North Shore Winter Photography Workshop
Explore The Art And Adventure of Winter Photography

Master Your Digital Photography Skills

The 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 unique ice formations and learn to capture the interplay of ice and light with Duluth native and professional photographer Bill Hurst. Bill’s one-on-one instruction gives you direct access to professional techniques that will help elevate your winter landscape photography skills.

One-On-One Instruction With Bill Hurst

Winter Photography Workshop Details:

Price > $279 per person – NO ADDED TAXES OR FEES
Date > Dates vary a little each year – see the listing above for specific dates
Duration > Approximately 8 hours
Meeting Location > Pickup and Drop-off at the Fitger’s Complex in Downtown Duluth
Start Time > Pickup at the Fitger’s Complex at 6:30AM
End Time > Return to the Fitger’s Complex at approximately 2:30PM
All-Inclusive > One-on-one instruction, transportation, lunch, snacks, hot cocoa, bottled water, and lots of fun
Lunch > Vanilla Bean Restaurant is providing lunch (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 > We will be doing some light off-trail hiking on sometimes slippery and uneven surfaces – see additional details below

Workshop Highlights:

The North Shore Winter 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, explore picturesque locations, and truly capture the essence of winter along the 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 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. During the last hour of the workshop you’ll sit down for an amazing lunch from Vanilla Bean Restaurant and a beer from Castle Danger Brewing Company and learn some basic photo editing skills using Adobe Lightroom. This is an all-inclusive experience with Bill as your guide!

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!"

winter sunrise on lake superior

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 helpful instruction.

Fitness Level: This workshop entails short hikes over uneven terrain where snow and ice may be 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).

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 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 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. Optionally, bring your laptop with a copy of Adobe Lightroom installed so you can play along during the editing module.

Battery Charging: We will have a charging station on the bus so you can charge your batteries. We highly recommend that you bring multiple batteries… a critical piece of equipment – especially for winter photography.

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.

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? Contact us for more information.

A Message from William

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.

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