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 6-11th, 2020
- 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: 8
Price: $2597 CAD
Darlene really knows her stuff
She's patient and instructs in a laid back way that encourages learning. I learned so many things in this workshop including back button focus which will help me with my bird photography.
I look forward to attending more trips, tours and workshops with Darlene.
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.
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.
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.
Join the waiting list below to get notified early and grab a spot.
Photography Workshop in Wine Country
With 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
This 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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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: $2597 CAD
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 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.
- 2 lunches.
- 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.
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.
Loved my SECOND workshop with Digital Photo Mentor
My first workshop with Digital Photo Mentor was a Night Photography Workshop. It was great fun and close to my home.
I was really impressed with Darlene’s teaching ability and style and she is never intimidating and always ready to share all her knowledge.
So, when I saw the email about the Drumheller workshop in Canada, I knew it was for me. I was anxious to get out of my own backyard and see some different country. I love old rusty anything, and country atmosphere, so the Drumheller workshop filled the bill with the old mine, the old trucks and mining equipment.
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).
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.
Great step by step instruction
I learned lots of valuable information at this workshop. Great step-by-step instruction including the why, the how and the when! This workshop covers beginner and advanced topics, so it's great for all levels of photographers.
On the second day of the workshop, I was already approaching my shot differently which improved my photography significantly.
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
Our 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.
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Price: $2597 CAD