Behind the Lens: Going The Extra Mile

One of the most asked questions I get from my workshop students is “How can I take more compelling photographs?” While many might expect some magical formula that would help them take their images to the next level, the reality is that it is a mixture of various undefinable things. Passion, Creativity, Perseverance, Vision and more times then not…..going that extra mile.

Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park
Colby Brown in the Narrows - ©Casey McCallister

With the digital age of photography fully upon us, there are more people with quality cameras now then ever before. These means that more and more individuals have the ability to capture life on this planet. In order to help separate yourself from the fold, sometimes you have to be willing to do more then the next guy. Some of my best images have been taken in the off season, with crappy weather and in an environment that most would cringe at. This past year I found myself in the middle of sand storms, working in IDP refugee camps, high in the Himalayas in Winter, surrounded by snow, sleeping in my car and up to my chest in 40 degree F water….all while carrying around 30 to 40lbs of camera gear.

Having said that, you do NOT have travel the world to take these kind of images. Instead you have to find your own boundaries and learn to push them. I promise that you will find that not only will your photography improve, but that you will learn alot about yourself in the process.

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Upcoming Photo Workshop Adventures...

Leknes Northern Lights Lofoten Islands Norway Photo Workshop

Norway Photo Workshop – Lofoten Islands

February 7th – 14th, 2020
 
Join me this February as we explore this impressive series of Islands located above the Arctic Circle. While we will work hard to get you in the right spot for both sunrise and sunset, with over half the day steeped in darkness, we will make sure to chase any and all Aurora activity that presents itself throughout our time in the Lofoten Islands.

Myanmar Photo Workshop Adventure

January 12th – 19th, 2020
 
Myanmar is one of the few mysterious and exotic locations left on the planet. After opening up its boarders a little over six years ago, it has quickly become a hot spot for travelers and photographers alike. Join us as we visit Bagan, Yangon, Inle Lake and more as we explore this incredible Buddhist country and all it has to offer.

Ice Cave Hiker Photographer Photo Workshop Icelancd

Iceland Winter Photo Workshop – Ice Caves & Auroras

February 17th – 24th, 2020
 
Winter in Iceland is one of those unique experiences that everyone should have at least once in their life. With this workshop, we will focus our time on the South of Iceland, focusing our time on Ice Caves, Northern Lights, and glaciers, but we will also photograph a number of waterfalls such as Gullfoss, Bruarfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogarfoss and more.

Male Lion in Sabi Sands Reserve Photo Workshop Safari

South Africa Wildlife Photo Safari

Dec. 6th – 11th, 2019


Join me in South Africa was we spend 6 days5 nights exploring two of the most amazing Private Game Reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park region. Leopards, Lions, Rhino, Cheetah, Elephants and more!!

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