Workshop Details

We will spend a lot of time talking about photography! The classroom sessions included in this workshop retreat will help you when we are in the field together and when you are trying to get out again on your own. Here are some of the aspects we will go over:

Planning your night shoots is an important part of being able to create compelling and purposeful images. Since our venue is in prime Northern Lights territory, a large component of the planning discussion will be about what causes the aurora, how to read the data, which sites and resources are the most reliable, etc. Techniques for Milky Way, star trails, time-lapses and light painting will also be covered.

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. Starting point suggestions will be provided, but participants will come away with an understanding of how to adapt to different situations.

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.

Technique is very important when it comes to night photography images. It is a large part of what makes a great image stand out from another night photo. However, creativity and what you see takes images to another level. Once you start getting comfortable with the technical side, we will try to push you to put more and more intention into your photos.

If there could be a theme song for going out for your first night shoots, It would probably be Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden. We’ll discuss how to make your shoots and adventures as safe as possible, what kind of risks you should be thinking about, etc.

Included in the Workshop:
  • In-the-field instruction
  • Classroom sessions
  • Accommodations + Float Plane Flight from Yellowknife
  • Meals, Coffee, Tea, Juice
  • Use of seasonal equipment (skies, snowshoes, fat bikes, skates, firepits)
Not Included in the workshop:
  • Transportation to and from Yellowknife
  • Travel insurance
  • Winter Clothing Rental (Participants will be contacted with information if they wish to rent)
  • Personal items
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • DLSR or mirrorless camera
  • Tripod
  • Remote/Intervalometer/Shutter Release
  • Extra batteries + chargers
  • Extra memory cards
  • Laptop
  • Variety of lenses
    • Wide angle, fast lenses are ideal for Milky Way.
  • Snacks
  • Personal Items
  • Appropriate clothing and layers for the weather (rentals avail)
  • Hiking boots, pole, pack, etc.
  • Headlamp
  • Hand/toe warmers
  • Masks

The workshop plan is tentative and will be adaptive to conditions and weather. Participants should be prepared to shoot at any time during the night.

Day 1:

  • Meet at Floatplane base
  • Fly to Blachford Lodge from Yellowknife
  • Lodge Orientation + Settle in
  • Lunch + Meet and Greet
  • Technical Night Photography Session
  • Dinner
  • Night Shoot

Day 2:

  • Breakfast
  • Photography review
  • Lunch
  • Snowshoe/ski or Leisure time
  • Dinner
  • Night Shoot

Day 3:

  • Breakfast
  • Editing Session/Photo Reviews
  • Lunch
  • Snowshoe/ski or Leisure time
  • Dinner
  • Night Shoot

Day 4:

  • Breakfast
  • Activities or Leisure time
  • Lunch
  • Coffee Chats
  • Free time
  • Dinner
  • Night Shoot

Day 5:

  • Breakfast
  • Check out
  • Leave for Yellowknife


  • Virtual Meet up – very popular with my workshop groups. We can do image reviews, answer questions, review any editing techniques, etc.

By registering for this event you agree that you have read and understand the following.
Participants will be required to sign a waiver for Blachford Lodge as well. The Lodge requires all attendees be fully vaccinated.

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 health and safety travel recommendations for Canada, the Northwest Territories 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 or have had close contact with a confirmed case and are required to self isolate.

Masks may be required in certain areas, such are airports.

Only in the event that the Northwest Territories 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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