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Franklin Island Photo Workshop

  • Franklin Island Ontario Canada (map)

Franklin Island is situated on Georgian Bay a short distance from the mainland. The rugged shoreline and windswept trees of Franklin Island provide unlimited opportunities in capturing beautiful landscapes.

Cost: $350

 Franklin Island.  Copyright © Louis Au 2013

Franklin Island.  Copyright © Louis Au 2013


2 nights/3 days

Space is limited to 6 participants only.
The workshop fee of $350 is payable at time of registration.

This workshop is for beginner and intermediate-level photographer. We’ll be camping and sleeping under the stars but don’t think of this workshop as roughing it – far from it. A boat shuttle will take us to our designated spot where we’ll spend our weekend. We’ll have chairs, tables and even a laptop for reviewing images. All very civilized.

Franklin Island is located on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay. The landscape is classic Georgian Bay with low-lying terrain and exposed bedrock. The photographic opportunities here are endless. There is close to a kilometer of shoreline to explore and an excellent vantage point both for sunrise and sunset photos.

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 discuss 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 laptop 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 post processing your images. In digital photography the image capture is just the beginning, the real fun is creating your images in post production.

Our overall goal for this workshop is to capture a sense of place in this unique landscape environment. If you have any other questions about this workshop, send us an EMAIL.


August 15-17, 2014

The group meets Friday evening at 6pm at Gilly’s Snug Harbour Marina. Directions and a detailed list of equipment will be provided to workshop participants.

We’ll try organize car-pooling for participants coming from Toronto. If you need to rent outdoor gear White Squall Outfitters is the place to visit – just a short detour on your way in. If you’re coming from Toronto or Barrie, MEC has gear you can rent as well.

Day 1 (Fri):
We meet at 6pm at Gilly’s Snug Harbour Marina. An arranged boat shuttle takes us to our campsite, which will be our home for the next 2 days. We set-up and photograph the sunset. If the sky is clear we’ll have an excellent opportunity for some star photography as well.

Day 2 (Sat):
Up bright and early to capture the sunrise. After breakfast, we start today’s photo session with instruction and lots of photography. We’ll take a break for lunch and then back to photography. In the evening we gather for a group potluck dinner and then venture out for sunset. We’ll take some time on Saturday to go over the post production process and review images.

Day 3 (Sun):
An early morning start again to capture the sunrise. Breakfast, then more photography. Our boat shuttle arrives just after lunch to take us back to the put-in where we depart back home.


Our workshop philosophy is really simple. You bring the gear, and we provide the photography instruction. It’s one of the ways we are able to make these workshops affordable.

What about meals?
You are of course welcome to bring your own meals. For those interested, this year’s workshop we’re offering a meal option. All meals are prepared on-site and are guaranteed to be delicious! Cost will be $100/person. This includes:
• Friday evening snacks
• Saturday. breakfast, lunch and dinner
• Sunday. breakfast and lunch
• Tea, coffee and drinking water
• Eating utensils (bowls, plates, cups, cutlery etc.)

What’s included in the workshop?
• boat shuttle to/from location
• expert photography instruction
• meals (if meal option is chosen)

What’s not included in the workshop?
• camera equipment
• camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags etc..)
• parking fees
• meals (if meal option is NOT chosen)
• transportation to/from location (we’ll try arrange carpooling with participants)

Still have more questions, send us an EMAIL.

Earlier Event: July 13
High Park Photo Workshop
Later Event: August 15
Franklin Island Photo Workshop