Midnattsolveien 914, N-8315 Laukvik

The Basics of Photography

It’s all about light

and capturing it in the right moment of time …

The Basics of Photography” is a 5-days’ all-inclusive workshop for those that have the urge to capture that wonderful and special moment, but never really succeeds in getting that perfect photo.

Now you’ve got the chance to learn the basics of photography while enjoying the wonderful islands of Lofoten and Vesterålen!

“The Basics of Photography” workshop is organised
from Thursday 18:00 to Monday 14:00
on the following dates in 2019

The Workshop


Your camera’s auto mode is a good thing while being a novice in the world of photography. But once you want to take photography a step further it limits your ability to develop the skills you need to become a great photographer.

During this workshop you will learn how to operate your camera in manual mode and get complete control over your camera. It’s only then you are able to develop those photographic skills.


Basic techniques are lots of theory, but also a lot of pratice. During this workshop we have prepared for a lot of time practising what you learn about operating your camera.

You will be challenged in different ways in order to make use of what you’ve learned in the classroom; portraits indoors and outdoors, landscape, Northern Lights, night shots, use of flash and much more.  


Digital photography is more than just “pushing the button” on a camera. Those photos captured need to be transferred to a computer and undergo some form of editing before they are either sent by email or published on Facebook, or even printed.

You will learn how to manage all this with simple techniques. We’re sure that some of your friends will be amazed by what you are able to accomplish when you’re back home capturing the world around you.

Snowcovered mountains in Grunnførfjord

Who may attend

The workshop is well suited for beginners and those with limited knowledge about photography beyond the basics.

What you should bring

Equipment: You should bring along at least 1 lense in addition to the one mounted on your camera, a tripod (you may borrow one if you do not have your own) and your laptop (PC/Mac).

During the editing sessions we’ll be using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. The main focus will be on using Photoshop. If you do not have these applications installed they are both available as part of the Photography plan from Adobe at a price of €12.29/month (price may vary slightly depending on location). We ask you kindly to purchase and download before arriving the workshop.

Please do remember to bring with you your memory card reader, cables and the battery charger. You may also consider bringing with you an extra battery for your camera and also an extra memory card. You may need a converter for Nordic power outlets.

 The weather conditions and the temperature in our region change often and rapidly. Bring warm clothes (layers), gloves, suitable headware and footware. Even though the workshops are organised during the winter you should bring waterproof clothing as well. Contact us if you have any doubts regarding what you should bring.

Travel insurance is mandatory for all attendees.

Where do you stay?

The group will be accommodated in our apartments in “Sjøfarten” in Laukvik fishing village, located 10 km from Livland and 36 km from Svolvær Town.

In “Sjøfarten” there are 3 fully equipped apartments with 7 bedrooms and all together 13 beds. With a group larger than 7 people some of you must expect to share a bedroom with another in the group.

“Sjøfarten” in Laukvik

What’s included


4 nights in one of our fully equipped apartments. Shared bedroom may be relevant for you if group size exceeds 7.


All meals are included. You’ll find food and beverages for breakfast in the apartment’s refrigerator. All other meals will served at Livland or outdoors depending on activity. Alcoholic drinks and beverages are not included.


Airport transport (pick up and return) and all local transport are included. You do not need to hire your own car. Inbound/outbound flights are not included.

The Instructor 

Thorbjorn Liell (born in Oslo in 1957) has been into photography for years and long before he bought his first digital camera back in 1998. He has been an IT professional since 1981. Photography and graphics design are his current main working fields.

Thorbjorn has organised several photographic courses and workshops through the years in Norway and Ireland. Several of his photos have been presented at exhibitions in Norway.

Workshop: “The Basics of Photography”