Discover the Art of Nature Photography in Glacier Bay National Park

Join us on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Glacier Bay National Park, where the wild landscapes of Alaska await to unveil their secrets through your lens. Our exclusive Glacier Bay Photography Workshop with Adventures Northwest is more than just a cruise.  It’s an immersive experience designed for photographers by photographers. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a passionate amateur, this workshop is your gateway to mastering the art of nature photography amidst the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.

Wolf in front of a mountain in Alaska
Dawn Patrol – A lone wolf wades across a sandspit on a rising tide in Glacier Bay. Photo by Christine Smith

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

Photography Workshop Highlights:

  • Wildlife Photography: Capture the majestic bald eagles, curious sea otters, vibrant tufted puffins, and if luck permits, the elusive coastal wolves. Learn to photograph wildlife while respecting the natural environment and the inhabitants we’re privileged to observe.
  • Landscape Photography: From wide-angle grandeur to intimate details, discover how to convey the essence of breathtaking landscapes in Glacier Bay National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll explore composition, lighting, and how to use the environment to create dramatic, impactful images.
  • Post-Processing Sessions: Turn your raw captures into stunning works of art with post-processing in Adobe’s Lightroom. Learn about color correction, cropping for impact, and how to bring out the best in your photos with software like Lightroom and Photoshop.
Snowy Mountain in Glacier Bay
Towering peaks in Glacier Bay stand draped in snow and ice, a silent sentinel in a world of blue and white. Photo by John D’Onofrio

 Why Choose Our Photography Workshop?

  • Expert Guidance: Learn from renowned photographers with years of experience. Our experts are not just teachers but passionate practitioners. They’ll share their insider tips, from finding the perfect light to composing a shot that tells a story.
  • Hands-On Learning: With a focus on small group sizes, we ensure personalized attention. You’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills in real-time, receiving immediate feedback and tailored advice to refine your technique.
  • Unparalleled Access: Glacier Bay National Park offers a backdrop like no other. From towering glaciers and rugged mountains to the serene beauty of remote bays and the vibrant wildlife that calls this place home, your camera will capture images as wild and majestic as the landscapes before you.
  • Connect with Nature: This workshop is not just about improving your photography skills but also about deepening your connection with the natural world. Experience the silence of The Bay interrupted only by the sound of glaciers calving and wildlife encounters that remind us of the wildness that still exists in the world.
Frozen Moments – Recently calved icebergs lay on the beach in Glacier Bay’s Tarr Inlet. Photo by Alan Sanders

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About the David B – Your Floating Classroom for Photography and Adventure

While in Glacier Bay, you’ll enjoy the creature comforts of the M/V 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 including microbrews and fine wines. 

Motor Vessel David B in Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park
  • 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.
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Image Gallery from Previous Workshops

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, Alan now concentrates on his own fine art photography. His photographs have been in many group and one person shows over the years. He has work in the permanent collections of several museums as well as many private collections. Alan has also spent many years doing custom printing, both analog and digital, and still loves to see a good quality print.

Currently, he teaches workshops at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham as well as at location workshops, mostly in Alaska onboard the David B.

To see Alan’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, the North Cascades Institute, and Defenders of Wildlife, and the NBC and ABC television networks.

His images have been published in numerous calendars and magazines, including National Geographic Adventure, Trail Runner, Washington Trails, Tracks and Trails, and coffee table books including The Wild Nearby: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the North Cascades (Mountaineers Books) and The Salish Sea (Sasquatch Press). His film, Cascadia Dreams, a multi-media collaboration with photographer Lance Ekhart and Native American Flute Master Gary Stroutsos was featured as part of the San Juan Islands Film Festival.

He is the publisher/editor of Adventures Northwest Magazine and the author of Hiking Mt. Baker & the North Cascades (Hancock House) and co-author of Images of America: Mount Baker (Arcadia Publishing).

A life-long wilderness traveler, he is inspired by the luminous landscapes of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest and has made it his life’s work to share these deep connections through photography, literature, and film. Committed to helping others capture both the grandeur and intimate details of our diverse landscapes, he has led photography workshops for the past eight years aboard the M/V David B and at the North Cascades Institute and loves nothing more than a good adventure. Check out 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 photography workshops hosted by Adventures Northwest Magazine click here.

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To Book Your Glacier Bay Photography Workshop Call 360-474-7218 or Email.

Workshop 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.

People taking pictures of ice
Glacier Garden Photography. Photo by John D’Onofrio

What to Bring:

  • Digital camera
  • Shooting from the boat will be enhanced by lenses with built-in stabilization (optional)
  • Tripod (suggested)
  • Laptop with Adobe Lightroom Classic (required) installed and Photoshop (suggested)
  • 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 photography workshops on the M/V David B click here.

Curious about 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:

Group of photographers standing in front of glacier in Alaska

“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!”

–   Shannon. F., Stanwood, WA


“An awesome experience…with excellent instructors.”

–   Marian R., Spokane, WA


Click here to see our current schedule and rates.

To Book Your Glacier Bay Photography Workshop Call 360-474-7218 or Email.