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.
-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.
-Special techniques and social media tips.
Learn to take advantage of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to make your pictures stand out.
-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.
-Personal snacks and drinks if needed.
The minimal skills you need to participate:
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
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!
I had the chance to do a workshop with Phil in July 2020 and it was a great time! Everything went wonderfully: from the organization of the weekend, to the practical courses and workshops planned in our program. Phil was very available, he adapted to everyone's level and helped me progress a lot. He was able to give us a lot of advice and pass on his passion for photography, all in a relaxed and very friendly atmosphere. I will not hesitate to do more workshops with Phil as soon as I get the chance.
I participated in a landscape and Milky Way photography workshop in July 2020 in Zermatt, organized by Phil. This course was very well built: a theory part (with materials provided before the course), explanation and use of Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop softwares and a practical part, with very appreciable personalized support. Phil is a very good instructor, really passionate, it’s a real pleasure. It allowed me to discover my photography gear in a very simple way.
During the lessons, I experienced that Phil has immense skills as a teacher and a photographer. Very passionate about photography, he always finds time for explanations even outside of his Workshops. The photo courses were in a friendly atmosphere with clear and precise explanations, concrete examples as well as practical exercises in order to leave confident for my next photo adventures.
I sincerely recommend photography lessons with Phil Suarez for the technical quality, his patience, kindness and dynamism, his pedagogy adapted to each level. All of this makes photography even more exciting and endless. I will not fail to come back to him to improve myself. Thank you ! 😊☺️
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org