Alaska Cruise - Inside Passage


2017 Dates

April 17 - April 25, 2017 - FULL

April 27 - May 4, 2017 - FULL 

REGISTRATION & WAITING LIST: Contact Victoria Schmitt at and see information at the end of this page. 

Instructors: Hal Schmitt and Jennifer Wu. Photos below are by Hal Schmitt & Jennifer Wu.

Prepare for a life changing experience when you join us with LIGHT Photographic Workshops for an Alaskan photography immersion. The sheer volume and quality of amazing subjects and opportunities are unrivaled by any other photo adventure; whether shooting wildlife, landscapes, and creating a panoramic or HDR, get ready to photograph in a “target rich environment.” This adventure is based almost entirely on a yacht. The boat is not of a large cruise ship size. Our yacht is small and stable. The advantages of the Northern Song yacht, is that we can get closer to water level images and to our subjects than on larger vessel for photography unmatched anywhere else in Alaska. Our yacht is ideal for photography.

To ensure each person reaches the best level of photography, this trip is limited to 6 participants. With a client to leader ratio of 3:1, as a photographer you will always have the guidance, technical and artistic support needed to make the best images.

This photo adventure does not have a set itinerary or daily schedule. Instead we will depart Petersburg, AK and follow the predators that pursue the Pacific Herring. The high calorie, oil rich herring are a critical part of the diet of Bald Eagles, orca, harbor seals, otters, Steller sea lions, humpback whales, and a myriad of gulls and sea birds. After a long winter, they are all ready to feed. With eagles soaring overhead, Steller sea lions and humpback whales cruise near the shoreline before rushing and lunging through the huge schools of herring. The eagles attack from the air and surface gorging on the small, silvery fish. Photographing from the yacht, we will be in the middle of the action for close up images of this magnificent annual wonder of nature.

All of the action is set against one of the most spectacular backdrops anywhere on the planet, South East Alaska and the Inside Passage of Alaska’s Southwest. Here we will see dramatic glacier covered mountains rise sharply from the calm, blue waters providing a landscape photographer’s dream. Pine, spruce, and fir are everywhere giving us a beautiful background of a rich, dark green; a beautiful background to all of our action shots.

We will explore the Inside Passage of Alaska’s Southwest and photograph its incredible scenery including close up visits to huge calving glaciers, dramatic fjords, and isolated islands. Shore excursions will be available where we we get up close and personal with the incredible temperate rain forest of the Tongass.

The Yacht

The Northern Song, captained by Dennis Rogers, will be our home, transport, and shooting platform for the photo adventure. The Northern Song is an 85’ luxury yacht with a crew of three: Captain Dennis Rogers, First Mate, and Chef. With spacious and comfortable staterooms, amazing food, and a Captain who puts the yacht in position for the perfect shot, you will love the Northern Song.

What about motion sickness? The yacht has stabilizers making it very smooth and we will be in the calm waters of the inside passage and not in the open ocean. If it does get windy we will find refuge near the shore. In the four years of doing the trip, no one has had any problems with motion sickness.

Captain Rogers has over 30 years experience sailing Alaskan waters. The professional crew and the best navigation and safety gear ensure a safe and productive cruise.


2017 Trip Dates:

Trip 1: April 17-25, 2017- Full

9 days and 8 nights on the Northern Song

Route Juneau to Petersburg

Embark 1200 17 April from Juneau, AK

Disembark 1600 April 25 in Petersburg, AK

Plan to arrive in Juneau no later than 16 April.

Plan to depart from Petersburg no earlier than April 26.

Trip 2: April 27-May 4, 2017 - FULL

8 days and 7 nights on the Northern Song

Embark 1200, April 27th from Petersburg, AK

Disembark 1600, May 4th in Petersburg, AK

Plan to arrive in Petersburg no later than April 26th.

Plan to depart from Petersburg no earlier than May 5th.

Cabins on the Northern Song:

Two lower staterooms have two racks (two beds).
Master suite has one large rack (one large bed). The cabin is a bit noisier but larger.
Each stateroom has a private head and shower.
All staterooms are double occupancy (single rate is cost for two persons).



The fee for this photo adventure is $7,500 for double occupancy - two persons per cabin (lower staterooms) and $16,000 for the Master Suite (include fee for two persons, one queen bed). Price may increase due to boat costs.  

If you like, we can pair you with another  traveler of the same gender. If you wish to have single occupancy then the cost for the cabin is for two persons. 

Fee includes: 9 days and 8 nights on the yacht, photo instruction, computer instruction, and all meals, snacks and beverages including beer and wine but not hard alcohol. Single persons can be paired with another person of the same gender if available.

Fee does not include: airfare to and from Petersburg or Sitka, Alaska, lodging expenses to and from the ship, tip for Northern Song crew, travel or medical insurance costs, or trip insurance (highly encouraged.)

You will need your own lodging in Alaska before and after the trip. Hotel lists and dates will be provided.


More information about the Northern Song Ship Here.


This tour is limited to 6 participants. We work with each photographer individually and as a group to enhance photography skills and mastery of the equipment.


The photographic tour is intended for intermediate and advanced photographers, however all skill levels are welcome to will enjoy the photographic opportunities as well. Participants should have a working knowledge of their equipment. Please email us if you have any questions.


Jennifer and Hal have been leading workshop together for over six years. Workshops include fine art printing, landscape photography, macro photography workshops and the California Photo Festival. 

LEADER: Jennifer Wu has led several workshop in Alaska and co-led the Alaska Cruise with Hal Schmitt for two tours. She is a nature and landscape photographer, specializing in creating stunning images of the night sky and stars. Since January 2009 Canon U.S.A. selected Jennifer to be one of the world’s 36 best photographers for the Explorer Of Light program, an elite group of internationally recognized photographers. Jennifer is the co-author and photographer of the book, Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide to Shooting After Dark (2014, Mountaineers Books). With a BA in Photography from California State University, Jennifer has spent over 28 years photographing, dedicating 10 years to traditional black and white photography.

Jennifer’s images have been published in numerous magazines, newspaper articles and advertisements including: Fortune, Popular Photography, Photo District News, Sierra Club, Sierra Styles, ProfiFoto, Digital Photo, Shutterbug, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, Time, Canon U.S.A., and many more. Her work has also been exhibited at nationally recognized galleries and art shows.

Jennifer has taught photography and digital imaging at The California State University of Sacramento. She enjoys sharing her passion and techniques for shooting nature photography through seminars and workshops for Canon U.S.A., Light Photographic Workshops, aFilm International Film Workshops in Spain and other photographic groups nation wide. She leads workshops in the US in Yosemite, Eastern Sierra, Death Valley, Big Sur, Alaska, Hawaii and internationally in Iceland, Tanzania, Namibia, Greenland and more.

When Jennifer is not shooting in world’s most unique locations or leading a workshop, she resides in Sacramento, CA.

LEADER: Hal Schmitt is the Director and Lead Instructor of LIGHT Photographic Workshops in Los Osos, California. Hal instructs all levels of photography, Lightroom and Photoshop with an incredibly approachable and easy to understand method. His workshops and photo tours are recognized around the world as incredible learning experiences. As Director of LIGHT Photographic Workshops Hal was fortunate to train with photography and Photoshop’s best and brightest and is now an expert in all aspects of the digital workflow. Although the subject matter is a little slower and safer, Hal teaches his digital courses using the same techniques he mastered at TOPGUN. Polished and confident but down-to-earth and approachable, he delivers an incredible workshop experience.Hal’s teaching style delivers results. He believes in teaching the theory and basics of everything necessary in the digital workflow. More importantly, he takes the mystery and technical complexity out of a subject allowing access for everyone. Hal will ensure you know the basics, teaching the why in addition to the how. With a strong foundation, it is amazing how quickly you can learn and improve.


1. Email LIGHT Photographic Workshops, Victoria Schmitt at Ask to reserve your space. 

2. LIGHT Photographic Workshops will let you know if space is available and if so, hold a space for you until they receive your deposit.

3. Mail a check for 50% of the cruise fee to LIGHT Photographic Workshops. They will email you the details. 

4. Once your check is received you will get a confirmation email and welcome letter with more information about the cruise.

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