Group workshops & tours that I am offering in The Canadian Rocky Mountain parks will be highlighted below when they become available.

If you are looking for a customized trip or for more information on the itinerary and pricing contact me directly.

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2023


Abraham Lake weekend 'overnight ice' bubble Photo Tours (Jan 14-15, Jan 21-22, Jan 28-29)

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Event cost: $450 + GST

Explore Abraham Lake and photograph the famous frozen ice bubbles this winter on these weekend photo adventures!

Dates: January 14th-15th, January 21st-22nd, & January 28th-29th

Frozen ice bubbles & winter photography in Banff National Park at its best! Select weekend based events in January giving you some of the best possibilities for photographing cool ice formation on Abraham Lake. Includes guiding & professional photography instruction. Max group size: 8 people / Meet in Banff. Participants will need to arrange their own transportation or carpool. A day trip option is available as well as the overnight options listed.


Winter in Banff: Chasing the ‘Milky Way’ Arch – Feb 18-20 (2 nights)

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Event Cost: $675 + GST

Photograph snowy Canadian Rockies scenes by day and try your hand at capturing the elusive February winter milky way arch by night!

Date: February 18th-20th

What to expect 



A one of a kind “Banff stargazing” experience – during this 2 night (long weekend) photography workshop you will photograph classic Canadian Rockies winter scenery by day, along with the rare opportunity to capture the February milky way arch by night!

Our base in Banff will allow us a central location from which to reach a range of iconic shooting locations that you can put your own unique twist on with the guidance of your instructor Nick Fitzhardinge. There will be lots of time to learn about technical settings, light, astrophotography, composition, & processing in a small group setting with many 1v1 opportunities.

Add in a canyon walk on the second day and you will have lots of chances to capture unique images of the Canadian Rockies & improve your photography on this multi-day winter photo workshop!


The Full Moon Photo Adventures – Lake Louise (Jan 7-8, Feb 4-5)

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Event Cost: $395 + GST

Capture a full moon event, explore for different perspectives & chase the light in the Lake Louise area on these winter photo adventures!

Dates: January 7th-8th & February 4th-5th

What to expect

Explore Banff National Park with your camera this winter while based in beautiful Lake Louise!

This weekend based event will allow you the chance to photograph 2 full moon sets right as the sun rises on both the Saturday & Sunday. You will also get the opportunity to do some short easy walking during the day to explore for different angles and create personal images over the course of our time together.

We will meet an hour before sunrise on Saturday at 7.30am in the Banff area where we will photograph sunrise before driving to Lake Louise where we will be based for the night. The afternoon will have more exploring for photos and in the early evening we will have the opportunity to photograph the night sky as well. The event will finish at 11am on Sunday morning after photographing our second sunrise.

A small group size of up to 8 participants.

More information is available by contacting me here. I look forward to hearing from you!


The Sunday Snowshoeing Series - Banff/Yoho (Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 12)

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Event Cost: $215 + GST

Dates/Locations:

- February 12th – Emerald Lake/Yoho National Park

- February 26th – Bow Valley Parkway/Banff National Park

- March 12th – Icefields Parkway/Banff National Park


Time: 7.30am-1.30pm on Sunday mornings (select the date you would like to attend at check out and note that one of them starts at 7am)

We will begin these half day photography snowshoe tours by photographing sunrise near our chosen trailhead so bring your tripod’s which you can then leave in your vehicle. After that we will embark on a snowshoeing adventure with our camera’s to experience nature in winter up-close!

There will be a unique destination or two on each adventure that isn’t commonly photographed, especially at this time of year! The chosen trails are easy, safe and enjoyable with a low-moderate level of fitness required.

We will not be snowshoeing the whole time, lots of stops for photos and sightseeing will be incorporated along with hot drinks. No experience on snowshoes necessary!


Lightroom/Photoshop Photo Editing Classes – Feb 25 & Mar 25

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Event Cost: $195 + GST

Practical photo editing sessions using Lightroom & Photoshop for photographers. Learn, practice and develop your skills in post processing!

DATES: February 25th & March 25th

TIME: The session is from 9.30am - 3.30pm for both with a 1 hour break for lunch in the middle.

LOCATION: We have a private meeting room booked at the Canmore Rec Centre and it is limited to 8 participants.

Another important piece of the puzzle as a photographer is photo editing or post processing. You've worked hard to capture the photos in the field and now it's time to bring the RAW files to life but we often avoid it as it can be overwhelming knowing what to do or where to start.

This introductory session will go over the basics of using Lightroom and Photoshop helping to overcome that hurdle. I'll take you through my simple process showing you how I use both programs. Bring your laptop with photo editing software installed (preferably with Lightroom and Photoshop) to work along on the provided examples as well as on your own images.

I look forward to helping you develop or refine your photo editing process so you can level up your photography!


