Nature Photography 101 Workshop

Where: ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ / John Dean Provincial Park, North Saanich, BC

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

Google Map Location

When: Sat, Feb 27, 2021 (1-5pm)

(Sun, Feb 28 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 (workshop is now full)

(limited to 10 people due to physical distancing restrictions)

Instructor: Dave Hutchison

2020 PPOC Best in Class Fine Art Winner

Instructor: Matt Shannon

Owner: TrekWest Photography Company

Cost: $199 Cdn + 5% GST

Nature Photography 101

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

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.

Awaken Your Inner Creativity

Welcome to our half-day "Nature Photography 101" workshop at beautiful John Dean Provincial Park, North Saanich, BC.  This workshop is aiming at getting new photographers the skills they need to advance to the next level in their photographic journey.

During this workshop we will explore whatever naturally comes our way in nature.  That being said, we will explore areas in nature photography such as:







Both Matt & I have a wide range of skills so just about anything goes when it comes to nature photography and exploring John Dean Provincial Park.

Note, both Matt and myself are Nikon users (Matt uses a D850 and I use a Z7 as primary) but this workshop is helpful for any camera brand.  Please bring your CAMERA MANUAL if you are unsure where to change settings on your camera!

Topics covered within those genres of nature photography are as follows (but not limited to):

- 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 holding technique

- Tripod use (vibration reduction, etc.)

- Exposure delay vs timer vs mirror up

- Exposure compensation

Note: I have an assortment of Singh-Ray Filters available for demo/testing while at the workshop. I also have an assortment of step up rings that are available to fit most lenses. If there is a Singh-Ray Filter filter you wish to have, please order using the discount code dhi15 directly through their web site. We still recommend ordering after the workshop so you can see for yourself what works for your photography.

Hiking details:

A general physical fitness is required with light to medium amounts of walking / light hiking (no mountains to cross).  ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ / John Dean Provincial Park is well suited to this type of photography with ample subject matter to photography, learn camera settings, and composition.    

What IS included:

- photography instruction

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

- demo Singh-Ray Filters (and step up rings)

- demo FLM Canada tripods

What is NOT included:

- transportation to and from ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ / John Dean Provincial Park (25-30 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)

Suggested lenses, but bring what you have.  These are recommendations only

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

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

- 105mm macro lens if you have one

- lens filters (bring what you have but DO NOT buy anything for the workshop.  You will learn what to get at the workshop itself)

- 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 $199 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 $35 + 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 $208.95 including GST)

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