Shopping for Workshops

If you are at the point where you are planning your holidays, consider saving some time for a photography workshop. Few other offerings are as qualified to bump up your technical and creative skills than a combination of classroom and field time wrapped up in a program specifically tailored to deliver results. But beware! Not all workshops are created equal, and not all photo instruction is a workshop. In my experience, I’ve seen many a photographer sign on to a photo tour only to stand bewildered when the van doors open up and everyone else piles out, taking up positions around some gorgeous mountain scene. If you would like a little guidance or direction on how to make images, then you are probably looking for a combination of instruction and practice time, which is what photo workshops deliver.

And this is the perfect segue to one such workshop…. Previously announced here, the SNAP! Photography Seminars Team reminds you of the Weekend Workshop October 27-30, 2011. This is your chance to hone your technical skills while elevating your compositional strengths. Why spend your money on this workshop as opposed to some other photo workshop? Good question! Here are some reasons:

  • We’ve got gear for you to try out. That’s right – Sigma Canada is bringing lenses for us to play with!! (I’ve got my eye on a Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 OS lens so hopefully I don’t have to share with a bunch of Nikon shooters).
  • 7 hours of classroom instruction by Canada’s top nature photo instructors John E. Marriott and Darwin Wiggett (oh, and I will be there too!) We’re covering lens choice, filters, composition and design and camera controls among other topics. We’ll all be there onsite so this is also your chance to pick our brains; network with your fellow shooters and get the inside scoop from industry leaders.
  • Over 20 hours to practice your skills in the field in world class natural settings. Being able to practice what you learn immediately is a powerful reinforcement for new skills.
  • Plenty of critique time of your images both in-class and hands on help while in the field. A low student-instructor ratio (only 24 students!) ensures you aren’t competing with your fellow participants for help or assistance with any questions you may have at any time.
  • Did I mention the lodgings yet? Last year’s participants raved about the quality of the food at Baker Creek Bistro and the comfort of the accommodations at the Chalets. Our price includes meals and room and board, so there are no hidden fees to calculate and no extra work in booking your spot.  Bring your spouse — give him or her a vacation with our special spouse rate!
  • We always bring plenty of prizes to give away during the workshop. We have a $250 gift certificate from our sponsor, The Camera Store for the first person to register (sorry, taken!) and a portfolio review by John, Darwin and me for the 7th person. (Can’t reveal if this one is taken yet…)

Registration is through Baker Creek Chalets so don’t hesitate to contact them at 1-403-522-3761.  For more information on the sample schedule and to read what past participants had to say, please download our informational brochure on our SNAP! Photography Seminars website.  Hope to see you there!


~ by Samantha on February 22, 2011.

5 Responses to “Shopping for Workshops”

  1. Really looking forward to it, Sam!

  2. Hi Everyone!

    I went to the Harvest Moon Workshop last year and it is something I would do again in a second. Everyone should try to make it to one of these workshops if they can. I learned a lot from the instruction and the critiques were helpful (not just of my photos, but seeing and listening to the others as well).

    Each instructor had something different to offer. I think that we were very lucky to get all three at one workshop, especially with the limited group sizes. It was a great environment to learn in and I was never afraid to ask the dumb questions (which trust me, I did!)

    I was the least experienced one there, but there was a wide range of people and everyone seemed to get a lot out of it.

    (They didn’t pay me to write this, I swear – it was just really fun!) 🙂

  3. “(oh, and I will be there too!)” Sam, please don’t sell yourself short. Although I probably wouldn’t ask you techie/gearhead questions, I know you can handle any question regarding composition and you are a master of the “Intimate Landscape”. Having been with you and Darwin in Saskatchewan, and attending the Snap Seminar in Canmore with John, I have no problem recommending your workshop to anyone interested.

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