Banff Photography Workshop

Would you like to take your landscape photography to the next level while standing in front of the most impressive vistas this world has to offer? Where better to hone your photography skills than the Canadian Rockies?

Why not join my 2 day 'Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop' in September 2017 where I'll teach you how to shoot these truly epic landscapes.

Dates: September 18th and 19th 2017.
Location: Banff, Alberta will be our base.

Maximum of 8 people

The Canadian Rockies inspire awe and wonder. The sheer scale and pristine quality of these mountain vistas will leave you utterly spellbound.

Join my Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop in September 2017 and let me show you how to capture the majestic beauty of these timeless mountain landscapes.

During this two day photography workshop, I'll show you some of my favourite shooting locations in the Banff and Jasper regions of the Canadian Rockies.

We'll be shooting world class landscapes of truly epic proportions. Your senses will be overloaded by colossal snow capped mountains, pure lakes that act like mirrors and long winding alpine rivers. The Canadian Rockies are a landscape photographers paradise all year round but the months between June and October offer the most access.

Ha Ling Peak, Canmore Alberta during Canaidna Rockies Photography Workshop

Whether you're a complete beginner or an advanced photographer, my 'Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop' will give you some amazing images to take home and you'll have lots of fun with a small group of passionate creatives.

Here's What You'll Learn

  • How to shoot for High Dynamic Range
  • Advanced Composition
  • How to Shoot Sunstars (Weather Dependent)
  • How to focus for Landscapes
  • Understand Depth of Field in Landscapes
  • How to get Super Sharp Landscape Images
  • How to take Panoramic Images

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Learn all my Photography Secrets

With this two day Canadian Rockies Photography Workshop, I'll share with you all of my photography secrets. I'll answer all of your questions and walk you through each technique that I use to create amazing landscape photographs. I limit this workshop to a maximum of just 8 people so that every student gets ample one-on-one time.

Image Post Processing Instruction Optional

If you'd like to learn my image post processing techniques I'll be holding an optional post processing workshop the day after you've completed your photography workshop. The cost for the full day of post processing is just $99 USD. I highly recommend this as we'll make the most of your best images from our shoots together.

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What's Included?

  • Personalized instruction from Gavin Hardcastle
  • Personalized review of your portfolio from Gavin Hardcastle
  • Detailed and constructive critique sessions

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Your Arrival and Pre-Workshop Meetup September 17th

  • You get yourself to Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Meet for a group dinner with informal introductions and sharing of stories
  • Prepare our Camera bags, clean lenses, charge batteries, format cards

Day 1 (September 18th 2017) - The Majestic Mt Rundle

  • Wake up early and double check your camera bag.
  • Sunrise shoot with In-field instruction at Two Jack Lake, Banff
  • Morning shoot at Peyto Lake
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon/Sunset Shoot at Vermillion Lakes
  • Optional group dinner with photo critique session, download images, recharge batteries, sleep

Day 2 (September 19th 2017) - Aquamarine

  • Wake up early and double check your camera bag.
  • Sunrise shoot with In-field instruction at Moraine Lake
  • Morning shoot at Lake Louise
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon/Sunset Shoot at Lake Minnewanka
  • Optional farewell group dinner with photo critique session and final questions session

After the Workshop (September 20th 2017) - Optional Post Processing Workshop for $99 USD

  • Morning Post Processing Session at Hotel Lobby
  • Break for Lunch
  • Afternoon Post Processing Session at Hotel Lobby
  • Optional - If weather permits, join me for a Milky Way astrophotography shoot at Moraine Lake

Ha Ling Peak, Canmore, Alberta photography workshops in Banff

How it Works

In a nutshell, you're on a 2 day shoot with me in the Canadian Rockies. That means that the itinerary above is subject to change based on weather, wildlife and light conditions. If we get lucky and there's news of a solar flare, guess what, we'll be staying up late to shoot the aurora.

If the weather is utterly cloudless, we might skip a sunset shoot and push our shoot back until it gets dark so that we can shoot the milky way or some gorgeous star trails.

My goal is get you the best shots possible during our workshop so be prepared to work with a fluid itinerary that helps us achieve that goal.

Photography workshops in Banff - Sisters on Fire

Nap Time

If you feel like having a nap in the middle of the day while the light is too harsh to get great pictures, that's totally fine. Getting up to shoot the sunrise each day can be tiring so please don't feel that you have to be shooting all day long if you need that power nap. Just make sure that you have enough time to get to the next shooting location.

Fitness Requirements

We won't be doing any long hikes as most shooting locations are just short walks from the car parks or pullouts. We will however be spending hours outside, standing around and walking all over our shooting locations so a basic level of fitness and mobility is required.

If you can walk for 15 minutes and stand around for a couple of hours you'll have no problem. Feel free to bring a camp chair if you need to chill out.

Price per Person: USD $950 - BOOK NOW!

Two Jack Lake, Bnaff Photography Workshops

What's Not Included

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Flights
  • Park entrance fees
  • Equipment
  • Insurance - It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury. I also advise that you insure your photographic equipment. Tour leaders will not be responsible in the event of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop.

Jasper Photography workshops with Fototripper at Bow Lake


Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera. Don't forget your memory cards and charger.
  • A sturdy tripod, ideally with a ball head.
  • Recommended: Wide angle lens, mid range zoom and super long zoom.
  • Recommended: A polarizing filter.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.
  • A laptop is needed for the optional image post processing session session after the workshop
  • Many spare batteries for your camera.
  • Recommended: A camera rain cover. Even if the weather is bad, we'll get some awesome shots.
  • Waterproof boots with good grip for standing in rivers and lake shores.
  • Clothing for all weather conditions, this is the Canadian Rockies where it can snow even in summer.

Peyto Lake Banff photo workshops in Septermber

How to Get There and Where to Stay

Visitors will typically fly to Calgary. Canmore/Banff is about a 1.5 hour drive from Calgary airport.

I'll be staying in Canmore where better deals for accommodation can be found. It's only 18km from downtown Banff. A quick search on should yield many choices. I would strongly advise that you arrive in Banff/Canmore at least one full day before the workshop begins just to acclimatize.

Book your accommodation early to get the best deals and to avoid zero vacancy.

You'll need a vehicle to get to all the shooting locations but all of the journeys are fairly short. If you'd like to carpool, we'll do our best to help but please note that transportation is NOT included in the price of your workshop.

Some of our shooting locations are within a one hour drive of downtown Banff, with many being just 10 minutes.

Lake Louise in Autumn with the Fototripper Banff Photography Workshop

Fancy Something More Challenging - How About Winter?

One of my favourite times to shoot the Canadian Rockies is during the winter. It’s all about ‘fire and ice’ and getting those stunning shots of partially frozen lakes. It’s also the best time to avoid the tour bus frenzy as most winter visitors are there only for the winter sports.

That's why I'm offering an almost identical workshop to this one but during the winter thaw of March. Lot's of ice formations, lots of snow on the mountains and much shorter days.

If that sounds like your kind of photo trip, check out my Banff Photography Workshop - Winter Edition.