Lofoten Islands, Norway Workshop
February 13-19, 2020
Class size: 5
The Aurora Borealis dances high above your head. Incredible jagged mountains tower out of the ocean. Endless seascape compositions are everywhere you look. Norwegian towns pop out of the snow with vibrant colors. Have I got your attention yet? If not, I can keep going. Come along for the ride as we photograph some of the best locations the Lofoten Islands hav to offer! This place is practically a real life Narnia. Although the journey to get there isn’t short, I can promise you that once you arrive, you will never want to leave! During this workshop we will be out and about from sunrise to sunset creating amazing imagery. Oh don’t worry, after dinner we will head out in search of the phenomenal northern lights!
What You Will Learn:
How to create compelling winter landscape compositions.
How to use your camera to its fullest capabilities.
How to utilize a variety of lenses to think “outside the box.”
An understanding for light and how to take advantage of it in all conditions.
How to photograph the aurora borealis.
The basics of Lightroom and Photoshop.
How to create motion blur in seascapes.
How to be patient and wait for the crazy Norwegian weather to give you an amazing opportunity to shoot!
What You Will Need:
A DSLR camera body and assortment of lenses. A wide angle is highly recommended as well as a zoom lens.
- A sturdy tripod.
- An intervalometer (a cheap one off of Amazon will work just fine).
- A headlamp or flashlight.
- At least the trial version of Lightroom or Photoshop on your laptop.
- Multiple batteries.
- A 10 or 6 stop neutral density filter for your wide angle lens.
- Microspikes for your boots.
- An up-to-date passport. - A desire to learn, have fun, be flexible, and explore nature!
What's Not Included:
Airfare to Leknes.
Meals & beverages.
Lodging. We will have two awesome cabins at each location. Bedrooms and washrooms will be shared.
My photography knowledge, 24 hours a day during the entire workshop.
Post production videos that will be sent out after the workshop.
Transportation within the workshop.
Where are we staying?
We will be lodging at some amazing cabins right along the coastline with stunning views of Norway! Some days you will literally wake up, put your boots on, and step outside for our sunrise shoot! Rooms are shared and our common space will be where we enjoy our breaks and edit. We will spend the first three days of our workshop in the town of Hamnoy, then finish the second portion near Leknes.
This workshop is one of the easiest I have as far as physical efforts go. Many of our spots are just a few hundred feet from where we park the car! All I ask is that you are able to walk 1/2 mile round trip on most flat ground and you will be good to go!
During this time of year, the temperatures are usually around the mid 30’s for the high and dropping down to the mid 20’s at night. You can expect snowy days, clear days, cloudy days and more! The weather changes so fast in this region that it is truly difficult to predict. We will make the best of any weather conditions we have though.
Getting to Lofoten:
You will want to fly into the Leknes airport on the Lofoten Islands. This usually requires a stop a flight from Oslo, Norway to Bodo, Norway...then a short commute to Leknes. Our workshop will begin on February 13th at 12pm. I suggest flying into Leknes the prior day and stay the night in Leknes to allow for some wiggle room in case of flight delays. To get to our workshop starting location, I would recommend taking a taxi or renting a car.
When does the workshop start and wrap?
The workshop will begin with our meet and greet at 12PM on the 13th and wrap at 10am on the 19th. It is highly recommended to fly in a day prior to avoid any possible travel delays and to adjust to the time change.