Night Photography at Historic Bodie State Park
to Jun 24

Night Photography at Historic Bodie State Park

Hone your craft in Night Photography with me this summer at the incredible Bodie State Historic Park in eastern California.

In this special small-group workshop, the size is limited to 10 students, and we have the ENTIRE park to ourselves from 6PM to 12 midnight. This means we will also get to shoot the sunset before night falls, AFTER the park is closed to the public. 

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Shooting the West 2019
to Apr 12

Shooting the West 2019

Landscape Astrophotography Class at Shooting the West 2016

Landscape Astrophotography Class at Shooting the West 2016

Join me at Shooting the West in Winnemucca April 9-12 2019. I am teaching three classes:

  • iPhone Photography

  • Landscape Astrophotography

  • Multiple Exposure Blending in Lightroom / Photoshop

More info and enrollment here:

I will also be giving a presentation on Friday at 1pm on “Out of this World" Photography - my adventurers shooting the night sky around the globe.

Hope to see you in Winnemucca!

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Northwest and Northern Iceland in Autumn
to Sep 26

Northwest and Northern Iceland in Autumn


Join me in Northwest and North Iceland this September 17-26 for a spectacular 10-day tour to some of this gorgeous country's most special and remote landscapes. Our goal is to get off the “beaten path” of the Southern Ring Road that has exploded in popularity in recent years, and to spend some time deep in the countryside of the northern reaches of Iceland exploring the quiet Fjords and seacoasts.

My Iceland Adventure Workshops aim to provide a mixture of photography, travel adventure, cultural experiences, and photography tutorials. This trip has a max group size of four students, and we will travel together in our 4x4 rental car. On two occasions, we will spend two nights in the same lodging, with opportunity for image review and instruction in post-processing the images we have taken to date. We will always keep our eye to the weather and any possible Northern lights, with a list of attractions and locations to visit each morning and evening on the menu for each day.  Our goal is to have a maximum amount of fun, while visiting and photographing some spectacular landscapes, and learning to be better photographers along the way. With our small group, I will be able to provide ample one-on-one instruction at every shooting location to everyone so that we all improve our skills behind the camera and with Lightroom.

Day 1 - September 17th - Meet at the Keflavik International Airport outside of Reykjavik.

I will meet you at the International Arrivals hall at the Keflavik International airport, and bring you a short 15 minutes drive to our hotel for the first night, the 3-star Northern Light Inn, with the fabulous Max's Restaurant. Optional evening excursion to the Blue Lagoon to soak in the Geothermal waters (less than 5 minutes away - must be booked in advance). There is always a potential to shoot any Northern Lights at the Blue Lagoon if they appear and its clear out.

Day 2 - September 18th - Travel through Reykjavik to the town of Grundarfjörður (4 hours with stops)

After passing through Reykjavik and the Akranes area, we will travel to Grundarfjörður and arrive at our accommodations at the seaside Hotel Framnes around mid-afternoon. We will be dining at the lovely seaside restaurant Bjargarsteinn. We will travel five minutes outside of town to photograph the iconic Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, with a good chance to either shoot the waterfall or the reflections of Kirkjufell mountain in the tidal flats, depending on the tide. If the skies clear for us, we will have a chance to return and shoot these majestic landscapes under any Northern Lights that might appear.

Day 3  - September 19th - Photograph Around Grundarfjörður / Olafsvik

We will travel around Grundarfjordur and photograph in Olafsvik or out around the Snaefellsness Peninsula, including the waterfalls at Kerlingarfoss, or the volcanic highlands of the Snaefellsjokull. There will be an optional post-processing workshop for a few hours in the dining room of the Hotel Framnes.

Day 4 - September 20th - Travel to Patreksfjörður (~4 hours)

We will wake up and catch one last sunrise at Kirkjufellsfoss, and then head out on the road to Patreksfjörður, about a 4 hour drive. This is the biggest town in the southern part of the WestFjords area. There are many attractions along the way, including the Fjords at Vattarnes, Flokalandur, and the beach at Rauðisandur. 

