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New Photography Workshops Added for Summer 2016

By Dan

January 21, 2016


I have just added two new photograph workshops for 2016, one in May and one in July. This is in addition to the regular Sunset Photo Safari evening workshops and private custom tours I occasionally lead around Anchorage during the summer months.

If you find yourself with plans to come to Alaska this summer, I’d love to have you join me for one of these outings! If you have questions about of these workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you aren’t able to make it to Alaska, you can still learn from me online, either through my new video course, Outdoor Photography Essentials, or with one-on-one instruction through The Compelling Image. Both include assignments and personal feedback on your work. I also offer a 90-day Mentorship course, which is tailored around your specific needs and goals with photography.

Action Sports and Outdoor Flash Photography Workshop, May 21-22, 2016

During this two-day intensive workshop, you’ll immerse yourself in the outdoors with me and learn techniques for capturing exciting outdoor and action imagery in the field. This is not a classroom-style seminar, you’ll spend the entire time out on the trials, mountain biking and hiking, while hunting for good light until almost midnight under our late evening sunset and shooting a variety of action adventure sports, like hiking biking and trail running.

You’ll learn how to look for and see potentially compelling photo ops while out on location. You’ll learn firsthand how to gauge light, background and subject matter, and how to bring all of the elements together, quickly and efficiently, in order to create a successful, exciting shot. We’ll also practice with off camera flash techniques and see how to add dynamic light to our subjects in order to make them pop.

Run as organically as possible, with one session on mountain bikes, and one spent hiking in the Chugach Mountains, (you can participate in either session or do the full two-day workshop). We’ll all work together and bounce ideas off of each other for maximum collaboration and the best possible outcome in every situation. Everyone will have input, and you’ll even have the chance to lead the group with your own ideas during the exercises.

Click here for more info.

Midnight Sun Glacier Overnight Photography Workshop, July 15-17, 2016

The key to great photography is great light, and in the summertime in Alaska, this means staying up late. REALLY late. During this special three-day outdoor photography workshop, you’ll have the unique opportunity tocamp outside in the heart of the Chugach Mountains and photograph glacier landscapes under the midnight sun. 

You’ll also have the chance to shoot a few aerial photos of the massive Knik Glacier from the helicopter that will fly us out to our camping spot by Lake George and the Colony Glacier. Also, you’ll have the chance to kayak around the lake and see the icebergs from an amazing, intimate vantage point.

Starting with a Friday evening photo presentation designed to prepare you for the subject matter and conditions we’ll encounter during the next two days. You then spend the night in a rustic cabin perched on the hillside above the wide open Knik River valley.

Then, on Saturday, we’ll all fly out to our location and spend the entire day and evening in the company of massive icebergs that have calved off from the terminus of Colony Glacier. In addition to being able to photograph these incredible icebergs from a relatively close vantage point, you’ll have the chance to see them and then surrounding mountain landscape in the best possible light of the day.

Our camping guide service will provide all of the necessary camping gear and meals, as well as a selection of sea kayaks which you can use to explore the ice up close. The kayaks are very stable and they have a comfortable seat and a large cockpit, so they’re easy to paddle. This could easily be one of the highlight of the trip!

You might have seen some of my aerials and glacier photos, well this is where I shoot many of them. This is one of my favorite places to go in my little yellow bush plane. I’ve been out here during magic hour, and in the middle of the night when the quality of the light is blue and yet there’s still enough light to continue shooting, and I can tell you that it’s simply magical.

I’m really looking forward to this one and I hope you can join me. Click here for more info.

About the author

Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 20+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.


As a top rated blogger and author my goal is to help you become a better, more confident and competent photographer, so that you can have as much fun and creative enjoyment as I do.

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Terry Bourk

I have read you new book “Behind the Landscape.” I could not “put it down” meaning that I kept at it because each photo you presented/analyzed was interesting and informative. I am trying to develop an eye for composition (both the scene and the light).

Thank you! The examples you present and the suggestions are very helpful. Purple Mountains, McKinley River and Wonder Lake are fascinating.


Roger Sinclair

You have done it again! Another triumph.

Your generosity to share, the clarity of thought and concise explanation thereof is brilliant. Perhaps I should also mention the beautiful photos and the talent necessary to produce them.

Thank you, Dan.