One Day Long Exposure Photography Workshops: "The Art of Seeing what you Can't See"

Where: Sombrio Beach, Southern Vancouver Island

(directions and course info will be emailed the week prior)

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June 13 & 27 at Mystic Beach were a success!


Saturday, July 25, 2020 (3 spots remaining)

2pm til approx. 8pm (sunset optional)

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

Limited to 5 participants ONLY

(due to physical distancing restrictions)

Instructor: Dave Hutchison

2020 PPOC Best in Class Fine Art Winner

Cost: $199 Cdn + 5% GST

BONUS: Includes 45 minute Zoom session for each participant on post processing two images from the workshop

Note, PayPal registration below is for July 25 date.

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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 rain or shine.

Welcome to my One-day Long Exposure Photography workshop, "The Art of Seeing what you Can't See" at beautiful Mystic Beach on Southern Vancouver Island. 

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

Topics covered:

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

- technical process to create long exposure images

- how to compose long exposure images based on cloud / water direction, speed and light

- how to properly use filters to slow the shutter speed to anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes to create just the "right" effect

- how and when to create composite images with long exposure photography

- BONUS 45 minute Zoom session for each individual participant for post processing techniques on 2 images you took during the workshop.  This can be scheduled within 30 days following the workshop.

Note: I have an assortment of Breakthrough Photography Filters available for demo/testing while at the workshop.  I do not have all step up ring combos as they are delayed from China (will take months).  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 good physical fitness is required for hikes up to 2-3 km in length (small rocks and dirt hiking trails around Mystic Beach/Sombrio Beach are fine with decent hiking boots).  If you have mobility concerns please contact myself directly for clarification.

The hike from the Sombrio parking lot to Sombrio Falls is about 2-3km or approx. 45 minutes (one way).

What IS included:

- photography instruction

- snack bars (gluten free included)

- bottled water (I will carry several bottles down to the beach)

- demo Breakthrough Photography filters

What is NOT included:

- packed lunch/dinner (something that ideally fits in your backpack)

- transportation to and from Mystic Beach/Sombrio Beach (about 1.5 hrs drive from Victoria)

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

- trip cancellation / trip interruption insurance (highly recommended)

- your personal items and camera gear

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 (or close to it)

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

- lens filters (neutral density, split grads, polarizers - bring them all)

- the phone app called Long Exposure Calculator by Junel S. Corales is essential for this workshop (very easy to use).  Any other simple long exposure app will do that allows you to change camera settings.

- camera bag (at least water resistant)

- camera rain cover

- lens clothes (can be misty on the coast)

- headlamp or flashlight for hike back to parking lot

- water bottle 

- rain pants

- rain jacket

- light sweater

- hiking boots (waterproof if you like to stand in the ocean when photographing)

- rain cap or hat that is waterproof

- tripod (ESSENTIAL for long exposures)

- cable release or remote for long exposure photography (ESSENTIAL to control your camera shutter speed manually in bulb setting).  Or if your camera has a "time" function, remote is optional

- pen and small note pad for camera bag

Payment & Cancellation Policy:

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

- workshop is held rain or shine (June is usually pretty good weather) - no refunds for inclement weather

- liability waiver must be signed prior to workshop

- read this part carefully: no refunds within 3 days prior to workshop (due to prep time), otherwise $50 + GST admin fee applies for cancelling, full refund given if I am not able to provide the workshop (i.e. I am sick or injured)

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

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