white winter, an iceland photography workshop.

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About the White Winter photography workshop

Between the 1-6th of March 2019, me (@Nattesferd) will be joined by Cath Simard (@Mydetoxtravel) here in Iceland to host a winter photography workshop where you will have the chance to go with us on an epic 6 day winter adventure and take your photography skills to the next level!

The days will be spent exploring the Icelandic landscapes in a modified Land Rover Defender built to tackle the rough terrains this island has to offer. We will be shooting our favorite valleys, glaciers, waterfalls, canyons, mountains and rivers. With a little bit of luck we might even shoot the northern lights!

You will learn how your camera works and how to use it, how to plan the perfect shot and how to execute it. After each days adventures we will go back to base camp where we'll edit the photos we took during the day. In the evenings we will enjoy delicious dinners and end the nights in the roof top sauna and hot tub.

The workshop will be limited to 3 spots only meaning that we will be a tight group where everyone will get lots of attention and the opportunity to learn as much as possible. The goal is to make this a trip a memory of a lifetime and to teach you skills that you can carry with you for the rest of your life!

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Intinerary

Day 1 ( 1st of March, Friday )

On the first day of the workshop you will be picked up on your location of choice in Reykjavik at 10:00 am. Once everyone is picked up we hit the road aiming for Reykjanes peninsula. We’ll start off with a lunch in Grindavik where we’ll get to know each other and go through the plan for the workshop.

After lunch we’ll hit all the cool spots in the area and finish off with a sunset on the coast. After the sun has set we’ll head straight for Midgard Base Camp for load off, check in and dinner.

If the forecast is in our favour we’ll head out to shoot the northern lights, since it’s impossible to predict when and if they will accure we will have to be flexible here. We might go out every night if we’re extremely lucky…

Day 2 ( 2nd of March, Saturday )

The second day will be the day of waterfalls. After breakfast we will head out and visit 5 local falls all beautiful and unique, we will teach you different techniques on how to shoot and composition water in your images. During noon we’ll have lunch and then continue shooting until sunset.

Once we’re back at Base camp we’ll have a nice dinner and start with the first workflow and editing session.

Day 3 ( 3rd of March, Sunday )

On the third day we will have an early breakfast and leave for Vik to go explore amazing ice caves. This 3 hour tour will take us beyond the crowded tourist spots and into unique ice formations where time stands still.

After the tour we will go back to Midgard Base Camp to rest and do a course on social media strategies and editing. After dinner we will go out and shoot the night sky and northern lights.

Day 4 ( 4th of March, Monday)

On the fourth day we’ll leave early to catch the morning light at Diamond Beach and the Glacier Lagoon. Sometimes the seals are having breakfast in the lagoon so bring your zoom lense here! Once we’re happy we’ll move on to Svínafellsjökull for lunch and shooting. After lunch we set aim for Fjadrarglyfur, a beautiful canyon and the last stop for the day before we go back to Base Camp for dinner.

If the sky is clear we’ll head out for a night adventure.

Day 5 ( 5th of March, Tuesday )

After an early breakfast we will drive to Dyrholaey to catch sunrise at the beautiful black sand beach. In this area we’ll also explore caves, spectacular rock formations and do some lifestyle shooting. Lunch will be enjoyed in Vik which lies just by the ocean and the afternoon will be spent shooting some secret spots nearby.

The evening will be spent editing, eating and keeping an eye out for auroras.

Day 6 ( 6th of March, Wednesday )

For our last day we will pack our stuff and check out after breakfast. We’ll head back towards Reykjavik with stops at Gullfoss and Geysir and a tour through Þingvellir national park.

Our last lunch will be in downtown Reykjavik before it’s time for tears and good byes!

 
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Who is Niklas?

Niklas Söderlund is a Swedish self taught photographer that moved to Iceland in the fall of 2017. Since his photography career started 2 years ago he’s worked for companies such as Shure, Bell & Ross and Toyota.

His favorite destinations includes Norway, Canada, USA, Maldives, Switzerland and Faroe Islands. In the end it was his love for Iceland that made him move there and diligently explore the country in his Land Rover Defender.

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Who is Cath?

Catherine Simard is a Canadian-born self-taught travel/landscape photographer with a passion for the outdoors and the wilderness. After quitting her job as a fashion stylist and model, she left Quebec and spent 4 years exploring the world including western Canada, New-Zealand, Patagonia and many more while showcasing her travels to her audience, mainly on her Instagram page @mydetoxtravel. 

She is now travelling the world full-time, on a mission to share her passion and vision, while teaching photography through workshops and creating unique photography for her clients around the world.

 

What do people say about our workshops? 

“Whether you’re looking to widen your skillset, or are transitioning from portrait to landscape, or both (like I was) - a workshop with Cath is absolutely crucial to your growth.

Before attending Cath’s workshop, I carried around top of the line Canon gear, edited through Lightroom, but was unaware of the majority of its features (I was basically baking cake out-of-the-box with a state of the art oven). I only knew enough to create decent photos for portrait family and food photography, and what Cath showed me in both areas (all the features that can be harnessed and adjusted before the capture, and the tools that can be used to enhance the photo afterwards) BLEW. MY. MIND.

When I transitioned into landscape photography, I struggled with recreating the beautiful memories of moments I tried my best to capture. I would see the end result of my work, compare it with that of another photographers and wonder how theirs could look so much more like how I remembered it. Cath showed me in order to achieve that, I had to slow down and understand all the ingredients that go into a photo. She showed me how they can be finely tweaked to hit the perfect balance I was looking for, and with those skills - she ultimately gave me the freedom to recreate and communicate a memory of a moment in my mind. It felt like I went from finger-painting with primary colors to acrylic-painting from the full RGBA spectrum.

