An Introduction to Digital Photography Workshop for Women Only

Join Mark and Leslie Degner from May 31st to June 3rd, 2012


If you just got a new digital camera, or have been taking pictures for a little while and would like to get a better understanding of the basics of digital photography, then this workshop is for you. In this workshop you will learn the basics of digital photography at a relaxed pace and in the company of like-minded women.


Through a series of presentations and field excursions in the vicinity of Aurum Lodge, Leslie and Mark will help you to increase your understanding of photography and provide you with the knowledge to create photographs, not just take snapshots.  Topics to be covered in the presentations and field sessions include: digital photography basics; understanding exposure and its creative uses; light - recognizing it and working with it; composition basics - creating an image that works; and other topics depending on the needs and desires of the group. Participants are asked to bring a few digital images or prints, and these images as well as images taken on the workshop will be critiqued by Leslie and Mark over the course of the workshop.  This workshop is limited to 6-7 photographers so there is lots of opportunity for one-on-one and small group instruction.


Although the emphasis is on outdoor and nature photography, the principles covered can be applied to any photographic situation.  Leslie and Mark have been photographing for over twenty years and are successful stock and commercial photographers. Their photographs have appeared in numerous greeting cards, calendars, posters, brochures, books and magazines.  Mark is a contributing editor for Outdoor Photography Canada magazine.


This workshop is based out of the eco-award winning Aurum Lodge in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the Province of Alberta.  The Lodge overlooks Abraham Lake and is approximately 30 minutes from the Banff Jasper Icefield Parkway (Hwy. 93).  The area around the lodge has many great photographic locations and opportunities to view and possibly photograph wildlife, including bears and bighorn sheep.


Tentative Workshop Schedule*                                                                                          

Thursday, May 31st                                                                     

Check-in 3:30 to 5:00 pm

5:00 pm Meet and Greet

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Presentation – Digital Photography Basics; participant image critiques


Friday, June 1st

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Presentation – Understanding Exposure

11:00 am Field shoot, location TBA; lunch in the field

5:00 pm Relax at the lodge

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00pm Presentation – Light; participant image critiques


Saturday, June 2nd                                                                      

5:00 am Sunrise field shoot, location TBA (Optional)

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Presentation – Composition

11:00 am Field shoot, location TBA; lunch in the field

5:00 pm Relax at the lodge

6:00 pm Dinner

7:00pm Evening shoot, location TBA or participant image critique


Sunday, June 3rd

5:00 am Sunrise field shoot, location TBA (Optional)

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Q&A session; field shoot at Lodge

12:00 lunch and wrap up              


*Schedule is subject to change and times are approximate.


During the workshop participant will be expected to car pool, each taking a turn doing the driving to the field locations.


Package includes:

- three nights accommodation at Aurum Lodge in the Rocky Mountains

- all meals and refreshments during your stay for the workshop

- photography instruction in the classroom, and in the field

- cost is C$999 per person, single occupancy or C$849 per person, double occupancy

- all taxes (5% GST and 4% Tourism Levy)

- maximum of seven participants


For registration please contact:

Alan and Madeleine Ernst at Aurum Lodge, 1-403-721-2117,, or

For more information please contact:

Leslie and Mark Degner at,