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 Toronto from August 20th – 24th, 2018.
Led by not one, but 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 Toronto, and to have the skills and knowledge to repeat this process anywhere in the world that you choose to visit.
Monday, August 20th:
We will meet in the classroom at 2pm, allowing time for anyone who is traveling into the city to arrive and get settled. This initial classroom session will cover the key basics of travel photography and storytelling, as well as discussing knowledge and techniques that we will be using during the week. A short dinner break (around 5pm) will be followed by our first evening sunset / blue hour shooting session of the workshop.
Tuesday, August 21st to Thursday, August 23rd:
Each day will be divided into 3 teaching sessions:
- A sunrise cityscape / landscape shoot. (5am – 8am). This session will be followed by a break for breakfast, post processing, and a nap if needed!
- We will re-group in downtown Toronto for our daytime session (1pm – 5pm) that 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.
- 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, August 24th:
We will meet back in the classroom at 9am for our final session together. This session 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 Toronto. Instructor and peer feedback will be provided to help us all grow as artists.
This session will finish no later than 1pm, to allow those traveling an early start.
About the instructors
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 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 Toronto Edition of the Story of a City workshop is restricted to 10 students maximum.
The total cost for this workshop is $1,195 Canadian (about $870 USD at the time of this writing). 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 Toronto edition of “The Story of a City – A Travel Photography Workshop” that we 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.
THERE ARE ONLY 10 SEATS AVAILABLE for this workshop,
so BE SURE TO REGISTER EARLY!
We look forward to working with you!
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:
- You have agreed to these Terms & Conditions
- We have received this registration submission, and
- We have received your payment in full (an online invoice will be sent upon receipt of this form).
The refund policy for this workshop is as follows:
- Cancellations made 90 days or more from the first date of this workshop: A full refund will be provided, less a $25 administration fee.
- 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.
- Cancellations made within 30 days of the first date of the workshop: No refund will be provided (but, see note below).
- Unexplained absence from a workshop: No refund will be provided.
- 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).
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.
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.
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.