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Alaska Northern Lights Photography Workshop

Video review provided by Kevin O'Donnell. Be sure to watch his episode of Alaska Behind the Door with Kevin O'Donnell as he recounts the first part of the Alaska Northern Lights Workshop in 2023!


Nick and Joe did an amazing job of finding hidden, amazing places to photograph. It was immediately obvious to me that these guys are truly talented photographers as well as fantastic coaches and were more than willing to pass on their extensive knowledge. They both spent our time together teaching us how to improve our own photography skills including camera usage, composition, editing and all other phases in making beautiful photos.

They really opened my eyes to a new level of expectations with my own work and how to achieve it. Our time together was filled with sunrises, sunsets, laughs and learning. I plan to do this again with them. I couldn't have asked for more and have a whole new group of lifetime friends! Can't wait for my next time! Thanks Joe & Nick!

~ Scott, Kansas

Sunrise fills the sky with vibrant pink and red colors over Mt. Wilson. The landscape is covered with fall colors from aspen trees here in Colorado.


I tremendously enjoyed the aurora workshop in Alaska earlier this year. Thank you for patiently showing me how to focus to infinity, instructing me to open my aperture setting to maximum in manual mode, suggesting settings for shutter speed and showing me how to eliminate camera shake. I appreciate how you took us to locations where light pollution was minimized and the beauty of the aurora was maximized. Since then, I have presented my images at two different camera club meetings, and I have received numerous compliments. Most of all, I got to meet some good people and we had fun, "snow or shine"!

~ Brian, Indiana

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.


The viewing of the northern lights has always held a great fascination for me and my wife. We’ve talked for years about going to view this magnificent spectacle of nature, however, like most photography workshops, I wanted to go with the best in the business. We’ve been on a couple that were not quite what we expected. However, when I saw that my buddy Nick Selway along with Joe Garza were heading up a destination photo workshop to Alaska, I told my wife, “Now that’s the trip we’ve got to take!”. My reasons were basically twofold…I’ve admired Nick’s photography skills for years so that was a no brainer. Viewing Joe’s expertise in photography with his attention to fine details regarding landscape photography were just over the top! Of course, it doesn’t hurt that both of these guys will do what’s necessary to get you exactly where you need to be during every shoot…I cannot emphasize this enough. When shooting the northern lights, timing is everything and they made it a point to have us at the right place and right time…every time! Certainly, one of the top photo workshops I’ve ever been on, and I’ve been on a few…I would wholeheartedly recommend Nick and Joe for any and all workshops they plan. The best!

~ Tim, South Carolina

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.


AWESOME tour guides.... knowledgeable about the Grand Tetons & Yellowstone & combined with their knowledge of photography which led to some AMAZING shots! Took the time to work with ALL members who attended workgroup-very patient, kind, & FUN. Highly recommend their nature photography workshops! Would definitely attend another. Looking forward to applying skills learned at home!

~ Kristin, Wisconsin

A gorgeous sunset at Schwabacher Landing at Grand Tetons National Park. This is a amazing location to see either sunrise or sunset.


October 2020 was a fantastic Nature Photography Workshop in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park with Light Chasing Photo Tours with Nick Selway and Joe Garza. Light and Wildlife chase we did sunrise, daylight, sunset, and night photography. These two men are awesome. Extremely knowledgeable about the area, special spots, wildlife, and the camera.

Kind, courteous and always about YOU getting the shot! It was a fun week, learned lots about my camera, composition, special lighting, and post-processing. I met a wonderful group of people. Here are just a few of my favorites from what I have done so far. Many thanks to Nick and Joe. Highly recommend them and their workshops and work!

~ Shelly, Indiana

Early morning sunrise filled the sky with stunning purples and blue hues over the grand view of the Teton mountain range located in Jackson Hole Wyoming.


It was absolutely wonderful to attend the Teton nature photography workshop mentored by Nick Selway and Joe Garza. Both are not only photographers, but are teachers, which is a task not many can do. Not all artists can explain the why's and how's of their work.

I was very inspired by their knowledge, guidance, and advice along with lots of humor! Both gave full efforts in teaching each and every person who attended. This experience pushed me in my photography to go further and try new things. Thank you for sharing your passion! I would recommend this and any workshop to everyone. I am already looking forward to another one in 2021!

~ Deanna, Wisconsin (FYI, Deanna did come back for our Maui workshop in 2021!)

A stunning sunset on this little secret beach on the island of Maui. The waves filling the beach with this amazing sunset.


What a great trip to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National parks earlier this month. I participated in a nature photo workshop led by Nick Selway and Joe Garza, Light Chasing Photo Tours. These guys are great. Terrific instruction and guidance while making the week total FUN! To my new friends that joined and shared stories and nonstop laughs...hope to see you all on future trips.

~ Mark, Massachusetts

Pictured is a wall in an old run down log cabin with red-orange flowers growing inside and a golden aspen tree seen through a window.

I decided to explore this set of run down cabins I came across in the aspen-filled countryside and almost missed this sweet composition. With the golden aspen tree just outside I knew I hit this location at just the right time...a perfect little window of opportunity.

Like what you see? Join Light Chasing Photo Tours for a Colorado Fall Color Workshop or a Grand Teton Photography Workshop to bring home your own amazing images!

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Joe & Nick

Joe Garza and Nick Selway in a yellow aspen grove in Colorado.