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2016 Giant Digital Photo Workshops

Participate in half day, full day or weekend-long programs, with learning personalized for your level of skill and interest. These hands-on photography workshops allow you to build your expertise and take home photos to showcase your new skills.

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Enjoy these fun, small group learning experiences, in spectacular settings within Ontario Provincial Parks. 2016 programs feature famed Kakabeka Falls and Sleeping Giant Provincial Parks in Northwestern Ontario.

Wrap a vacation around these highly-rated, photographic explorations in nature and learning. Easy access from Toronto, Winnipeg and other locations is possible with direct flights to Thunder Bay. You will enjoy full-immersive experiences in northern landscapes, wildlife and hospitality. See the most scenic locations and take home stunning images of some of the best views Canada has to offer.

Barry and students

Top notch pro photographer Barry Wojciechowski knows the area extremely well and his excellent teaching skills make him the perfect guide for this year's workshops. Now celebrating our 8th year of delivery photography workshops!

2016 Giant Digital Photography Workshops

Last workshop for 2016 coming up! Join us at one of northern Ontario's premier parks for a fun filled weekend of digital photography . Immerse yourself for a few days and come away a better photographer! 


5. Fall Colours Photo Weekend

Fri. Sept. 30 to Sun. October 2, 2016 Fall Trees
7 pm Friday to 4 pm Sunday
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Shooters

This fall weekend workshop is an intensive learning and practice session with your digital camera - under the expert and patient guidance of our pro photographer, Barry Wojciechowski.

  • Camera settings and controls for scenics, fall colours, landscapes and panoramas
  • Techniques for sunrise and sunset photography
  • Skills and techniques for night photography (star trails, Milky Way, northern lights)
  • Techniques and tips for wildlife photography.
  • Mastering the histogram
  • Understanding and choosing the best white balance

This weekend includes walks to scenic shoot locations and trails in and around the park with review of images throughout the weekend and personalized feedback from our instructor

Course cost: $375 + 13% HST (plus cost of accommodations – see below)

2016 Fall Colours Workshop Sept 30-Oct 2/16
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Workshop accommodations options:

Sl Giant CabinAn accommodation package can be added on to the photo workshop fee which will include a private room (shared facility) in one of the park’s cabins or the Ranger Lodge. The current estimated weekend cost for sharing a cabin (3 people) is $125+HST. This will vary with the number of participants registering for the weekend and the whether we will be located in the cabins or the lodge. A more accurate estimate of accommodation costs will be available closer to the date of the workshop. This fee will be payable upon arrival at the workshop. Please indicate your interest in this accommodation option in the notes section when registering for the weekend workshop.

Camping: Various camping options at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park are also available. Please refer to the Ontario Parks website for more information and park reservations. http://ontarioparks.com/reservations

Meal Plan:

A meal plan for the weekend is available - for the suggested menu and purchase button CLICK HERE... If you are interested in this food package option please buy this option online or contact Lois Nuttall at 807-626-0512 (talk or text) or by email at lois@superiorvisits.com.

At the same time, please let us know if you have any food allergies/sensitivities, special dietary requirements or preferred food brands. If so the Friday evening snacks and the menu will be tailored to accommodate these as much as possible. Note: If you have any favourite food items that you enjoy as well, you may choose to bring these along in addition to participating in the meal package. Or let us know what they are.

What we offer in all of our workshops: Hands ON

  • Hands-on photography workshops in Northwestern Ontario Parks
  • Opportunities to capture great wildlife, macro & landscape images
  • Small group size with personalized feedback from instructor
  • Flexible teaching for various participant skill levels
  • Lots of field time practicing lessons learned with your camera in hand;
  • Like-minded photographers in a friendly environment;
  • Convenient online booking with acknowledgement notice and welcome email one week prior to workshop;


Comments from past workshop participants

RE: Fall Colours Workshops - Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

  • Roy Ramsey, Editor, Outdoor Photography in Canada March 211, 2016 - online article; Photographer’s Lifestyle — Benefits of Taking a Workshop (preview).
    A longer version of this article is featured in the Spring/Summer 2016 edition of the Outdoor Photography in Canada magazine. Roy participated in the Giant Digital “Fall Colours” Weekend Workshop at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in September 2015. http://www.outdoorphotographycanada.com/

    Looking thru the camera
  • “This is the most carefully and thoroughly planned event I think I’ve ever attended. Not only the planning, but the though information provided to the participants is exceptional. That provides a comfort level for the participants that lowers a certainty about the risk/cost of participating. And you can’t have a better teacher than Barry.” - Repeat Fall Workshop participant from Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S.A. (2015 & 2011)

  • “This is a great workshop. Barry is very good instructor who is very approachable, and willing to assist everyone no matter the skill level.” - 2014 Fall Workshop and repeat workshop client. Shuniah, ON

  • “Once again thank you Barb, Lois and Barry you run a fantastic weekend and I learned even more this time around. Great job.” - Repeat Fall Workshop participant from Burlington, ON (2013 & 2011)

RE: Buttons & Knobs Series Workshops – Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

  • “Great starter course for anyone who is new to photography. Barry does a great job with making you feel comfortable at any photography level :)” - 2015 new participant from Thunder Bay, ON
  • “Had a great experience at this first workshop and learned a lot! Nice to be out at a park, size of group was perfect!” - 2015 new participant from Thunder Bay, ON

One Day Workshops and Photo Safaris – at various Northwestern Ontario Parks

  • “The workshop was excellent. It had inspired me to learn and experiment with my camera.” - Blue Lake Provincial Park’s Wetlands Wonder Safari 2014 - New workshop participant from Dryden, ON
  • “Great opportunity to learn photography skills in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere in some really beautiful settings” - Neys Provincial Park’s Creative Coastal Workshop 2013 - Repeat workshop participant from Thunder Bay, ON
  • “Well run and very educational. Outdoor hands on hike/ photo shoots are excellent for practicing” - Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, Landscape Photo Safari Hike - 2012 - Repeat one day workshop participant and 2010 Fall Weekend Workshop participant.

