banff, Canada

Banff, Canada Landscape Photography Workshop

June 18-21, 2020: SOLD-OUT

Cost: 1675 ($475 due at registration below) 

Prepare to be blown away by the massive snow-capped peaks, glistening glacier lakes and sweeping vistas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff. We will spend 4 days shooting beautiful locations that are off-the-beaten path around Lake Louise, Banff and Canmore. Most people come to Banff to shoot the same images that millions of others have already taken, but you will come home with several shots many have never seen! This is one of my top 3 favorite landscapes in the world and is sure to impress any photographer. 

COME HOME WITH SPECTACULAR WORKS OF ART 

 Unique Locations • Individual Instruction • Creative Editing • Portfolio Feedback Session

Experience Level

Beginner - Advanced 

Both beginners & experienced photographers will benefit from this workshop. I will work closely with you to address strengths and weaknesses. All can expect to be challenged.

Endurance 

Moderate

All age levels are welcome. Some hiking is involved on this workshop, but will be less than half a mile. We’ll drive to each location then hike to the best position. *Reach out if you have any limitations.

Terrain

Banff National Park

We will be exploring the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The peaks will be incredibly snow packed during this time of year — surroinded by crystal clear lakes and glacier rivers. 

Group Size

8 people

I prefer to keep workshops small, ensuring that each person will have ample time for one-on-one instruction. This photography workshop is limited to 8 people. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Banff Photography Workshop

Banff National Park spans for miles and miles with seemingly endless, massive peaks to capture! For the beginning of the workshop we will base out of Lake Louise and the last half we will base out of Canmore, where we will drive to off-the-beaten path locations in the area. You can expect to be out shooting during sunrise and sunset with meals and classroom time during the day. 

 

I will always be with the group providing thoughts, advice and real time critique as we shoot and scout locations, spending time with each student to work on their specific needs. I run my workshops the same way that I shoot personally — by keeping the group small we can react quickly, chasing light and weather and choosing our spots based on the most dramatic conditions. 

IN THE CLASSROOM 

We will be out shooting and exploring during sunrise and sunset to ensure we find the best conditions. During daytime hours we will have classroom time where we will focus on photography concepts and techniques. 

Image Composition 

Learning how to compose an image is one of the most important elements of photography and probably one of the hardest to master. Starting with this class and continuing throughout the workshop, I will teach you simple and actionable skills that will help you find amazing compositions in any environment.

Creative Editing

We will go through my editing process from beginning to end using a combination of mostly Lightroom with some fairly easy but extremely powerful Photoshop to finish it off. My editing method is very artistic and effective for beginners and advanced users alike. It is always one of the highlights of the workshop.

Portfolio Feedback

Getting honest and constructive feedback about your images is extremely hard to find. At the end of every workshop I will dig into 15-20 of your best shots to give you insightful critique on how to improve. While these sessions are honest, I guarantee you will go away inspired with new ideas and thoughts on making great images.

Years of Experience with Sony, Nikon, and Canon Gear 

BANFF SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

4-day photography workshop

Sunset Time: 10:00pm

Sunrise time:  5:30AM

Day 1: workshop begins at 4:00PM - meet in the lobby of hotel, intro class on design and composition, dinner as a group, head out to shoot through sunset 

Day 2: early morning to shoot sunrise, back for breakfast, time off to check-out and transfer to Canmore, Lightroom editing course, dinner, head out to shoot through sunset

Day 3: early morning to shoot sunrise, back for breakfast, time off for rest, group image feedback session, either lunch or dinner as a group, head out to shoot through sunset

Day 4: early morning to shoot sunrise, back for breakfast, optional additional classroom time/feedback, end of workshop about 11AM

Just imagine spending several days together one-on-one with one of the top photographer/teachers in the country. Dan is a gifted teacher, one with no agenda except what you want and need. He is generous with his knowledge and experience, sharing the best of both.  - Robert McGowan, New Jersey

Planning Your Trip: Hotel & Transportation

Please note that each participant is responsible for their own food, transportation and accommodations.

Hotel: I have reserved a block of rooms at in Lake Louise and Canmore during the workshop dates. You will receive an email with information to confirm your stay. Please note you will need to make your own reservations for any time before/after the workshop. 

Car: If you won't have your personal vehicle, I highly recommend renting a vehicle so you can also explore on your own before/after the workshop. During the workshop we will be carpooling in the two vehicles.

Flight: The closest airport is in Calgary (YYC Calgary) which is about a 2 hour drive from Lake Louise where the workshop will begin. 

Discover The Canadian Rockies

This workshop is perfect for independent photographers who enjoy learning with a group but also enjoy having time to explore on their own. I encourage you to spend a few days exploring before or after the workshop to discover all that this area has to offer – from driving the entire length of Icefields Parkway to spending some time in Jasper National Park. 

What's Included in the Banff Photography Workshop:

Instruction from Dan Ballard • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Session • Snacks and Water

 Not Included: flights, hotel, car and food 

Sign-up for the Banff Photography Workshop!

June 18-21, 2020 | Cost: 1675 ($475 due at registration) 

Have questions? Feel free to reach out.