Colony Glacier Landscape Photography Workshop. Friday June 9th and Saturday June 10th, 2017 with optional Sunday June 11th


Looking to get more out of your digital camera and learn techniques to create stunning summer landscape images?  This in-depth workshop is designed to help the intermediate & advanced photographer learn how to get the most out of their digital camera.  Join Jeff Schultz, official photographer of the Iditarod, as he shares his photography expertise in this Glacier Landscape Photography workshop.  Jeff will teach you simple yet powerful lessons that will take your photography to the next level.  The workshop begins Friday evening with an indoor classroom teaching on the practical use of a digital SLR or Mirroless camera for summer landscape photography.  On Saturday turn Friday night’s teaching into hands-on, practical use as you take your camera out into the field at Inner Lake George and Colony Glacier–a 10-minute helicopter flight from Knik River Lodge in Palmer, Alaska.  Jeff is on-hand to answer your questions and will demonstrate several of his techniques for successful  landscape photography.  OPTIONAL… participants meet on Sunday afternoon for a review and critique of images taken Saturday. This is one of THE most powerful ways to learn.  Jeff will also demonstrate post-processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom to make your images just that much better.



Intermediate to advanced photographers (maximum 6 participants, minimum 3)


Friday June 9, 2017 6:00pm – 8:30 pm classroom session in Anchorage. Location TBA. Saturday June 10, 2017 6:00 am to 4 pm

If the weather proves not flyable on Saturday, the workshop may move to Sunday


Anchorage and Palmer, Alaska


  • Guided by one of Alaska most published and respected professional photographers
  • Pre-Workshop classroom instruction
  • Spectacular glacier, iceberg and mountain setting
  • Optional Post-workshop meeting to review images and learn post-processing in Adobe Lightroom



$ 525 per person (Friday & Saturday)

Optional Day on Sunday $100… minimum of 3 people.


Slide Show: Click on right side to see images from this tour.

Day 1 Friday June 10, 2016   6:00pm – 8:30 pm classroom session in Anchorage. Location TBA.  This pre-workshop instruction will give you the knowledge you need to make the most of your day at the glacier.

Day 2 Saturday June 11, 2016 Leave Anchorage at 5:45 am and drive with Jeff in a comfortable van or meet at the Knik River Lodge at 7 am. At the lodge we will get a helicopter briefing and, weather permitting, remove the doors of the helicopter for a better vantage for the 10-minute flight to Inner Lake George. We will land along the shore of the ice-berg strewn lake where we will spend the day photographing and hiking along the edge of Inner Lake George and surrounding ridges. There will be planned instruction as well as Jeff is on hand to answer your questions and guide you in your landscape pursuits. There is no trail and hiking will be on uneven terrain with rocks, brush and such. Not recommended for anyone with a heart condition. We will depart the lake approximately 3 pm. Expected arrival back to Anchorage is approximately 6pm

Day 3 (Optional) On Sunday we will meet from 1pm – 4:30 pm in Anchorage. The idea here is to review & critique the participant’s images made on Saturday. This is one of THE very best ways to learn and see what others saw while out there and the techniques they used to achieve the results. Jeff will demonstrate, with participant images as well as his own images, processing techniques using Adobe Lightroom.

At the pre-workshop classroom session, Jeff will teach, in-depth, with a powerpoint show, techniques for shooting stellar landscape images as is appropriate for the group and this outing.  During the photography session at the lake, Jeff will talk through his methods for making the best image at the current location with the subject at hand. He is not there to photograph his own images, he is there to help you take your photography to the next level. Jeff will cover the following:

  • 10 Tips to making better images no matter where you are
  • Composition: Do’s, Don’ts, and New Ideas
  • What makes some photos better than others
  • How to make the best photo from any subject –What makes a compelling image
  • Obtaining proper exposure
  • Depth of field… getting everything in focus
  • Using filters to enhance your photography
  • Combining shutter speeds and f-stops… and the effects of each
  • OPTIONAL DAY – View what others shot and learn techniques of using Adobe Lightroom

Besides two Canon camera bodies, Jeff brings lenses from 17mm-200mm , flash with off-camera capabilities, tripod, polarizer and split-neutral density filters.


At the very least, please bring:

  • A DSLR or Mirrorless camera with one lens
  • Several back up batteries
  • Extra media cards for your camera

Optional but recommended:

  • Extra camera body
  • Lenses ranging from 17mm-200mm (If you’d like to rent equipment while you are visiting Alaska, we recommend our friends at Stewart’s Photo Shop in downtown Anchorage. Visit them online at:
  • Macro lens
  • Tripod – Jeff uses and recommends Gitzo
  • Polarizing Filter – Jeff uses and recommends Singh-Ray
  • Graduated Neutral Density Filters: (Jeff carries a 2 and a 3 stop “soft” and “hard” Galen Rowell graduated filters by Singh-Ray)
  • Flash and off-camera cord
  • Lens shades & cable release
  • Non abrasive cloth
  • Backpack type of carrying case – Jeff uses and recommends Gura Gear
  • Any other easily transported photography gear you like to use. Be sure you can hike for several miles with ALL of your gear.  Do not bring more than you can comfortably carry

Clothing & Personal Gear

  • This is the wilderness where weather can change in an instant. There are no services near here. You will want to be prepared with appropriate clothing to last the entire day.
  • Dress in layers in non-cotton material.
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Your own food and water for the day. The workshop provides none and there are no clear water streams available.
  • Bear Spray – though we’ve never seen a bear here, it’s always good practice to have.

Be sure you can carry all your gear with you at one time.  It’s not practical to leave gear as we hike along shooting images.

  • We provide transportation from Anchorage to & from the Knik River Lodge in Palmer, Alaska or you may meet us at the lodge in your own vehicle.
  • We provide an insured air-taxi
  • There is no lodging at this location
  • You are to provide your own meals & water for the entire day.

Your safety is ultimately the primary concern.

  • Physical Requirements:  Better than average to excellent condition
  • Degree of Difficulty:  Moderate to hard
  • Agility:  We will be walking up and down hill and over uneven terrain, over and around boulders, rocks, loose gravel and through brush.
  • Weather Conditions:   Expect wind, rain and sun.
  • Mental Requirements: A flexible and positive attitude
  • Photographic Skill Level:   Intermediate to Advanced photographers.
  • Clients are required to inform us of health problems, allergies and physical limitation at booking due to the extreme remote location and physical activities involved.  All clients must sign a liability release waiver prior to the trip

Deposits: Payment in full required at registration. We will refund the payment if we can fill your position.

Several weeks before the workshop, we will e-mail you the following:

  • a list of any other essential personal gear & any specialized photography gear we feel will enhance your experience.
  • more detailed information on where and when to meet for the Friday night class and subsequent departure information for Saturday.


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Contact us directly if you have questions about the workshop/tour or would like to book directly.

After booking What’s Next? Upon booking we will contact you to confirm your space and see if you have any specific questions we can answer at that time. Then, several months before the workshop, we will e-mail you a list of other essential personal gear, any specialized photography gear we feel will enhance your experience, and more detailed information on where and when to meet for the first day. We will also ask for emergency contact information and medical information.

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