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Whether your passion is wildlife, nature, macro or landscape photography, First Light offers instructional photo workshops to many top spots in the United States and several other countries including Iceland, France, Falkland Islands and Chile with more destinations being added every year.
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KODIAK BEAR TRIP ADDED - A new Kodiak Bear workshop has been added for July 2018. Check the workshop page to connect for more information.
INTRODUCING 1 DAY SEMINARS - First Light is implementing one-day seminars around the country where Andy Long will give a variety of programs on Saturday covering a full day of activities to improve your photography skills. If you have at least 15 people in a camera club or group interested in having him present please contact for more info. Info soon available on Workshop page.
2018 SCHEDULE - The 2018 workshop schedule is taking shape. While not complete many workshops are set and ready for signing up along with the remainder of the 2017 schedule.
I had a fantastic photography workshop with you at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and White Sands. I learned so much about shooting sunrises and sunsets, birds in motion, and numerous camera settings. I can't wait to attend another photo trip and continue my learning. Jani G.
I want to thank Andy for a great trip. Andy is very organized and this trip is packed with photo opportunities besides the Aurora Borealis. We attended the World Ice Art Championships and a local sled dog race. The scenery on the Dalton Highway is beautiful and Andy did a fantastic job driving us safely. Vic N.
As expected, the Florida Birding Workshop was fantastic. Capturing birds in intriguing situations rather than static portraits is more challenging then I ever dreamed. But combining your instruction on bird habits, utilzing flash and continuous focusing certainly made for some excellent results. 4,000 pictures and 34 bird species later I am ready for the National Audubon Society! Thanks again! I am sure we will see you again sometime soon. Ned B.
Just a short note to say thanks for a very enjoyable time shooting photos in the Palouse. I really had a nice few days and have some good images to work on. In spite of the not so ideal weather the first couple days, you managed to find some good subjects to photograph so I was not disappointed. Thanks to your experience and expertise I learned some valuable pointers from you that will help me to become a better photographer. Scott S.
Award-winning photographer Andy Long founded First Light in 1994 when he put together his first photo trip. The first program was born when friend and newsletter publisher Bob Grytten asked me to put together a trip to photograph wildlife in Colorado for subscribers to his newsletter - F/8 and Being There - after my having moved to the state two years prior.
Having concentrated on sports photography and writing since 1976, I was looking for a way to transition into outdoor photography after having lived and worked in Jackson, Wyoming, and this first trip was the stepping stone into a whole new adventure in photography.
One trip the first year was followed by four the next year and now up to 20 workshops a year are being offered.
The plan for each trip is to primarily teach in the field because as photographers we are more visual and hands-on rather than sitting in a room. There are some in-room programs, but these are just a supplement to the teaching in the field.
As for the name First Light, well, that's when the best light is. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on an upcoming adventure.