We had a wonderful photo tour of Ilulissat with Erez - the itinerary, the group, and the leader (Erez) were superb. I’ll comment on all three.
1) The itinerary
This is an Iceberg trip - 4 of the 5 nights were boat excursions photographing icebergs. There were a few other events - a visit to an Inuit settlement, a walk thru Ilulissat, and an evening hike to a fjord. Only the first 2 of these were daytime events.
The icebergs - WOW ! The great unknown is the weather - and we did well. In my opinion, 2 of the nights were fantastic - the best being a clear sky with a full moon. We boarded the boat at 1 am and returned at 5 am. The other night which I loved had a threatening sky with a few rain drops. The background was fantastic. The remaining nights were fun as well.
When we reached an “interesting” iceberg, Erez asked the ship’s captain to slow down (go very slow) and circle the iceberg several times - so we had 360 degree views of the iceberg.
Our mornings were usually down time - relax, sleep, etc. The 2 daytime “shoots” were in the afternoon. We had one “critique” session - dealing with composition - very low-key and helpful.
The physical demands on the attendees was minimal - no subzero temperatures or biting wind, no difficult terrain on our night hike.
2) The group
A warm, caring group of individuals. Lots of laughs especially at dinner. Very important (in my opinion), 4 of the 9 participants were returnees - having attended prior “Erez” workshops.
3) Erez was a great leader. He was well prepared - having spent many hours scouting Ilulissat. He had great rapport with the hotel staff and the captain of our ship. Erez made it look easy - but you know that he had spent much time with the other folks responsible for our trip. Erez is a “people” person - and provided a comfortable setting for us all. When I first contacted Erez, I had many questions about airlines, etc - what was the most convenient way for me to get to Ilulissat, we had several email exchanges. His info was very helpful.
4) As for Erez’s photographic skills, I’ll let his images speak for themselves.
- Submitted by Andy and Shirley Brown (USA) in August, 2018
Namibia 2018 was my second workshop with Erez. My first was Patagonia in 2016. I’ve come to know Erez over time, and I appreciate him for several things.
First and foremost, he has a great compositional eye, and he stresses the importance of a well balanced composition during his workshops. Second, he shoots side by side with you in the field, pointing out great scenes and suggesting compositions as he sees it. For the novice and advanced shooter, I believe there is nothing better than to shoot next to a professional and see how they shoot and interpret a scene. Third, he has a special interest in aerial photography, and he tries to incorporate an aerial photo session in his workshop when appropriate. I can tell you that seeing and shooting the Namib Desert at Sossusvlei from a doorless helicopter is an experience not to be missed. Lastly, I appreciate that Erez doesn’t subscribe to the school of over processed imagery. He keeps his editing straight forward and simple, and he believes that the composition should speak for itself. As the saying goes, you can put makeup on a pig, but it’s still a pig in the end!
I’ve greatly enjoyed my two workshops with Erez, and I came away with many memorable images. If time and opportunity presents itself again, I wouldn’t hesitate to join him for another photography adventure in the near future.
- Submitted by Hilton Chen (USA) in July, 2018
I was initially attracted by Erez’s amazing pictures on the internet and I decided to join his Lofoten Island workshop during February 2018 with my wife.
The trip went beyond my expectation. Erez offered me high standard professional advice in landscape composition, scouting techniques, the chase of lights and the fast ways to get into the field.
The diversity of shots including shooting at the golden hours, amazing aerial shots (which one must try) and the enthusiastic approach to shoot Aurora at the middle of night made my trip a fruitful and an enjoyable one. The suggestions in choosing and deleting appropriate pictures and the additional tutorials on the post processing did take me to a next level.
My wife, though she is not a keen photographer, enjoyed much in making her drone shots. She was pleased as well since there was great food offered at the accommodation.
Thank you Erez! I am planning to join his workshops on winter Iceland, Namibia and Greenland when time allows.
Victor Wong & Rita from Hong Kong
- Submitted by Victor Wong (Hong Kong) in July, 2018
I had been looking forward to going on a photography trip to Namibia for a while, and I’m very glad that I did so with Erez. Erez was very hands on and a great instructor. He also purposefully keeps the group size small in order to maximize one on one time.
Upon arriving at a location, we would scout it with him and he would communicate his thought process on what made a good or bad composition so we knew not only what to look for but why we were looking for it. He continued his instruction throughout our shooting providing tips and constructive criticism on our compositions.
