Photo Workshops,Talks & Exhibitions 2017


1 day Workshops 2017

My format  – lots of information gets put out in a one day workshop but it is verbal – me telling you how to do. There is a 2 hour segment on the Friday night to show you techniques and how to make them work when we are in the field.  – What will I learn is the most asked question? First – we will look at “seeing” photographically, the ability to recognize a composition and how to capture it. And all those f-stops and shutter speeds – different combinations create different effects, we will explore those combinations on the Friday and put into practice on the Saturday. We will also look at potential compositions from an artistic perspective rather than just documenting your subjects – how lens selection can change the dynamics of your images. If time permits – we will explore how flash and reflectors can add power to your images. This is also a chance to bounce ideas off others, compare notes and just do some shooting without the day-to-day distractions of life – this day belongs to you.

Custom Workshops

Looking for a workshop that focuses on your needs – don’t like crowds – want individual attention – work in an environment at your pace – then drop me a line. I can provide you with a custom workshop that works for you. I cover all the bases – starting with pre-visualization excercises, to image capture and post processing all from the comfort of my studio on Lake of Bays. We shoot in one of the Canada’s largest provincial parks, Algonquin – 20 minutes from my studio – let me know. Prices upon request

Algonquin One-Day Fall Foliage Workshop 2017

Date: Friday evening 7pm – 9pm – Fri Oct 6th – Sat, Oct 7th, 2017 8:00 – 3:30
Cost: $150.00 + HST
Location: Dwight, ON

Call 1.705.635.2205 to register

Talks & Exhibitions 2017

World Wide Quest –Thurs, 7:00 pm, Nov 3rd 2016. Toronto Botanical Gardens, Toronto “Challenges of Travel photography”


Huntsville Art Society – Wed 7 pm Nov 16th, 2016  “Artistic Journeys”

Guelph Camera Club –Wed 7:00 pm, Jan 18th, 2017 “Creative Images”


Ajax Camera Club – Tues 7:30 pm; Jan 24th, 2017 “Challenges of Travel photography”


Lanark County Camera Club – March 2017 – “Challenges of Travel photography”

Oshawa Camera Club – Wed 7:30 pm April 26th, 2017 – Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914 Trans Antarctic journey

Georgian Bay Camera Club, Collingwood – Thurs, 7:30 pm May 11th – 2.8 and Beyond


Travel Writing & Photography


With Nicola Ross & Rob Stimpson

With the proliferation of blogs, travel websites and on-demand printing, there has never been a better time to describe your travels in print and image. Nor, unfortunately, have there been more opportunities to present poorly constructed prose and less-than stellar photographs.

If you want your travel stories to sparkle and entertain, please join us for a day-long Travel Writing & Photography Workshop at The Farmhouse Pottery in the Hockley Valley. Under the guidance of award-winning photographer Rob Stimpson and award-winning writer, Nicola Ross, and with the Credit River as the backdrop, you will learn the tricks of the trade.

Meant for writers and photographers of all levels, the workshop will provide you with practical information based on Nicola’s and Rob’s years of experience. You will come away from the day both inspired by your new knowledge and more confident that your travel stories will tell a tale that is worth reading and looking at.


Location & Time

Time:          10am to 4pm
Date:          Saturday, April 22, 2017
New Location:    The Farmhouse Pottery, 307114 Hockley Rd, Mono, ON L9W 6N6. Three kilometres east of Highway 10 on Hockley Road just north of Orangeville.


  • Coffee, tea, water and treats provided
  • Bring your own lunch or you can order a lunch in advance
  • $150/person + HST


Algonquin Moose Photo Adventure 2017

Date: June 2nd – 5th, 2017 (Option to stay out 2 nights)
Cost: $750.00 – includes food, accommodation and guides
Location: Voyageur Quest Lodge, South River, ON

To book, please call Voyageur Quest (416) 486-3605 or visit

Paddle Algonquin’s northwest corner is search of Moose. Wake up with the sun, canoe through the mist and enjoy magical mornings photographing Algonquin’s famed wildlife. From landscapes to the majestic moose, the photography is outstanding. There is no shortage of moose – in the 2 workshops in 2014 – 32 moose were spotted.

This trip will appeal to those who want wildlife photography in a totally natural setting. This 2 night adventure (there is an option for a 2nd night in the backcountry) features both camping and lodge accommodation – Group size is limited to 8 photographers.


