OUTDOOR AND WILDERNESS PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

Zoom into the Canadian wilderness and improve your outdoor photography skills

Step into the outback and begin your journey to become a professional photographer

Have you ever wanted to be a Professional Photographer? Here is an opportunity to spend four inspiring days learning the foundation for becoming a professional photographer, by reviewing the fundamentals of photographic composition, lighting and design, with an emphasis on the image, whether produced with an iPhone or the latest DSLR camera. We will also draw on experience with narrow time-frame opportunities, and share with you our personal insights regarding how to maximize your time, especially when your window of opportunity may be limited and under less than ideal conditions. Time will be set aside for end-of-the-day critique and review of your photographs, followed by the fundamentals of image processing with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Chilcotin Holidays share a mutual passion for environmental conservation and stewardship. Accepting the responsibility of wilderness stewardship requires an understanding of the natural conditions of ecosystems that sustain the wildlife that depend on it, and a dedication to protect them. You will have the opportunity to record wildlife sightings of the various wildlife species, as well as collect Grizzly Bear hair samples from territorial marker trees. By assisting in this way, you will be helping us to gather valuable data that contribute to accurate population estimates and determine healthy carrying capacities for the various significant wildlife that call these valleys and mountains home.

4 Day Course Outline
  • I. Foundations of Photography
  • II. Exposure in Depth
  • III. Exploring Composition
  • IV. Post-Processing & Editing
7 Day Course Outline
  • I. Foundations of Photography
  • II. Exposure in Depth
  • III. Exploring Composition – PART 1
  • IV. Exploring Composition - PART 2
  • V. Night and Low light landscape photography
  • VI. Macro and Close-up Photography
  • VII. Post-Processing & Editing
Day 1 – Fundamentals
  • Early morning departure from Vancouver aboard the Chilcotin Express Shuttle
  • Midday arrival and lunch at the ranch
  • Meet your Photography Guide
  • Introduction to photography fundamentals
  • Photography during horse riding orientation
  • Dinner and review of trip details with your guides
  • Map orientation highlighting the trails and wildlife habitats
  • Repack your personal gear into mountain duffel bags
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 2 – Exposure in Depth
  • Take advantage of golden sun rise while capturing running horses at 5:00am
  • Breakfast at 8:00am
  • Depart Ranch approx. 9:00am
  • Photograph scenic alpine meadows while hiking or riding along mountain trails
  • Take pictures of amazing views in your Lunch break
  • Improve your skills while photographing wildlife and wildflowers throughout the day
  • Ride or hike back to the ranch and enjoy dinner
  • Get an introduction on professional post production
  • Improve your skills by editing your pictures of the day
Day 3 – Composition
  • Start with a short early morning hike to capture sunrise and wildlife
  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Depart ranch for a day hike or ride
  • Photograph beautiful lookouts along the trail
  • Enjoy a pioneer style lunch break
  • Hike or ride back to the ranch, scout for wildlife along the trail
  • Dinner at the ranch
  • Introduction in composition by criticizing your photos
  • Improve your skills by practising picture editing
Day 4
  • Early Breakfast
  • Leave for a short hike to capture a beautiful lookout
  • Lunch at noon
  • Celebrate your success on the course by receiving a certificate
  • Depart from the ranch
Opportunities

Depending on the time of year you may have the opportunity to view and photograph wildflowers, Grizzly and Black bears, mountain goats and other wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to capture majestic mountain peaks, expansive river valleys and mountain meadows in full bloom, depending of the season. At the ranch, you will get the opportunity to take pictures of an authentic western style ranch life.
Besides experiencing stunning views and motives, you will be treated as a full-time student with the freedom to learn about the topics you’re interested in from our professional photography and wilderness guide by setting your own priorities.

**Please Note: Our trips are subject to the unpredictable weather and terrain conditions that come with a mountainous environment. And while we do our best to stick to the itinerary, there are times when the current conditions and needs of the group require us to adjust schedules, campsites, etc. This is part of any true wilderness experience, however, and we are well equipped to adapt the adventure to changing conditions.

