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Join Helen E. Grose on a 2-day adventure around Muskoka to visit and photograph a few of the region's waterfall gems. Spend some time exploring different angles, compositions, and camera settings that will help you achieve dramatically different results. Get to know when to use each, and practice under the guidance of a patient, and knowledgeable teacher at your side.

Would love to join, but don't feel confident enough with your camera? This workshop is suitable for all levels, as you'll receive individual instruction throughout... BUT... we fully understand. That's why we have an optional half day of in-class learning in Helen's gallery before the workshop! Helen will help you set up your camera properly for photographing waterfalls, will discuss settings, and show you pictures to explain how to achieve different results -- from freezing thundering water, to creating a smooth, silky cascade.

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Monday, October 18, 2021 (optional)

1 - 4 p.m.-ish

Location: Helen's Gallery

OPTIONAL add-on in-class learning session for those who feel they need a bit of extra help to get started. When you register for the workshop, be sure to select YES to the add-on if you'd like to join us for this informative session.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

  • 7:30 a.m. - Meet at The Home Depot in Bracebridge & drive (each in our own vehicles) to the first waterfall of the day

  • 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon - First waterfall session

  • 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Break

  • 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Second waterfall session


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • 7:30 a.m. - Meet at Helen's gallery just outside of Bracebridge then head to the first waterfall of the day

  • 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon - Third waterfall session

  • 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Break

  • 1:30 - 5 p.m. - Fourth waterfall session

Please note: the number of waterfalls and their exact location may change due to water levels; therefore, these times are approximate and subject to change.

This workshop is limited to 6 participants with a significant amount of time spent at each location to ensure all participants have the chance to ask questions, practice, and fully explore the areas we visit.

Just 1 space left!

Workshop Cost: $310 +HST

Add-on Class Cost: $85 +HST

**IMPORTANT** Please note that all adventures around waterfalls incur a level of risk. You must be sure-footed, and comfortable around fast-moving water, navigating steep slopes, and walking on uneven ground with your camera gear without assistance in order to participate in this workshop. All waterfalls require a short to moderate hike, with varying degrees of difficulty getting down to the falls. You are responsible for your own safety, and will be required to sign a waiver.


What's included?

Photography instruction and guiding to waterfalls in Muskoka. The number of waterfalls we visit will depend on the weather prior to the workshop. Weather can impact the flow of water, as well as the accessibility of the waterfalls.


What's not included?

  • Accommodations -- if required, I'd recommend you stay in Bracebridge to reduce travel time.

  • Transportation & fuel

  • Meals & hydration -- we take a break for lunch and visit one of the local establishments. Of course, you're welcome to pack a lunch and bring it with you. I'd recommend you bring snacks, water, and a thermos with a warm beverage.

  • Photography gear and personal items required for your comfort

Payment & Cancellation Policy: Workshop fees are due in full at the time of booking and are non-refundable. Please check your schedule to be sure you're able to participate.


A note about weather: This workshop will be held rain, snow or shine! Please come prepared for any possible weather. Additionally, Mother Nature will determine if we'll be enjoying autumn colours in the trees. I expect it will be past peak, but that we'll still see the golds.

What is the add-on learning?

The in-class learning session is for those who would like some help to gain a bit more confidence with their camera before heading out into the field. Whether you're new to photography, new to photographing waterfalls, or would simply like to understand your camera better & get ideas for composition, this session is for you.


Join Helen for a few hours in her gallery before the workshop - she will:

~ help you set up your camera properly for photographing waterfalls

~ discuss settings and show you pictures (of waterfalls we'll visit!) to explain how to achieve different results - from freezing thundering water, to creating a smooth, silky cascade

~ review composition and considerations when creating waterfall images



Monday, October 18, 2021

1 - 4 p.m.-ish

Location: Helen's Gallery, 1736 Falkenburg Road, Bracebridge

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Recommended Photography Gear:

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera(s)

  • Wide angle lens (24mm or wider is recommended)

  • Lens hood

  • Tripod **strongly recommended to get the most from this workshop**

  • Remote or corded shutter release. In the event you do not have one, learn how to set the self timer.

  • Circular polarizer filter

  • Neutral density filter

  • Rain sleeve / rain protection for your camera

  • Microfiber cleaning cloths (at least 2) and lens pen - or whatever you clean your lens with

  • Fully charged batteries (spare batteries if you have)

  • Formatted (empty) memory cards

  • Battery charger

  • Comfortable backpack to hold your gear + rain cover if you bag has one

Recommended Personal Items:

  • Sturdy shoes you can hike in **required -- waterproof is a plus! Consider carrying waterproof boots to allow you to step into the water for different angles

  • Rain wear -- both jacket and pants

  • Towel

  • Layered clothing, including hat & 2 pairs of gloves

  • Reading & driving glasses, as required + microfibre cloths

  • Snacks & water -- consider bringing a hot beverage in a thermos, as we could experience cool temperatures

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Helen at