"The Secrets of Waterfall Photography"

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

Where: Mary Vine Falls, Sooke, BC (& Sandcut Falls, Shirley, BC)

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

Google Map Location

Sat, Jan 23, 2021 - 1-5pm (SOLD OUT)

Email to receive current registration amounts BEFORE you e-transfer.  If PayPal works, that means we have space.

(back up date if weather is deemed to be unsafe is Sun, Jan 24, 2021 - 1-5pm)

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

(Filters not required. Breakthrough has supplied us with filters for YOU to use)

Limited to 10 Participants

Instructors: Dave Hutchison

2020 PPOC Best in Class Fine Art Winner

Matt Shannon

Owner: TrekWest Photography Company

Cost: $199 Cdn + 5% gst

45 minute Zoom session for each participant on post processing one image from the workshop available for a $249 + GST (workshop & Zoom call)

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.  A credit will be issued less a $35 + GST admin fee.

Event is rain or shine.

Welcome to our Half-day "The Secrets to Waterfall Photography"  workshop, "The Art of Seeing what you Can't See" at Mary Vine Falls and Sandcut Beach / Falls (both near Sooke, BC). 

Our goal with this workshop is to open your creative spirit to create amazing waterfall images right here at home on the Island and at an affordable price.  We will also guide you through the technical workflow on how to create those beautiful images you want to create.

Topics covered:

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

- technical workflow to create captivating waterfall imagery

- how to compose waterfall shots based on water movement / direction, speed, debris in water, etc.

- how to properly use filters to slow the shutter speed to create just the "right" effect

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

- 30-45 minute Zoom session for each individual participant for post processing techniques on 1 image you took during the workshop.  This can be scheduled with Matt or Dave for an additional cost of $49 + GST.  

Note: I have an assortment of Breakthrough Photography 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 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).  We still recommend ordering after the workshop so you can see for yourself what works for your photography.

Hiking details:

An average physical fitness is required for walking 2 km for the afternoon to Mary Vine Falls.  Sandcut Falls is literally a few hundred meters and that is the long way.  If you have mobility concerns please contact myself directly for clarification.

What IS included:

- photography instruction

- bottled water (if you forget yours) 

- demo Breakthrough Photography filters and step up rings

What is NOT included:

- transportation to and from Sooke and Shirley, BC (about a 30-45  minute drive from Victoria)

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

- your personal items and camera gear

What TO bring:

- camera body (full frame preferred but not essential)

- 1 memory card

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

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

- lens filters (polarizers, and dark polarizers are my favs - bring whatever you have)

- camera bag (at least water resistant)

- camera rain cover

- lens clothes (can be misty on the coast)

- 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 waterfalls)

- 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 

- liability waiver must be signed prior to workshop

- no refunds, unless we decide to cancel the workshop for personal unforeseen reasons then a 100% refund is given (i.e.myself or Matt is sick or injured)

- if workshop is cancelled due to weather, COVID, you can reschedule for no additional charge.  If a refund is requested, a $35 + GST admin fee is applied to your refund.

- if you redeem a gift certificate, and cancel attending a workshop 7 days or less prior to the workshop, the gift certificate is forfeited.

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

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