Wonders of IcelandWaterfalls and Dancing Skies
Sunday, September 6th-Sunday, September 13th 2020
7 Nights of Lodging, the transportation and some food and drink are included (A mix of double and single occupancy, hotel based)
Flights and arrangements before or after the start and end date of this workshop are NOT included.
Cost: $4995.00 (Keep reading for details)
Join us for 7 nights and days in Iceland, along its southern coast! The emphasis of this workshop will focus around Waterfalls and the northern lights and all of the creative techniques for capturing them!
This workshop includes lodging for 7 nights, spread out over 5 hotels. The first day and last night of this workshop will focus on classroom topics, post processing and discussion as well as a mid week classroom day.
You will arrive in Iceland on September 6th into the Keflavik Airport, the main airport near Reykjavik; Icelands capital city. We will pick you up and bring you back to our hotel. This evening is a mostly free evening for you to recuperate after a long travel day. We will have a group dinner to get acquainted. This first meal is on us!
Some of our lodging will offer breakfast, some will not. Food and drink is not provided, or included throughout the workshop.
We will then move east and begin exploring some of the most stunning waterfalls and lush canyons you can imagine. The timing of this will coincide with some autumn colors, too! After checking into our next hotel we can settle in for a couple of days. Fanning out each day and hunting aurora each night!
On September 9th we will move lodging east again and follow a similar itinerary as the previous two days, fanning out to new locations. We will also have another post processing classroom day before we move again on the 11th, east again.
On the 12th we will begin our trip back west after reaching the SE most tip of Iceland and back toward Reykjavik for our last classroom session, open discussion and farewell dinner!
On the morning of the 13th we will visit the Blue Lagoon, a volcanic hot spring and spa. On us, as our way of saying thank you for attending and for enduring little sleep!
By now the workshop has commenced and transportation to your post workshop lodging, rental car service, or airport will be provided.
This workshop is strictly limited to only 6 Students
Creating is the most important thing in my life, without the ability to pour myself into an image I might just explode. My imagery is pure emotion, and I want you to feel that when you view it. As if you were standing right by my side. Captivated, awed and inspired, feeling every drop of misty rain, the soft breeze on your face, the warmth of the rising sun, feel my art, my freedom.
Photography has changed me, moulded me into the person I am today, it has taught me patience, given me wisdom, and allowed me to express myself in a way that I never have before and I can’t imagine being or doing anything else! When I was a kid all I wanted to do was be outside with the bugs and animals exploring, not studying to be an engineer, or a doctor, or astronaut, but as I grew older I fell into the rat race of building a career, working 50 hours a week and eventually became an engineer. working and going to school, and ended up severely and dangerously overweight. Reconnecting with nature and picking up a camera saved my life and helped me get into shape enough to do things I never could’ve done before.
I’m healthier now and over the course of the last 6 years have managed to break away from traditional career path and have enjoyed helping cultivate creativity and foster imagination in so many students.
If you have worked with me in the past you’ll know that these workshops are immensely fun, exhausting and full of invaluable information, but you also know that I am a perfectionist and as such am always striving to improve the value of the experience. In the last two years I think that I have curated a great workshop experience, and I hope you’ll enjoy your time with us on this one! In 2019 nearly half of my students were returning alumni from previous group and private workshops. Building a bond and relationship with students is a side effect I never knew would be so important to me!
The Wonders We Will Witness…
For years I have watched and wondered as some of the worlds greatest photographers created the most amazing images of Iceland. I avoided its beauty for years waiting for the Iceland “BOOM” to die down. Now that some other equally amazing places are revealed to the world, Icelands tourism has quieted.
I feel its time to go back, and revisit this place in a new light! This time were bringing with us a group of 6 students. To share with you how I see this place and hopefully help you see it in a whole new way!
Days Until the workshop begins:
Cost and Details…
The Tuition of this workshop is $4995.00. A required deposit of $895.00 is due at time of registration, with a balance due by August 1st, 2020. *Please read the cancellation policy.
To re-cap, here is a breakdown of what’s included, and what’s not…
- All lodging!
- 7 Nights in Hotels
- The first and last night stays are single occupancy. You will have your own room these nights for maximum rest after and before your long travel.
- The remaining 5 nights will be double occupancy rooms. You will share a room with another student and we will do our very best to accommodate everyone based on availability. Please note that availability will be extremely limited. It’s a great time to be in Iceland and there are only so many places to stay in this sparsely populated country.
