Portraits of nature

Description | Schedule | Workshops | Suggested equipment


Portraits of nature is a two day photography workshop to introduce outdoor lovers to nature photography. A lot of people want to share special moments spent outdoor with their family and friends. This is an occasion to do so!

The activities are distributed over two days, usually one week-end. It can be adapted to any beautiful location for private groups. Depending on the date you attend the workshop, many interesting subjects can be found. In the summer, you can enjoy the abundance of flowers, plants and insects that can be part of sumptuous landscapes. The temperature is warm, so no need to worry about cold weather! In the fall, the colors are flourishing and the temperature is ideal, in order to maximize your photographic and outdoor experiences. It is important not to forget that the quality of light is exceptional. The type of lodging will vary depending on the site. On Saturday, we try to have supper as a group, so you can discuss about your first experiences of the day and your newly acquired knowledge with other participants who share the same passion as you.

The workshop will be held outdoors. The location may vary depending on the clients’ requests and the workshop itself. In case of rain, the workshop will be given under canvas cover. Almost all theory sections are followed by a practice session where you will be able to apply the techniques learned during the workshops. A guide / photographer will be available on location to answer questions and to give advice and suggestions. This concept allows learning at your own pace and level of knowledge in photography. This way, you can push your learning further. No need to worry about forgetting the subjects learned during the workshop. A pocket sized memory guide will be given to you at the beginning of the course.

The workshop requires a 35mm SLR camera1 that can be controlled in manual mode. The camera can be either a digital SLR or 35mm film SLR. It is possible to use a point and shoot DIGITAL camera if it can be set in manual mode, but it will greatly limit you. If you do not own an SLR camera, we suggest you borrow one from a parent or a friend or even go to your favourite photography store to rent one. If you bring a traditional film camera, we suggest you to bring two films of your choice (slides preferred) or more. You can use the suggestions list in order to help you make a choice.

We hope that you will find all the information needed. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

It would be a pleasure to meet you.

  1. A single lens reflex camera (SLR) is a standard 35mm format camera with a mirror that allows a through the lens view. Usually this type of cameras have will interchangeable lenses.



09h00 Welcome / Workshop 1 - The camera
12h00 Lunch time
13h00 Workshop 2 - The basics
16h00 Practice session
17h30 Supper / Discussions
19h00 Night photography workshop (optional)
21h00 Free time / Group fire and discussions


06h00 Photography for the "early birds" (optional)
09h00 Workshop 3 - Landscape photography
10h00 Practice session
12h00 Lunch time
13h00 Workshop 4 - Outdoor portrait (short workshop)
14h00 Practice session
17h00 Feedback / Goodbye
19h00 Photography at sunset for the "overachievers" (optional)


Workshop 1 - The camera

This workshop will teach you how to control your camera. You will learn how to work with the manual mode. Shutter speed, aperture, focus and films will be part of the subjects treated.

Workshop 2 - The basics

We are now entering the artistic side of photography. Topics discussed: depth of field, motion, composition, colors, tones and a lot more.

Workshop 3 - Landscapes

Learn the art of wide-angle photography. This workshop will teach you how to deal with landscape photography principles. We will discuss composition, lens, light, correction filters, etc.

Workshop 4 - Outdoor portraits

Capture memorable moments with friends, emotions of the instant. This workshop will teach you how to handle the light of the outdoors to achieve portraiture photographs. We will use accessories like reflectors and some others that will improve your portraiture photographs.

Night photography (optional)

This is a mostly technical side of photography but one that gives exciting results. Learn how to do star trails, to photograph the moon, auroras borealis, lightning and a lot of other night subjects including how to paint with light.

Suggested equipment

Clothing and outdoor equipment

Strongly recommended

  1. A warm sweater
  2. 2 warm pants
  3. Good coat to cut the wind
  4. Raincoat
  5. Mitten or gloves, tuque, scarf (fall)
  6. Good shoes or boots for hiking
  7. Wool socks or warm socks
  8. Sleeping bag, mattress and pillow
  9. Your camping accessories if you sleep in a tent (camp kitchen, portable stove, ropes, cooler, etc.)
  10. Your smile!


  1. Warm duvet jacket (fall)
  2. Headlamp or flashlight
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Folding chair
  5. Binoculars or proximity lens
  6. Warm cover
  7. Thermos or cup with cover
  8. Sandals
  9. Shorts
  10. Sun screen
  11. Hat
  12. Water bottle

Photography equipment


  1. 35mm camera (digital or film) operable in manual mode, with a lens
  2. If you shoot film, 1 color or black and white film*
  3. Pencil with a notepad


  1. Spare memory cards or, if you shoot film, 2 or more spare films*
  2. Your other photographic accessories (lens, flash, filters, batteries, etc.)
  3. Your tripod (strongly suggested)
  4. Photo carrying bag
  5. If you don't have a reflector, you can bring a white cardboard (approx. 8½X11 inches), covered on one side with aluminium paper (shiny face)
  6. Pad for kneeling in wet grass

* Suggestions of films (50 to 200 ISO strongly recommended for the workshop) :

  1. - Slide film : Fujichrome (Fuji Velvia, Provia) or Ektachrome (Kodak E100VS)
  2. - Print film : Kodak Gold, Fuji Superia
  3. - Black and white : Ilford or Kodak