Day 5 - September 21st - Travel to Isafjordur / Sudavik (~3 hours)

We will awake and shoot the sunrise at Patreksfjörður, perhaps at one of the many gorgeous beaches nearby such as Breiðavík Beach, and then slowly make our way to Súðavík (3 hours drive), with some time spent in Ísafjörður along the way. We'll spend the afternoon exploring this gorgeous town and its surroundings, including Valagil ravine and waterfall. We will have dinner in Ísafjörður at one of the lovely seafood cafes there such as Tjoruhusid, and stay the night at the seaside Fjord Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast.

Day 6 Travel to Stóra-Ásgeirsá Farmstay (~4.5 hours)

We awake on Day 6 and hope for good sunrise light on the Fjord at at Súðavík. Then, we travel to our accomodation at the Stóra-Ásgeirsá Farmstay, just past Laugarbakki. This will be a special experience, with the freshest farm food you‘ve ever had, and maybe even some live music from our host, Magnus.

Day 7 Travel to Akureyi (~2 hours)

On this day, we will travel to Akureyi, the “Capital of North Iceland”, which is the second largest urban area in Iceland, after Reykjavik. Based on the weather, we have the option of taking the inland route, through Akrahreppur and Bakki, or the long way around the Northern coast, through the quaint fishing villages of Hofsós and Ólafsfjörður. Akureyi has much to offer, including a magical combination of scenery and city life. We can shoot many things here, including the majestic nature scenery of the surrounding area, or the city lights at twilight. We will stay two nights at the Hotel Akureyi.

Day 8 - Photograph Around Akureyi

There are many options to photograph around Akureyi, including the spectacular Godafoss waterfall, or a short walk up the Sulur Mountain for a view over the city. We could also do a day trip to the pretty Lake Myvatn amd/or Asbyrgi Canyon. We could also have a mid-day image review, and post-processing tutorial session on this day in Akureyi.

Possible Extra: Cave Exploration Tour to Lofthellir Cave

Day 9 - Drive back to Reykjavik (5 hours)

We will wake up and head back to Reykjavik for one final night in the capital of Iceland. For those of you who don't wish to make the return trip, it is possible to fly IcelandAir Domestic to Keflavik and then transfer to Reykjavik for a night out on the town, or you could also just catch your flight home. For those that do choose to stay in Reykjavik, our accommodations are at the chic 3-star Icelandair Marina Hotel, and you are also welcome to extend your stay (not included) if you want to spend an extra day and night in this amazing Capital City.

Day 10 - Depart for Home

I will be heading to the airport on this day to return our vehicle and catch my flight, which is at 11 AM. I am happy to drop you, or you can arrange your own FlyBus transportation to the airport from the Hotel for around $35, not included.

A Word About the Itinerary

The above schedule is jam-packed with the goal of getting in the most shooting opportunities and activities as possible in our time in the Westfjords. If you prefer a lighter less hectic schedule, you are free to skip any outing on the schedule - just let me know!

Here is a map showing our route across northern Iceland:

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Here are some photos from previous trips to Iceland (mine) and some photos showing the places we will visit:

Terms and Conditions:

To reserve your spot in this workshop, a non-refundable deposit of 50% is due upon enrollment. If for some reason you must cancel, I will refund your deposit in the event that I fill your spot in the workshop.  

The remainder of the deposit is due 30 days prior to the date of the workshop. 

This trip will involve walking over uneven ground, sometimes in low-light and even potentially nighttime conditions. By joining me you acknowledge that you are in good physical condition and able to take part in walking and hiking over uneven ground. 

To join me on this trip, you MUST book Travel Insurance (I recommend Allianz) and sign and return an acknowledgement of terms/conditions and liability wavier with your deposit to reserve your spot (email me for this document to send in with your deposit). I carry photography workshop insurance that provides some coverage, but you need to supplement this with Travel Insurance to cover what my carrier does not (lost baggage,cancelled flights, medical emergency, for example). 

Cost / What is Included and What isn't Included

The cost of this Photography Workshop Adventure is $7,975.

  • Airfare to/from Iceland is not included

  • Lodging is included, and is double occupancy. If you want your own room, I will try to obtain one for you but may not be available in all accommodations, and additional charges will be required.

  • Breakfast is included every day, but snacks, lunches, and dinners are not. We typically eat such a large breakfast every day that we are OK with snacks until we have an early dinner.