- 7 Nights in Hotels
- From the moment you land to the moment the workshop ends we will travel together in a spacious passenger van. If you wish to travel on your own or plan to extend your stay, the additional cost is paid by you, the student.
- Knowledge, as much as I can impart onto you, and as much as your brain can handle!
- This workshops primary focus will cover long exposure techniques since we will be visiting so many waterfalls, the weather could be very dramatic and the aurora borealis could come out to play.
- Post processing instruction
- Hours of classroom education, covering dozens of topics from in-field to post production
- Screen recorded in Hi-res with audio available to download with practice files!
- A new outlook on photography
- Seeing things in a way you haven’t before, I will challenge you on this!
- All kinds of tips and tricks to enhance your workflow, your creativity, and skills!
- Sometimes there are small tweaks and tricks that can have HUGE impacts on our work, and workflow, and sometimes they just come to mind away from the classroom!
- I have explored the outer reaches of Photoshop and have many techniques swirling around my mind! If you want to learn unique and different approaches to whats possible, these workshops are for you!
- Camaraderie, and new friendships with other creative folks!
- Maybe the best part about these workshops is the friendships and bonds I’ve formed with students!
- Beautiful memories and images to cherish long beyond the time together!
- Some Meals
- We will host a welcome dinner the evening of the 6th and Breakfast our last morning, the 13th.
- All other meals and beverages including snacks or alcohol are NOT included.
- A visit to the Blue Lagoon, A Volcanic Hot Spring and Spa
- A way of thanking you!
- Service upgrade based on availability
**Please see cancellation policy below
As is with all of my workshops. the itinerary is only theoretical and can change day by day, hour by hour. The only thing we know for certain is where we lay our heads each night!
The workshop will begin The morning of September 7th. Sunday September 6th should be your arrival day and we will have a welcome dinner at 6pm that Sunday evening. A private hotel room will be waiting for you once we can check in. This day is designed for you to rest up before this immersive workshop begins.
We will be available to pick you up from the airport, we ask that you try to arrange your flights to arrive by noon. We will have some time before we can check in to the Base Hotel.
To view the accommodations for:
Sunday September 6th to Monday September 7th click Here at the Base Hotel
Monday September 7th to Wednesday September 9th click Here at the River Hotel
Wednesday September 9th to Friday September 11th click Here at the Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon
Friday September 11th to Saturday September 12th click Here
Our last night, Saturday September 12th to Sunday September 13th click Here
I can promise you, at the end of this you will have logged more consecutive hours of photography in one week than ever before! You won’t want to stop exploring!
Things You’ll Need and Things You’ll Learn
Things you will need to have and know for this workshop:
- A sturdy tripod
- Autumn can sometimes bring interesting weather, and with it some wind, so a sturdy tripod is essential!
- A DSLR, or mirrorless digital camera
- A shutter release cable
- these are essential in capturing tack sharp images
- Filters ~ Discounts on Nisi Filters available for attendees!
- Dont worry! These aren’t essential but certainly beneficial! A polarizing filter is your best friend!
- Specific filters recommended for this workshop:
- CPL or Circular Polarizer
- A 3 Stop ND
- A wide angle lens
- anything in the 12-24mm range will be great! It doesn’t not have to be a ‘fast’ lens, ƒ/4 lenses are fine!
- A mid to long range zoom (28-300, 70-200, 100-400 etc..)
- You will want a range of lenses from wide and fast (14-24mm ƒ/2.8 for example, to at least 200mm)
- Warm clothes, that can be layered as the day time temps can rise to over 50-60º’s and into the 30º’s at night.
- Snacks and water. They are NOT included
- You have to stay fed, and hydrated to be at your sharpest!
- A laptop with Photoshop and Lightroom, I recommend Adobes creative suite!
- You won’t be following along but will want to use some of your time importing, culling and processing your images!
- Plenty of batteries and a charger!
- You dont want to be in the field about to capture one of the most magnificent scenes you’ve laid eyes on and have your battery die!
- Lots of memory cards!
- Like dead batteries, full memory cards that haven’t been ‘dumped’ can really mess up a shoot. So bring extra!
- External drives if you work off of one, or save to one.
- I always advise saving your files to an external, at least as a primary, if not a backup!
- Flashlights and headlamps
- in case were out after dark!
