ICELAND

Iceland Landscape Photography Workshop

Capture the Hidden Gems of Iceland 

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

COME HOME WITH REMARKABLE WORKS OF ART 

 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.

Terrain

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. 

Endurance 

Moderate

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.  

JOURNEY DOWN THE BACK ROAD

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. 

IN THE CLASSROOM 

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.

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 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the workshop?


The cost of the workshop DOES INCLUDE: instruction from Dan Ballard, photoshoots at several locations in Iceland, classroom courses, snacks & water. This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE: transportation to/from the workshop (flights or car rental), hotel accomodations, food or any gear




What about accommodation & transportation?


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). Upon 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.




What if I need to cancel?


All deposits are non-refundable but may be transferred to another available workshop up to 45 days prior. If you cancel your workshop the following applies: If cancellation is received at least 45 days prior to the start of the workshop, the deposit can be applied to another workshop of your choice with available space. For cancellations received 0-44 days prior to the start of the workshop, deposits and workshop fee’s will be forfeited. Please see Terms & Conditions page for more information: https://www.danballardphotography.com/cancellation-policy




Where will we be shooting?


We will be shooting in the area around Vik for the first two nights and the area south of Höfn the last night of the workshop. I will take you to unique locations that are off-the-beaten-path, including waterfalls, jagged peaks, fields of Lupines, black sand rivers and more. I will also teach you about scouting out new locations.




What do I need to bring?


Main photo gear: -Camera body & lenses -Tripod and strap -Extra batteries -Large memory card -filters (optional) Always be prepared for any kind of weather. It can get cold at night: -Warm clothing: layers are best -Light gloves and beanie -Rain jacket and/or umbrella -Sturdy shoes for walking Travel: -plug adaptor for type F -travel insurance (mandatory) -bars and snacks Optional but highly recommended: -Laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed -About 15 of your best images for feedback session (flashdrive, ipad, link or prints) -Pen & notepad (or laptop) -Day pack for water & snacks For other ideas please see the workshop gear page: https://www.danballardphotography.com/photography-workshop-gear-list




What is the workshop schedule?


During this time of year in Iceland we will have the midnight sun! This means we will be shooting through the night while the sky has the best color and plan on classroom time/meals and sleeping during the day. We will be very flexible with the plan and it is subject to change based on lights, conditions, etc.. Sunset time: 11:46PM Sunrise time: 3:14AM On Thursday our group will meet at Sólheimahjáleiga Guesthouse at 3:00pm in the dining area (your phone will most likely work to navigate to the hotel from the airport, but you may want to download offline maps in Google maps or Maps me). We will have some time to meet and ask questions followed by an introduction class. After the class we will have dinner as a group, then a break before heading out to shoot through the night. On Friday we will wrap up shooting sunrise in the early morning and head back the the hotel to get some sleep. In the late afternoon we will have a Lightroom editing course followed by dinner and a break before heading out to shoot through the night. On Saturday we will wrap up shooting sunrise then head back to the hotel to get some sleep. We will be moving to Skyrhúsid Guest House (about a 2.5-hour drive east) at check-out time. In the late afternoon we will have time for editing our photos and more Lightroom work for those who want more instruction — followed by dinner and a break before heading back out to shoot through the night. On Sunday we will have our last chance at getting a great sunrise then head back to the hotel in the very early morning. We can either take a break first or go straight into the image feedback session. After the session we will wrap up the workshop.





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!