Developing Your Photographic Style – July 3rd to 6th, 2014 – with Leslie & Mark Degner

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 Leslie and Mark Degner will help you to move along that pathway.Metal Joint ©Leslie Degner

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 help you to develop the skills and techniques that will allow you to start to develop your own photographic style. We will cover a variety of topics in this workshop and also spend a 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. One location of the field sessions that we are scheduled to attend is the Brazeau Collieries mine site at Nordegg. 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; developing a digital workflow; and printing your digital images.

Who should take this workshop? This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced photographers who have a good understanding of how to use your digital camera and produce a “properly” exposed image. Photographers who have taken one of our “Beyond the Basics” workshops will have the necessary background to comfortably participate in this workshop

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

Sentinel Mountain and Elliot Peak

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 back at the Lodge 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 Icefield 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*

Thursday, July 3th©Leslie Degner

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, July 4th

8:00 am – Breakfast

9:00 am – Field shoot, Brazeau Collieries (Mine) at Nordegg; lunch in the field

1:00 am – Field shoot, return to Lodge

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)

Saturday, July 5th©Leslie Degner

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

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, July 6th

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.

©Leslie Degner

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

 Package includes:

– three nights accommodation at Aurum Lodge

– all meals and refreshments during the workshop

– photo instruction in the classroom and in the field

– one year subscription (new or renewal) to Outdoor Photography Canada magazine

– maximum of seven participants

– cost is C$1199 per person plus 5% GST, single occupancy or C$1079 per person plus 5% GST, double occupancy

For registration please contact:

Alan and Madeleine Ernst at Aurum Lodge, 1-403-721-2117,,

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