- Sturdy Shoes!
- No broken ankles on this workshop!
- A rain fly for your camera bag and camera!
- A rain Jacket and rain pants
- We might occasionally find ourselves getting a little wet!
- You will want to bring either Neoprene socks, waterproof boots, waders or similar. Oftentimes the best perspective of a waterfall is from standing in the water.
Things you might want:
- Trekking poles
- These are not essential but if you have trouble on uneven ground they can be a life saver. literally! We will be hiking.
- Protect those babies!
- Third party editing software that I use during the post processing workflow
- Helicon Focus (for focus stacking)
- Nik Collection by DXO
What could be covered:
Subject to changes and time constraints at the discretion of the instructor(s)
- Finding a connection to nature
- For me, the most influential and motivating asset to my work is the connection I can have with a location. This connection can make you a better photographer without even knowing it!
- How to make images more interesting, how to make the image tell a story, how to make the image your own!
- When, where, and how to capture it, then how to enhance it!
- Technically, and creatively filters can improve your photography!
- Bracketing & Exposure blending
- How to capture immense dynamic range, bracket, and blend them!
- Needs & wants vs. Reality
- Creative use of foreground, and wide angle distortion
- How to use the distortion to your advantage, and how to lead your viewer in!
- Focus stacking
- How we make every detail as sharp as possible! Using a third party software called Helicon Focus
- Perspective blending
- Blending different focal lengths to achieve a more ‘eye accurate’ perspective
- Other Techniques
- Stretching, perspective change and warping in Photoshop
- Dodging and burning
- Balancing and enhancing light and demanding the viewers attention!
- Web sharpening
- Preparing files to look their best on social media!
- Print Sharpening, and Color profiling!
- How to prepare files for printing!
- Image critique
- This can be done as a group, or individually but is an essential and imperative to growth!
- Long exposures
- Capture the motion of flowing water
- Going with the flow of the aurora!
I took Josh's 2019 Glacier National Park workshop and it was so awesome! I learned much more than I expected in both the field (how to find compositions; how to shoot for photo stacking; how to improve my overall shooting abilities!); and in post processing (with at least 5 hours of direct post processing training). Josh was so attentive and patient, and such an overall great dude! I made some wonderful photographer friends with the other participants. It's amazing how close you can become in such a short period of time when you sleep, eat, and hang out in the same accommodation. Everything about the experience was outstanding. AND, if that's not enough to make you want to take a Josh workshop, let me tell you this. I was struggling to edit one of my photo stacked images after I returned from the workshop. Josh skyped with me, and showed me how to oversome my post processing struggle! He's also been available to advise me on equipment. I can't say enough good things about a Joshua Snow Workshop! I'm looking at his 2020 workshops and plan to do another as soon as I can.Gail Mitchell
There are only a couple of workshop photography instructors that I would consider and there are many out there. I've been following Josh on social media for quite a while. His images besides being beautiful evoke the feeling he experienced of that place in an incredible manner. He is a humble down to earth person and a very cool dude that does not exude an overbearing ego as do some other workshop leaders. When he offered a workshop going to the Redwoods and points along the Oregon coast I knew it was the right workshop for me. I struggle with compositions and want to improve on my post processing. I believed he could help me with both. Josh was extremely generous with his time and focused on spending time with each student helping them with any instruction they needed. He was available at all times and even after the workshop was over to answer any questions. He is a very genuine person that loves the outdoors, photography and helping his students achieve their goal. He did post processing sessions for two of the three days when we came back to the airbnb. He is extremely skilled in the use of Lightroom and Photoshop and records the sessions along with critiques of the students work which he gives to the students to use as a learning tool. These lessons are invaluable! If you are looking for a talented and patient photography mentor to bring your work to the next level you should consider a workshop with Josh. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop so much that I have already signed up for his Glacier National Park workshop in 2020.Chuck Jason
So I just attended my second workshop with Joshua. The class size was small (8 of us) which is perfect. Everyone was getting the attention that they needed. Joshua is a patient instructor who wants to teach what he knows. This particular workshop was for night photography only. The instruction (both in the field and in the classroom) and the locations were amazing and I know that I came away with some great pictures. Once again I look forward to attending another one of his workshops.
