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Lofoten In Winter Photo Tour

An archipelago of islands scattered between icy fjords and ocean beaches, punctuated by snow covered mountains and fishing villages, Lofoten in winter is a truly magical place.

In late February, the islands are blanketed with fresh snow and breath-taking views are everywhere you look. With the low arctic sun offering fantastic light almost the whole day – including long sunrises and sunsets – Lofoten really is a photographer’s paradise. With coastline on both the north and south sides, the geography of the islands offers many different angles and locations to shoot at different times of day. Wherever you are, there is always a backdrop of dramatic snowy peaks.

We base our workshop at the iconic red cabins on the island of Hamnøy with each participant having their own private room. From there we explore the area taking in the most iconic views; the village of Reine surrounded by fjords and mountains, the rocky beach at Uttakleiv and the wind-blasted beach of Skagsanden. We will photograph the mountain views across the nearby fjords at Vareid, Ramburg and Flakstad, as well as reacting to the weather to find interesting compositions.

After a fresh snowfall, every location is subtly changed; frozen tide lines form at the edge of the sea and the twisted ice formations in the frozen parts of the fjords reveal streams of blue water that contrast with bright white snow.

At this latitude and this time of year we have an excellent chance of seeing the beautiful aurora, a sight that you really have to experience to truly appreciate its beauty. While it is impossible to guarantee that we will definitely see it, we can promise that if it does appear, we will wake you up. Our central location means we can be at any number of perfect vantage points to shoot the Aurora very quickly. Even if we are not blessed with an appearance of the northern lights, shooting the night sky in Lofoten is a treat due to its low levels of light pollution.

All our workshops are designed to ensure that you can focus on photography while we take care of everything else. Airport transfers, ideally located and comfortable accommodation and all dinners are all part of the package. The tour is structured to maximise your opportunities to get great images whilst improving your skills as a photographer. We use all our experience and knowledge to get you to some of Lofoten’s most beautiful locations in the best light. On location we are on-hand to provide as much support, advice or guidance as you want. Having three professional photography guides helps us to ensure that each participant gets plenty of one-to-one tuition and allows us to better tailor each session to your needs. Because of this we can accept a range of experience levels from beginners to professionals and comfortably cater to each.

Experience
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers. Almost all of the locations are accessible by car.

Included
- Landscape photography and shooting in unforgettable winter locations
- Three professional photographers and guides who know the area
- Local transportation in snow equipped vehicles to and from the location
- Post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop
- All accommodation in your own room in one of the most picturesque cabins in the area
- Dinners provided (not breakfast or lunch)
- Airport pick up and drop off

Excluded
- Flights
- Insurance
- Breakfast and lunch

Itinerary
Full itineraries and workshop details can be found on our website. Below is a list of some of the locations visited on the workshop.

Our base is at the iconic red fishermen's cabins (rurbu) on the island of Hamnøy, and overlooking the stunning Reinefjord. Our itinerary is flexible and which day we visit each particular location will be decided depending on the weather and conditions. We will however ensure that we visit all of the locations listed below. At this time of year sunrise is around 7h35 and sunset around 17h00 with long periods of golden and blue hour during which we can shoot.

- Hamnøy
- Reine and Sakrisøy
- Uttakleiv and Haukland beaches on Vestvågøya Island
- Fredvang Islands and Volandstind
- Ramburg, Flakstad and Skagsanden beach
- Nusfjord and Tennvatnet peaks
- Vareid
- Flakstadpollen

WHAT WE DO (AND WHAT WE WANT YOU TO GET FROM OUR WORKSHOPS)

Our aim is to take you to beautiful locations and give you every opportunity to get great images while improving your technique over the course of the workshop. From the beginning of your time with us we’ll aim to identify your photographic level and what you’d like to focus on, which combined with having three professional photography tutors allows us to tailor the workshop to your precise needs and provide each participant with plenty of one-to-one tuition both in the field and in the post processing sessions.

We also believe that having shooting sessions throughout the day means that participants get into a shooting rhythm and can quickly put into practice new skills as they are learned. We carefully select the dates of our workshops to try and make sure we are in each location at the best time of year. In Lofoten for example late February means that there’s still fresh snow covering the islands and long twilights with great light for quite a few hours in the day. There’s also a very good chance of seeing the aurora, although sadly it’s impossible to guarantee.

Our timetable is highly flexible and having a number of fantastic locations all very close to our base of accommodations means we can adapt to the weather and go where the conditions are best for shooting. This adaptability also extends to the post processing sessions. We believe that editing is an integral part of getting the absolute best out of an image but we understand that the range of participant’s skill levels and familiarity with post processing techniques varies greatly. Because of this we once again make the most of having three tutors to provide editing sessions in the afternoon that can potentially range from the basics of editing a RAW file in programs like Lightroom to more complex techniques like using layers and luminosity masks in Photoshop.

Finally, we want to share with you our passion for nature and landscape photography in this incredible place. We aim to make your experience here in the beautiful landscape of Lofoten a memorable one and a trip from which, as well as getting some great images from amazing locations, you’ll also go home having had a true adventure with great company in a very special place.

SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES COVERED IN THIS WORKSHOP

IN THE FIELD:

-Understanding the light and choosing the best exposure
-Composition. Balance and harmony, leading lines and creating depth.
-Lens choice. From the wide-angle vista to shooting landscape abstracts with a telephoto lens
-Long exposures for blurring moving water and clouds and using neutral density filters
-Shooting the night sky (and the aurora if we're lucky)
-Shooting multiple image panoramas
-Controlling light in scenes with a wide dynamic range using graduated filters and/or multiple exposures
-Photographing snow
-Shooting in the blue hour and overcast weather

PROCESSING:

-Using Lightroom to apply contrast
-Using Photoshop layers to build up image adjustments
-Photoshop masks for local adjustments
-Using luminosity masks in Photoshop
-Different techniques for blending multiple exposures of the same image
-Using Nik Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex and Adobe Camera RAW on Photoshop layers
-Sharpening images

For more information on the workshop, please see our website, download the PDFs or contact us

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