroles. 

All our workshops are designed to ensure that you can focus on photography while we take care of everything else.  Airport transfers, ideally located and comfortable accommodation as well as all your meals are all part of the package, and of course the tour is structured to maximize your opportunities to get great images whilst improving your skills as a photographer.  We use all our experience and knowledge to get you to some of Iceland’s most beautiful locations in the best light, and in the field we’re on hand to provide as much support, advice or guidance as you want.  Having three professional photography guides helps us to ensure that each participant gets plenty of one-to-one tuition and allows us to better tailor each session to your needs as well as being able to optionally split the group, for example if a few participants want to shoot from one end of the beach while others prefer to head up to the headland for a different perspective.  It also means we can accept a range of experience levels from beginners to professionals and comfortably cater to each.

 

PRICE

€3500 (price based on single person sharing)

GROUP SIZE

6-10

EXPERIENCE

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers.  Some hiking and hill walks that should be well within the capability of anyone with average fitness.

WORKSHOP INCLUDES

Landscape photography and shooting in unforgettable wild locations

Three professional photographers & guides who know the area

Transport around Iceland and to and from all of our shooting locations

Post-processing workshops in Lightroom and Photoshop

All accommodation in local hotels

All meals provided

Airport pick up and drop off


ITINERARY

We tour the country basing ourselves at three locations, and while the dates that we’ll be in the bases are fixed, our time at each is flexible so we can decide which locations to visit while we’re there depending on the local weather and conditions.  We will however ensure that we visit all of the locations in each area.  At this time of year the golden hour starts around 22h00 and sunset around midnight. There’s then a period of twilight and blue hour before sunrise at around 3h, so to make sure that participants get the best conditions for shooting, we’ll concentrate our shooting in one long session between around 21h30 and 3h30.  Shooting at this time also means we have even the more popular locations pretty much to ourselves outside of the main tourist hours.  After the shooting session has finished we’ll head back to the accommodation and sleep, and to ensure people have plenty of time to rest and stay as fresh as possible throughout the course of the workshop there won’t be anything timetabled until brunch/lunch at 13h, and then in the afternoon we’ll have post processing workshops or travel to the next location.   

DAY 1 (JUNE 23)

Arrive in Reykjavik.  

17h onwards we’ll welcome guests to our overnight accommodation in Reykjavik, spend some time getting to know each other, and in the evening either head out to shoot some of the local landmarks around town like the Harpa concert hall, or if people aren’t too tired, make a longer excursion to shoot the powerful waterfalls at Gullfoss.

DAY 2 & 3 - THE SOUTH (JUNE 24-25)

9h-11h  After breakfast, we’ll get our stuff together to check out and head to our first base in the town of Vík on the south coast of Iceland.  During our time here our itinerary will vary depending on weather and light, but we’ll make sure we spend some time at all of the locations in the area:

  • Vík church and beach
  • Reynisfjara black pebble beach and Dyrhólaey rock arch
  • Skógafoss waterfalls
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfalls

For example, a typical itinerary could be:

DAY 2 (JUNE 24)

13h30 -14h30 Lunch

15h - 17h30 Processing tutorials.  An introduction to post processing with both Lightroom and Photoshop to ascertain people’s levels and requirements while looking at some of the images taken the previous evening

19h-20h Dinner in the hotel

21h30 - 3h30 Shooting session at a range of nearby locations:

  • Late light near Vík church
  • Sunset photographing the ocean and rock stacks on Vík beach
  • Twilight and blue hour exploring the many possibilities for waterscapes on Reynisfjara beach and Dyrhólaey rock arch
  • Sunrise at the rock stacks on the east of Reynisfjara beach

DAY 3 (JUNE 25)

All morning to relax and catch up on sleep

13h30 -14h30 Lunch

15h - 17h30 Our second post-processing session.  Looking at getting the best from the images we took in last night’s session.  This can range from Lightroom basics through to Photoshop Luminosity Masks and more advanced techniques, and will be tailored to your needs.

