What Exactly is Backcountry Journeys Learn?

You may have seen recently that we introduced our new online photography education platform Backcountry Journeys Learn. 

What is Backcountry Journeys Learn?

Learn is a labor of love that is all things photography education. Currently we have several courses mostly centered around Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop post-processing that we’ve run as both live webinar sessions as well as video courses. 

Teaching these courses during the Coronavirus crisis has been an incredibly valuable way to work with our guests on their post-processing skills during a time when – well there isn’t much else to do! 

We’ve done quite a bit of fine tuning to the program over the last few months and we’ve streamlined our approach on how these courses will be run going forward. 

Needless to say we’re working on a LOT of new courses that we’ll be running over the course of the next few months and on into the future. 

A Better Online Photography Education Platform

You can buy post-processing video courses anywhere on the internet these days. 

BCJ Learn courses take the standard video course approach to a new level. Tired of the endless parade of boring one-off videos on the web? Are you looking to further hone your image editing skills? Or maybe you are just starting out?

BCJ Learn courses are designed to give you maximum value for money and for your time – and they are interactive!

What does that mean exactly? When you enroll in a course it means not only do you get access to the course video modules but you also get a month of instructor access and weekly coaching sessions. 

Who it’s for?

Our courses are designed specifically with Outdoor & Nature photographers in mind, after all we’re Backcountry Journeys – and that’s what we do!

More specifically these courses are for you if you are tired of the random quality of online learning through videos on YouTube etc. Our courses are for photographers and aspiring photographers who are really looking to improve their post-processing skills and want the added benefit of having personalized instruction. It’s a great way to learn!

What’s Changed?

We’ve streamlined our course offerings and now instead of offering our courses as optional one-off video course downloads OR Live Webinars – you now get both. We’ve merged the experience into one simplified, yet highly effective course module. 

How it Works

·       Enroll in a course during open enrollment period
·       The Live Course runs for 30 days but at your own pace 
·       Once you register for the course you get unlimited lifetime access to the video modules
·       During the course you get access to a FREE private Facebook Group with your instructor and fellow course members.
·       Each week your instructor will do live webinars with Q&A sessions as well as be active in the Facebook Group to help you work through the course. 
·       The course is self-paced however you have access to our professionals whenever you need it

The Next Course

The next course we will be running is Adobe Lightroom: Beginner to Expert with Matt Meisenheimer. Enrollment for this course will be open the week prior until it is full.

Adobe Lightroom: Beginner to Expert
May 25th to June 19th, 2020
Enrollment Opens: May 18th


Although course registration isn’t yet open you can sign-up here to be notified when enrollment opens on May 18th.

We look forward to seeing you inside the course – come learn Adobe Lightroom with Backcountry Journeys!

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Russ Nordstrand








Russ Nordstrand is an award winning Landscape & Wildlife Photographer based in Flagstaff, Arizona. His Fine Art Prints are hanging in private collections throughout the world and he runs Photography Tours & Workshops in the most beautiful and inspirtational locations in the Western United States and beyond.

Russ has been hiking, backpacking, photographing and guiding people in the wilderness areas, deserts, canyons and mountains of the world since 1997. He has logged thousands of miles on the trail and for many years in the past decade over half of his nights were spent in a tent in some far flung outdoor destination.

His Photography reflects an awe and admiration of the great, wide and still wild world we live in. Often his subjects include towering canyon walls, mist shrouded mountain lakes or wildlife in their natural habitat. It also reflects a commitment to preserving these places for the health of our world and for those who come after.

It would be a lie to say he does it completely from an altruistic standpoint. Like any great outdoor photographer he loves the thrill of wild, remote places and the accomplishment of nailing that shot after waking up three hours before dawn and hiking in the dark!