Adventures NW Magazine and Hello Nature Adventure Tours present a photography workshop and tour in beautiful Barkley Sound among the Broken Group Islands.

In this hands-on workshop we’ll have an opportunity to make photographs in one of the most beautiful places in North America, shooting the amazing land- and seascapes, tidal gardens and plentiful wildlife of the pristine west coast of Vancouver Island.

Our base will be the stunning Sechart Lodge, a one-time whaling station (accessible only by boat) that now offers comfortable accommodations, home-cooked meals and space for us to dive deep into the art and science of photography.

We’ll make photographs on daily excursions (water taxi, beach exploration and easy hikes) and enjoy kayaking among the gorgeous Pinkerton Islands, as well as observing (and photographing) wildlife like whales, seals, otters, mink, eagles and bears.

Then we’ll use Adobe Lightroom Classic to bring out the best in our images with instruction in file importing and organization, processing and color management, the use of software filters and brushes and other tools to make your images come alive.

Our workshops are immersive and hands-on. More than simply a tour, we are focused on delivering the kind of practical, useful information that will enable you to take your photography to the next level.

Group size is small, affording opportunities for one-on-one attention as well as group instruction. We believe in helping our students through the entire process – from composition and camera technique to file organization, editing and post-processing, and finally, optimizing for printing.

During a group critique session we will discuss the work and share suggestions and observations about your images in a supportive setting, helping you to improve your photography by stimulating your creativity and gaining mastery of the technology that allows for the creation of photographic art.

Finally, we’ll spend time learning to print our work. Everyone will go home with at least one print - ready for framing - from the workshop.

Meet Your Instructors:

Alan Sanders has been making photographs since the 70's and teaching photography since the 80's. He has taught at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. His photographs are part of the permanent collections of several museums as well as many private collections.

Currently he teaches photography at Whatcom Community College and is a digital imaging specialist at Quicksilver Photo Lab in Bellingham. As a recovering commercial photographer specializing in advertising and public relations, he now concentrates on fine art photography.

John D'Onofrio's photography has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries around the United States and utilized by the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the National Parks Foundation, and Defenders of Wildlife.

His work has been published in numerous calendars, books and publications including National Geographic Adventure, Washington Trails, The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, and featured on the NBC and ABC television networks. He lives in Bellingham, WA., where he serves as editor/publisher of Adventures NW magazine.

He is co-author of Images of America: Mount Baker (Arcadia Publishing) and loves nothing more than a good adventure.

What To Bring

  • Camera and lenses (lenses with built-in stabilization will be welcome for shooting from the boat)
  • Laptop with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC installed. Adobe’s Photography Plan, which includes both Lightroom and Photoshop can be purchased here
    • Familiarizing yourself with Lightroom prior to the workshop will be advantageous.
  • Tripod (Full-sized)
  • Extra Memory Cards and Batteries
  • Battery Charger
  • Cable Release
  • Computer Mouse for processing images (laptop touch pads are not sufficiently facile)
  • Camera Bag

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