AdventuresNW San Juan Islands Photography Workshop

The San Juan Islands are a world-famous cruising destination and also an absolutely amazing place for nature and landscape photography. Because we believe in exploring and examining the beauty of nature, we’ve teamed up with Adventures NW Magazine for an exciting, hands-on photo workshop aboard the M/V David B.

We’ll explore the secluded, uninhabited northern islands where we’ll visit remote and lonely beaches, explore exquisite sculpture gardens of fancifully-carved sandstone and photograph the bountiful marine wildlife for which the Salish Sea is famous. Our time will be divided between shore excursions, skiff explorations and hands-on photography processing instruction in the comfortable salon of the venerable David B. Everyone will go home with a gallery-ready 12 x 18 print of one of their images, ready for framing.

Class Details:

This 4-day workshop covers techniques for how to get the most from your camera, visualization, composing, and post-processing through Adobe’s Lightroom Classic. The group size is limited to eight people which gives you the chance for in-depth instruction and insightful critique.

To Save Your Spot Call 877-670-7863 or Email.

About the David B:Small cruise ship anchored in Glacier Bay

While in the San Juan Islands, you’ll enjoy the creature comforts of the David B, a beautifully-appointed 65-foot wooden boat built in 1929 and lovingly restored – private staterooms with heads, a shower, fireplace, wood-fired cook stove and gourmet meals that have become legendary while including microbrews and fine wines. This is not industrial tourism.

The boat’s “saloon” is equipped with a ceiling-mounted LCD projector and pull-down screen for evening instruction in utilizing Adobe Lightroom Classic to bring out the best in your pictures. Once the images are optimized, we’ll share and discuss the work in group critiques. Finally, we’ll spend time learning to fine-tune for printing. Everyone will go home with a gallery-quality print – ready for framing – from the workshop.

During the workshop, we’ll have extensive shooting opportunities every day, instruction time aboard the David B, and generous amounts of ‘down time’ to savor this special place. The trip is limited to eight passengers so individualized instruction is assured.

The David B’s skiff is a marvel of engineering and ideal for photography: roomy, super-stable and dry. “Skiffyasaurus”, as it’s known, affords us amazing close-up photo opportunities of the landscapes and wildlife.

Meet Your Instructors:

Alan Sanders

Instructor for photography cruise in Glacier Bay

Alan Sanders has been making photographs since the 70’s and teaching photography since the 80’s. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

As a recovering commercial photographer specializing in advertising and public relations, he now concentrates on fine art photography. His photographs have been in many group- and one-person shows. Alan also has work in the permanent collections of several museums as well as many private collections.

Currently, he teaches photography at Whatcom Community College and is a digital imaging specialist at Quicksilver Photo Lab in Bellingham.

John D’Onofrio

Photography Cruise in Glacier Bay Instructor

John D’Onofrio’s photography has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries around the United States and utilized by the National Park Service, the National Forest Service,  the National Parks Foundation, and Defenders of Wildlife.

His work has been published in numerous calendars, books and publications including National Geographic Adventure, Trail Runner, Tracks and Trails,  and Washington Trails, and featured on the NBC and ABC television networks.

He is co-author of Images of America: Mount Baker (Arcadia Publishing) and loves nothing more than a good adventure.

He lives in Bellingham, WA. where he serves as editor/publisher of Adventures NW magazine.

To learn more about John and Alan, listen to our Northwest Navigation Podcast where we talk with them about their philosophies, photography, wilderness and being in the moment. Listen here…

For more information on photo workshops by AdventuresNW…. https://www.adventuresnw.com/photo-workshops/


What to Bring:

  • Digital camera
  • Shooting from the boat will be enhanced by lenses with built-in stabilization (optional)
  • Tripod
  • Laptop with Adobe Lightroom Classic installed and optionally Photoshop as well.  A 30-day trial of both Lightroom Classic and Photoshop can be downloaded from https://www.adobe.com/downloads.html
  • Lots of Memory Cards
  • Lens hoods for shooting in the rain
  • Extra Batteries & Battery Charger
  • Mouse – because laptop touchpads just don’t work as well
  • Cable release or remote shutter release

For more about photography workshops with AdventuresNW Magazine…https://www.adventuresnw.com/photo-workshops/

Curious to see what it’s like on one of our Photography Workshops? Check out our Zoom Live Event Recording featuring our crew and instructors.

Comments from Previous Workshop Attendees:

“In seven days this workshop can transform your eye, focus your attention to detail, and restore your soul.”

–              A. Sheets, Eldorado Springs, CO

” Honestly, it was the best trip of my life…I learned a lot and gained a level of confidence that translated to better pictures. You are very good teachers. I am grateful to you both, for your professionalism, patience, kindness, and your humor!”

–              L. Clarke, Sandy, OR

“The best outcome has been a change in the way I’m seeing. I can’t quantify what I mean but it is very exciting!”

–              D. K. Fowler, Australia

” The whole experience was unbelievable…my perspective about photography was blown out of the water!”

–              S. Finch, Stanwood, WA

“An awesome experience…with excellent instructors.”

–              M. Rough, Spokane, WA

Click here to see our current schedule and rates.

To Book Your San Juan Islands Getaway Call 877-670-7863 or Email.

Here's when we're offering this trip:
September 2023
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425 Thu 21 Sep at 0900 (9 am) Sun 24 Sep at 1700 (5 pm) $3,450 2 Spaces Available
October 2023
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427 Thu 5 Oct at 0900 (9 am) Sun 8 Oct at 1700 (5 pm) $3,450 6 Spaces Available
October 2024
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445 Thu 10 Oct at 0900 (9 am) Sun 13 Oct at 1700 (5 pm) $3,450 8 Spaces Available