Hal Gage offers a variety of workshops on photographic and computer topics. He has worked as a professional photographer for more than 30 years. He is an award-winning photographer, well-recognized for his art and commercial photography. He has taught photography and computer skills for more than 20 years. His workshops and classes have become staples among new and seasoned photo enthusiasts alike. Check back for updates and new offerings or sign up below for updates on current and future classes and workshops.

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Ice Caves

Explore the Wonders of Blue Ice

Fee: $150—Six Photographers Only (per day)


Saturday, April 7, 12–3pm, $150


Sunday, April 8, 12–3pm, $150


($250 for both days)


Come explore the ice caves with Hal Gage at the Matanuska Glacier. This is a rare and short lived opportunity. We will visit narrow crevasses (ice slot canyon), and passages. Along the way there is a wide variety of ice formations, all amazing. The hike is about 3 miles (round trip). We’ll be out for about 3 hours. I’ll be guiding and instructing on HDR, Stitching, and giving composition ideas. I mentioned that these features are short lived. Indeed, they likely won’t be around and accessible for more than a week. Additionally, most of these formations are on a part of the glacier that is inaccessible in the spring and summer. To make sure that the experience is good for everyone, I am only taking 6 photographers at a time. This ice cave adventure is a one day only workshop.


Access to the Glacier Park has changed. Generally, they are requiring everyone to take a group tour. Tour runs about 30 mins. to an hour. The owner allows me to bring in a group of photographers. My group has full access and we stay as long as we like.


Matanuska Glacier is located about 2 hours north of Anchorage. Bring a lunch and water. Must be a strong hiker. NO CRAMPONS please! Microspikes or walking cleats are allowed. Tripods are required, along with remote releases. Wide angle lenses are advised (the wider the better). I’ll be demonstrating how to stitch images to get wider angle views with normal and modestly wide angle lenses. The contrast level is very high, so I’ll be demonstrate HDR technique, too.


Fee includes: one day glacier access, guiding and instruction. Food and transportation are the responsibility of participant.

Matanuska Glacier Ice Caves

Exploring the Natural Wonders of Blue Ice

From the first time that I took a class...from Hal Gage, he has peaked my interest in improving my photography. Hal has a very relaxed teaching style. He is patient, considerate of beginners and on up. Hal loves teaching, passing on his passion of photography.... Lisa

Annual Glacier Photography Adventure

May 18–20, 2018

Fee: $350 (Includes Park Entrance Fees)*

No one knows the Matanuska Glacier (situated 100 miles north of Anchorage) better than Hal Gage. For 18 years Hal has explored and photographed the Mat Glacier, and has taught classes there for over a decade. Join Hal Gage for a two and one half day workshop on the Matanuska Valley focusing on photographing the natural wonders of glaciers. This class is for all levels. Moderately strenuous hiking will be involved, but no vertical climbing or ropes. The glacier is very safe.

The workshop covers composition, exposure, equipment techniques for photographing on glaciers, and guiding to the best places to photograph on the Matanuska Glacier. Critiques and discussion will follow the first day's session at Sheep Mountain Lodge. Enjoy gourmet meals while discussing composition, digital photography tips and Adobe Lightroom techniques with RAW files. Workshop fee includes: three days of Glacier Park entrance fees, one-on-one photography instruction, and lessons on safely negotiating a glacier.

Participants are responsible for meals, lodging,  transportation (car pooling may be available), and crampons.

Crampons are available for rent at AMH: 272-1811.

Crampons and Microspikes are available at REI: 272-4565.

To book your lodging (limited availability, book early) contact:

Sheep Mountain Lodge (sponsoring lodge) at (907) 745-5121

Other accommodations available at:

Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge, (907) 746-2930

Tundra Rose Guest Cottages, (907) 745-5865 or (800) 315-5865

For more info, email Hal Gage.



*Note: The Glacier Park has raised entrance fees and restricted access. This tour gives you full and unrestricted access to the glacier.

Glacier Photography Workshop

photographing the wonders of the Matanuska Glacier

I have taken part in several of Hal's workshops over the years, some more than once. He is an inspiring teacher, whose love of photography is infectious and who shares his knowledge with generosity and patience. Since leaving Alaska I have contacted him on numerous occasions for advice on technique, equipment and style and he always responds with thought and courtesy. If I lived closer I would do the workshops all over again! Heather

Photo by Hal Gage

Meet Me at the Botanical Gardens

photographing outings

Photos by Hal Gage

Anchorage Botanical Gardens

June thru August, weekday evenings and weekends

Fee: $25 (Plus Entrance Fee)

Join me at the Anchorage Botanical Gardens for an hour or two of flower photography. Sign up to my mailing list and received notices (sometimes short due to weather and scheduling) on meet-ups to explore the finer points of photographing flowers. I discuss and demo: using flash, specialty lenses, creative effects, and composition.


For more info, subscribe in the sign up field above and I'll see you at the botanical Gardens.


Bird Point

Alaska's Summer Coastal Landscapes

June 16, 17, 2018

Fee: $75

Hal Gage leads this annual two-day summer landscape photography workshop in the heart of Turnagain Arm, Alaska. Situated 30 miles south of Anchorage, Bird Point is one of the most unique locations and one of the last remaining untouched coastal interfaces on the Turnagain Arm. Hal Gage has been photographing there for over three decades.

Participants will explore the low tide silt flats, glacial carved rocks, seas of sedge grass and unique rock formations. Topics covered: composition, conceptualizing an image, exposure, equipment usage, and practical considerations of working on the tidal flats. All levels are welcome.

This weekend we will experience the lowest tides of the year. With predicted bore tides, it should be spectacular.

