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Amherst Island Photo Workshop

  • Amherst Island, Ontario Canada (map)

Amherst Island is located just west of Kingston on Lake Ontario. Accessible only by ferry, the island’s windswept stone beaches and tranquil farmlands are an ideal location for a weekend getaway. We will explore beautiful shorelines, shady woods, historic farm buildings, and the picturesque hamlet of Stella.

Cost: $300
Cost: $400 (with meals)

 Copyright © Ariel Estulin

Copyright © Ariel Estulin


2 nights/3 days

Space is limited to 6 participants only.
The workshop fee is payable at time of registration.

This workshop is for beginner and intermediate-level photographers. It should appeal to those who want to photograph landscapes and general everyday life photography.

The Amherst Island photography workshop takes place on the island itself. This quiet farming community is an ideal location for a slower paced workshop with ample opportunities to explore. We’ll make a number of outings to various locations of the islands. A simple but comfortable farm will become our home base for the weekend. It’s located on the south shores of the island overlooking Lake Ontario. If the weather co-operates and the stars are out, we’ll try photographing star trail images and do some light painting.

We keep our workshop groups small, so what you’ll receive is hands-on, one-on-one photography instruction. Student to instructor ratio is 3:1. If you’re just a beginner, not to worry, we’ll cover the basics of camera control, including aperture, shutter speed and ISO – how and when to use them. Over the course of the weekend we’ll talk composition and how to create engaging and powerful images by employing the rule of thirds, leading lines and depth of field.

Photo critique is a big part of the process. We’ll have a computer on hand to review and critique your images. This gives you an opportunity for immediate feedback which is critical in the learning process. We’ll also show you how to go about  post processing your images. In digital photography the image capture is just the beginning, the real fun is creating your images in post production.



June 6-8, 2014

We meet Friday evening on Amherst Island. The ferry dock is located in the village of Millhaven, 20 minutes south of Hwy. 401. It departs on the half-hour from the mainland. (6:30pm, 7:30pm etc), so plan accordingly to be on-time. This round-trip cost is $9. Detailed directions and a list of equipment will be provided to workshop participants.

Day 1 (Fri):
We meet with our host, get settled in, and discuss the upcoming weekend. We’ll have an opportunity for some photography before sunset as well.

Day 2 (Sat):
After breakfast, we begin today with photography instructions and an outing. We return for a lunch break before heading out again for more photography. Potluck dinner followed by a review of the images we’ve made throughout the day. After this, we’ll spend some time going over the process of post production – that is what you do to your image after your digital capture. We’ll be using Adobe Lightroom for this demonstration. If the weather co-operates we will venture out and try some star trail images and light painting.

Day 3 (Sun):
An early morning shoot to capture the sunrise. We return to have breakfast and continue with more photography instruction and an outing. The workshop finishes in the early afternoon.


Where do I sleep?
There are a number of Bed and Breakfasts on the island. Or if you prefer to rough it, you are welcome to camp out on the property. Plenty of room to pitch your tent.

What’s included in the workshop?
•  photography instruction
•  meals (see below)

What’s not included in the workshop?
• camera equipment
• accommodations
• meals (see below)
• transportation to/from location
• ferry to Amherst island

What are the meal options?
If you’ve selected the workshop with the meal option, you’ll get:
• 2 continental breakfasts
• 2 buffet style lunches
• 1 home-cooked dinner
• 1 tea/coffee

A lot of the ingredients will come right from the garden–fresh and organic!

Our weekend host is Adam Nogrady. A landscaper, farmer and photographer who enjoys a bucolic life on Amherst Island. He graduated from the Emily Carr School of Art a ridiculous number of years ago and has recently exhibited at the Kingston Arts Council annual juried salon.