Northern Lights photography workshop
These Iceland Winter workshops are based near the glacier lagoon at Jökulsarlon. We stay in a hotel close to the lagoon for 4 nights which gives you a fair chance of getting photographs like these. We have a 98% success rate for Northern Light photography on these 5 day Iceland photo workshops.
The Northern lights reflected in Jökulsarlon is a dream come true for many photographers. Although composition is an important part of aurora photography, sometimes you just have to shoot them where you stand.
Photographing the Northern lights usually presents under-exposure challenges for the night photographer. Sometimes the Aurora flashes so brightly that it lights up the landscape. In these situations, it is a challenge not to over-expose the photograph.
A streak of Northern lights is great! To see two aurora streaks is amazing. It looks like these twins have the same energy source. It is as if there is a huge mirror in the sky over the Glacier lagoon at Jökulsarlon.
A weak, distant Aurora can be disappointing, but gives a unique opportunity for longer exposures. Using the Magic Cloth Technique, it was possible to produce a brilliant exposure of the foreground ice with the colours refracting through.
Iceland photo workshops
Tony Prower is scheduling several Iceland photo workshops with a focus on Winter landscape photography including glacial Ice. They are designed with a good chance of photographing Aurora because they are scheduled during Winter months and avoid full moon phases. The season for these workshops will be from October through March to increase the likelihood of Winter conditions.
Landscape Photography Tuition is included for all levels of photographer. There is something for beginners & advanced photographers. Tuition in the Magic Cloth Technique will also be included in the workshops, so read this and bring your dark filters. General photography instruction is always available in our small groups. Expect to work and expect to learn during these five full days of photography.
These 5 day photo workshops are set in the stunning landscapes on the edge of the Vatnökull ice-cap. Special things happen here during the Winter. We can expect a variety of weather systems and eye witness their effect on the Landscapes and People of South East Iceland. The area has good access to the Glacial lagoon and various other glacier related activities.
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Skogafoss waterfall
- Vik – black sand beach
- Fjaðrargljufur – river canyon
- Skaftafell – Vatnjokull
- Jökulsarlon – Ice Beach
- IceCaves (Nov-March)
- Vestrahorn Mountain
Iceland Landscape photography workshops
The main subject of our Workshops will be Ice. The learning objectives are skills relating to landscape composition, exposure and focus. Looking and seeing involves psychology and philosophy skills. Lightroom and Photoshop along with printing and presentation are also discussed.
The beach at Jökulsarlon is often littered with beautiful glacial ice which has been further sculpted by the Ocean. Winter mornings can offer unique opportunities to catch the first rays of sun behind the glacial ice chunks. We spend quality time at the Ice-Beach on these Iceland Photo Workshops.
There are many Lagoons in the area and each offer new challenges and opportunities for the photographer. The photo workshop will offer several chances to see floating ice in a variety of settings and conditions.
Carved by retreating glaciers, these lagoons offer tough composition challenges. They are highly rewarding if you catch the light, colours and reflections successfully.
Glacier lagoons, ice caves and the Ice Beach often have glacier ice that you can get right up close to. This gives you fantastic opportunities for both stunning wide angle work or close-up ice abstracts.
Early November – Mid-March photo workshops may include a trip to an ice cave with a qualified guide. The opportunity to venture under the Vatnjökull ice cap cannot be missed!! These mystical places are showered with strange blue which gets even stranger and even bluer as you go deeper into them. The occasional windows offer challenges and opportunities for some creative photography.
The northern lights depend on both earth weather and space weather to ensure a good view. They are always occurring, but at different strengths according to the sun’s cycle. They can be predicted with relative accuracy if a sun spot (solar storm) is observed. There are several other scientific instruments which can measure the incidence of solar activity and magnetic storms around the earth. Aurora photo workshops in the evenings if conditions are good.
They are often clearly visible from Iceland if the conditions are right! All workshops take place around the new moon to further increase our chances.
Icelandic winter Landscapes
If I haven’t convinced you already, Iceland has many beautiful landscapes even without the ice and auroras!!
Iceland Mountain lakes offer unique opportunities for strong landscape shots.
Incredible beaches offer sea stack and mountain combinations with tempestuous swells.
- In camera
- Winter Landscape techniques
- Composition Consideration
- Focus and DOF
- Exposure techniques
- Filter use
- Long Exposure
- Night photography
- Aurora photography
- Milkyway photography
- Magic cloth technique
*optional and dependent on unfavourable conditions and weather.
- 17-Oct-2017 till 21-Oct-2017 (Available)
- 24-Oct-2017 till 28-Oct-2017 (Available)
- 14-Nov-2017 till 18-Nov-2017 (Available)
- 22-Nov-2017 till 25-Nov-2017 (Available)
- 12-Dec-2017 till 16-Dec-2017 (Available)
Note: Oct workshops are closer to Autumn workshops because of recent climate changes.
- 9-Jan-2018 till 13-Jan-2018 (Available)
- 23-Jan-2018 till 26-Jan-2018 (Available)
- Professional photography tuition and assistance.
- Transportation during the workshop with Reykjavik pick-up/ drop-off
- 4 nights Accommodation at hotels near Jökulsarlon.
- Breakfast x 4
- Optional Arrival/Departure Package can be arranged
- Ice cave tours run (Nov-Mid-March) only.
- International flights
- Extra activities and entrance fees
- Meals, Alcohol, snacks and beverages
Physical: easy – moderate. Fairly easy access at most locations which require just a few minutes walk. One or two locations require a moderate hike (4KM up and down hill), but this is optional. Most customers report around 7KM (5 miles) per day. Hiking is strictly optional because we do welcome everyone and can be flexible. If you are concerned, please send a message.
Our rooms are spacious with private bathroom, internet access and TV.
Double occupancy & single room supplement
The basic package includes a Single bed in a twin room. This means that if you are a couple (husband and wife / friends) sharing a room, this is the price you both pay each. If you are happy to share with a stranger, if there is another person (same gender) who wants to share a twin room, then we will put you together. If you are a single person and you want your own room or there is no room to share, you have to pay a single supplement.
Overnight photo tour packages are arranged with... GoNorth - a licensed Iceland Travel Agent
Private photo tours customers are entitled to 10% discount on our advertised
Whale watching and Northern lights tours. A coupon code will be sent with your ticket. Enter the code
when you book a whale watching or Northern lights tour for automatic 10% discount.
- Workshop Package: $2560 USD per person double occupancy . Single room supplement: $270 USD
- Hotel Hali (Jökulsarlon) with Private Bathrooms
- Arrival /departure hotels with transfer possible addition
- VAT included:
- Registration deposit: More than 45 day = 10%, less than 45 days = 100%
- 90 day early booking discount: 6%
- Maximum Number of Participants: 6
- Minimum Number of Participants: 3
- Payment in Full: 6 weeks prior to the workshop starting date.
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