Wild Renfrew Weekend Workshop

Learn the "Art of SEEING what YOU can't SEE"

100% refund available if a BC Gov't travel ban is in effect due to COVID

Where: Port Renfrew and surrounding area

There will be a NEW SURPRISE forest location introduced at this workshop for the first time

(logistics and welcome package will be provided 1-2 weeks prior to the workshop)

Google Map Location

When: Postponed til Fall 2021

Who: For Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Photographers. Note, this workshop is field based and does not include indoor activities like image processing due to COVID restrictions (may change over time). 

Limited to 8 participants ONLY

(workshop is open to all Canadians at this time due to COVID)

Instructor: Dave Hutchison

2020 PPOC Best in Class Fine Art Winner

Instructor: Matt Shannon

Owner: TrekWest Photography Company

Cost: $995 Cdn + 5% GST

(lodgings and meals not included - see below for COUPON discount code details)

TWO FREE BONUS 30-45 minute Zoom sessions included.  One for trip prep and planning before workshop, one for image processing after the workshop.

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 3-DAY "Wild Renfrew Workshop Weekend" located around the beautiful Port Renfrew area.  This workshop will take a "contemplative" approach where anything goes in nature, landscape, wildlife, & aerial photography.  We won't know what we will do, but we will do lots!!!

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 Port Renfrew AND the surrounding area.    

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).  Port Renfrew is full or short to medium length hikes and is well suited to this type of photography with ample subject matter to explore & create images.

Lodging Details:

Matt & I have arranged for a very special lodgings price for this Wild Renfrew Workshop.  Several rooms have been reserved under Dave Hutchison for $99 + taxes each night.  Please use special access code DHWorkshop to get the discounted price.  If you are comfortable, you can share a room with one other person and save more.

Web site for booking the WEST COAST TRAIL LODGE (use code above) is

Contact details in case something doesn't work 

Katie Nott,, 250-647-5541 ext 1

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 tripod

- FLM Canada tripod discount code for registered participants

- F-Stop backpack discount code for registered participants

- Print Lab (in Victoria) discount code for registered participants.  You can print your favourite image from the workshop and get a discount!

What is NOT included:

- transportation to and from Port Renfrew and while in Port Renfrew (about 1-1/2 hrs drive from Victoria).  Note, neither Matt or myself are able to drive clients due to insurance restrictions.

- your personal items and camera gear

- lodgings at the West Coast Trail Lodge and meals are not included.  Note, at time of writing, it is imperative that participants come to Port Renfrew prepared with some meals, water, & full tank of gas.  The Renfrew Pub is open but with limited hours til 6pm only on weekends.  Again this may change by May. 

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

- 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 $995 Cdn + 5% GST 

- workshop is held rain or shine 

- no refunds for inclement weather

- liability waiver must be signed prior to workshop

- no refunds for the workshop portion unless we are able to fill your spot, then a refund is given less a $75 + GST admin fee.  There are no refunds given for any other reason.  Trip cancellation insurance is recommended for your workshop fee.  Please call our insurance representative if you wish to insure you workshop fee.

Mike Gilmore, Tailwind Travel, o. 250 419 4544, c. 250 415 7665,

- the room booking at the West Coast Trail Lodge are fully refundable from Wild Renfrew at any time (i.e. COVID)

- 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 $1,044.75 including GST)

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