Category: Workshops, Tours & Safaris

Winter Photography Workshop 2012

Winter Dawn, Starkey Hill
Winter Dawn, Starkey Hill

What a day! What a group! Ten photographers from all parts of southern Ontario – Burlington, Guelph, Hamilton, Mississauga, Owen Sound, Pentanguishene and Thornhill – all ready to go well before sunrise.

The sky was brightening as we assembled at the Starkey Hill parking lot, and I think we were all a bit concerned about how this day would turn out. This year in southern Ontario, those who appreciate winter have been conditioned to expect the worse type of winter weather for photography: gloomy skies, windy, rain and spring-like temperatures. What would today bring?

Chris Marson

As the sky brightened the low cloud cover began to disperse and the day dawned just as the weather forecasters had predicted: cold with bright skies and ,as a bonus, 2cm of fresh, light, puffy snow with no wind – perfect conditions for a Winter Workshop in Nature Photography.

Almost immediately we began shooting. As the sun rose behind the Galt-Paris moraine, we were treated to a wonderful foreground of brightening snow and the dried remains of wildflowers edging a farm field. The farm house itself was also an ideal focal point with the sweep of the field edge in the foreground and just enough stubble to prevent the field from losing detail.

Gordon Framst

After a good hour just metres from the parking lot, we made our way up the moraine and into the forest. Sunlight was everywhere providing many opportunities for creative work. Through the plantation of coniferous forest we went (with its bold chickadees looking for a handout) and on to the maple-beech forest “out back” where the sunlight streamed through the open canopy. At first, the riot of shadows and light was overwhelmingly complex, but gradually we began to see the shapes and textures that define the essence of nature photography. My goal was to get the group looking less for “subjects” and more for the textures and shapes that support what we trying to photograph, in particular, the triangles and diagonal lines that give photographs structure and three-dimensionality.

Paul Lamb

Before we knew it, three hours had passed and we began heading back to the parking lot and on to Arkell United Church to warm up and fuel up with lunch. Over lunch we uploaded photos to our laptops and began the afternoon choosing and editing six images to present to the group. Many great images came from the morning field session which spawned discussion about seeing photographs, composition, exposure and all the potential that exist “out there”. It’s always refreshing to see how a group of people photographing in the same place can come up with such a diversity of photographs. Well done!

Thanks to all who attended. I hope everyone went away with new information and a desire to try new ways of seeing. If you  weren’t able to make it and still want a Winter Workshop, don’t forget that the Dundas workshop runs on Saturday, january 28th. As time is limited, call me to sign up. As well, I have the Lightroom workshop running Sat. Feb. 18 and 25 – see the website for details.

For now, take a moment to view this gallery of images from the day. Clicking on any image will open a slideshow-style presentation. Enjoy!

Winter Workshops

Check out my Winter Workshops page – top right of this page.

I am offering two winter outdoor workshops – one in Guelph on Saturday, January 21st and the same in Dundas on Saturday, January 28th. These are full day workshops with a morning field session and an afternoon critique session.

In February, I am offering a two-part Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workshop. On Saturday, February 11, I will teach basic Lightroom – Library and the basics of the Develop module. On Saturday, February 18, we’ll go into more detail on the Develop side plus do some printing using the Print module.

For more information visit: Winter Workshops

Landscape Photography off to a good start

Dawn, Birch Tor, Dartmoor – a classic landscape.

Last Thursday was the first session of the 10-session continuing educationLandscape Photography course I teach at Mohawk College in Hamilton. The class is full and there is a waiting list, so, if you’re interested, you’ll have to wait until next Fall when it’s offered again.

The course is comprised of 8 classroom sessions plus two field sessions. We explore the techniques required for producing “classic landscapes”: 3-dimensional “grand vista” portraits of Earth with a strong foreground anchor and a real or apparent horizon. The two field sessions are devoted to natural landscapes and urban landscapes to provide wide and varied  experiences. Three of the classroom sessions are spent “processing” landscapes using ACR and Photoshop (and, if you have a laptop, Lightroom). By the end of the course, students are producing compelling landscapes – the kind you feel like walking right into.

Mohawk College has an excellent continuing ed. photography programme, offering two certificates, one in Applied Photography, the other in Art Photography (see their page here). I also teach the Lightroom course for this program. If you are already proficient in some areas of photography, you can apply for “Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition” where you submit the requirements for a course, pay a lower fee than taking the full course, and, if successful, are granted credit for that course.

March Newsletter is here!

