NEW : Faroe Islands
21 - 27 Sep 2023 : 3 Places Available
21 – 27 Sep 2023
The Faroe Islands are one of the most spectacular, and undiscovered photographic locations on earth. The Faroes are a group of 18 islands in the middle of the Gulf stream in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Scotland. They are isolated and untouched, a well-hidden gem of unspoilt nature, fascinating sights and raw beauty.
The character of the islands attests to their volcanic origin, they are rocky and rugged and wherever you go you will see towering cliffs, stacks, gushing waterfalls and rocky beaches. In between, you‘ll find fascinating small villages, many of them still maintaining the old traditional houses with a turf (grass) roof.
The locations we will visit are straight have been plucked from a fairy tale. For instance, the largest lake in the Faroes is Sørvágsvatn. The surface of the lake is about 40m above sea level, but just ten meters away from the lake is a 100-meter cliff rising straight from the sea. A sight to behold.
We will be shooting amazing cliffs, beaches, sea stacks, lighthouses and more.
This workshop will include some hikes, most of them are easy to moderate and they take less than an hour on fairly even ground, however there might be a chance that we will take on a bit more of a challenging hike. Hiking in the Faroes is extremely rewarding when it comes to photography. It’s an essential aspect of this trip and truly a way to give you a unique perspective. Upon arrival we will wait for you at the airport and bring you to our hotel, which is only a few minutes drive from the airport.
Day 1 & 2: Sep 2023
Arrival day – first night is included in the price of the workshop. The group will meet for a welcome dinner to get to know each other and go over our plans for the coming week.
For the first 2 nights we will be staying in Vagar hotel . Our shooting locations will depend on the weather and conditions, we like to maximise our time while in the Faroes. The workshop dates have been set to be out of high travel season which means there will be less tourists around and we are more likely to have the locations to ourselves. We will chose our shooting locations on a daily bases depending on the weather and conditions. The Faroes do have even more unpredictable weather systems than Iceland and therefore we need to be flexible.
Day 3-5: Sep 2023
We will check in our hotel Runavik on Eysturoy which is second largest island in the Faroes, we will be staying here for 3 nights . After check-in we’ll head out to explore this part of the Faroes. One of the days we plan to catch the ferry over to Kalsoy to shoot the famous lighthouse Kallur.
Days 6: Sep 2023
We go for sunrise early morning and then back for breakfast before we check out from our hotel in Runavík. We will now be going back to Vágar where we will be spending the last night, but we will have several shooting locations to choose from on the way there, sunset will be in Vágar. This night we will have farewell dinner at our hotel.
Day 7 (Departure day):
This is our last day in the Faroes Islands, we will take advantage of the free time we have before we head to the airport, depending on the weather conditions and flight times we might do a sunrise before breakfast. In general there is no sunrise this day as most of the flights leave early in the morning.
The cost of the workshop is €3900 for single occupancy. For this fee, you will receive Hotel Accommodation Throughout – single occupancy, Transportation, Breakfast, Tuition, Location Guide, Ferry fee to Kalsoy
FLIGHTS are not included.
It is not advised to book flights until we confirm we have adequate numbers for this workshop to go ahead. In the event of the workshop not going ahead, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not compensate flight costs.
- On Location Guidance
- Compositional Instruction
- Post Processing Instruction in Free Webinar
- Understanding Exposure Triangle
- Modes of Exposure
- RAW, White Balance and Filters
- Why is the angle of the sun so important – Understanding Light and seeing like your camera
- Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters
- Sharpness From Here to Shanghai – Understanding Depth of Field
- Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed to get the best Outcome
- The Importance of Composition – Using Lines and Texture
- Histograms ExplainedExposing to the Right for Maximum Details
- Spare batteries for camera if possible or the battery charger essential
- We will be shooting both wide angles and intimate details so focal lengths from 17mm to 200mm will be of use.
- Tripod (essential)
- Shutter cable release if possible but we can also use your timer if you don’t have a cable release.
