Photo Workshop Itinerary
This Lake Superior photography workshop combines classroom time with field work and a final image review. You’ll learn photography techniques for capturing waterfalls. There’s plenty of time for one-on-one instruction with the small group size.
Friday: Friday starts with an optional add-on class in the morning about Just the Basics of photography. While there may be some overlap between the Just the Basics class and the evening presentation, if you’re new to photography, it’s worth attending both. For participants who choose to arrive on Thursday or Friday morning, an optional afternoon outing starts at 1pm. We’ll meet in the conference room to organize car pooling before heading out. We usually use this time to photograph one of many smaller and seldom visited waterfalls on the north shore. Everyone meets at 6PM for introductions and a classroom presentation that presents techniques for successfully capturing north shore waterfalls.
Saturday: The day starts early with a morning session on the Lake Superior shoreline photographing the sunrise. Then we break for breakfast which is available in the lobby or on your own. I recommend the South of the Border cafe for inexpensive, filling and great food! We’ll assemble after breakfast and then head back out into the field for a full-day adventure photographing waterfalls. Where we go depends on water levels and the lighting. I’ll put us on the best waterfalls at the best times in the right light to capture them. We’ll come back to the Grand Marais before dinner.
Sunday: We assemble before sunrise in the lobby to head out for a sunrise photography session and stay in the field until mid-morning. The goal is to photograph a “secret” waterfall that past workshops said was one of their favorite waterfalls. This is one of those waterfalls that very few people know about. Breakfast is available in the lobby or on your own. It’s fun to head to the S.O.B. for a group breakfast. After breakfast we meet up for a classroom presentation on processing your images to maximize image flow and an image review and processing suggest session. The workshop ends at 1pm. There’s an optional add-on Night Photography Session on Sunday night.
Because photography is a changing art form and because I often change my approach to photography, my topics and slideshows change every year. So, if you’re repeating this workshop or others, you’ll see differences in the slideshows, topics and teaching approaches. For this Lake Superior photography workshop, the topic are:
- How to photograph waterfalls
- The emotional impact of differing shutter speeds
- The theory behind composition, compositional elements and techniques
- Balance and image flow
- Exposure and using the histogram in the field to maximize digital data captured
- Understanding filter usage
Our lodging partner for this workshop is Aspen Lodge in Grand Marais, Minnesota. During this Lake Superior photography workshop, we’ll start our days in the lobby, and we use the lodge’s meeting room for our classroom sessions. The lodge offers a free continental-style breakfast, a pool, hot tub and sauna. I have rooms blocked for the workshop and you’ll receive a 10% discount when staying there. To book your room, call 218-387-2500 or 800-247-6020. There are adjacent properties for budget-minded photographers as well. The owner is a photographer as well and has attended one of my workshops.
Required Photography Equipment
You’ll receive a comprehensive participant package upon registration. It will detail the required and suggested equipment.
When final payment is due, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for two optional add-on classes. On Friday morning, I’ll run a Just the Basics Class, which will cover manual camera settings and other topics in-depth. I’ll also either run a Lightroom Class on Monday or a Night Photography Class on Sunday Night.