by Julieanne Kost

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November 30, 2011

We all need something to “Look Forward To”, and right now, my LFT is Iceland!

I’m thrilled to be returning to Iceland July 8th – 14th 2012, to spend a week with some of the most delightful people on the planet – and I’d love for you to join me and our wonderful hosts from Focus on Nature. This workshop is an incredible opportunity to give yourself permission to unplug from your daily life and reenergize your photography, your mind, and your soul.

The time we spend together: Pursuing Your Personal Project in Iceland, will be a graceful balance between creating stunning imagery in the field and learning the tools necessary to finish the images in Lightroom and Photoshop adding your personal style. The first day will be spent at the Grand Hotel in Reykjavik where we will cover the Lightroom workflow in depth to provide you with the workflow you’ll need for the rest of the week.

Then, the class will shift gears: participants will be challenged to communicate their own personal photographic project as they explore and expand upon their photography skills while traveling through the Icelandic landscape. During the field work, we will have technical and creative discussions regarding photographic conditions we encounter. The last day will be spent at the Grand Hotel processing selected images (using both Lightroom and Photoshop) before sharing work with the group.

This really is a unique opportunity to experience Iceland and all that it has to offer – glacier lagoons, Icelandic horses, waterfalls, and mud flats  are just a few of the things we may see on our excursions.  We will follow the weather and the light, photographing Iceland’s ever changing landscape with long hours of exquisite sunrise and sunset while the Focus on Nature team takes care of every little logistical detail  so that we can photograph in a relaxed, low pressure, and unhurried environment. We will come home not only with improved technique, but reenergized and inspired as a result of making the images that fulfill us as creative and passionate photographers and artists.

If you are looking for a location that will ignite your passion for photography, there is no better place than Iceland to photograph and no better workshop to participate in than Focus On Nature. Join the Focus On Nature family  as photographers, collaborate together as artists and depart with friendships that will last a lifetime.

Creative people need to exercise their creative muscles, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so! I hope you will join us!






  • By Elaine - 11:53 AM on November 30, 2011  

    Sigh~~I wish I could go, because I would love to meet you and learn from you! Maybe you’ll come to Portland, Oregon, some day? :~)

  • By Michael Canning - 1:34 PM on November 30, 2011  


    I can’t wait.. I’ll be joining you in July. I signed up for a workshop last year that was cancelled but as I had my flight anyway, I still went. The beauty of Iceland inspired me so much, I vowed to return and gain the benefits of a workshop. I hope with your creative instruction I can build on my last year’s efforts (see link).



    • By Julieanne Kost - 2:28 PM on November 30, 2011  

      Fantastic! I can’t wait to meet you – we are going to have such a inspiring time. I love your unique view of the “Skeleton of a Church”. Do you have a specific project in mind for this years workshop?

  • By Javier - 3:12 PM on November 30, 2011  

    I would love to go to Iceland. The photos are wonderful.

  • By Michael Canning - 9:08 AM on December 1, 2011  


    My project could be something like, ‘Serene views of the raw power of nature’. I would like to concentrate on composition and am less keen on heavy post-shot work, except for croppind, contrast and colour balance. Having said that, I love your montage work and would like to experiment on that too. I want you to push my boundaries of photographic perspectives, if that doesn’t sound too vague.. I want to be challenged as to what I can do in reaching new perspectives in how I capture nature. What better place than Iceland to try that? 😉

    Thank you for your kind comment on my ‘skeleton of a church’ shot.. It looked too ordinary the right way around and wondered if anyone had noticed that even archietecture somehow always has its inspiration from nature.

    Best regards,


  • By Julieanne Kost - 12:07 PM on December 3, 2011  

    Sounds great Michael. We will work on composition, rules and breaking them! Even if we don’t have a ton of time for compositing in Photoshop on the trip, I will definitely discuss what we might want to think about while shooting – bearing in mind that the images will be composted later. It will be a fantastic learning experience!

  • By Michael - 2:24 AM on December 25, 2011  

    Have a wonderful Christmas, i’m now counting down the days until I am next in majestic Iceland

    • By Julieanne Kost - 11:04 AM on January 3, 2012  

      I’m sure that it will be here before we know it! Happy New Year. : )

  • By Michael Canning - 11:31 AM on January 17, 2012  

    Will I need Lightroom 3/4 for your workshop?

  • By Julieanne Kost - 2:03 PM on January 17, 2012  

    Hi Michael, Since I cannot discuss when Lightroom 4 will ship, I will suggest that we be on the latest version at the time of the class. ; )

  • By MICHAEL CANNING - 6:04 AM on April 29, 2012  

    I’ve now got Lightroom 4 on my MacBook Air, loving it!!