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Matanuska Photo Workshop

Adult $329 ea


*Please Note, there is a two person minimum for the listed dates, once at least two have signed up, it will be open to single-person bookings as well. To keep things small and help you get the most out of your day, we have a max of 5 people on each tour (larger groups may book by email).

About the Photographer

David Crane is a well practiced outdoor and adventure photographer from Utah with several years experience participating in and photographing ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing and mountaineering. Experienced in technical rope rigging and anchor systems, David is willing and able to go where few others can to get the shot! You can see more of his work and read the stories of his glacial adventures online at

Davids Self Portrait in an Ice Tunnel on the Matanuska Glacier

What to expect from your day:


A full day of learning and advancing your photo skills, the Matanuska Photo Clinic will start off with getting to know each other and talk about where everyone stands on our current skills, abilities, and equipment. We take about an hour and a half to gather gear, issue crampons, and talk about what everyone wants to get out of the day. It is imperative that everyone be on time and present for this part of the clinic, as it will play a major roll in where we go, what we see, and what we talk about throughout the rest of the day. We will discuss some photography ‘basics’ now, and this is a great time to ask any general photography questions and learn skills that we will employ throughout our day on the glacier.


When everyone is happy wrapping up the morning session, we will drive the group out to Glacier Park for our first glances at the Matanuska. We will spend about 4 hours here, beginning with discussing landscape photography basics and make a 5-10 minute hike to the ice where we will begin our day of exploring. Depending on recent ice formations, David will make a call on where the group will be spending the day, and a hike across the glacier of between 15 minutes and an hour may be required. Plenty of photo stops will be had on our way, and we will bring you to some of the current hot spots, and any off-the-beaten-track locations we can. Since the glacier is always quickly changing, no specific features can be promised, but there are usually plenty of beautiful locations to choose from. Our most commonly photographed features are the picturesque and dynamic icefall, as well as many smaller moulins or crevasses as the glacier and group fitness levels allow.

We will discuss some skills associated with photographing people as subjects under natural lighting, and how you can add perspective to your landscape photos with the addition of people or objects. Sorry, no wildlife is expected on this tour as very few things live on or visit the icy glacier.  Our subjects will be limited to each other and to the ice itself, which will provide ample opportunities for captivating photographs.

There will be plenty of opportunity for one-on-one instruction and questions, as well as some down-time at locations or while your guide is establishing the best route to or scouting options for features to photograph. An opportunity may arise for a formal lunch break, or if the group chooses we can spend ‘lunch’ shooting and everyone can eat/snack at their own pace. The day is yours and we will customize every aspect to the group as much as possible!

In addition to being an experienced photographer, David also knows a lot about the Matanuska and other glaciers, and will be able to provide a wealth of information about glacial features, movement, and processes.


After our 4 hours on the ice, we will return to the MICA base and break for a chance to change and upload photos to review. While not required, it is recommended that everyone stay for this session to critique each others work and/or learn some basic editing skills, as fits the needs of each individual. Please Note: this session takes place outside and, while under basic covering, weather may dictate our time here to a large degree.