2 hr Camera Settings Simplified Workshop

Where: Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC

(details will be provided the week prior to the workshop)

Google Map Location

When: Re Scheduled for Sat, Dec 12, 2020 - 2-4pm

(Sun, Dec 13 back up date in case of very bad weather)

Who: For Beginner and Intermediate Photographers wanting to learn how to use their camera for creative success. Note, this workshop is field based with real life photography situations.  Details below.   

Limited to 10 participants ONLY - (limited spots left)

As of Dec 7, please email for inquiries.

(due to physical distancing restrictions)

Instructor: Dave Hutchison

2020 PPOC Best in Class Fine Art Winner

Instructor: Matt Shannon

Owner: TrekWest Photography Company

Cost: $99 Cdn + 5% GST

2 hr Camera Settings

About Dave ...


Dave is a very approachable guy, which I personally appreciate quite a lot!  He is knowledgeable about a great many aspects to do with photography.  During his recent virtual workshop on editing vs. fixing images he was patient and detailed with explanations.  I will sign up for more sessions when available.

Dianna-Lynn, Victoria, BC

Dave is a wealth or knowledge in photography and editing.  He explains things clearly and demonstrates well.    Highly recommend!!!

Corinne, Victoria, BC

Dave is a highly qualified and experienced photographer. His knowledge of the Vancouver Island area allowed him to plan an experience that was second to none. Throughout he was always teaching and helping. The result was a experience from which I learned much about photography and the Vancouver Island coastal area.

Stu D, Kelowna, BC

Dave provided an excellent workshop. He is passionate about his profession and photography and as a result, found him to be very engaging and interesting. Dave was clearly interested and willing to determine where your ability levels were at and encouraged you to take the next steps out of your comfort zones to learn and try new techniques. I also found Dave was very generous with his time one on one in the field. I look forward to future workshops with Dave.

Don C, Kelowna, BC

Awaken Your Inner Creativity

Note, due to COVID requirements, if you have been sick in the last 14 days or have been with anyone that has been sick or in quarantine for the last 14 days, please do not attend the workshop.

Face masks are not mandatory as this is an outdoor event.  You are welcome to wear one if you wish.

Event is rain or shine.

Welcome to our 2 hr "Camera Settings Simplified" Photography workshop at Beacon Hill Park in central Victoria.  Note, both Matt and myself are Nikon users (Matt uses a D850 and I use a Z& as primary) but this workshop is helpful for any camera brand.  Please bring your CAMERA MANUAL!

Topics covered designed to help use your camera as a creative tool:

- Exposure triangle (shutter speed, ISO, aperture)

- Aperture priority vs manual

- Customizing camera settings vs what comes out of the box

- In camera sharpening (off it goes)

- Proper hand hold technique

- Tripod use (vibration reductio, etc.)

- Exposure delay vs timer vs mirror up

- Exposure compensation

Note: I have an assortment of Breakthrough Photography Filters available for demo/testing while at the workshop.  I have most step up ring combos available to utilize my 72mm and 82mm filters.  

If there is a Breakthrough filter you wish to have, please order using the affiliate link on my web site and receive a 5% rebate after your order is process (through Breakthrough).

Hiking details:

A general physical fitness is required but there is not a lot of walking an no hiking.  Beacon Hill Park is a leisure walk with ample subject variety to learn camera settings.    

What IS included:

- photography instruction

- instructors from two experienced photographers that specialize in nature, commerical and aerial photography

- demo Breakthrough Photography filters (as needed)

- demo FLM Canada tripods

What is NOT included:

- transportation to and from Beacon Hill Park (5 minutes from downtown Victoria)

- medical insurance (mandatory if you reside outside of BC, Canada)

- your personal items and camera gear

What to BRING:

- camera body (preferably a camera that is a DSLR or mirrorless where all settings can be changed manually)     

- memory cards (depending on the size you have)

- wide angle lens such as 14-30mm (or close to it)

- mid range zoom such as 24-70mm or 24-105/120mm

(bring a variety of 1-2 lens focal lengths or whatever you have)

- lens filters (bring what you have)

- camera bag (at least water resistant)

- camera rain cover

- lens clothes

- water bottle 

- rain pants

- rain jacket

- warm jacket / heavy sweater 

- hiking boots 

- rain cap or hat that is waterproof

- tripod (a big bonus to get tack sharp images)

- pen and small note pad for camera bag

Payment & Cancellation Policy:

- price $99 Cdn + 5% GST 

- workshop is held rain or shine 

- no refunds for inclement weather

- liability waiver must be signed prior to workshop

- read this part carefully: no refunds unless we are able to fill your spot, then a refund is given less a $20 + GST admin fee.

- full refund given if both Matt & I are not able to provide the workshop (i.e. we are sick or injured)

- payment accepted by PayPal, e-transfer to - Canada only, (e transfer amount is $103.95 including GST)

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