Norway Photography Workshop: Senja (Lofoten Islands)
COMING SOON IN 2023!
Join me for a jaw-dropping 4-day photography workshop in the stunning landscape of Northern Norway. Magnificent peaks, quaint fishing villages and crystal clear fjords set the scene for a fascinating photography experience. This year we will be shooting in a region just north of Lofoten Islands called Senja.
I discovered Senja a few years ago and it has proven to be a true hidden gem of these islands, with dozens of exceptional shots and significantly less crowds. We will shoot locations that are off the beaten path — including rarely photographed scenes of Norway's most impressive landscapes. I can't emphasize enough what an incredible workshop this will be!
COME HOME WITH SPECTACULAR WORKS OF ART
Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Session
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.
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. *Reach out if you have any limitations
Fjords, Peaks, Waterfalls
We will be exploring the tip of the earth above the arctic circle. Get ready for midnight sun with hours of color over the dramatic peaks and fjords.
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 8 people.
Capture the most epic light...
Sunset time 10:30pm
Sunrise time 3:00am
Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear
WHAT TO EXPECT
4 Day Norway Photography Workshop
During this time of year in Norway we will have the late night sun! This means we will be shooting through the night while the sky has the best color and have classroom time during the day. Our group will be staying in a small fishing village and exploring the dramatic scenery of the surrounding area from there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“The Norway workshop was truly an unbelievable experience. There's so much I learned both behind the camera and the computer that I continue to incorporate into my ongoing photography endeavors.” —Stacy
Planning Your Trip to Norway
Please note that each participant is responsible for their own food, transportation and accommodations.
Hotel: I have reserved a block of rooms in the town Mefjordvær for the workshop dates. After sign-up you will receive an email with information to confirm your stay. You will need to 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. During the workshop we will carpool to each location.
Flights: There are many different routes to get to the Norway Photography Workshop, all of which are fairly easy and involve stunning scenery. You will fly into Oslo International Airport first, followed by a short domestic flight and an easy drive.
Olso to Bardufoss / or Eveness
You can also fly into Bardufoss, rent a car, then drive 2 hours to the town of Mefjordvær. Another option is to fly into Eveness and drive 4 hours.
Oslo to Andenes
You can fly into Andenes where you will need to rent a car. From here, take the 90-minute ferry to Gryllefjord, it departs each day at 0845 and 1700. You will then drive 1 hour to the town of Mefjordvær.
Day 1: Workshop begins at 3PM at the hotel, meet in hotel lobby, intro class on design and composition, dinner as a group, shoot sunset through the night
Day 2: finish shooting sunrise around 4 or 5am, time off for sleeping and meals, Lightroom editing course, shoot sunset through the night
Day 3: finish shooting sunrise around 4 or 5am, time off for sleeping and meals, more lightroom if any has the energy, dinner as a group, shoot sunset through the night
Day 4: finish shooting sunrise, portfolio review session, end of workshop about 9AM (get some sleep!)
This 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 Senja and the Lofoten Islands have to offer.
Beautiful Senja is Norway's second largest island, located near the Loften Islands and far above the Arctic Circle. Here you are greeted by an awe-inspiring mix of sea, mountains, beaches, fishing villages and inland areas, all within a few hours drive. The Oceanside of our island is precipitous with sculptural rocks and colorful fishing villages in sheltered coves. The inland is filled with mountains, lakes and forests, and the mainland-facing coast sports unexpectedly green fields.
Discover the wonders
What's Included in the Norway Photography Workshop:
Instruction from Dan Ballard • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Session • Snacks and Water
Not Included: flights, hotel, car and food
ABOUT BUYING NEW GEARI 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 GEARCamera: (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.
OUTDOOR GEARWe 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.
CLASSROOMPlease 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.
CRITIQUE SESSIONWe 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.
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPSYou 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.