Workshop Details

This workshops allows for participants to try a lot of techniques if they choose. Some subjects like night photography require working in manual mode, while for others we can use semi-automatic modes as well. We will go over ISO, white balance, aperture choices, and shutter speeds. Different methods of focusing will be covered for each subject we will be shooting. During the landscape shoots for example, we’ll go over focus stacking, bracketing, long exposures, depth of field, panoramas and more.

Haida Culture

The Haida Nation has inhabited Haida Gwaii for thousands of years and their history and culture is connected to the land. We will have the opportunity to hear stories, see art, learn about history and tradition, and their ecological wisdom.

Safety & Leave No Trace
These are very important topics for photographers to be knowledgable about in order to preserve the places we love to visit, keep wildlife wild and make sure you stay safe and (mostly) comfortable on your adventures.

Included in the Workshop:
  • In-the-field instruction
  • Accommodations - Double Occupancy, Limited Single Occupancy
  • Airport Pick Up and Drop Off
  • Ferry Fees
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Boat Tour
  • Permits and fees for Gwaii Haanas
  • Haida Museum Trip
Not Included in the workshop:
  • Transportation to and from Haida Gwaii
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • DLSR or mirrorless camera
  • Tripod
  • Remote/Intervalometer/Shutter Release
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra memory cards
  • Laptop
  • Variety of lenses
  • Appropriate clothing and layers for the weather
  • Rain Gear - pants, jacket, boots
  • Appropriate footwear/Hiking boots, pack, etc.
  • Headlamp
  • Personal items
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Hats/toques
  • Thermos for hot drinks
  • Water bottle

Itineraries are tentative and are likely to change. We will adapt to weather and conditions and be assessing where to go each day for each session of photography using the most recent forecast updates available. A pre-workshop survey will be sent to participants a few weeks before the start day.

Haida Gwaii offers so many opportunities for different subjects, genres, conditions, everything really! We have the potential to go out for Milky Way photography, photograph sunrises/sunsets, moody and atmospheric scenes, forest scenes, abstracts and details – it truly is a nature photographers paradise.

From our base in our boutique hotel we have many locations close by. The furthest location will approximately a 1.75 hour drive from the accommodations.

This is not a very active workshop, but participants should be able to walk up to 2km on relatively flat ground, beach, and maintained trails. There is one hike that is 11km round-trip. Participants may opt out of this one, understanding that they may be spending time without an instructor. There are photography options that are a walkable distance from the hotel.

Haida Gwaii is a remote Island that offers unique experiences. The communities are small and close knit, and the people are friendly and welcoming. The isolation of the island is a big draw, but also presents some challenges. Goods have to be imported, basic healthcare is available, and access to some services may be limited.

Here are some things we think you need to know prior to registering for the workshop:

  • All participants will be required to sign the Haida Pledge.
  • Restaurants are limited, but the food is delicious. The pubs and food trucks we visit will have tasty fares, too. Dietary restrictions most likely cannot be accommodated. Please contact us if you have any questions about this.
  • Grocery stores are available every day, but close early.
  • Island life has island time. Some business and restaurants may simply choose to be closed on a certain day, even though their business hours indicate they will be open.
  • We may need to rely on groceries for most lunches, and sometimes for dinner.
  • Your accommodations will have kitchenettes with a mini fridge, microwave, kettle, dishes, cutlery, and a sink.
  • Space is limited in vehicles, please plan to only bring your one camera bag, extra layers, and a small snack/lunch bag on excursions.

“When I heard that Viktoria and Monika were leading this workshop, it was obvious to me that one will benefit tremendously from their expertise. Both have a wealth of knowledge that they are excited to share. Both of them are patient and encourage one to try new things such as slow exposure, close-up and wildlife photography and of course, technically difficult subjects such as how to photograph the milky way. Viktoria and Monika rotated among the group, giving each person their one-on-one attention. One did not feel rushed and no question was too simple or too complicated to address. A well organized few days which I can highly recommend to someone wanting to improve their skill level.” – Rina A. | Escape to Nature Waterton

Terms and Conditions

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.

If the remaining balance is not paid in full, your spot will be forfeit without any refund of deposits or payments already made.

Participants understand that weather and conditions are unpredictable or difficult to forecast. There is no guarantee that we will see specific natural phenomena. You acknowledge that travel with a group involves compromise to accommodate goals, desires, personalities, abilities, and physical capabilities. Itineraries are planned, but flexible, and no part of the schedule can be guaranteed. You understand that no discounts or refunds will be given in the event of any changes.

Only in the event that the country 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.

Please ensure you can travel and abide by all health and safety travel recommendations for British Columbia and your home location if you are booking a spot. It is your responsibility to ensure you can make the workshop. Participants must have travel and medical insurance.

Workshop price only covers the services specifically listed. All other costs and expenses are the participants responsibility. Additional expenses caused by delays, accidents, or disruptions are the responsibility of the participant.

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.

You, for yourself, your heirs, executors or anyone else who may claim on your behalf, hereby waive, release and forever discharge, Monika Deviat/Monika Deviat Photography, assistants, and affiliates, representatives, executors, and all others from any and all responsibilities or liability from personal injury, death, damage to property or loss of any kind resulting from participation in a photography workshop event.

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. You are also responsible for selecting activities that are appropriate to your physical abilities and interests. You must disclose every matter concerning your physical health, mental health, and physical fitness of which you are aware and could be relevant to your ability to participate in the workshop.

Your attendance at any event confirms that you have read and accept the terms of this liability waiver. By signing up for this event you understanding that you are attending at your own risk.