banff, Canada

Banff, Canada Landscape Photography Workshop

June 18-21, 2020 w/ Dan Ballard:  SOLD-OUT

June 18-21, 2020 w/ Joseph Roybal:  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 our top 3 favorite landscapes in the world and is sure to impress any photographer. 

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COME HOME WITH SPECTACULAR NEW IMAGES 

 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

7 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 7 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, 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.

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 

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

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 

June 18-21, 2020 w/ Dan Ballard:  SOLD-OUT

June 18-21, 2020 w/ Joseph Roybal: SOLD-OUT!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the workshop?


The cost of the workshop DOES INCLUDE: instruction from Dan Ballard (or Joseph Roybal), photoshoots at several locations in Banff, classroom courses, snacks & water. This workshop DOES NOT INCLUDE: transportation to/from the workshop (flights or car rental), hotel accomodations, food or any gear




What about accommodation & transportation?


Please note that each participant is responsible for their own food, transportation and accommodations. Hotel: I have reserved a block of rooms in Lake Louise and Canmore during the workshop dates. After sign-up you will receive an email with information to confirm your stay. 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.




What if I need to cancel?


All deposits are non-refundable but may be transferred to another available workshop up to 45 days prior. If you cancel your workshop the following applies: If cancellation is received at least 45 days prior to the start of the workshop, the deposit can be applied to another workshop of your choice with available space. For cancellations received 0-44 days prior to the start of the workshop, deposits and workshop fee’s will be forfeited. Please see Terms & Conditions page for more information: https://www.danballardphotography.com/cancellation-policy




Where will we be shooting?


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 be shooting in the surroinding areas. I will take you to unique locations that are off-the-beaten-path, that include stunning glacier lakes and rivers. I will also teach you about scouting out new locations. We will not be going to any iconic landscapes during the workshop such as Moraine Lake. If you are interested in shooting these, I recommend you visit them before/after the workshop. They are usually very easy to find.




What do I need to bring?


Main photo gear: -Camera body & lenses -Tripod -Extra batteries -Large memory card -filters (optional) Always be prepared for any kind of weather. It can get cold at night: -Warm clothing: layers are best -Light gloves and beanie -Rain jacket and/or umbrella -Sturdy shoes for walking Travel: -plug adaptor -travel insurance (mandatory) -bars and snacks Optional but highly recommended: -Laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed -About 15 of your best images from before the workshop for feedback session (flashdrive, ipad, link or prints) -Pen & notepad (or laptop) -Day pack for water & snacks For other ideas please see the workshop gear page: https://www.danballardphotography.com/photography-workshop-gear-list





Have questions? Feel free to reach out.
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