Introduction to Nature and Wildlife Photography

 Oct 4th - 6th 2019


This workshop is aimed at those who consider themselves beginner photographers, whether you’ve just picked up a DSLR camera or you’re looking to expand your skills beyond the automatic mode. Immerse yourself in beautiful Algonquin Provincial Park for the weekend as you learn how to use your camera to create compelling nature and wildlife images with photographer Samantha Stephens. At the end of the workshop you’ll have a basic understanding of photography gear, exposure and composition. This workshop is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.




The workshop will commence with a 5:30 pm dinner at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station. Following dinner, the evening will include a brief workshop introduction and time to settle into your accommodations.


We’ll spend the day learning about camera gear, exposure, and composition. We’ll cover some theory in the classroom, but a large portion of the day will be dedicated to putting this theory into practice by heading out into the park with our cameras. After dinner we’ll review concepts and constructively critique images you’ve created during shooting time.


This day starts early with a sunrise shoot (weather permitting!) to catch the ethereal light of the so-called “golden hour”. We’ll revisit some concepts from the previous day and also spend some time discussing the ethics of nature and wildlife photography. Again, we’ll spend most of the morning shooting. After lunch we’ll wrap up with a final image review.


The workshop will take place at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (AWRS), located just off Highway 60 within Algonquin Park. The AWRS is a rustic facility located on the shores of Lake Sasajewan. Since its inception in 1944, this facility has provided logistical support for scientists as they undertake various research projects within Algonquin Park. Sleeping accommodations are provided in wooden cabins on vinyl mattresses. You are required to bring a pillow and sleeping bag (or linens), and can count on sharing a cabin with at least one other same-sex participant. The station has a centralized basic washroom facility with running water and showers. Meals are provided at the cookhouse three times per day where workshop participants eat and socialize among other AWRS researchers and staff. Station food and accommodation is guaranteed to be functional, professional, punctual and satisfactory, though this facility is not geared toward culinary or hospitality delights. Meals are covered in the workshop expense (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch), and certain dietary restrictions and allergies can be accommodated for. Participants should bring their own snacking food for between meals should they desire it.



Participants should come with attire that will be functional in an outdoor setting. Days can be hot and evenings cool, so be prepared with some warmer layers. It should also be noted that the Algonquin landscape is home to a number of biting flies - the most aggravating of which is the black fly. Participants should come prepared with long-sleeves and a bug jacket is highly recommended. You’ll be required to bring a sleeping bag (or linens to fit a single bed) and pillow. It is also recommended that you bring a headlamp or flashlight with spare batteries, as the station gets very dark at night, making navigation back to your sleeping arrangements difficult without a light source!


This workshop is suited for beginners, and as such any DSLR camera body and lens(es) will be sufficient. Participants should be sure to bring camera battery(s) and charger, memory cards, and any additional equipment that they would like to use throughout the workshop. Some helpful, but not necessary, extras include a selection of different lenses, a tripod, and a flash. A laptop would help streamline reviewing of images, so please bring one if you are able. Cameras can be rented at very affordable prices in most cities if you do not own one. If you plan on renting gear, feel free to contact Samantha for recommendations.


How To Register

The cost of this workshop is $450, including accommodations and meals. To register, please send an email to with the following information:


Workshop and date that you are registering for:

Phone number:

Dietary restrictions:

Are you coming alone with someone you’d like to share a cabin with:

What camera body and other gear you’ll be bringing:

Detailed payment and logistical information including directions to the station will be provided upon registration.