for up to two participants
We will pick you up from your accommodation in Banff, Lake Louise or Canmore and take you on a photographic journey to not only get you to the right location at the right time, but also to improve your photography skills. This experience is designed for any level of photographer. We will focus on what you skills you would like to work on and has opportunities to try out new gear to get better images.
Our Three Locations
Moraine Lake is one of the most photographed landscapes in the world...and there is good reason why. This iconic Landscape is imposing and in your face with the majestic Ten Peaks.
You and Mark will be here well before the crowds to set up at his favourite spot in the Canadian Rockies for sunrise!
Two Jack Lake
From sky exploding sunrise's to wildlife such as Golden Eagles, Loons and the occasional Canada Goose gliding by in a perfect reflection, Two Jack Lake never ceases to offer amazing opportunities for the patient photographer.
Feeling like you are in the middle of nowhere with hardly a soul for miles, Bow Lake, the source of the Bow River brings you the quintessential Rocky Mountain experience of rugged wilderness and many perspectives in which to photograph sunrise.
Our private guided landscape photography tours with Mark Unrau are one-on-one workshops where Mark will pick you up from your hotel and take you out to photograph and learn how to strengthen your photography at different landscape locations throughout Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies.
Absolutely! Mark loves helping photographers of any skill level from absolute beginner to professional. It's OK if you have never picked up a camera before. Mark's approachable style and easy going personality will help you to get great landscape images that you will be proud to show off to friends and family for years to come.
You may be an already accomplished photographer or maybe someone who just want's to get to the best spots at the right time because you don't have a lot of time in Banff National Park. We totally understand this, but because of Mark's extensive experience in photography, he finds the best value can be gained when you are open to learning during the session.
Fortunately, Banff National Park has the best landscape photography opportunities very close to where we will park. We do not need to hike very far from the tour van to get amazing landscape images! However, depending on the location we can travel up to 2 Km from the road.
This is always the most difficult question to answer. It really depends on what you mean by off the beaten track. Many of the best and most iconic landscapes in Banff are easily accessed. Because of this it of course attracts many other photographers, so there is a good chance we might see some other keen people where we will be going. There are some places that are not as visited outside of the National Parks and we are happy to go to these locations, but they do take longer to get to and may not be appropriate during the short time we have together.
We want to make sure we are at our first location with enough time for you to get set up and be ready to photograph sunrise. Sunrise is the most spectacular time to photograph in Banff and we don't want you to miss it!
Mark will come and pick you up around an hour and a half before sunrise depending on where you are staying and what location you will be going to first.
Mark works with any kind of camera from medium format to an iPhone. So whatever gear you have you will learn how to make better pictures with it. As they say, "The best camera is the one you have"
Each session is custom made to what skill level you are and what kind of camera gear you will have. The most important concept that Mark goes over is composition. At the beginning of the session, Mark will asses your level of knowledge and go over concepts and techniques that will help you improve your photography. Some of the things Mark is happy to go over is:
The Canadian Rockies is a fairly arid climate at a high altitude. Because of this, even in summer it can be quite chilly first thing in the morning. Here are some recommendations:
This workshop can be booked any time of year, but it may not be offered for very long!
If you have an interest in photography (doesn't matter what level), do yourself a favour and book a workshop. You will not regret it. Worth the money, and the early start!
One of the best experiences i have had. Mark was very approachable and nice. He showed me some great techniques on making my pics better and they came out fantastic! I would definitely take again if i ever come back to Banff and i hope i do because the place is gorgeous!
A serene sunrise at Two JAck
Mark Unrau captured this sunrise at Two JAck Lake to give you an idea of what experiencing the sunrise is like.
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