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Workshops / Lessons / Nature & Wildlife Photography

Nature & Wildlife Photography

Intensive one-on-one instruction & guiding to beautiful photo opportunities with your digital camera in Algonquin Park.

This opportunity is catered to you and what you're most interested in learning. It could be the basics of nature & wildlife photography. It could be how to get sharper images. It could be how to expose or compose your wildlife and landscape images properly. Or, a combination of all of the above. Along the way, you'll learn about some of the different animals you might find, their habitats and behaviour, as well as some tips to help you find wildlife to photograph. Best of all, you'll have the opportunity to explore & photograph Canada's oldest provincial park!

This course is suitable for all skill levels.

Location: Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

COURSE OPTIONS:

Choose from 7, 12 & 16 hours of intensive one-on-one instruction with your camera

7 HOURS

  • Course is completed in one day

  • Available year-round

Course fees: $475 +HST

12 HOURS

  • Course may be completed in one day or split over two days

  • One-day is available March 1 - October 1

  • Two-day is available year-round

Course fees:​

1 Day - $625 +HST

2 Days - $775 +HST

16 HOURS

  • Course may be completed in one day or split over two days

  • One-day is available May 15 - August 1

  • Two-day is available year-round

Course fees:​

1 Day - $875 +HST

2 Days - $1,025 +HST

Course Payment Details

A 50% +HST non-refundable payment is required to secure your course date(s), with the balance due the day before your course starts. Payments may be made by eTransfer, credit, debit, or PayPal.

What's included in your lesson?

  1. Photography instruction by me, Helen. I am a professional photographer with more than a decade of experience, including teaching nature & landscape photography at Georgian College, and presenting to camera clubs around Ontario.

  2. Guiding in and around Algonquin Provincial Park. I have been coming to Algonquin Park since 1989, and actively explore the park on a regular basis. I never stop searching for new and exciting photo opportunities.

  3. Daily park vehicle pass

What's not included in your lesson?

  1. Transportation - you are responsible for your own transportation and fuel, including getting to and from Algonquin Park. You will follow me to our various destinations in and around Algonquin Park. A daily vehicle pass is included in your course fees. Carpooling is recommended!

  2. Accommodations, as required. I am happy to provide you with a list of accommodation options around the park, should you require it. Suggested places to look on the west side of the park are Huntsville, Dwight, Oxtongue Lake & on the east side of the park is Whitney.

  3. Meals, Snacks & Hydration. It's strongly recommended that you bring snacks and water, as the best photographic times are during typical meal times. In the 12 & 16 hour courses, we will take a break for lunch around 12-2 p.m. In the 16 hour course, we may take additional breaks This could include going to a local restaurant for a warm meal, or packing a lunch and taking a break along the way.

  4. Photography gear & personal items. I will provide you with a list of suggested gear and personal items you may wish to bring for your comfort. It's important to note that you'll learn with whatever photography gear you have... you don't need a "really good camera" or expensive lens. We'll work with what you have! Suggested items are just that - suggested to bring if you have them. Of course, I can't be held responsible for your growing gear wish-list after your lesson ;o)

Can I add on days?

Absolutely! Many clients find multiple days really amp up their learning (as well as the photo opportunities). Additional days of equal or fewer hours than your initial day may be booked at $375 +HST per day.

Can I bring my husband/wife/friend?

Yes! Additional people save 50%. Maximum 3 people per group. For larger groups, please contact Helen to discuss booking a private workshop.

Will we be hiking?

Yes. Where we go will depend, in part, on how active you want to be. There are lots of easy walking paths in Algonquin Park, as well as road-side opportunities. Of course, I do feel some of the best opportunities are a little off the beaten path, which typically means a bit more of a hike and on uneven ground such as over rocks, roots, hills to lookouts, etc. While I ask about your comfort level in this area in advance, it's your responsibility to know your own limits, participate only in things you're comfortable with, and pace yourself accordingly.

What time of year do you recommend I book? And what about weather?

Good question! But you might not like my answer... any time in Algonquin is a good time! And we shoot regardless of weather - some of my best days in Algonquin, photographically-speaking, have been in what many would consider bad weather... including finding twin moose calves in the pouring rain! Each season has its own special charm, as well as its cons. Spring is great for roadside moose and the potential of baby animals, but sometimes the bugs can be annoying. Summer is gorgeous and lush, but the heat can keep animals away and seeking shade. Winter is a wonderland and a great time for tracking animals because you can easily see evidence of their activity, but there's that whole snow and cold thing. And fall is an all-around grand time for seeing the beauty of the colours and animals in peak shape, but it's also very busy with people. In any season - and any weather - opportunity exists. The point is just get out and do it!

When do you offer private lessons?

