Developing Your Photographic Style – May 21st to 24th, 2015

Understanding and mastering the fundamentals of photography are the first steps in the lifelong journey to becoming a better photographer. Not only do you need to know how to use your camera equipment and know a variety of photographic techniques but you also need to learn how to see photographically. The ability to effortlessly photograph what you see and feel in the world around you is part of the process of developing your photographic style, and in this workshop Mark and Leslie will help you to move along that pathway.

Through a series of short presentations, assignments and field exercises, and image critique sessions, we will help you to improve your understanding of photography and develop the skills and techniques that will allow you to develop your own photographic style. We will spend considerable time working with individual participants on specific things that they have identified as needing help with. The assignments and field photography sessions are designed to challenge the participants to improve their photographic skills and practice techniques that will help them become more proficient in their photography.Metal Joint ©Leslie Degner

We will be spending up to a full day at the Brazeau Collieries mine site in Nordegg as one of the field locations. This location has proven to be very popular with the past workshop participants. The mine site offers a wide range of photographic opportunities, from intimate details and abstracts to spectacular landscape overviews of the buildings, old cars and machinery that will provide participants with an incredible diversity of images.

In a large part, the participants themselves, based on their needs and desires, will determine the topics that will be covered. Some potential workshop topics include: compositional design – beyond the ordinary; filters and their creative use; using flash and other light sources; HDR photography – how to make it look natural; adding the human element to natural scenes; creating panoramic images; and focus stacking.Sentinel Mountain and Elliot Peak reflected in Whitegoat Lakes at sunrise; Rocky Mountains, David Thompson Country, Alberta Canada

Who should take this workshop? This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced photographers who have a good understanding of how to use their digital camera and produce a “properly” exposed image.

This workshop is limited to a maximum of six photographers so there will be lots of opportunity for one-on-one and small group instruction.

In addition to bringing their camera gear, participants will need to also bring their own laptop computer and image processing software (Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop/Bridge, or Adobe Photoshop Elements/Bridge are preferred but if you use other image processing software that will be fine as well) so that you can process the photographs that you have taken for the assignments and field exercises, as they will form the basis for the group critique sessions. A detailed list of things to bring will be sent out to participants before the workshop.

This workshop is based out of the eco-award winning Aurum Lodge in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the Province of Alberta. The Lodge overlooks Abraham Lake and is approximately 35 minutes from the Banff Jasper Icefields Parkway (Hwy. 93). The area around the lodge has many great photographic locations and opportunities to view and possibly photograph wildlife, including bears and bighorn sheep.

Tentative Workshop Schedule*Mount Peskett and spruce for workshops page 2 ©Leslie Degner

Thursday, May 21st

3:30 to 5:00 pm – Check-in

5:00 pm – Meet and Greet

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Workshop overview & presentation

8:30 pm – Evening/sunset field shoot (optional/weather dependent)

Friday, May 22nd

7:00 am – Breakfast

8:30 to 4:30 – Field shoot, Brazeau Collieries (Mine) at Nordegg; lunch in the field

5:00 pm – Image processing and relax at the lodge

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Image critiques session

8:30 pm – Evening/sunset field shoot (optional/weather dependent)

Saturday, May 23rd

5:00 am Sunrise field shoot, location TBA (optional/weather dependent)Blue doors for workshops page 2 ©Leslie Degner

8:00 am – Breakfast

9:00 am – Presentation – TBA

10:30 am – Field shoot, location TBA; lunch in the field

3:00 pm – Image editing & processing

5:00 pm – Relax at the lodge

6:00 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Image critiques session

8:30 pm – Evening/sunset field shoot (optional/weather dependent)

Sunday, May 24th

5:00 am – Sunrise field shoot, location TBA (optional/weather dependent)

8:00 am – Breakfast

9:00 am – Q&A session

10:00 am – Field shoot, location TBA

12:00 pm – lunch at lodge and wrap up

*Schedule is subject to change and times are approximate.

During the workshop participants will be expected to car pool, each taking a turn doing the driving to the field locations.

Workshop Package includes:

– three nights accommodation at Aurum Lodge

– all meals and refreshments during the workshop

– photo instruction in the classroom and in the field

– maximum of six participants

– access to The National Historic Site in Nordegg

Cost is C$1249 per person plus 5% GST, single occupancy; or C$1099 per person plus 5% GST, double occupancy

Deposit – 1/3 on sign up, 1/3 by March 21st and remaining 1/3 on check in.

For registration please contact:

Alan and Madeleine Ernst at Aurum Lodge, 1-403-721-2117,, www.aurumlodge.comBanner image-DTC-2