Come join two of Canada’s most dedicated and passionate landscape photographers for a weekend exploring the unique world of creative night and aurora photography. Nights of Wonder is being held in the “Aurora Capital of the World,” Canada’s Northwest Territories.
Over this three-evening workshop, Paul Zizka and Dave Brosha will lead participants through variety of night photography concepts, and the workshop fee will include both classroom and in-the-field instruction, slideshows, lectures, and plenty of shooting opportunities in and around one of the best places in the world for aurora borealis viewing – the city of Yellowknife.
We hope you’ll join us under the dancing lights!
NIGHTS OF WONDER – AT A GLANCE
Yellowknife ⋅ aurora borealis ⋅ dark skies ⋅ astrophotography
YOUR OFFBEAT INSTRUCTORS
DAVE BROSHA // LEADER
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Long Creek, Prince Edward Island based, award-winning commercial, personal, and adventure photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave – along with his beautiful wife, Erin, and three children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of their native country and numerous countries abroad.
PAUL ZIZKA // LEADER
Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes. Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, including National Geographic, Maclean’s, Alpinist, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Islands, and Climbing magazine.
Subject to change. These are the high-points only; full itinerary to be provided to participants.
Night One – The Fundamentals of Night Photography (Friday, September 28, 6PM-1AM):
Paul and Dave will start a fun-filled weekend with a slideshow showcasing their respective “Nights of Wonder”, and go through the various gear, exposure concepts, and focusing techniques for effective night and aurora photography). The classroom portion will be immediately followed by several hours in-the-field, putting into practice the concepts discussed earlier in the evening.
Day Two – Image Critique/Discussion (Friday, September, 28, 2PM-4PM):
The group will meet up for more night photography discussion, an image critique from previous night’s session and have a question-and-answer for any questions that may have come up from previous night’s shooting.
Night Two – Getting Creative With Your Night Photography (Saturday, September 29, 7PM-1AM):
On the start of the second night, the crew will re-group for another classroom session/lecture about more advanced concepts like light painting, focus stacking, and other creative ideas like incorporating the human element into your night images. The evening’s session will be about moving beyond “hey I got green in my photo!” to “hey, I got something that really resonates!”. Again, the classroom portion will be immediately followed by several hours in-the-field, putting into practice the concepts discussed earlier in the evening.
Day Three – Group Lunch (OPTIONAL) (Saturday, September 29, 11:30PM-1:30PM):
For those interested and not yet destroyed from the lack of sleep, whoever in the group wants to meet up for a casual brunch/lunch before the classroom session….we’ll be hungry!
Day Three – Image Critique/Discussion (Sunday, September 30, 2PM-4PM):
The group will meet up for image critique from previous night’s session and have a question-and-answer for any questions that may have come up from previous night’s shooting.
Night Three – Sealing The Deal (Sunday, September 30, 9PM-2AM):
Flat-out, in-the-field fun. Five hours of trying various locations, concepts…and we’ll even have a section on incorporating off-camera flash into your night compositions. This is where we flat-out create, finish off the night exhausted, and create images and memories that will last a lifetime.
- NOTE: The itinerary can and will change based on weather conditions, among other factors. Participants are expected to be flexible to the group’s needs.
INS AND OUTS
- One-on-one and group photography instruction from Dave Brosha and Paul Zizka
What’s Not Included:
- Transportation to/from/within Yellowknife.
- Accommodations (Our group sessions take place at The Explorer Hotel. We recommend participants stay there (we will provide a promo code for booking, although it is entirely your choice!)
Please visit our FAQs for more information on What to Bring, our Physical Ratings and Photography Levels.
IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR YOU?
Physical Rating (Easy): Most locations will be readily accessible form the road, although we may hike short distances on occasion. // Photography Level (All): This workshop is open to both amateur and professional photographers.
See these ratings described in our FAQs.
It is not only advised but required that participants have trip cancellation insurance, including medical/illness insurance and rescue coverage (proof required within 4 months of departure). By purchasing a spot you are acknowledging that you accept these conditions.