I offer lessons year-round on weekends and weekdays - please note the dates when longer lessons can be completed during one day. My preference is to schedule lessons in the park on weekdays, as those are often less busy with people. I'm busiest in the spring and fall, so I'd advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Please note: all participants are required to sign a release, indemnity & non-disclosure agreement. Participants will not disclose, or take others to, the locations we visit, nor may they offer lessons, workshops, tours, or similar activities in the area. Participants may not engage in behaviour that disturbs or harasses wildlife, such as baiting, luring, or flushing. Any such behaviour will result in the lesson ending immediately, with no refund. Part of nature and wildlife photography means respecting our subjects, and the environment in which they live.

While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside of our control and, 

therefore, no guarantees are made.

Please contact Helen today book your Nature & Wildlife Photography lesson!

 
 

Nature & Wildlife Photography: Capture to Edit

10 hours of intensive one-on-one instruction with your digital camera in Algonquin Park.

This course is designed for those who have a firm grasp of photography basics (aperture, shutter speed & ISO), but would like some coaching and guidance to help them get to the next level. We start out in the field in the morning, where you'll spend a few hours taking photos with Helen coaching you in the areas where you need help. Then we'll head inside for a few hours to cover post-processing. Helen will show you how she manages her files, do a constructive review of your images from the morning, and teach you her basic editing process in Lightroom, using your images. After post-processing, we'll head back into Algonquin Park for a couple of hours to do a bit more shooting while the information is still fresh in your mind. You may choose from a full day option or two day option, depending on time of year.

This course is suitable for those with a firm grasp of photography basics. If this course is of interest to you, but you don't yet have a firm grasp of the basics, please contact me to discuss how this can be combined with the Photography Fundamentals course.

Location: Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

ONE DAY OPTION -- available from February 1 to October 31

Course fees: $600 +HST

We'll start at dawn, photographing the sunrise and/or searching for wildlife on the move and spend roughly 3.5 hours making images. Then we'll cover file management and post-processing & Helen will do a critique of your morning's images (roughly 3.5 hours). After that, we'll head back into the park for the remainder of our time (roughly 3 hours) for more practice.

TWO DAY OPTION -- available year-round

Course fees: $775 +HST

We'll start at dawn, photographing the sunrise and/or searching for wildlife on the move and spend roughly 3.5 hours making images. Then we'll cover file management and post-processing & Helen will do a critique of your morning's images (roughly 3.5 hours) before ending our day. The following morning, we'll meet in the park and spend 3 hours (or your remaining time) practicing what you learned the day before.

Course Payment Details

A 50% +HST non-refundable payment is required to secure your course date(s), with the balance due the day before your course starts. Payments may be made by eTransfer, credit, debit, or PayPal.

What's included in your lesson?

  1. Photography instruction by me, Helen. I am a professional photographer with more than a decade of experience, including teaching nature & landscape photography at Georgian College, and presenting to camera clubs around Ontario.

  2. Guiding in and around Algonquin Provincial Park. I have been coming to Algonquin Park since 1989, and actively explore the park on a regular basis. I never stop searching for new and exciting photo opportunities.

  3. Daily park vehicle pass

What's not included in your lesson?

  1. Transportation - you are responsible for your own transportation and fuel, including getting to and from Algonquin Park. You will follow me to our various destinations in and around Algonquin Park. A daily vehicle pass is included in your course fees. Carpooling is recommended!

  2. Accommodations, as required. I am happy to provide you with a list of accommodation options around the park, should you require it. Suggested places to look on the west side of the park are Huntsville, Dwight, Oxtongue Lake & on the east side of the park is Whitney.

  3. Meals, Snacks & Hydration. It's strongly recommended that you bring snacks and water, as the best photographic times are during typical meal times. We will take a break for lunch when we do the computer portion of the course.

  4. Photography gear & personal items. I will provide you with a list of suggested gear and personal items you may wish to bring for your comfort. It's important to note that you'll learn with whatever photography gear you have... you don't need a "really good camera" or expensive lens. We'll work with what you have! Suggested items are just that - suggested to bring if you have them. Of course, I can't be held responsible for your growing gear wish-list after your lesson ;o) You must have a laptop or MacBook with the current version of Lightroom installed and working for this course, as the post-processing portion will be taught using your images. In the event you do not have a laptop of MacBook, we may be able to make alternate arrangements. Additional fees may apply.

Can I add on days?

Absolutely! Many clients find multiple days really amp up their learning (as well as the photo opportunities). Additional days of equal or fewer hours than your initial day may be booked at $375 +HST per day.

Can I bring my husband/wife/friend?

Yes! Additional people save 50%. Maximum 3 people per group. For larger groups, please contact Helen to discuss booking a private workshop.

Will we be hiking?

Yes. Where we go will depend, in part, on how active you want to be. There are lots of easy walking paths in Algonquin Park, as well as road-side opportunities. Of course, I do feel some of the best opportunities are a little off the beaten path, which typically means a bit more of a hike and on uneven ground such as over rocks, roots, hills to lookouts, etc. While I ask about your comfort level in this area in advance, it's your responsibility to know your own limits, participate only in things you're comfortable with, and pace yourself accordingly.

What time of year do you recommend I book? And what about weather?

