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5 Day Wine & Photography Workshop in Canada’s Okanagan Valley

An amazing vista view of a winery in the Okanagan valley wine region of Canada's British Columbia.

This photography workshop takes you on a 5-day journey through British Columbia’s lush grape-growing region, the Okanagan Valley. Photo opportunities abound by day, and unequaled food and wine experiences overflow by night.

Practical Experience, Hands-On Help and Plenty of Wine

  • Where: Penticton, BC – Okanagan Valley
  • When: September 30th – October 5th, 2018
  • Who: You and seven other photography enthusiasts.
  • What: A 5-day photography workshop in the wine and fruit orchards of Canada's Okanagan Valley. Explore wine country, improve your photography skills and enjoy some of the best food and wine the country has to offer.
  • Why: Total photography immersion, with an experienced professional photographer and seasoned workshop instructor providing lots of hands-on help! And honestly, why not?
  • Remaining Spots: 7

photography workshop student getting some shots of the winery grapes and landscape behind

Price: $2497 CAD

Register Now – $500

Note: Once we receive your completed registration form, you will be sent an invoice for a $500 reservation fee in Canadian dollars with the remainder being invoiced 60 days prior to the workshop. The price equates to approximately $1950 USD or $2550 AUD respectively.

Prices are based on double occupancy, there is a $395 CAD single supplement price if you would like your own room. (If you request a roommate we will endeavor to match you with one, but cannot guarantee this. If a roommate is not available the single supplement will apply.)

This workshop is limited to just eight people so we can keep the group small enough for individual attention from the instructor.

This workshop pairs well with our weekend photography workshop which takes place in Drumheller, Alberta the weekend prior.

We've scheduled these photography workshops to run back to back, allowing anyone traveling to Canada to spend some time improving their photography skills while on vacation. Ask us about travel ideas that would lead you through Calgary, Canmore, Banff and the Canadian Rocky Mountains as you make your way west towards Vancouver.

If you wish to participate in both, we offer $150 off when you register for both fall 2018 workshops.

Darlene was knowledgeable and easy to work with.

The photography workshop helped me be aware of, and use more of my camera’s capabilities and the way I view a scene before taking a photograph.

Larry Flemming

Improve your camera skills

If you like photo vacations with an emphasis on improving your camera skills at the same time, a smaller group presents a greater chance you’ll learn what you came to – and then some!

We’re only accepting a maximum of eight participants for this workshop, which makes it a perfect opportunity to learn new photography skills and gain confidence with your camera.

One-on-one instruction

As we explore the Okanagan Valley wine region, you’ll have private, one-on-one access to one of Canada’s finest photography instructors – your workshop leader, Darlene Hildebrandt.

There will be plenty of time for reviewing your images as well as individual questions and assistance.

Stunning wine

Canada’s answer to Napa Valley – the Okanagan Valley region – boasts 172 licensed wineries with 8,619 acres of grapes and orchards planted across the valley.

As rich as the area is with luscious scenery and savory food and wine, the valley is also alive with history. Remnants of historic railways, as well as the region’s native heritage and mining history, can still be found today. A select few will be used in some of our on location shoots.

Photography Workshop in Wine Country

Okanagan valley wine region providing the perfect backdrop for a photography workshopWith the gorgeous Okanagan Valley wine region as our home base, we’ll photograph sunrise among the grapevines and sunset overlooking the lake from a stunning vista. You may want to snap a photo or two of a local winemaker, a unique bottle of wine or even try your hand at food photography.

Okanagan Valley Wine Region

Barrels of wine at a Hester Creek winery, Oliver BCThis is no ordinary photography workshop! In addition to our photo excursions, we will also take full advantage of being in wine country.

We’ll enjoy tasting a variety of the valley’s unique and award-winning offerings, have memorable dinners with wine pairings, of course, and other experiences specially-designed just for our group.

It's the Wine Capital of Canada

Okanagan Lake

Okanagan lake with rows of vines in the foreground
As part of our journey, we’ll photograph beautiful Okanagan Lake, the largest in the region.

Picturesque parks and beaches line the shore of this 130-kilometer-long, 232-meter-deep fjord lake.

While we’re there, be on the lookout for Ogopogo, Canada’s most infamous – and elusive – mythical lake monster, first spotted in 1872.

