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Summer 2013 Landscape Photography Masterclass

January 14, 2013

Event: Summer 2013 Landscape Photography Masterclass
Co-leaders: Brian Merry and Royce Howland
Dates: June 5 – 11, 2013
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights in the Canadian Rockies
Departure & arrival: Nearest airport: Calgary YYC; everyone will meet at a designated location at the event start, to park vehicles and transfer to group transportation
Travel on location: Shared group van
Group size: 8 participants
Fee: $2945 CDN + 5% GST per person single occupancy room; includes all access fees, transportation, accommodation & meals; not including flights
More info: See also the event page at Brian’s site
To register or for questions, contact: Royce Howland (royce at vividaspect dot com) or Brian Merry (brian at bmerryphotography dot com)

Sundown On the Rocks, Moraine Lake

Sundown On the Rocks, Moraine Lake

This summer, I’m pleased to announce a continuation of the photography masterclass concept first run a year ago. I’m joining with experienced Banff-based photographer Brian Merry for a new landscape photography masterclass in the iconic Canadian Rockies. We’re both accredited with the Professional Photographers of Canada, and between us have over 20 years of professional photography experience. We’re also experienced Rockies photo tour leaders.

This masterclass event is open to intermediate and above photographers. Ideal participants have a level of technical accomplishment but want to move beyond that — to expand personal creative expression while learning and photographing on location. The purpose of the masterclass is to help each participant set creative goals for developing their work, and give ideas & techniques through seminars and field exercises that will help achieve those goals. An event structured around creative development plus a good ratio of instructors to participants means a lot of hands-on time to talk through and work on the learning objectives.

The event will run for 7 days / 6 nights in beautiful, world-famous Banff National Park. The first three nights will be based at Baker Creek Chalets near Lake Louise.  The next two nights will be based at the Columbia Icefield in the Glacier View Inn. The last night will be back in Banff at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the “Castle in the Rockies”. All transportation, meals and logistics are provided during the tour. We will travel together in a 14-passenger van; each participant will have a window view. Luggage will be transported between accommodations in a separate support vehicle.

We have booked a special experience one day at the Columbia Icefield. A guided hike will take the group a few kilometers directly onto the glacier for “up close and personal” photographs of the ice and mountain surroundings. We will be doing the longer tour, so the group will be hiking to the best part of the glacier. Our guide will determine exactly where we hike based on his years of experience managing safety and groups dynamics. Please visit the Athabasca Glacier Icewalk’s photography gallery.

As amazing as the surroundings are, we call this a masterclass event because it’s about much more than going out on location and looking for great photographs. Each day will have a seminar session that presents specific material from Brian and Royce’s professional background. These topics are designed to improve each participant’s thinking and practice of creative, expressive photography. The primary topics will be things like seeing and composing, working with tone and light (including photorealistic HDR technique), increasing visual impact, and telling stories through photographs. Field photography exercises will provide opportunities for application of the seminar material, and we’ll conduct lab and photo critique sessions as well. The emphasis will not be on canned examples, but on applying the seminar topics hands-on. During travel time and downtime with the group, we’ll discuss many other small topics of interest to the group.

Generally, our day will begin with an early morning sunrise shoot followed by breakfast at ~8:00 am, and then a mid-morning shoot. We’ll break for lunch, and then have an afternoon seminar where a major new topic will be presented. After free time or hands-on lab work we’ll have supper, and finish the day with an evening shoot before bed around 11:00 pm. Our schedule will be intense, but strategically placed breaks will help the group stay rested. Stay tuned for a more detailed itinerary including the main seminar topics.

Do you enjoy learning-by-doing in a fun, small group context? Do you want to refine a more creative and expressive form of your photography? If so, this masterclass event may be just the ticket for you! Join Brian Merry and me for an exciting and intensive photography experience this June — don’t miss the Summer 2013 Landscape Photography Masterclass!

Feel free to contact me or Brian if you have any questions, or to register.

See the gallery below for just a few examples of the kinds of locations & settings we will experience.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2013 09:29

    It is wonderful when you have such spectacular scenes to photograph ! However, we are quite restricted in Blighty ! Especially Crewe !

    • February 28, 2013 09:41

      Thanks for commenting! Ah, that’s the rub isn’t it? Not every place can lay claim to grand scenic vistas, but pretty well every place has a lot of photo-worthy subject material. It’s the job of the creative photographer to see it, interpret it and express it back again. It’s the job of Brian and myself running this masterclass to help people learn that perspective and not just rely on spectacular scenery to make great photographs… 🙂

  2. fujiowner permalink
    April 28, 2013 07:01

    great photos , wish i could attend the course .

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