Montreal Street Photography Workshop

I am very happy to announce the 2018 course offering of my 2.5 day (20 hour) Montreal Street Photography Workshop, scheduled for May 25th to 27th, 2018!

Do you have a new found interest in photographing the genre of street photography?  Are you a current street photographer looking to add new skills to your existing repertoire?   Do you love the idea of exploring a city and discovering new things about it?  If so, this is the workshop for you.

I find street photography to be an incredibly satisfying way to document the world around you, to create new art and to express your vision of the world.   Unlike portraiture or landscape photography that is often calculated and planned, street photography requires you to constantly observe, be fluid and be ready.

What does this mean for me?  It means that the world is a stage and that there is beauty on the streets waiting to be captured.  A street photographer knows how to become part of those streets, how to blend in and how to capture those rare but beautiful decisive moments that happen.  A street photographer understands that street photography is about people, not camera settings.  It is about moments, not perfect exposures.  A well crafted street photograph tells a story.  This hands on workshop is designed to help you find and tell your own stories through the medium of street photography.


This 2.5 day (20 hour) weekend workshop is perfect for novice to intermediate photographers, or advanced photographers who are new to the genre of street photography.

Friday Night – 6 to 9pm:

On Friday night we will lay the groundwork for the weekend of shooting.  We will gather for the first time, get to know each other and view a presentation that covers the  following topics in an informal setting:

  • What is street photography?
  • The legalities of street photography
  • Preparing yourself for a day of shooting
  • Selecting and preparing your gear for a day of shooting
  • Crafting an image – What really matters in a street photograph?
  • Tips and techniques for taking candid street photographs
  • Tips and techniques for making street portraits
  • Suggestions for composing street photographs
  • The importance of light
  • Question and answer

Once we have covered these basics, we will spend time ensuring everyone knows their cameras and reviewing recommended camera settings for working on the street.  The goal, by the end of this Friday night session, is to ensure that we can hit the ground running (well, walking and shooting) on Saturday morning without delay.

Saturday – 9:30 to 5:30pm:

This is very much a hands on workshop;  as a 20 year educator with post secondary qualifications in adult education, I value the experiential learning model, so you will be shooting a lot during this day.

We will work our way through several different locations in the city, spending an hour or two (or more) in each location practicing our street photography.  During these breakout sessions, I will be spending time with each course participant to ensure that everyone gets individual attention.

On Saturday night there will be an opportunity for everyone to gather for dinner and a drink or two, discuss the day and goal set for Sunday’s session.  This is not a mandatory component of the course and is not covered in the course fees.

Sunday – 9:30 to 5:30pm:

On Sunday morning we will spend the full morning on the streets again, providing another four hours of shooting time.

After lunch, we we will re-convene in our classroom to discuss editing, image selection and post production.  The workshop will end with a peer critique session, where each student will share images from the weekend and receive feedback on them.  You will be asked to have the ability to process images on this afternoon, be it on a laptop computer, iPad, etc.  Please note:  This is not a full workshop on post production, but general tips and techniques will be discussed and taught as time allows.


ianmacdonald-768x860Long before I became a professional photographer, I was an educator.  I have multiple college diplomas in Adult Education and have 20 years of instructional and curriculum design experience, up to and including teaching at the college level.  I love adult education, and have taught over 20,000 students in my career.

This is an important point to consider when shopping for a workshop that meets your needs.  There are many people out there that are brilliant at their craft, but education is a separate skill set.  When you are spending your hard earned dollars, always ensure you are going to be working with somebody that is well versed in both.  They are out there for sure, and are well worth spending the time with.



My Montreal Street Photography workshop is limited to 10 students per class, to ensure I get to have sufficient one on one time with each student.


I strive to keep course costs as low as possible, as I believe education should be accessible.

The cost for this 20 hour Montreal Street Photography Workshop is $695 Canadian per course participant.

For those outside of Canada:

Montreal is a world class city, and what better way to see it than by combining a vacation with a workshop?  For my US friends, the price of this workshop works out to a little over $545 USD (depending on the day’s exchange rate).  For my British friends, it works out to about $415 GBP and for my European friends from countries using the Euro, it works out to about 470 Euros.

