Sean Duggan: Creative Discoveries in Iceland
- Seán Duggan
- June 29 - July 6, 2013
- US $ 7,945
Iceland has so much to offer for photographers, and we’ll make the most of it on this creative and photographic adventure that is limited to a maximum of only five participants.
We’ll explore this beautiful island during some of the longest days of the year with extended periods of sunrise and sunset that lead to many more hours of the “sweet light” than usual. The excellent guides at Focus on Nature (photographers themselves) will take care of all the logistics, track the weather and make sure that we’re at the right places at the perfect times so that we can concentrate totally on creative photography.
This is a country with landscapes that are truly stunning in their vastness and beauty and we’ll have an insider’s view, traveling in 4-wheel drive vehicles that allow us to get off the beaten path, fording streams and rivers as we seek out the hidden places and vistas that are never seen by the casual visitor. We’ll focus our lenses on majestic waterfalls, rocky coastlines, dramatic skies, vast glaciers, icebergs that float in a mirrored lagoon and then are pulled out to sea to crash in the waves and come to rest as ice sculptures on a black sand beach, starkly beautiful lava plains beneath snow-covered volcanoes, boiling geothermal pools and geysers, pristine mountain highlands, rushing rivers and, of course, those beautiful Icelandic horses.
In the times when we are not out photographing, we’ll improve our photography through critique and review sessions of the images we make during the week, discussing what works and what doesn’t and how we can make better photographs. Seán will provide demonstrations of how to improve and enhance your photos using techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop, including combining multiple images to create intriguing composites.
The workshop will begin and end with hands-on digital darkroom sessions that are focused on the needs of the group and designed to help you get the most from your images and take your creativity to the next level.
Check out my video from last summer in Iceland to get a sense of the workshop experience:
On this workshop, you’ll take both your photography and your digital processing skills to the next level.
Here are some of the things we’ll be exploring during the week:
- Hone your sense of framing and composition to create strong image design
- Learn the language of light and how to capture it
- Understand the differences between what you see and what your camera sees
- Master the technical controls on your camera so you can capture the images you want
- Creative use of aperture and shutter speed for crafting unique photos
- Neutral density filters for long exposures (even in the day time!)
- How to shoot and assemble multi-shot panoramas
- How to shoot HDR and process the shots in Lightroom and other programs
- Make your images look their best with essential RAW processing in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw Transforming images with interpretive enhancements in Photoshop
- Create a simple multi-image composite with blend modes and layer masks
- Using Lightroom to sequence your shots and create a presentation of your best images
Suggested Camera & Computer Gear:
- A Digital SLR camera with interchangeable lens capability that can shoot in RAW
- Camera battery charger plus extra batteries
- Plenty of high capacity memory cards
- Lenses to cover a range from wide angle to telephoto
- A sturdy tripod capable of supporting your camera and lens combinations
- A cable release
- A rain sleeve for protecting the camera when shooting near waterfalls
- Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filters,
- A small, compact camera, or your camera phone, for quick, casual shots
- Laptop computer with power charger
- Two external hard drives for image storage and backup
- A fast card reader
- Image processing software. Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 will be used to demo workflow and techniques (Photoshop is optional); If you do not own these programs, both are available as 30-day trial versions.
Remarkable journey in more ways than one.
Stepping out of the familiar world of our daily routines and entering a place so completely different and breathtakingly beautiful, can be a deeply significant creative experience for a photographer. That’s what this trip is all about: journeying to a far off, majestic land for the sole purpose of immersing yourself in your photography and seeking out new creative discoveries.
I hope you’ll join me on this great adventure!