Canadian Nature Photographer

March 1 , 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends and new subscribers welcome.

There are four new articles posted in February including what's new in Photoshop CC 2015.1.2, Bird photography by David Lilly, Summer Wildfires in Northern Saskatachewan by Dr. Dale Mierau and Great Photo Ops during Spring Migration by Marie-France and Denis Rivard. Click on the thumbs or links below to view these new articles.

Photoshop CC2015.1.2 - What's New by Dr. Robert Berdan Photoshop is a primary tool for many photographers. Some photographers prefer Lightroom because it easier to learn.The bottom line is that both programs come for one price about $9.95 US\month as subscription to the cloud - read article.

Pine Grosbeak (Male) by David Lilly ©

Bird Photography Naturally by David Lilly There is a trend in Bird photography today for the perfect bird photograph. Some photographers will go to extremes to get the perfect photograph- read article.

Red-headed barbet  by Marie-France and Denis Rivard ©

2015 - A Summer of Wildfires in Northern Saskatchewan By Dr. Dale Mierau I observe Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) on Lac La Ronge in Northern Saskatchewan during the breeding season between May and October- read article.

Red-headed barbet  by Marie-France and Denis Rivard ©

Great Photo Ops during Spring Migration By Marie-France and Denis Rivard The spring migration of birds in North America offers many opportunities for photography. A trip to Point Pelee National Park during the Festival of Birds in early May has become a yearly event for us - read article


Upcoming Workshops

Banff Landscape Photography Workshop with Brian Merry and Robert Berdan

Location:  Baker Creek Chalets, 10 minutes from the hamlet of Lake Louise on the Bow Valley Parkway

Start:  May 27, 2016 at 5:00pm
End:  May 29, 2016 at 5:30pm

Cost:  $1550  Meals and lodgings are included - 9 positions left.

Number of Participants: 16

Transportation:  Provided via workshop minibus.  We provide the transport to ensure the weekend runs efficently.  We also get to know each other better too this way!

Summary: Come to Banff for a weekend of intensive learning both in the field and the classroom.  Join two talented and experiences landscape photographers for a weekend of intensive learning in the Canadian Rockies.  Brian Merry, long time photographer, Instructor and tour host in Banff National Park, partners with Robert Berdan, an experienced photography instructor at both SAIT & Red Deer College, as we come together to offer you an intensive weekend of learning in the heart of the spectacular Rockies.

For more information or to Register Go HERE

Brian Merry
Toll free: 1-855-763-1114
Local phone: 403-763-1114


Arctic Photography Workshop Sept. 3-10, 2016 Cost $5379.00 - max of 10.

Your adventure begins in Yellowknife, NT and includes a flight further north to Point Lake Lodge on the Tundra. Transportation to Yellowknife is not included, but we will pick you up at the air port and provide hotel accommodation in Yellowknife. We will be photographing the Aurora borealis, waterfalls, tundra, caribou and other wildlife. The tour includes a boat tour of Yellowknife bay and a fish fry (weather permitting). We may also hike a scenic trail to Cameron falls to photograph grouse, mushrooms and autumn colours. We will spend two nights photographing the Aurora in Yellowknife, including one night at Aurora village.

We will then fly about 350 km north onto the tundra to Peterson's point lake lodge which offers gourmet food and comfortable cabin accommodations, shower, and heated rooms. We will be searching for caribou to photograph and other wildlife on foot and from 16 foot power boats. The tundra will be red and yellow and their will be opportunities to catch amazing sunsets and sunrises from the beach in front of the cabins. See the aurora and caribou gallery for images from previous workshops and read some of my previous articles. Contact me if you have any questions.

To register for this workshop please contact Margaret Peterson in Yellowknife at or call 867-920-4654. View Roberts online Book - "Hangin with the Caribou" and previous articles on our Arctic Trip e.g. Arctic Adventure Photography Workshop 2015.


Photoshop I and II ebooks are available free but not for long. I am revising both e-books and they should be finished in a couple of days - if you want my previous ebooks for free visit the end of my e-books page and download them. The revised Photoshop books will include more techniques, new tutorials and cover up to Photoshop CC2015 and cost $9.95 each.

To take my free online Photoshop courses visit this page. Click on the links, the password for Photoshop I course is rdc1 and for the Photoshop II course is rdc2. I hope to update these courses in the coming months.

Featured Photographers
- have some great photos and something you would like to share? Consider being a featured photographer - view submission guidelines here.

Finally - I redesigned my Science & Art Multimedia web site to be responsive if you have a minute take a look - There is so much to do and so little time - I will visit with you again in April.

Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457

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