The Story of a City – St. John’s, Newfoundland Edition

Travel is a wonderful thing. It allows us to discover new places, to meet new people, to experience new customs and, of course, to make new memories. As photographers we are exposed to so many opportunities to create art while traveling that it can often be overwhelming: What gear should I bring?  How do I plan my shots? What time should I be on location? How do I tell the story of this amazing place I am visiting? These questions, and many others, will be answered in “The Story of a City – A Travel Photography Workshop” which will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from May 6th – 10th, 2019.

A unique photographic opportunity – see THE ANCIENT ONES

The St. John’s, Story Of A City workshop is unique because we have timed it to coincide with Newfoundland’s Iceberg Season! One day during the St. John’s workshop will be a day where we will have a 2 1/2 hour private, exclusive and up-close trip out to this year’s icebergs that will be moving south from their Greenland icecap. We will split the group in half in order to make two trips out to the ‘bergs in a large Hurricane Zodiac rather that a larger vessel. This means we can move in, right up to the ‘bergs and yes, you can scoop out ancient ice for drinks later that night!

If you have never seen icebergs in person, this will be an experience like no other. As photographers, this will offer you a chance to capture the drama, size and colours of one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Closer to departure day, we will offer a live group chat online and discuss the icebergs and how to prepare yourselves for this particular shooting session of the workshop.

Led by TWO Official Fujifilm X Photographers (brand ambassadors), you will spend time in the classroom learning different principles of photography as they apply to travel, on location shooting cityscapes & landscapes, on city streets making portraits & candid photos of life in the city, and in key iconic locations capturing detail shots that tie your story together. The end goal of this workshop is to present a photo essay that tells your story of St. John’s, and to have the skills and knowledge to repeat this process anywhere in the world that you choose to visit.


The Itinerary

Monday, May 6th:

Our first session starts at 10am and will cover key concepts and techniques used in storytelling travel photography.  A short break will be followed by a session on post production, where the instructors will each take a photo from capture to completion and discuss various techniques that they use in their processing.

This will be followed by our first daytime photowalk, a dinner break, and then we will shoot our first sunset / blue hour session of the workshop.

Tuesday, May 7th to Thursday, May 9th:

Each day may include up to 3 teaching sessions:

  1. A sunrise cityscape / landscape shoot. (5am – 8am).  This session will be followed by a break for breakfast, post processing, and a nap if needed!
  2. We will re-group for our daytime session around 1pm,  which will focus on shooting situations such as impromptu portraiture, “street style” documentary photography, and how to focus on the small but important detail shots that help you tell your story.  This session will be followed by a dinner break.
  3. Finally, each day will end with a sunset / blue hour cityscape shooting session. (7pm – 10pm).

These will be long, busy days.  Each session is optional, attendees can pick and chose which parts they wish to attend.

Friday, May 10th:

Friday morning will begin with our final sunrise shooting session of the workshop (5am – 8am), followed by time off to catch up on editing and sleep.

We will meet back in the classroom at 3pm for our final session together, which will begin with time to do any final post processing on your images (both instructors will be available for guidance as needed).  This session will be followed by a group presentation and critique, where each participant will share their best work from the week and tell “their story” of St. John’s.  Instructor and peer feedback will be provided  to help us all grow as artists.

The workshop will finish no later than 6pm, when we will all go for one final group dinner together!

About the instructors

Spencer Wynn:

An internationally recognized visual journalist, Spencer Wynn is know for his sensitive eye to cultural, travel and landscape imagery as well as his deeply intimate human interest visual narratives.

Wynn is a restless observer of the world around him, seeing stories everywhere. It is this curiosity and observation that makes him a sought-after photographer, speaker and educator. Each week, Wynn encourages his college students to open their eyes and hearts to experience the world around them while creating compelling documentaries with sensitivity and passion.

From the High Arctic, Tibet, China, Greenland, India, Europe and numerous road trips around North America. Wynn has lived in caves, slums, on ice flows and in First Nations communities photographing the stories of diverse cultures, tragedy, triumph and love.

Spencer loves to share his knowledge and skills as a photographer with those attending his lectures, workshops and photo walks. Patient and understanding, he encourages those with whom he meets to strive for their personal visual potential, all the while having fun and enjoying the process.

Ian MacDonald:

A proud Official Fujifilm X Photographer, Ian is based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada.  His work is candid and documentary in nature, with a focus on street, travel and candid wedding photography.

Ian has been an educator for over twenty years, with formal post secondary education in how to teach adults, and currently offers group street photography workshops, private one on one photography workshops and photography education online with students around the world.

Collaborating with others and building relationships within the photography community are central themes for Ian.  He loves the process of photography as much as he does the art that he creates, and loves to see others achieve their photographic and artistic goals.

 Class Size, Cost and Logistics

The St. John’s, Newfoundland Edition of the Story of a City workshop is restricted to 10 students maximum, with 2 instructors present throughout the workshop.

The total cost for this workshop is $2,100 Canadian (which includes the private chartered iceberg tour)

For those outside of Canada:

The east coast of Canada is absolutely beautiful, 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 $1,585 USD depending on the day’s exchange rate.  For my British friends, it works out to about $1,240 GBP and for my European friends from countries using the Euro, it works out to about $1,395 Euros.

A great deal!

Payment must be made in full to secure your place in the workshop.  This cost is for tuition only, all students are required to cover their own logistic costs (i.e. travel, accommodations, food, etc).


If you would like to attend the St. John’s, Newfoundland edition of “The Story of a City – A Travel Photography Workshop”  that we have scheduled in 2019, 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.

THERE ARE ONLY 10 SEATS AVAILABLE for this workshop, so BE SURE TO REGISTER EARLY to secure your space and get the early bird discount!

We look forward to working with you!

Best wishes,

Spencer & Ian

 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 more than 90 days from the first date of this workshop:  A 50% refund will be provided.
  2. Cancellations made within 90 days of the first date of the workshop:  No refund will be provided (but, see note below).
  3. Unexplained absence from a workshop:  No refund will be provided.
  4. Leaving a course in progress:  No refund will be provided.

There will be no refund from Ian MacDonald or Spencer Wynn provided other than that described above.

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

Cancellation Policy:

Ian MacDonald, or designate, and/or Spencer Wynn, or designate, reserve 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, and/or Spencer Wynn, or designate, reserve the right to accept, decline, or remove any participant in any photo workshop. Ian MacDonald, or designate, and/or Spencer Wynn, or designate, also reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the itinerary whenever, in their judgement, conditions warrants, or if they deem 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, Spencer Wynn, 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, Spencer Wynn,  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:

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.