I feel that my skills at composing a good composition have significantly improved. I definitely plan on attending one of his future workshops as well!
- Submitted by Jonathan McWillie (USA) in June, 2018
Just completed two back-to-back workshops with Erez in Lofoten Islands, Norway. Couldn’t be happier with my choice and can highly recommend him if you are seriously interested in carrying your landscape photography to the next level. Keeping always a flexible approach as to itinerary and basing his location calls on the basis of subject, weather, clouds, time of day, quality of light, etc… helped as all in being at the right spot at the correct time.
Since Erez is rarely taking pictures for himself he is permanently concentrating on you, the client, explaining his approach and vision, composition, desired effects, etc. in a consistent way that will remove you from your usual “comfort zone”. And the results will show up immediately. I think my best compliment to Erez is that I have already signed up for his two Iceland workshops in January 2019.
- Submitted by Alejandro Furman (Chile) in March, 2018
I was very happy with Erez’s Lofoten Islands workshop. There were endless beautiful sceneries on those islands, and Erez simply knows every corner there. I learnt a lot about technique and composition from Erez. In my group, I was the only new member, the others joined his workshop previously. That’s how i knew i was in good hands when I arrived. I am looking forward to join his other workshop in the future!
- Submitted by Ellies Kiswoto (Indonesia) in February, 2018
Lofoten at winter was a dream coming true for me as a photographer. The unique and distinct arctic scenery coupled with an endless hours of the most amazing light makes this experience unforgettable. I cannot understate my gratitude for Erez for making the most of this experience, both photographically and operationally. Erez has a very well thought out strategy and technique for taking landscape photographs, he is a top end pro. Being a photographer for the last twenty years, I still came out learning substantial new techniques and more specifically a whole new way of looking at the way I compose. The trip itself was also executed flawlessly - Erez has the talent to make the most of time, and outsmart the elements, always identifying the right time and location for getting the light…this talent is a make or break for such a trip. Highly recommended, this is as good as it gets.
- Submitted by Ofir Oron (Israel) in May, 2017
Thank you, Erez, for an incredible week spent in the most incredible locations in the Lofoten Islands, Norway! Despite some early-week weather challenges, Erez took us to locations that suited and maximized “finding the right light” for our photos. Erez took advantage of the poor weather one afternoon by holding an impromptu critique session which was really helpful in continuing to understand good composition. Most importantly, Erez taught me a new way to look at my landscape compositions both in the critique session and in the field. I learned something new every day, and feel that I came away from the week a better photographer than when I started. Not only that, but Erez was a fun leader and this showed in our group dynamic throughout the week with a lot of laughter! The small group size was also perfect. I would highly recommend Erez and hope to join another workshop soon!
- Submitted by Sarah Porter (Canada) in February, 2017
Amazing destinations in a magical season - the otherworldly Icelandic landscape is at its best in the heart of winter! Throwing in the spectacular Aurora and you have an epic photo adventure! I’m glad I did the South and North Iceland workshops. Erez, with his trademark luck, always take you to the right place at the right time under great light. If you want memories (and memory cards) filled with amazing photos, this is the adventure to be!
- Submitted by Eric Chen (USA) in February, 2017
One of my photographic passions is landscape photography, and that’s is why I chose to join Erez’s south Iceland worksho. And what a workshop it was. Of course, Iceland is beautiful, but Erez took it to a new level. The patience, the new techniques, the wealth of knowledge made this workshop a unique experience for me.
I highly recommend Erez’s workshops to anybody who wants to upgrade his/her photographic capabilities and visit fascinating, unique and beautiful places. I for sure am going to join more of his workshops in the future.
- Submitted by Lior Ron (Israel) in February, 2017
I just completed two workshops with Erez (South Iceland and North Iceland) and they were very enjoyable. In particular, Erez had offered to help participants on whatever was needed so I did ask him to help on my weak points. He was very diligent throughout about advising me and my wife on the areas we had mentioned were our different weak points. I really appreciated that; I am confident I will make better images in future because of his help and instruction on these two workshops. We are definitely hoping we’ll be able to attend more workshops with Erez, he certainly has many we’d love to be on.
