Weekend Photography Workshop in Drumheller Alberta
Experience two full nights of night photography where you’ll have a chance to capture the Hoodoos lit up with the setting sun and stars behind – while another night, learn light painting in a prairie ghost town. Capture sunrise over the Alberta badlands in an early morning shoot and then photo lessons and image review throughout the day. Learn how to position and light a model with the Atlas Coal Mine as your backdrop, then tour and photograph the once thriving mine. Learn Lightroom techniques in a classroom setting while reviewing your images. Come and enjoy a weekend of photography with other avid photographers.
Student Image – Karen Albert
Alberta Photography Workshop in Drumheller Alberta
- Where: Drumheller Alberta
- When: See current dates for spring and fall here
- Who: you and seven other fabulous people. Spouses and non-photography types are welcome.
- What: photography workshop with live, on location photography including a model session
- Why: to expand your photographic horizons, meet some new friends, learn a trick or two and have lots of fun
- Max Group Size: 8
- Remaining Spots: 8
I have never quite accomplished a good night shot when it comes to including skies and stars, even after a class in night shooting and multiple tries on camping trips. I was attempting it again while light painting at the hoodoos and after a few suggestions from Darlene I had a turning point moment. I looked at the preview in my camera and I was stunned, I could hardly believe I had taken the picture I was seeing. That single moment was worth the entire trip
You get to photograph at the optimal times of day for the best light possible, not like other tours where you end up at the best locations at midday, and the worst lighting conditions. This is a workshop and tour designed for photography.
Learn and practice night photography to dazzle your family and friends! Even if you’ve never done night photography this workshop will help you learn some ins and outs of shooting at night, and once again, on site help as you’re shooting.
You will get to work with an experienced photography teacher, Darlene Hildebrandt, who will show you how to create great lighting on location and pose people. With a little guidance and support, you’ll be photographing with confidence. YOU will take images so good you may surprise yourself!
All the arrangements, bookings and schedules are planned for you – all you have to do is register, pay and show up! What better way to spend a weekend.
A non-intimidating photo shoot with a model. With professional photography instruction and assistance during the session, the fear factor will be removed from the equation. If you’ve never worked with people or done any portrait photography, now’s your chance!
Your Images Will Sing
With class time to review images, learn how to make improvements, post processing tips and tricks that are easy and you can do yourself. You will leave with knowledge on how to take your images to the next level.
The Drumheller area of southern Alberta is an oasis on the prairies. It’s a desert in the middle of wheat fields, where you’ll find old coal mines, dinosaur bones, deep canyons, ghost towns, and even a tumbleweed or two on occasion. If you are not familiar with the area, it’s sort of like a mini Grand Canyon, mixed with Arizona desert, mixed with the old west. If you live in Washington, Idaho or Montana you’re just a days drive away. Or course if you live in Alberta, BC or Saskatchewan you are even closer.
Experience a Uniquely Beautiful Valley With Other Photography Enthusiasts
I was not sure what to expect going in, as I knew I had a lot less experience than anyone else in the group. I was basically starting from scratch with SLR photography. The group size was perfect for me to ask questions, get some help, and then play around on my own. Darlene you have an incredible amount of patience with everyone, most definitely meant to teach. I feel inspired to keep learning, and will be back for another workshop in the future.
This is a tentative schedule, may not be exactly as shown here:
- Friday Afternoon
- Arrive at 2 p.m. in Drumheller for a meet and greet, and discussion of logistics for the weekend. Workshop notes will be handed out and we’ll go over general tips to get the most out of the weekend. We’ll go over some shooting tips for the evening’s lessons and for sunrise the next morning. Get to know one another and then supper out at a local restaurant. (meal cost not included)
- Friday Evening
- An evening workshop south east of Drumheller at the Hoodoos. We’ll get there just before sunset and then spend a few hours working on night photography. It’s this first night that you may begin to understand that photography doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down, that’s just when it just starts to get interesting.
- Saturday Morning
- Up bright and early for a stunning sunrise shoot over the valley of the badlands. Then lessons and a few exercises at a local attraction and another interesting venue, all before 9 a.m.
- Saturday Mid Morning
- A few hours on your own from 9 a.m. till noon. Take a nap, look through your images and grab a lunch meal with a buddy before some one on one time. (lunch on your own, not included)
- Saturday Afternoon
- One-on-one time with your instructor after lunch, in scheduled time slots from noon until 1:30 p.m., followed by image review from the previous evening and the morning photo sessions. Then night photography instruction in preparation for the evening’s activities.
- Saturday Early Evening
- Supper out with our group before the evening activities (dinner is included in your fee)
- Saturday Evening
- Night photography at a ghost town a short distance from Drumheller. Sunset photos with dramatic backdrops provided by the ghost town. Classic prairie landscape with the rustic charm of a small practically abandonded (but cared for) ghost town. Photos of old buildings and once the sun sets, night photography on site with light painting demonstration and practice. Make use of the grain elevators, a restored railroad station and plenty of rustic buildings and machinery. Things wrap up close to 11 p.m., so be prepared for a very long day – sun up until well past sun down.