September 14th-16th & 17th-19th  - Yellowknife Aurora Chasing Tours (NWT)

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Visit Yellowknife and the far North of Canada to photograph the Northern Lights during peak fall colour and the darkest nights of September!


Event Cost: $1095 + GST


There are two events to choose from:

* September 14th -16th We will meet at 2pm on the 14th and wrap up very late on the 16th (possibly up until 2am on the 17th) making for 3 nights of aurora chasing!

* September 17th -19th We will meet at 2pm on the 17th and wrap up very late on the 19th (possibly up until 2am on the 20th) making for 3 nights of aurora chasing!


What is included?

Aurora Photography and peak fall colours in the Northwest Territories! Professional photography instruction & expert guidance from a certified guide and licensed NWT tourism operator. This event is timed to the darkest nights of September so we will have no additional light in the night sky making for enhanced aurora shooting conditions!

We will chase the Northern lights three nights in a row to a number of locations in and around Yellowknife.

What is NOT included in the event?

* Accommodation - Contact me for recommendations. We will have a central meeting place close to everyone's accommodation.

* Transport - Car pooling may be available so please get in touch if you are interested in that, but be prepared to organize your own rental car should that possibility not be available.

* Travel, medical & equipment insurance. I highly recommend you purchase these before embarking on this trip, especially to cover yourself in case you have to isolate due to covid 19 and will therefore not be able to participate. Refunds will not be issued for reasons due to Covid-19 (although a transfer to a future event may be an option) - having adequate coverage is essential.

* Food/drink

* Your flights and travel to Yellowknife, NWT.

What should I bring to the event?

DSLR/Mirrorless camera, wide angle lenses, tripod, filters, camera bag, cold weather clothing - lots of layers, mitts, beanie/toque, insulated boots, thermals, down jacket, rain jacket, face/neck warmer, lots of spare batteries, spare memory cards, headlamp & plenty of energy! I suggest bringing the widest fastest lens that you can bring for capturing the aurora as your most important piece of camera equipment. Ask me for more suggestions! (telephoto lenses are also nice to bring as we will photograph on afternoon outings to stretch the legs and edge of the day light at sunset as well).

Will we be doing any hiking to locations to photograph?

Yes! Along Ingraham Trail and around Yellowknife there are a few small hikes that are low intensity and short distance which we will explore. Be ready with appropriate footwear and clothing for any weather just in case!

What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?

We will be meeting at 2pm in Yellowknife on day 1 of the tour at a central meeting place. Make sure to rent a vehicle to get around in. Carpooling may be available among our group depending on individual comfort levels and current restrictions in effect at the time of the tour but be prepared either way.

What is the weather like at that time of the year?

September is brisk to mild in Yellowknife with temperatures ranging from 3-14C (37 - 57F). The lakes are still unfrozen so we can catch beautiful reflections of the night sky and fall colours.

What is our group size?

The maximum group size will be 6 participants.

Enjoy some images from what this time of year brings in the Northwest Territories below.

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COVID-19 WORKSHOP POLICY

- We will maintain social distancing, wear masks indoors and follow Alberta Health recommended safety guidelines & group size limitations.

- All in person instruction will happen outdoors. We ask that participants: Adhere to the Alberta self-isolation requirements when traveling.

- Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or with close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days must remain at home.

- All participants must self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and isolate immediately if they present symptoms.

- There are no refunds should a participant become ill during the workshop. Masks are required for use in indoor spaces, such as gondola terminals.

- Masks will be worn outdoors when a 2-metre distance cannot be maintained. Please bring your own masks.



Don't see what you are looking for? Contact us at reservations@mountainphototours.ca to make a photography workshop inquiry or to arrange a customized private photography workshop.

Travel, medical & equipment insurance is strongly recommended for all photography workshops.


Testimonials

" I recently attended a photography workshop of Nick Fitzhardinge’s. It was a wonderful experience and I must credit the truly extraordinary landscape of the area and Nick’s skills as a photographer and guide for its success.

Nick’s understanding of photography is exemplary and he was able to spot gaps in my knowledge of which I was not even aware. His recommendations were always presented respectfully and I came away from the workshop with a much better understanding of landscape photography than I had brought to it. Nick’s knowledge of the area and it’s photographic potential is exemplary as well.

He knows the most attractive viewpoints and the best possible times for visiting them. I am extremely pleased with the photographs that I took and I know that they would not have been possible without his guidance.

Nick’s love of photography and the mountains is apparent, as is his joy in being able to share that love with others. I would not hesitate to recommend one of Nick Fitzhardinge’s photographic workshops to anyone  "

- Peter G


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Behind the scenes on a photography workshop

These experiences are engaging, social, and inclusive but you will also have all the time you want to immerse yourself, focus & enjoy it - all levels of photographic ability are most welcome!

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