Outings / Photo Shoots

NOTE: Outings must be added to cart at same time as your Conference Pass.

Niagara Parks Power Station Outing – Friday, March 10, 2023 @ 2:30 PM

Join Ethan Meleg to explore the first major power plant on the Canadian side of the Niagara River with immersive exhibits, restored artifacts and interactive storytelling. At this 1-1/2 hour self guided tour of the Niagara Parks Power Station.

From the most towering turbine to the tiniest detail, uncover fascinating stories hidden within the historic Niagara Parks Power Station, our newest must-see attraction. New this year, descend 180 feet in a glass-paneled elevator and explore the 2,200-foot long tunnel, leading to an observation deck at the river’s edge.

Location to Meet: Lobby of the Sheraton Hotel
Time to Meet: 2:00 PM
Location of the Shoot: Niagara Parks Power Station
7005 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L0S 1A0
Price of this Outing: $30.00 CDN
Registration for the event is limited to 20

Suggestions of Equipment to bring:

  • Warm Clothing and Appropriate Footwear
  • Camera
  • Wide Angle Lens and Telephoto
  • Monopods are Allowed
  • Rain Cover for your Camera (a lot of mist on viewing platform)

No Tripods Allowed

Night Photo Field Outing – Friday, March 10, 2023 @ 8:00 PM

Night shooting specialist Mark Bowie will lead a field trip to photograph Niagara Falls at night.  He will demonstrate techniques and provide hands-on field instruction for determining nighttime exposures, focusing in the dark, shooting for detail in both land and sky, and shooting by artificial light.  Learn how to capture the mystery, wonder and magic of the nocturnal landscape.
Time to Meet: 8:00 PM
Location to Meet: Lobby of the Sheraton Hotel
Location of the Shoot: We will walk down Clifton Hill to the Fallsview Trail to photograph the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the Niagara River. Mark plans to photograph until about 11pm.
Price of this Photo Shoot: $0.00 CDN
Registration for the event is limited to 15

Skill Levels: 
Beginner to Intermediate

Suggestions of Equipment to Bring

  • Warm Clothing to dress for the conditions (warm hands, feet and head are essential)
  • Rain gear (if necessary)
  • Consider bringing hand and foot warmers
  • Tripod
    • DSLR or mirrorless camera (& the manual)
  • Shutter Release (or use camera’s self-timer)
  • Flashlight &/or Headlamp.
    • Small Lights for possible Light Painting.
  • LED flashlights are particularly powerful & compact.

Light Painting Outing – Friday, March 10, 2023 @ 9:45 PM

Combining moving lights, long exposures and some performance art photographers Scott Simons and Chris Empey will demonstrate the tools and techniques used to create dazzling night time images.
Participants should bring a tripod and cable release if they have them.  Manual focus is a must for this and the ability to turn off long expsoure noise reduction is beneficial to not miss anything during the demonstration.

Location to meet: Great Room C
Time to meet: 9:45 PM
Location of the Shoot: Sheraton Hotel – Great Room C
Price of this Workshop: $0.00 CDN
Registration for the event is limited to 30

Suggestions of Equipment to bring:

  • Tripod
  • Camera
  • Wide Angle Lens
  • Cable Release

Sunrise Photo Shoot – Saturday, March 11, 2023 @ 6:30 AM

Join Peter Baumagarten on a Sunrise Photo Shoot/Outing on Saturday morning March 11, 2023.  Attendees will be shooting the sunrise over Niagara Falls – the Canadian Horseshoe location. It is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel to the falls.
Time to meet: 5:30 AM. (Sunrise is at 6:35AM)
Location to meet: Lobby of the Sheraton Hotel
Location of the Shoot: Niagara Falls Canada
Price of this Photo Shoot: $0.00 CDN
Registration for the event is limited to 15

Suggestions of Equipment to bring:

  • Dress for the conditions (warm hands, feet and head are essential)
  • Consider bringing hand and foot warmers
  • Tripod
  • Wide Angel and Telephoto lenses
  • Graduated Neutral Density Filter
  • Polarizer
  • Extra Lens Cloths (we may be dealing with mist from the falls)

Location Portrait Shoot – Sunday, March 12, 2023 @ 8:15 AM

Join Darren Creighton for an outdoors portrait shoot.
Adding strobe to existing ambient light creates drama and wow factor in a portrait while still incorporating the environment. Join me for hands-on instruction as we explore compositions outside with a model and create some magic. You must register to attend this Location Portrait Shoot.

Location to Meet: Lobby of the Sheraton Hotel
Time to Meet: 8:15 AM
Location of the Shoot: Gardens across from the hotel at the bottom of Clifton Hill
Price of this Photo Shoot: $0.00 CDN
Registration for the event is limited to 25

Butterfly Conservatory Photo Shoot – Sunday, March 12, 2023 @ 8:00 AM

Join Gail MacLellan at the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory located at 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara On The Lake, ON to put your new macro skills to the test from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. 
The lush vegetation, waterfalls, and thousands of butterflies offers an abundance of macro photography opportunities. 
Not sure where to start, check in with your host, Gail MacLellan for a list of items to look for to build you macro repertoire. She will be available throughout the event to answer questions and help get that shot you are looking for. 

Location to meet: Lobby of the Sheraton Hotel @ 7:00 AM

Location of the Shoot: Niagara Butterfly Conservatory
Price of this Photo Shoot: $20.00 CDN
Registration for the event is limited to 25

Suggestions of Equipment to bring:

  1. Camera with manual mode capability
  2. Cable release/remote control for your camera (mirror up/exposure delay/timer will also work)
  3. Batteries & charger for your camera and flash
  4. Tripod or beanbag for longer exposures
  5. Macro lens (90mm, 100mm, or 105mm recommended)
  6. Top mount flash for your camera

PLEASE NOTE: as we will be entering prior to regular business hours, pass the main entrance and turn in at the next entrance which will take you around the back of the building were staff will meet you and provide you access to the facility. You will be shooting prior to their regular business hours. They open to the public at 10:00 AM, if you wish to stay on past 10:00 AM you will be allowed to but remember that other patrons will also be in the conservatory after 10:00 AM.