Edmonton Wildlife Photography Class

Pair of goslings swimming in a pond

Pair of goslings swimming in a pond

Join Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine contributing editor and professional wildlife photographer, Paul Burwell, for a many-faceted workshop that will immerse you into the world of wildlife photography.  We’ll spend an  entire weekend together helping you learn about the aspects of wildlife photography necessary to produce compelling images.  We’ll discuss the equipment the pros use, technical skills necessary to produce captivating images, learning to find wildlife photography opportunities, developing a creative vision to separate your photos from the average, choosing the right digital darkroom tools and techniques for selling your images.

During this intensive weekend, Paul will spend classroom time educating you about wildlife photography and once you’ve received a firm grounding in techniques, we’ll head into the field for a wildlife photography session at a specially chosen location.  Paul will be with you every step of the way to help you come away with the best possible images.

Once you’ve captured some images with the new techniques and skills you’ve learned, we’ll come back into the classroom where you can digitally process your images.  Each participant will have the opportunity to choose 4 – 6 images to have critiqued by the instructor with a focus on what’s good and what could have been done differently.

Porcupine - © Paul Burwell Photography

Porcupine – © Paul Burwell Photography

About Your Instructor for our Edmonton Wildlife Photography Class

Paul Burwell is a professional outdoor photographer, writer and educator.  His images have appeared in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertisements and calendars. He is a contributing editor for Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine where he has a regular column called “Let’s Go Digital!”  In addition to the wildlife photography workshops and tours he hosts worldwide each year.  Paul has been a finalist in both the 2009 and 2010 Worldwide Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and has been named by Popular Photography magazine as a “top shooter” of wildlife photography in their March 2010 issue featuring a two-page spread of Paul’s photo of a Snow Leopard.

Paul facilitates his workshops and tours in a cooperative and constructive environment and does not photograph for his own portfolio when he’s teaching.  He is strictly there to help you learn.

What You Will Learn During our Edmonton Wildlife Photography Class

  • Equipment considerations
  • RAW versus JPEG
  • Histograms aren’t just for show
  • Exposure modes
  • Electronic flash with wildlife
  • Controlling the light
  • Backgrounds make the picture
  • Autofocus considerations
  • Portrait versus behaviour shots
  • Making sharp images
  • Eye-level images
  • Reflections
  • Getting close
  • Being creative
  • Where to find photographable wildlife
  • Selling your work
Red Fox Kits Playing - © Paul Burwell Photography

Red Fox Kits Playing – © Paul Burwell Photography

What to Expect during our Wildlife Photography Class

  • 9 hours of classroom instruction
  • a field trip to a specially selected location for a wildlife photography session
  • personalized instruction by professional photographer Paul Burwell
  • Wildlife Photography course book
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Delicious snacks during coffee breaks
  • Weekend classes include a full hot lunch on both days including soup, salad, choice of main course, side dishes and dessert
  • Small group size, limited to 12 participants
Snowy Owl - © Paul Burwell Photography

Snowy Owl – © Paul Burwell Photography

Prerequisites for the Edmonton Wildlife Photography Class

© Paul Burwell Photography

Snow Leopard glancing over its shoulder – © Paul Burwell Photography

Equipment Required for the Wildlife Photography Class:

To get the most out of this workshop, you DO NOT require the latest and greatest digital SLR camera with a monster telephoto lens.  However, there are a few pieces of equipment that you’ll require to help maximize your experience.

At a minimum, you’ll want to have…

  • A digital SLR camera manufactured in the last 5 years
  • A telephoto lens in the range of 70-200mm or 70-300mm.
  • Memory card(s) that can hold 200-300 images.
  • A computer to process the images made during the workshop.

Some optional equipment to consider…

  • a tripod capable of supporting your camera and telephoto lens
  • a laptop with current photo editing software installed on it like Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop or Apple Aperture.
    • Most software manufacturers make 30-day trial versions of their software available for download from their web sites.
Red Fox (Silver variation) standing on a hill - CA

Red Fox (Silver variation) standing on a hill – CA

White-breasted Nuthatch - © Paul Burwell Photography

White-breasted Nuthatch – © Paul Burwell Photography

Cost of the Wildlife Photography Class

  • $275.00 Canadian Dollars (plus tax)
  • Current currency exchange information between the Canadian dollar and your local currency is available here
Black Bear with cubs - © Paul Burwell Photography

Black Bear with cubs – © Paul Burwell Photography

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Phone 780-669-1261 or toll-free at 1-877-778-1745