Cypress Hills photography workshop

September 21 - 23, 2018

Cypress Hills photography workshop focuses on landscape and outdoor photography. Our goal for the workshop is to bring together keen photographers to explore this special region of Saskatchewan, exercise their creative side and return home with memorable images.

We will spend a weekend in one of the most spectacular places in southwest Saskatchewan at the beginning of fall colour season (see a gallery of images from Cypress Hills).

The instructional portion of the workshop will include image reviews and post-processing exercise using Adobe Lightroom. You will have an opportunity to share your experience and knowledge with the group, and exchange ideas with fellow photographers during image review sessions.


Photographer at Conglomerate Cliffs, Cypress Hills

Photographer at Conglomerate Cliffs, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park


Photo workshop itinerary

Here is a tentative schedule, exact dates will be announced soon. Please note that the workshop itinerary and daily schedule are flexible, allowing us to adapt to environmental conditions and take advantage of rare opportunities that we might encounter.


Friday afternoon

4 pm – 5 pm: introduction, group orientation

5 pm – 7:30 pm: evening (sunset) photography, off site

8 pm: group dinner, open discussion time



6 am – 8 am: morning (sunrise) photography, off site

8:30 am – 9:30 am: group breakfast

9:30 am – noon: rest, open image editing time

Lunch (open or group lunch, off site)

3 pm – 5 pm: image review, group critique & discussion, slideshows

5 pm – 7:30 pm: evening (sunset) photography, off site

8 pm: group dinner, open discussion time



6 am – 8 am: morning (sunrise) photography, off site

8:30 am – 9:30 am: group breakfast

10 am: review of weekend activities, check–out


View of Cypress Hills at dusk, Saskatchewan

View of Cypress Hills foothills at dusk, Saskatchewan


What to expect: the Cypress Hills photography workshop focuses on landscape and outdoor photography. The event is suitable for photographers with intermediate and advanced photography skills. Because we do so much photography during the day and review images in the afternoon, novice photographers will also find this workshop beneficial for advancement of their photography skills.

To ensure personal attention and maximize the learning outcome, size of the group is limited to a maximum of 5 participants.

Please bring a camera and lenses that you usually use, spare camera batteries and a battery charger, enough memory cards to get you through the weekend, and a sturdy tripod. If you can, bring a laptop for image editing and review. Most locations will be readily accessible from the road, although we may hike short distances over uneven terrain; bring sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support. And something that you can wear in the morning and not get wet. I usually bring rubber boots and change to regular shoes when the grass dries out. Dress in layers and bring a warm jacket for morning photography.


Cost: $495 (based on double occupancy, $550 with single room)


What is included: the photography workshop fee includes photography guide, two nights of accommodation at the Spring Valley Guest Ranch (link: , dinner on Friday and Saturday evening and full breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning. Light snacks and coffee will be provided before the morning shoot.

What is not included: cost of remaining meals are not included in the photo workshop fee. We have an option to eat lunches at the Resort at Cypress Hills (link: or visit several restaurants in nearby Maple Creek (link: Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Car-pooling is possible and encouraged.


Autumn colours in aspen forest (inverted abstract reflection), Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan

Aspen forest reflection in autumn. Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan


A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to keep your spot. The remainder of the registration fee is due one month before the workshop (i.e. mid August of 2018). You can send the deposit by cheque, bank e-transfer or a secure on-line payment (PayPal or credit card).

If you send us the full amount, your registration fee is refundable if you cancel in writing by September 1, 2018 (minus the $100 deposit fee). We do not provide refund if you cancel after September 8, 2018, or voluntarily not attend the workshop.

red pointer - important informationPlease note: you do not need a PayPal account to process the on-line payment – you can pay with your credit card. After you start the checkout process by clicking on the ‘Pay Now’ button, you will be redirected to the secure PayPal web site to complete the transaction.

Process the deposit payment with your Pay Pal account or select the second option “Pay with Credit Card or Visa Debit”. When prompted, enter the credit card information. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with the receipt as soon as the transaction is processed by PayPal.

Workshop deposit


Morning fog on pond in Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan

Morning fog on pond in Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan


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