Winter Norway Photography Workshop:
February 25-28, 2021 | ON HOLD
COVID-19 UPDATE: We are waiting for more information regarding travel restrictions as the situation evolves. Of course our goal is to move forward as planned, but this workshop may be postponed to 2022. Please email with any questions.
If you think Norway is beautiful in the summer, you should see the Lofoten Islands during the winter! Massive snow-capped peaks dominate the horizon with epic views in every direction. The sun is up for 7 hours in February so we will have plenty of time to focus on shooting traditional landscape scenes. While we may do some night shooting, this workshop is not centered around the aurora and instead is all about the natural beauty of Norway in the wintertime. This is the perfect opportunity to work on your photography skills with the help of a pro, while also capturing one the the most beautiful places in the world.
4 Day Norway Photography Workshop
The workshop will be focused around shooting during sunrise and sunset to capture the most beautiful light and conditions, with classroom time during the day. We will base out of the small village of Nusfjord and explore the dramatic scenery of the surrounding area from there. We will chase light and weather and choose our spots based on the most dramatic conditions.
Dan will always be with the group providing thoughts, advice and real time critique through-out the entire workshop. You are encouraged to ask questions and get individual help with specific challenges while in the field and the classroom.
COME HOME WITH SPECTACULAR IMAGES
Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Session
Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear
Please note that each participant is responsible for their own food, transportation and accommodations.
Vehicle: The absolute best way to travel around is by renting a car, which is strongly recommended. Our hotel is only a 35 minute drive from the closest airport. While traveling by public transportation is an option, it requires doing some heavy research and planning on your own (the Lofoten islands are remote with few major urban areas).
Flights: The fastest and easiest way to get to the workshop is to fly into the Leknes Airport, which is a 35 minute drive from our hotel. Most flight options will have you to first fly into Olso then a domestic flight to Lofoten. There are several other ways to plan your route if you have extra time to explore before and after the workshop, such as Harstad/Narvik Airport (4 hour scenic drive to the hotel).
Lodging: We reserved cabins for our group at Nusfjord Arctic Resort, a part of a historic idyllic fishing village. It has an on-site restaurant and is located next to the sea on a beautiful fjord with views in all directions. We will send out more information about confirming or extending your stay upon sign-up.
This workshop is perfect for independent photographers who enjoy learning with a group, but also enjoy flexibility and the freedom of having time to explore on their own (either before or after the workshop).
Day 1: Workshop begins at 1PM at the hotel, intro class on design and composition, head out to shoot sunset, dinner as a group
Day 2: Rise early to shoot sunrise, short time off for break and meals, Lightroom editing course, head out to shoot sunset, dinner as a group
Day 3: Rise early to shoot sunrise, short time off for break and meals, portfolio feedback session, head out to shoot sunset, dinner as a group
Day 4: Last morning shooting sunrise, back for breakfast, final lightroom editing, end of workshop
Sunrise: 7:50am / Sunset: 4:55pm
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 welcome. We will drive to each location & a short walk to the best position. You should be comfortable on uneven surfaces. *Reach out if you have any limitations
Fjords, Peaks, Ice
Dramatic peaks and fjords! We will be shooting in winter conditions. Please be prepared for snow and ice, with waterproof boots and plenty of warm layers.
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.
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.
“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
Winter Conditions on Lofoten
Surprisingly, not as cold as you'd think! It's said that the Lofoten Islands look colder than it actually is (most of the time, aside from occasional wind gust!) As a coastal region the climate is mild due to the Gulf Stream, the North Atlantic Current and the Norwegian Current.
Driving in Norway in late February is no problem as long as you are comfortable with typical winter conditions. Like winter driving anywhere in the world, there is always the potential for a snowstorm or ice on the roads. However, Norwegian road maintenance crews prepare well for this. Rental cars should come equipped with studded tires and it is not mandatory to have 4WD, as most locals just drive normal cars.
High of 35°F / Low of 27°F
Join the Winter Norway Photography Workshop
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
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 Norway, classroom courses, snacks & water.
What about accommodation & transportation?
What if I need to cancel?
All deposits are non-refundable but may be transferred to another available workshop up to 45 days prior.
Where will we be shooting?
We will be shooting various locations in Lofoten Islands. Dan will take you to unique locations that are off-the-beaten-path. He will also teach you about scouting out new locations.
What do I need to bring?
What brands of camera gear do you work with?
All camera brands are welcome on workshops and will benefit.