Photography Workshop

A Norwegian photography holiday to remember

Take the step this summer and join other photography enthusiasts to experience fantastic Norwegian nature and beautiful mountains. 

On this theme-based, five day workshop you will become a more accomplished photographer: take better photos, learn new skills and gain new perspectives. Every day offers new subjects, new locations and new challenges. 

We explore the mountains around Venabu, on the edge of the Rondane National Park. This landscape offers limitless possibilities and subjects to move you.  For more about photography at Venabu please see below.

As photographers, light is our medium. Summer in Norway is perfect for photography with long daylight hours. The special lighting conditions are amongst the many reasons why photographers travel to Norway. 

Photography Course Content

Develop your use of the camera as a creative tool by exploring photography techniques and theory. Learn through carefully designed practical exercises: indoors and outside.

A great variety of themes, including: 

• Landscape and nature 

• Picture composition and visualizing 

• Photographing buildings of historic and cultural interest

• Close-ups of flowers, plants and insects

• Macro photography

• Panorama

• Moving water

• People / portrait photography

Get a better and more conscious understanding of photography through daily image review with feedback: personal follow-up and help with image processing and editing. Learn how to build a good workflow. Reviewing the day’s pictures helps in understanding the theory, gaining knowledge from your own pictures and the other participants. 

Learn to really understand your camera: menus, settings, and how to get the most out of your subjects. We will look at control of exposure with ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Take charge of the picture taking and get the pictures you want. 

Price: from 14490 NOK

per person sharing a twin/double room


14 - 20 August 2021

Small group size: minimum 6, maximum 12

Your course leader

Our course leader is Olav Erik Storm, a well-established Norwegian commercial photographer. Olav has worked in Norway and in New York. In the last ten years he has held many photography courses, workshops and lectures both nationally and abroad. Olav is an enthusiastic communicator who enjoys teaching. He will inspire you to improve your skills and take your picture taking to a new level. For more information about Olav please see below.

Course programme

Day 1.

Arrival day

Dinner 19.00 meet Olav Storm and get to know your fellow photographers over dinner.

Days 2-6.

8.00 Breakfast

Each day follows a similar programme starting after breakfast with a morning briefing on the day’s photography topic and location. 

There is then a themed excursion and photo shoot with exercises and challenges.

We take a packed lunch and hot drinks out with us each day and use transfers by minibus on most days to take us to our photography destination. Expect to be out for about five hours each day. Our final day is spent close to the hotel.

19.00 Dinner is a convivial affair. 

There are evening sessions on three days. 

Day 7.

Departure after breakfast

All the sessions are, of course, optional and we like to keep the detail of the programme flexible so we can respond to the light and weather conditions and the interests of the group. 

Who will this photography workshop suit?

The course is recommended for photographers who enjoy active travel in the mountains, who want to improve skills on several different photo topics and get professional feedback on their own work. This workshop is run with a relaxed, pleasant social atmosphere as we share our love of photography, good food and nature.

To take part you need to have a digital camera with manual / semi automatic settings not just automatic settings. DSLR or mirrorless is perfect. We will also be shooting pictures with long exposure times so a sturdy tripod is required/ recommended to get sharp pictures. 

It is important that you have a general knowledge of the computer and know how to download, organize, and choose pictures to be transferred to a memory stick. It is also an advantage if you have a picture program on your computer. You may download a trial version of Photoshop Elements with a 30-day free usage before the course. 

What’s included:

• Expert photography tuition and coaching on five days

• 6 nights accommodation in our comfortable mountain hotel

• Breakfast and evening buffet meals during your stay, packed lunches and a filled thermos

• Entry to museums and cultural sites

• All printing materials and paper

• A traditional lunch and storytelling at our summer farm

• Our renowned Traditional Norwegian Buffet served on Wednesday evening

• Travel to photography locations

What’s not included:

• Travel insurance

• Incidental guest expenses such as drinks and additional snacks

• Transfers to the hotel

Optional extras:

Transfers from Ringebu station at the beginning and end of your stay, for information on travel to Venabu Fjellhotell please follow the link to our travel page.

More about photography at Venabu:

This is an open, wild landscape of lakes and mountains, home to the special flora and fauna of the alpine tundra and boreal birch forests. We are based on the edge of the Rondane National Park, Norway’s first national park, created to protect the genetically unique herd of wild reindeer living here.

We will be outside whatever the weather even if there are some raindrops, haze or mist: it just makes the pictures more exciting and creative. Experience all this with your camera, and bring home countless memories from a special trip.

Venabu Fjellhotell is a traditional and comfortable family run mountain hotel. It is the ideal place to stay for our explorations in photography and nature. The Tvete family and hotel staff welcome travellers with kindness and warmth. With a fantastic mountain area just outside the door and the host's enthusiasm and personal interest in photography, the photo courses have become a natural part of Venabu’s offer.

Since 2003, we have had the pleasure of gathering photo enthusiasts for photo courses in winter, spring, summer and autumn. Many hundred participants have gained new technical knowledge and inspiration, finding good subjects and at the same time gaining greater enjoyment from both camera and outdoor life. Now we are offering this popular course in English. 

More about Olav Storm, in his own words:

"I work as a commercial photographer, doing both studio and location assignments for different advertising agencies and direct clients. I also photograph PR photos, events, portraits etc. These varied assignments present many professional challenges. The photography courses give me other challenges that I greatly appreciate. My most important idea is to communicate the enjoyment of photography. I feel privileged to earn a living from my hobby". 

"Photography has followed me since my school days and become a fixed point in life. From my first experiences in a black and white darkroom with film and chemicals, several years working in a camera shop, and time as a freelance photographer in Oslo. I also have broad experience from 10 years as an active advertising photographer in New York City, USA. My life has been experienced through a camera! Now I enjoy seeing the same interest and passion for photography in many of my course participants, as I had when I started. It gives me great pleasure to share my experience and to help others get ahead".

To book please contact the hotel reception:

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For specific technical enquiries about this course please contact Olav Storm:

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