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Iceland Landscape Photography Workshop

Capture the Hidden Gems of Iceland 

June 6-9, 2019 | $1,575  $450 due at registration

Join me for 4-days of shooting the hidden gems of Iceland. This workshop is different from a typical Iceland photo tour, as we focus on serious landscape photography and improving skills. Absolutely no crowds and no buses! I will take you to unique locations that are off-the-beaten-path, including epic waterfalls, gloomy jagged peaks, brilliant fields of Lupines, black sand rivers and more. During the workshop we will be shooting in the area around Vik and Hofn, where I have spent years seeking out the most stunning landscapes. You can expect this time of year in Iceland to be surprisingly warm, lush and green, with days lengthening until midsummer, when the sun dips down to the horizon but never sets. 


 Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Session 

Experience Level

Beginner - Advanced 

Both beginners & experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop. I will work closely with you to address  strengths and weaknesses. All can expect to be challenged.


Mossy Peaks, Waterfalls, Lupins

We will be exploring the tip of the earth above the arctic circle. Fields of endless Lupins and mossy hill-sides. Not to mention, black sand rivers and hidden waterfalls. 



All age levels are welcome. Light hiking is involved on this photography workshop. We’ll drive to each location then walk to the best position for sunrise & sunset. 

Group Size

7 people

I prefer to keep workshops small, ensuring that each person will have ample time for one-on-one instruction. This photography workshop is limited to 7 people.  


4-Day Iceland Photography Workshop

During this time of year in Iceland we will have the late sun! This means we will be shooting through the night while the sky has the best color and have classroom time during the day. The workshop will begin at 3PM where our group will meet at the guesthouse in Vik. We will finish up on Sunday morning in the Höfn area after a full-night of shooting and an image feedback session. (You can find the full schedule under FAQ below.) 


Sunset time: 11:46PM

Sunrise time: 3:14AM 


I will always be with the group providing thoughts, advice and real time critique through-out the entire workshop. We will chase light and weather and choose our spots based on the most dramatic conditions.  I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally —by keeping the group small we can react quickly to changing conditions and scout interesting locations. 


We will be out shooting and exploring during sunrise and sunset to ensure we find the best conditions. During daytime hours we will have classroom time where we will focus on photography concepts and techniques. 


Image Composition 

Learning how to compose an image is one of the most important elements of photography and probably one of the hardest to master. Starting with this class and continuing throughout the workshop, I will teach you simple and actionable skills that will help you find amazing compositions in any environment.


Creative Editing

We will go through my editing process from beginning to end using a combination of mostly Lightroom with some fairly easy but extremely powerful Photoshop to finish it off. My editing method is very artistic and effective for beginners and advanced users alike. It is always one of the highlights of the workshop.

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Portfolio Feedback

Getting honest and constructive feedback about your images is extremely hard to find. At the end of every workshop I will dig into 15-20 of your best shots to give you insightful critique on how to improve. While these sessions are honest, I guarantee you will go away inspired with new ideas and thoughts on making great images.

Discover the wonders of Iceland

The 4-day workshop is perfect for independent photographers who enjoy learning with a group but also enjoy having plenty of time to explore on their own. I encourage you to spend a few days exploring before or after the workshop to discover all that this area has to offer.

I definitely recommend staying after to complete Iceland's Ring Road, a picturesque two lane road with epic views all around. It can be driven in about 15 hours but it is best to take a few days or a week to take in all of the sights along the way. Keep an eye out for waterfalls, glaciers, fishing villages and herds of animals. 

Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear 

Planning Your Trip: Flights, Hotel & Car

Please note that each participant is responsible for their own food, transportation and accommodations.  

Hotel: I have reserved a block of rooms at the two hotels we are staying for the dates of the workshop: Sólheimahjáleiga Guesthouse (June 6-8) and Skyrhúsid Guest House (June 8-9). After sign-up you will receive an email with more information about confirming your stay. You will make your own reservations for any time before/after the workshop dates. 

Car: I highly recommend renting a vehicle so you can also explore on your own before/after the workshop. We will be carpooling in two 4WDs during the workshop. 

