Upcoming Group Photography Workshops in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

  • Isle Royale National Park Night Sky Photography Workshop 2019 - September 3-7, 2019 (limited space - FULL)

We are back for our 3rd year embarking on the 6 hour voyage to Isle Royale National Park to photograph some of the darkest night skies in the midwest. No cars. Dark Skies. Moose. Just maybe, the aurora borealis. The solitude of a true wilderness experience abounds. Join us for a trip of a lifetime with five days, four nights photographing the starry skies and beautiful rugged landscape on one of the least visited national parks, the island of Isle Royale. We may even get treated to the northern lights during one of the most active months for aurora activity (September).  Informational pdf is here:
 Contact workshop leader photographer Shawn Malone To reserve your space at mqtphoto@aol.com or 906.228.3686.

  • New! 2019 Autumn Equinox Night Sky Photography workshop in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - (limited space  - full)
      Chamberlin's Ole Forest Inn, Manistique Lake, MI  - September 26-29, 2019

$710 per person double occupancy (bring a friend or spouse!)
$815 per person single occupancy
Full breakfasts, dinners and lodging included in price

Learn the photography techniques behind taking great Milky Way and northern lights photos!  Learn in a small group setting with a maximum of 8 participants
This 4 day 3 night workshop happens at a time of year when the odds are at their greatest for seeing the elusive aurora borealis! Upper Michigan's night skies are some of the darkest in the upper midwest. This workshop is for anyone that wants to learn night sky photography techniques and capture fantastic milky way and northern lights photographs.  Also covered in great depth will be how to understand aurora prediction data to maximize your potential of seeing and photographing the northern lights. The workshop schedule will be fluid, with priority given to maximizing our night sky field photo shoot time. We will be shooting the night sky with an unobstructed view of the northern horizon over the very dark night sky over Big Manistique Lake (right out the front door!) and possibly some other dark sky locations. Participants will leave the workshop knowing the basics of getting consistently sharp and well-exposed night sky photographs in any conditions, as well as references for planning efficient night sky photo shoots.

Some of the night sky topics covered include:
  • seeing and photographing the aurora
  • tracking the Milky Way during all times of the year
  • identifying constellations
  • moon phases and using moonlight to your advantange in composition 
  • star trail technique and composition
  • subtle light painting and when to use it
  • basic time lapse 

Several optional day trips will be suggested as well for daytime landscape photo opportunities. Suggested trips include Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Whitefish Point Lighthouse, Point Iroquois Lighthouse, Big Spring Kitchitikipi, and waterfalls in the area. Weather permitting, we will tour the spectacular 100-200 foot high cliff shoreline of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Final itinerary and much more information will be provided upon registration.

Chamberlin's Ole Forest Inn is a premiere lakeside country inn on the south shore of Manistique Lake with a 10 foot fireplace and 12 distin
ctive guest rooms. At 7500 square feet, this 19th century-style lakeside dwelling is a crown jewel of the U.P.
 Each guest room is uniquely decorated in turn of the century decor with warm chenille spreads, country quilts, gracious antiques, beautiful photos, prints and comfy throw rugs under foot. Relax and settle right into comfort. Chamberlin's offers a variety of tasty fare, classic cuisine, cocktails and specialty drinks in their fireside lakeview room. The pub offers a wide selection of beverages, craft brew, wine, spirits.  We hold our class sessions in the Forest room in the inn. 

To reserve your space, register below choosing the appropriate occupancy or please contact Shawn Malone at 906.228.3686.  email mqtphoto@aol.com 

Full refund deadline is August 1. Refunds requested July 1-30 will deduct $75. No refund for cancellations on or after August 1 unless a replacement participant is available. Purchase of registration is an agreement to these terms. 

  • 2019 Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan autumn color photography workshop - Silver City, Mi - October 4-7, 2019  FULL -  contact for waitlist

  • 2020 Winter Adventure Photography Workshop with Nature's Kennel - February 26-29, 2020 (limited to 10 participants) 

This will be our 6th year offering this unique project between Shawn Malone, award winning photographer from Marquette, MI and owner of Lake Superior Photo - Gallery / Studio and Tasha Stielstra, owner of Nature's Kennel. This three night/four day adventure includes lodging at Chamberlin's Ole Forest Inn, dog sledding, ice cave exploration, and a photography instruction on photographing dogsledding, winter landscapes and the night skies.  Shawn is well known for her night sky photography and weather permitting we will be shooting night skies on Big Manistique Lake, that has an incredibly dark view of the north sky. Informational .pdf here: https://www.natureskennel.com/winter-photography-tour For more information and to register, contact Shawn at mqtphoto@aol.com or call the gallery at 906.228.3686.

  •  2019 private and small group photography workshops with Shawn Malone in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

 LakeSuperiorPhoto's visual artist Shawn Malone has opened up individual private and small group photography workshop sessions offered in 2, 4, or 8 hour sessions based out of the gallery in Marquette, Michigan. These workshops are highly customized to the participant and can cover a wide range of photography subjects and techniques. Shawn is also available for guiding, and is very knowledgeable of the Upper Peninsula and Lake Superior region, having lived and photographed the region for over 20 years since the late 1990's.   To register, please call the gallery for details 906.228.3686 or email Shawn at mqtphoto@aol.com. Workshops make a unique gift idea and a workshop gift certificate is issued within 24hrs of reserving your session. Sessions can be also be ordered online here - hit the red "add to cart" button for a drop down list with pricing information - https://bit.ly/2Qj9Lvm


Additional 2020 photography workshop dates announced soon in summer of 2019


  • 2019 Summer Solstice photography workshop, Marquette, Michigan -  June 21-23, 2019  FULL  -  contact for waitlist

  • The Lake Superior Landscape Summer photography workshop, Marquette, Michigan -  July 5-7, 2019 FULL -  contact for waitlist

  • 2019 Summer night sky Milky Way and aurora photography workshop, Copper Harbor, Michigan -  August 2-,4 2019  FULL -  contact for waitlist

  • Winter Adventure Photography Workshop at Chamberlin's Ole Forest Inn, Curtis Mi., February 3-5, 2019 (limited to 10 participants)


  • Isle Royale Night Sky Photography Workshop 2018 - September 4-8, 2018 (sold out)

  • Announcing our Winter Adventure Photography Workshop at Chamberlin's Ole Forest Inn, Curtis Mi., February 24-27, 2018. (sold out)

Isle Royale Night Sky Photography Workshop – Sept. 12-16, 2017