  • Transportation in a 4x4 7-passenger vehicle is included in this workshop, including all taxes, fuel, and tolls.

  • I will pick you up from the Keflavik International Airport outside of Reykavik at any time on September 17th. I will be drop you off at the airport at 9am on the 26th, however if you need to go at a different time, you will need to book your own airport transport on the FlyBus.

  • Instruction in photography at each shooting opportunity is included, as is instruction in planning and post-processing.

 A Final Note about Iceland's Weather

As those of you who have been to Iceland before are intimately aware - the weather can be ferocious one minute, confusing the next, and then turn to placid - all in very little time. This is part of what makes it such an amazing location to photograph. While we will always wish for moody skies, colorful sunsets, and clear aurora-filled nights, we will most certainly be met with some clouds and rain or even possibly snow at some point. You will be expected to come prepared for any and all weather conditions. If the weather is wet or stormy, we will replace shooting sessions with post-processing sessions as desired. As always we will hope for the perfect mix of stormy clouds for dramatic landscapes but not too stormy so we can't go out, and we will keep our fingers crossed for clear skies at night under the Northern Lights.



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to Sep 12

Night Photography (Sierra College)

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Night Photography

Monday September 10th and Wednesday September 12th 2018

Want to capture Truckee’s night sky splendor with your digital SLR? Join night photographer Grant Kaye and learn the technique and art of photographing after dark. Fundamentals of night photography are covered in the classroom on night one, and then on night two, we shoot outside (weather permitting). Bring a digital SLR camera with a freshly charged battery, empty memory card, a tripod and USB/Thumb drive, a remote shutter cable for your camera is strongly recommended.

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3:00 PM15:00

Intro to Smartphone Photography @ Atelier

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If you are wondering how to get crisp, professional quality photos from your smartphone, this workshop is for you! Local professional photographer Grant Kaye guides participants through the lens of a smartphone by sharing his tips on setting up your shot, making your photographs with your phone’s native camera app, and then editing and sharing them.

Participants will meet at Atelier to learn the basics of Smartphone photography, and then head out on a photo walk through downtown Truckee working from a suggested shot list. Once the shots are captured, we will reconvene at Atelier and Grant will demonstrate the basics of editing photos on your phones.


  • Some experience with your Phone’s native Camera App

  • Some experience with editing photos in your phone’s native App


  • Smartphone with lots of room for new photos

  • Fully charged phone and charging cable/wall brick


  • Adobe Lightroom Mobile CC App (requires a free Adobe account)

  • Selfie-stick


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This class has a minimum sign-up of five (5) participants to run. In the event the class is cancelled, all participants will be notified 24 hours in advance. Please read our cancellation policy.

Different types of phones offer different features, and as such Grant will do the best he can to demonstrate features and techniques available for all participants based on their model and type of phone but can’t guarantee that everyone will have access to the same features.

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Intro to DSLR @ Atelier
3:30 PM15:30

Intro to DSLR @ Atelier

This workshop covers the basics of modern digital SLR (interchangeable lens camera) photography with local Truckee photographer, Grant Kaye. Have you been shooting with a point-and-shoot camera but you want to unlock the full creative potential of your photographic imagination? Then this class is for you! Grant will teach you how to understand and select proper camera settings to create the photos you imagine, including a review of the fundamentals of solid composition, technique, and strategies to go from snapshots to photographic art. Participants will first meet at Atelier for an informal classroom session, and then we will go for a photowalk in beautiful Downtown Truckee. Grant will then demo the photo editing power of Adobe Lightroom software. This workshop is for the beginning or intermediate photographer who wants to harness the incredible power of their modern digital camera and lay the foundation to take their photographic art to the next level.



  • Digital camera

  • Empty memory card

  • Fully charged battery


  • Tripod

  • Remote cable release

This class has a minimum sign-up of five (5) participants to run. In the event the class is cancelled, all participants will be notified 24 hours in advance. Please read our cancellation policy.

