Best of the Canadian Rockies 


Where: Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada 

Level: All Levels
When: September 10 – 14, 2016 (4 days)
Maximum Class Size:  6 – Small group size to maximize your learning experience!

Accommodation and Conference Room: $ 770 Canadian – September is peak season!
Photography Tuition, Presentations and Field Sessions: $ 980 Canadian
Total:  $ 1750 Canadian

Deposit:  $ 850 Canadian

Combine with Assiniboine Mountain Splendour  and get 10% off the full price!  

To register, or for more information, please E-mail me, Christoph, at


Your Destination:

A vast wilderness that needs little introduction, the Canadian Rockies are one of the most extravagantly beautiful mountain ranges on Earth and a landscape photographer’s dream. The opportunities for photography are endless, from still, turquoise colored lakes, rushing rivers, towering waterfalls and deep canyons, to soaring, snow capped mountain peaks and beautiful night skies. Join us on a journey through the rugged mountain ranges to spectacular Castle Mountain and stunning Moraine Lake, a pristine turquoise colored mountain lake guarded by ten towering peaks. Travel with us along one of the most scenic drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway, which parallels the Continental Divide, and which will provide you with unforgettable panoramas of unspoiled natural wonders framed by rugged peaks and sweeping valleys. We will be visiting the Rockies in autumn, and some lovely autumn colours will add that extra touch to the majestic mountain scenery you will be capturing. 


What previous participants had to say: 

• The workshop in one word was “inspiring”. Your knowledge and passion for photography mixed with the fact that you want to share this with others made the workshop not only an amazing learning experience, but left me with such an excitement and thirst to go out and shoot more and apply the lessons you had taught. I got so much more  from the workshop than I expected. The only thing I would have wished more from it, would have been more time. – Troy Popovitch

• Two great gifts that you gave me at the workshop: a starting point, and the permission to be my own artist. Your diversity as an artist was inspiring. Your passion for creating was obvious. Your desire to teach others selflessly was apparent. – Kristen Thorogood

• Christoph is an enthusiastic and passionate instructor passing on years of hard learned experience in a matter of days. He sought to understand my capabilities, helped me unlearn bad habits and think carefully about composition and balance. Generous with his time, we had a few good laughs, and I left the workshop a better landscape photographer. – Jeff Wallace



Your Learning Experience:

My goal is for you to come away with great images which portray the beauty and unique nature of this incredible part of the world. I will take you to all the locations I have identified as the most promising for rewarding photography and we will visit these only when the quality of light is most conducive for compelling images. Our small group size means that, as you photograph I will be able to give you dedicated in the field instruction on all aspects of photography, ranging from the technical to the creative. Although we will be spending as much time as possible in the field, it is important to balance this with an intense program of review sessions, lectures and processing sessions so that, as our workshop progresses, you have the opportunity to appraise the photographic progress you are making, and identify those areas which need more work. I will be putting much emphasis on the creative aspects of photography such as composition and developing a vision. Another area we will be focusing on is processing and developing a workflow, which forms an extremely important part of photography, especially in the digital age.



Topics to be covered: 

• Getting the technicals right to capture the full beauty of light interacting with the landscape:

1. Exposure and exposure bracketing
2. Focus, Depth of Field and Sharpness
3. Use of filters

• Previsualisation and Composition
• Developing an artistic vision
• The digital darkroom: Highly effective postprocessing skills

All of this and more while you have the opportunity to photograph in world class settings.



Day 1, September 10: We meet at 1:30 pm for lunch at our hotel in Lake Louise, where we have the opportunity to meet and get to know one another. Our hotel is strategically located in the middle of many spectacular lakes and mountains we will want to visit, no more than a 30 minute drive either way. I will give you an overview of the activities for the following days and answer any questions you may have. This will be followed by a presentation on how to photograph the mountain landscape and then our first sunset shoot! We return to our hotel for a well deserved dinner, and rest in preparation for the next action packed 4 days in the Canadian Rockies!




Days 2 – 4, September 11 – 13: Over the next 3 full days, we explore the pristine turquoise colored lakes, towering waterfalls, rushing rivers and canyons and, of course, majestic mountains of Banff National Park. Since I want you to get the best possible photographs, the locations we visit are not fixed and I will choose those which promise the best light, given the current weather conditions. That being said we have to choose from several beautiful landscapes, including Vermillion Lakes, Two Jack Lake, Castle Mountain, the utterly beautiful Lake Moraine, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, Herbert Lake and the amazing Johnston Canyon, amongst others, and we will try to capture as many of these in the best possible light. However, our workshop is not only about capturing the grand landscape. We will be spending significant amounts of time learning how to capture the more intimate aspects of the landscape, ranging from learning how to unlock the infinite artistic potential of flowing water to artistic takes on the autumn foliage that surrounds us. Over the course of each day we will be holding a number of editing/review and presentation sessions, during which I will teach you about amongst others how to photograph the mountain landscape, composition and developing an artistic vision.



Day 5, September 14: Our adventure in the Canadian Rockies is over too soon and in the morning we depart for our last sunrise shoot. Following breakfast, we spend the remainder of the morning editing and reviewing our images. Participants will be leaving the hotel at different times of the day in order to drive/catch their flights home or to their next destination. The workshop ends at 1:30 pm. All good things have to come to an end!

What is included:

• Tuition.
• Double occupancy hotel accommodation for 4 nights. Single accommodation supplement: $ 605 Canadian
• Presentation room rental.

What is not included:

• Flights/transportation to our hotel in Lake Louise.
• Banff National Park Pass.
• Food and drinks.
• We will be sharing transport to visit the different locations. The cost of gas will be shared among the participants.

Fitness Level:

This workshop has been specifically designed with all fitness levels in mind. There is very little hiking involved and if there is, such as at Peyto Lake, it is at an easy to moderate level.

What to bring:

• Digital SLR Camera.
• Memory cards and batteries.
• A quality, stable tripod – your tripod legs should not be fused to the center column.
• A solid tripod head which allows for easy adjustment of your camera’s position. 
• A set of lenses, especially wide-angle, but also telephoto.
• Polarizer.
• A laptop with installed Photoshop, or other editing software, for our processing sessions.
• Head lamp with red light for walking at dawn and dusk/night.

How do I get there?:

We meet in Lake Louise, Alberta. Lake Louise is around 1.5 hours drive from Calgary and there are shuttles which routinely run between the airport and Lake Louise, as well as other towns in the Canadian Rockies.