The seascapes and nature of Rugia Island - 3-day workshops

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Seascape and nature photography

During the 3-day workshop you will learn how to photograph seascapes. The workshop will be held on the beautiful, rocky Rügen Island, which provides plenty of opportunities for photographers. In addition, we will combine seascape photography with lessons in nature, macro and close-up photography.

We will photograph i.a.:

- rocky and sandy shores

- interesting scenery at slow shutter speeds

- during blue hour, golden hour and during the day


Price: 450 Euro/person

Minimum number of participants: 3

Including: accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 suppers, local transport


Key topics include:

- the use of polarizing filters, graduated gray filters and graduated neutral gray filters

- image composition with an emphasis on the first plan

- stacking in seascape photography

- image processing by applying a blend mode

- night photography

We will also visit plenty of interesting spots – some of the most interesting ones in terms of photography in the southern Baltic.


Workshop program:

Day 1 – Friday

- Until 4 pm - arrival of participants

- 4 pm – 4:30 pm – a short introduction on the topic of the workshops,

- 5 pm – 7 pm - Discussion of the key principles of photography to be employed during the workshops over the following days

- 7:30 pm – 10 pm - evening shooting during golden hour in Sassnitz at the edge of the national park, next to cliffs and rocky beach. If weather permits, we will certainly attempt photos of the night sky full of stars.

Day 2 – Saturday

We begin an hour before dawn in order to capture the beautiful colors of the golden hour on the beach in Saasnitz. The main themes will again include boulders, golden hour and the rising sun. We will play with slow shutter speed and filters.

- 7 am - return for breakfast and a longer rest after the morning session

- 11 am - 2 pm - nature photography in the field. You will learn how to take interesting nature, macro and close-up photographs also at this least favorable time of day

- 2 pm – 3 pm - dinner and a short break to regenerate

- 4 pm - 6:30 pm - nature photography, already at a more favorable time

- 7 pm – 10 pm – we will have dinner outdoors, while photographing the beaches on the northern edge of the island (Kap Arkona)

-10 pm – return to the accommodation quarters for the night.

Day 3 – Sunday

Waking up before dawn for those who will still have the energy and desire for another photo shoot by the sea. Photographing by the Saasnitz cliffs and rocky coast. Bearing in mind that it will be the 3rd day of workshops, all depends on the level of our vitality. The last day will be planned in such a way that people who want to get up early in the morning can participate in the field activities. Workshop participants who want to sleep off the previous day, or rest before travelling back home, will also "get" an interesting location for shooting at a later time, until 9:00 pm.

- 9 am – breakfast

- 10 am – 2 pm – follow-up on the produced photographs, discussion of techniques, stacking photographs obtained using bracketing technique (HDR), horizontal panoramas, vertical panoramas, stacking, interesting processing techniques

- 2 pm – lunch

- 3 pm - end of the workshops.

For people who want to remain at the venue until the evening, an interesting solution is to walk along the edge of the cliff from Saasnitz to Königstuhl. On the way you can admire the edge of the cliff and the beautiful forest. The route extends for about 8 km one way. You can return to Saasnitz by bus.


You will learn:

- How to use different focal lengths

- How to use polarizing filters, graduated gray filter and graduated neutral gray filter

- How to use different elements in the creation of interesting sceneries

- How to compose an interesting first plan

- What to emphasize on different types of beaches (sand, stones, rocks)

- How to use interesting techniques, i.e. painting with light, stacking, HDR, horizontal and vertical panorama

- How to create your own compositions

- How to obtain fuzzy images of waves at slow shutter speed



Graduated gray filters and graduated neutral filters are the most important equipment. If you do not have them, I'll bring a few pieces, but they might not fit on your lens. You can, of course, hold them in your hands (graduated neutral filter), but using the gray filter will be problematic (there is a good chance that you may simply move the camera during the exposure). If you do not have filters, but would really like to participate in the workshop, please contact me via e-mail, we will figure something out.

Besides, I will bring some older manual lenses with a M42 mount. You are welcome to use them.



Saasnitz (Rugia Island, Germany)

Price: from 450 Euro (details in describtion)
Date of workshop: 2018-06-29
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