- Submitted by Brent Thompson (USA) in January, 2017
I recently participated in Erez’s ‘Land of Ice’ South Iceland winter photo workshop. The personal instruction, the shooting locations, and the attention to detail were amazing. The workshop was well organized and took us to remote locations in Iceland where we weren’t bothered by hoards of tourists. The “super jeep” ride to a pristine glacier where we photographed beautiful ice caves was particularly memorable. I also loved our professionally guided trek across a glacier, crampons and all, to photograph the “Waterfall Ice Caves”. Even though I am a beginner photographer, Erez and Arnar, his assistant, gave me personal instruction on how to take great landscape photographs. I learned so much about landscape photography during this workshop. I can’t wait to participate in another one. I definitely would recommend Erez’s workshops to photographers of all skill levels.
Jim Beatty, M.D.
- Submitted by James Beatty (USA) in January, 2017
I’ve attended the ‘Tales of Arctic Nights’ workshop in Greenland with Erez and I’ve had a fantastic time. This tour specifically is suitable for people who are really into photography. Meeting people with the same passion in such a beautiful setting is awesome.
Due to the 22 hours of light, the human body will react to this and you absolutely have to take your rest during the day. Since you do your shooting during the night, there is quite a bit of downtime so you have to take this into account as well and be prepared. If you prepare yourself for these things, you will be rewarded with fantastic soft light, landscapes of icebergs and very nice - and colorful - sunsets and sunrises just an hour or two apart.
Erez is a very nice guy and takes composition really seriously. He will assist you in the field so you will certainly come back with thrilling pictures. A must do workshop for serious photographers!
- Submitted by Michael Krijnen (Holland) in August, 2016
I attended the ‘Giants of the Andes’ Patagonia workshop with its annex led by Erez and Andrew. I have to say that I was impressed by the level of professionalism of this team!
Erez’ proposal was a perfectly well balanced workshop on all level: the balance between Argentina and Chile locations, the balance between nights in camp tents and nice hotels to recover, the balance between intensive shooting sessions and quality time to relax with the group. Erez and Andrew pay a special attention to their customers in the field, giving the appropriate level of technique advice.
I really appreciate Erez’ customer focus and is constantly willingness to answer as much as possible relevant requests. This workshop was overall a great experience on a photographic but also on a personal level!
- Submitted by Jean-Francois Chaubard (France) in May, 2016
I’ve Had a great time at the Giants of Patagonia workshop with Erez Marom and Andy Waddington! The locations were jaw dropping and I definitely took some of my all time favourite shots on location! Both Erez and Andy always made themselves available for help on composition and technique and I look forward to meeting up with the two of them again soon!
- Submitted by Sashidharan Rajamahendran (Sri Lanka) in April, 2016
I just wanted to say thanks for a great experience. I learned so much on your Patagonia workshop and had a lot of fun doing it. You and Andy did a great job of scouting & getting us to the best locations. Once there you gave us the freedom to find our own images while always being available with support and advice. I loved our lodgings too. The settings were ideal and the meals were often memorable. Perfect for kicking back and enjoying the camaraderie of the group after a long day of shooting. I’ve been back for two weeks now and I’m still busy processing photos and discovering new images I can’t wait to share. I look forward to traveling with you again someday.
- Submitted by Honora Bauman (USA) in April, 2016
I was with Erez in Patagonia during his “Giants of the Andes” Patagonia workshop and the Fitz Roy Hiking Annex from 3/27/16 - 4/9/16. I have attended other photography workshops, but this was my first workshop with Erez. Several things stood out with me about Erez Marom. One, the safety and comfort of his workshop participants was foremost on his mind, and wherever we went, I never felt unsafe or uncomfortable. As much as was possible, we stayed in very nice hotels and ate good food. Two, Erez was hands on throughout the workshop. He was present in the field and going from photographer to photographer giving tips on composition, choice of focal length, etc. Three, he stressed the importance of composition in the field and fidelity to the actual scene when it comes to post processing, something that may not be true nowadays with all photography workshops.
Finally, lest you think I am just another satisfied workshop participant writing an easy testimonial after having been to such an amazing location as Patagonia, let me say that the true mark of a person’s integrity and professionalism is revealed not when things are going well, but when things are going south. During the Annex portion of the workshop, through no fault of his own, an unexpected issue came up that had the potential to seriously impact our workshop experience. But Erez confronted the issue with such honesty, earnestness, and sincerity that he more than made up for it. At the end of the day, the litmus test for how I really feel about Erez can be answered by the question, “Would I be willing to spend my hard earned time and money to attend another workshop with him?” Absolutely!
