2018-19 Workshops, Photoshop Training & Private Sessions

Updated October 1, 2018

Photography workshop participants by Robert Berdan ©

Some participants in my Photo workshops. Call me at 403 247-2457 if you would like training or a Photography outing

I have been photographing and teaching web design, photography, photoshop and science at University and College for over 25 years. Photography is my passion and I love to help others reach their artistic potential. I provide workshops and private training year round on all aspects of outdoor photography, wildlife, landscapes, sports, how to use your camera, composition, colour theory and digital image editing.

If you don't see a workshop scheduled that you are interested in 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. I keep my training sessions small (1-3) to provide more personalized training. If you have a larger group contact me to see what might be arranged.

If you have a gift certificate please contact me to arrange a date you would like to go out. If you don't have camera equipment - I can provide you with a basic SLR camera and several lenses to use and also recommend purchases. I also have additional tripods you can borrow.

I own and use both Nikon and Canon gear and have special equipment for macrophotography and photomicrography. My main interest is nature, wildlife and science photography. You can see samples of my commercial and magazine photography here www.scienceandart.org.

I am a biologist with with a Doctorate in Cell Biology\Neurobiology and worked as a research scientist at the University of Calgary and University of Alberta. I have a special interest in photographing microscopic invertebrates (protozoa, ciliates, algae, Tardigrades etc).

Group Discount Applicable for any Workshop I Offer - if 2 sign up at one time save $100 - total is $500, if three book at the same time save $300 - cost $600.00 total + GST.

Individual photographers may bring along up to two additional guests if they are not bringing a camera for an additional $50 each. If they also wish to bring their cameras they can join at the discount price mentioned above.

Participants in field trips are required to sign a waiver indicating they realize there are some risks in outdoor activities that can not be avoided: See Waiver download here as a PDF

Upcoming Workshops for 2018/2019 - Consider a Gift Certificate for your Favourite Photographer

Gift certificates for Workshops can be purchased below - the certificates never expire and they are good towards any workshop and can be used for a private session or outing.


Photoshop Training Level I or II - $299.00 Private sessions - group discounts max 5 - available all year by appointment

Photoshop I course covers basics including colour calibration, basic workflow, working with RAW files, layers, converting to Black and white, Sepia and colouring. The workshop includes a 90 page booklet on various techniques, participants should bring 5-10 images they want to work on in the class. Also if there is some technique or procedure you want to learn there will be time in class for me to show you - let me know before hand what technique it is you want to learn. You can bring a laptop or use one of my computers. Class goes from 9-4 pm with an hour for lunch. The Advanced Photoshop II course includes masking, channels, hand colouring, HDR, stacking, Hockney, Oil painting, Orton imagery, sky replacement etc. Both courses include printed manuals or PDF ebooks with step by step instructions approx 100 pages each.




Snowy Owls - workshop 2019 Max of 3. $299. Dates are by appointment January and February 2019

A telephoto lens is essential for this workshop. We will stop for lunch during the day while we explore country roads outside of Calgary. I scout the roads ahead of time so have a good idea where we are likely to encounter snowy owls. I can be booked most days in January and February - I will take between 1-3 people in my Jeep. I offer a discount if 2 book at the same time of $500\day, 3 book at the same time $600. Note I can't guarantee owls, but in the past few years I have always been able to find a few. I don't bait the owls we photograph them where we find them though I do try to get you as close as possible. See article from 2018 "Lucky Swedes" and my article on "Winter Owls"


High Magnification Macro and Photomicrography including Focus Stacking - contact me $299 max 4

High magnification macrophotography and photomicrography will cover macro lenses, using microscope objectives attached to extension tubes, Canon MP65-E lens, focus stacking, using drift method for focus stacking and high speed flash. I will also demonstrate various software programs Photoshop, Helicon Focus and Digicam control for capturing images and focus stacking. This workshop is for all level of photographers interested in macro and photomicrography. Workshops are held in my studio in Silverspings and go from 9 am to 4 pm.


