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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 

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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