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Post Processing Night Astro-Photos in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (Action Camera Reno)
5:00 PM17:00

Post Processing Night Astro-Photos in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (Action Camera Reno)


Wednesday July 18th 5-7:30 PM

  • Minimum and Size Limit: 5
  • Fee:$99
  • Description: We will work in the Develop module of Lightroom to tone, white balance, remove noise, and selectively edit RAW night photos provided by the instructor, as well as the students' own RAW night images. We will focus specifically on techniques for editing RAW night shots, and conclude with a brief demo of what cannot be done in Lightroom and needs to be done outside of Lightroom in Photoshop.
  • Requirements - bring a laptop computer with the latest version of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (Desktop version, NOT Cloud Version)

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to Jul 15

Astrophotography Weekend in Historic Tonopah - July 13-15th

Learn the art of night photography with me under one of the darkest skies in North America

Learn the art of night photography with me under one of the darkest skies in North America


Interested in spending a weekend honing your astrophotography skills in Nevada's historic Tonopah? Join me and Michael Okimoto for this three-day, two-night course in one of the true gems of Nevada - Tonopah!


  • Friday night and Saturday night lodging at the Historic Mizpah Hotel 
  • Transportation in Tonopah to field photography locations 
  • Saturday and Sunday Morning Breakfasts
  • Saturday night Dinner at the Mizpah
  • Post-processing instruction in Adobe Lightroom Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Mizpah.
  • Private, chaperoned access to the Tonopah Historic Mining park Saturday night
  • Sunset shoots around Tonopah

Does Not Include:

  • Travel to/from Tonopah
  • Travel around Tonopah will be in your own vehicles, or in our 4x4 Vehicles if needed
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Friday night dinner 

Participants must agree to and sign the Workshop Terms and Conditions.


  • $795/person, single occupancy in a Standard Queen rooms. King rooms and suite upgrades are available for an additional fee.
  • This workshop is limited to 10 students, and has two instructors. 

To reserve your spot in this workshop, email or call grant at 530-386-6492 and remit a deposit of $500. Deposit terms can be found in Grant Kaye Creative's workshop Terms and Conditions.

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Donner Lake Photowalk (Atelier)
6:00 PM18:00

Donner Lake Photowalk (Atelier)


Are you ready to take your photography to the next level? Join Truckee-based professional photographer Grant Kaye on a casual walk around the beautiful Donner Lake as he helps you build on foundations to fully unleash your creative vision.

Learn strategies for better composition, pre-visualization, and the use of smartphone apps to anticipate sunset conditions. We will also cover fundamentals of photography, including creative long exposures with slow shutter speeds, along with use of depth of field to bring your vision to life through photography.

Any kind of camera is welcome in this workshop, as Grant will focus the session on fundamentals of composition and learning the art of "seeing" instead of focusing on the technical aspects of photography.

Participants will be informed via email of the specific meeting location at Donner Lake the day before the workshop.


  • a smartphone camera, or

  • a point and shoot camera

  • a DSLR camera

  • some experience in shooting outdoor nature photos

  • Boots or suitable trail shoes

  • Water

  • Snacks


  • Tripod

  • Remote cable release


Students must be able to comfortably and safely walk over uneven ground on a mostly level hiking trail and along the shoreline of Donner Lake, which may be covered in snow, ice, and/or mud. Students will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate in this class.  

As this class takes place in the outdoors, it is subject to weather. If the weather forecast is determined to be unsafe or conducive to photography, students will be notified as far in advance of the class as possible. The alternative date for this class is the next day. If the alternative date is not suitable to your schedule, or if both dates experience inclement weather, Atelier will offer you a voucher towards a future workshop equal in value to the cost of this one. 

This class has a minimum sign-up of five (5) participants to run. In the event the class is cancelled, all participants will be notified 24 hours in advance. Please read Atelier's cancellation policy.

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5:00 PM17:00

Intro to Developing RAW Images in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (Action Camera Reno)



Thursday June 28th 5-7:30 PM 

  • Minimum and Size Limit: 5
  • Fee: $99
  • Description: We will work in the Develop module of Lightroom and cover basic toning, white balancing, exposure adjustments, spot removal, cropping, noise removal, perspective correction, and selective editing with the graduated filter and adjustment brush tools. I will also introduce more advanced techniques such as panoramic stitching to DNG.
  • Requirements - bring a laptop computer with the latest version of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (Desktop version, NOT Cloud Version), and at least TEN of your own RAW images to work on. The instructor will also provide some RAW files of his own for students to work with.

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