Grasslands National Park May 31st – June 2nd 2019

 

 

Grasslands National Park, located in the south of Saskatchewan, is one of the most unique and interesting geological locations in the province. Created by erosion from glacier meltwater, what has been left behind are stunning vistas, bison herds and the Frenchman River Valley. The best time to visit is in May and June when the grasslands are in full bloom with flowers - perfect for our workshop!

 

Grasslands is a Dark Sky Preserve! The park is so far from cities and towns and other sources of light that when it gets dark, it’s really dark. Val Marie, 1 hour south of Swift Current, will serve as our base of operations for this exciting adventure workshop. 

Small class sizes and 2 unique instructors will mean plenty of 1 on 1 time and a great group atmosphere.

 

 

 


 

 

What You Will Learn

 

  • Begin to master the art of capturing the Milky Way, star trails, panoramas, timelapses, and composites.

 

  • How to shoot and develop an eye for night-scape compositions that stand out amongst others. 

 

  • How to understand and make use of the relationship of shutter speed, ISO, and aperture in creating a well balanced exposure.

 

  • How to focus your lens at night.

 

  • General astronomy to aid you in planning your night photos. Topics include the moon's phases, finding the milky way and other key features of the night sky, light pollution, and aurora.

 

  • How to illuminate the foreground photos using separate exposures and/or advanced lighting techniques.

 

  • From importing to exporting your photos to utilize the full potential of the data. Including how and when to use noise reduction.

What You Will Need

 

  • A DSLR Camera that can perform in manual (M) mode.

 

  • At least 2 fully charged camera batteries and 16GBs of memory card storage. We will be shooting in RAW.

 

  • A wide angle lens that is at least 24mm with an aperture of f/2.8 or faster is recommended but not required. (you can borrow lenses from your local camera store or www.lenslenders.ca if needed)

 

  • Shutter release or intervalometer.

 

  • Sturdy tripod.

 

  • Computer with Lightroom and/or Photoshop installed.

 

  • Pencil and notepad.

 

  • Headlamp that has a red light mode.

 

  • Warm clothes, camp chair, bug repellent.

 

  • Food and water that you require. 

 

  • Transportation and accommodations.
 

 
 
Testimonials
 
Rating: 4.8/5
 
 
"I felt this was a turning point in my photography. It was all good. I loved the setting. The accepting and friendly atmosphere. The true enthusiasm that you and the participants had. I felt that it genuinely made you happy to be able to convey something that helped people achieve their goals of better photography." "Your instructions helped to tie a lot of things together that had mystified me. And your individual coaching got me through many of the confusing things about my camera." - Lilian 5/5
 
"Nich and Scott were great to work with, and kept my motivation up in the wee hours of the morning. They were patient with the many questions I asked during the workshop. I'd be glad to take another workshop with either of them" - Jessica 5/5
 
"The workshop was amazing! Scott and Nicholas were more than willing to help us get amazing pictures, and made sure we knew what we were doing every step of the way. Very highly recommend workshops with them!" - Maggi 4/5
 
"Both Scott and Nick exceeded my expectations with their knowledge and the hands on help that I received during the workshop. I walked away from the course with a great foundation of knowledge for Astro Photography. I would definitely take another workshop with them!
"I was grateful for the small size of the workshop so there was lots of one on one. I really liked all the help that I received." -Meagan 5/5
 
 "Both were very knowledgeable and explained things in a easy to understand way." - Anonymous Response 5/5
 
"Excellent, informative, hands on!!" - Marianne 5/5

 

 

Book Now

 

 

Click the icon above to reserve your place in this unforgettable workshop & investment into your photography 


   
 

Difficulty

 

Walking: Moderate

 

There will be some moderate hiking for our locations. Students should be able to walk up to 5km on uneven ground without difficulty. We will make sure to allow plenty of time to get to our locations, but there will be some terrain to cross to get to our destinations.

 

 

Prior photo skill: none needed! 

 


 

Post Processing Education

 

Students will receive 5 hours of post processing training.

+ an advanced editing workflow video (valued at 100$) to refer back to after the workshop is complete.

 


 

Bringing a Friend

 

If students wish to bring a friend, spouse, or family member we kindly ask 50% of the purchase price to cover logistics, fees, materials, and insurance.

You can email Nich through the contact button on this website to notify us of your guest and pay.

 


 

Weather

 

Ultimately, weather is an uncontrollable part of night sky photography. Regardless of conditions we will stay out and shoot as long as it is safe to do so. We suggest that all participants plan to be flexible and attend the workshop one day prior to or one day after the scheduled date. That way, if weather becomes an issue we can shoot before/after the scheduled date. Clouds play a role in capturing the night sky. Even in overcast conditions we promise that you will come away with beautiful images, knowledge, and the ability of capturing the night sky.


 

 

See You Soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Important Technicalities

 

Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits are 50% of the purchase price. 

 

In the unlikely event, we cancel the workshop and are unable to transfer you to another one of our workshops or offer a reasonable alternative - a 100% refund of your payment will be issued.

 

If you cancel and your spot can be filled your payment will be refunded (minus the deposit). If you cancel outside of 60 days before the scheduled workshop you will receive a refund minus the deposit. If you cancel inside of 60 days before the workshop and we are unable to fill your spot there will be no refund.

The full payment is due 60 days prior to the workshop.

There are no refunds for unforeseen weather events that take place during the workshop dates or if you are unable to attend our weather flex-date before/after the scheduled workshop date. This includes cloud cover, smoke from wildfires, park closures due to unforeseen weather circumstances, or other such events. If this occurs we will make every reasonable effort to work with local authorities to present you with a reasonable alternative.  We are not responsible for any reimbursement of travel, lodging, equipment rentals, or other related expenses. We recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover your non-refundable registration fees, travel, lodging, equipment rentals, or other related expenses.