All of the tools she revealed to me made me wonder about all the possibilities and ultimately reignited my passion for photography, and telling stories without words. There’s a very visible difference in the photos I took before and after my time with Cath in Banff, and the proof of the knowledge I acquired during the workshop is in my gallery.

I’m excited for anyone looking to have the same experience as I had, because it ultimately enabled me to discover my personal style in photography. That, in itself is something incredibly invaluable to any photographer looking to make a mark in the industry; and I’d recommend immersing yourself in Cath’s perspective for a day or two to any photographer looking to elevate their craft.”

— Jennie Tai

“I am incredibly grateful for my opportunity to attend Niklas’s Misty Mountain Photography workshop. It honestly blew me away! Every day was a new adventure that provided the knowledge and experience I was craving. I arrived with a basic technical understanding of photography, but I left with the skills to capture landscapes and nature on a completely different level. 

Niklas was passionate to share knowledge and his artistic process. He would walk us through some of his thoughts on composition and run through the unique challenges/opportunities that each shooting location provided. After, we would practice newly learned techniques by exploring the landscapes and taking hundreds of photos.  If we had any further questions, Niklas was always there to provide some one-on-one coaching or further explanation. When we weren’t taking photos we were driving to new locations listening to good tunes and laughing at Niklas’s dry Swedish sense of humour.

This workshop had me repelling into ice caves, crossing deep rivers in a Land Rover to be at the base of volcanos, hiking to iconic waterfalls, walking through hidden canyons or black sand beaches. This adventure took us to more places then I could have ever imagined. 

The group we had was really cool, it was made of interesting people with the same drive and love of photography that brought us all to Iceland in the first place. I have some fond memories of chilling and laughing with everyone over a few beers and then editing the day’s photos. I am very thankful for the new friends that I gained through this experience and I would do it all again in a heartbeat!”

— Ryan Olson

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Who are you?

You're a person with a burning interest in outdoor photography and an adventurer that wants to experience some of the most beautiful spots in Iceland. Your skill level is not important, the only thing that matters is that you love taking photos and want to learn more about photography.

You are comfortable being in the outdoors, You're in good health, 18+ and have decent knowledge in English. We will have some days with hiking but you don't have to be extremely fit in any way. You'll need to have a digital camera, a laptop and clothing suitable for hiking and being out in winter weather.

If you're feeling unsure about any of these points, send us an e-mail and We can explain any of your questions further.

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Where are we staying?

We're going to spend 5 nights at my favorite place Midgard Base Camp, you'll have your own bed with privacy curtains in a 6 bed dorm that we all will be staying in. Each bed has charging sockets and a lockable drawer to keep your gear charged and safe. Delicious breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening is included and we'll even have a rooftop sauna and hot tub for us to enjoy after a day full of adventures, it's as amazing as it sounds!

The base camp is perfectly located in Hvolsvöllur, a small town on the south coast close to all the spots we're going to visit. Here you'll find a grocery store and gas station in case you'd need anything. Have a look at the video below to see how Midgard Base Camp looks like!

 

What will I learn?

  • The basics of how your camera works and how to use it.

  • The theory behind taking a good photo. (composition, light, colors etc.)

  • How to find potential photo spots online and on maps.

  • In-field lessons and how to apply your skills in the real world.

  • Night time photography (with chance of northern lights!)

  • Editing and post-production in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

  • Workflow, from taking the photo to the final product.

  • Social media strategies and how to build your brand online.

What's included?

  • Pick up and drop off from your hotel/hostel in Reykjavik.

  • Transportation in a Land Rover Defender modified to tackle the Icelandic terrain.

  • 6 days of personal coaching to boost your photography skills.

  • Accommodation (5 nights at Midgard Base Camp).

  • Breakfast and dinner. (vegetarian and vegan options possible)

  • Ice cave exploring

  • Dad jokes

  • A hell of a time!

Which locations are we going to visit?

  • Glacier Lagoon

  • Sólheimajökull

  • Krisuvikurberg Cliffs

  • Diamond Beach

  • Seljalandsfoss

  • Skogafoss

  • Dyrholaey

  • Reynisfjara

What gear do I need?

  • Digital camera (DSLR or mirrorless).

  • Tripod for night and aurora photography.

  • Drone (not necessary but really fun to have).

  • Backpack for the camera and gear.

  • Laptop for editing. (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop installed.)

  • Clothing and boots suitable for adventure. (Check out this video)

What's not included?

  • Flights to and from Iceland.

  • Transfer from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik.

  • Personal travel insurance (incl. camera gear).

  • Camera equipment

  • Misc gear such as clothing and shoes.

  • Lunch and beverages.

Summary

  • 1-6th of March 2019

  • 6 days / 5 nights

  • 3 exclusive spots

  • Take your photography career skills to the next level with in-field practice, post-processing lessons and social media strategies.

  • Experience waterfalls, canyons, glaciers, black sand beaches and mountains.

  • Enjoy great food, a sauna and hot tub every evening at Midgard Base Camp.

Price: €2950 (25% deposit required upon booking).

Please read the cancellation policy here.

Apply to the workshop

Fill in the form below and secure your place in the workshop! Last date to apply is the 31st of January 2019. 

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