Good question! But you might not like my answer... any time in Algonquin is a good time! And we shoot regardless of weather - some of my best days in Algonquin, photographically-speaking, have been in what many would consider bad weather... including finding twin moose calves in the pouring rain! Each season has its own special charm, as well as its cons. Spring is great for roadside moose and the potential of baby animals, but sometimes the bugs can be annoying. Summer is gorgeous and lush, but the heat can keep animals away and seeking shade. Winter is a wonderland and a great time for tracking animals because you can easily see evidence of their activity, but there's that whole snow and cold thing. And fall is an all-around grand time for seeing the beauty of the colours and animals in peak shape, but it's also very busy with people. In any season - and any weather - opportunity exists. The point is just get out and do it!

When do you offer lessons?

I offer lessons year-round on weekends and weekdays - please note the dates when longer lessons can be completed during one day. My preference is to schedule lessons in the park on weekdays, as those are often less busy with people. I'm busiest in the spring and fall, so I'd advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Please note: all participants are required to sign a release, indemnity & non-disclosure agreement. Participants will not disclose, or take others to, the locations we visit, nor may they offer lessons, workshops, tours, or similar activities in the area. Participants may not engage in behaviour that disturbs or harasses wildlife, such as baiting, luring, or flushing. Any such behaviour will result in the lesson ending immediately, with no refund. Part of nature and wildlife photography means respecting our subjects, and the environment in which they live.

While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside of our control and, 

therefore, no guarantees are made.

Please contact Helen today book your Nature & Wildlife Photography: Capture to Edit lesson!

 

 

Waterfall Photography

4 hours of one-on-one instruction with your digital camera at one of Muskoka's beautiful waterfalls.

Waterfall photography is an art in itself. In this course, 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 trick for creating images with impact and how accessories can help you achieve different results. This course is suitable for those who have at least a basic understanding of how to operate their camera. If you're interested in this course and are a "complete beginner", I'd recommend looking at my Photography Fundamentals course, which offers a field trip to a waterfall in the 3rd session!

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

Course fees: $275 +HST

Course Payment Details

A 50% +HST non-refundable payment is required to secure your course date(s), with the balance due the day before your course starts. Payments may be made by eTransfer, credit, debit, or PayPal.

What's included in your lesson?

  1. Photography instruction by me, Helen. I am a professional photographer with more than a decade of experience, including teaching nature & landscape photography at Georgian College, and presenting to camera clubs around Ontario.

  2. Guiding to a beautiful Muskoka waterfall.

What's not included in your lesson?

  1. Transportation - you are responsible for your own transportation and fuel, including getting to and from Muskoka. We will meet met at my gallery in Bracebridge and will follow me to the waterfall.

  2. Accommodations, as required. I am happy to provide you with a list of accommodation options around Bracebridge, should you require it.

  3. Meals, Snacks & Hydration. It's strongly recommended that you bring snacks and water.

  4. Photography gear & personal items. You must have a tripod for this course. I will provide you with a list of suggested gear and personal items you may wish to bring for your comfort. It's important to note that you'll learn with whatever photography gear you have... you don't need a "really good camera" or expensive lens. We'll work with what you have! Suggested items are just that - suggested to bring if you have them. Of course, I can't be held responsible for your growing gear wish-list after your lesson ;o)

Can I add on days?

Absolutely! Many clients find multiple days really amp up their learning (as well as the photo opportunities). Additional days of equal or fewer hours than your initial day may be booked at $200 +HST per day.

Can I bring my husband/wife/friend?

Yes! Additional people save 50%. Maximum 3 people per group. For larger groups, please contact Helen to discuss booking a private workshop.

Will we be hiking?

Yes. The walk to the waterfall is approximately 15 minutes and includes walking over bridges, and down a reasonably steep slope (as most waterfalls do!). The path is flat and easy in parts, but also includes ground that can be wet and slippery, with rocks and tree roots. It's your responsibility to know your own limits, participate only in things you're comfortable with, and pace yourself accordingly.

What time of year do you recommend I book? And what about weather?

Good question! The waterfall we will visit enjoys a reasonably good flow year-round. Each season has pros and cons - and we will be photographing regardless of the weather. My preference is actually overcast and even rainy, as there's less contrast between the light-coloured flow and dark rocks & foliage surrounding it, but since Mother Nature determines what we'll get, we work with what we have. Spring typically sees a high volume of water and a fast flow. Depending when you go, trees may not be fully green, and bugs may be out. Summer is gorgeous and lush, but the flow may be lighter and slower. Fall includes beautiful colours, but flow can be unpredictable from light to raging. Winter is gorgeous, but the water can sometimes freeze over, so early or very late winter are your best bet. Since a few factors can greatly impact the flow of water, we will take these into account when determining dates to book.

When do you offer lessons?

I offer lessons year-round on weekends and weekdays.

Please note: all participants are required to sign a release, indemnity & non-disclosure waiver.

Please contact Helen today book your Waterfall Photography lesson!

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