Dress in layers. Bring your camera with extra (fully charged!!) batteries, wide-angle and telephoto lenses, and tripod.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.

Bird Point

summer coastal photography

Photo by Hal Gage

I have greatly enjoyed attending Hal Gage’s photography workshops. Hal is a kind and patient teacher and freely shares his knowledge and expertise with the workshop attendees. I’ve learned many new skills and techniques and am looking forward to attending more of Hal’s workshops. I highly recommend him. Susan Serna

Note Date Change

Photographing People

at the Alaska State Fair

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 1–5pm

Fee $65


Street (reportage, social documentary, candid) photography has a long history. From the time that cameras and film became small enough to handhold and record action, street photography has become an important part of our cultural dialog. Early 20th century photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, and Robert Frank set the standards that give us the basis of the genre today.

In this one day workshop, Hal Gage leads a small group of photographers to the spectacle called the Alaska State Fair, in Palmer. Why the fair? Because all manner of people, events and things await the curious eye of the photographer.

Learn to look for and "see" odd juxtapositions others might pass by, how to approach people, gain access to get the best photographs, how to be inconspicuous to get truly candid images, and previsualize in B&W and color.

The workshop runs from 1pm to 5pm, Saturday, August 26. Participants will gather at the southeast entrance for a discussion on the topics of the workshop. Individually, participants will set out to find things to photograph and meet back at a planned rendezvous point to review work and get feedback. Yes, traffic is a pain, but just take it slow, it's worth the drive.

For more info, contact Hal Gage

Street Photography

Photos by Hal Gage

Photos by Hal Gage

Maclaren River remote camp

Denali Hwy, Alaska

Saturday thru Monday, September 1–3, 2018

Fee: $675

The first year's workshop was such a success, we're doing it again. Maclaren River Lodge (mile 42 of the Denali Hwy) is the jumping off point for the Maclaren Glacier, accessed by an exciting 30 minute jet boat ride up river. The glacier is a 5 mile hike from camp with spectacular views. Add to that, this is my favorite time of year on the "highway," peak time for golds, reds and browns blanketing the valleys and mountain sides. We'll have opportunities for Northern Lights and star photography and we'll finish with an (optional) canoe ride back down river for lunch at Maclaren River Lodge. The rustic camp site is complete with canvas sided cabins on platforms with cots, mess hall, and a latrine with one of the best views in Alaska! The 2 night trip is fully catered with gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Three-day workshop fee: $650 (lodging, transportation from Maclaren and meals included). Participants are responsible for getting to and from Maclaren River Lodge.

Bring your camera, tripod, sleeping bag, warm clothes and waterproof hiking boots, and get ready for a great weekend of photography.

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For those wishing to do more sight-seeing along the 138-mile Denali Hwy, add Friday and Tuesday (Sept. 1 and 5) to the trip. Book a room at Tangle River Inn on Friday night and at Alpine Creek Lodge on Monday night to extend this trip. We'll explore the valleys, lakes, and ancient eskers (winding gravel hills) left behind from the receding glaciers.

To make it a 5-day trip just add the cost of lodging and meals at Tangle River Inn and Alpine Lodge. Call for reservations.

For reservations contact:

Tangle River Inn (907) 822-3970  for September 1.

Alpine Creek Lodge (907) 743-0565 for September 4.

Camping and RV spots are available at both locations.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.



[Hal Gage's] workshops are designed for one-on-one instruction, which makes it very helpful for novice and advanced photographers.... Each workshop with Hal is different and there are plenty of opportunities to learn and discover new things in this field. Sanjana

Maclaren Glacier and the Denali Hwy

luxury back country expedition


Adobe Lightroom Classic


Fee: $250

(private classes also available)

Having a hard time finding that one image? Want to know the best workflow for processing your RAW files? This class lifts the veil on Lightroom and its powerful inner workings. Learn to import images like a pro, tag images with keywords and metadata for easy searches, process RAW files to pull the most out of them, configure and create jpgs, tifs and psd files for use outside of Lightroom (email, printing, post processing in Photoshop). This 4-night class will give you strong work habits and explain with in-class hands-on demo files how to efficiently use Lightroom. Learn tips and tricks of better looking images, portrait retouching, database searches, and much more. Classes run one night a week for 4 weeks. Class booklet and example files provided. Participants must have a laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom Classic installed.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.



Over the past several years I have taken numerous classes and workshops from Hal Gage. I have found his teaching style to be the best I have encountered. Hal explains the work flow in a well defined manner that is easy to follow and understand. He welcomes questions without intimidating the asker and will go out of his way or spend time after class to make sure the material is understood. JWN

I use Lightroom everyday…. I learned more in 1 ½ hours with [Hal Gage], then I learned in a day long class [with other teachers]. Susan Serna

Adobe Lightroom

organize and process your digital files


I have greatly enjoyed attending Hal Gage’s photography workshops. Hal is a kind and patient teacher and freely shares his knowledge and expertise with the workshop attendees. I’ve learned many new skills and techniques and am looking forward to attending more of Hal’s workshops. I highly recommend him. Susan Serna

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018


Fee: $250

(private classes also available)

Want to take your digital captures to the next level? Want to know what to do with your "hero" images? Want to make composites of images that are sure to wow your viewers? Find out what's new in Photoshop CC. This 4-night course will help you learn how to unleash the power of Adobe Photoshop. intergated with Lightroom, you'll learn the basics of layering and masking, inside tips on effectively stitching images together for panoramas, creating HDR (high dynamic range) images without all the fuss. You will come away with a working knowledge of compositing images, selective exposure and color adjustments... all in a non-destructive workflow. Classes run one night a week for 4 weeks. Class booklet and example files provided. Participants must have a laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 installed.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.

Adobe Photoshop

taking your images to the next level

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