- Sunday Morning
- Join your instructor at the Atlas Coal Mine, along with a former coal miner, for lessons in lighting and portraiture. Following the portrait session, feel free to wander around the mine and photograph anything that captures your eye. We’re here well before they open for the day, so have the mine all to ourselves. Your mine tour fee is included in your registration fee and our miner model is quite happy to lead the tour explaining what it was like in his day. An abandoned train trestle nearby provides ample opportunity for some great shots, as does an old cabin from years ago.
- Sunday Early Afternoon
- Lunch in the historic East Coulee School museum tea room, time on your own to tour and photograph in the the school, or just learn the history of the area from the miners perspective. Your instructor is available to answer any questions.
- Sunday Afternoon
- Class time, image review, Lightroom techniques and examples, questions, answers and wrap up.
Not every good photographer is a good teacher however, in my opinion Darlene has both fields covered very well.
Registration and payment is done on the Digital Photo Mentor website. Please click here to register
Pricing for Drumheller Photography Workshop
Great Value. Everything Below is Included:
- 2 nights accommodation (prices based on double occupancy, if you wish to have your own private room, $150 will be added to the price)
- 2 continental breakfasts
- 1 lunch
- 1 dinner
- 3 location photography sessions including 1 session with at least one model
- 4 hours class-time for review of images, processing tips and general question and answer session
- ongoing instructor support during the location shoots
- photography instruction and tutoring from a 25 year experienced professional photographer
There are two payment options – pay the full amount of $950 now, or split into 2 equal payments of $475 (one now to reserve your spot, and the balance 30 days prior to the trip). Once you have registered you will be sent an invoice based on your payment choice. Please note however, that any discounts will NOT apply if you choose the Two Payment option, any discounts are applicable for payment in full only.
Discount Code: If you have a discount code, once you get to the Paypal page there is a place to enter it to claim your special discounted rate.
If for some reason you need to cancel your registration (of course we’ll be very sad!) the following cancellation and refund policies will apply. Due to the limited size of the workshop, if you reserve a spot and then cancel, it may mean that we have turned away other interested people. So after the cut off dates a retainer fee will be charged based on the date of cancellation. Please read these policies carefully, there will be no exceptions.
- cancellation more than 60 days in advance you will get a full refund
- cancellation 31-60 days in advance a 10% retainer fee will apply
- cancellation 15-30 days in advance a 30% retainer fee will apply
- cancellation less than 14 days before the workshop – no refund will be issued. At that point hotel rooms, models and other booking fees will have been paid in advance and cannot be returned to the workshop organizers, so any last minute cancellations unfortunately cannot be refunded and the full balance is the retainer fee.
I learned a lot in this workshop – there were a few ‘aha’ moments – where things I had heard before just kind of all came together and clicked, and new things that I can easily put to good use.
This Workshop IS For You if
- you are a beginner to intermediate, amateur or hobby photographer
- you have a DSLR or Micro 4/3’s camera (that has manual controls) and want to get more out of it
- you love to travel
- you like meeting new people
- you love learning new things
- you want to improve your photography
- you want to know how to make your images have the punch they seem to lack
- you want new experiences
- you are fun and open minded
This Workhop IS NOT For You if
- you are a working professional photographer (this is not a portfolio expansion opportunity)
- you have a point and shoot camera (unfortunately those cameras are a bit limiting and there isnt’ as much to learn for them so you may not get as much value out of the course)
- you already have some good images (you think) but want someone to review them for you (you may be interested in an online private tutoring session which maybe more suited to your needs if that is the case)
- you are under 18 (sorry no minors)
Don’t take my word for it, see what past participants had to say:
Space is limited do not miss out!
This workshop is limited to 8 participants so you will get plenty of individual time with the instructor. So register now, this will fill up fast and you do not want to be #9! Click the button below to be taken to Step 1 of your registration process.
“The Drumheller Workshop was a very diversified workshop ranging from sunrise / sunset / landscape / portrait / light painting etc. The setting in and near Drumheller allows a very wide range of subject material. Darlene was very receptive to working with individuals as well as the group and tried to tailor the material to suit individuals wants and needs. All in all a very enjoyable weekend.” – Brian Hayward
“The Drumheller weekend was a great opportunity to immerse myself in two straight days of learning. Not only were sessions planned to take advantage of the unique location, enabling us to experience different types of photographic situations, but it all happened under the guidance of a helpful, patient, and knowledgeable instructor. All in all, time very well spent.” – Bev Holoboff
“I was one of the students in Darlene Hildebrandt’s September Photography workshop in the Drumheller area. Darlene was knowledgable and easy to work with. The workshop helped me be aware of, and use more of my camera’s capabilities and the way I view a scene before taking a photograph. Both the location and accommodation were excellent choices.” – Larry Flemming
“This seminar is absolutely jam-packed! Be rested and ready because you are going to learn your camera better then you thought possible and also get a gallery of shots that surpass anything you ever imagined being able to take!” – Dara Choy