Lake Superior Winter Photography Workshop


In February, Lake Superior starts to freeze. Thick sheets of pack ice get pushed up onto the shore making a maze of blue ice to walk through. This ice also makes an interesting subject to photograph — the deep blue of the ice contrasts with the splash of color during the sunrise and sunset, which occurs out over the lake each day. Combine the unique shore ice with all-day-long, golden-hour light, sea fog and open water, and you have the conditions for award winning photography. Join me on Lake Superior for one of my Winter Photography Workshops and capture stunning images of the big lake in a season when most people stay away.


  • Jan 31 to Feb 4, 2018
  • Feb 23 to 25, 2018

Cost –

  • Jan 31 to Feb 4: $699 Non-refundable deposit of $350 is due at signup. The remainder is due the first week of January.
  • Feb 23 to 25: $379. Non-refundable deposit of $190 is due at signup. The remainder is due the first week of January.

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

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The itinerary is subject to change and will vary based on which workshop you attend.

Classroom Presentations

  • Camera Basics and Setting: Start the workshop with a bang and learn about everything that goes into creating a good exposure, how shutter speed and aperture combine to create not only the correct exposure but also four distinctly different types of image styles. Learn how ISO and filters can control how motion looks in your images, how to use white balance creatively and where and how to focus to make sure that everything from the foreground to the background is in sharp focus. You’ll also learn how to overcome your camera’s limitations by using filters.
  • Filters: Filters change your images in two important ways: 1) they help overcome the limitations of your sensor, 2) they transform the image. We’ll discuss both types of changes as well as when you might want to make those changes. I’ll show many examples on how to use the filters and what effects they do. We’ll cover: Neutral Density Graduated Filters, Neutral Density Filters and Polarizers.
  • The Elements of Composition: Composition is the make or break of photography. You can master filters, aperture, shutter speed and every other part of your camera, but without the right composition the image falls flat. Photographer Edward Weston said, “Good composition is merely the strongest way of seeing.” And as photographers we must learn how to see in the strongest possible way. During this workshop, you’ll learn the strongest way of seeing.
  • Bold Lightroom Editing (Jan 31 to Feb 4 only): The development sliders and adjustment tools in Adobe Lightroom tell only half the story and in some cases not even the important part of the image processing story. The more important side of editing is recognizing what the images need. During this presentation, you’ll learn not only about the sliders and adjustment tools, but also how to boldly approach image processing to maximize the visual impact through emphasizing the flow and reducing flow interruptions. Following the presentation, we’ll work on images made during the workshop.

Jan 31 to Feb 4

  • Day 1: Sunrise at Artist’s Point. Break until noon. Classroom time. Sunset near Grand Marais.
  • Day 2: Sunrise at a nearby location. Breakfast break. Classroom until noon. Explore a river canyon. Sunset on Lake Superior.
  • Day 3: Sunrise to sunset in the field with breaks for breakfast and a classroom presentation. Optional activities such as dog sledding may be available for an extra fee and based on availability.
  • Day 4: Sunrise on Lake Superior. Breakfast. Explore the Gunflint Trail area until sunset. We may eat lunch in the field or dine at one of the lodges on the Gunflint Trail.
  • Day 5: Sunrise on Lake Superior. Breakfast and checkout. Image review after checkout until 1pm

Feb 23 to 25

  • Day 1: Free optional afternoon session from 1 to sunset. Classroom from 6 to 8pm. Optional 9 to 12 session on using Adobe Lightroom may be available (extra charge).
  • Day 2: Sunrise to sunset in the field. Break for breakfast and a hour long classroom session. Explore a river canyon. Sunrise and sunset on Lake Superior.
  • Day 3: Sunrise on Lake Superior. Breakfast and checkout. Image review until 1pm. Option night photography session available for an additional fee (minimum of three participants required).

Additional Information

  • Maximum number of participants: 10
  • Level: This workshop is for all levels of photographers and works best for photographers using digital cameras
  • What’s included in the workshop fee: Quality small group and one-on-one instruction. Conference room for classroom time. Fun!
  • What’s not included in the workshop fee: Transportation to Grand Marais and photography locations. Carpooling 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. Ask for discounts if available. The conference room and lobby is on the second floor. Call 800-247-6020 to make your room reservations. I have a room block set aside that releases to the public 30 days before the workshop. After that rooms are subject to availability.
  • Getting to Grand Marais: 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. Thunder Bay has a small airport. Car rentals are available at the airports.
  • Weather: The average temps are 10°F for lows and 28°F for highs. The records are -34°F and 58°F. Count on snow on the ground and ice.
  • Equipment list: You will receive a full equipment list and 50+ page participant package after registration. The package will discuss equipment options, photography techniques and more.
  • Registration and Cancellation Policies


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