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Dark Sky Night Photography Workshop in Terlingua, TX

March 31st-April 3rd 2016 in the Big Bend region of West Texas
with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

Ocotillo by Scott Martin

Scott Martin and  Lance Keimig team up again to present a four day/night photography workshop in the Terlingua ghost town in the Big Bend region of West Texas. The Big Bend region is 300 miles away from the nearest city and feels every bit of it. It’s one of the country’s best kept secrets, full of history and pristine landscapes (more…)

Photopolymer Gravure Printmaking from Calibrated Digital Positives

October 22-24,2015, 10a-4p at Flatbed Press in Austin Texas
with Scott Martin and Byron Brauchli

Byron at Workshop

Scott Martin of Onsight and  Byron Brauchli of Izote Editions team up for 3 days of photopolymer gravure printmaking from calibrated digital positives. This is really two workshops in one as participants will learn how to make calibrated positives and negatives for any alt-photo printing process, and photopolymer gravure prints. It’s an opportunity to learn from two established craftsman and make gravure prints of your own images.

Participants will learn how to produce print-ready transparencies using common ink jet printers. Byron and Scott will instruct students on how to use a free and easy-to-use software to print, in one easy step, transparencies that will beautifully reproduce images in warm gravure blacks, cyanotype blues, or in other alt-processes. We’ll make custom ICC Profiles that will allow you to perfectly simulate your alt photo printing process on screen. Participants will create 1-2 plates and print a small edition. If time allows, more advanced printing techniques like chine collé or à la poupée will be covered.

Scott with Positives

Byron is traveling to Flatbed Press from Veracruz, Mexico, and we are very excited to offer this special workshop in conjunction with his upcoming exhibition Encrucijadas (Oct 23- Dec 5) at (more…)

Night Photography Workshop in the Eastern Sierras, Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town

July 2nd-5th, in Lee Vining, Eastern California
with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

This Night Photography workshop will feature two nights of photography at Bodie Ghost Town, one at Mono Lake, and one on the Conway Summit. Each day we will have hold a critique and classroom instruction in the community center from 11a-5pm and will enter the field afterwards staying out past midnight. The workshop is suited for those with limited NPy experience, but at least basic photo skills, and familiarity with shooting RAW in manual mode with a DSLR. More advanced students and alumni are welcome too, we know you love shooting Bodie at night!

Steve's Rock by Scott Martin

Conway Summit, Mono Lake and Bodie ghost town are not only some of our favorite locations that we’ve been making images in for decades, we’ve also been leading night photography workshops here for over ten years. We think you’ll find Mono Lake’s signature monolithic rock structures that extend upward from the lake are ideal for night photography. The dramatic granite moonscapes of Tioga Pass (more…)

Night Photography Workshop in Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town

July 31st-August 3rd, in Eastern California
with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

July 31st – Optional Lightroom 5 Class in Lee Vining
August 1st – Tioga Pass or Mono Lake
August 2nd and 3rd – Bodie Ghost Town

Steve's Rock by Scott Martin

Tioga Pass, Mono Lake and Bodie ghost town are not only some of our favorite locations that we’ve been making images in for decades, we’ve also been leading night photography workshops here for the past ten years. We think you’ll find Mono Lake’s signature monolithic rock structures that extend upward from the lake are ideal for night photography. The dramatic granite moonscapes of Tioga Pass (more…)

Night Photography Workshop: Death Valley

March 19-21, 2014 in Death Valley, CA
with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig

Death Valley by Scott Martin

Lance Keimig and I invite you to join us in Death Valley in March. Unlike our usual Full Moon Night Photography workshops, this one will take place in the waning stage of the lunar cycle which will offer us some dark skies full of stars. I’ve come to love this time of night after the sun has gone down and before the moon comes up. It will be a great chance to rely upon light painting and make some ‘galactic sky’ images. We are also going to some unusual and remote locations in the park that most workshops don’t get to.

There will also be lots of opportunities for light drawing as well as light painting. Adding add to these scenes will be an important process towards getting a satifiying image. This intensive workshop is intended for photographers with a (more…)

2014 Iceland Photography Tour

February 2 – 11,2014 in Iceland
with Scott Martin and Lance Keimig


Iceland has been a popular destination for photography workshops for the last ten years or so, and for good reason. We’ll have 9 days and 8 nights to explore and photograph this amazingly beautiful country, and all expenses except international airfare, gratuities, and alcohol are included. Having two instructors<!–more–> promises lots of one-on-one attention with participants!

Northern Lights

If you have ever wanted to see or photograph the northern lights, this is a great opportunity. We are a bit obsessed with the night sky and like all of our night photography workshops,  we will be shooting at night as well as the day. The Aurora has been especially active over the last year, and with a little luck, the pattern will continue thru the winter of 2014. During this tour, we will go out to photograph at night whenever the weather is decent. The best time for viewing the Northern Lights is at night from October to April.



Our itinerary will focus on the south and west sides of Iceland, and we’ll make the most of our time with a balance between seeing as much as we can, and not being constantly on the move. The proposed itinerary below will be modified to fit the weather and interests of the group.

Feb 2nd
Flights depart from the US in the evening for an overnight flight to Reykjavik.

Day 1 – Feb 3rd
Arrive at Keflavík airport early in the morning, where we will be greeted by Chris, our guide for the trip. Head west towards the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. If weather is good we could do a detour into Borgarfjörður to photograph the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Arrive at Hotel Hellnar in the afternoon, check-in and head out to shoot soon after. Evening shoot close to Hellnar, Búðir or Arnarstapi./p>

Day 2 – Feb 4th
We explore more of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Locations include Svalþúfubjarg cliff, Lóndrangar sea stacks and Djúpalón pebble beach. On the north side of the Peninsula we have small fishing villages, waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss and mount Kirkjufell and Berserkjahraun lava field.

