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Tobermory Workshop

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Photograph World Famous Tobermory and The Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Join me, professional landscape photographer Andrew Collett for a truly unique photography adventure in beautiful Tobermory, ON. During our 3 days together we will immerse ourselves in all aspects of photography and digital image processing. I will be teaching you everything I know about landscape photography including composition, camera craft, and digital image processing. The variety of photographic opportunities in the area is truly tremendous, from the quaint fishing village of Tobermory to the rugged cliff lined shores of Georgian bay and the wind swept beaches of Lake Huron and of course, The Bruce Peninsula National Park!

Our time together will be a combination of in the field shooting and digital processing sessions and will cover the following topics:

Field Shoots:

I will be taking you to some of my favourite locations in and around Tobermory where I will be teaching you a combination of technical and creative lessons that will ensure you are shooting for optimal quality while unleashing the creative potential of the scene. Topics covered in the field will include:

    * Learning to shoot in manual mode for optimal aperture and shutter speed settings
    * Reading and understanding the histogram
    * How to choose the best exposure based on the information provided in the histogram
    * Learning to manually focus for maximum depth of field
    * Equipment selection, what works and what doesn't’t.
    * Crafting compositions that recreate a sense of "depth"
    * Understanding visual rhythm and balance
    * Selecting compelling subject matter
    * Choosing the right light and atmosphere

Digital Sessions:

I will be teaching you the digital workflow I use to bring RAW files to life. Using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, I will teach you a workflow that produces optimal quality in a simplistic and easy to follow process. This is not about Photoshop tricks, it is about learning how to subtlety process your RAW file to bring out their best qualities and express your artistic vision.

    * Colour Management and Monitor Calibration
    * Raw workflow using Photoshop and Lightroom
    * Using Photoshop to subtlety enhance your image

Fitness Level

Do to the light hiking we will be doing in Tobermory participants must be comfortable carrying their camera gear for hikes of up to half an hour.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is open to anyone with a love of nature photography and who is looking to improve their skills. All skills levels are welcome however you will benefit most from the workshop if you are shooting with a digital SLR camera. Since I keep my groups small (8 people) I am able to spend as much time as needed with each individual to ensure they improve their photography in the areas that are most important to them.

During our workshop you will learn...

Camera Craft & Technique

Image Quality - Learn to consistently take perfectly exposed, tack sharp images. Learn why it is critical to get it right in camera first rather than relying on post production to correct errors.

Perspective & Lens Choice

Wide angle or telephoto? Learn the creative impact that lens choice has on your photographs and how to find fresh viewpoints and open up creative doors by learning to see how your lens sees.

Composition & Light

Composition and Subject Selection - Learn advanced creative techniques for composing your photographs and artistically placing your subject.
Light - The most important ingredient. Learn how to use natural light to inject drama, enhance colours, and create a sense of mood and atmosphere in your photographs.

Digital Image Processing

I will be teaching the Raw processing workflow using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.  If you do not own a copy of Photoshop or Lightroom you can download a trial version from their website.


Arrive at the Bruce Anchor Motel located right near the docks in Tobermory in time for the 4:00pm orientation and overview of our 3 days together. We will then be heading out to photograph the early evening light and sunset. During our time out photographing I will be assisting everyone with their technique and teaching the steps I use to guarantee tack sharp, perfectly exposed photographs. This will include a thorough lesson on reading and interpreting your camera’s histogram.


Dawn is my favourite time of day to photograph and it provides by far the most dramatic and moody light. We will be in position to capture the pre-dawn twilight and continue shooting through the golden hours of the morning.

We will return back to the motel for a well deserved breakfast after which I will be covering how to process images using Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom. If you have a notebook computer be sure to bring it with either your copy of Adobe Photoshop and or Lightroom or at the least a downloaded 30 day trial version from Adobe. If you do not have a notebook computer I will be using my main computer system and will be able to demonstrate the process for you.


We will head out as usual for our sunrise shoot. After breakfast I will spend the final couple of hours critiquing images and recapping what has been covered. A review of the digital work flow will be covered and I will demonstrate how to use a few third party software plug-ins that I find helpful in my image processing work flow.

We can never predict the weather and conditions so the above outline might change slightly.

Photo and Print Critiques

Each day I will spend some time reviewing and critiquing your photographs. If you are currently making your own prints please bring examples of a few that you are really proud of so that I can get a basic understanding of your current level of expertise.


Our hosts for this workshop will be the Bruce Anchor Motel located in the village of Tobermory.  Their prices are very reasonable and they offer clean comfortable rooms.  Each participant is responsible for securing their own accommodations so once you have reserved your space in the workshop please contact the motel to secure your room.

Limited Participation

I am limiting the size of the workshop to 8 participants. This will ensure that I can spend maximum time with everyone. I would suggest that you register as soon as you can confirm your availability as this workshop will sell out quickly!


The cost for the workshop is broken down into two separate parts, lodging and the photography instruction.

WORKSHOP COST - The photography portion of the workshop is $600.00 per person (includes HST). This is payable to me directly and can be done when you register through my web site (see Pay Pal Button at the bottom of the page) or by contacting me to make alternate arrangements.

LODGING COST - The Bruce Anchor rates are very reasonable and range from $75.00/night to $100.00/night depending on your room choice.  A block of rooms have been set aside for the workshop however YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for securing your room reservation.  Once you have confirmed your spot in the workshop with me I advise that you also confirm your room reservation.  Please note that lodging costs do not include meals.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be given if cancellation is made prior to 60 days before the start or the workshop. Unfortunately no refunds can be made if cancellation is made less than 60 days before the start of the workshop unless a suitable replacement is available.

What to Bring?

All registered participants will receive a detailed list of what to bring prior to the start of the workshop.


To register please use the Pay Pal button below or contact me to make alternative payment arrangements.

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