A great deal!


One of the greatest things about street photography is that it is unpredictable… you will never make the same image twice.  Having said that, here is a small selection of images I have made from around the world over the last few years to give you an idea of what we may see during the workshop.



If you would like to attend the Montreal Street Photography Workshop I have scheduled in 2018, please fill out the registration form and agree to the Terms and Conditions below.  Once we have received your registration you will be sent an online invoice for payment.  Your registration is not confirmed until payment has been received.


I look forward to working with you!

Best wishes,


Terms and Conditions

Eligibility to Attend: 

Attendance is open to any person aged 19 or higher, who meets and agrees to these Terms & Conditions.

Attendees under the age of 19, if they meet all other Terms & Conditions, may also attend the workshop but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire workshop.

What is included in the price of this workshop:  

The fees associated with this workshop are for instruction only.

What is NOT included in the price of this workshop:  

Any and all logistic expenses associated with your attendance at this workshop.  i.e. travel expenses (plane, bus, fuel, etc), hotel costs or other lodging, food costs, other personal expenses, etc.


All course fees are quoted in Canadian Dollars.

Confirmation of enrolment:

Your registration in this workshop is considered complete when all of the following conditions have been met:

  1. You have agreed to these Terms & Conditions
  2. We have received this registration submission, and
  3. We have received your payment in full (an online invoice will be sent upon receipt of this form).

Refund Policy:

The refund policy for this workshop is as follows:

  1. Cancellations made 90 days or more from the first date of this workshop:  A full refund will be provided, less a $25 administration fee.
  2. Cancellations made between 31 and 90 days from the first date of the workshop:  A 50% refund will be provided, less a $25 administration fee.
  3. Cancellations made within 30 days of the first date of the workshop:  No refund will be provided (but, see note below).
  4. Unexplained absence from a workshop:  No refund will be provided.
  5. Leaving a course in progress:  No refund will be provided.

Note:  At any time prior to the start of the workshop you may transfer your paid seat in the workshop to another participant who Ian MacDonald agrees to have in the workshop, and who agrees to these Terms & Conditions.  It is the responsibility of the student to find a replacement for their paid seat in the workshop.  There will be no refund from Ian MacDonald provided other than that described above, and any and all financial concerns regard transferring a seat are the responsibility of the student to arrange.

All requests for a refund must be made in writing (Email is preferred).

Cancellation Policy:

Ian MacDonald, or designate, reserves the right to cancel a workshop at anytime due to illness, low enrolment, or any other reason.  If a workshop is cancelled, 100% of your enrolment fees will be refunded.

Right to Refuse Service:

Ian MacDonald, or designate, reserves the right to accept, decline, or remove any participant in any photo workshop. Ian MacDonald, or designate, also reserves the right, without penalty, to make changes in the itinerary whenever, in his judgement, conditions warrants, or if he deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

Travel Insurance:

For your protection during the workshop, we highly recommend obtaining travel insurance if you are travelling to attend this workshop.

Release of Liability:

By  agreeing to these Terms & Conditions you agree, in full, to hereby release Ian MacDonald and all other entities involved with this workshop (including, but not limited to, other instructors, guides, students, etc) from any and all liability.

Ian MacDonald and all other entities involved with this workshop shall not be held responsible for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government, or by acts of nature, strikes, fire, flood, war, terrorism, sickness, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Ian MacDonald and all other entities associated with this workshop for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

Use of Images:

By agreeing to these Terms & Conditions you agree, in full, to not use any photograph obtained during this workshop in a manner that violates any applicable laws (including, but not limited to: municipal laws, provincial laws, and federal laws). Of specific note: No images captured during this workshop may be used for commercial purposes of any kind.

Final Note:

Street photography workshops may involve significant walking, standing in place for extended periods of time, sitting in classrooms and spending significant amounts of time outdoors.  By checking the box below you confirm that you understand this and that is appropriate to your physical abilities and interests.  At all times you agree to be personally responsible for your own well being.