NOV 7 - 13. APPLY NOW (make sure you have read all the info):
Iceland - the photographer's dream. From the black volcanic sand below to the dance of the Aurora Borealis above, it truly is a place of wonder.
As the first snow falls fresh over the landscape, we will take to the roads in search of glowing northern lights and stark winter scenes. This wokrshop will take you on a mission through southern Icelandic landscape - from freezing falls to snow capped ice bergs and crystal ice caves, we will gain a dynmaic sense of winter at the edge of the Arctic.
Hosted by myself, Benjamin Hardman and Amy Haslehurst, we will be guiding you in creating landscape and environmental portrait imagery amidst some of the most unique winter landscapes on Earth.
Jarrad Seng is an Australian-based photographer, filmmaker, and professional Steve Aoki impersonator. His unique approach to creativity has seen him work with some of the world's biggest brands, artists and tourism agencies. With his talents in high demand, this is a very rare chance to learn directly from Jarrad in an epic environment.
Benjamin is an Australian photographer based in Reykjavik, Iceland. With several years of experience shooting within the majestic landscape of Iceland, he has acquired excellent knowledge on subject locations and finding unique perspectives for photography.
Amy Haslehurst is a fine-art & photography graduate specialising in conceptual and creative portraiture. Amy will be assisting with portraiture technique, logistics, modelling, and creative input throughout the workshop.
Midnight hues. Photo: Benjamin Hardman
The focus of this workshop is capturing the onset of the winter season as it grips the landscape, beyond the typical imagery of some of the more visited spots.
As always, we've kept this to a small group, and want to attract a different kind of traveller than you might normally expect on a tour – creative adventure seekers who are totally focused on creating epic imagery. We will be doing whatever it takes to capture the best images, whether it means hiking into the mountainside or staying up until into the early hours to catch the Northern Lights, we're up for it if you are.
What sets this workshop apart from a common winter tour is that along with the standard stops comes unfettered access to many more locations and lesser known sites.
We'll be travelling in two 4x4 vehicles with a small team to ensure that everyone has enough individual time with mentors, as well as time to collaborate extensively with others in the group.
This is a rare chance to get hands on training, as well as photography, social media and career advice from creatives who do this for a living.
Reykjavik in the winter. Photo: Jarrad Seng
November 7 - 13, 2016
€2,995 Euros (approx. $3,360 USD)
Jökulsárlón & Ice Caves
Þórsmörk (Weather dependant)
The Black Circle (Our unique take on the Golden Circle area)
- Photography mentoring for seven days
- Camera technique, analysis of light & conditions, composition & aesthetics, portraiture and posing models, image retouching, social media
- 5 nights shooting on the road, 2 nights in Reykjavík
- 7 nights accommodation (twin or triple share)
- Transport costs
- Breakfast each morning
WHAT'S NOT COVERED
- Flights (you will need to make your own way to Reykjavík on or before November 7)
- Lunch and dinner (there will be several options each night depending on your budget)
Inside an ice cave - we'll be setting time aside to explore these surreal environments. Photo: Benjamin Hardman
What level of photography is required?
This workshop is open to beginners, professionals and everything in between. The only criteria is that you have a passion for photography and have the motivation to be be on the go every day and night.
What do I need to bring?
We are venturing out into the early Winter period of Iceland, so being prepared for all kinds of dramatic weather including snowfall is the key to having a comfortable trip during this time. Warm and waterproof outer layers, thermals, and water resistant boots are all highly recommended. Warm gloves and beanies also come in handy. We will go over this in more detail once the group has been finalized.
Will I see snow?
During this time period the first snow will have already / or will soon to be falling over the landscape. We cannot guarantee that it will be a white snowy workshop for the whole seven days, but we are sure to catch some fresh snowfall along our journey through the South.
Will I see the aurora?
Being close to the height of the Aurora season, we can expect some brilliant displays of Northern Lights if the skies are clear in the nights. We can never guarantee that the skies will light up green, but you may just get the chance to see magic happen.
What is the weather like?
The winter is a visually breathtaking time to visit Iceland. Drawing closer to the winter solstice, the days will be approaching 7 hours daylight, leaving us plenty of time to explore the craft of astro-photography whilst still getting our full day of travel time with beautiful Arctic twilight colours, and you'll hopefully get to experience the Aurora in all its glory. The temperatures will be hovering between degrees -2 - +5 degrees celsius.
What camera gear should I bring?
At the very least you should have access to your own DSLR/mirrorless camera body, a variety of lenses (both wide angle and telephoto) and a sturdy tripod. A Neutral Density filter is highly recommended for those silky smooth long exposure images. We will have group editing sessions most nights as well, so a laptop will come in handy!
Will there be time to do other activities outside of the workshop?
Certainly. We've planned the itinerary for the seven days, however you are more than welcome to extend your stay in Iceland on either end (in fact, we recommend it). We can provide advice and recommend operators if you'd like to experience things like the Blue Lagoon, helicopter tours or visit other popular locations that we cannot fit in our timeframe.
Does applying mean that I have been granted a spot?
No, applying for the workshop gives us an idea of the range and diverse skill levels and experiences from potential students. We will do our best to form a diverse but like-minded group which we believe will work together well. We will inform participants either way by October 1.
Nothing can compete with the sheer majesty of the aurora. Photo: Jarrad Seng
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please fill in the expression of interest here:
We will be in contact shortly.
Applications close October 1, 2016.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter. Photo: Jarrad Seng
The Northern Lights are a wonder to behold. Photo: Jarrad Seng