Canadian Tulip Festival Workshop

This workshop is for beginners and those looking to improve their flower and garden photography skills. We will meet just before sunrise at Dow's Lake Pavilion. We will sit by the pavilion outside where it's lit up for the instruction part.

A DSLR or a camera with manual settings and a tripod are essential to getting your money's worth in this workshop.

We will meetup at 4:30 pm in front of the Dow's Lake Pavilion.

For one half hour you will receive instruction in the basic fundamentals of photography as it relates to flowers, gardens, and the creatures which likely will be found around them like birds and butterflies. I will talk about using light creatively, using basic flash\fill flash, and getting your manual settings right. I will be available to help you set-up your camera and to answer any questions you may have over the course of the morning, as well as to suggest any photo opportunities I see. After the instruction time, we will start exploring Commissioner's Park and shooting the tulips right away.

This workshop will accept a maximum of five people.

Cost is $20 per person, payable upon arrival.

If it rains the workshop will be rescheduled for the next morning.

Bring comfortable clothing, wear sunblock (On the back of your neck especially), bring some water, and possibly something like a towel to keep your knees and bottom comfy as this type of shooting requires kneeling down or sitting on the grass a lot.

Please have a basic understanding of your camera's buttons, menu's, and functions.

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  • Helene

    Too many people. The meetup was great!

    1 · May 11, 2013

    • Helene

      I was referring to all the arms, heads and bums in my shots ;)

      1 · May 12, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      Oh, sorry, I know what you mean about the crowds!

      May 12, 2013

  • Joshua M.

    We had a great time. Everyone learned how to take manual mode shots of the flowers plus some other photography tricks. I enjoyed meeting those who showed up.

    May 11, 2013

    • Danielle

      I also enjoyed spending time with Helen and Ramesh. AI really like these affordable workshops and hope the MeetUp group can make this work for all. It was too bad that today only three of the five signed-up folks showed up on time. Others were on wait list. And Josh should have been paid fully.

      2 · May 11, 2013

    • Helene

      agreed. affordable, hands on and so I learned something LOL! Helene

      May 12, 2013

  • Danielle

    Great meet up! thanks Joshua for all the new tips and for helping me move to full Manual Mode. We need more workshops: waterfalls, droplets ...

    1 · May 11, 2013

    • Helene

      Great idea! I'd love to do some waterfalls (hint-hint) ;)

      May 12, 2013

  • Sherri

    for all those who attended or will attend, Ottawa tourism is looking for tulip photos on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visitottawa?hc_location=stream

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Manuel

    Joshua..... I'm running a few minutes late but I will catch up... If you move, can you post a message so I can find you?... See you in a few.

    May 11, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      Sorry Manuel, I didn't have internet access at the meetup. We were in front of the pavilion by the big anchor for well over a half hour after 4:30 and if you were there and looked would have easily seen us.

      May 11, 2013

  • Ramesh S.

    Manuel - we are in front of the building just in front of the anchor right next to the pavilion.

    May 11, 2013

  • Helene

    If it's raining, are we doing droplets on the petals ;)

    May 10, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      Of course will, I love droplet shots. But this is just one of many types of flower shots I will show. But, if it's absolutely pouring rain this workshop will not happen, if it's just a little drizzle here and there we go ahead.

      May 10, 2013

    • Helene

      thanks. awesome!

      May 10, 2013

  • Helene

    I have a few different lens. Should I bring them all? I don't know all the jargon but one is wide angle, another is 55 and one has 200 on it :) the 200 is my favorite (I think)

    May 10, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      I would recommend a wide angle and also the 200mm, but, that being said, if you only have one camera, changing lenses outside is not the best idea, especially in an area with lots of people kicking up dust. I'm bringing my[masked]mm and an 18-55mm and will have them on two separated bodies.

      May 10, 2013

    • Helene

      wow! I'd love to do that lol! ...but only one camera

      May 10, 2013

  • Joshua M.

    So, just a reminder to all, tomorrow we meet at 4:30 in front of Dow's Lake Pavilion. Please bring the correct amount of money ($20) as I won't be able to provide change. The weather forecast is decent: chance of showers in the morning and early afternoon. If it's a little bit of drizzle here and there, we still go ahead. If it's absolutely pouring rain, we will postpone the workshop to another day. Bring wet-proof clothes and at the least a plastic bag to cover your camera while shooting. I can't wait to see you all.

    May 10, 2013

  • Sherri

    Since I don't have a tripod and won't be able to get one before Saturday I will give my spot to someone else. I will try to get into a later session instead.

    May 10, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      Oh that sucks Sherri. I will def. have some more garden workshops coming up in the next month or two, most likely at The Experimental Farm Ornamental Garden, or maybe Maplelawn. You don't need a fancy tripod either. My first tripod cost me $30 and it did the trick for a few years until it broke.

      May 10, 2013

  • Sherri

    Hi, I don't have a tripod. I can try to pick one up before the workshop, but in case I don't, will I be ok without one?

    May 8, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      I would say yes you should really have a tripod, if you don't have one it's not the end of the world, but you won't be able to get images as sharp as if you had a tripod and won't be able to set-up shots like I am teaching participants to do, and also any macro (close-focus) photography is not going to be easy.

      May 8, 2013

  • Janice F.

    Josh, if someone has to cancel out of the workshop on May 18th, could I please join the group? I can't seem to find the listing for it on the site.

    May 7, 2013

    • Mike G.

      there is a handy calendar view - click on May 18th :-)
      (calendar tab off the home page)

      May 7, 2013

    • Janice F.

      Thanks, Mike. I'd never noticed those tabs before!

      May 7, 2013

  • Joshua M.

    Hi everyone, I have had to reschedule this workshop from Saturday morning to Saturday late afternoon and early evening. The new meeting time is 4:30pm, we will finish at 8pm.

    May 6, 2013

  • Helene

    I 'might' be late. Can I catch up?

    May 6, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      If you will be late then you will miss the theory time (Which is only one half hour long), and also, may not be able to find us once we start exploring the Tulip beds, as the area is large and there will be many photographers about. I would recommend either making sure to be on time, or if you know you can't be on time, please rsvp 'No' so someone else can take the spot.

      May 6, 2013

    • Helene

      Thanks! I'll be on time.

      1 · May 6, 2013

  • Paula

    Hi Joshua, with the new time schedule I will have to cancel.

    May 6, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      I'm sorry to hear that Paula! Not to worry, I will be having more flower and garden workshops coming up very soon.

      May 6, 2013

  • Helene

    I thought I was in this one. I signed up when it was first posted ???!!

    May 4, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      I don't know Helene. There are 4 different days for this workshop. I never removed anyone who signed up :-)

      May 4, 2013

    • Helene

      OH. My mistake!!! I'm signed up for Saturday 18th.

      1 · May 4, 2013

  • Joshua M.

    1 · March 29, 2013

    • Danielle

      thanks Joshua! I am really looking forward to this outing / learning moment. What lens(es) do you recommend?

      1 · March 30, 2013

    • Joshua M.

      I prefer to use a telephoto for my flower shots, though I bring a second camera with a wide angle lens.

      April 9, 2013

  • Joshua M.

    This workshop has a five person maximum, plus me as the instructor.

    March 28, 2013

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