Master Your Digital Photography Skills
The two-day North Shore Winter Photography Workshop is designed to help you maximize the potential of your digital photography equipment and master effective techniques for capturing the beauty of the North Shore’s winter landscape. You’ll explore scenic locations with stunning ice formations and learn to capture the interplay between lakeshore ice and natural light 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 winter photography, master the key elements of composition, and learn new techniques to help enhance your winter photography adventures.
Small Group, Professional One-On-One Instruction
Winter Photography Workshop Details:
Early Bird Price > $349 per person – NO ADDED TAXES OR FEES (increases to $399 on January 1st)
Date > Saturday, February 2nd & Sunday, February 3rd
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, return by approximately 6:00PM
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 The Vanilla Bean Restaurant 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
The North Shore Winter Photography Workshop is the perfect learning opportunity for amateur photographers of all levels who are interested in improving their skills. We time the excursion to take advantage of the best light, explore picturesque locations, and truly capture the essence of winter along Lake Superior’s North Shore. Anyone with an interest in photography and a passion for the outdoors is going to benefit from this workshop. We’ll pick you up on Saturday morning 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 essentials of image composition, the use of natural light, tripods, shutter releases, and lens filters.
Day 1 Itinerary > Saturday begins with an early-morning sunrise shoot along the shores of Lake Superior to capture the wondrous interplay of the rising sun and the amazing ice formations that stack up along the shoreline. We’ll explore multiple, hand-picked locations that showcase the scenic beauty of our winter landscape throughout the day and get one-on-one instruction with William. We’ll stop for lunch at Castle Danger Brewing Company and enjoy a wonderful meal from our friends at The Vanilla Bean Restaurant. In the afternoon, we’ll set off for more adventure and finish the day with a sunset shoot during the “golden-hour”.
Day 2 Itinerary > On Sunday, you’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.
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Additional Workshop Information:
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 > This workshop entails short hikes over uneven terrain where snow and ice are present. Although most photo locations will be within sight of our tour bus, we encourage you to prepare for being outdoors for 1 to 2 hours at a time. We ask that you dress for the weather (see below) and bring appropriate footwear for some off-trail exploration. The bus will always be available for warming up if you get cold.
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).
Locations > William and The Duluth Experience Team will be monitoring snow and ice conditions at a variety of our favorite photography locations along Lake Superior’s North Shore. The final site list may change but will likely include: Brighton Beach, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Stoney Point, and other locations along The North Shore.
Weather > Snowy conditions can result in some very interesting and diffused lighting situations that create unique photographic opportunities that you won’t have on a sunny day. However, if our team determines that the weather conditions pose a danger to the group we will reschedule the workshop and/or provide a refund.
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 and extra gear. Bring a warm winter coat and snow pants. Gloves and a warm winter hat are a must! Dress in layers so you can add or remove them as appropriate. Please wear winter boots that are suitable for hiking. We also highly recommend that you bring ice traction cleats to provide extra traction on the ice.
What to Bring > Bring your camera (DSLR is required – no point-and-shoots), tripod, lenses, shutter release, and a polarized 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.
Battery Charging > We will have a charging station in the adventure van so you can charge your batteries. We highly recommend that you bring multiple batteries. Extra batteries are a critical piece of equipment – especially when shooting in cold conditions.
Food > A delicious box lunch from the Vanilla Bean Restaurant is included as part of the workshop. Click here to view our current Vanilla Bean menu. Substitutions for special dietary needs are available by request.
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. However, a computer is not required. 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.
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A Message from William
Owner: William Hurst Photography
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.
Thanks for your interest in the workshop! I hope to see you this winter.