- Submitted by Hilton Chen (USA) in April, 2016
Erez’s Land of Ice workshop was the first photography workshop I’ve ever done, and it was an amazing experience! The locations were beautiful, and I was very happy with the time we spent at each of them. The whole week was wonderfully planned, from the shooting locations, to two seats a person on the bus, to the delicious food and comfortable accommodations. We even had some useful lectures about post-processing! All in all, it was a blissfully hassle-free week of photographing the beautiful landscapes, and making new friends. I can hardly wait to return next year for the Winter Paradise workshop! :)
- Submitted by Taru Tarnanen (Finland) in February, 2016
Just returned from three consecutive workshops (two in Iceland, one in Norway) for the entire month of January, that were led by Erez. These encompassed extraordinary landscapes that included icebergs, waterfalls, ice caves, numerous Aurora Borealis nights and more. I captured wonderful images, sharpened my photographic skills and was introduced to improvements in my Photoshop techniques. Erez planned meticulously to take us to great sites and to do so under optimal conditions. And this was more than a typical photo tour, it was a winter adventure. As a 79-year-old, it was at times more physically challenging than for much younger participants, but Erez gave me a helping hand and was particularly focused on safety for all. In short, a wonderful experience for which I am very grateful.
- Submitted by Stephen Handley (USA) in February, 2016
After having participated in last year’s ‘Land of Ice’ workshop, this year I decided to change country and for my second workshop with Erez I signed up for ‘Northern Spirits’ in the Lofoten Islands. Different country, different co-guide but same great story: during this workshop we got the chance to discover, under the dedicated guidance of Erez and Daniel, a small yet awesome part of Arctic Norway with the same excellent mentality and organization I experienced last year in Iceland. Locations, food and accommodations were amazing, giving you the feel of living in a fairy tale for a week, especially during the three days spent in the Reine area, where you should be prepared for a visit from a giant troll during the night spent in the traditional red cabins of Eliassen Rorbuer (my cabin mate Matt knows what I’m talking about …)!
I spent another really wonderful and unforgettable week, having the chance of meeting new great people and shooting with them, being accompanied by these two wonderful professional photographers, who are above all two amazing and friendly guys. Believe me, being out in the field with professionals and having the opportunity of being guided by them and seeing them work makes a huge difference. Granted you pay a price for all this but I think that if you want to improve your photographic skills this is the way to go and it is most definitely worth it. Thanks again for the wonderful time spent together and the amazing memories and photos I brought home. You can see images from the trip on my Facebook page.
- Submitted by Lorenzo Riva (Switzerland) in February, 2015
I’ve had the pleasure to attend the ‘Land of Ice’ workshop with Erez. To say it was wonderful and life changing would be a great understatement.
Not only did I get to see beautiful Iceland but I got to photograph it with a photographer who I have been a fan of for a while now. Erez taught me so much and I walked away learning so many new techniques and now have wonderful photographs to be proud of. This trip was a life changer. I got to live and breathe photography and experience Iceland like no one has before. I have made lifelong friends from this trip and it will be one of the those moments you get in life that you will never forget. Thanks also to Iurie.. You’re a wonderful guide and together with Erez you made this one of the best trips I’ve ever had. My stomach still hurts from all the laughs and fun! I look forward to many more workshops together. If you’re thinking about doing a workshop with Erez.. Stop thinking. Book now.
- Submitted by Melinda Tran (Australia) in February, 2015
The “Winter Paradise” workshop was my first ever photo-workshop. For quite some time I had been interested in Iceland’s winter countryside, and Erez and his concept were exactly what I was looking for. The selection of the locations, the accomodations and the food are excellent and highly recommended. Erez and Iurie add a great photographic value and are also concerned with security, so you feel always well looked after. We spent 9 wonderful days with with unfogettable moments on one of the most beautiful islands on the planet.
Erez is a perfectionist, he offers the best conditions at the locations for his workshop participants.I had the perfect atmosphere and conditions allowing me to better pursue my photographic passion.
- Submitted by Markus Van Hauten (Germany) in February, 2015
Wow! Iceland was truly the trip of a lifetime! We were in awe from start to finish. We couldn’t get over the impact of the history and beauty of this wonderful country. Every day was unbelievable. This was our first trip overseas together and it was more than we could ever have imagined.
