There are very few places in the world that will take your breath away like the Canadian Rockies. As the warm sun rises and kisses the face of the mountains, your pulse will quicken. The potential for great photographic opportunities are as vast as the mountain ranges which you'll capture.
The Banff and Jasper photographic workshop is one of Keith and Tiffany's favorite places in the world to guide guests. Tiffany grew up in Northern Alberta and was fortunate to have Banff and Jasper as her playground. Whether you join them in June for the abundant possibilities of wildlife, hearing the crashing of avalanches from the peaks, and the new life of spring, or explore throughout the gorgeous yellow of the larch trees in the fall, you'll walk away with a once in a lifetime experience.
Banff was first settled in the 1880's after the transcontinental railway was built through the Bow Valley and quickly became a favorite of travelers with it's majestic peaks and natural hot springs on the side of Sulphur Mountain. As unchanging as the landscape is the desire for fellow travelers to experience the magic and mystery awaiting you in the Canadian Rockies.
Destination: Banff & Jasper, AB - Canada
Workshop Dates: June 9 - 15, 2019
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Deposit: $500 USD
Total Cost: $3995 USD
Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Castle Mountain, Maligne Lake, Two Jack Lake, Maligne Canyon, Johnston Canyon, Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca Falls, Patricia Lake, Pyramid Lake, Icefields Parkway, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Herbert Lake, Emerald Lake, Vermillion Lakes, Morants Curve, Mistaya Canyon, Saskatechwan River, and a secret location called 'The Glory Bend'.
Beginner - Advanced
Our excursions are beneficial for both the beginner and seasoned photographer. All guests will experience one-on-one instruction, with the emphasis being on the indivdual's strenghts and desires.
Easy - Moderate
Most of the locations we have scheduled will be within the ability of anyone who is in moderate shape. Although a long hike will be necessary to arrive at some locations, the trails are not trecherous.
Mountains - Canyons - Lakes
The Canadian Rockies offers other worldly scenery that includes mirrored, turquoise lakes, deep and gushing canyons, mountain glaciers and an abundance of Grizzly Bear and Elk, just to name a few.
We believe group size is important for the ability to provide as much one-on-one instruction in the field as necessary. Due to the vast area we will cover, we are limiting this group size to four guests per instructor.
All locations and times visited will be determined by the conditions given. All elements are watched closely for the best photographic and learning experience. Please note that due to the timing of the June workshop, we are very close to the summer solstice. That being said, time for sleep during the night will be limited. We will be sure to take a few hours off each afternoon for optional recharging time, for both you and your batteries!
We've listened to our guests and have implemented something that has been hugely beneficial in our time together. Each workshop group will be invited to a live, recorded, online critique and post processing session, a short time after the workshop. This makes way for more shooting in the field and the option to learn from the comfort of your home and the ability to refer to the recorded session for future reference.
It's day one and we can't wait to get started on our adventure with you! We’ll meet and greet at the hotel as a group in the afternoon then head out to grab dinner together. Food is a great way to get to know each other! Afterwards, we'll head out into the wilderness where we’ll cover camera settings, composition and guidlines to photographing the mountains. This time in the field will be the foundation for the rest of our time together. The sun sets late, this time of year in the Canadian Rockies, so we'll then make our way to our sunset location where we’ll photograph the beautiful mountain reflections in the lakes. By the end of this first evening, you’ll be fully knowledgeable of our “in field workflow”. Our focus for day one is to make sure you're fully equipped for the entire week.
Sunrise will come very early and we'll be up and out the door to capture it. We'll photograph into the day and stop for lunch. Due to our start time in the morning, and being out so late at night, we'll have a short afternoon break to recharge. We'll join back up for sunset and the blue hour where we'll capture the nearby lakes and rivers along with their reflections.
It’s up early again for our sunrise session. After lunch we’ll head for a hike to photograph several waterfalls and the crystal blue glacial waters of the Canadian Rockies. After a short afternoon break, we'll grab dinner together and then we'll head back out for our sunset session where we'll watch the sun set and then photograph the blue hour.
This day is all about critters! You’ll find this is Keith’s favorite day! We have a several locations that are known for great wildlife including bear, elk, and mountain goats (just to name a few). We’ll start early at sunrise, and head out to start our exploration. It’s a fun filled day of exploring, adventure and close encounters! We'll have our cameras out of our packs, and ready for the days adventure, as we work our way towards Jasper.
Sunrise for day five usually requires some strong coffee, but the rewards that we reap from the sunrise will be well worth it. Today we’ll cover some of the most beautiful land you’ve ever encountered and we’ll stop along the way for some roadside shots. We'll grab some lunch, talk shop and head immediately out for shooting until the sun sets.
Our beautiful sunrise location will leave you breathless. We’ll capture beautiful mountain lakes, waterfalls and canyons that will provide an unlimited amount of photographic opportunity. At the end of our day, we’ll make our way back down the Icefields Parkway, photographing while listening to the glaciers cracking, thousands of feet up!
Sleeping in is for the birds! At least that’s what we’re going to tell each other. With our last day of fun and adventure upon us we want to make sure we’re taking advantage of every single moment. We’ll capture another majestic sunrise and then head to lunch before saying our “see ya laters” and catching flights home.
• The secret to making an impact with your images
• How to set yourself up for success in the field
• From snapshots to fine art – making the most of the location
• The use of natural light
• Long exposure work with the use of filters
• Making full use of your histogram
• Getting past dynamic range.
• Manual bracketing
• Capturing water movement
• Proper exposure
• Getting the most out of your tools within your digital darkroom
• Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken
• Digital SLR Camera with Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
• Standard to Wide Lens with Lens Hood (10 - 70mm)
• Telephoto Lens with Lens Hood (70 - 600mm)
• Sturdy Tripod
• Wireless Remote or Cable Release
• Circular Polarizer Filter
• Neutral Density Filters
• Micro-Fiber Cloths
• Your Favorite Gear Backpack
• Winter Clothing (Temps can sometimes drop into the 30's)
• Hiking Boots
• Rain Jacket
• Headlamp or Flashlight
• Camera / Lens Rain Cover
• A Spirit of Adventure!
Lodging - Single Occupancy! (If you want to save some money, just let us know and we'll try to pair you with someone else on the trip who has those same interests), hotel breakfasts, professional one-on-one instruction in the field, expert digital darkroom instruction and critiquing, hours and hours of shooting, many amazing images and several new friends!
Airfare, airport fees and taxes, visa fees, lunches, dinners, transportation and any incidental costs.
We encourage investing in trip insurance to cover your costs in the event an unforseen circumstance were to occur that requires you to cancel.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 90 days before the workshop starts. If you wish to cancel after final payment has been made, our refund policy is stated below:
All cancellations can be fully credited towards future workshops with us!
Between 90 and 30 days: 25% refund (minus your initial deposit)
Less than 30 days and no-shows: 0% refund
If we happen to find another guest to take your place, we will give you a full refund (minus your initial deposit).