- Camera Manual (just in case)
- Filters – Circular Polariser , ND’s and grad ND’s will be of use
- USB drive to store edited images (we can also use your CF or SD cards if you don’t have one) (In case we have to work indoors)
- Laptop – If anyone has a laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom – I’m sure this will come in handy
- You will need a pair of over ankle height waterproof boots
- Good waterproof jackets & trousers
This workshop will include some hikes, most of them are easy and take less than an hour on even ground. However, there might be a chance we will take on a bit more of a challenging hike depending on the weather. Hiking in the Faroes is extremely rewarding when it comes to photography. Its an essential aspect of this trip, and truly a way to give you a unique perspective.
If the weather allows we might do a hike that will last throughout the day. The hike itself is about 2-3 hours each way (5k). You need to be able to carry all your camera gear, food and water + clothes. Most of the hikes do not have a steep ascent but can be demanding. You are the only person who will be able to judge if you are up for it or not, but we can’t take the group to these locations if there are one or two participants that are not up for doing the hike. We’ll always try to control the pace so it is pleasant for everyone and assign a good time for each hike so we will not be in a rush.
Our team is dedicated to getting you the best images possible on every trip. We are an experienced team of leaders and always willing to go the extra mile for our participants. Ask our repeat customers. Most workshops have 50% or higher returning customers. We are a community of photography lovers and we would love it if you could join the ExploreLight experience too.
We will get you to the right place at the right time of day to maximize your chances of making great images. That’s the core focus of every trip. What drives us forward. We love the light as much as you do and our primary goal is always to give you the best chance possible of bringing home special images.
We have small groups and a really high teacher to pupil ratio. Most workshops are only 6 or 7 people. Our max is 9 and there will be 2 instructors. This means that there is always time to give advice and help when on location. It also means we always travel in comfort with 2 people to a 3 seat berth. We’re all friends but a bit of space while traveling is essential too. We take your comfort seriously with single occupancy rooms with private bathrooms as standard. There are one or 2 small exceptions on this point, but they are few and far between, and always noted in the description. We also have a dedicated office team managing logistics so you have a pint of contact for your arrival and departures or other logistical questions you might have around the trip.
The ‘craic’ (fun) is always mighty. We like the feeling of community and fun when on tour. We’re together as a group chasing the light but laughing while we do it.
Every workshop of 3 days or more comes with a free follow up private webinar for the group. 2 hours of post-processing of the images from your trip. Recorded live and emailed back to you so you have a road map through the edit of the whole trip.
So why not join the adventure?
“On a workshop with ExploreLight, there are always laughs, but there are always great photographs too. Peter and his team go to great efforts to ensure everyone gets the shot they want at a location – whether it’s the continuous checking of local weather conditions, to in depth knowledge of each location, to prepping the group prior to arrival at the location by showing past shots, to walking among the group during the shoot, offering advice and sharing their own shots, total dedication to the client. I’ve taken some of my best shots while on ExploreLight workshops and that’s no coincidence.
The aftercare is second to none, with a private Facebook group where you are encouraged to share your shots (and where you can receive suggestions for improvement) to social nights out and emails on upcoming workshops, editing sessions, etc. Peter is building a community of photographers who return again and again.”
“Something deep within tempted me to attend an ExploreLight fundamentals workshop in the Wicklow National Park in March 2015. I remember coming home feeling invigorated, that a new world was about to open up for me. My photography has improved steadily so much so that I recently achieved my Associate distinction from the IPF but more importantly I have met fantastic people many of whom are now considered friends, I’ve attended many more ExploreLight workshops since and visited fantastic locations all under the expert guidance of the ExploreLight team. These guys are good and are at the top of their game and super professional. I recommend ExploreLight because they are the best Photography workshop and tour operators out there.”
Noel McIntyre AIPF
“I have been on several ExploreLight Workshops and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. The ExploreLight workshops are a perfect combination of excellent teaching, superb locations, and great “craic”. Your enthusiasm is infectious, even if it means getting up at 5am to shoot the sunrise, or staying out until 4am to shoot the aurora. I look forward to returning to many more workshops with you guys.”
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