The Fall Colors Photography Workshop
Master The Art of Fall Colors And Stream Photography This September

Hands-On Digital Photography Workshop With William Hurst

The two-day Fall Colors Photography Workshop is designed to help you maximize the potential of your digital photography equipment and master effective techniques for capturing the beauty of Duluth’s most colorful season. You’ll explore some amazing locations with vibrant fall colors and get exclusive one-on-one training with Duluth native and professional photographer – Bill Hurst.

This small group, all-inclusive workshop gives you direct access to professional techniques and workflows that will help elevate your winter landscape photography skills. You’ll hone your camera setup for fall colors and stream photography, master the key elements of composition, and learn new techniques to help enhance your fall photography adventures.


Create Stunning Images And Wow Your Friends

Fall Colors Photography Workshop Details:

Early Bird Price > $349 per person – NO ADDED TAXES OR FEES (increases to $399 on August 31st)
Date > Saturday, September 28th & Sunday, September 29th
Duration > 15 hours over 2 days – one full day of on-location shooting and a half day in the classroom editing images
Meeting Location > Pickup and Drop-off at the Fitger’s Complex in Downtown Duluth
Timing (Day 1) > Pickup at the Fitger’s Complex at 6:30AM and returning at approx. 2pm for a mid day break | then we’ll head out at 4:30pm for our sunset shoot and return by approximately 7:30PM
Timing (Day 2) > Adobe Lightroom Session begins at 9:00AM and ends at 12:00PM
All-Inclusive > One-on-one instruction, transportation, coffee, lunch (day 1), snacks, hot cocoa, bottled water, and lots of fun
Lunch > Our friends at Toasty’s are providing lunch on Saturday (included with your registration)
Maximum Participants > This workshop is limited to a maximum of 8 people
Minimum Age > 13, under 18 accompanied by an adult/guardian
Difficulty > There is some light off-trail hiking on slippery and uneven surfaces – see the additional workshop information below

Workshop Highlights:

The Fall Colors Photography Workshop is the perfect learning opportunity for amateur photographers of all levels interested in improving their skills. We time the excursion to take advantage of the best light, linger in picturesque locations and truly capture the essence of the changing seasons. Anyone with an interest in photography and a passion for the outdoors is going to benefit from this workshop. We’ll pick you up at the Fitger’s Complex in Downtown Duluth and set off to multiple locations where you’ll get one-on-one instruction on digital photography techniques including the use of natural light, tripods, shutter releases, and lens filters. You’ll spend time learning how to enhance your images to make the vibrant colors “pop” and slowing things down to capture the motion of flowing water along our wooded streams.

Workshop Itinerary:

Day 1 Itinerary > Saturday begins with an early-morning sunrise shoot in Canal Park to capture the wondrous interplay of the rising sun, surface reflections and image composition. We’ll explore multiple, hand-picked locations that showcase the scenic beauty of our fall landscape throughout the day and get one-on-one instruction with William. We’ll stop at Hoops Brewing for lunch from our friends at Toasty’s and take a short mid-day break. In the evening, we’ll set off for more adventure and finish the day with a sunset shoot in Jay Cooke State Park during the “golden-hour”.

Day 2 Itinerary > On Sunday, we’ll sit down to learn tools and tips for organizing, editing, and finishing your images during a three-hour Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop classroom session. William will share his workflows and unique approach to creating print-worthy images. You’ll have time to work on your images from the previous day’s adventure and finish an image that will be transformed into a 12″ x 18″ print so you can showcase your new skills and wow your friends.

Still have questions? Email us for more information.

What Our Guests Are Saying:

"Bill gave each of us the help we needed to create beautiful images. I would totally do this again!"
"Bill gave each of us the help we needed to create beautiful images. I would totally do this again!"

St. Louis River Fall Colors

Additional Details:

Group Size > Our groups are limited to 8 people. This small group size provides flexibility in our plans if interesting and unexpected photographic opportunities present themselves and allows us to work with each participant to provide complete, informative, and content-rich instruction.