Day 3 – Feb 5th
Travel day towards the south shore to our final destination of Vík. During our drive we stop at waterfall Skógafoss and the evening shoot will most likely be at Víkurfjara or Reynisfjara beach.


Day 4 – Feb 6th
Another day for the locations near Vík. We can go the beaches again and Dyrhólaey cliff, back to Skógafoss waterfall if people want. Stay Another night at Vík.

Day 5 – Feb 7th
Travel east towards Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Stops for photography on our way would typically be Eldhraun lava field, Foss á Síðu, Dverghamrar. Arrive at Hótel Gerði in the afternoon and head out to lagoon for shooting

Day 6 – Feb 8th
After a morning shoot with Icebergs on the beach we go to Skaftafell national park, photograph Svartifoss waterfall and Svínafellsjökull glacier. Explore and photograph an ice cave.

Day 7 – Feb 9th
Another day for glacier lagoons and ice bergs, glaciers and possibly ice caves.

Day 8 – Feb 10th
Travel back towards the city, revisit some locations on our way back, typically I aim for getting the evening light at Dyrhólaey cliff. We then stay our last night in either Hvolsvöllur or Hvergerði (both relatively close to Reykjavík)

Day 9 – Feb 11th
Drive towards the airport at Reykjanes Peninsula for our afternoon flight home. Before arriving at the airport, we will shoot on one or two final locations on the Reykjanes Peninsula – perhaps lake Kleifarvatn and Reykjanestá- a lighthouse and cliff with sea stacks.

Some people may choose to travel a day or two early to have time to adapt to the new time zone, or to see Reykjavik, the capital city. If you choose to do this, we can suggest accommodations in the city. If you arrive early, you’ll need to make your own way to Reykjavik, but we are happy to offer suggestions

What To Expect

This photo tour will feature long days and nights with intense periods of photography. It’s not a workshop- there is no formal instruction, lectures or critiques. There won’t be time, as we’ll be photographing day and night. This is not to say that it won’t be a learning experience, but the first and foremost goal of this trip is to provide you with a comfortable and organized opportunity to create images of the dramatic landscapes of iceland and of the Aurora. You’ll be working closely with people of varying levels of photographic experience, and we’ll all learn from each other and making friends along the way. Scott and I will be available to work with you in the field offering both creative and technical advice. There may be time for casual sharing and review of images, especially if there is some weather.



Expect temperatures to be as cold as 20° Fahrenheit, but mostly temps will hover around freezing day and night. It may rain, it may snow, and the wind will definitely blow. despite being called Iceland, the winters are not nearly as bad as they are in the American Midwest or northern New England!

Meals, Accommodations, and What To Bring:

We will be staying in small hotels that are simple, clean and comfortable, and often used by photo tour groups like this one. All meals are included during the tour, with breakfast and evening meals generally being taken at our hotel, and lunches will generally be packed picnic lunches on the go. There will be lots of seafood- but other choices as well. Snacks and alcoholic beverages are not included. Dietary restrictions can be catered to with advance notice. Extensive information about clothing and camera gear will be provided upon registration.

Fine Print

The price of this trip includes:
* Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
* Transportation in the comfortable AWD minibus during the tour.
* 8 nights hotel accommodation
* Full board from breakfast on day one to breakfast on day 9
* Professional Icelandic tour guide Chris Lund
* One on one time with professional photographers Lance Keimig and Scott Martin
* Day and night photography at some of the most spectacular locations in Iceland
* With a little luck, the Aurora Borealis

The price of this trip does not include:
* International airfare from your home city
* Travel insurance
* Equipment insurance
* Alcoholic beverages


The minimum group size is six, the maximum is ten.
The base price of the trip is $5595 based on single accommodation (1 person per room).
Two people sharing a room can deduct $350 each from the cost of their tour
Your deposit of $500 (due at registration) guarantees you a spot on the tour.
A payment of $2000 will due Novemner 1, 2013
A second $2000 payment will due December 1, 2013
A final payment of $1095 will be due January 1, 2014.

Credit card deposits are accepted for the initial deposit. Further payments can be paid by check with a $100 refund onte final payment, or by credit cards subject to a 3.5% credit card transaction fee.

Photos on this page are © 2013 Scott Martin


Lightroom for Pros

February 18th, 2013, 9am – 4pm in Houston Texas
with Scott Martin in conjunction with ASMP

This 1 day workshop takes an intense look at optimizing photography workflows from capture-to-print using Adobe Lightroom. Skipping the basics, we’ll focus on the nitty gritty details necessary for professionals in the field. This workshop will be held at a photography studio downtown with lunch at the infamous Last Concert Cafe.

Topics of discussion:
Lessoning dependency on Photoshop
The DNG format and how to incorporate it into your workflow
File Management
Organizing your images and preparing for 100,000+ image libraries
High Volume storage management
Image Development with the new 2012 pipeline
Making your images sing
Printing from Lightroom
UV Curable Printing
Timelapse workflow with Lightroom (more…)

Icelandic Photo Tour

March 29 – April 6, 2013 in Iceland
with Lance Keimig, Tim Vollmer and Scott Martin

Iceland Night Photos

Iceland is a popular destination for so many reasons. This trip will be special in that it comes at the end of winter at what is essentially the best time to photograph the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis in the next decade. We’ll have 8 days and 7 nights to explore and photograph this amazingly beautiful country, and all expenses except airfare, gratuities, and alcohol are included. The trip will be co-led with Lance Keimig and Tim Vollmer (whose photographs illustrate this page). Having three instructors (more…)