Guiding, Lessons & Workshops - Helen E. Grose

Love photography and would like help to improve your skills?  
Interested in photographing nature and wildlife, but don't know where to go?
Want to learn how to take better photos, but feel intimidated by technology (or people who talk in technical terms)?
Feel shy in large groups or don't feel you learn enough?
Want to immerse yourself in a few days of adventure with your camera and like-minded people?

I can help!

LESSONS - get individual instruction in an area where you feel you need to improve. I offer one-on-one and small group lessons on a number of photography subjects, including: camera basics, finding & photographing wildlife, landscape photography, and sports & action photography.

WORKSHOPS - I name the time and the place and we meet as a small group of like-minded people, immersing ourselves in nature, learning photography hands-on, and enjoying laughs along the way.

GUIDING - let me show you around some of my favourite natural places and spaces in Muskoka and Algonquin Provincial Park. This is a great opportunity to get out and practice what you know, or combine it with an in-the-field learning experience - one-on-one or as a small group.

I strive to provide a comfortable learning experience where you don't feel shy asking questions and don't need a dictionary to understand what I'm saying.

If you don't find what you're looking for below, please contact me and I'd be happy to customize a program to suit your needs!

Photography Lessons

Photography Basics 

$150 for two hours one-on-one with your digital camera
You'll learn about the different camera settings and how to use them, plus the basics of what makes a good image and how to achieve that.

Location: your place or mine!

Sports & Action Photography

$250 for two hours one-on-one with your digital camera
An hour and a half will be in the field, shooting the action / sport of your choice. You'll learn the settings to use, plus tips & tricks to capture fast movement. The last half hour will be spent on post-processing, where you'll learn how to edit your photos for maximum impact.
Note for Sports & Action: You must have a basic understanding of your camera and how to use it. Post-processing will be shown in Adobe Lightroom and teaches the basics of what to do with your images after you've created them. Techniques may be applied to any photo editing software.

Location: In-field determined by the sport of your choice. Post-processing at your place or mine.

Nature & Wildlife Photography

$325 for 7 hours of intensive one-on-one instruction in Algonquin Park.
You'll learn about the different animals you might find, their habitats and behaviour. You'll learn tracking techniques, landscape & wildlife composition as well as optimal settings for different situations. And, you'll have the opportunity to explore & photograph Canada's oldest provincial park.
Note: While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside of our control and, therefore, no guarantees are made.

Location: Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Waterfall Photography

$275 for four hours one-on-one with your digital camera at one of Muskoka's beautiful waterfalls
Waterfall photography is an art in itself and you'll learn how changing your settings can create dramatic results, from freezing the water's motion to creating a soft, silky effect. You'll also learn tips and tricks for creating images with impact and how accessories can help you achieve different results.

Note for Waterfall Photography: You must have a tripod and a basic understanding of your camera and how to use it.

Location: One of the amazing waterfalls located in Bracebridge, Ontario.

Photography Workshops

Women's Weekend in Algonquin Photography Workshop

Women + Algonquin + Photography = One Amazing Weekend!

I’m excited to announce my first workshop of 2018 and thrilled to offer it exclusively to women! Over the years, I’ve heard from many women who feel the “tech talk” has been too much or the male-dominated environment has been too intimidating to allow them to learn and grow. So, we’ve created this workshop just for YOU! We’ll spend a girls’ weekend in Canada’s oldest provincial park – Algonquin! Hosted by The Mad Musher in Whitney, minutes from Algonquin's east gate. We'll enjoy exclusive use of their riverside rooms for two nights and three days. Join me for some classroom learning, image sharing, and lots of time exploring some of my favourite spaces (and hopefully faces!) in Algonquin!

Interested in learning more about this incredible opportunity to learn, explore and connect? CLICK HERE!

Friday, May 4 - Sunday, May 6, 2018

Includes: photography instruction, 2 nights accommodation, meals & adventure!

Algonquin Park in Autumn

Coming soon!


Guiding is a great option for those who would like to spend some time photographing nature, wildlife, landscapes or waterfalls, but don't know where to go or need a little help along the way.

Have a small group of friends looking for a guide in Muskoka or Algonquin Park?
Are you a small organized group interested in learning something new while spending a day outside?
Are you flying solo and hoping to "tag along"?

All these situations require different levels of work and organization. Please contact Helen ( for a customized quote and be sure to include as many details as possible, specifically:
~ Number of individuals participating
~ Skill level of participants
~ Interest in photography instruction and guiding or simply me guiding you to photo opportunities
~ Expected duration (hours/days)
~ Any budget requirements or considerations

Guided Algonquin Adventure

Spend a day in Canada's oldest provincial park! Opportunities are endless, offering an array of beautiful lakes and forest landscapes, as well as some of Canada's favourite animals - moose, foxes, wolves, beavers and loons. Whether you're interested in grand vistas or macro details, there's always something amazing to photograph in Algonquin Park.

Note: While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside of our control and, therefore, no guarantees are made.

Guided Waterfalls of Muskoka Tour

Spend a day in cottage country exploring and photographing waterfalls. With its wealth of lakes and rocky outcroppings of the Canadian Shield, Muskoka is home to a number of stunning waterfalls that flow year-round.

Note: rain fall has a great impact on the flow of waterfalls, so this will be a consideration when booking.

**Note for all services: additional travel fees may be applicable for locations more than 40km from my home-base in Bracebridge**

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