Newfound Shores Bonavista August 9-11 2019

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Join renowned landscape photographers Curtis Jones and Jon Brown in historic Bonavista, Newfoundland August 9 - 10, 2019. This year we are pleased to have the talented Renée Robyn with us to mentor and keep you on your creative toes. Explore your creative vision and go back in time during three days of world-class coastlines and hands-on landscape photography instruction. With the renowned sea stacks and craggy cliffs of Spillars Cove among your backdrops and personalized hands-on instruction in the field, it’s sure to be a memorable learning experience in a location that is best described as “otherworldly”!

Your Instructors for 2019

An island boy born and bred Curtis Jones has spent most of his career saturating himself in the northern regions of the planet, dividing his residency between Newfoundland and Nunavut, Canada. Over the last decade, his adventurous lifestyle has taken him across the Gobi Desert, on a 2300 km unsupported traverse of the Greenland Ice Cap, and most recently Antarctica. Curtis's personal vision to distil an image to its most essential value through the use of minimalism and negative space is a complementary contrast to his inviting, and inclusive teaching style. Collaborating with world-class athletes, production teams, and local cultures and communities, he has built his career delivering a personal view of the raw, wild, and often untamed. His work has been seen in National Geographic Explorer, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post and more. Always hunting for the essence of a place, he is often seen leading photography workshops along striking coastlines and ice filled shores, sharing his appreciation for adventure with others. A collector of interesting stories, Curtis is rarely seen far from a camera, tent, or a good punchline.

Coming from the east coast of Canada Jon Brown is no stranger to the beauty this part of the country is capable of showcasing. From the beginning of his photography career, spanning multiple genres of creative image making, Jon always falls back to walking the land and coast to re-center and connect with what he loves. Jon’s landscape work comes from that place and that connection. Building on this deep-rooted kinship to the land Jon’s mastery of post-production leaves viewers with a sense of truly feeling the subject, often transcending time and place. Jon is a seasoned mentor and teacher, instructing and inspiring other photographers as an agent for finding their personal vision and voice. Following his passion has led him to be featured in Photolife Magazine, and teaching alongside some of Canada’s most talented creatives.

Growing up surrounded by the vast prairie of the Canadian north and tales of faraway places, Renée has chased the perfect backdrop around the world. Approaching landscape photography like a treasure hunter, her compositions are uniquely cinematic, often becoming pieces of a bigger world represented beyond reality. Renée’s style is easily recognizable and distinctly her own. Expertly blending fact, fiction, and a little digital alchemy, she has worked with industry-leading brands like Adobe, Wacom, Corel, Capture One, and Intel.

Comfortable facing down gale force winds, climbing fog-shrouded mountains or trekking through burnt out forests, her fieldwork is impressive and committed. An expert retoucher, Renée applies the same level of commitment to post-processing leveraging her mastery of colour theory, editing, light, and shadow in the digital realm of Photoshop.

Renée travels full-time teaching, shooting for commercial and fine art clients while always growing her remarkable library of striking landscapes the world over.


Friday, August 9th, 2019

4 PM to 7 PM: Introductions and meet-up. Curtis, Jon and Renée will each give a short talk explaining their individual approaches to landscape photography as well as share some techniques and equipment related tips in preparation for the hands-on portion of the workshop. Please note that we will be departing from the meeting location for our first field session so participants are encouraged to bring their camera equipment with them.

7 PM to 10 PM: First field session (location TBD, but within a reasonable proximity to our initial meeting location). Please note that it is common to see a variety of species of birds along the coast so an assortment of focal lengths ranging from very wide (14mm for example) to very long (500mm for example) could prove useful! Of course, this is primarily a landscape workshop so we recommend a range between 16mm and 200mm as an ideal starting point – anything beyond that range is a bonus!

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

5:30 AM – Meet and depart for a sunrise shoot along the coast. This will be a full day that will see us shoot from sunrise until sunset. Although there will be scheduled meal breaks during the day, participants are encouraged to pack food/snacks to keep up their energy levels. Participants will be pointed to any amenities in the area in case of washroom, food breaks and coffee top ups. Curtis, Renée and Jon will be on hand to answer any questions and give on-the-spot demonstrations when necessary.

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

5:30 AM departure for a full morning of shooting along historic Cape Bonavista, capturing the magic of early light a stone’s throw away from where John Cabot first made landfall in the New World in 1497. After a great final morning of photography, we will meet up for a late, but well-earned breakfast.

10 AM – 2 PM – Editing, Critique and Q&A Session. We feel this is one of the most rewarding and beneficial parts a workshop experience with us. Participants can expect to leave with more knowledge and confidence when deciding what to do with all your lovely new images. These sessions are usually a casual affair, grab a cup of coffee and come loaded with your post-processing questions. This year we are fortunate to have two incredible image editors on the team. Both Renée and Jon are masters in the digital realm and have a wizard’s spell book worth of wisdom to bestow.

What’s Included:

Daily instruction/mentoring in the field and classroom with Jon, Renée and Curtis .

Snacks/refreshments for classroom time.

Frequent laughs

What's Not Included:



Travel Insurance


Newfound Shores workshops are designed to be supportive creative adventures. Blending photography and appreciation for the outdoors and exploration. We have scheduled locations that intentionally require light hiking and potentially moody, but gorgeous weather. We strongly recommend warm, waterproof clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty, as well as sturdy comfortable hiking boots or sneakers. Sometimes the best images happen on the cusp of dramatic weather. A warm and dry photographer is a happy, safe photographer. Plus, we all know the best stories involve a little grit and a lot of grin.

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.

* No Refunds unless we are forced to cancel the workshop due to low attendance or other unforseen circumstances. Refund will only cover the cost of registration.

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