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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.

Photo of the hoodoos in Drumheller Alberta at night by student Karen Albert

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

Price: $1595

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

Karen Albert

Best Light

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.

Night 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.

Gain Confidence

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!

It’s Easy

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.

Model Shoot

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.

student taking a photo students photography the sunrise at

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.

Stacey Oviatt

This is a tentative schedule, may not be exactly as shown here:

Not every good photographer is a good teacher however, in my opinion Darlene has both fields covered very well.

Pete Seerden

Registration Process

Registration and payment is done on the Digital Photo Mentor website. Please click here to register

Pricing for Drumheller Photography Workshop

Price: $1595

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.

Aileen Serle

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.

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“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



About Your Tutor

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Born and raised in Edmonton, Darlene has had formal training in photography at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She enjoys portraits, fine art, and travel photography. She is a seasoned traveler having spent time in Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, Thailand, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Cuba and Australia. Darlene loves exotic locales, exotic food and experiencing different countries directly through the local people and the cultural arts. Her vision is to share her artistic talents through teaching “the art of seeing”, and to spread love and tolerance through the experience of truly connecting with and understanding people of different cultures.