When the wind is whipping, the mercury dropping and the sun just barely rising, that’s when the truly unique photography magic happens. At least that's what happens when you're with Jeff Lewis.
With 15 years of mountain photography under his belt, Lewis knows the Canadian Rockies like the inside of his viewfinder. And this January, he's offering a 5-day Winter Photo Tour (*see below for a 20% discount code!) that will help you capture jaw-dropping images in Jasper and Banff national parks. This intimate experience (maximum four participants per tour) will feature some truly iconic mountain locations, as well as plenty of hidden gems where Lewis himself frequently shoots.
"I know what all the best photo spots look like at every time of the day," says Lewis. "This is the place where I connected with nature."
In addition to acting as local guide, Lewis will also instruct on photography techniques such as creative use of camera controls, composition, contrast creation, long exposure photography, and more. Participants should ideally have a basic understanding of their camera before beginning the tour, but Lewis will be available for help the entire time to ensure everyone goes home with images they're proud to show off.
Across the five days, shooting will be scheduled to take advantage of sunrise and sunset. After each morning shoot, the group will return to the town of Jasper for breakfast, then head to a cafe to learn about post processing workflow and how Lewis edits his images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Beyond the technical parts of the adventure — skill development, portfolio expansion, etc. — the Winter Photo Tour is also just a great way to experience one of the world's most spectacular regions. Having fallen in love with Jasper, Lewis' passion for the place is infectious.
Here, you can get a feeling of remoteness without being far from town. It feels like an escape. It makes you feel small.
The exact itinerary will be kept somewhat flexible to account for weather and peoples' preferences, but shooting locations may include (but are not limited to):
Participants will be responsible for their own accommodation and transportation throughout the course of the tour. Carpooling with other tour participants might be useful at times, though not required.
No major hiking will be required throughout the tour, though all participants should be comfortable hiking between 3 to 5 kilometres.
Participants are responsible for bringing and caring for their own gear, both photography specific and clothing related. Temperatures drop quickly before and after the golden hours, and everyone should be well equipped with warm boots, down coat, merino wool layers, insulated pants, hats/gloves (bring extra in case one pair gets wet), etc.