We’ve attended both the North and South Iceland workshops. The tours and daily schedule were planned to perfection. Our guides Erez and Iurie were extremely knowldgeable and were very friendly and welcoming. Perfect for spending 2 weeks together. The accommodations were excellent, comfortable and perfectly located. There was enough allocated spare time for reshooting locations again if the weather was not great the first time. I think this was very important, allowing us to get a good sunrise or sunset at the major locations that we would have missed if we only had time to visit each place once. Erez and Iurie made sure everyone was happy and got great shots.
To shoot with professional photographers who can guide you and help you get the best out of each location with your own photography is invaluable. To see such amazing locations under professional guidance is highly recommended. Not only were the locations amazing, but the journey out to them as well.The super jeep rides were amazing, so much fun! We are both still on a high and we thank you for your knowledge and expertise in planning such a wonderful trip.
- Submitted by Sarah Morphett and Matthew Milgate (Australia) in February, 2015
I attended Erez Marom’s “Winter Paradise” North Iceland workshop in January 2015. I’m a 22 year old amateur photographer and I live in Iceland. I have travelled to many places in Iceland, but it was completely different under the professional guidance of Erez Marom and Iurie Belegurschi. They were both very well organized and knew exactly what they were doing. Erez had a great desire to help all the participants to get the best possible photos. He´s a very talented photographer and his eye for composition and timing of the light source was very precise. In this workshop I got to know new people all with the same passion for photography that made the atmosphere very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were unbelievably good, so you will not have to worry about that.
All the locations were well picked, especially the amazing super-jeep trip to Aldeyjarfoss waterfall. As an Icelander, I could not be happier with this workshop and how successful it was for me. Erez has without a doubt inspired me to a whole new level as a photographer. Erez, thank you very much for our time together in Iceland and your help and insight throughout the trip. I hope to have the opportunity to participate again in one of your workshops in the near future.
- Submitted by Ingimar Þórhallsson (Iceland) in February, 2015
The pre-workshop guidance, organization, itinerary, and execution of the ‘Land of Ice’ workshop led by Erez and Iurie were spot-on. What impressed me most was their accessibility and responsiveness. Erez and Iurie, both very fine photographers, cater to the needs of their clients first and foremost. This type of interaction affords the client the opportunity to improve his/her photography skills and to get some fine photos. The workshop was very enjoyable with a diverse group of friendly, talented participants. This was my first workshop with Erez and Iurie. It will not be my last.
- Submitted by Carl Zanoni (USA) in January, 2015
These days photography enthusiasts pay a lot of money to participate in organized photography workshops. Thus, they can and do expect a lot: Perfect organization, very good hotels, excellent food, security and of course to be at the right hot spots at the right time. In addition, I wanted to learn how to improve photography. If you expect similar things and like the shots of the instructors, then I can strongly recommend the ‘Land of Ice’ workshop by Erez and Iurie. Although the weather conditions were sometimes difficult during our workshop, our instructors managed it to make it a wonderful experience. I can definitely recommend everyone to ask them as many questions as possible and actively use the time. The outcome is very much dependent on your own engagement. I enjoyed the time a lot, have made new friends and have created moments of long lasting memories.
- Submitted by René Algesheimer (Switzerland) in January, 2015
My first photography workshop ever was with Erez in Iceland (Land of Ice). One week of doing what I like most, under professional guidance, in a country I had been wanting to visit for decades. We visited some fantastic spots, Jökulsarlón maybe obvious, but others were gems I would never have found myself. Following the easily understandable tips I was able to shoot not just memories but pictures that got recommended in a national nature photography contest. We did not just follow a given plan but rather tried to get the best of the given weather conditions, every day. That includes e.g. an introduction to Photoshop the only afternoon we had some rain. Or going out in the night for a chance of northern lights, the most fantastic natural phenomenon I ever witnessed. Thanks a lot for all these experiences. Read more on http://lichtzeichner.li/iceland/14
- Submitted by Marco Nef (Switzerland) in July, 2014
The Land of Ice workshop that I was a part of in Jan 2014 was an unforgettable experience. Iceland is everything that you read about: breathtaking, haunting, beautiful, surreal, otherworldly. This tour is an amazing way to sample the southern coast of the island. Led by the fantastic Erez Marom, and his equally talented co-guide Iurie, the entire trip was expertly planned and executed. His emails were always timely and professional. His communication earned my trust before the trip even started. With a strong instructor to participant ratio, Erez was always willing to spend dedicated time with the participants. The logistics of the trip was stellar. All of the travelling, accommodations, and meals were as good as one could expect. I still talk about the Arctic Char I had at Hali!!!
