Alaska Photo Treks (dba of Through The Lens Alaska, LLC) was founded in 2013 by a trio of professional photographers who had a mission to share this amazing state with others through the lens of their cameras. Today, we are a group of Alaska photography guides and associates. With extensive and unique backcountry photography experience, each of us is also a professional photographer in our own right, with many diverse clients and assignments when not instructing or guiding. We are well-versed in Alaska’s natural history and have much to share about our lives in the 49th state.
Our fun, photo-centric tours, workshops, classes, and guide services cater to all levels of photographers (and non-photographers on some of the day tours). Technical, creative, and regional expertise in Alaska’s most scenic locations is our specialty. We know where to be and when, and have a pretty good track record at finding wildlife too! Services are tailored to fit every skill set and level of interest. Whether you’re a serious shooter or dabbling in photography with a smartphone camera, our aim is to help you take home the best scenes and memories Alaska has to offer.
What we'll do
Explore the beauty of the Alaskan landscape with your drone!
Alaska is a dramatic landscape that only gets more stunning from the air. For this year-round tour, we select locations that provide great compositions from the drone's perspective. You will be transported outside of Anchorage (which has very restricted airspace), and taken to locations where drone use is permitted. Your guide will provide naturalist information along the way about the scenery you are exploring. Drone Dreamscapes is designed for the casual drone flier to the serious drone photographer. Throughout the tour, you'll be offered creative and technical support by your Alaska Photo Treks guide. If you are traveling to Alaska to use your drone, this is a great tour to start your Alaska trip!
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: 4 hours
*Price is $295 for a solo tour or $175 per person in a group size of 2 to 5 people. Group size is limited out of a desire to not disturb birds in some sensitive habitat areas.
*Age Limit: 12 years and older
This is a moderate activity that involves varying levels of walking on mostly even terrain. Carrying your camera gear over this distance adds to the physical activity. Weather conditions may range from rain, snow, wind, and sun, and temperatures from 0°F [-18 °C] to 70°F [21°C]. This Anchorage photo tour departs in all weather, except for high wind conditions (barring a weather advisory).
- Creative and technical photography instruction is offered by your professional, local guide.
- Natural history narrative en route.
- Light snacks and hot drinks, cold water to refill your own bottle.
*What to Bring
- Assortment of filters for drone lens (polarizer and graduated neutral density recommended)
- Fully charged battery (at least 4)
- At least 128GB memory card
- FAA registration for drone
- BUFFY app on the phone
- Layers including long-sleeve thermal shirt, fleece or sweater, and insulated outer shell jacket
- Hat and gloves (in colder seasons)
- Water-proof hiking boots, with the potential need for knee-high mud boots depending on the season
Cancellations may be made earlier than 48 hours before availability start time, with 100% of payments refunded. Changes to reservations may also be made up to 48 hours prior to scheduled tour start time. No refunds will be given due to weather conditions, unless cancelled by the operator due to a National Weather Service weather advisory. Great photos can be made in all conditions, and some subjects are even best to photograph under in sub par conditions.