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SKÝ FÓLK: Learn


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SKÝ FÓLK: Learn


in-person / in the arctic / in Seattle / around the world

Photo adventures

Watch this space for announcements of any upcoming adventure photography workshops. Scroll down for photo adventure descriptions or contact us for more information.

(no trips currently announced for 2019)


The Baffin Island Photo Adventure

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The Baffin Photo Adventure is an incredible trip for a few reasons, firstly, because its a massive Arctic landscape that only a handful of adventure photographers know about. So, it is you, a couple other intrepid souls, myself and Artur, and thats it. No other people for at least 50 miles in any direction, smack dab in the middle of something several times the scale of Yosemite National Park and we will pass by and photograph the highest vertical drop on earth, Mt Thor (that hooked mountain in the photo above) among several other stunning scenes. Its more beautiful than Yosemite or Torres Del Paine, and the whole thing is on foot. It is a trek, it is the real deal, it is hard work, but also the purest adventure travel a human can partake in.

location and getting there

Baffin Island is the 5th largest island on the planet at about 195k sq miles, most of it lies inside the Arctic circle

There are no direct flights to the island, or any flights of any kind onto it. The island is a protected place (thank you Canada), so its tricky to get there. We fly from Ottawa, to Iqaluit and usually from Iqaluit to Qikiqtarjuac (sometimes we stop in Pangnirtung for a night or two depending on weather).

Its about photography

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Artur in front of Mt. Asgard, looking for compositions

You have two photo experienced leads (Artur and myself) who have been through the area before several times, know a lot of about the landscape and are there to assist with composing your photos and other in-depth/hands-on adventure photography education. A base-level of photography knowledge is good to have so you get the most out of this trip. It depends on your main focus for the trip, but some time behind a camera will help you spot shots that are uniquely “you” and that speak from your perspective.

This place is wild

The Arctic is not a ‘soft’ place. While time in the sun can be wonderful and there are often good stretches of it during the time we typically tour the area (late August to mid-September) We take you through the place, talk photography and also make sure you’re as comfortable as possible during what can only be considered as extreme conditions. You will carry a pack with all of your food, clothes and shelter in it for about 13 days across Arctic terrain. A day can quickly move from calm and still and warm to high winds, periods of frigid cold and snow. This environment can shift from sunburn weather to a blizzard in the space of an hour. Seriously.

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It should be said, while Artur and myself have a lifetime of outdoor traversal experience, we are not guides of any kind, this trip is about hands-on learning to be a landscape photographer in the most breathtaking place on earth.

Physical demands

This trip is physically challenging for most people. While it is mostly flat (we don’t climb any mountains or rise significantly in elevation), there are a few things that require that you have a solid base of physical training. Your pack weight will be a lot heavier than a typical pack because of the amount of food and warm clothing you need to carry. There are no easy paths through some of the moraines (piles, often massive ones, of rock and dirt left over from receding glaciers), while there is an easiest route, which we know, the terrain shifts constantly and so its important to be ready for that. It is a true adventure of a lifetime and should be treated as such with preparation and calm intentionality.

costs

This trek typically costs about $8,500 - $9,000 + personal expenses (food, any equipment you still need to get, travel outside of Canada). However we have not set the price for the next adventure, as it hasn’t been announced yet. This cost includes travel and lodging inside of Canada, logistics/planning and the photography education we provide during the adventure. Expect your costs to be close to $10,000 for this trip. This is far in to the Arctic, as such we have to take several planes, eventually landing on a dirt runway on the small island of Qikiqtarjuaq nestled in between floating icebergs, then we move on to Baffin Island by boat (through Outfitters we contract with). This is the kind of trip people save up for, they have usually travelled to places like Iceland and maybe even Greenland, Patagonia and are looking for something more remote, something more ancient and something unique. We keep the costs for this trip as low as possible, but it is still an expedition and so the cost ultimately reflects that.

