FOLLOW ME NORTH
Algonquin Park, Ontario
September 24, 25, 26, 27 - 2019
Algonquin Park is arguably one of the most beautiful Ontario destinations in the Fall. Tourists from around the world visit Algonquin Park during the peak leaf changing season to witness the vibrant reds of the sugar maples and the saturated yellows of the birch trees. We have skillfully scheduled this workshop during the average peak leaf colour change. If we are lucky, we might even see a moose!
Located just a couple hours north of Toronto, Algonquin Park is a common meeting ground for Chad and Jesse. With their combined knowledge of the area and passion for photography, they will bring you to some easily accessible shooting locations which will provide the landscapes and wildlife that you’re looking for.
Chad and Jesse actually met in Algonquin Park while shooting the vibrant landscapes. An instant partnership was formed and since then they've been on numerous photography adventures together including Yellowstone National Park, Olympic National Park, Badlands of South Dakota and the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.
This workshop is geared towards amateur photographers looking to build their confidence in the field. Open to all ages and all levels of photography enthusiasts. We recommend that you have a DSLR camera to get the best out of the workshop experience. Please review our recommended gear list for more info.
Schedule of Activities
Registered participants will receive a more detailed itinerary by email. As we will be on nature’s schedule we will be keeping the plan flexible so we can adjust to weather conditions and wildlife opportunities as they arise.
Our adventures will begin at 10am. We will meet at the Mad Musher restaurant in Whitney, just a few minutes from the east gate of Algonquin Park. The Mad Musher will be our home base for the classroom portion of the workshop.
Morning – We will do introductions and discuss our plans and expectations for the duration of the workshop. From there we will jump right into learning about what makes a great photo, including composition, camera settings, equipment and in field techniques. We will draw from our experience and share with you what has worked for us.
Afternoon – After lunch, we are back in the classroom to share more tricks of the trade like photographing wildlife and shooting in poor weather conditions. We will break in the late afternoon to allow for some rest, a meal and travel to our first shooting location.
Evening – We will have one or two locations selected for our first evening of landscape photography. You will work one on one with us to ensure you’ll receive value from your experience. This shoot will continue through sunset.
Morning – We will start early, and meet at a pre-determined location to capture the sunrise. Afterwards we will meet at the Moose Café in Dwight for brunch (optional).
Afternoon – The afternoon will focus on photographing waterfalls and rapids. We’ll work with you to help create some beautiful long exposures. Make sure you bring your tripod if you have one!
Evening – Meeting at pre-determined location for sunset photoshoot. Locations to be discussed with the group and will be shared during our introduction.
Morning – We’ve done a lot of shooting already and some of you may be feeling a little tired. We will do another sunrise session but it is optional. Feel free to sleep in if you need a bit of rest. Afterwards, we will be meeting back at the Mad Musher to discuss post-processing. You’ll get to see our editing processes with live demos on a big screen. Bring your laptops, if available, with preferably Lightroom installed. We will help you edit some of your favourite workshop photos. Or just follow along with our editing tutorials and bring your new knowledge home with you!
Afternoon – We will break for lunch. The Mad Musher has a full menu to offer or feel free to pack your own lunch. We encourage you to stay in the Whitney area as there are not many close by towns that will offer other food options. Please come prepared and enjoy a lunch with the whole group! Following lunch we will share some of your favourite photos with the class and do a friendly group photo critique. This is one of the most beneficial parts of the workshop experience! We will present a slideshow showcasing all of your favourite photos and will offer some friendly suggestions. This part of the workshop will leave you inspired to grow as better photographers.
Evening – We’d love to stay forever but around 3-4pm the workshop will come to a close. We will say our goodbyes with lots of hugs and tears and allow you to start your journeys back home with lots of new knowledge!
But wait...you're not ready to leave yet are you?
There’s only so much we can squeeze into a few short days. We know some of you want more so we’ve put together an awesome additional day with more shooting, more editing and more image critiques to really give your creative process a boost.
We couldn’t add another day and pass up the opportunity for another sunrise and morning shoot, so once again, we’ll be up early to catch the best light and hopefully see some more wildlife.
Afterwards, we’re back to the Mad Musher for the rest of the day. We’re going to dive deeper into post production techniques in both Lightroom and Photoshop and spend more time assisting you with your edits.
Image critiques are so crucial to development so so will do an expanded image critique as a group but we also want to spend some time critiquing images one-on-one.
We’ll leave a little time in the afternoon for open questions and answers and wrap up around 4:00pm.
Wide angle lens for landscape (24mm or wider)
Telephoto Lens for wildlife (200mm or longer, 400mm is better)
Tripod and Ballhead (Gimbal would be a bonus)
Filters – Polarizer, ND filters (if you have them)
Headlamp (we will be doing some walking in low light)
Rain protection for your camera gear
*Please note that if you don't have some of the equipment listed above that you’ll still learn a lot and it will only entice you to add to your gear list when you get home. Remember these are recommended suggestions but not absolutely required to join our workshop.
Hiking shoes or boots
Sunblock, hat, sunglasses
A jacket – temperatures in September drop considerably when the sun goes down
Raincoat and pants
This workshop is intended to be fairly accessible. However, we will be doing short walks on uneven ground and varying elevations. We may hike to one or more lookout points over the course of the workshop. Participants should know their physical limitations and pace themselves accordingly.
All meals, accommodations and travel are the responsibility of each workshop participant and are not included in the workshop fee. Once you’ve registered for the workshop we can help guide you in the directions of finding suitable accommodations. Carpooling to shooting locations is also recommended.
Park fees for access to Algonquin Provincial Park will be included with your workshop fee. We’ll hand out the park passes during the introductions on the first day. If you happen to have a seasons park pass please bring it with you.
Workshop fees are non-refundable. Please be sure that you are able to attend prior to purchasing your ticket. If for any reason, you are unable to attend the workshop you may sell you ticket to another party.
(Open to 12 registrants only, book early to avoid disappointment)
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