Fitness Level > There will be some short hikes over uneven terrain but most photo locations will be within sight of our tour bus. We ask that you dress for the weather (see below) and bring appropriate footwear for some off-trail exploration.

Transportation > Transportation to all the field locations is included. Our pickup and drop off point is on Superior Street in front of the Fitger’s Inn (here’s a map).

Weather > Rainy conditions can create some very interesting and diffused lighting situations that create unique photographic opportunities that you won’t have on a sunny day. If the weather conditions pose a danger to the group we will reschedule the workshop.

What to Wear > Please watch the weather forecast and prepare appropriately. We have plenty of room for you, your photo equipment and a backpack with supplies. Bring a rain coat and perhaps rain pants if there is a chance of rain. Dress in layers so you can add or remove them as appropriate. Please wear hiking boots or trail shoes.

What to Bring > Bring your camera (DSLR is required – no point-and-shoots), tripod, lenses, shutter release, and a neutral density filter. PLEASE BRING AN EXTA BATTERY FOR YOUR CAMERA AND YOUR BATTERY CHARGER! Bring a backpack with extra gear, a bottle of water, and some light snacks. Pack a notebook and pens/pencils for note taking.

Food > Lunch is included on Saturday as part of the workshop and we will have complimentary snacks and water on board the bus.

Sunday Classroom Session > Sunday morning’s classroom session will cover important concepts and techniques for organizing, cataloguing, editing, and finishing your photographs using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. We recommend that you bring a laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop desktop applications installed to make the most of this session. William will share his workflow processes and provide your with crucial photo finishing techniques to make the most of your images.

Image Print > Each participant will receive a 12″ x 18″ print as part of the workshop. Images will be printed and mailed to each individual after the workshop.

Cancelation Policy: You will receive a full refund if your tickets are cancelled more than 14 days ahead if time. There is a 50% refund if cancelled between 14 and 7 days before the workshop. There is no refund if you cancel with fewer than 7 days before the workshop. However, if we are able to fill your spot from our waiting list, you will receive a full refund.

Still have questions? Email us for more information.

A Message from William

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William Hurst
Owner: William Hurst Photography
Duluth, MN

I’ve enjoyed a passion for photography for over 25 years. A few years ago, I started my own my own freelance photography business in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota. I’m a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. In 2015, I was humbled to be the recipient of a McKnight Foundation Award for a Landscape Photography Exhibition I created in Duluth. Landscape photography is where my heart and soul find inspiration! I love getting outside in nature. I enjoy living close the the BWCAW, and photographing the Wilderness. Clean water and free flowing rivers are such an integral part of my life. Luckily, there are many along Lake Superior’s North Shore and within the City of Duluth.

Whether I’m instructing Photography Workshops for The Duluth Experience or instructing Portage Pack building at The North House Folk School in Grand Marais, I love when my students get excited about what they’re doing, and gain intrinsic motivation to spend time in the outdoors.

I’m excited to partner with The Duluth Experience again this year and bring my passion and knowledge of photography to highlight one of Duluth’s most incredible spectacles – the beautiful transition of the seasons. 2017 will be my fourth year of working with The Duluth Experience on the Fall Colors Photography Workshop. It’s something I look forward to every year and I really enjoy working with all the people that attend. It’s fun to hear everyone’s stories and take in some of the best scenery that Duluth has to offer.

The fall colors in Duluth are amazing, and we will showcase their beauty with some of the rivers located in the heart of Duluth. I will help you become more proficient at long exposures and show you how to “smooth out” the water. We will cover the which, when, why, how, and what filters to use to get more “pop” out of your photos. It is required that you have a tripod and a DSLR style camera for this workshop – no camera phones or point-and-shoot cameras please. I would also recommend a neutral density filter (aka ND filter) preferably around 4-8, but they are not necessary. The same goes for graduated filters – they are recommended, but not required.

Thanks for your interest in the workshop! I hope to see you in September.