The photo sites were truly awesome! The key part of this workshop is that everything is planned so that you get to these amazing places at the right time, in a safe and efficient manner. Even if you explore all these places on your own, you won’t have the benefit of working with Erez, or the company of your fellow photographers. I owe much of my positive experiences to the incredible people I met. (You know who you are, so thank you!!)
You’ll only get as much out of the workshop as you put into it. My advice is to be proactive and engage Erez and other participants in discussion. The opportunity to expand your photography and make new friends is tremendous, and that is going to make your trip unforgettable. Another bit of advice: buy the boots and crampons in Iceland. They are better than anything I could find locally in Canada, and you wear them everyday. I had a fantastic time and I would not hesitate to join Erez on another trip in the future.
- Submitted by Ryan Tsang (Canada) in July, 2014
I had such a great time in Erez’s Land of Ice and Winter Paradise workshops.
First and foremost the choice of shooting locations were impeccable. We were always at the right place at the right time with the right light. Needless to say I got plenty of magnificent photos from the trip.
Erez is extremely passionate about what he does, and very attentive to the participants. He is knowledgeable with plenty of great suggestions on compositions, lighting, post-processing as well as general tips for shooting in extreme weather conditions. His ability to tailor his advice to suit each individual is also worth mentioning.
Few will doubt Erez as a perfectionist. From the variety of shooting locations to the comfortable accommodation, the amazing food(!!!) and the 2-seats per person bus arrangement (absolutely crucial for us photo gear-heads), the workshops were meticulously planned down to every last detail. The fact that that Erez is an energetic and fun person to travel with only adds to the already great experience.
I have to thank Erez for an amazing shooting experience in Iceland. Will I join other Erez Marom workshops in the future? You bet I will! :)
- Submitted by David Wong (Hong Kong) in July, 2014
Erez Marom’s Winter Paradise workshop was the first photography workshop I have done. The whole tour was brilliantly organised, from the locations we shot, to the very comfortable accommodation, to the amazing food, and even our transport - two seats each on a bus - was great. Erez’s co-guide Arnar, and the bus driver Þórður were both excellent choices, each having plenty of experience in their respective fields. Erez and Arnar were both very approachable, and happy to answer any questions we had. Even though I was disappointed with the weather on a couple of nights, all in all I had a great time, and if you want to see Northern Iceland with the guidance of an accomplished landscape photographer or two, I would strongly recommend this workshop.
- Submitted by Phil Temple-Watts (Australia) in June, 2014
The workshop far exceeded my expectations - great locations and great organisation - without question I will be back!
- Submitted by Alan O’Malley (Ireland) in May, 2014
‘Winter Paradise’ is the best landscape photography workshop which I have attended so far. It was a great experience and I enjoyed every moment of the workshop.
Highlights of the trip:
Communication: Erez is very prompt in responding, either be it mails or be it requests during workshop. Prior to workshop, he was patient enough to respond to 20+ emails on winter gear, camera gear and visa documents. I found him very approachable and very helping throughout. He takes extra effort in giving detailed response when it comes to photography techniques and points to his earlier articles on these subjects.
Location and guidance: Specific to “winter paradise”, Erez had extensively scouted the region so that participants get “WOW” pictures. He and his co-guide provided excellent photography guidance which was primarily into composition. This helped me to get better pictures. Beware, at few locations, you need to be physically fit to climb up the steep trail.
Planning and execution: The session starts with introductory meeting along with dinner. Erez will stress being on time. Almost on all days, there was no delay. The entire group was fun to be with. I loved the food in this trip. Every dinner had a surprise waiting. We had 2 seats / person and this was very critical for comfortable long drives. The day is packed enough that we enjoy shooting all day.
This is one trip where you get what’s been promised and Erez always exceeded my expectation. Overall, I will give 4.9/5 for this trip. I am cutting down 0.1 since I did not see a northern light which is beyond Erez Marom’s control. I strongly recommend ‘Winter Paradise’ to explore northern Iceland. I am going to be his return customer and planning to participate in ‘Northern Spirits’ workshop in 2015.