19h-20h Dinner in the hotel

21h30 - 3h30 Shooting session at a range of nearby locations:

  • Sunset at Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the nearby Gljúfrafoss, a small waterfall hidden in a canyon
  • Twilight and blue hour at the remains of the crashed DC-3 on Sólheimasandur beach
  • Sunrise at Skógafoss waterfalland the lesser known waterfalls nearby at Kvernufoss

DAY 4 & 5 - THE SOUTH EAST (JUNE 26-27)

12h  After getting plenty of sleep and breakfast, we’ll get our stuff together to check out and head to our second base near the town of Höfn, on the south east tip of Iceland.  It’s around a 3 hour trip so we’ll stop for lunch on the way and we’ll also be passing some impressive landscapes as we cross the vast Skeidarársandur desert at the foot of the huge Vatnajökul glacier.  Once again, during our time here our itinerary will vary depending on weather and light, but we’ll make sure we spend some time at all of the locations in the area:

  • Stokksnes headland beach and the peaks of the Vestrahorn
  • Jökulsarlon iceberg lagoon and nearby beach
  • Fjallsarlon iceberg lagoon

For example, a typical itinerary could be:

DAY 4 (JUNE 26)

17h-18h Arrive at the hotel and relax as we settle into our new accommodation

19h-20h Dinner in the hotel

21h30 - 3h30 Shooting session at Stokksnes headland.  The peaks of the Vestrahorn rise almost vertically out of the flat black sand beaches and there are infinite compositions and angles in this astonishing place, from reflections in the lagoon to the grass topped dunes.  The location is great at sunset but is particularly beautiful at sunrise as the first light illuminates the peaks.

DAY 5 (JUNE 27)

We’ll have all morning to relax and catch up on sleep

13h30 -14h30 Lunch

15h - 17h30 Post-processing session.  Once again we’ll look at getting the best from the images we took in last night’s session.  We’ll look at how we can increase participant’s knowledge and skill with Lightroom and Photoshop, and introduce more complex techniques like Luminosity Masks.

19h-20h Dinner in the hotel

21h30 - 3h30 Shooting session at a range of nearby locations:

  • Sunset at Jökulsarlon lagoon and the nearby beach.
  • Twilight and blue hour at the neighbouring iceberg lagoon of Fjallsarlon
  • Sunrise at the Jökulsarlon beach.

DAY 6 & 7 - THE NORTH (JUNE 28-29)

12h  After getting plenty of sleep and breakfast, we’ll get our stuff together to check out and head around to the north of the country to our final base near the town of Myvatn.  It’s around a 5 hour trip, so we’ll stop for lunch on the way before arriving later in the afternoon. Once again, during our time here our itinerary will vary depending on weather and light, but we’ll make sure we spend some time at all of the locations in the area:

  • Dettifoss and Selfoss waterfalls
  • Hverir/Námaskard geothermal area
  • Godafoss waterfall
  • Aldeyjarfoss waterfall

For example, a typical itinerary could be:

DAY 6 (JUNE 28)

17h-18h Arrive at the hotel and relax as we settle into our new accommodation

19h-20h Dinner in the hotel

21h30 - 3h30 Shooting session at a range of nearby locations:

  • Last light in Hverir/Námarskard, shooting the incredible multicoloured landscape full of steaming fumaroles and boiling mud
  • Sunset at Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. 
  • Twilight and blue hour at Selfoss, a complex and beautiful waterfall system a short hike upriver from Dettifoss
  • Sunrise from the other side of Dettifoss waterfall for a completely different view, or back at Lake Myvatn.

DAY 7 (JUNE 29)

We’ll have all morning to relax and catch up on sleep

13h30 -14h30 Lunch

15h - 17h30 Final post-processing session.  Looking at getting the best from the images we’ve taken so far on the trip and putting what we’ve learned into practice.

