Iceland Midnight Sun
4 - 9 Jul 2022 : Available
4 – 9 July 2022
Do you fancy some genuine photographic adventure? We have the perfect photography workshop for you. 5 Days photographic adventure in Iceland.
Sleep by day, shoot by night. The midnight sun provides unique shooting conditions where sunset runs into sunrise and the golden hour is stretched out through the night. Shoot through these magical hours returning to your hotel late for an extended sleep and downtime during the day.
Visit locations without the crowds. We will be visiting some iconic locations (crowd-free), such as Skogafoss on the south coast but the focus of this workshop is the road less traveled and the lunar landscape of Iceland’s interior. Otherworldly, unique, black deserts, and more. The Highlands are only accessible through the summer months in Iceland. It feels like you have landed on the moon. Our favourite and a truly unique Iceland experience.
Our schedule for our Iceland midnight sun workshop is a little unusual. The light is at its best around midnight so we have the chance to shoot gentle light for hours on end as sunset rolls into sunrise. Our shooting, therefore, starts late and finishes in the early hours of the morning. Expect to shoot between 8 pm and 4 am with daytime for sleeping and a little post-processing.
We have 4 nights booked in the Highlands Hotel which will be our base for exploration throughout. Centrally located we have a perfect jump-off point for a whole range of locations. Black deserts, unique mountains and thermal areas plus some stunning waterfalls and gorges. Our final night is a transit night back to Reykyavik taking in some of the south coast’s most iconic waterfalls and locations. We will arrive back at the airport at 4.30 am to catch those early flights home or if you prefer you can book a room at the airport. A serious adventure awaits.
There will be a webinar to help you edit your images post-workshop. You send your pictures to your instructor and a section will be edited live. The webinar will be recorded and sent back to you so you will have a route map to help you make the most of your images after the workshop. We will also offer discounted rates on our online photography courses plus we have a range of free courses you can access so you’re ready to go before you even arrive.
The cost of the workshop is €2750 for single occupancy. For this fee, you will receive all tuition and location guide as described above. Accommodation single occupancy for 4 nights (if you decide to stay at an airport hotel this is NOT included) , transportation costs (from accommodation to shoot locations), and breakfast each day. Alcohol is not included.
FLIGHTS are not included.
It is not advised to book flights until we confirm we have adequate numbers for this workshop to go ahead. In the event of the workshop not going ahead, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not compensate flight costs.
- On Location Guidance
- Compositional Instruction
- Post Processing Instruction in Free Webinar
- Understanding Exposure Triangle
- Modes of Exposure
- RAW, White Balance and Filters
- Why is the angle of the sun so important – Understanding Light and seeing like your camera
- Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters
- Sharpness From Here to Shanghai – Understanding Depth of Field
- Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed to get the best Outcome
- The Importance of Composition – Using Lines and Texture
- Histograms ExplainedExposing to the Right for Maximum Details
- Spare batteries for camera if possible or the battery charger essential
- We will be shooting both wide angles and intimate details so focal lengths from 17mm to 200mm will be of use.
- Tripod (essential)
- Shutter cable release if possible but we can also use your timer if you don’t have a cable release.
- Camera Manual (just in case)
- Filters – Circular Polariser , ND’s and grad ND’s will be of use
- USB drive to store edited images (we can also use your CF or SD cards if you don’t have one) (In case we have to work indoors)
- Laptop – If anyone has a laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom – I’m sure this will come in handy
- You will need a pair of over ankle height waterproof boots, rain gear and other warm clothes.
- One large suitcase, small personal bag, camera bag and tripod each.
MODERATE/HARD: Lots of locations are really easy access however there are numerous walks up to 2 hours to access unique viewpoints within the highlands
Our team is dedicated to getting you the best images possible on every trip. We are an experienced team of leaders and always willing to go the extra mile for our participants. Ask our repeat customers. Most workshops have 50% or higher returning customers. We are a community of photography lovers and we would love it if you could join the ExploreLight experience too.
We will get you to the right place at the right time of day to maximize your chances of making great images. That’s the core focus of every trip. What drives us forward. We love the light as much as you do and our primary goal is always to give you the best chance possible of bringing home special images.
We have small groups and a really high teacher to pupil ratio. Most workshops are only 6 or 7 people. Our max is 9 and there will be 2 instructors. This means that there is always time to give advice and help when on location. It also means we always travel in comfort with 2 people to a 3 seat berth. We’re all friends but a bit of space while traveling is essential too. We take your comfort seriously with single occupancy rooms with private bathrooms as standard. There are one or 2 small exceptions on this point, but they are few and far between, and always noted in the description. We also have a dedicated office team managing logistics so you have a pint of contact for your arrival and departures or other logistical questions you might have around the trip.
The ‘craic’ (fun) is always mighty. We like the feeling of community and fun when on tour. We’re together as a group chasing the light but laughing while we do it.
Every workshop of 3 days or more comes with a free follow up private webinar for the group. 2 hours of post-processing of the images from your trip. Recorded live and emailed back to you so you have a road map through the edit of the whole trip.
So why not join the adventure?
“On a workshop with ExploreLight, there are always laughs, but there are always great photographs too. Peter and his team go to great efforts to ensure everyone gets the shot they want at a location – whether it’s the continuous checking of local weather conditions, to in depth knowledge of each location, to prepping the group prior to arrival at the location by showing past shots, to walking among the group during the shoot, offering advice and sharing their own shots, total dedication to the client. I’ve taken some of my best shots while on ExploreLight workshops and that’s no coincidence.
The aftercare is second to none, with a private Facebook group where you are encouraged to share your shots (and where you can receive suggestions for improvement) to social nights out and emails on upcoming workshops, editing sessions, etc. Peter is building a community of photographers who return again and again.”
“Something deep within tempted me to attend an ExploreLight fundamentals workshop in the Wicklow National Park in March 2015. I remember coming home feeling invigorated, that a new world was about to open up for me. My photography has improved steadily so much so that I recently achieved my Associate distinction from the IPF but more importantly I have met fantastic people many of whom are now considered friends, I’ve attended many more ExploreLight workshops since and visited fantastic locations all under the expert guidance of the ExploreLight team. These guys are good and are at the top of their game and super professional. I recommend ExploreLight because they are the best Photography workshop and tour operators out there.”
Noel McIntyre AIPF
“I have been on several ExploreLight Workshops and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. The ExploreLight workshops are a perfect combination of excellent teaching, superb locations, and great “craic”. Your enthusiasm is infectious, even if it means getting up at 5am to shoot the sunrise, or staying out until 4am to shoot the aurora. I look forward to returning to many more workshops with you guys.”
More than 90 days before the workshop commences: full refund minus 100 EUR admin fee.
Less than 90 days no deposit will be refunded.
Balance Payment is Due 60 Days Before Workshop Commences.
The balance payment is non refundable. However if we find some one to take your place we will refund in full minus 10% Admin fee.
If we do not have the required numbers to run a given workshop, we reserve the right to cancel up to 60 days in advance. We will refund deposit, but you must have travel insurance to cover any travel expenses you may incur.
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