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October Gold: Banff 2017

OFFBEAT Photography Inc.
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Oct 12 3:00PM - 1:00PM


Location:Baker Creek Mountain Resort+ Banff National Park

Dates: October 12th to 15th, 2017

Number of Participants: 30

Join us for a fun-filled extended weekend in fall in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and let us help you take your landscape photography skills to the next level! You'll get a chance to work closely with each of us as we tackle a variety of topics in the field and classroom aimed at expanding your technical photo skills and your creative vision.

Banff National Park

At 6640 km2, Banff National Park is Canadas first national park and a UNESCO World HeritageSite. Besides being a mecca for photographers, Banff offers opportunities for other activities,such as hiking, biking, and canoeing. Local yoga studios and spas give you the chance tounwind, and a variety of art galleries and museums help you tap into the local history andculture. If you have the opportunity to extend your stay in the park, we highly recommend youtake advantage of everything it has to offer.

Visit http://BanffLakeLouise.comfor more information on activities, restaurants and more. If youhave specific questions around activities, please do not hesitate to ask.


Day 1 - Thursday October 12th

3:00PM - Arrival and check-in

4:30PM to 7:00PM - Introductions and presentations at the Heritage Centre

7:30PM to 9:00PM - Dinner at Cabin Caf

Day 2 - Friday October 13th

6:00AM to 6:30AM - Breakfast at Cabin Caf

6:30AM Sharp - Group departs for morning shoots. Sunrise at 8AM

7:00AM to 11:00AM - Shoots in Lake Louise and Baker Creek area

11:00AM to 12:00PM - Lunch at Cabin Caf

2:30PM to 4:00PM - Break/Free Time

4:00PM to 7:15PM - Sunset Shoot. Sunset at 7PM

7:45PM to 9:00PM -Dinner at Cabin Caf

9:00PM Sharp - Group departs for night time shooting

9:00PM to 11:00PM - Night time shooting

Day 3 - Saturday October 14th

6:00AM to 6:30AM - Breakfast at Cabin Caf

6:30AM Sharp - Departure for Yoho National Park or Icelfields Parkway

7:00AM to 1:00PM - Shoots inYoho National Park or on Icelfields Parkway (packed lunch)

1:00PM to 2:00PM - Open Editing (participants to hand in one edited image for critique netween 1:30 and 2:00)

2:00PM to 4:00PM - Critique

5:00PM to 6:30PM -Dinner at Cabin Caf

6:30PM on - Drinks, informal chat and Q&A

Day 4 - Sunday October 15th

6:00AM to 7:00AM -Breakfast at Cabin Caf

7:00AM Sharp - Departure for sunrise shoot

7:15AM to 10:00AM - Sunrise shoot

10:00AM to 12:00PM - Live edits

12:00PM to 1:00PM - Farewell lunch atCabin Caf

*The itinerary above is subject to change. All registered participants will be sent a final itinerary 2 weeks prior to the event start date.

Price/Payment Schedule:

Price Per Person

Single Occupancy: CAD $1,899 + 5% GST + Eventbrite Fee

Double Occupancy:CAD $1,750 + 5% GST + Eventbrite Fee

Payment options:

1) Full payment or

2) Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $800 +Final Balance due by July 12th, 2017

Note: failure to pay by the payment due date means forfeiting deposit and spot will be freed up and potentially sold to another interested participant (see more in cancellation policy below).

If unforeseen circumstances arise, participants are welcome to transfer/sell their space to another interested participant.

- Daily instruction/mentoring by Paul Zizka, Dave Brosha and John E. Marriott
- Meals
- Accommodation

Not Included:
- Park Pass
- Transportation (carpooling is highly encouraged)
- Travel Insurance

What to expect

The workshop is suitable for participants of all levels of experience in photography. Most locations will be readily accessible from the road, although we may hike short distances on occasion.

This event focuses 100% on landscape + outdoor photography and will include a nighttime component. It is worth noting that the workshop will be quite intense in order to maximize filed time. Participants are not expected to participate in every aspect of the workshop weekend. Its up to you to get out as much as you like, though of course it is recommended you give it your all.

Accommodation and Meals

Your home for the duration of the workshop is the Baker Creek Mountain Resort, featuring delightful chalets located in the heart of Banff National Park. All meals (which are included in your fee) will be had at the resorts fabulous bistro, other than one packed lunch that will allow us to maximize our time in the field. We will have the Resorts Heritage Centre at our disposal for editing and presentation purposes.

What to Bring

As the tour is in October, there is the possibility of some very cool temperatures in the Rockies, especially at nighttime when we will be shooting.

Please bring:

suitable and comfortable clothing, which you can layer
warm jacket
bathing suit (for hot tub at the hotel)
waterproof jacket and pants
hiking boots (we will be in wet and rocky areas)
warm hat
a headlamp or flashlight
gloves (try to find gloves that still allow you to operate your camera)
your own camera equipment (preferably DSLR, which allows manual control of shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings; bring the fastest lens you have)
a sturdy tripod
a cable (or wireless) shutter release
a laptop for editing (with editing software, preferably Adobe)

Transportation To and Around Banff

The price of the workshop does not include transportation. Participants will need to arrange car rentals or carpooling with other workshop participants.

Travelling from Calgary to Banff

Car Rentals in Calgary

Car rentals are available directly from the Calgary Airport:>

Airport Shuttles to Banff

You have two options for shuttles to and from the Calgary Airport: Explore Rockies and the Banff Airporter.

Car Rentals in Banff

Check out all the options:

Park Pass

The price of the workshop does not include a park pass. You will need to purchase a park pass when you arrive at the entrance to the park. You can purchase your park pass in advance here:


Both Dave and Paul preach and live the ethics of "leave no trace" photography, which means that the utmost care is given, while hiking and photographing, to leaving zero impact on the natural environment. Participants are expected to approach this tour with the same ethics at all times.

Cancellation Policy

Spots are non-refundable but are transferrable(i.e. if the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable). We cannot offer refunds or credits.

Although extremely unlikely, OFFBEAT Photography Inc. reserve the right to cancel the workshop at any time for a variety of reasons (i.e. if a minimum number of participants is not met or if unforeseen circumstances dramatically impacted the cost of the tour or global conditions somehow warranted a cancellation). In the very unlikely event of a cancellation, all monies/deposits made will be refunded to participants, however, no compensation would be made for participant flight cancellation fees.


We encourage participants travelling from outside Alberta to have trip cancellation insurance, including medical/illness insurance.

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