Half-day Night Photography Workshop

Learn the "The Art of Seeing what you Can't See"

Where: Milky Way, Central Saanich, Vancouver Island

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

Dates: Summer 2021

Who: For Intermediate and Advanced Photographers wanting to refine their technical skills and creativity for night photography

Limited to 10 participants ONLY

Instructor: Dave Hutchison

2020 PPOC Best in Class Fine Art Winner

Instructor: Matt Shannon

Owner of TrekWest Adventure Photography

Cost: $199 Cdn + 5% GST

(part proceeds for each person go to the Farmland Trust for use of property)

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

Workshop Details

Note, Face masks and hand cleaning supplies are included with the workshop fee if you desire.  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.

Event is weather permitting.  If overly cloudy or raining, back up date is Aug 23, 2020 (same time).  

Welcome to our Half-day Night Photography workshop, "The Art of Seeing what you Can't See" in Central Saanich, Vancouver Island. 

Our goal with this workshop is to open your creative spirit to create amazing night sky images right here at home on the Island and at an affordable price.  Matt & I will also guide you through the technical process to create those beautiful night sky images you are aiming to create.

Topics covered:

- learn the "Art of Seeing what you Can't See"

- technical process to create night sky images

- how to compose night sky images when you can't see at night 

- how and when to create composite images for night photography

- and the option to use a Breakthrough Photography Night Sky filter to reduce light pollution

BONUS 45 minute Zoom session for each individual participant for post processing techniques on your favourite  image you took during the workshop.  This can be scheduled within 30 days following the workshop.

Note: I have one Breakthrough Photography Night Sky Filter in 82mm available for demo/testing while at the workshop (and step up rings).  If you wish to order a Breakthrough filter, please order using the affiliate link on my web site and receive a 5% rebate after your order is processed (through Breakthrough).  Link is shown below too.


General good physical condition is required for our workshops.  This particular workshop has very little hiking and walking involved with near drive up access available.  If you have mobility concerns please contact Matt or myself directly for clarification.

What IS included:

- photography instruction from both Matt & myself

- snack bars (gluten free included)

- bottled water

- demo Breakthrough Photography Night Sky Filter

What is NOT included:

- your own personal camera gear and tripod (tripod is essential for night photography) 

- transportation to Central Saanich 

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

What to bring:

- camera body (full frame preferred but not essential)

- 1-2 memory cards (depending on the size you have)

- wide angle lens such as 14-30mm f/2.8-4 is best or close to it

- mid range zoom such as 24-70mm f/2.8-4 is best or close to it

- the phone app PhotoPills is excellent for this workshop and very easy to use.  Both Matt & I have the app so you can try it before deciding if you would like to buy it from the App Store.

- camera bag (at least water resistant)

- camera rain cover, just in case

- lens clothes (can be misty as the air cools over warm land)

- headlamp or flashlight for light painting (soft LED's or an phone light can work too)

- water bottle 

- light sweater / jacket as it can cool off at night

- hiking boots or good runners 

- toque or hat 

- tripod (ESSENTIAL for night sky photography)

- cable release or remote for night photography is useful if you want to experiment with star trails or just like to have "hands off" approach with using your camera. 

- pen and small note pad for note taking

Payment & Cancellation Policy:

- $199 + 5% GST due at time of booking

- workshop is weather dependent with a second back up date of Aug 23, 2020

- No refunds unless we fill your spot prior to the workshop.

- No refunds for inclement weather.  We will reschedule until there is good weather.

- Full refund given if we are not able to provide the workshop (i.e.  sick or injured)

- payment accepted by PayPal, e-transfer to - Canada only, (e transfer amount is $208.95 including GST)

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