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banff, Canada

Banff, Canada Landscape Photography Workshop

June 16-19, 2022:  1 SPOT!!

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 our top 3 favorite landscapes in the world and is sure to impress any photographer. 

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 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.



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.


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

We 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. 


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. 


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, You will learn simple and actionable skills that will help you find amazing compositions in any environment.


Creative Editing

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

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Portfolio Feedback

Getting honest and constructive feedback about your images is extremely hard to find. At the end of every workshop we 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 


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 for rest, group image feedback session, either lunch or dinner as a group, head out to shoot through sunset

Day 3: 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 4: early morning to shoot sunrise, back for breakfast, optional additional classroom time/feedback, end of workshop about 11AM

As I begin editing my photos from the workshop I am compelled to thank you so much for all I learned! I had some trepidation about making the investment in taking the class but I'm so glad I did. You took us to some gorgeous places and not only taught us how to capture them in the camera but also how to edit them for the best effect.


Planning Your Trip: Hotel & Transportation

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

Hotel: We have reserved a block of rooms 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, we 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. We 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:

Field Instruction  • Classroom Courses • Portfolio Feedback Session • Snacks and Water

 Not Included: flights, hotel, car and food 

    I always tell my students that you DO NOT need expensive gear to create excellent images. Great gear does make a difference in terms of technical quality, durability, ease of use and other factors and I advise using quality products, but creating a powerful, creative image is all about the photographer and the light. While I do recommend shooting with the best gear you can afford, keep in mind this is not the most important factor.
    Camera: (preferably a DSLR or a mirrorless with the ability to shoot raw) Lenses: My ideal setup for full frame is a16-35mm, 50mm, 70-200 or 300mm. If you own a 24-70 or equivalent that is fine. As long as you have something fairly wide and a telephoto. For DX or APS-C users, any combination of lenses that gets you from at least 18mm to 200mm. Preferably from 10mm to 200mm but if you don’t already own a wide angle don’t stress. Other: A sturdy outdoor tripod is a must! Also, plenty of digital memory, extra batteries & battery charger,
 lens cleaning cloth, camera bag that allows you to easily get to your gear. You may want to consider bringing a back up camera as well. Filters: The only filter that I consider a must have is a circular polarizer. While I don't use it often — when you need it you have to have it. There can also be situations where a 10 stop neutral density or variable ND (variable neutral density) can be very useful. This is definitely not something that is mandatory but could be useful on the workshop or shooting in general. I prefer the screw on circular polarizers and ND filters. I also carry a 3 stop soft graduated neutral density filter, and although I rarely use it these days — it can come in handy. If you don't already know what this is or how to use it, don't stress about bringing one. I prefer hand holding 4x6 inch grad ND filters.
    We will shoot rain or shine. A rainjacket is a must and a small travel umbrella is highly recomended. Layered clothing is super important for changing temperatures — early morning can be cold with afternoons getting very warm. Consider thin gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear and sunglasses. Also helpful to have is a flashlight, sunscreen, lip balm and bug spray. For more challenging or strenuous workshops, it is helpful but not mandatory to bring waterproof boots or gators. I don't personally usually use a camera cover (I prefer an umbrella) this is something you may want to bring along.
    Please bring a laptop computer with a card reader for the classroom portion of the workshop. It would be best to have Adobe Lightroom software installed. We will also spend a small amount of time with Adobe Photoshop if you want to have this installed as well to follow along. I use the Creative Cloud and purchasing the Lightroom/Photoshop package which is only $9.99 a month. If you use and prefer another editing program that is not a problem at all. You will still pick up a ton of new thoughts and ideas — much of the editing is focused on the artistic side of image processing. Also, if you don't have a laptop — don't stress. You will still benefit from the ideas shared in the courses. You are welcome to borrow a laptop or share with another student. If you prefer to take written notes, it is a good idea to bring along pen and paper.
    We will be critiquing images taken prior to the workshop, please inlcude a section of 15-20 of your favorite images you would like feedback on. We may also have a chance to critique some images taken during the workshop.
    You must have travel insurance for an international workshop. I recommend bringing quite a few snacks with you. Granola bars, jerky, nuts, etc. Be sure to see what kind of plug adaptor you will need for electronics. If you are signing up from outside of the US, please be aware of VISA requirements for the country of travel.
Have questions? Feel free to reach out.
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