I just attended a workshop with Joshua and it was great. The locations he took us to were amazing. For me the best part, as an amateur photographer, was the one-on-one help. I have taken other workshops and did not come away from them with the level of knowledge that I came away from with this one. I can't wait to work with Joshua again.
Had a blast with Josh! 1. He knew amazing places to go. 2. Planned our shoots based on weather to make sure we got the best Scenes 3.Had great advise and tips while shooting 4. His post Processing instruction was on point!Chance Allred
Had such an amazing time at our Death Valley workshop, learned so much from night photography to the actual processing. Joshua is super knowledgeable and I will definitely be coming back for another in the futureJessica Santos
I just got back from an amazing workshop with Joshua Snow! Let me just say the experience far exceeded my expectations. From the site selection to the in-field coaching to the editing sessions after everything was on point. If you want to take your photography to the next level I highly suggest Joshua Snow Photography.Dr. Paul J. Lynch, MD
If you want a great learning experience, you need to take a workshop from Joshua. He has a gift for capturing nature which is unique, and something that not every photographer or artist possess. You can see it in his images, but also in the process he uses, from composition to editing. He is truly talented, I would highly recommend courses with him if you are serious about capture nature in a unique way. Keep up the great work Joshua!Dr. Duane Weenig, DDS
I'd been following Joshua's photography for awhile, but when a move across country landed my wife and I in Moab for a few days, I thought "What a better way to experience these parks than with someone who knows them so intimately?"
Am I glad I did! Joshua was incredibly knowledgeable about where the best light would be at certain times and how to get there. He helped me plan and execute multiple shots, including an EPIC milky way in Arches.
He's very personable, and after 5 minutes of hanging out, felt like you'd known him your whole life! I learned more from my conversations with Joshua on our one day outing than I have in the past 4 months combined about photography.
Highly recommend taking a workshop or solo excursion with Joshua, and hopefully will do so again myself someday.
Josh is THE BEST. I just finished a two day workshop with him, and learned more than I could have imagined. His technical expertise and creativity are beyond measure. He exhibits patience, kindness, and organization through all situations. In the field, it doesn't take long before everyone within earshot recognizes his skill level. Josh was always helpful to everyone that approached. The main reason I recommend Josh is that his work speaks for itself. His talent shines. Under his guidance I was able to capture images I only ever dreamed about. By far this is THE BEST WORKSHOP IN MOAB.Daniel Kinney
Just do it! At the end of April 2017, I participated in Joshua’s Arches and Canyonlands Milky Way and landscape Panorama Workshop and am so glad that I did. I came away with skills, techniques and jaw dropping pictures I am sure to enjoy for decades.
I learned about the workshop a only few weeks before it started and was able to get a slot due to a cancellation, Joshua keeps the group small to ensure lots of personalized attention. Before the workshop, he made sure I had the correct equipment, can you say Nodal bar, and answered all questions I had. Two days before the start he contacted the participants to see if we could start a night early due to weather! It turned out to be a great call as Thursday night was clear and Friday night was cloudy!
Joshua has the technical expertise with the camera and software and the demeanor to teach it in a relaxed way. In the field, he was always there to provide advice, double check setting and triple check the results. In the classroom, he made sure we knew what we were doing and why. I had experience with Lightroom but no time with Photoshop and Joshua took the time explain much of the basics and terminology.
This was my first photography workshop and my expectations were greatly exceeded. If you want to accelerate your skills in an immersive workshop led by a passionate, skilled, National Park and BLM licensed photographer and adventurer then take one of Joshua’s workshops. Furthermore, it is only set of workshops that I am aware of that offers both infield and classroom (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software) sessions.
Just do it and reaps the rewards!
