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Urban landscapes and people of Oslo

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Join us on this exciting and inspiring photography workshop in Oslo. During the workshop you will be challenged to look in a different way to the city and capture its beauty in a way you would not have imagined before. We will explore the urban landscape and the people of Oslo, while pushing your photographic creativity to new boundaries. The goal of the workshop is to find new inspiration and to develop your creativity in photographing urban landscapes and people.


The locations

Oslo, the capital of Norway, is located in the south of the country. It holds a large variety of architecture of different ages. This makes the city an endless playground for the urban photographer. During this intensive 5-day urban landscape photography tour we will visit the most exciting sites of the city, such as the Oslo Opera House, Deichman Library, Klosterenga Sculpture Park, Fornebu, Vigelandsparken, Munch Museum and Akershus Fortress.  During daytime there is a lot to photograph. But once the sun has set, the atmosphere of the city completely changes and offers some amazing possibilities for blue hour and night photography. As for the photography of people on the street, we take it as we get it. If a situation arises, we will exploit it.


What you will learn

This workshop will give you a variation of challenges in urban photography. We will work on several photographic genres such as, documentary / street photography, portraiture, architecture and night photography. One of the most important goals is to inspire you to see motifs you might otherwise have passed, as well as to find the most exciting compositions. The emphasis throughout the trip is on improving your photography skills, learning to “see” and learning how to use creative techniques. The workshop leader is there to help you to get your photography to the next level. There will be a lot of personal attention to make sure that you can grow your photography skills and creativity. To get the most out of your images, we will also work on image processing. 


Transport during the workshop

We will use the train to get from the airport to the hotel and back. The train station is right under the airport and the hotel is just a few hundred meters from the central train station in Oslo. During the workshop we can reach most of the photo locations on foot and with public transport. We will walk to most locations, because this gives us the best possibilities to find and use exciting photo possibilities. We will also visit several interesting locations outside of the center of Oslo. To get to these locations we will use a minibus.



During the workshop we will be staying at the Scandic Hotel Byporten. This comfortable hotel is located right in the center of Oslo. From here we will be able to easily reach most of the planned photo locations. 


Food and drinks

The package includes breakfast and dinner at Scandic Hotel Byporten every day. As we’ll be outside photographing every day, we’ll eat lunch at different cafes and restaurants in the city. Breakfasts and dinners are included in the workshop fee. The lunches are not included and can be paid for on location by card. Please note that alcoholic beverages and snacks are not included.


Who is the workshop for?

The tour is intended for photographers who want to improve their skills in cityscape photography and street photography, as well as in post-processing images. There will be a lot of personal attention for each participant from the workshop leader. Therefore it doesn’t matter at what level you are photographing. There is something to learn for everyone. The focus will be on learning to “see”, pushing your creativity, learning and applying various techniques. Furthermore, you will learn how to approach people and how to get them to accept you photographing them during their daily routines. After having taken the images, attention will be given to optimizing your RAW files by processing them in Lightroom and Photoshop. This workshop will cover it all. 



  • Day 1. Arrival at Oslo airport. Bjørn will pick the group up at the airport at 15.00. You will take the train to Oslo Central station. The Scandic Hotel you will be staying at is just a short walk from the train station. After having checked in and a short introduction by Bjørn, you will already head out for the first photoshoot. This will be a night shoot right at the Central station and the close by business area called Barcode. After this first shoot, you will have a nice dinner in the restaurant at the hotel.    

  • Day 2 - 4: The day program and the locations which will be visited will be planned according to the weather forecast. The Opera House, Deichman and Much are perfect location for a rainy day. On a sunny day, the Vigelandsparken, Opera (exterior) and Barcode (business area) are perfect locations to work with. For shooting street portraits and visiting Akerselva, Grønland and Tøyen, a cloudy day would be perfect. The evenings that we don't spend outside for night photography will be spend on processing your images in Lightroom and Photoshop, with the help of Bjørn.

  • Day 5. This is the last day of the workshop. After breakfast and having checked out, we head out for the last photo shoots. You can leave your luggage at the hotel. At 15:00 you will take the train from Oslo Central to the airport to catch your flight home.  


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2023: 25 - 29 October

2024:  Coming soon

5 days

Oslo and surroundings 

5 - 8 participants 

Shared twin rooms (private rooms available) 

Guided by Bjørn Joachimsen 

NOK 13.950,- (3000,- deposit)

Oslo Gardermoen Airport

Price includes

  • Accommodation: Shared twin bedrooms in the Scandic Hotel Byporten

  • Breakfast and diners in restaurant

  • Transport: All local transport, including pick-up and drop off at Oslo airport. 

  • Photography workshop hosted by Bjørn Joachimsen

Single room fee:  NOK 6662,- 

Price does not include

  • Flights to and from Oslo Gardermoen airport

  • Lunches and drinks during dinners

  • Alcoholic beverages and snacks

  • Travel insurance (you are responsible for your own travel insurance

Photo equipment

For urban photography, a wide-angle lens and a moderate tele zoom lens are an absolute must. Ideally your equipment should cover the range from 16mm up to 200mm – for example, a 16-35mm, a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm. If you have a crop camera rather than a full-frame camera, try to cover the range from 10mm up to 150mm.

A lightweight tripod might be useful. If possible, also bring with you a cable release or some other type of remote control, as this is very useful for night photography. An external hard drive or image tank for storing/backing up the (many) photos taken is strongly advisable. Failing that, you should in any case have more than enough empty memory cards. A laptop or a tablet is useful (but not required) for discussing pictures taken during the tour. This will also allow you to join in the image-processing sessions. To sum up what you should bring in addition to your cameras and lenses:

●            Plenty of memory cards

●            Plenty of batteries

●            Battery charger

●            Tripod (please bring a lightweight one!)

●            Filters (ND, gradient and polarizer)

              (please let us know if you need filters)

●            Laptop, external hard drive or image

              tank to back up your images

●            Laptop if you want to edit images

●            Remote control/cable release

●            Comfortable camera backpack


In this period the weather can vary a lot. On daytime it can be anywhere between 5 and 15 degrees C. During the nights the temperature might already drop below zero. Make sure to bring clothing for all conditions. Since we will visit most location on foot, make sure that you bring shoes with which you can walk comfortably for many hours. 


List of clothing:

  • Thin gloves for photographing

  • Warm hat

  • Scarf 

  • Warm tsweater 

  • Rainproof clothing

  • Warm jacket

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Sunglasses


All images by Bjørn Joachimsen

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