The Landscape Photography Workshop SALE | For a limited time – 50% off at $99
Essential Outdoor Skills: Winter Edition
9 Episodes
2 Hours
New to cold-weather adventures? Meet Montana-born photographer and adventurist, Isaac Johnston. Learn the outdoor winter skills you need to access new vantage points in the most restricted season. Follow Isaac on an overnight photo trip with Alex Strohl and Rod Trevino as he shares his expertise on the gear needed for subzero temps and the approach to taking impactful photographs along the way. In this new course format, enjoy a show-like experience and learn as the adventure unfolds.
#
Reviews
$99 
$75 
No items found.
What You'll Learn
No items found.

FEATURED BY

No items found.
Essential Outdoor Skills: Winter Edition

Isaac Johnston

Essential Outdoor Skills: Winter Edition

Isaac Johnston

Get limited access to the lowest price.

By providing an email address here, you are agreeing to share your email with Wildist and the Instructor.

No items found.
Learn the skills needed to gain access to new places in the most restricted season.
Meet Your New Instructor: RJ Bruni

Watch for Free

Watch the Trailer

What You'll Learn

  • How to navigate an overnight winter adventure
  • The steps for planning a safe and visually inspiring trip
  • What gear you need to keep your camera operating at optimal rates
  • What gear you need to stay dry, warm, and agile
  • How to build a fire and keep warm at base camp
  • Isaac’s outdoor hacks from 3+ decades of adventures
The Essential Outdoor Skills Workshop Giveaway
Sign up for a chance to win 1 of 5 free workshops!
If you purchase the workshop now, we will refund you if you win!
We will announce the winners soon!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to share your email with Wildist and Isaac Johnston.
47.8125° N, 112.1836° W
48° 3’ 47.831” N, 114° 4’ 21.408” W
54° 3’ 47.831” N, 98° 4’ 05.408” W

Workshop Episodes

0:35

Ep

1

Workshop Welcome

Meet Isaac Johnston, your teacher. Isaac has garnered over 3 decades of experience and skills to make the most of adventures in the cold Montana winters, and is ready to share that knowledge with you.

16:33

Ep

2

Planning The Perfect Trip

Isaac breaks down his process for planning the perfect trip in wintertime, providing plenty of tips to apply whether this is your first winter trip or your twentieth.

34:21

Ep

3

The Art and Science of What To Pack

What do you bring on a trip like this? Isaac walks through every piece of gear that he packs - from his layering system which allows him to stay comfortable and dry, to his camera system and the reason for packing it last.

21:02

Ep

4

Onwards Into The Montana Backcountry

Follow Isaac, Rod, and Alex as they ski from the trailhead into the cabin for the night. Along the way, learn about the gear they use to easily travel over the snow, stopping along the way to take advantage of the fading light for creating blue hour photography in the winter landscape.

7:22

Ep

5

Making Fire

The crew arrives at the cabin, and as a first task Isaac sets out to warm up the cabin by making a fire. Isaac will teach you the step by step basics to make a healthy fire which you can apply in any setting.

27:10

Ep

6

Getting the Shot

Spend the day with the crew adventuring around the backcountry to find and get the shot. The day begins with some hacks to make camping more comfortable, before heading out to shoot landscapes and portraits around the cabin. Isaac will walk you through how he sets up and composes, communicates with his subjects, and ultimately gets the shot.

28:22

Ep

7

Editing the Selects

Watch as Isaac literally moves mountains and walks you through his editing process on three of his favorite photos from the shoot.

1:01

Ep

8

Workshop Recap

Isaac & Rod debrief on the mission and recap some of their favorite things learned, parting with words of inspiration to get out and explore.

52:31

Ep

9

Roundtable Discussion

Our adventurous crew recaps and debriefs the mission, and talks best hacks for getting after it in wintertime.

What You'll Learn
No items found.
  • 9 Episodes
  • 2 Hours
  • 9 Episodes
  • 2 Hours
  • 3 Field Episodes

$99 

$75 
Watch instantly.
One-time payment.
Workshop
Resources
We are still working on the downloads for this workshop.
They'll be added here shortly!
Reviews

Students give our workshops an
average of 4.8 out of 5 stars

Some gem advice and a lot of filler footage
Alex Balcer
Hi Isaac and Alex, Please do not publish these comments, they are meant for you and I assure you they come from the heart. Overall the workshop, in my opinion, was really geared towards a total novice in the winter backcountry like your friend from San Diego. I wished that would have been mentioned in the intro because I wouldn't have spent money on it. Few things things that really disappoints: 1) leaving radios in the truck (it happened to all of us!) but for a workshop where a check list is provided...and you had a sled which could have gone to get them...this could have been corrected. 2) Packing a minimalist bag I get it, I just broke a pole falling back because my bag was too heavy! But where the heck did that 100-400mm came from? not in the small Canon bag you packed for sure. Again, the sled probably carried it unless Alex brought his kit as well. 3) Too much footage on introducing a novice to the backcountry and making a fire. 4) Storytelling could have been a focus on such as taking inside cabin footage in the morning before bringing camera gear outside. Would have liked to see more on actually taking pictures and the challenges of getting establishing, close up shots...in other words more about winter story telling and overcoming challenges. Anyways, thank you for putting this together and I hope you get the chance to make a second winter story telling video geared towards those who work and live for winter. Drop me a line if you ever come out to Nelson, BC, would love to take you out splitboarding out here in the Kokanees. balcer.alex@gmail.com One last thing: Isaac, just like you I have a young family and far from my twenties. I made a leap of faith not too long ago to pursue photography and have been working for clients ever since. I post close to 600 photos on IG a year for my clients but haven't done so yet for my own account. You're helping me grow the courage to do so. I'll make sure I tag you when I do with a thank you note. Cheers! Alex
Solid Intro to Winter Skills!
Kyle
In the words of Bill and Ted, "Most excellent!!" Isaac's enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication to the outdoors is incredible. Even with a strong level of outdoor/winter experience, I found Isaac's approach to winter adventure informative and educational. He brought forward a well-guided foundation of safety, knowledge, exploration, and adventure--providing endless amounts of stoke, and an excellent guideline for newcomers and experienced professionals alike. For the price, the level of knowledge and skill presented throughout the workshop is solid, and I'm eagerly looking forward to future seasons!

