Travel to Tofino during August - A Canadian Photographic Gem

Together we do work hard from dawn to dusk and you will return home tired but satisfied with the images and memories left on your memory cards.

A few things that also need mentioned; this is a photography workshop, not a photo tour.  We will be generally photographing during the optimal light of the day, 6am till 10am and 5pm till 10pm. Then during the middle of the day we'll spend the time holding classes and reviewing your photos.  Also, the proper camera gear is very important for a successful photography workshop experience.  The gear we suggest includes digital (or film) SLR with a range of lenses from wide angle to telephoto.  A sturdy tripod and other items are also essential, and a more complete list of suggested equipment will be provided when you register.

A Typical Day

The Tofino photography workshop will begin Sunday afternoon.  We will meet for group reception and you will be given an orientation presentation on the area. We will also show you examples of the kind of photographic situations that you will be in, but also make some suggestions on how you should approach these situations.

A final, detailed itinerary will be provided at the workshop dinner.  It is always subject to last minute changes to take advantage of the constantly changing weather and light.  But we will select our locations from some of the following: Rainforest Hot Springs, Private boat tours, Lighthouse loop, Long beach, Combers Beach, Meares Island, Pacific Rim National Park.  We will not have the time to cover all of these locations but will select the ones that provide the finest photographic opportunities at the time based on my experience living in British Columbia

Most of our days will begin well before sunrise.  We will arrive at our location an hour before sunrise.  This will give us an opportunity to photograph in the luminous blue hour.  Because Tofino is so large, some mornings will entail driving times of a half hour or more.  We will continue to photograph through the morning golden hour, that period after sunrise when the sun is still low in the sky and the light especially warm. For our night photo shoots we will leave the classroom for our afternoon and sunset destinations in time to take full advantage of the afternoon golden hour, sunset and twilight for such photographic styles as long exposure and light painting.

An important part of the Tofino photography workshop is feedback and instruction. As mentioned, we will take advantage of the poor light during the middle of the day to review your photos and offer 'classroom' instruction.  In addition to covering such topics as composition and depth of field we will also spend some time on workflow and post processing using Lightroom and Photoshop. 

The weather in Tofino             

The average daily temperature in Tofino is around 15°C ( 60°F) in July and August, these are ideal months for outdoor activities for photographers. August also sees the second lowest rainfall in Tofino each year and allows the elongated shadows to be visible each morning and night as we walk the expansive shorelines during the golden hours.

Traveling to Tofino

Detailed travel instructions will be provided when you sign up.  But I've provided high level information here that will help you with your initial travel planning.

Nanaimo, BC is the nearest major airport.  There you can rent a car or catch alternative transportation.  It's about 207 kilometers (129 miles) to Tofino from Nanaimo.

Tofino can be reached by traveling north on Hwy 19 to Qualicum Beach out of Nanaimo.  From there go west (left) on Hwy #4, through Port Alberni to Tofino.

Who Should Attend

You should at least have a good grasp of the functions of your camera. This workshop will benefit the serious amateur to the more advanced hobbyist.

Maximum number of attendees for this workshop is limited to only 10 photographers

Investment in your photographic abilities during this workshop is $895.00USD including taxes.

Here’s how it works: You drive. You book your own hotel rooms (we will recommend hotels or cottage rental locations that we have negotiated with on your behalf). You pay for your own meals. We provide photographic instruction and guidance. And, we arrange shooting locations, meeting times, restaurants, and traditional campfire meals etc

We are limiting this Photo Workshop to 10 participants for personalized attention. Spaces do go quickly on our Canadian Workshops... so book your space soon!

What you will learn: We will focus on planning for a successful landscape and seascape photo shoot... from clothing, to gear, to positioning and planning techniques that we have used on this workshop. By teaching you this in Tofino, you can then take that knowledge home and employ these techniques in your local area.

When we are out photographing we will discuss camera settings, using a tripod, holding your camera properly and what settings to consider using to maximize the number of shots that you consider a "keeper". We will also discuss animal habits to watch for to increase your success when we are shooting animals, and we will discuss exposure compensation and stepping down your shutter speed in order to create more depth and emotion in your images... our goal is to take you photography to the next step and help you achieve your photography to the next level of learning.

When we return to the hotel we will then open up our laptops and discuss editing techniques to achieve sharper images, how to enhance the photo in your camera in post editing... and how to manipulate color, create better composition from cropping and introduce you to some techniques we use to create more appealing images.

In Conclusion: I thank for your interest in the 2014 Tofino photography workshop.  I hope you please consider joining us in this popular photography destination.  This is a wonderful time of year to experience British Columbia and we look forward to sharing it with you.

When you do book your space we will send you a complete list of conveniently located resorts and hotels that will fit into your budget. We have been in touch with quite a few locations to secure you preferred pricing for your stay in Tofino.

I have a few photos of Tofino, but I thought I would post images taken that are posted on various sites from average photographers that have traveled there and share their photos online... these shots are what you will be presented with... and we will be there to help you create stunning images for your portfolio.

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: