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THE ICM EXPERIENCE

 This workshop is the whole nine yards, combining the very best of Austria with a six day learning experience. A small group, lots of time to learn, ask questions, practice, relax and observe our surroundings and plenty of one-on-one time. THIS is the art of ICM! The ICM Experience is a combination of forests, mountains and city life and is a six -day two-centre workshop based in Neukirchen am Grossvenediger and Salzburg, Austria.

What you will learn:

  • What ICM is and what it is not

  • How ICM can be used to make a very ordinary scene shimmer and dance

  • What equipment you need - camera, focal lengths and filters

  • What factors are involved in making a good ICM photo

  • Composition

  • Light

  • Moment

  • The all important directional movements and their effects

  • Camera settings and their effects

  • Observation and looking at colour/black and white in an ICM image. It’s not the same as in a focused shot, not at all

  • Post processing

  • How to laugh at yourself as you dance around with your camera with not a care in the world, knowing you are creating art!

 

2023 Dates: Monday 18th - Saturday 23rd September 2023

Price: 1095 euros per person.  Bring a friend and both get 50 euros off the price or book during April 2023 and get 10% off the price ! 450 euros is payable on booking, with the remainder due one month before the workshop  begins. Terms & Conditions apply and will be sent to you prior to your booking confirmation. 

PLEASE EMAIL ME TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE.

Participants: Maximum number 4. Minimum number 3.

Suitable for: Complete beginner or intermediate ICM artists

 

You will need:

  • A DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with batteries and charger

  • Either a zoom lens of around 18-55mm with a fixed aperture if you have one, but it's not a must and/or around a 35mm prime lens (Full frame equivalent 24-70mm or 50mm) I shoot with the Fujifilm XPro3 or XT4 with 16-55mm 2.8 zoom and the 35mm 1.4 prime

  • A 6 stop ND filter, I find screw in better and you don't need to buy an expensive one for ICM, mine is Gobe, now Urth. I would advise against buying a variable ND.

  • Memory cards, bring several, you will need them!

  • You will NOT need your tripod!

  • Sturdy walking boots and comfortable clothing

  • Weather protection for both you and your camera - we will shoot come rain or shine and at the waterfalls you will get wet anyway!

  • Laptop or tablet for editing with usually download adaptors and cables

  • A sense of humour and a little patience, Rome wasn't built in a day!

What is included:

  • All tuition including evening sessions for feedback and editing 

  • A welcome drink at a local bar the day before the workshop begins and a farewell drink on the afternoon of Day Six

  • Entry to Krimml Waterfalls

 

What is not included:

  • The cost of your journey to Neukirchen

  •  The cost of the train journey from Neukirchen to Salzburg (around 25 euros)

  • Your accommodation, although I can probably help arrange a good price for you if you book the workshop early enough. Let me know if you need help.

  • Bus/train fares in and around Neukirchen, but this will be free if you book accommodation offering the NationalPark Summer Card.

  • Your meals and drinks 

  • Lift pass for our mountain day, but this will be free if you book accommodation offering the NationalPark Summer Card.

  • Insurance for accidents or your gear. You absolutely must have travel insurance which includes helicopter rescue. The simplest of falls can result in injury and although we're going to be in places suitable for all kinds of visitors, they are located in areas an ambulance cannot reach.

 

Itinerary:

Arrival Day:

Arrive any time before evening. We will head to a local bar or restaurant to get to know each other a little and talk about the days ahead.

Day One: In the Forest

ICM is essentially learned here and we will practice the skinny trees movements before moving on to various other movements - all intentional of course! Editing will make up a portion of the time before dinner today. Your evening is free.

Day Two: At the Krimml Waterfalls 

Moving water is a challenge and where better to learn and practice than the highest waterfalls in Europe. We will walk through the forest up to the top of the three levels, shooting water, trees and scenes from the various viewing platforms as we go. We'll have lunch at the top and make our way back down. The pace of this day is easy but the walk to the top is a little strenuous, so we will take our time, but get some walking in before you come. 

Day Three: On the Mountain

Today we're heading up high and the cablecar will take us from the centre of the village to the mountain station at 2100m. We will learn and practice shooting mountain scenes, discovering which movements work best to show this beautiful landscape at its best. Lunch in a mountain restaurant and back down in plenty of time to grab a drink at my favourite bar for a Q&A and a round up of these three days together.

Note: Days Two and Three may be swapped around depending on the weather.

Day Four: Learning to Move

Up early this morning for our train journey to Salzburg. We'll arrive just before 11am, have some lunch and then get straight into it! 

 

ICM is all about movement, intentional movement with an intended outcome, not a result that looks like you tripped over a kerb! Today we will learn about camera settings and shutter speeds along with various swipes, jiggles, hops and circles that will become tools in your armoury when shooting ICM in any city. We will break for lunch to chat about progress and I'll always be on hand to guide each person as needed.  As evening falls we'll be out again watching the city come to life in a very different way. 

Day Five: Learning to Move & Observation

Today we will continue to learn various different movements and also begin to focus more on observing our surroundings and composing scenes. You might  know how to spot a good scene, but ICM is very different to focused shooting. What's behind and front of you and of what you want to shoot? Do the colours fit? Is there a good composition here? What's the best angle and when should I shoot or wait? Should I shoot colour or black and white? What would be the best movement for the scene I'm looking at? What do I want to express with my image? Editing will make up a portion of the time before dinner today. Your evening is free.

Day Six: Off You Go!

Up early this morning to get the most of our final day and I'm cutting you loose to roam the city and put into practice everything you've learned. I will always be on hand if you need help and we will meet mid morning for coffee to discuss how it's going. You'll head back out until lunch with a specific task and come back for a review and a round up of the three days in Salzburg. 

The workshop will end by 3pm so there's plenty of time to head to the airport for your flight. 

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An amazing week, Alex! Thank you so much x

Sylvia, Austria

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