Workshop Details

Planning your night shoots is an important part of being able to create compelling and purposeful images. We will go over how to read aurora data in a classroom setting and real-time at night. Participants will learn what conditions would be best for their home locations as well – unfortunately the further south you go, the less likely you are to catch a good show.

Shooting at night requires you to use your camera in full manual mode. We will go over ISO, white balance, aperture choices, and shutter speeds.

One of the most difficult parts of shooting at night is getting your focus correct. We will cover techniques for this and the situations where you would want to use certain techniques.

Included in the Workshop:
  • Flight to Andrew Lake from Fort McMurray
  • Accommodations (two people per cabin)
    • Private cabins (bunk beds with mattresses)
      • BBQs
      • Propane stoves
      • Fireplace
    • Meeting room with Satellite Wifi
    • Power – generator runs at certain time intervals
    • Main Lodge
      • Hot and cold running water
      • Showers and flush toilets
  • All meals prepared by a Red Seal Chef
  • Classroom sessions
  • Access to boats for fishing or touring around
  • Guided tour to trappers cabins
Not Included in the workshop:
  • Beverages (can be ordered ahead of time)
  • Transportation to and from Fort McMurray
  • Travel insurance
  • DLSR or mirrorless camera
  • Tripod
  • Remote/Intervalometer/Shutter Release
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra memory cards
  • Battery chargers
  • Laptop
  • Variety of lenses
    • Fast lenses are ideal for night photography
    • Range of wide to mid focal lengths are ideal for Aurora
    • Long lenses for wildlife, detail shots, etc.
  • Headlamp
  • Snacks (can be ordered through Andrew Lake) – all cabins have small fridges/freezers. Soft coolers are better than hard plastic ones.
  • Toilet paper & paper towel
  • Dish soap, scrub brush (cabins have pots, pans and cooking utensils)
  • Appropriate layers (Fall temps vary from +20 to -5C):
    • Rain gear
    • Rubber/waterproof boots
    • Hat, gloves
    • Warm layers for standing around at night
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sleeping bag & pillow
  • Towel & Toiletries
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer (Monika Deviat Photography will also carry this during the workshop)

The workshop plan is tentative and will be adaptive to conditions and weather.


  • Virtual pre-adventure meet up
  • Short presentation on aurora photography
  • Q&A – photography
  • Q&A – Andrew Lake

Sept 16 – Thursday:

  • Participants meet in Fort McMurray for flight to Andrew Lake
  • Settle into cabins and camp tour
  • Review aurora techniques and help with camera gear
  • Night shoot

Sept 17 – Friday:

  • Sunrise shoot (if weather looks promising/depending on how late we shot aurora)
  • Morning boat tour to trappers cabins
  • Image review and Q&A from first shoot
  • Free time
  • Night Shoot

Sept 18 – Saturday:

  • Sunrise shoot (if weather looks promising/depending on how late we shot aurora)
  • 3 one-on-one 30 minute afternoon sessions with Monika
  • Night shoot at the Runway

Sept 19 – Sunday:

  • 3 one-on-one 30 minute afternoon sessions with Monika
  • Fall colour shoots
  • Night shoot

Sept 20 – Monday:

  • Pack up
  • Fly from Andrew Lake back to For McMurray


  • Virtual Meet up – processing session, image reviews and critiques, Q&A.

By registering for this event you agree that you have read and understand the following.

Registration is non-refundable but is transferrable. If you can find someone to take your spot and buy your ticket from you, this is acceptable. Email to confirm a transfer.

Please ensure you can travel and abide by all healthy and safety travel recommendations for Canada, Alberta and your home location if you are booking a spot. It is your responsibility to ensure you can make the workshop.

A participant may not attend if they have any symptoms of COVID-19, travelling internationally within 14 days of the workshops or have had close contact with a confirmed case and are required to self isolate.

Masks are currently required in public indoor and certain outdoor areas in Banff. Masks will be required during the workshop when a 2 meter distance can not be maintained.

Only in the event that the Parks or the venue is unable to host the workshop (such as a lockdown situation), participants will be given the option to postpone or receive a refund.

Monika Deviat Photography reserves the right to cancel the workshop at any time. The cancellations could occur for a variety of reasons, such as a minimum number of participants is not met, family emergency, unforeseen circumstances impact the worksop, etc. In the event of cancellations that are under the control of Monika Deviat Photography, participants will receive a full refund for the workshop. No compensation would be made to participants for any other associated costs such as, but not limited to, travel, hotels, etc. Participants should have travel insurance.

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This release extends and applies to, and also covers and includes all unknown, unforeseen, unanticipated and unsuspected injuries, damages, loss and liability. You are responsible to research the event and bring the proper gear.

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Activity level required is low for this workshop. The bush is quite thick around camp, but it is possible to explore a little ways. Boat trips take you to beaches and forested areas. The Runway, where you land from Fort McMurray has the largest area to walk around and explore. Otherwise you’ll be travelling by boat!

25% is due immediately to book your spot in this Northern Lights photography workshop. A payment plan can be offered. Full amount due by June 16th, 2021. Please review terms and conditions listed below.

Class size is limited to 6 photographers. 4/6 remaining. Non photographer companions welcome!