***All our trips require a basic level of fitness. Walking downhill for more than 30 minutes shouldn't be a problem for you. Good footwear with ankle support is highly recommended.

Day 1 – Fundamentals
  • Early morning departure from Vancouver aboard the Chilcotin Express Shuttle
  • Midday arrival and lunch at the ranch
  • Meet your Photography Guide
  • Introduction to photography fundamentals
  • Photography during horse riding orientation
  • Dinner and review of trip details with your guides
  • Map orientation highlighting the trails and wildlife habitats
  • Repack your personal gear into mountain duffel bags
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 2 – Exposure
  • Take advantage of golden sun rise while capturing running horses at 5:00am
  • Photograph packing the horses: saddling, diamond hitch
  • Breakfast the at the ranch at 8:00am
  • Depart Ranch approx. 9:00am
  • Photograph alpine meadows and scout for wildlife along mountain trails
  • Reach camp
  • Improve your skills while photographing staking and hobbling the horses
  • Enjoy a cowboy style camp dinner
  • Capture amazing sunsets during late evening
  • Seek inspiration during a late night talk in a group
Day 3 – Composition
  • Photograph amazing vistas during the early morning
  • Breakfast, break camp and saddle up
  • Develop your landscape photography skills by capturing alpine meadows and mountain tops
  • Pioneer style lunch on the trail
  • Photograph wildlife and wildflowers throughout the day
  • Reach camp and have dinner
  • Capture beautiful sun sets in the evening
  • Learn about night photography while taking pictures of starry night skies
Day 4 – Composition
  • Start early and photograph unstaking the horses in the morning light
  • Breakfast, break camp and saddle up
  • Scout for wildlife along the trail
  • Enjoy lunch with a 360 degree mountain view and improve your landscape photography
  • Photograph wildlife and wildflowers throughout the day
  • Reach camp and have dinner
  • Share your ideas with the group while brainstorming
  • Capture beautiful sun sets in the evening
Day 5 – Macro Theory
  • Start early and photograph unstaking the horses in the meadows
  • Breakfast, break camp and ride back to ranch
  • Take pictures of lakes and mountain peaks along the trail
  • Pioneer style lunch break with a photo session
  • Arrive at ranch
  • Introduction in professional photo editing
  • Dinner at the Ranch
  • Sharing Trip stories and next day exercises
Day 6 – Post production
  • Start with an early hike to capture the sunrise and scout for wildlife
  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Scout for wildlife along the trail
  • Photograph authentic western ranch life during the day
  • Lunch at noon
  • Course on professional post production and editing
  • Practice skills while editing your own photos
  • Dinner at the Ranch
  • Sharing Trip pictures on a screen with a group
Day 7 – Post production
  • Capture running down the horses in the morning
  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Short hike to a beautiful view point for a last photo session
  • Lunch at noon
  • Celebrate your success on the course by receiving certificate
  • Depart from the ranch
Opportunities

Depending on the time of year you may have the opportunity to view and photograph wildflowers, Grizzly and Black bears, mountain goats and other wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to capture majestic mountain peaks, expansive river valleys and mountain meadows in full bloom, depending of the season. At the ranch, you will get the opportunity to take pictures of an authentic western style ranch life.
Besides experiencing stunning views and motives, you will be treated as a full-time student with the freedom to learn about the topics you’re interested in from our professional photography and wilderness guide by setting your own priorities.

**Please Note: Our trips are subject to the unpredictable weather and terrain conditions that come with a mountainous environment. And while we do our best to stick to the itinerary, there are times when the current conditions and needs of the group require us to adjust schedules, campsites, etc. This is part of any true wilderness experience, however, and we are well equipped to adapt the adventure to changing conditions.

***All our trips require a basic level of fitness. Walking downhill for more than 30 minutes shouldn't be a problem for you. Good footwear with ankle support is highly recommended.

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