Flight: The easiest thing to do is fly into Reykjavik (Keflavík International Airport) which is about a 3 hour drive from the town of Vik where the workshop will begin. 

Dan Ballard, in Iceland, for a workshop, incredible. His enthusiasm for catching the best image in the best light is contagious. Dan has the knowledge and the eye, but more importantly he can explain and share that wisdom in a comfortable and fun manner. —Stan Hill

My workshop provided me with enhanced photography skills, hours of intriguing conversation with a world class landscape photographer, and an epiphany about what my photographic legacy would be.” —Leland Louie

What's Included in the Iceland Photography Workshop:

Instruction from Dan Ballard • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Session • Snacks and Water
 Not Included: flights, hotel, car and food 
    I always tell my students that you DO NOT need expensive gear to create excellent images. Great gear does make a difference in terms of technical quality, durability, ease of use and other factors and I advise using quality products, but creating a powerful, creative image is all about the photographer and the light. While I do recommend shooting with the best gear you can afford, keep in mind this is not the most important factor.
    Camera: (preferably a DSLR or a mirrorless with the ability to shoot raw) Lenses: My ideal setup for full frame is a16-35mm, 50mm, 70-200 or 300mm. If you own a 24-70 or equivalent that is fine. As long as you have something fairly wide and a telephoto. For DX or APS-C users, any combination of lenses that gets you from at least 18mm to 200mm. Preferably from 10mm to 200mm but if you don’t already own a wide angle don’t stress. Other: A sturdy outdoor tripod is a must! Also, plenty of digital memory, extra batteries & battery charger,
 lens cleaning cloth, camera bag that allows you to easily get to your gear. You may want to consider bringing a back up camera as well. Filters: The only filter that I consider a must have is a circular polarizer. While I don't use it often — when you need it you have to have it. There can also be situations where a 10 stop neutral density or variable ND (variable neutral density) can be very useful. This is definitely not something that is mandatory but could be useful on the workshop or shooting in general. I prefer the screw on circular polarizers and ND filters. I also carry a 3 stop soft graduated neutral density filter, and although I rarely use it these days — it can come in handy. If you don't already know what this is or how to use it, don't stress about bringing one. I prefer hand holding 4x6 inch grad ND filters.
    We will shoot rain or shine. A rainjacket is a must and a small travel umbrella is highly recomended. Layered clothing is super important for changing temperatures — early morning can be cold with afternoons getting very warm. Consider thin gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear and sunglasses. Also helpful to have is a flashlight, sunscreen, lip balm and bug spray. For more challenging or strenuous workshops, it is helpful but not mandatory to bring waterproof boots or gators. I don't personally usually use a camera cover (I prefer an umbrella) this is something you may want to bring along.
    Please bring a laptop computer with a card reader for the classroom portion of the workshop. It would be best to have Adobe Lightroom software installed. We will also spend a small amount of time with Adobe Photoshop if you want to have this installed as well to follow along. I use the Creative Cloud and purchasing the Lightroom/Photoshop package which is only $9.99 a month. If you use and prefer another editing program that is not a problem at all. You will still pick up a ton of new thoughts and ideas — much of the editing is focused on the artistic side of image processing. Also, if you don't have a laptop — don't stress. You will still benefit from the ideas shared in the courses. You are welcome to borrow a laptop or share with another student. If you prefer to take written notes, it is a good idea to bring along pen and paper.
    We will be critiquing images taken prior to the workshop, please inlcude a section of 15-20 of your favorite images you would like feedback on. We may also have a chance to critique some images taken during the workshop.
    You must have travel insurance for an international workshop. I recommend bringing quite a few snacks with you. Granola bars, jerky, nuts, etc. Be sure to see what kind of plug adaptor you will need for electronics. If you are signing up from outside of the US, please be aware of VISA requirements for the country of travel.

Sign-up for the 2019 Iceland Photography Workshop!

June 6-9th, 2019  |  $1,575  $450 due at registration
 Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if you just want to say hello before signing up!
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