Spring is springing and the March Newsletter is here:
I’ve included an article on “Turning off Technology” as well as some great reader photos from Scott Sneddon.
Coming up next month, the Lightroom Visual Guide will be published. You’ll find a downloadable sample page at Time is running out to take advantage of the special pre-publication price of only $5.00 – only until March 31st! Visit the website for more info.
The Spring Photography Workshop schedule is also included in the newsletter, but here is a sneak peak (locations TBA, but all will be “in the field” in the Guelph area except for the Photo Editing courses which will be help at my home studio):
  • Photo Editing: Lightroom – Sat. Apr 16th
  • Photo Editing: Photoshop – Sat. Apr 23rd
  • Spring Nature Photography Workshop: All day Saturday, May 7th

  • Point & Shoot Photography: Sat. May 14th
  • DLSR Photoaphy: Sat. May 21st
  • Evening Photo Talks I: Learning Photography – 6:30 to 8:30pm each Tuesday in May from 6:30 to 8:30pm
  • Evening Photo Talks II: Focus on Nature and the Outdoors – each Wednesday evening in May + June 1st from 6:30 to 8:30pm
  • Discover the Grand Day: An all-day workshop in various locations along the Grand River, Saturday, June 4th
Have a great month and don’t forget to sign up for a workshop by emailing or calling (519-265-4151).


Spring 2011 Photography Workshops

With the cardinals calling and our first robin sighting, spring is in the air which means a whole new season of images awaits us. I have a tentative line-up of workshops in different formats coming up. If you’re interested in any of them send me an email to reserve your spot ( give me a call at 519-265-4151. Note: Photo Editing courses are held at my home studio. All other locations are still to be finalized, but will be “live on-location” in the Guelph, Ontario region.

Photo Editing: Lightroom – Sat. Apr 16th $45 each or take both for $80

  • Intro to Lightroom: 9 to 11:30am
  • Advanced Lightroom: 1 to 3:30pm

Photo Editing: Photoshop – Sat. Apr 23rd $45 each or take both for $80

  • Intro to Photoshop Elements
  • Advanced Elements

Spring Nature Photography Workshop: All day Saturday, May 7th; Location TBA;

This is a full-day advanced field experience concentrating on nature and outdoor photography close-ups, landscapes, lighting, composition, reading histograms and working on a tripod; $85

Point & Shoot Photography: Sat. May 14th $45 each or take both for $80

  • Starter: 9 to 11:30am;
  • Advanced: 1 to 3:30pm

DLSR Photoaphy: Sat. May 21st$45 each or take both for $80

  • Starter: 9 to 11:30am
  • Advanced: 1 to 3:30pm

Evening Photo Talks I:  Learning Photography – 6:30 to 8:30pm each Tuesday in May; $35ea; or pre-register for $30 each or take all 5 for $135

  • Getting to Know Your Camera: May 3rd
  • What is Correct Exposure? – May 10th
  • Making Best Use of your Lenses – May 17th
  • Dynamic Lighting – May 24th
  • Creative Composition – May 31st

Evening Photo Talks II: Focus on Nature and the Outdoors – 6:30 to 8:30pm each Wednesday in May + June 1st; $35ea; or pre-register for $30 each or take all 5 for $135

  • Nature Basics: Exposure – May 4th
  • Nature Basics: Lighting – May 11th
  • Creative Composition – May 18th
  • Close-up & Flower Photography – May 25th
  • Living Landscapes – June 1st

Discover the Grand Day: An all-day workshop in various locations along the Grand River, Saturday,  June 4th; Travel to various great locations along the Grand River for a full-day advanced field workshop concentrating on landscape and nature photography, dynamic lighting, creative composition and working on a tripod; $85 per persson

November Photo Newsletter

Have a look at the November Photo Newsletter. You will find the second part of the article on exposure where I talk about the advantages of checking the histogram and highlight clipping warnings. Also I announce the two dates and locations for my Winter Nature Photography workshops: Jan 15 and Feb 12, 2011.

You’ll find it HERE – which is

luxBorealis Photo Newsletter Hot Off the Press!

Here is the very first issue of what I hope is a monthly photo newsletter. While it is geared to those living in the Guelph – K-W-Cambridge – Hamilton-Burlington area, photographers from all over should find something of interest. It is in PDF format – download it and have a look. Your feedback is welcome!

Here is the link: Photo Newsletter - June 2010

Ontario’s Natural Gems Goes Live!

Ontario’s Natural Gems is a series of nature and outdoor photography workshops that I will be conducting in Ontario provincial parks this summer.

Join me for a weekend of great photography at:

  • Killbear Provincial Park – July 16-17
  • Grundy Lake Provincial Park – August 7-8
  • Rondeau Provincial Park – August 13-14
  • Sandbanks Provincial Park – August 20-21
  • Arrowhead Provincial Park – TBA
  • Bon Echo Provincial Park – TBA

Each workshop includes:

  • Friday Evening Introductory Session: 7-9pm
  • Saturday Morning Field Session: Dawn to 11am
  • Saturday Afternoon Image Review and Wrap-up Session: 1-4pm

During the Field Session, Terry will work directly with participants on creative composition, close-up techniques, landscape photography and making best use of outdoor lighting.

The cost is $175 per person. Pre-register at least one week in advance and pay only $150. There is a maximum of 12 participants per workshop – so reserve your place now by calling Terry at 519-265-4151 or emailing For more information, visit the website:

Hope to see you there!

