Tofino BC 2016

2016 Tofino Photography Workshop
Step into the land of the “Group of Seven” painters and capture the essence of the Pacific Northwest. Our destination, Tofino, British Columbia.

Tofino, located in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Tofino typifies the majesty of the Pacific Northwest, boasting flawless natural beauty accentuated by a tapestry of vibrant communities.

This area inspires many renowned artists and artisans, who honor the magic of this land by bringing it into the physical realm. Add to that a climate that summons outdoor enthusiasts from all corners of the Earth and it is clear that Tofino is poised to please the photographer.

In 2016 we are running two separate workshops, a stormy season workshop in November and a summer workshop in August.
Summer Season Workshop – August 8 to August 13, 2016

During the month of august, or as the locals call it, “fog”ust, for the naturally occurring fog along the shores, you watch the misty blue and pink sunrise from the tranquil shoreline, share a greeting with fellow early risers enjoying their morning run, watch the west coast come alive on a summers morning, all captured through your lens.

Then when the sun sets before you, we do it once again on one of the many beaches that sprawl along the shoreline of the pacific northwest.

And if we are lucky, if the thunder of pounding waves are crashing beyond wind whipped treetops you will be treated to an abundance of surfers, riding the waves along the shoreline, amidst a backdrop of legendary scenery.

During the day we can also take a tour to see the whales and black bears, sea lions and bald eagles, each living in harmony with nature and begging for you to take that photo.
Ulas whales
A Typical Day

We will meet for group reception on location and you will be given an orientation presentation on the area. We will also show you examples of the kind of photographic situations that you will be in, but also make some suggestions on how you should approach these situations.

A final, detailed itinerary will be provided prior to the workshop. It is always subject to last minute changes to take advantage of the constantly changing weather and light. But we will select our locations from some of the following: Rainforest Hot Springs, Private boat tours, Lighthouse loop, Long beach, Combers Beach, Meares Island, Pacific Rim National Park. We will not have the time to cover all of these locations but will select the ones that provide the finest photographic opportunities at the time based on my experience living in British Columbia
Ula's dog photo
Most of our days will begin well before sunrise. We will arrive at our location an hour before sunrise. This will give us an opportunity to photograph in the luminous blue hour. Because Tofino is so large, some mornings will entail driving times of a half hour or more. We will continue to photograph through the morning golden hour, that period after sunrise when the sun is still low in the sky and the light especially warm. For our night photo shoots we will leave the classroom for our afternoon and sunset destinations in time to take full advantage of the afternoon golden hour, sunset and twilight for such photographic styles as long exposure and light painting.

An important part of the Tofino photography workshop is feedback and instruction. As mentioned, we will take advantage of the poor light during the middle of the day to review your photos and offer ‘classroom’ instruction. In addition to covering such topics as composition and depth of field we will also spend some time on workflow and post processing using Lightroom and Photoshop.
Seals black and white
Accommodation will be at the Ocean Village Resort or similar.

Nestled comfortably on beautiful MacKenzie Beach, a short drive from the picturesque village of Tofino, British Columbia, Ocean Village one of the original waterfront destinations in the area. The rustic oceanfront cottages are the ideal accommodations for your Tofino vacation, providing easy access to everything this spectacular area has to offer.

Included… airport pick up and drop off from Nanaimo Airport, transportation, First nights group meal, entrance fees to National Park, photography guidance, accommodation with your own bedroom in a two bedroom cabin.

Not Included… anything not listed as included, trip insurance, optional whale watching tour, alcohol, laundry, items of personal nature.

Arrivals and departures: Please be in Nanaimo, British Columbia to be picked up at 10am on day one. Plan your departure on the last day after 5pm as we will be dropping you off in Nanaimo at 5pm.

Price for the workshop in the summer is $3495.00CAD ($2780USD)

Deposit to secure your place in the workshop is $750.00CAD

Visit our Contact Us page to reserve your spot on the summer workshop by clicking here.