Adventures NW Glacier Bay Photography Workshop

Our 8-Day Adventures NW Photography Workshop aboard the David B offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take your photography to the next level in one of the most beautiful places in the world: Alaska’s magnificent Glacier Bay.

The David B goes places that are off-limits to the big ships, allowing us the chance to get up close and personal with one of America’s most dynamic National Parks.

In this hands-on workshop, you will have an opportunity to take and edit photographs with two knowledgeable instructors, John D’Onofrio & Alan Sanders. During the day, you will be exploring and photographing from the boat, skiff, and land. While at night, you will receive customized Adobe Lightroom Classic instruction to bring your artistic vision to life.

Wildlife Photography in Alaska

Trip Highlights:

  • Stunning Scenery of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – including majestic mountains, tidewater glaciers, icebergs, and ancient forests
  • Iconic Wildlife – whales, brown and black bears, tufted puffins, porpoises, moose, sea lions, otters, mountain goats, and eagles
  • Muir Inlet and McBride Inlet where icebergs beached at low tide can make for some amazing photography.
  • Adams Inlet passing puffin colonies, sea lion rookeries, and the vast sheets of ice emanating from the ageless icefields begin to dominate the landscape.
  • Lamplugh and the Margerie – massive tidewater glaciers
  • Johns Hopkins Inlet
  • Overnight anchorages near both Reid and Margerie Glaciers for both aquatic and terrestrial photography opportunities that are among the most dramatic in the world.Reid Glacier in Glacier Bay

About the David B:

While in Glacier Bay, 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 cookstove, and gourmet meals that have become legendary on the Alaska coast. 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 ‘downtime’ 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 glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife.

Meet Your Instructors:

Be sure to scroll down to see more from our instructors and download their free “Ten Tips for Photographing Glacier Bay”

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. To see Al’s work visit his website.

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 magazineYou can also see his work on his website.

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/

Class Details:

First, we’ll have an opportunity to make photographs in beautiful Glacier Bay.  Then we’ll use Adobe Lightroom Classic to bring out the best in your images. We’ll also discuss the use of Photoshop as well as other plug-ins that can be used in conjunction with Lightroom. Once the images are optimized, we will share and discuss the work as a group. Finally, we’ll spend time learning to print our work. Everyone will go home with at least one print – ready for framing – from the workshop.

Small cruise ship anchored in Glacier Bay

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.  https://www.adobe.com/downloads.html
  • Lots of Memory Cards
  • Extra Batteries & Battery Charger
  • Lens hoods for shooting in the rain
  • 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.

Download our Instructors’ “Top Ten Tips for Photographing Glacier Bay.”


Comments from Previous Workshop Attendees:

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

–              Alison S., 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!”

–              Laurie C., 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!”

–              Dave F., Australia

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

–              Susan. F., Stanwood, WA

“An awesome experience…with excellent instructors.”

–              Marian R., Spokane, WA

Click here to see our current schedule and rates.

Here's when we're offering this trip:
June 2024
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433 Thu 6 Jun at 0900 (9 am) Thu 13 Jun at 1300 (1 pm) $8,900 4 Spaces Available
June 2025
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453 Thu 5 Jun at 0900 (9 am) Thu 12 Jun at 1300 (1 pm) $8,900 8 Spaces Available