Please note that the fee is for the workshop only. Accommodations and meals are not included. Please visit to reserve your campsite.

Successful first series of photo courses

This week brings to an end the first series of photo courses for 2010 – and what a success! The Point & Shoot Starter, Digital SLR Starter finished Tuesday and Wednesday and Intro to Photoshop finishes Saturday morning.  Some great exploring and discussion of menus, options and technique has made a real impact on those involved.

With March on the horizon and April not too far away, we’re just about ready for the next round of courses:

March 2010

  • Advanced Photography – Wednesday Evenings, March 3, 10, 24 & 31
  • Photoshop Elements – Saturday Mornings, March 6. 13, 20 & 27

April 2010

  • Digital SLR Buying Guide – Saturday Morning, April 10th ($30)
  • Point & Shoot Starter – Tuesday Evenings, April, 6, 13, 20, 27
  • Fine Art Photography 1 – Wednesday Evenings, April 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • Travel Photography Workshop – Friday Evening, Apr 16 + All-day Saturday, Apr 17
  • Spring Woodlands Workshop – Friday Evening, Apr 30 + All-day Saturday, May 1
Each course & workshop is $140 per person. If you register at least one week in advance, the price is only $125.
As well, the confirmations are coming in for Ontario’s Natural Gems nature and outdoor photography workshops held this summer in some of Ontario’s best provincial parks. We’ll be in Rondeau, Grundy Lake, Sandbanks, Bon Echo, Killbear and perhaps Arrowhead. Two confirmed dates are:
  • Grundy Lake Provincial Park – August 6 & 7
  • Rondeau Provincial Park – August 13 & 14

Each workshop has three sessions:

  • Friday evening Intro Session from 7-9pm
  • Saturday morning Field Session from dawn to about 11am or Noon. We’ll concentrate on capturing the glorious morning light with small group hands-on instruction on landscapes, close-ups, metering, lighting, creative composition – whatever the participants needs specific help with.
  • Saturday afternoon Image Review & Wrap-up Session from 1pm to 4pm.

This schedule allows you to dedicate some quality time to your photography as well as having some time with your family camping. The workshop fee for Ontario’s Natural Gems is $175 per person. However, if you register at least one week in advance, the price is only $150. Each workshop is open to a maximum of 12 participants so email me to reserve your spot early. Please note that this fee is for the workshop only – you will need to reserve your campsite through

If you have any questions or want more information email Terry at

I hope you continue to enjoy the winter photography!

Photo Safaris Tanzania Site Launch

Cheetah, Serengeti - Photo Safaris Tanzania
Cheetah, Serengeti is live!

We are ready to go with our photo safari schedule for the coming year. Set aside dates in October 2010 or February 2011 for the best photo safaris available. Seven days tracking the amazing and diverse wildlife of the Serengeti Plains, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. We’ll also visit Olduvai Gorge and visit with the Maasai who live around Ngorongoro.

The safari starts with a flight from Arusha, across the Great Rift Valley and Crater Highlands to the Serengeti. We’ll spend the next 7 days making our way back to Arusha by following the chain of parks and wilderness areas. It will truly be a memorable experience with photo opportunities around every bend.

We’ve teamed up with Allan Phillemon. Allan is a Tanzanian who is best known for guiding the IMAX and National Geographic film crews up and safely back down Mt. Kilimanjaro to make the IMAX film Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa. He will outfit us in his safari Land Cruisers with his best guides and we will be staying at both luxury tented camps close to the wildlife and lodges with the best views in East Africa.

Now that I’ve whetted your appetite, visit the website for the details – – or email me now with your questions or booking.

Oh yeah – you’ll want to know about the price. Allan has priced this really well for us on a sliding scale based on the number of people. All transportation, accommodation and meals and a few extras (like wine on every dinner table) are included – basically everything except personal spending and your flight to Arusha (Kilimanjaro International Airport – JRO – KLM flies daily from Amsterdam). By the way, we are using a minimum of two trucks to give everyone the elbow room they need for great photography. The fewest people we’ll go with is 4.

With 4 people split between two trucks, the price is US$ 6695 per person. If there are 5 or 6 people, the price drops to US$ 5695. With 7 or 8 people (which is the maximum) the price drops again to US$4995. Why the big gap in price? Having more people reduces the cost per person so we prefer to pass the savings on to you. I invite you to have a look at other safaris offered around the web. We are not a discount safari, nor are we scrimping on accommodation, meals, trucks or location. That being said, you’ll find these prices as good if not better than most other Tanzanian safaris.

For me, there is no better place in this world than being on safari in East Africa. It is absolutely exhilarating! I hope you’ll be able to join me. Have a look at the site and drop me an email if you have any questions.

Travelling to Africa is like going back in time…
Wildlife like you’ve never seen before.
Wide open spaces that seem to go on forever.
Photo ops around every bend in the road.
It’s the Africa you’ve dreamed of…