Landscape and night photography workshop – Grimselwelt/Furka pass, July 3-4th 2021

Landscape and night photography workshop

Grimselwelt / Furka pass – July 3-4th 2021

You are new into photography and you want to take beautiful landscape and astrophotography pictures, this in a wonderful mountain environment? Then this workshop is for you!

In a small group (max 4 participants, beginner/intermediate level), you will learn the different aspects of landscape and night photography. This includes planning, general settings, composition, panorama (photo merge), long exposures and basic post processing workflow. The course is given in English and/or in French, but I can deal with German for Q&A. The distances covered will be short and accessible, it is not a trek but indeed a photography workshop.

We will stay and enjoy quality time at the wonderful Hotel Grimsel Hospiz. It is located in a very special place close to the border of the cantons of Valais and Bern. This historical monument will be the perfect place to start exploring the Grimselwelt, the Rhône glacier and the Furkastrasse region.

There will be few transportations needed and my vehicle will be used for that purpose.

What you will learn

-How to prepare for your shoot.
-Camera and lens overview.
-Camera exposure settings for optimal imagery.
-A general environment/geographic information so you can easily understand what to shoot and what to take care about.
-How to shoot great landscape/nature and astrophotography images respecting the composition rules, panorama (merged images) and long exposures.
-Post-processing overview.
-Special techniques and social media tips.

Learn to take advantage of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to make your pictures stand out.

What you will need

-A DSLR or mirrorless camera that can perform in Manual (M) Mode (and its user manual, if available).
-A WIDE angle lens that is at least 24mm.
-A sturdy tripod.
-Shutter release or intervalometer.
-At least 2 fully charged camera batteries and 32GBs of memory card storage.
-Laptop with access to Lightroom Classic and Photoshop (Adobe Creative Cloud – 30 day free trial at Adobe.com).
-Warm clothes and good outdoor shoes.
-Headlamp.
-Personal snacks and drinks if needed.

The minimal skills you need to participate:

Photography level - beginner to intermediate
25%
Physical condition - walk and carry your gear
20%
IT skills - know how to use a computer and load apps
25%
Personality - photography, apéro and humour enthousiast
90%

Schedule

Saturday, July 3rd 2021
11.00am – meet and greet at the Hotel Grimsel Hospiz (BE)
11.15am – welcome speech and administrative duties
12.00am – lunch
1.00pm – introduction and theoretical part
3.00pm – landscape pictures
7.00pm – dinner at the Hotel Grimsel Hospiz
8.30pm – sunset and night photo session
1.00am – sleep

Sunday, July 4th 2021
5.30am – wake up, cry and go for sunrise photo session (optional)
8.00am – breakfast
9.00am – editing / post production
12am – lunch
1pm – editing / post production
3.30pm – publication / social media and Q&A
5.00pm – end of the workshop

Why taking part of my workshops?

While I’m a passionate photographer, I always enjoyed teaching and sharing my knowledge. Over the past years I’ve worked with dozens of photographers. I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally. My goal is to guide you in creating original images while helping you to compose and imagine the final image before you hit the shutter. I also make sure that you won’t have to worry about the itinerary or safety.

These workshops are for anyone and everyone who wants to improve their photography skills. They are unique in the sense that I always stay with the group providing one-on-one instruction and critique. When I am shooting, it is with the aim of sharing ideas and thoughts as the light changes or the project evolves. You will learn about my entire process for creating powerful and dramatic images starting with where to shoot and why. We will dig into how to master composition, understand gear, light as well as image processing in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Take one of my workshops and you will come home not only with beautiful photos, but a deeper understanding for creating remarkable works of art. All the logistics will be handled, all you have to do is show up, shoot and have fun!

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Pricing and conditions

Participation at this workshop costs 750.- chf. This fare includes one night in a double room (single room is possible upon disponibility plus extra fee) at the Hotel Grimsel Hospiz (BE), with dinner and breakfast. This includes an intensive course and an exclusive 3-part photography manual. The snacks, drinks and eventual insurance are at the expense of the participants.

Reservations must be made 5 days in advance. It is mandatory to pay before the course to validate the inscription (IBAN – CH95 0024 0240 2013 2329 Y; UBS; Philippe Suarez). The workshop will take place whatever the weather conditions are, except natural disaster situation, only in this case, the workshop will be postponed to a new date.

Participants of this workshop benefit from a 15% reduction on gear renting (lens, tripod, filters etc…) at the photography shop Profot SA in Renens, VD. I will provide a voucher upon reservation.

Any questions or requests, contact me : contact@philsuarez.com

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