19h-20h Dinner in the hotel

21h30 - 3h30 Shooting session at a range of nearby locations:

  • Sunset at Godafoss waterfalls.  There are multiple angles to shoot at these beautiful waterfalls which they can be captured from both sides. 
  • Twilight and blue hour at either Godafoss and Aldeyjarfoss waterfalls
  • Sunrise at Aldeyjarfoss waterfalls
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DAY 8 - REYKJAVIK (JUNE 30)

12h After getting up and having breakfast we’ll begin our journey back to Reykjavik.  We’ll stop for lunch along the way to break the journey and be on the look out for Icelandic horses so we can stop and do some portraits.  

19h We’ll arrive in Reykjavik later in the afternoon, check into our hotel and have a final dinner together.  In the evening there’ll be time for an informal post-processing session before we head out for a final shooting session at some of the local Reykjavik landmarks like the Hallgrímskirkja church or the Sun Voyager sculpture. 

The following morning (July 1), we say our goodbyes and drop people off at the airport.


WHAT WE DO (AND WHAT WE WANT YOU TO GET FROM OUR WORKSHOPS)

Our aim is to take you to beautiful locations and give you every opportunity to get great images while improving your technique over the course of the workshop.  From the beginning of your time with us we’ll aim to identify your photographic level and what you’d like to focus on, which combined with having three professional photography tutors allows us to tailor the workshop to your precise needs and provide each participant with plenty of one-to-one tuition both in the field and in the post processing sessions.  

We’ve carefully timetabled this workshop to ensure that while you get to experience some the most beautiful locations the country has to offer, you won’t have to sacrifice comfort or sleep despite the fact that we’ll be travelling at a time when there’s no night.  We’ll make sure that you get plenty of time in the field when the light is at it’s absolute best and when there are few tourists around, and with long sessions you’ll quickly get into a shooting rhythm where you can put into practice new skills as they are learned.  The dates of our workshops are carefully selected to try and make sure we are in each location at the time of year when conditions for photography are at their best.  Late June gives us the best chance of good weather and also gives us the opportunity to experience the long hours of golden light, sunset, twilight and then sunrise which northern latitudes experience at this time of year.

Having a number of fantastic locations all very close to each of our three bases means we can adapt to the weather and go to where the conditions are best for shooting.  Also, having three bases from which we can access these locations means we spend less time checking into and out of accommodation and avoids the stress of constantly moving on to a new hotel every day.  

This adaptability also extends to the post processing sessions.  We believe that editing is an integral part of getting the absolute best out of an image but we understand that the range of participant’s skill levels and familiarity with post processing techniques varies greatly.  Because of this we once again make the most of having three tutors to provide editing sessions in the afternoon that can potentially range from the basics of editing a RAW file in programs like Lightroom to more complex techniques like using layers and luminosity masks in Photoshop.

Finally, we want to share with you our passion for nature and landscape photography in this incredible place.  We aim to make your experience here in the beautiful landscape of Iceland a memorable one and a trip from which, as well as getting some great images from amazing locations, you’ll also go home having had a true adventure with great company in a very special place.

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SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES COVERED IN THIS WORKSHOP

IN THE FIELD:

  • Understanding the light and choosing the best exposure 
  • Composition. Balance and harmony, leading lines and creating depth.
  • Different shutter speeds and long exposures with neutral density filters for waterfalls and the ocean 
  • Lens choice. From the wide angle vista to shooting landscape abstracts with a telephoto lens
  • Shooting multiple image panoramas
  • Controlling light in scenes with a wide dynamic range using graduated filters and/or multiple exposures
  • Shooting in the blue hour and overcast weather

PROCESSING:

  • Using Lightroom to apply contrast
  • Using Photoshop layers to build up image adjustments
  • Photoshop masks for local adjustments
  • Using luminosity masks in Photoshop
  • Different techniques for blending multiple exposures of the same image
  • Using Nik Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex and Adobe Camera RAW on Photoshop layers
  • Sharpening images

WHAT TO BRING

 

A dSLR or mirrorless camera

The criteria for the kind of work we’ll be doing is a camera that can be operated completely manually to ensure we get the best exposure with interchangeable lenses allowing us to cover a range of focal lengths 

A wide angle lens 

For some of the locations a wide angle lens really is essential if you want to get those epic landscapes with a foreground that feels you can almost step right into it.   16mm or 17mm on a full frame camera (10mm or 12mm on an APS-C sensor camera) is ideal.

