Join us for the 6th annual Summer Shoots adventure. Let your camera be your passport to a wonderful season of exploration and discovery! Let us introduce you to destinations that you can re-visit and will inspire you and your photography for years to come.

Summer Shoots is a series of 8 half-day or full-day photo expeditions offered weekly between June and August 2018, featuring a range of locations, events, times of the day, and providing the opportunity to photograph landscape, nature and wildlife, people, events and ceremonies.

In addition, there will be dedicated time for mid-program image-review, critique and skill development built into the schedule. The full program includes 11 sessions.

Summer Shoots is for those who want to improve and refine their ability to see the world through a photographer’s eyes, with regular practice, mentoring and feedback, exposure to new principles, techniques and approaches, challenges, and the camaraderie of people who are just as passionate about photography, and share a commitment to getting better.

Each session will include: location-shooting; an assignment to build skills in composition (ie. framing, subject placement, negative space, and motion); advice on how to refine your handling of exposure; encouragement to experiment with creative techniques; and instruction on the requirements of a specific genres (environmental portraits, landscape, architecture, still life, night and low-light, astrophotography, action, and spectacle).

We will strive to make beautiful pictures as well as capture beautiful subjects, tell compelling visual stories, and capture and express energy and emotion in the work.

Participant photographers will be asked to share two assignment images from each shoot, weekly, online, for instructor and group feedback. A private Facebook group page will be made available for participants for this purpose.

Shooting Schedule

Date/Day Event Duration
June 16/Sunday Summer Shoots – Introductory Session Afternoon
June 23/Sunday 2019 Summer Solstice Competition Pow-Wow Afternoon
June 28 or 29/Friday or Saturday Summer’s Here – Stargazing Tour (Astrophotography) at the Lennox Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area Evening/Night
July 7/Sunday Old Growth Forests of Eastern Ontario: Shaw Woods and Gillies Grove Full Day
July 14/Sunday Finnegan’s Flea Market: “A fun trip to the land of treasures.” Full Day
Week of July 16th – 20th Mid-summer image review and critique Afternoon
July 21/Sunday Boldt Castle/St. Lawrence Seaway Full Day/Passport required
July 28/Sunday Kingston Penitentiary Tour Full Day
August 4/Sunday RAM Rodeo: Tweed Stampede Full Day
August 11/Saturday Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light Fireworks Competition Evening
August 18/Sunday Summer Shoots – Wrap Up and Critique Afternoon

*The schedule may be adjusted to accommodate cancellation of events or restriction of access to destinations. In the event that a location becomes unavailable for shooting, or there is a change in an event schedule, an alternative shooting location will be offered. The final schedule will be provided at the time of the first introduction session. Outings scheduled on Friday evenings or Saturdays are included because they are only available on those days.

The astrophotography session at the Dark Sky Viewing Area require a clear night with no clouds, moon or haze to photograph. If the conditions are not suitable, an alternative shoot will be scheduled.

Requirements: This is a program for photographers at the intermediate or advanced level who have a high degree of comfort with manual shooting, post-production, and the use of a DSLR with interchangeable lenses. Participants will assume all responsibility for transportation to and from the shooting locations, in addition to the payment of entrance fees where required. Limited car-pooling is available for those without a car.

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(613) 562-3824

JUNE 16 - AUGUST 18, 2019
June 16, 23, 28/29, July 7, 14, 16-20, 21, 28 August 4, 11
3 classroom sessions, 8 location shoots