Walking thru woods

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Full payment is required to confirm booking and is non-refundable unless space can be booked to another party. Transfer to another party is permitted - a $50 administration fee may be charged.

What to bring…

  • Camera gear -- digital camera, memory cards, memory stick, extra batteries & charger, tripod, camera bag, note pad, pencils and especially your camera manual!
  • Laptop computer -- optional for half or one day workshops. If you have them, do bring your cable hook-ups to enable viewing of images on the big screen (weekend workshop)!
  • Clothing -- Be prepared for various weather conditions: rain, sun and insect protection. Dress in adjustable layers. Sturdy footwear for hiking around the park is recommended. We will have practical outdoor sessions regardless of the weather, so be prepared.
  • Food -- Pack a lunch and/or snacks and water for day workshops. Warm beverages will be provided.
  • The Fall weekend workshop includes a welcome reception on Friday evening.
  • Personal vehicle -- for travel to/from and within the park as required to reach park features.

 

Featured Provincial Parks

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park is 20 minutes west of Thunder Bay via Hwy 11/17.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park is located one hour east of Thunder Bay via Highways 11/17 and 587. Accommodations for the weekend workshop at Sleeping Giant Park can be booked in one of the park's cabins (3 private bedrooms /cabin, full kitchen, fireplace, washroom with shower, screened in sun porch) OR - if there are larger numbers - in the conference centre (private room, shared facility). Meals are not included but an optional meal package may be available by request. For more information on Sleeping Giant Provincial Park visit www.ontarioparks.com. For information on park cabin rentals call 807-977-2526.

Choose to extend your stay by making a campsite reservation or by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275).

Barry Wojciechowski Photography (accredited LPPO 2008)

Barry Wojciechowski was born in Thunder Bay and is passionate about Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. After years of working and living in the park, Barry has become intimately familiar with the wealth of photo opportunities available at Sleeping Giant and other local parks. Barry's work has been published by government agencies and various magazines including Ontario Parks and Canadian Geographic. In addition to landscape and wildlife photography, Barry takes professional shots for tourism, sporting events, weddings and other commercial projects. Join Barry to learn what it takes to capture that special image on your next Ontario Parks' adventure. Click here to view his website.


Completed 2016 workshops

1. Buttons and Knobs I (You and Your Digital Camera)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Barry and student
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park - Visitor Centre
Beginner, Intermediate or refresher

Get to know your camera and its controls with this introductory workshop. Learn about the various buttons and knobs on your camera and what they do.

  • Camera controls and settings – how they can affect your images.
  • Brief introduction to aperture and shutter speed
  • JPEG or RAW images, what works for you?
  • Hands on practice and feedback from instructor

Cost: $55 per person + HST (includes park entry fee)

2. Buttons & Knobs II (Your Camera in Action)

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Camera in Action
5:30p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park - Visitor Centre
Beginner, Intermediate or refresher

Do you have a fairly good idea of your camera’s various buttons and knobs and what they do? Now let’s see them in action!

  • Choosing the right buttons and knobs to get great image results.
  • Understanding aperture and shutter speed settings.
  • Meet your histogram. Making it work for you.
  • Putting it all together and getting the shot!
  • Downloading and saving your images for post processing and printing.
  • More time for hands on practice with instructor feedback.

Cost: $55 per person + HST (includes park entry fee)

3. Buttons & Knobs III “NEW!” (Composition & Creativity)

Thursday, June 23, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Waterfall
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park - Visitor Centre
Beginner, Intermediate or refresher

Ready to take it to the next level? Learn the rules for great photo composition.

  • Learn the ten top rules for great photo composition.
  • Mastering the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed & ISO).
  • Introduction to 18% grey and setting custom white balance.
  • Making the polarizing filter work for you.
  • Image size & saving your images for screen or print.
  • Introduction to photo software options
  • Even more time for hands on practice with instructor feedback.

Cost: $55 per person + HST (includes park entry fee)

4. Nature Photography - Wildlife and Macros

Saturday, July 16, 2016 (new date) Deer
10 am – 4:30 pm 
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
All levels, beginner to advanced  

Join us for this 2 in 1 workshop to learn camera skills to capture critters in nature - both large and small.

  • Camera controls and settings for wildlife and macro photography
  • Getting to know your subject - large or small
  • Setting aperture and shutter speeds for capturing wildlife in motion and flowers in the wind
  • Exposure, lighting and use of depth of field
  • Image composition

Cost: $70 per person + HST. Plus park entry fee payable at gate (varies with day use or camping. 
Note: A regular rate park day use fee for 2016 is $14.50 with HST per vehicle.).