Peachland


We’ll visit Peachland, a quaint mountainside community of 5,000 residents on the western shore of Okanagan Lake.

Across from Peachland, discoveries are waiting to be uncovered on Rattlesnake Island.

There you can find ruins of building foundations and a former miniature golf course from a half-finished tourist park created in the 1970s.

Oliver

red and white grapes in a crate show contrast in colors
Oliver BC, named the Wine Capital of Canada by Tourism British Columbia is located near the south end of the valley in the midst of desert land, mountains and lakes.

The region touts several award-winning vineyards and orchards.

We will follow Oliver’s “Golden Mile” to 14 wineries within a 20-kilometer distance and enjoy the wine regions biggest and boldest reds.

Naramata Bench


Photo opportunities continue in the tranquil village of Naramata and along the Naramata Bench, a world-recognized wine region boasting 28 boutique wineries. We’ll explore the country roads and enjoy stunning views of the mountains and Okanagan Lake.

The area is famous for its quirky winery monikers. For example:

  • Misconduct Wine Company
  • Tightrope Winery
  • Therapy Vineyards

Penticton

old farm tractor at a winery used as a propt for a photo shoot
The small city of Penticton is nestled between Okanagan Lake on the north and Skaha Lake to the south. The unofficial translation of the town’s name – and now official motto – is, “a place to stay forever.”

It’s easy to see why as the area basks in more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year and is known for its sandy beaches, lake activities, orchards, wineries, rock climbing, skiing, and golf.

All in all a very enjoyable weekend

Darlene was very receptive to working with individuals as well as the group and tried to tailor the material to suit individuals wants and needs. All in all a very enjoyable weekend.

Brian Hayward

On-site photography instruction and tutoring covering:

  • Sunrise photography
  • Sunset photography
  • Blue hour
  • Night photography
  • Star trails
  • Shooting the Milky Way
  • Landscape photography
  • Macro photography tips
  • HDR photography tips
  • Tips for how to shoot and process a panorama
  • How to shoot moving water
  • How to use filters for long exposure photography
  • Food photography at a winery
  • Whatever else you need help with!

Pricing for Okanagan Valley Wine & Photography Workshop

Price: $2497

Register Now – $500

This workshop is a great value, it is deluxe. You get everything below included in your registration price:

  • 5 nights accommodation in the top rated Trip Advisor hotel in Penticton (price based on double occupancy).
  • 5 breakfasts.
  • 2 lunches.
  • 5 dinners – including one 5-course deluxe dinner with wine pairings, and two other dinners at wineries with the food and wine carefully selected for you by the winery.
  • 7 classroom sessions with time for; lessons and exercises to take into the field and practice on site; image reviews, and processing tips and tricks.
  • Up to 14 different on-location photo shoots (including all the stuff below).
  • Ongoing instructor support during the location shoots.
  • A special photo shoot at a winery.
  • Food photography demonstration and tips at a winery with one of the best patios and view in the valley.
  • Time to relax and drink some wine together.

photography workshop instructor Darlene Hildebrandt

Your Instructor Darlene Hildebrandt
Darlene is the creator of Digital Photo Mentor, a photography teacher, tour leader, traveler, and a cat owner. She has over 30 years of experience as a professional photographer and has been teaching photography since 2011. She is a Canon and Fuji user but speaks almost all other photography languages including; Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax and more. Whatever your skill level and experience, she can help you unlock the next level and take better photos.

Darlene, you are most definitely meant to teach

I was not sure what to expect going in, as I knew I had a lot less experience than anyone else in the group. I was basically starting from scratch with SLR photography. The group size was perfect for me to ask questions, get some help, and then play around on my own. Darlene you have an incredible amount of patience with everyone, most definitely meant to teach. I feel inspired to keep learning, and will be back for another photography workshop in the future.

Stacey Oviatt

Is this the right photography workshop for you?

This workshop IS for you if:

  • You are a beginner to intermediate, amateur, or hobby photographer.
  • You have a DSLR, Mirrorless or Micro 4/3's camera (that has manual controls) and want to get more out of it.
  • You love to travel.
  • You like meeting new people.
  • You love learning new things and try different genres of photography.
  • You want to improve your photography.
  • You want to know how to make your images have the punch they seem to lack.
  • You want to have new experiences.
  • You are fun and open-minded.
  • You enjoy sipping a glass of wine.

