2017 Workshops, Trips & Private Sessions

Updated March 2, 2016

Photography Workshops & Photoshop Training

Workshops are offered year round, if a workshop is not scheduled please contact me for a private session - the cost is the same and I will take you to anywhere in Alberta where we can drive and return within the day. If you have a gift certificate please contact me to arrange a date you would like to go out. I offer training on how to use your camera, landscape photography, macrophotography, wildflowers, wildlife photography, panoramic and night photography. I can provide transportation in my jeep to almost anywhere around Calgary. If you don't have camera equipment - I can provide you with a basic SLR camera and several lenses to use. I also have additional tripods you can borrow. I use both Nikon and Canon camera gear. Individual photographers may bring along up to two additional guests if they are not using or bringing a camera for an additional $50 each. If they also wish to bring their cameras they can join for $150 extra each. Please see my pricing below. This special price is for private sessions only.

Upcoming Workshops for 2017 - Consider a Gift Certificate for your Favourite Photographer

Gift certificates can be purchased on my web site - the certificates never expire and they are good towards any workshop (except Arctic Adventure) and can be used for a private session or outing.



NEW - Winter Photography in the Badlands Saturday March 4, 2017 - max 3 $299

This will be a day long trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park in order to photograph the badlands in winter. Mule Deer are common in the park and we are unlikely to encounter any other people. We will leave early morning and arrive back in Calgary after dinner time. I will provide transportation in my Jeep. Our focus will be landscape and wildlife photography. If there is time we may search further south for some Pronghorn antelope.


Spring Wildflowers - Saturday June 10, 2017 $299 - Max of 6

Early June is the best time for wildflowers in Rockies. We will photograph calypso orchids, lady's slippers and other flowers. On this workshop we will travel to Rocky Mountain Parks to places where I know there is an abundance of wildflowers. There will also be opportunities to photograph landscapes and wildlife we encounter. I can provide transportation for three, otherwise we will car pool or I will hire and additional instructor to provide transportation and instruction. See article on photographing wild flowers in the Rockies. All participants will be provided with an e-book on macrophotography. There will be an optional 2 hour class in my studio before the workshop to cover macrophotography equipment and techniques and a follow up session where participants will show 6-10 of their best photos from the workshop for critique.

Avocet by Robert Berdan  

NEW - Shorebird workshop - Saturday June 24, 2017 $299 max 3

In this workshop we will travel to several locations outside of Calgary in order to photograph shore birds in their natural habitat. A telephoto lens of at least 200 mm is required, a tripod or mono pod is helpful. There will be some short walks and shooting from the shoreline. The workshop will start early morning, time to be determined, but sunrise is at 5:22 am. Depending on interest in this workshop, if there are more then 3 I will schedule additional workshop, but keep the max group size to 3. We will likely photograph Marbled Godwits, Avocets, Stilts and many other species. Participants will bring their lunch which we will enjoy in the field. This workshop will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. If you would like to participate contact me.

Waterfalls by Robert Berdan  

Waterfalls & Rainforest Workshop, Revelstoke, BC July 15 and 16 - two days one night, Max 3 - $599 plus cost of food and and one night accommodation.

In this workshop we will explore the Arrow lakes, Begbie creek falls, Sutherland Creek Falls and others. We will also explore Mount Revelstoke National park. In addition to waterfalls and rainforest we will stop at Hemlock Grove Boardwalk in Glacier National Park BC. The tour will involve short hikes of 1 to 3 km so participants should be able to walk and carry their gear on these walks. I will provide transportation in my Jeep. The additional cost to participants will be for one night accommodation in Revelstoke or Nakusp which will be about $150-$200. I plan to leave early Saturday morning (6:00 am) the drive is about 4 hours to Revelstoke through the National Parks, of course we will stop for scenics and wildlife photographs along route. We should be back in Calgary late Sunday afternoon. I recommend a tripod for the waterfalls and forest and a moderate telephoto lens for wildlife, and a macro for wildflowers.


Arctic Photography Adventure - August 31 to Sept 7, 2017      Cost $5,597.00 - 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. As of March 2 there are still 6 spots open, but the workshop is a go as we have our minimum of 4.

Arctic Adventure Poster for Petersons Point Lsake Lodge

Download poster as a PDF

To register for this workshop please contact Margaret Peterson in Yellowknife at : http://www.petersonspointlake.com/contactus.html or call 867-920-4654. Also visit the Peterson's Point lake lodge web site for more pictures and information. View Roberts online Book - "Hangin with the Caribou".


PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTOSHOP TRAINING COSTS - by the hour, 8 hr package or 15 hour package

1)$65\hr to cover any aspect of outdoor photography or Adobe Photoshop in my studio.

