Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter 2018


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December 4, 2018

Dear Friends and new subscribers welcome, those interested in the free online Photoshop tutorials can get access to them here: - password for Photoshop I is rdc1 and for Photoshop II is rdc2.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year and thank you for subscribing to my newsletter.

There is no avoiding winter, you can stay inside and hibernate or get out and take pictures. I will be leading snowy owl tours again around Calgary for those interested between December and March 1. These beautiful owls are challenging to find in fields around Calgary. Last year I guided two gentleman that travelled to Calgary from Sweden and we photographed over 40 snowy owls - see article and photos they took during a week long visit.

Snowy Owl Workshops

Snowy owl east of Calgary. They appear around end of October and November and stay until until about mid March depending on the weather. If you are interested in going out for a day it costs $299 please contact me. I offer discounts when more then one person books at the same time, and I limit the workshops to maximum of 3 people - see my workshops page.

Snowflake Macrophotography Workshop

Another project you could do this winter and you don't have to go far from home is photographing snowflakes. I offer instruction on how to do this, but the reason I have not posted a workshops is that its difficult to predict when it will be snowing. If you are interested and its snowing or predicted to snow contact me even if it is on short notice and I will demonstrate how you can do this. The cost for half day is $199.00 if it doesn't snow I will give you a "snow-check" so you can come back again.

Winter is also a great time to edit your images if you are interested in learning Photoshop - contact me as I provide a one day workshop for beginners (Photoshop I) and Photoshop II for advanced users. All workshops are in my studio, limited to 4 persons max, but I will train a single person cost $299 for day.

Macrophotography & Focus Stacking Workshop

Photomacrography, Photomicrography and Focus stacking workshop - if you are interested in learning any of these techniques contact me for private training. I have special equipment for macro and several microscopes and can show you how to take high magnification photos.

Painted Lady Butterfly - closeup of the head, stacked image by Robert Berdan ©

Picture showing the head of a Painted Lady Butterfly. This image was made with an insect biologist from Brooks Alberta

Photography & Photoshop Training - Gift Certificates for Budding Photographers

Otherwise I am available for training, outings for any level of photographer, I provide transportation to places within a few hours drive of Calgary and offer hands on training in the field looking for wildlife or winter landscapes. I also offer gift certificates which you can purchase on my workshop page for the photographer in your family. These certificates cost $299 and can be used to any workshop I offer, and they do not expire. They make great Christmas gifts, buy 2 and receive $100 savings until January 1, 2019.

Buy Two Gift Certificates and Get $100 off - Until January 1, 2019 only

Have a Budding Scientist in the Family?

If you have a budding scientist in your family who would like to learn how to use a microscope and take photomicrigraphs contact me. I will train anyone 12 -17old hat is accompanied by a parent. The parent attends for free $299. Students over the age of 18 do not require a parent. This is a great opportunity to learn about science and photography. The training will occur in my home laboratory and is open to anyone interested.

microscopy home laboratory by Robert Berdan ©

My home microscopy lab showing some of my microscopes - see my articles on Pond Life below.


   Recent Atrticle Postings

Please Click on the thumbnails or links to read the Latest Photography Articles or visit the home page of Canadian Nature Photographer .


Adams River - Tsútswecw Provincial Park Photographing the Salmon Run by Drs. Robert Berdan, Sharif Galal and Wayne Lynch 
Every four years there is a dominant salmon run in early October of Sockeye Salmon at Adams River - read more.



Fabulous Alberta by Eugene Kalionau If I was told that Fall in Alberta could be so diverse and could show itself in such a variety of different colors and shapes before I arrived to Calgary in late August this year - read more


Pond Life Viewed with a Microscope I by Dr. Robert Berdan Since purchasing a new Zeiss microscope in February of this year I have been exploring creeks and ponds for microscopic life and finding a wide variety of microorganisms to photograph - read more.


Pond Life Viewed with a Microscope II by Dr. Robert Berdan Ciliates are among the most complex and diverse unicellular organisms on the planet that form an important component of aquatic ecosystems- read more.


Smith-Dorrien Spray Trail A Photogenic Drive in Kananaskis Country by Dr. Fraz Anjum
 Smith-Dorrien Trail also known as Alberta 742 is a gravel road that connects Highway 40 to Canmore travelling through the heart of scenic Smith-Dorrien Valley - read more.

Please note my web site is now secure so the web address includes: https://. I am not sure what 2019 will bring but I see myself focusing more on macro and photomicrography as I find the microworld fascinating. I will continue to photograph wildlife, landscapes and the night sky. I am also interested in pursuing more time lapse photography and making movies of the microworld. What ever your interests are in photography I wish you all the best in 2019.

Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457