Spring Waterfall Photography Workshop on Lake Superior


In April, the winter’s snow pack melts off of the Minnesota highland surrounding Lake Superior and rushes down narrow canyons and over hundreds of waterfalls. The waterfalls thunder, the ground shakes and it feels like life reborn. No other time of the year allow for the dynamic photography of waterfalls along Lake Superior like spring does. Join me for a Spring Waterfall Photography Workshop on Lake Superior. During the workshop, we’ll visit many dramatic waterfalls along the north shore, photograph the sunrise over Lake Superior and you’ll learn how to capture stunning images and improve your photography.



  • April 27 to 29, 2018

Cost: $379 (A $190 non-refundable deposit required at registration. The remainder is due 60 days before the workshop.)


This event is in cooperation with and under a Special Use Permit from  U.S.  Forest Service, Gunflint Ranger District.

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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.

Teaching Topics

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

Lodging Partner

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.


Additional information

Max Participants



This workshop is for all levels of photographers and works best for photographers using digital cameras

What's Included

Quality small group and one-on-one instruction. Conference room for classroom time. Free continental breakfast. Fun!

What's Not Included

Transportation to Grand Marais and photography locations. Car pooling is highly recommended. Lodging. Meals except for breakfast which is provided by the lodge.

Lodging Partner

Aspen Lodge in Grand Marais, MN is the lodging partner for this workshop. It is on the east side of Grand Marais across the street from a popular restaurant, My Sister’s Place. Aspen Lodge offers views of Artist’s Point, the East Bay and the Coast Guard Station. It has a giant whirlpool spa, a sauna and a pool. It’s within walking distance of downtown. When making your reservation, ask for a “Bryan Hansel Photography” room. Ask if there is a discount. Call 800-247-6020 to make your room reservations.

Getting There

Grand Marais, Minnesota is 110 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota on Highway 61. Duluth boasts a small international airport. It’s 260 miles north of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has an international airport that also acts as a regional hub. Grand Marais is 128 kilometers south of Thunder Bay, Ontario on Highway 61. Thunderbay has a small airport. Car rentals are available at the airports.


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