Winter Photography in the Mountain Parks - $299 max of 3 - Dates by appointment contact me to book a date you are available

This is a full day trip to photograph Wildlife and Winter Landscapes. The trip starts an hour before sunrise and we return later in the day. This is for all level of photographers interested in winter photography. Includes an optional follow up session and photo critique in my studio. I will provide transportation in my Jeep. Participants should bring a lunch and dress in layers for winter. I can guarantee spectacular landscapes, but not wildlife. We will be searching for moose, grouse, elk, deer, and wolves during this trip.



Winter Photography in the Badlands March 2, 2019 - 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. You can book this trip with me anytime of year.



Spring Wildflowers - Saturday June 8, 2019 $299 - Max of 3

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. See article on photographing wild flowers in the Rockies. All participants will be provided with an e-book on macrophotography. Participants will also receive an ebook on Macrophotography . I can provide some equipment for nikon and canon users e.g. macro lens, tripod, closeup filters, bean bags etc.

Waterfalls by Robert Berdan  

Waterfalls & Rainforest 2019 Workshop July 13 and 14 - Max 3 - $599

In this workshop we will explore the Arrow lakes, Begbie creek falls, Sutherland Creek Falls and others around Revelstoke, BC. 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. I plan to leave early Saturday morning (6:00 am) the drive is about 4 hours to Revelstoke through the National Parks. We will be back in Calgary late Sunday afternoon. A tripod is required for the waterfalls, telephoto and macro lens also recommended. Note food and one night accommodation are not included in price.


Autumn Landscape Workshop -anytime 3-4th week in September - 2019 Max 3 - $299

In this workshop we will visit Kananaskis in the early morning for some landscape and wildlife photos. We will bring our lunch and spend the day visiting various locations in the park to take pictures of landscape and wildlife. A tripod is recommended, a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens. I will cover composition, use of grad and polarizing filters. We might do a short hike to photograph some waterfalls. Any hikes hikes will be short. Bring hiking boots, camera bag, tripod and lunch. See my article on Kananaskis from 2018 to see what we might see and photograph.


Private training in photography - Alberta tours - all year $299/ day or $60\hr

I would be happy to arrange a day trip with you and provide transportation or show you how to get the most out of your camera for an hourly rate. Whether you are a beginner or seasoned pro I would be happy to offer you my instructional or guiding services in Alberta or parts of BC. If you just purchased a new camera I can provide instruction hourly for $60\hr on any DSLR camera.



Learn to Restore Old photographs - $299\day or $60\hr - by appointment

I can show you how to scan images, photograph and enlarge old photos, fix them up, hand colour them or remove the backgrounds. I have been restoring old photographs using Adobe Photoshop for 20 years. You can bring several of your own old photographs and I will assist you in reparing them if you would like to see some samples of my work visit: scienceandart.org


Snow Flake Photography - Winter 2018-2019 $299 Max of 4

We have winter for several months in Calgary and photographing snowflakes can be fun. You will learn how to use several macro lenses to take closeups of snowflakes, focus stacking and other techniques. The workshop will take place in Calgary NW Silversprings - in my backyard on a Saturday or Sunday. The dates will depend on when its snowing - if for some reason it does not snow on the date or you can't make it I will arrange an alternate date. The workshop will start at 10 am to about 5 pm. Participants should bring a macro lens and DSLR.
See my snowflake gallery and the article by Don Komarechka 


Photography Basics for Beginners - 3 hours $150 6 hours $249 - Dates Anytime of the year - call me to book a session.

This workshop is aimed at those that might have just purchased a new camera and would like to know where to start and how to control their camera. I will cover the different shooting modes, shutter speed, ISO speed, exposure compensation, colour modes (sRGB vs Adobe RGB), how to use the histogram and more. Participants are asked to bring their camera, camera manual, lenses and filters they own and any other accessories. Also they should bring a list of questions they would like answered. I will also cover composition basics and participants will receive 2 ebooks on DSLR basics and Composition suitable for reading on cell phone or table. The sessions will be held in my studio and in local parks e.g. Bowmount park.


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

1)$60\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 $60\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 travel and accomodation costs are reimbursed.

Photoshop I - enquire about private training when convenient 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 - enquire about private training when convenient 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 (note all computers now have LCD monitors, are calibrated, and 12-32 MB of RAM). Photo above is several years old I now have even better equipment including one Mac.


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 30 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 for me to reserve a 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 all types of weather as it can snow in July in Alberta.



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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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