2023 ALASKA NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

March 4-11 2023 - Fairbanks, Alaska

ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT OPEN!


Northern Lights Photo Tour with Joe Garza & Nick Selway

The northern lights fill the Alaska night sky over the Brooks Range with a array of rainbow colors. The mountains covered with snow make a dramatic foreground.
'Brooks Beams' - Alaska Northern Lights Photography Workshop, 2022

One of the most phenomenal displays in nature is the Aurora Borealis. Join us where we will set out to several different locations in search of clear skies to watch and photograph these phenomenon light shows. Although predicting the northern lights can be finicky, February and March are considered to be the best months for viewing these breathe taking natural wonders. You will leave with some incredible images of the Northern Lights around Fairbanks.


Aurora Borealis is to many people a "Bucketlist" event to see let alone photograph. We want to make sure you are right there when the action starts in the night until the early morning hours that can often be near dawn. If your ready for a epic adventure with then check out more information below and come join us. This workshop will fill up quickly!


Workshop Information

Group Size: Limited to 8 people

Cost: $3,600.00 for Double Occupancy; $4,000

Deposit: 50% deposit due at the time of registration.

Included: Lodging, Permits, Guiding/Transportation; 1hr Dog Sledding Adventure; As much laughter as possible and our wealth of photo knowledge making sure we put everyone in the best possible locations for light and compositions to capture their own stunning images.

Not Included: Airfare and Meals. The hotel does have free breakfast every morning.

Booking: The workshop will need to be paid in full 90 days prior to the day the workshop begins. Refunds are not available after the 90 day mark unless we can find another person to fill your spot.

Lodging, Travel & Transportation

Lodging: Included in workshop fee with double occupancy at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks Alaska. Single occupancy is available based on current rates. We will be calling and making the room reservations for you so no need to call them! Amenities include 2 restaurants in the hotel, Free Parking, Free WiFi.

Note that our rooms are only booked and scheduled from March 4 through the 11th. If you plan to arrive in Fairbanks the day before, please be sure to set up your own hotel accommodations.

Travel: Plan to arrive in Fairbanks and be ready to check in at 3pm on March 4th. The Westmark Hotel is 4.5 miles away from the airport so you would need to take a cab or Uber to and from.

Transportation: We will be renting a very comfortable sprinter van to take everyone from the hotel to our shooting locations each night. You only need to book transportation to and from the airport.


Workshop Instructors

Led by Joe Garza and Nick Selway, this incredible Light Chasing Photo Tours Workshop is one you don't want to miss. Both Joe and Nick are professional landscape and nature photographers with years of experience leading workshops and helping individuals at all levels enhance their photography skills. (See bios below)

Workshop Schedule

We will meet in the lobby of The Westmark Hotel, Fairbanks, AK at 5pm on March 4 to kick off our workshop. Well take time to introduce ourselves to everyone and answer any questions. Then we'll head out for our first night of chasing the Northern Lights!

Prepare to arrive and check in at The Westmark Hotel, Fairbanks, AK sometime between 3pm and 4:30pm on March 4th. From there we will be heading to our rooms to get camera gear ready and then meet in the lobby at 5pm to kick off the workshop.

Depending on the weather each night we could drive up to 200 miles one way to find clear skies just to put everyone in the right spot to capture the auroras. Each night we could possibly be out until sunrise the next morning shooting. Prepare for very long nights, little sleep and extremely cold temperatures ranging for -40F to 30 F.

Most importantly we'll create a relaxed, fun and enjoyable atmosphere for a incredible experience. You will gain confidence in taking your photography skills to the next level. Our workshop will end on the last morning of our workshop, March 11th, and checkout of the hotel is at 12pm.


Dog Sledding Adventure

We will be going on a 30-45 minute dog sled ride with the company "Paws for Adventure". The cost of this adventure is included with the workshop.

Your dream of Dog Sledding Alaska comes true where we will join an experienced dog musher and a team of eager huskies. The trail swoops and winds down forested winter trails in the heart of interior Alaska’s Chena River Valley.

While mushing a team of huskies on the trail, it’s not uncommon to see ptarmigan, spruce hens, moose and snowshoe hare tracks, maybe even a cow moose and her calf. (Moose are sighted weekly in our field adjacent to the dog yard). Ravens often swoop down and fly along the trail ahead of us. A perfect dog sled tour for a taste of dog sledding and just the right length for a dog sled ride when it’s exceptionally chilly.


Difficulty of Workshop and Clothing Needed

Some areas will require short hikes thru mountain terrains with some mild elevation gains less than 150 ft. Our shooting areas will give you the most remote breathtaking views to enhance your experience. The following clothing and equipment are recommended.

  • Snow Hiking boots we recommend Sorel boots or equivalent to,
  • Warm base layers top and bottom
  • Snow jackets
  • Warm hoodies
  • Snow pants
  • Beanies, gloves, face mask covering
  • Wool socks
  • Headlamp
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Make sure you always bring water and some snacks for the nights.

Recommend gear to include but not limited to.

Depending on how bright the Northern Lights are on any given night we will be doing long exposures anywhere from 5 sec to 25 sec also make sure you have a cable release for you camera!

  • DSLR, Mirrorless or camera you are comfortable with
  • Lenses: 16-35mm,20mm Prime, 24-70mm,70-200mm.
  • Solid tripod with either a ball head or equivalent.
  • Shutter release setup for long exposures.
  • Extra batteries; at least 3 full batteries charged every night
  • SD Cards

What you will learn

The northern lights filled the night sky and danced over the Sukakpak mountain in the Brooks range. Only foot prints are visible thru the snow covered pond.


  • Long exposures night time photography
  • Creating Stunning Compositions-Rule of 3rds and simplicity
  • Understanding Exposure- Shutter Speed, Aperture ,ISO, Depth of Field
  • What lens to use for different compositions and lighting
  • Introduction to Lightroom and Photo Shop
  • Focus stacking
  • Create breathtaking panoramic images


Alaska Northern Light Photography Workshop




THE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS

JOE GARZA

Born and raised in Westland, Michigan, Joe has always had a passion for photography. It started while serving in the United States Navy in the early 90's when his travels brought him all over the world. He was able to turn his passion into his profession and continues to focus on bringing you amazing images through his collection of images from National Parks, Hawaii, and the U.S. from the east coast lighthouses, Colorado mountains, and canyons and deserts across the southwest. Joe resides in Madison, Wisconsin with with his 3 children.




NICK SELWAY

Born and raised in Lake Stevens, Washington along the Northern Cascade Mountains, he grew a profound appreciation for the natural world at a young age. He spent his childhood traveling and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family as his love for mother nature grew. He has been photographing for the last 18 years. He'd lived in Kailua Kona, Big Island of Hawaii for the last 14 years where he ran 2 photography galleries "Lava Light Galleries" and did photo tours to the volcano and around the island. In 2018 Nick moved with his beautiful wife Sarah Buzzetti and embarked on a new journey his lifelong dream by opening his very own photography gallery on June 1st, 2018 located on main street in Breckenridge, Colorado. He currently travels up to 150 days a year photographing mother nature’s beauty and teaching a variety of photography workshops.


CANCELLATION POLICY

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if minimum participants are not met or in the event of an emergency. If a cancellation does occur, participants me either use the fee towards a future workshop or receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel expenses and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance to cover such costs.