🇨🇦 Canadian Rockies Photography Workshops


2021


November 5th – 7th – Chasing Light: ‘Banff & Lake Louise at Winter’s Edge’

Event Cost: $750 + GST

Description

Some of the most dramatic weather comes with the changing seasons and with dramatic weather, comes dramatic light – perfect photography conditions!

During this workshop, we’ll be visiting dynamic landscapes throughout Banff, observing the changes in season and welcoming the arrival of winter. It’s a very unique and photogenic time of year! Our base will be in Lake Louise, in the heart of Banff National Park. Each day we’ll venture to different locations in the surrounding area.

This workshop will cover a range of shooting conditions including sunset, night time, and morning light all while learning new techniques and strategies to strengthen your existing knowledge no matter your current skill level or camera gear.

All the while you will have access to ask questions and gain inspiration from your two instructors, Kahli April and Nick Fitzhardinge. We will share tips on composition and technical settings to best suit the landscape and light conditions. We will discuss artistic approach, long exposure techniques and way to add a little magic to your images!


2022


Abraham Lake weekend ‘overnight ice’ bubble Photo Tours – select January/February Wknds (1 night each – dates TBD)

Event cost: $625 + GST

Description

Frozen ice bubbles & winter photography in Banff National Park at its best! 3 weekend based events on the first three weekends of January giving you some of the best possibilities for photographing cool ice formation on Abraham Lake. Includes a private room for the night, transportation, & professional photography instruction. Max group size: 5 people, Pick up/Drop off in Banff.

We will start with sunrise in the Banff area and then explore along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park before arriving at Abraham Lake where we will photograph sunset, night (optional) & sunrise!

*Ice cleats provided


Yellowknife Northern Lights Chasing Tour – March + September (dates TBD)

Event cost: $1475 + GST

Visit Yellowknife and the far North of Canada to photograph the Northern Lights in a winter landscape during the darkest nights of March!

What is included?

  • Aurora Photography in the Northwest Territories!
  • Twin shared room for 3 nights, breakfasts, transportation, & professional photography instruction
  • Guide/instructor (Nick Fitzhardinge)
  • Max group size: 5 people
  • Pick up/Drop off at Yellowknife Airport

We will chase the Northern lights three nights in a row to a number of locations in and around Yellowknife while staying at a cozy bed & breakfast in Old Town, Yellowknife. There are two events, one on March 12-15th & the other March 17th-20th. Make sure to select the dates that you want upon checkout.

What should I bring to the event?

DSLR/Mirrorless camera, wide angle lenses, tripod, filters, camera bag, cold weather clothing – lots of layers, mitts, beanie/toque, insulated winter boots, thermals, down jacket, face/neck warmer, lots of spare batteries, spare memory cards, headlamp & plenty of energy! We suggest the widest fastest lens that you can bring for capturing the aurora as your most important piece of camera equipment. Ask us for our suggestions! (Telephoto lenses are also nice to bring just in case as we will photograph some edge of the day light too).

What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?

We will be meeting at 2pm in Yellowknife on day 1 of the tour at our accommodation, checking in and having lunch together. I will pick you up and drop you off at the Yellowknife airport.

How cold will it be and will there be snow & wild weather?

This time of year can be very cold but sometimes it is mild too. Expect anything and even extreme sub zero temperatures of -40 Celcius (-40F) are not uncommon. We will only photograph in safe conditions however so come prepared in case we go out for short bursts of very cold weather shooting. Bring thin inner gloves and large winter gloves for over the top of those which makes camera operation much easier in the cold. Winter boots are essential and a down jacket is too. The beauty of March is it is often the clearest month of the year in this area which will maximize our chances for good aurora viewing!

What is NOT included in the event?

* All food and drink except breakfasts which are included.

* Travel and medical insurance. I highly recommend you purchase these before embarking on this trip.

* Your flights and travel to Yellowknife, NWT. Once you arrive into Yellowknife I will pick you up and take care of the rest!

How can I contact the organizer with any other questions?

Contact me via email nick@mountainphototours.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!


COVID-19 WORKSHOP POLICY

* We will maintain social distancing, wear masks indoors and follow Alberta Health recommended safety guidelines & group size limitations.

* All in person instruction will happen outdoors. We ask that participants: Adhere to the Alberta self-isolation requirements when traveling.

*Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or with close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days must remain at home.

*All participants must self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and isolate immediately if they present symptoms.

*There are no refunds should a participant become ill during the workshop. Masks are required for use in indoor spaces, such as gondola terminals.

*Masks will be worn outdoors when a 2-metre distance cannot be maintained. Please bring your own masks.


Banff After Dark: Milky Way & Mountains – May 6-8th

Event Cost: $750 + GST

A one of a kind ‘BANFF STARGAZING’ experience – during this weekend photography workshop we will be chasing the milky way galaxy!

DATE: May 6-8th

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP 



A one of a kind “Banff stargazing” experience – during this weekend photography workshop you will photograph The Icefields Parkway & David Thompson Country (including Abraham Lake) from unique vantage points and experience the Canadian Rockies during the night as we chase any opportunities to photograph the milky way, the aurora, noctilucent clouds, constellations, planets, & zodiacal light!

Our base near the Icefields Parkway in the heart Banff National Park will allow us to follow in the footsteps of David Thompson, one of Canada’s greatest explorers (also known as ‘Koo Koo Sint’ by the local indigenous people which fittingly translates to ‘the stargazer’).

This workshop will cover a range of shooting conditions including sunset, night time, and morning light but we will focus on night photography and the techniques and strategies needed for you to become a proficient astrophotographer no matter your current skill level or camera gear. All the while you will have access to ask questions of your two instructors, Kahli April and Nick Fitzhardinge.

They will share tips on composition and technical settings to best suit the dark environments to reveal the magic of the milky way & the mountains! What’s Included: Personalized photography Instruction from two experts in the areas of astrophotography & landscape photography.


Don’t see what you are looking for? Contact us at reservations@mountainphototours.ca to make a photography workshop inquiry or to arrange a customized private photography workshop.

Travel, medical & equipment insurance is strongly recommended for all photography workshops.


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