SEE YOU SOON

We hope we get to meet you and experience this trip with you, keep an eye out for information regarding a trip in 2020. The best way is to follow our social channels: @sky_folk and @arturstanisz

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Hit the link above or the screen-cap of the Instagram story to watch the 2018 adventure unfold.

This covers everything from the first airport all the way to the last day and eventual exit from Baffin Island. Follow SKY FOLK on Instagram for future stories.

Hit the play button above to watch the 2017 adventure unfold, don’t forget to like and subscribe to my YouTube channel for other adventures and updates :)

(screen-cap of 2018 Instagram story)

(screen-cap of 2018 Instagram story)


follow along with me on the 2017 adventure

 

HOW TO EDIT MILKY WAY TIMELAPSES WITH LIGHTROOM AND PREMIERE

This tutorial covers how to edit your raw captures of the night sky with Lightroom's powerful editing tools, sync edits across all of the photos in your timelapse, export from Lightroom and then bring it all together in Premiere.  I also cover how to export for optimal quality for YouTube/Vimeo/Facebook and what the optimal export settings are for Instagram so that your videos play smoothly and are as sharp as you expect them to be.    

Tutorial length: About an hour
Watch if FREE on my YouTube channel (download the Brave Browser, skip the ads and leave me a tip if you find the lesson helpful)

This tutorial is an advanced tutorial and assumes you know the basics of Lightroom and Premiere

Techniques Covered:

  • Settings in-camera used to capture the particular Milky Way exposures that make-up this 11-ish second demo timelapse

  • Using the various tools inside Adobe Lightroom to get the most out of each raw image

  • Batch editing techniques that will give you professional-quality results with your timelapses

  • Noise reduction techniques

  • Sharpening

  • Adjusting temperature across the timelapse

  • How to export your images out of Lightroom and bring them into premiere as a video file

  • Editing, rendering and adding music in Premiere

  • Exporting the final video for various uses including high quality (YouTube and Vimeo HD) and optimal quality settings for Instagram so that your video looks sharpest and isn't compressed by Instagram's algorithms

Please do:

  • Download and keep the tutorial for yourself forever!

  • Share the link to buy the tutorial with all of your friends!

  • Contact me directly about any questions you have

Please do not:

Give copies of the tutorial to people that haven't paid for it.  


 

PHOTOSHOP + LIGHTROOM tutorial: GET THE MOST OUT OF A SINGLE EXPOSURE

This tutorial is all about getting the most out of your Lightroom + Photoshop workflow, pulling details out of an image, adjusting lighting so it works better, general image clean-up techniques all while editing in a non-destructive way.      

There is a lot of work that Adobe Lightroom can handle quickly before you bring an image into Photoshop to final it, so let's take a look at some of the common tweaks to a photo that can be made in Lightroom, then let's do the deeper editing work with Photoshop after we've gotten the quick stuff out of the way.

Tutorial length: About an hour
Watch if FREE on my YouTube channel (download the Brave Browser, skip the ads and leave me a tip if you find the lesson helpful)

This tutorial is an advanced tutorial and assumes you know the basics of Photoshop, how to open files, what Lightroom is, and I use a few hotkeys in the tutorial which are:

  • "x" switches between foreground/background color

  • Typing "1" when in a brush sets the opacity of that brush to 10% and typing "0" sets the brush opacity to 100%, etc

  • Holding ALT while in a brush allows you to pick a color by sampling from the image, clicking sets that color

  • CTRL + Click on a channel to create a selection from that channel

  • CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + Click will step a channel's selection down in value

  • CTRL + L opens a levels adjustment on a Channel or Layer

  • Holding ALT while clicking the New Layer icon brings up options for the layer (ability to name it, blending mode, fill with 50% gray, etc)

Techniques Covered:

  • Using Lightroom to tweak color range and value range

  • Editing a daylight, slot canyon photo start to finish

  • How to bring out details of an image without over-sharpening it

  • Precision-editing light/value range with luminosity masking

  • Sharpening

  • General image clean-up

Software Required: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom

Prerequisites: 

None! I always recommend watching the Luminosity Masks: Dodge and Burn Like a Pro -- as that goes into one of the main techniques used here and in all other post production work.  Also, that tutorial is free (although tips $$ are appreciated!)