Alex Balcer

@alex_balcer

December 15, 2021

Some gem advice and a lot of filler footage

Hi Isaac and Alex, Please do not publish these comments, they are meant for you and I assure you they come from the heart. Overall the workshop, in my opinion, was really geared towards a total novice in the winter backcountry like your friend from San Diego. I wished that would have been mentioned in the intro because I wouldn't have spent money on it. Few things things that really disappoints: 1) leaving radios in the truck (it happened to all of us!) but for a workshop where a check list is provided...and you had a sled which could have gone to get them...this could have been corrected. 2) Packing a minimalist bag I get it, I just broke a pole falling back because my bag was too heavy! But where the heck did that 100-400mm came from? not in the small Canon bag you packed for sure. Again, the sled probably carried it unless Alex brought his kit as well. 3) Too much footage on introducing a novice to the backcountry and making a fire. 4) Storytelling could have been a focus on such as taking inside cabin footage in the morning before bringing camera gear outside. Would have liked to see more on actually taking pictures and the challenges of getting establishing, close up shots...in other words more about winter story telling and overcoming challenges. Anyways, thank you for putting this together and I hope you get the chance to make a second winter story telling video geared towards those who work and live for winter. Drop me a line if you ever come out to Nelson, BC, would love to take you out splitboarding out here in the Kokanees. balcer.alex@gmail.com One last thing: Isaac, just like you I have a young family and far from my twenties. I made a leap of faith not too long ago to pursue photography and have been working for clients ever since. I post close to 600 photos on IG a year for my clients but haven't done so yet for my own account. You're helping me grow the courage to do so. I'll make sure I tag you when I do with a thank you note. Cheers! Alex

Alex Balcer

December 15, 2021

Kyle

March 16, 2021

Solid Intro to Winter Skills!

In the words of Bill and Ted, "Most excellent!!" Isaac's enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication to the outdoors is incredible. Even with a strong level of outdoor/winter experience, I found Isaac's approach to winter adventure informative and educational. He brought forward a well-guided foundation of safety, knowledge, exploration, and adventure--providing endless amounts of stoke, and an excellent guideline for newcomers and experienced professionals alike. For the price, the level of knowledge and skill presented throughout the workshop is solid, and I'm eagerly looking forward to future seasons!

Kyle

March 16, 2021

No items found.
Some gem advice and a lot of filler footage
Alex Balcer
Hi Isaac and Alex, Please do not publish these comments, they are meant for you and I assure you they come from the heart. Overall the workshop, in my opinion, was really geared towards a total novice in the winter backcountry like your friend from San Diego. I wished that would have been mentioned in the intro because I wouldn't have spent money on it. Few things things that really disappoints: 1) leaving radios in the truck (it happened to all of us!) but for a workshop where a check list is provided...and you had a sled which could have gone to get them...this could have been corrected. 2) Packing a minimalist bag I get it, I just broke a pole falling back because my bag was too heavy! But where the heck did that 100-400mm came from? not in the small Canon bag you packed for sure. Again, the sled probably carried it unless Alex brought his kit as well. 3) Too much footage on introducing a novice to the backcountry and making a fire. 4) Storytelling could have been a focus on such as taking inside cabin footage in the morning before bringing camera gear outside. Would have liked to see more on actually taking pictures and the challenges of getting establishing, close up shots...in other words more about winter story telling and overcoming challenges. Anyways, thank you for putting this together and I hope you get the chance to make a second winter story telling video geared towards those who work and live for winter. Drop me a line if you ever come out to Nelson, BC, would love to take you out splitboarding out here in the Kokanees. balcer.alex@gmail.com One last thing: Isaac, just like you I have a young family and far from my twenties. I made a leap of faith not too long ago to pursue photography and have been working for clients ever since. I post close to 600 photos on IG a year for my clients but haven't done so yet for my own account. You're helping me grow the courage to do so. I'll make sure I tag you when I do with a thank you note. Cheers! Alex
Solid Intro to Winter Skills!
Kyle
In the words of Bill and Ted, "Most excellent!!" Isaac's enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication to the outdoors is incredible. Even with a strong level of outdoor/winter experience, I found Isaac's approach to winter adventure informative and educational. He brought forward a well-guided foundation of safety, knowledge, exploration, and adventure--providing endless amounts of stoke, and an excellent guideline for newcomers and experienced professionals alike. For the price, the level of knowledge and skill presented throughout the workshop is solid, and I'm eagerly looking forward to future seasons!
Isaac Johnston
Isaac grew up on a farm near Glacier National Park in Montana and from a young age worked as a stock hand and guide in the Great Bear Wilderness. He didn’t know at the time that his life was different, just that he loved the excitement of showing people the wild spaces of the world.
Explore More

Our Latest Workshops