- Submitted by Shanmugam Sriraman (India) in April, 2014
Erez Marom’s Land of Ice photography workshop in January of 2014 was everything it was described to be and more. Each detail of the workshop from transportation to lodging to shooting schedule was clearly thought through and well executed. Even contingency plans were well defined allowing the group to quickly navigate through changes in the plan due to inclement weather or suboptimal shooting conditions.
With respect to instruction and guidance, the group was comprised of photographers from amateur to seasoned professional and Erez was able to communicate effectively with and provide guidance to all of them. Further, the lodging choices were well chosen, providing common areas for the group to congregate in during off-hours. This gave the group the opportunity to discuss the day’s shoot, compare results and evaluate and critique each others work. This was an invaluable learning opportunity for many.
In all, Erez was able to combine stunning locations with stress-free logistics and a fun atmosphere. I consider the workshop a complete success and one that I would eagerly repeat.
- Submitted by Matthew Moniz (USA) in April, 2014
I just wanted to send you a quick thank you for your ‘Land of Ice’ and ‘Winter Paradise’ tours that I joined in Iceland earlier this year.
‘Land of Ice’ was an eye opening experience in every way. Every place we visited was amazing, and you picked all of the hotspots I wanted to visit along the southern coastline. Even though the weather was against us, everyone got some amazing shots. The ice caves had to be my favorite, but only marginally over every other location. All of the accommodation was perfect, very well picked, and the food was top notch. What a fantastic package to see Southern Iceland.
After a short break I was really looking forward to ‘Winter Paradise’ and seeing what the north had to offer… It did not disappoint in any way! After about 3 hours out of Reykjavik, you truly are in a different world. Every day seemed to be better than the last, and I was just in constant awe of the beauty that Iceland had to offer. The morning after a Super Jeep ride, and walking over the rise to see Aldeyjarfoss covered in snow I will never forget, and every word to try and describe the experience I had seems to fall short. The accommodation was wonderful again, accompanied with great food. Winter Paradise is really the only way to sum this place up.
The co-guides (Iurie for ‘Land of Ice’ & Arnar for ‘Winter Paradise’) were great, and there was always someone willing to help out or answer any questions. The bus was spacious and had plenty of room for all our gear (2 seats each is the way to travel for sure), and the driver, Þórður always had a story to tell and made the tour that little bit more enjoyable… you managed to gather a great team.
Back in my day to day shooting, I now focus a lot more on getting the composition right, and the tips on improving my workflow and editing were invaluable, so thank you again.
All in all, I was very sad to leave Iceland as it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but I did come away with so many new friends from all corners of the globe, along with a wealth of new knowledge thanks to also sharing ideas and editing tips with all the other photographers as well.
I look forward to catching up and if not beforehand, I will see you on another tour in the near future.
- Submitted by Ian Spagnolo (Australia) in April, 2014
This was the first photography workshop of my life and after this experience I can tell that it will not be the last. Organization throughout the week was perfect, food was always excellent and so were the hotel accommodations and, most important, under the dedicated guidance of Erez and Iurie I really feel I improved a lot in my photographic skills. We visited amazing places like Myrdalsjökull or Crystal Cave that you will hardly know they exist without taking part of a workshop like this. This was an unbelievable and unforgettable week spent with great and super friendly people. Thanks again guys for the good memories and tons of pictures I took back home.
- Submitted by Lorenzo Riva (Switzerland) in April, 2014
Apart from Erez’s photographic skills, he proved to be an excellent tour leader, with exceptional attention to details. Always cheerful, and obliging, it was never a problem to talk to him about any aspects of the Iceland tour. Having two seats per person on the bus was a great idea, which was appreciated by all concerned. The clothing suggestions for Iceland conditions were spot-on, particularly the suggested boots and spikes we wore almost every day. The itinerary was very good, and if the weather had been more cooperative, I think the times we had in each location would have been just right. The minor criticism is that there needs to be some sort of contingency plan in place to allow for some alternative activities on really bad weather days. I can thoroughly recommend Erez as an honest, and caring tour leader, who has the clients needs as a top priority.
- Submitted by Geoff Ross (Australia) in April, 2014