Please do:

  • Share the link to buy the tutorial with all of your friends!

  • Contact me directly about any questions you have!

Please do not:

  • Give copies of the tutorial to people that haven't paid for it.


PREMIUM PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: EDITING A MULTI-EXPOSURE NIGHT SKY PHOTO

tAKE YOUR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

In this 2-ish hour premium tutorial I coverS a lot of ground and definitely everything to get you started off right for editing your astro photos!  

to get access:

Watch if FREE on my YouTube channel (download the Brave Browser, skip the ads and leave me a tip if you find the lesson helpful)

Techniques COVERED:

  • Preparing/planning for a night sky image

  • Editing a Milky Way night sky image

  • Handling multiple exposures (in this case, 3)

  • Focus-stacking exposures for sharper images

  • Precision-editing light/value range with luminosity masking

  • Noise reduction techniques

  • Sharpening

  • General image clean-up

  • Editing RAW images with Adobe Camera Raw

SAMPLE FILES INCLUDED: If you'd like to work from the photos I used in this tutorial I have included thEM!

Software REQUIRED: Adobe Photoshop

 

Prerequisites: NONE! (but if you need a bit more time understanding the ins-and-outs of luminosity masks please watch the 'Luminosity masks: dodge and burn like a Pro' tutorial - it's free!

 

Luminosity Masks: Dodge and Burn Like a Pro!

 

this is how the pros dodge and burn

Follow me on Instagram: @sky_folk

In this free 45-ish minute tutorial I will explain, in-depth how to use 'luminosity masking' to more accurately dodge and burn an image (add contrast by lightening and darkening areas of an image).  By accurately targeting specific value ranges you will learn how to precisely control the darks and lights in a photo or image you are working with.  

Know the basics!

This non-destructive adobe photoshop tutorial assumes you know some of the basics of photoshop like creating layers and channels and some of the basic hotkeys for setting opacity (typing 1 sets opacity of a brush to 10% and typing 0 sets opacity to 100%, etc) - I try to call out what hotkeys I am using when I use them as much as possible in this lesson but if you're finding yourself lost, let me know and I can try to help you out!  

How much does it cost?

Watch if FREE on my YouTube channel (download the Brave Browser, skip the ads and leave me a tip if you find the lesson helpful)

ARE YOU WANTING TO PUSH EVERYTHING TO A NEW LEVEL?

Thanks for watching and comments/questions are very welcome, I'm here to help! 

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1:1 Photo Coaching


The best learning experience - Seattle, WA

1:1 Photo Coaching


The best learning experience - Seattle, WA

Private Photography Instruction for New Photographers - $200 per 3 hour lesson

Your instructor - Will Christiansen

Your instructor - Will Christiansen

Do you want to learn to shoot and do you learn best with 1:1 instruction?  Have you been wanting to shoot with an SLR you got for your birthday but haven't felt comfortable working the controls to get you the results you see elsewhere?  Is there a specific type of photography you don't quite get how to do but you'd really like to get started with?  Do you shoot with automatic controls but wish you could manipulate those controls to get you more creative or appealing photos?  Then let's shoot together!  

Will is a wonderful teacher. I learned more from him in 3 hours than any photography book I have ever purchased.
— Christiana

In a private instruction session we'll set up a time to meet and shoot and discuss photography, I'll work with you in the areas you want to improve  and you will have personalized homework in between our sessions that we will critique!  

Hit the contact link, connect with me over Instagram, Facebook or give me a call and we'll set up what works for you in your schedule.  I know where to go to get the shots you want and we'll shoot together in the locations that fit the type of photography you are interested in pursuing for the best learning experience.