This workshop IS NOT for you if:

  • You are a working professional photographer (this is not a portfolio expansion opportunity).
  • You have a point and shoot camera (unfortunately those cameras are a bit limiting and there isn't as much to learn about them so you may not get as much value out of the workshop).
  • You already have some good images (you think) but want someone to review them for you.
  • You are under 18 (sorry no minors).

Our Accommodations

All participants of this photography workshop will stay together at our hotel resort in Penticton, BC – the Ramada Penticton. They're rated 4.2 on Google with 186 reviews, and a solid 4 on Tripadvisor with nearly 1700 reviews.

Our rooms are spacious, luxurious and all have double french doors that open up to 2 acres of grass courtyard and pool. Great for practicing what you're learning and maybe some macro shots.

Learn your camera better than you thought possible

Be rested and ready because you are going to learn your camera better than you thought possible and also get a gallery of shots that surpass anything you ever imagined being able to take!

Dara Choy

Cancellation policies

If for some reason you need to cancel your registration (of course we'll be very sad!) the following cancellation and refund policies will apply. Due to the limited size of the workshop, if you reserve a spot and then cancel, it may mean that we have turned away other interested people. So after the cut-off dates, a retainer fee will be charged based on the date of cancellation. Please read these policies carefully, there will be no exceptions.

  • In the event of a cancellation, your initial deposit is non-refundable unless we can fill your spot.
  • Final invoices will be issued 90 days before the workshop and due 60 days in advance of the start date.
  • Cancellation more than 60 days in advance – you will get a full refund of your final payment (not including your $500 deposit).
  • Cancellation 31-60 days in advance a 75% refund of your final payment will apply (not including your $500 deposit).
  • Cancellation 15-30 days in advance 50% refund of your final payment will apply (not including your $500 deposit).
  • Cancellation less than 14 days before the workshop – no refund will be issued. At that point hotel rooms, meals, and other booking fees will have been paid in advance and cannot be returned to the workshop organizers, so any last minute cancellations, unfortunately, cannot be refunded and the full balance is the retainer fee.

Every bottle of wine has a story

Bottles of wine used by our photography workshop has set up for a shootOur wine and photography workshop is designed to help you capture that story, leaving you with extraordinary images and countless tales of your own to tell for years to come.

Throughout our time together, you’ll have ample opportunities to enjoy and explore Canada’s wine country to your heart’s content. Wander the nearby mountains and photograph rare birds. Chat with a local winemaker about the history behind their label.

Simply relax on the patio and sample local artisan cheeses with a specialty wine.

The choice is yours – it’s your experience, your adventure!

There’s a story behind every bottle of wine, they say.

And when you’re back home, surrounded by stunning images and lasting memories … and you open that bottle of your new favorite Okanagan Valley wine?

Now, you’ll know its story.

Save $150

This workshop pairs well with our photography workshop which takes place in Drumheller, Alberta the weekend before.

We've scheduled our two Canadian fall photography workshops to run back to back, allowing anyone traveling to Canada to spend some time improving their photography skills while on vacation.

Ask us about travel ideas that would allow you to take nearly 6 days to drive from Drumheller, AB to Penticton, BC.

You could spend a day in Calgary before heading through the majestic Canadian Rockies. Discover Canmore and Banff, or spend a few days relaxing in Lake Louise.

Then make your way through the Rockies and into the Okanagan Valley. Do some wine tasting on your own or visit some orchards before this Wine & Photography Workshop.

Finally, continue on to Vancouver or Vancouver Island to complete your tour of Western Canada.

If you wish to participate in both, we offer $150 off when you register for both fall 2018 workshops.

Sign up now

Price: $2497

Register Now – $500

Note: Once we receive your completed registration form, you will be sent an invoice for a $500 reservation fee in Canadian dollars with the remainder being invoiced 60 days prior to the workshop. The price equates to approximately $1950 USD or $2550 AUD respectively.

Prices are based on double occupancy, there is a $395 CAD single supplement price if you would like your own room. (If you request a roommate we will endeavor to match you with one, but cannot guarantee this. If a roommate is not available the single supplement will apply.)

This workshop is limited to just eight people so we can keep the group small enough for individual attention from the instructor.

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