A telephoto lens

Iceland is a country where we’ll often find ourselves shooting abstract landscapes for which a telephoto is ideal.   A range that covers 70-200mm (55–135mm on a crop sensor) is perfect.

A mid-range zoom lens

While these lenses are often the least useful for shooting landscapes, for the kind of locations we’ll be encountering in Iceland there may be a couple of occasions when the zooms listed above are too wide or too long and a mid-range zoom in the 24-70mm (18-55mm on a crop sensor) range is needed.

Tripod

We’ll often be shooting in low light so a tripod is an absolutely essential piece of equipment.  A lightweight carbon fibre model is ideal for this kind of trip.

Filters

We’ll be shooting various waterfalls and a neutral density filter of at least 3 stops will slow down the exposure and blur the water, whilst a thicker 6 - 8 stop filter will help blur water and cloud movement.  There may also be times when a graduated filter will help control the brightness of the sky.

A cable release

This allows us to trip the camera shutter without touching the camera, avoiding movement blur during longer exposures.

Comfortable waterproof walking boots

While we won’t be doing any particularly long hikes we’ll certainly be doing some walking over rocky and uneven ground, and we’ll often find ourselves in mud or wet sand.

Insulated jacket, water & windproof shell and warm clothes

Even though it’s summer it can still get quite chilly in Iceland so warm clothes will help keep you comfortable while we’re out shooting.  It’s best to layer, with a base layer next to the skin and then a fleece or thicker layer on top.  An insulated jacket on top of that will keep you warm, and also a waterproof or windproof shell as a final layer in case the weather turns bad.

Camera Backpack

When moving your camera gear for any length of time a backpack can really save your back.  A good backpack, one with sturdy hip straps, can safely distribute the weight of your gear and really save you from aches, pains and potential injury.

Laptop with Adobe Lightroom or Camera RAW and Photoshop

We’ll be shooting RAW, and as parts of the workshop will be dedicated to post processing images a good RAW converter like Adobe Lightroom or Camera RAW is essential.  Other converters like Capture One are also fine.  Adobe Photoshop is great for more advanced processing as it allows us to be much more subtle and creative in it’s use of layers.

If you have any questions about what to bring, don’t hesitate to contact us.


THE GUIDES

ANDY MUMFORD is a Lisbon based professional landscape and travel photographer.  Andy has travelled all over the world taking pictures and his work has featured in various publications such as Practical Photography UK, Australian Photography and Progresso Fotografico amongst others.  Andy is the author of the travel photography guide Photographing Burma and has co-authored the soon-to-be-published Beyond Lisbon, a walking guide to the coast and countryside of the Lisbon region.

Andy grew up in the UK loving nature and travel, and originally came to Lisbon as a teacher in 1998.  He started his journey in landscape photography over a decade ago and since then has travelled extensively photographing all over the world.  He has been leading both group and one-to-one workshops for five years.

He is a Fuji X Photographer and a brand ambassador for Fujifilm in Portugal, although he also has extensive experience with Nikon and Canon cameras.

 

KONSTANTINOS VASILAKIS is an award winning Greece based professional landscape and mountain photographer.  His work has been published and exhibited around the world, and he has been organising and leading workshop for over five years.

Konstantinos’ work stems from his passion for nature and his drive to capture images that are a personal representation of the scene in front of him, and living in Greece’s northern mountains provides him with much of his inspiration.

 

KOSTAS PETRAKIS is a Holland based professional landscape photographer who has travelled extensively and photographed some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes.  He has over a decade of photographic experience shooting in iconic locations from Italy to Iceland, Scotland to the French Alps, and has been leading workshops for over five years.

Kostas’ is inspired by the wild landscape, by the untouched wilderness and by the adventure of exploring new places.

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For more information, including an overview of the weather, tips on how to get to Iceland, as well as all the terms, conditions and payment information please download the workshop PDF.

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