This was my first photography workshop and I am so glad I went with Josh. When I saw he would be conducting it in Death Valley I immediately jumped on the opportunity. It was an intense 3 days so be prepared for little sleep and lots of shooting. It was like an injection of pure creativity which for me was much needed. Josh and his partner, Jesse were able to provide individual attention to each person in the group and they did not hold back on any tips and advice on how to make your images more impactful. If you're on the fence just pull the trigger and sign up, it'll be worth it!Rick laRocca
Had a blast with Josh! 1. He knew amazing places to go. 2. Planned our shoots based on weather to make sure we got the best Scenes 3.Had great advise and tips while shooting 4. His post Processing instruction was on point!Chance Allred
FUN - ADVENTUROUS - INFORMATIVE
I attended Josh's workshop in Death Valley National Park and it was everything I was hoping it would be plus more. First and foremost, Josh is a very personable easy to talk to guy. he truly is there to help you learn and answer all your questions. I've heard some "professional" photographers who run workshops like this are more concerned with getting their pictures than helping you with yours. NOT the case with Josh. Plus, he had a co-lead photography with him, Jesse Moran, who was just as amazing as well. No matter what your having difficulties with on sight he's there to help you get the shot you envisioned and especially with astrophotography(milky way) which he is probably most well known for. Secondly, we covered every possibly location DVNP has to offer. We were always on the move and making the most of our time together. This part was probably the most fun for me because I love adventure. Third, he teaches you all his tricks of the trade to edit milky way shots and more. If you like to have fun, if you like adventure and you want to grow with your photography I would strongly consider doing a workshop with Josh. You won't be disappointed.
Great photographer and great teacher! Josh showed me so much more about photography and after taking the workshop I feel like I’ve improved on a ton even though it was only a couple days with him.Very passionate about photography which is displayed in his teaching. Super nice guy and really knows some great spots. 100% would recommend for a workshop and hope to take another one of his in the future. He helped me a ton with the editing portion as well and now I can finally finish some shots I’ve been intimidated to work with in photoshop. Had an awesome weekend and came away with some great shots. Psyched to go out and shoot and improve on these techniques!Leon Lefebvre
Josh is a passionate and giving photog and a great teacher. I recently attended a workshop with him and what a great experience it was. Josh's local knowledge was key in getting us to the right locations at the right times. Josh is very knowledgeable in PS and shared his common techniques for finishing a great landscape shot. He was always available to answer any questions whether in the field or doing post processing. I've only attended a few other workshops but one thing I definitely appreciated was that when we were out shooting, he was concerned with us getting great shots and answering questions, NOT getting his own shots. His passion for photography and nature is genuine and it shows. If you are thinking of taking a photo workshop in Moab, there is only one choice: Joshua Snow Photography!Dave Ruben
Just do it. I came by Joshua’s website by reading an article he wrote for Really Right Stuffs magazine “Light and Shadow”. I then read his blog, and what impressed me was the passion and dedication he had for his craft. I decided to take the Moab workshop to see if that passion and dedication was real and I can tell you firsthand, it is. We were given choices of locations to shoot, then as a group we voted. The class size was small (ours was five) so personal instruction was good. I didn’t expect to come back with a stunning photo like Joshuas, but I expected to learn how he achieved them. What I came back with were the tools that allows you to achieve those results. The post processing sessions were instructional and good and to get results like his are not easy and are intensive, but in the end, the results are impressive. Joshua promised we would be tired and sore, and he delivered. Great workshop. Take one, you won’t regret it.Dave Niino
I have been attending workshops for photography for over 20 years. I have seen my share of good ones and not so good, but without question, the workshop with Joshua Snow was the best I have ever been to. Please read why: 1) His images are incredible evoking emotions in almost every one. Through his images he demonstrates his knowledge of translating what he sees through his lens to a representation that makes one understand the beauty of nature and our surroundings. 2) The workshop itself was challenging intellectually, artistically, and physically. Josh took us to places where we had the opportunity to create our own once in a lifetime images. If we needed help, advice, or guidance, he was right there to do so. He did not concern himself with capturing his own photos, but rather focused on making sure the participants got the shots they were after. 3) Josh was incredibly generous with his time. He stayed with us at a shoot or in a class until everyone was satisfied and had all their questions answered. He recorded all of his instruction and has given us access to it so we can review the wealth of knowledge he provided. 4) Josh Snow is among the most passionate people I have ever met with respect to photography and the outdoors. He freely shares all of his knowledge about photography, light, capture techniques, processing workflows and tips, and his love of the outdoors in hopes that it enhances our love of the same. He is as genuine a person as you will ever meet; a person you want to learn from, a person you want to share a meal with, a person you want to be around. 5) I learned more about night photography in four days than i have in two years and three previous workshops. He is a patient, complete, and engaging teacher. 6) It is my dream for Joshua Snow to become recognized by the photography community for the amazing photographer and person dedicated to the discipline that he is. I sincerely hope I have the privilege of attending another one of his workshops. If anyone reading this would like to contact me for a conversation about Josh's workshops, I would welcome the opportunity. Josh has my contact information....BruceBruce Blaylock
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