Autumn in Algonquin 2020 - Photo Workshop with Chad Barry & Jesse Villemair...

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Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park, ON P0A


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Autumn in Algonquin (4 Day Workshop)

Algonquin Park is arguably one of the most beautiful Ontario destinations in the fall. Tourists from around the world visit Algonquin Park during the peak leaf changing season to witness the vibrant reds of the sugar maples and the saturated yellows of the birch tree. We have skillfully scheduled this workshop during the average peak leaf colour change. If we are lucky, we might even see moose!
Located just a couple hours north of Toronto, Algonquin Park is a common meeting ground for Chad and Jesse. With their combined knowledge of the area and passion for photography, they will bring you to some easily accessible shooting locations which will provide the landscapes and wildlife that you’re looking for.

Chad and Jesse actually met in Algonquin Park while shooting the vibrant landscapes. An instant partnership was formed and since then they've been on numerous photography adventures together including Yellowstone National Park, Olympic National Park, Badlands of South Dakota and the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.
This workshop is geared towards amateur photographers looking to build their confidence in the field. Open to all ages and all levels of photography enthusiasts. We recommend that you have a DSLR camera to get the best out of the workshop experience. Please review our recommended gear list for more info.

Schedule of Activities

Registered participants will receive a more detailed itinerary by email. As we will be on nature’s schedule we will be keeping the plan flexible so we can adjust to weather conditions and wildlife opportunities as they arise.

Day 1 – Tuesday

Our adventures will begin at 10am. We will meet at the Mad Musher restaurant in Whitney, just a few minutes from the east gate of Algonquin Park. The Mad Musher will be our home base for the classroom portion of the workshop.

Morning – We will do introductions and discuss our plans and expectations for the duration of the workshop. From there we will jump right into learning about what makes a great photo, including composition, camera settings, equipment and in field techniques. We will draw from our experience and share with you what has worked for us.

Afternoon – After lunch, we are back in the classroom to share more tricks of the trade like photographing wildlife and shooting in poor weather conditions. We will break in the late afternoon to allow for some rest, a meal and travel to our first shooting location.

Evening – We will have one or two locations selected for our first evening of landscape photography. You will work one on one with us to ensure you’ll receive value from your experience. This shoot will continue through sunset.

Day 2– Wednesday

Morning – We will start early, and meet at a pre-determined location to capture the sunrise. Afterwards we will meet at the Moose Café in Dwight for brunch (optional).

Afternoon – The afternoon will focus on photographing waterfalls and rapids. We’ll work with you to help create some beautiful long exposures. Make sure you bring your tripod if you have one!

Evening – Meeting at pre-determined location for sunset photoshoot. Locations to be discussed with the group and will be shared during our introduction.

Day 3 – Thursday

Thursday will be another full day of shooting. Depending on the weather we may do some of our Friday editing but we want to keep you in the field shooting as much as possible. Morning – We’ve done a lot of shooting already and some of you may be feeling a little tired. We will do another sunrise session but it is optional.

Afternoon – We will break for lunch. The Mad Musher has a full menu to offer or feel free to pack your own lunch. We encourage you to stay in the Whitney area as there are not many close by towns that will offer other food options. Please come prepared and enjoy a lunch with the whole group!
Day 4 - Friday

Morning - We’ll get one more shooting location in on our final day before retiring back to the classroom. We know you may be feeling a little tired by now. Feel free to sleep in if you need a bit of rest. By mid-morning we will be back in the classroom for post processing demos on the big screen and some time to edit your own photos from the week. Make sure you bring your laptops with Lightroom or another editing software installed.
Afternoon - Following lunch we will share some of your favourite photos with the class and do a friendly group photo critique. This is one of the most beneficial parts of the workshop experience! Jesse and Chad will also spend time with each guest doing one on one critiques. After the critques session we will present a slideshow showcasing all of the group‘s favourite photos. This part of the workshop always leaves us inspired!.

Evening – We’d love to stay forever but around 4pm the workshop will come to a close. We will say our goodbyes with lots of hugs and tears and allow you to start your journeys back home with lots of new knowledge!

Recommended Equipment

  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
  • At least one lens (bring more if you’ve got them)
  • Memory Cards And Extra Batteries
  • Headlamp (we will be doing some walking in low light)

Recommended Personal Items

  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Sunblock, hat, sunglasses
  • A jacket – temperatures in September drop considerably when the sun goes down
  • Raincoat and pants
  • Towel
  • *We’ll be adding to this list closer to the event date.

Physical Requirements

This workshop is intended to be fairly accessible. However, we will be doing short walks on uneven ground and varying elevations. We will hike to one or more lookout points over the course of the workshop which will have some steep incline. Participants should know their physical limitations and pace themselves accordingly.

Meals, Accommodations and Travel

The Mad Musher has blocked off all their rooms for workshop participants. The rooms are not available online. You can call them directly at 1-866-551-5534 to book.
All meals, accommodations and travel are the responsibility of each workshop participant and are not included in the workshop fee. Once you’ve registered for the workshop we can help guide you in the directions or finding suitable accommodations. Carpooling to shooting locations is also recommended.

Park Fees

Park fees for access to Algonquin Provincial Park will be included with your workshop fee. We’ll hand out the park passes during the introductions on the first day. If you happen to have a seasons park pass please bring it with you.


Workshop fees are non-refundable. Please be sure that you are able to attend prior to purchasing your ticket. If for any reason, you are unable to attend the workshop you may sell you ticket to another party.

Your Instructors

Chad Barry

Jesse Villemaire

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