The 2018 Banff Landscape Photography Summit

 An Introduction to the

3nd ILPA Landscape and Wildlife Photography Summit 2018

     Welcome to the Banff Photography Summit.  The Summit is more than just another landscape photography workshop.  It’s a haven for creative photography.  The Summit is a retreat from the hectic and numerous distractions of everyday life, so that you can turn your complete and undivided creative attention towards growing as a photographer in the setting of the glorious Canadian Rockies.  The Banff Landscape Photography Summit is a photography event where you come to immerse yourself 100% into your photography and to learn from leaders in the field.  The Canadian Rockies is one of the most spectacular places on Earth for landscape photography and they have inspired internationally recognized visual artists for over a century too study and create here.  Banff National Park is one of the four mountain parks which collectively create one of the most beautiful protected places on earth earning them two UNESCO world heritage site designations in the environment category.  This dramatic and inspirational landscape should be on every landscape photographers bucket list.  Having the opportunity to come here to study your craft is just icing on the proverbial cake when you consider the lineup of professionals we have to present the workshop material to you. 


Banff Landscape Photographer
The Rundle Diamond, one very frosty -30 degree morning by www.brianmerry.ca

The Venue:

Artists have been coming to Banff for over a century.  The first wave of artists included the legendary “Group of Seven” who helped to define Canada’s Cultural Identity.  Decades later, The Banff Centre for the Arts was formed and has become a distinguished artistic retreat and training centre recognized around the world as one of the premier venues featuring full time professional artist retreats where artists come to spend months on end to become inspired and to grow.  Banff is the ideal location to attend a photography workshop.  Banff has a way of helping you emotionally ground yourself to help you manifest the creative side.  Together these two things create a solid foundation from which you can grow artistically, and from which you can learn to express yourself completely.  But why attend this conference?

The Vision:

Our goal is to help you perceive the world with wider eyes, and to guide you on your own path towards your own honest and personal expression.  My goal is to bring a group of talented instructors together in one place and create the learning environment to help you see more, feel more and communicate more through your art, through your photography.  We all want you to become better photographers so you can create works of art that you can be proud of and this summit is designed to help you do exactly that.

It’s no wonder why so many of the artists who defined Canada’s early art identity, such as the Group of Seven, gravitated to the Canadian Rockies for inspiration to create the work that would come to define a Nation and go on to be recognized around the world.  This tradition of creative inspiration lives on here in Banff.  Banff continues to be a mecca for visual artists, including photographers, from all over the world.  You won’t be disappointed if you attended this summit and immerse yourself into the landscape, the learning and the growth with other like minded landscape photographers.


Banff Aurora Night Photography
The Aurora in Banff National Park by Banff Landscape Photographer by www.brianmerry.ca


The Location:

Banff is a tiny little mountain town of 8600 permanent residents and has been my home since 1996.  Banff is where the Canadian Parks system all started over 130 years ago and has since to receive over 4,000,000 visitors a year, mostly in the summer, and for one great reason.  Banff is beautiful.  We’ll base ourselves at the Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel and Conference Centre in the middle of town and conduct our landscape photography tours between Banff and Lake Louise.

The Topics:

Some of the many topics we’ll cover during the workshop include:

  • How to achieve personal comfort in the field so you can relax and focus on feeling the landscape and being creative
  • Review basic editing workflow for individual images
  • Review the creative photographic process from:
    1. pre-visualization
    2. special in camera considerations before tripping the shutter
    3. download and storage/backup considerations
    4. the editing workflow including pre-capture, capture, software workflow and storage back-up for life
  • Composition
  • Compositional special challenges/opportunities
  • Explain what emotional communication is and what it can do for you once you embrace the process…
  • Panel Discussion nature photography ethics.  How far would you go to “get the shot” – How far is too far?
  • Introduce advanced capture/editing techniques including
    1. Motion Blur
    2. Digital Infrared photography
    3. Editing the RGB image to simulate a traditional Infrared photograph
    4. Night photography practical session.
Elk in Winter Wind
Elk in the Winter Wind, Banff National Park by www.brianmerry.ca


Please visit the Banff Landscape Photography Summit Website for the itinerary and a full description and a list of the amazing presentors.

If the sound of this workshop appeals to you then please feel free to contact me with your questions.  I’d be happy to take the time to talk about them with you.