Lake Superior Photo Workshops:

Munising, Michigan

October 6-10, 2021

October 10-14, 2021

Instructor: Ian Plant

Where: Munising, MI

Maximum number of students: 5

Price: $2995 ($500 deposit required at booking)

Email Ian at to register.

The Pictured Rocks area of Lake Superior contains some of the most stunning scenery in the Midwest U.S. Towering cliffs, colorfully stained by water seeping through mineral deposits, plunge down to the water's edge, while the wind and the waves carve small caves into the soft sandstone common to this area. We'll explore the area by land and boat, photographing beautiful lake scenery, waterfalls, and the intimate beauty of the rocky shoreline. In addition, these workshops are timed for peak autumn color.  

Workshop location: The workshop is based in Munising, located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior. 

Physical requirements: We will be doing hiking during this workshop. We won't go more than three to four miles on any given day (and usually it will be much less), and although most of the hiking isn't very strenuous, we might have some short but steep climbs. Also, the shoreline of Lake Superior can be rocky and wet, so good balance is necessary. People in decent physical condition will find the hiking to be easy to moderate. People who are in poor shape or who have mobility issues will find this workshop very difficult. You don't have to be an athlete for this workshop, but if you have physical limitations, please contact me before registering so we can discuss whether this workshop is appropriate for you.

Skill level: Photographers of all skill levels will benefit from this workshop, but if you are new to photography, you might want to learn basic skills elsewhere before signing up for this class. You don't have to be an advanced photographer to take this workshop, but we're going to be focusing on the artistic aspects of visual design, so participants are expected to have a working knowledge of their camera and other photographic equipment.

General schedule: Please note that each day’s schedule might vary according to which locations we visit that day, how long we shoot, and what the weather conditions are like (if the weather is conducive to photography on a particular day, we might stay in the field longer, and if not, we might emphasize classroom work that day instead). Flexibility is key to successful landscape photography, so expect that plans might change. 

Day 1: We meet in the afternoon for an initial "meet and greet" event (time and place to be determined prior to the workshop start). I will give a detailed presentation, provide an overview of the workshop activities, answer questions, and make plans for the morning shoot. After, we'll head out for a quick sunset shoot.

Days 2-4: Be prepared for three full days of intense workshop activities! We will go out to photograph sunrise every morning, spending 2-3 hours in the field working on composition techniques. After the morning shoot, we return to town for a break. We might do some classroom activities during the middle of the day (with meal and personal breaks as appropriate), or we might head out for more photography if conditions are good. Classroom activities will include presentations about landscape composition techniques, digital darkroom processing, and daily critique sessions. In the late afternoon, we head back into the field for our sunset photography session. 

Day 5: After the morning photography session, we conclude the workshop in time for everyone to check out.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the workshop price. There are plenty of lodging options in Munising, which is a small town. Feel free to chose lodging that best fits your needs and budget. I recommend the Roam Inn. 

Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to, from, and during the workshop. 

Payment policy: The workshop fee is for instruction only. All other expenses, including transportation, accommodations, and meals are the responsibility of the participant. A deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot on this workshop. The remainder will be collected 45 days prior to the workshop start.

If you cancel within 45 days before the start date, a partial or full refund of the workshop tuition might be available as long as we are able to fill your spot. We try to be flexible about emergency cancellations; just contact us and we’ll do our best to work it out!

COVID-19: A full refund will be given for any COVID-related cancellations. During the workshop, we will take all social distancing and masking precautions as necessary.