Waterfalls and Landscapes

March 18th, 2017

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Dow Art Gallery

(2242 University Ave., St. Paul MN)



Workshop size is limited to 16 participants, this allows for a maximum 8 to 1 participant/instructor ratio.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop and receive a full refund minus a $5.00 processing fee. Cancellations after that time will not be refunded.

For any questions, feel free to email Don at frozenhiker@gmail.com

Have you ever wanted to capture silky smooth waterfalls, or capture amazing landscapes?  
Join Alan Boucher and Don Tredinnick as they shares there experiences.

One of the biggest frustrations I hear is "Why don't my photos look like what I saw?"  Landscape's and waterfalls should be easy.  The subject is just there, and our cameras are technological marvels.  There is a catch.  We see in three dimensions but our cameras only see in two dimensions.  We need to trick the viewer into perceiving the depth that is missing from the photo.

Adding moving water to the mix adds an additional challenge.  We like the calming effect of silky waterfalls, but how do you capture these?  Our attempts can come out blurry due to the wrong shutter speed, camera shake, or poor technique.  Worse is when moving water just shows up as a white blob showing absolutely no detail whatsoever.

This class will teach the techniques needed to capture waterfalls and landscapes that you will be happy to hang on your walls.

Course Overview:

This class consists of a lecture followed by a field trip.  The field trip is designed to allow you to practice the techniques taught in the class with the assistance of an instructor.  We have found this to be an excellent way to reinforce the concepts. 

This course begins with an explanation of the relationship between shutter speed, ISO, and aperture and how they affect photographing waterfalls and landscapes.  We follow this with a discussion on the role that light plays in photography.  With this basic understanding the following topics are then discussed:

  • Understanding Depth of Field

  • Working with Moving Water

  • Avoiding Hot Spots 

  • Use of Filters

  • Focusing Techniques

  • Adding the Perception of a 3rd Dimension

During the class we will show a number of examples as we explain these concepts.  This will help you understand how this might apply to photos that you want to take.  

The classroom portion will last about 2 hours.  Once the classroom portion is complete, we will venture to one of the local parks to practice.  During the time in the field, participants will be guided through a set of exercises designed to reinforce the concepts taught during the class.  We make sure to spend time with each person to make sure that they know how to set the proper settings on their camera.  There will also be plenty of time to ask questions.

What to Bring:

For this class you will need to bring your camera, a tripod, polarizing and neutral density filters, a remote shutter release cord, along with fully charged batteries, and your camera manual.  Since we will be headed outside for part of the class, make sure you have clothing appropriate for the weather.  Sunscreen is also recommended.


The instructors for this course are Alan Boucher, and Don Tredinnick.  Don will cover landscape techniques, and Alan will cover waterfall photography.  Both Don and Alan will assist students during the field portion of the trip. 

You can learn more about Alan at his website www.aboucherphoto.com.