2) $299 + GST\ person package includes transportation from my studio in Calgary Northwest to any where within about 2 hours drive of Calgary for total of 8 hours (if you want to bring friends I offer a discounts for up to 2 additional people with camera gear ($150 extra per person). Note that driving time e.g. 1 hour to drive to and from mountain parks is included as part of the 8 hours if you need to be picked up in Banff for instance - leaving about 6 hours to photograph in the field. When there are extra photographers I add an additional hour per person for free. Additional time can also be alloted at no additional charge if you book several days at one time. Beyond this additional hours in the field can be purchased for $65\hr.

3) $499 + GST includes up to 15 hours of training. In the summer this might include from sunrise (5 am) to sunset (9 pm) or you could purchase 5 - 3 hour sessions and space them out over several weeks.

Have a group of 4 or more? Contact me to discuss group pricing etc. For seminars, workshops and photography services. I will gladly travel to anywhere in Canada if my transportation costs are reimbursed.

Photoshop I - inquire about private training when convienent to you.

This is suitable for anyone that has never used Photoshop, it includes introduction to the interface, calibrating your monitor, Basic work flow for .jpg and RAW files, colour correction, burning, dodging, Photoshop fixes, red-eye, clone tool, converting to Black and White, Sepia, repairing images, adding neutral density grad filters, extracting images, content aware fill, creating panoramas and more. Knowledge of how to use a computer is required.

Cost is $299 + GST\person. Limited to max of 4 per class.


Photoshop II - inquire about private training when convienent to you.

This workshop covers how to use curves, adjustment layers, blending modes, edge effects, masks and alpha channels to replace skies, how to create photo-montages, hand coloring, painting, actions, batch processing, creating a slide shows, contact sheets and more. Before taking this workshop it is recommended that students have had several year previous experience or have taken the Photoshop I workshop or similar training.

Cost is $299 + GST\person. Limited to max of 5 per class.

Science & Art Multimedia studio owned by Robert Berdan

"Geeks paradise" Robert's digital studio is ideal for training small groups and includes both PC and Mac computers, LCD projector with big screen, color printers, private bathroom, fridge, darkroom, and digital music recording studio. All computers have at least 8 GB RAM and large monitors and high speed Internet access (60 MB\sec).


Gift Certificates

You can purchase a gift certificate for $299 + GST. The gift certificate can be used toward any of my workshops or a private training session for 7-8 hours a time that is convenient for the individual. The gift certificate ides not pertain to the Arctic Adventure workshop. These gift certificates do not expire. I can email the gift certificate to you or the person you specify - I will follow up on your order shortly after you purchase a certificate. To register for a workshop or private session the individual need only contact me to set up a suitable time or register for a particular workshop.

A Gift Certificate will be sent or emailed to you or the individual - it can be applied to any workshop or private training session and does not expire.

Purchase a Gift Certificate - be sure to specify the name of the person you would like this to be for.

Name of recipient

If a specific workshop is not currently being offered you can still hire Robert privately or use a gift certificate towards any of these training sessions. If your gift certificate indicates $249 - you can still use it to take any of workshop for $299 with no additional fee. If you have a large group and would like to hire me for a day trip please contact me with your request and dates you have in mind to discuss pricing.

Photographying oldman's whiskers in wildlflower workshop by Robert Berdan

Participants get down to photograph "Old mans whiskers" in this Wildflower Photography workshop.

Workshop Policies

1. Individuals 13-17 years of age require parents consent - a parent may come along during a private training session of a minor for $50 if they are not taking photographs.

2. All participants are required to sign a waiver understanding risks of being outdoors and it includes release of liability - View or download my waiver as a PDF

3. Refunds: Due to the limited number of positions available in my workshops I do not offer refunds. If you can not make a workshop, you may transfer to one of our other workshops, or arrange for a private session, or offer your position to someone else. If a workshop is cancelled due to severe weather (i.e. roads are closed) or other unforeseen factor I will arrange an alternate date. If participants can not make the alternate date I will offer a private training session (note that in the past 20 years I have never had to cancel a workshop). If you are coming to Calgary I also require payment at least one week in advance to guarantee the specific date.

4. Participants can bring any kind of camera, though it is recommended that participants have a digital SLR, a tripod is recommended. I can loan out a few tripods. I can also provide one digital camera and several lenses if required.

Please note I can't guarantee wildlife, but I can guarantee wildflowers at specific times of the year and I can guarantee beautiful scenery. Weather is not usually a factor unless it results in road closures or it becomes dangerous to drive. Participants should dress in layers and be prepared for "Mountain weather".



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Authors Biography & Contact Information

Portrait of Robert BerdanDr. Robert Berdan is a biologist and professional nature photographer living in Calgary, AB specializing in nature, wildlife and science photography. Robert offers photo guiding and private instruction in all aspects of nature photography and Adobe Photoshop training. Robert has a Ph.D. in biology.

Email at: rberdan@scienceandart.org
Web site: www.canadiannaturephotographer.com
Phone: (403) 247-2457 MST 9am -7 pm

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