Iceland 7 Day Photo Retreat With Pratik Naik
of Solstice Retouch!
· Iceland ·
A mystical landscape that is a photographer and traveller's dream! With misty days, beautiful landscapes, and nights lit green with the Aurora high above, Iceland is a place that you can't pass up. There are so many unique locations found only on this island. This tour is an amazing opportunity to experience why everyone falls in love with this incredible country. Not only will you be a part of a one-of-a-kind, 7-day photo tour, you will also receive hands-on photo training along the way that focuses on landscapes, adventure/travel photography, and environmental portraits in extremely beautiful locations on the South Coast of Iceland.
· Overview & Itinerary ·
Imagine being in inspiring Iceland with a hand-picked group of like minded creatives to share a space for a week! Where we have the world's most beautiful location around us, and we can learn, unwind, and grow together. A place where you can not only be inspired from friends, but from the environment around us. We'll work together, have fun together, explore, shoot, and inspire each other. We usually end up bonding so closely as lifelong friends over a course of those four days, and each experience is unforgettable. We all bring something unique to the table, so this is not just a getaway, but an opportunity to advance ourselves as creatives as well.
This 7 day creative retreat is a chance to not only unwind together, but explore, learn, and tell stories through photography. This is open ended retreat and each day is an open schedule with endless possibilities. We have an itinerary of unbelievable places we have in our back pocket, and we'll take day-trips to, and go wherever we feel inspired to visit. This trip will flow organically and the locations below will give you an idea of what's to come.
You can make what you wish out of this trip, whether it's to learn more about photography from a hands-on approach all the way through the retouching! Or if you're there just to be inspired to grow ideas and unwind, or simply catch up on work in a beautiful location with friends.
During our daily photo adventures that the group picks, we will be touring around in two 4x4 vehicles that will not only be our transport, but also a lovely subject to take pictures of among the rugged landscapes of Iceland. Each day will include photo lessons, photo review, and daily photo goal setting. Together, we will establish new goals designed to help push your ability to capture images and tell stories on this amazing trip.
The focus of this 7-day photo retreat is to explore, learn, and tell stories through photography with hands-on instruction at some of the most beautiful locations in Iceland.
· The Trip ·
· Host and Instructor ·
Max is a professional photographer who specializes in adventure lifestyle and travel photography, with 6 years of experience shooting all over the world. His goal is to encourage and inspire others to follow their passions every day through photos, stories, and travel, which is why he created this workshop — to provide all three to his students.
He got his start at 18 while living in Japan, working at a small fashion magazine. He later moved on to learn under famous photographer Chase Jarvis (founder of CreativeLive). Now Max is a full-time photographer based out of Seattle. And fun fact — he absolutely loves elephants!
· Host and Instructor ·
Pratik is a high end retoucher and owner of the Solstice Retouch, a retouching boutique agency. He is based out of the United States, specializing in commercial and editorial work.
With over 10 years of experience in the field, he is also an educator and speaker! Pratik really enjoys bringing the community together and collectively, he enjoys helping people achieve their potential in the industry! Whether it’s through connecting creatives, educating them, or working for photographers as a retoucher.
Dates: April 19th - 25th
Cost: $2900 USD (Locking in a spot requires payed in full)
Spots: Only 2 spots left.
Seljavallalung Swimming Pool
Dyrholaey Light house & Beach
Hruni Hot Pot
Plus super secret locations!
7 nights twin share Airbnb accommodation.
Transportation in two 4x4s for the duration of the tour.
1-on-1 photo & editing mentoring, focusing on personal shooting goals.
Learn how to shoot Landscapes, Sunrise, Sunsets, Nighttime, Lifestyle and Portraits.
Landscape, Lifestyle, and Portrait editing tutorial.
Lightroom, Photoshop, and workflow tutorial.
Relaxing last day at Laugarvatn Fontana Spa and Hot Spring with lunch.
Flights to Reykjavik
Meals (Besides last lunch at Fontana Spa)
Other goods and drinks
· The Space ·
Here is our beautiful space, and the heart of the trip. Where we'll be living together and sharing many laughs and memories! Situated comfortably in a quiet part of downtown Reykjavik, this is where we'll start and end our days. This 5 bedroom house that has the creature comforts to make it the perfect place for this retreat! As rooms have 2 beds, you'll be sharing a room with another attendee, but will have your own bed. We'll be interviewing each person ahead of time to ensure we pick the right people to mesh with the group! We always make sure our retreats are the best experiences for everyone.
· Booking ·
If you’re interested in joining us, fill out the form below and tell us why you’re looking forward to being a part of this trip! We’ll be reaching out directly as we want to make sure that we have a diverse group of people joining us for the benefit of the experience of the group. Also, we want to give people enough time to enter so everyone has a fair chance as we currently have more interest than space. I really looking forward to hearing from you!
· Frequently asked Questions ·
What level of photographic skills do I need?
"This workshop and photo tour are open to all skills from beginners all the way to the pros as long as you have a love of photography and a willingness to go out and learn every day."
What camera gear do I need to bring?
"The minimum you will need is a camera DSLR/mirrorless, one Lens, Tripod, and Laptop for daily group edit sessions. Also recommended to bring an ND filter and wide angle lens for beautiful Landscapes."
Will I see the Northern Lights (Aurora)?
There is a good possibility as they are still active during this time and we will be constantly on the hunt for them.
What do I need to pack?
The weather in Iceland never really gets warm but it will be around 0c-5c so pack warm layers, hats, & gloves. I recommend wool base layers, and waterproof layers are a must, as well as a good pair of hiking boots.
What is the weather like?
We are hitting Iceland in the best time in terms of the light and weather with winter just ending and with spring in full swing. We will enjoy lovely days and starry-filled nights with the chance of the aurora every day.
Will there be the opportunity to do other activities?
Of course. We do have a packed 7-day itinerary to maximise your time on the trip but we do recommend you arrive before and stay after so you can experience more of Iceland on your own, and we will provide advice and recommendations on fun things to do that we might have missed.