Banff National Park July 5th-8th 2019

Banff National Park has a rich heritage as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations. You feel truly immersed in nature with easy access to pristine wilderness, endless outdoor adventure, and all the amenities you need. The Canadian Rockies are one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph with Banff National Park serving as home to hundreds of iconic and jaw-dropping locations.
 
This workshop is not lazy photography, but "sleep-when-your-dead" style photography. We will be chasing the best light in breathtaking locations with a flexible itinerary that allows us to chase light where and when it is best. If clear skies are forecasted we will take advantage of the park's Class 1 dark sky. Expect to wake up for sunrise early and stay out late as we photograph the many phases of light of Banff National Park. With hands-on shooting and post-processing training from two instructors you will be sure to come home with a new appreciation of what is possible.
 
 

 
Testimonials
 
Rating: 4.8/5
 
 
"I felt this was a turning point in my photography. It was all good. I loved the setting. The accepting and friendly atmosphere. The true enthusiasm that you and the participants had. I felt that it genuinely made you happy to be able to convey something that helped people achieve their goals of better photography." 
"Your instructions helped to tie a lot of things together that had mystified me. And your individual coaching got me through many of the confusing things about my camera." - Lilian 5/5
 
"Nich and Scott were great to work with, and kept my motivation up in the wee hours of the morning. They were patient with the many questions I asked during the workshop. I'd be glad to take another workshop with either of them" - Jessica 5/5
 
"The workshop was amazing! Scott and Nicholas were more than willing to help us get amazing pictures, and made sure we knew what we were doing every step of the way. Very highly recommend workshops with them!" - Maggi 4/5
 
"Both Scott and Nich exceeded my expectations with their knowledge and the hands on help that I received during the workshop. I walked away from the course with a great foundation of knowledge for Astro Photography. I would definitely take another workshop with them!"
"I was grateful for the small size of the workshop so there was lots of one on one. I really liked all the help that I received." -Meagan 5/5
 
 "Both were very knowledgeable and explained things in a easy to understand way." - Anonymous Response 5/5
 
"Excellent, informative, hands on!!" - Marianne 5/5
 

 
 

What You Will Learn

 

  • How to shoot and develop an eye for landscape compositions, day and night, that stand out amongst others.

 

  • In field instruction on composition, focus stacking and panoramas.

 

  • How to understand and make use of the relationship of shutter speed, ISO, and aperture in creating a well balanced exposure

 

  • Shooting for advanced blending techniques, including compensating for high dynamic range. 

 

  • General astronomy to aid you in planning your night photos. Topics include the moon's phases, finding the milky way and other key features of the night sky, light pollution, moonscapes, and aurora.

 

  • How to focus your lens at night.

 

  • From importing to exporting your photos to utilize the full potential of the data. Including how and when to use noise reduction, stitching panoramas, and blending focus stacked images. Also, learn advanced photoshop techniques to help develop your creative vision.

 

(Itinerary is flexible and based on conditions/appetite)

What You Will Need

 

  • A DSLR Camera that can perform in manual (M) mode.

 

  • At least 2 fully charged camera batteries and 32 GBs of memory card storage. We will be shooting in RAW.

 

  • A wide angle lens that is at least 24mm with an aperture of f/2.8 or faster is recommended but not required. (you can borrow lenses from your local camera store or www.lenslenders.ca if needed). Also a telephoto lens is a great landscape tool.

 

  • Shutter release or intervalometer.

 

  • Sturdy tripod.

 

  • Computer with Lightroom and/or Photoshop installed.

 

  • Pencil and notepad.

 

  • Headlamp that has a red light mode.

 

  • Warm clothes, camp chair, bug repellent. Also, shoes capable of travelling on uneven terrain for moderate distances.

 

  • Food and water that you require. 

 

  • Transportation and accommodations. We will be carpooling from Lake Louise Townsite to each unique location, you are responsible for getting transportation to Lake Louise.

 

 

Book Now

 

 

Click the icon above to reserve your place in this unforgettable workshop & investment into your photography 


 

Difficulty

 

Walking: Up to 5km one way hikes

 

There will be some moderate hiking for our locations. Students should be able to walk up to 2 hours on uneven ground without difficulty. We will make sure to allow plenty of time to get to our locations, but there will be some terrain to cross to get to our destinations.

 

 

Prior photo skill: none needed! 

 


 

Post-Processing Education

 

Students will receive two 3 hour group editing workshops + 

 complementary advanced post processing videos (valued at 100$) to refer back to once the workshop is complete. 

There will also be time to critique each others photos and share our creative inspirations.

 


 

Bringing a Friend

 

If students wish to bring a friend, spouse, or family member we kindly ask 25% of the purchase price to cover logistics, fees, materials, and insurance.

You can email Nich through the contact button on this website to notify us of your guest and pay.

 


 


 

Weather

 

Ultimately, weather is an uncontrollable part of photography. Regardless of conditions we will stay out and shoot as long as it is safe to do so. Even in overcast conditions we promise that you will come away with beautiful images, knowledge, and the ability of capturing a variety of new techniques.


 

Important Technicalities

 

Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits are 50% of the purchase price. 

 

In the unlikely event, we cancel the workshop and are unable to transfer you to another one of our workshops or offer a reasonable alternative - a 100% refund of your payment will be issued.

 

If you cancel and your spot can be filled your payment will be refunded (minus the deposit). If you cancel outside of 60 days before the scheduled workshop you will receive a refund minus the deposit. If you cancel inside of 60 days before the workshop and we are unable to fill your spot there will be no refund.

There are no refunds for unforeseen events that take place during the workshop dates or if you are unable to attend our weather flex-date before/after the scheduled workshop date. This includes park closures, unforeseen weather circumstances, or other such events. If this occurs we will make every reasonable effort to work with local authorities to present you with a reasonable alternative.  We are not responsible for any reimbursement of travel, lodging, equipment rentals, or other related expenses. We recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover your non-refundable registration fees, travel, lodging, equipment rentals, or other related expenses.

 

 


 

 

See You Soon!