Travel & Landscape Photography 2017

In Association with the Haliburton School of the Arts


Date: July 3rd – 7th, 2017 
Location: Haliburton campus – Haliburton village
Course Code: (ARTS701)

To book, please call 1-866-353-6464


Our travels and journeys take us to places we never may visit again. On these trips we all want to document where we have been and for the most part capture a sense of place. The camera becomes our voice through our visual interpretation of the landscape. In this course you will learn how to create an effective photo essay that becomes your own personal interpretation of the places you visit. Good photographs are made not just taken – you will learn how to create an image not just take a picture. Through the use of simple techniques, you will learn to take an effective portrait of people in the outdoors, how to enhance your landscape images, add emotion to your pictures and how to get the most out of the tools you have. We will spend time wandering through the village of Haliburton and surrounding areas looking for places of interest where we can set our camera’s up to create your visual interpretation of the landscape. Through assignments, critiques of your work and slideshows, you will learn what it takes to be a more effective photographer. …



Photographing the Big Landscape

Algonquin Prov Park

Algonquin Prov Park

Location: Haliburton School of the Arts
Date: July 10th-14th, 2017
Cost: $325.00
To book, please call 1-866-353-6464
Please note: A basic understanding of a digital camera with manual functions is required. A good working knowledge of computer operation is compulsory along with either Photoshop or Lightroom. This course is not for beginners.

The landscapes of Halliburton County are varied and diverse. From vistas overlooking unbroken forest, to the wealth of lakes and rivers, this course will explore photographic techniques utilizing these landscape for inspiration. Good photographs are made, not just taken. They are created. Learn how to create a landscape image, more than just pressing the shutter. Using 3 techniques; pre-visualization, image capture and post processing to recognize an existing composition then to capture it effectively. Instruction will address camera functions, combined functions,and lens selection to capture what you are seeing. We will then use photo imaging software to go to the next level in the creation of the image shot. The differences between and suitability of documenting or interpreting an a photograph will be discussed.  Instruction will include assignments, image sharing, and constructive critiques.

The Fall Equinox In Killarney 2017

Photograph the Change in Seasons in Killarney

Date: September 21st – Sept 24th, 2017
Cost: $860.00 + HST & 15% gratuity on meals

Location: Killarney, ON

To book, please call 1-800-461-1117


This one of my most popular workshops – combines the comfort of an established Ontario resort, Killarney Mountain Lodge and the magnificence of Killarney. This three-day workshop allows you to explore Killarney Village and renowned Killarney Provincial Park on early morning and late afternoon shooting expeditions. This workshop offers a small class and professional instruction in a friendly and relaxed setting. Focusing on learning by doing is the style of teaching – this helps you experiment with new techniques and create images that capture a sense of place. Our program is designed to maximize the early morning and late afternoon/early evening light. I am hoping the Lodge will take us by boat down to the Foxe Islands on one of our days to photograph the magnificence of the outcroppings of rock that form the thousands of islands.


The Gales of November – Passing the torch

web-Gales_Stimpson_4152After many years of running “The Gales of November” photography workshop, the time has come to pass the torch to another photographer. I am spending more of my timeworking as an expedition photographer in Antarctica during the southern summer. This conflicts with the dates of the “Gales” as well as my other photo projects. I want to thank Dave Wells at Naturally Superior Adventures for his continued support and making it happen year after year. Big thanks go to OTMPC for their on-going support – especially Chris Milner, Steve Bruno, Helen Lovekin, Nicole Leaper and Carol Caputo from Algoma. Also Ontario Parks – special thanks to Carol Dersch, Bob Elliot and Lori Waldbrook. Another thank you to Laura Robin at the Ottawa Citizen who made it the front page story on the Citizen’s Saturday travel section in 2007. Thanks go to all the participants who made the trek to Wawa in November. The Gales is one of the longest running photo workshops in Ontario, winning a best product in 2007 at the Tourism Summit. It was born during the inception of Paddling Ontario and Arts in the Wild – when Dave Wells and myself created a product that integrated storm watching and photography on the north shore of Lake Superior. It coincided with the sinking of the Edmond Fitzgerald in 1975. From snowstorms, road closures and wild shifts in weather, the “Gales” rocked.
Gitche Gumee, the shining Big-Sea-Water is one of Canada’s top landscapes – a place that needs to be seen and experienced. Hike it, paddle it, paint it, photograph it – just go and see it. – Thanks to all who made it happen