Banff Canadian Rocky Photo Tour

Tour Dates

September 10-15, 2018



Group Size

6 Students

Skill Level

Beginner to Advanced

There’s no way to possibly describe the beauty of the Canadian Rockies; you just have to see it for yourself to believe it! These mountains will blow your mind and ignite a creative fire in your soul! And visiting them in late summer will give us access to many locations that just aren’t available in the winter or spring.

If that’s got you excited, join me for this small group workshop (6 students only) as we explore this incredible region of Canada for 5 days!

  • Mt. Rundle Sunrise | Banff, Canada
  • Morant's Curve | Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
  • Lake Minnewanka | Banff National Park, Canada
  • Vermillion Sunrise | Banff National Park

National Parks

What To Expect

September in Alberta is surreal to say the least. All the lakes are thawed out, but high altitude snow storms are still possible. Since the weather in the Canadian Rockies can be quite unpredictable, we’ll keep the itinerary open and simply go where the weather and light allows. That said, I do have a list of places to see and we will do everything possible to see it all during the 6 days we have together. Locations include Vermillion Lakes, Emerald Lake, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Morant’s Curve, Lake Minnewanka, Icefields Parkway (one of the most jaw dropping roads on Earth), Two Jack Lake, Johnston Canyon, Peyto Lake and much more.

Average temperatures this time of year will be highs around 65˚F and lows around 37˚F, of course this will change depending on elevation. There may still be snow in some places too. Be sure to pack plenty of layers just to be prepared.

Sunrise will be right around 7:00a with sunset hitting around 9:00p. Our main goals will be to photograph sunrise, sunset, and into the night if conditions are favorable. We’ll have a few optional day excursions planned to fill up some of the downtime during the day as well as a few post processing and critique sessions. Other than that, you will have plenty of free time during the day to rest or explore on your own.

What’s Included

What’s Not Included

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    Photo Instruction

    All in-the-field and post processing instruction from James. You’ll have access to me the entire time and I’ll work one on one with each student based on what you want to learn.

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    We will carpool during the workshop but you’ll still need to get to Banff on your own. You can either get your own rental car or take a bus from the airport to our hotel.

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    Snacks & Water

    Our vehicle will stay stocked with bottled water and snacks.

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    Entrance and Park Fees

    All national park entrance fees are covered with tuition.

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    Workshop Permit

    For your peace of mind, rest assured that this workshop will have a permit issued by Parks Canada and will comply with all laws and regulations.

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    Airfare not included. You’ll fly in and out of Calgary International Airport (YYC)

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    We will be staying at the incredible Delta Hotels Banff Royal Canadian Lodge. You are not required to stay at the same hotel, but it is highly recommended.

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    Meals are not provided but we will eat together often at a variety of incredible restaurants throughout Banff and the surrounding areas.

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    Travel Insurance

    We recommend World Nomads for all your travel insurance needs.

  • How to create compelling and beautiful landscape compositions.
  • How to properly expose for an image throughout all variety of light.
  • How to use your camera to it’s full potential.
  • How to photograph the night sky and the Milky Way.
  • How to create beautiful light painted images beneath the night sky.
  • Workflow techniques for Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • How to use masking and adjustment layers to bring extra life to your photographs in Photoshop.
  • Much, much more!
  • A DSLR camera

  • A variety of lenses – a wide angle lens will be your most used on this trip

  • A sturdy tripod (See my Budget Specific Tripod Recommendations)

  • An intervalometer

  • Multiple memory cards

  • Extra batteries

  • Laptop

  • At least the trial versions of Photoshop and Lightroom installed on your computer.

  • A powerful flashlight

  • A full list (including any specific gear that may be needed for our location) will be sent out to all students around 60 days before the workshop begins.
James Brandon

James Brandon has been a professional photographer for over nearly a decade and is based in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Kristin and two children (Isaac and Levi). He specializes in travel and landscape photography and has a passion for photography education and showing others the incredible world we live in.

James is author/creator of several ebooks, video courses and other products that are available at his online store. He is also a regular contributor to the photography education giant Digital Photography School, Sony’s Alpha Universe, and On1 Software.

To learn more about James, visit his About James page here.

If there are any questions you’d like to have answered before signing up,
shoot me a message and I’ll respond ASAP!

Banff Photo Tour


Come experience Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Park, a photographers dream nestled in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta!

Deposits are a firm commitment and are subject to a cancellation fee per our Cancellation Policy.

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Client Testimonials

George Schrenk, PHD.

Workshops Attended: Death Valley, Eastern Sierras, Moab, Hawaii

“I’ve had the pleasure of joining James on three workshops so far with a fourth already booked. Having previously traveled thru Death Valley, I knew first-hand how photogenic and challenging the area is. My experience went far beyond my expectations! It was exceptional. James is a masterful photographer who works exceptionally well with his students and co-instructors. His expertise afforded me the opportunity to polish and refine my skills while photographing this exceptional landscape. His advanced ground-work in scouting the best sites and views for us to photograph greatly enhanced the experience. My initial experience with James was fun, informative, and flawless. I know of no better way to photograph the beautiful areas he has selected for his trips except to join him!”


Workshops Attended: Moab, Death Valley

“Early this summer I came across a blog post about a photo workshop with James Brandon. I jumped at it and signed up because, ever since I had seen Peter Lik’s Gallery in Las Vegas, I was smitten by one particular image of Mesa Arch that was for sale at the cost of an average home. I wanted to take that image on my own and hang it in my home. The workshop was amazing. Both James and his co-instructor Mike are very accomplished photographers and complement each other well. Very helpful in every way and very friendly and fun to be with. The group was great! I shot about a thousand images which included the one I came for, which is now hanging above my dining room table! I learned a lot and feel that I am a better photographer. I will go back in a heart beat.”

Richard Davis

Workshops Attended: Death Valley, Ozark Fall Colors, Big Sur & SLO

“I enjoyed my first workshop so much, I’ve already booked another!

The small group size allows James to really spend time with each student and it also means the workshop can be flexible to maximize the shooting opportunities.

I’ve been taking photographs for over 30 years but thanks to James I’ve started making photographs and that is far more satisfying.”

Taffy Raphael, PH.D.

Workshops Attended: Death Valley

“James’s landscape workshop, held in Death Valley National Park, was exactly what I needed. The 4 days were filled with opportunities to learn and practice the art of landscape photography. He planned at least three photo walks a day, around three types of lighting (sunrise, sunset, night sky) in a range of geographic settings within the park — including a ghost town with wonderful old structures.

There’s enough down time to download photos and engage in a little processing, but not so much that it would take away from the actual photographic opportunities throughout the park.

By the end of the course, I had a good jump start on using Lightroom for post processing RAW files and an overview of the capabilities Photoshop has to offer and sufficient photos that 3 months later, I’m still working on them!”

Wayne Gresser

Workshops Attended: Moab

“Every aspect of James’s workshop far exceeded my expectations. The experience was so much more than simply a photography workshop; it was an amazing adventure! I learned a lot about photography, captured some amazing images and really appreciated his ability to put everyone at ease. Even more memorable though, was the adventure aspect of the trip; the wild weather, the crazy hours and all the laughter we shared.

Thanks for such an inspiring week at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks! I will definitely see be back again at a future workshop!”