Wilds of Temagami
Photo Adventure

• Dates: September 4-8, 2019
• Cost: $1225 CAD
• Deposit: $367 CAD
• 5 days
• Limit of 6 participants

This workshop is organized by Smoothwater Outfitters & Lodge.


Wilds of Temagami Photo Workshop from Ariel Estulin on Vimeo.

This workshop is designed for photographers of all skill level who want the experience of a canoe adventure, but also want to become better photographers. Traveling by canoe, we’ll be camping and sleeping under the stars just as the First Nations would have done thousands of years ago.

At it’s core, photography is an art form, and we’ll explore what “seeing” photographically really means. We cover all the basics of f-stops and shutter speeds, and how different combinations of these create different results. We tackle the subject of composition, the rules to know, and the rules to break. You’ll experience first-hand the creative process of a professional photographer, from image conception to the final digital result.

Our workshop groups are small, so you’ll receive hands-on, one-on-one photography instruction.

At the end of each day we sit down to review and critique your work using an ipad. This provides an excellent opportunity for immediate feedback which is critical in the learning process. We also show you how to post-process your images, an important and often overlooked step in digital photography.

As the old saying goes “good photographs are made, not taken”, which is a core philosophy at Outdoor Photo Journey.

What am I going to learn?

By the end of the workshop you’ll have a solid foundation of photography and an understanding of what all those little knobs and dials do on your camera. You’ll know how to scout a location, pick the best spot, compose your photo, and get that amazing result. You’ll be a superstar at post-processing your images and impress your friends with your photos, all while on an incredible canoe journey in the heart of the Temagami region.

Full Itinerary

This workshop is run in partnership with:

Directions and a detailed list of equipment (photography and personal camping gear) will be sent to all workshop participants.


We all meet at Smoothwater Outfitters & Lodge in the late afternoon. There we’ll sort out gear, review the planned route, and meet our fellow participants. We sit down for dinner and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal. There’s time to head outdoors for some shooting afterwards before turning in for the night.

DAY 2 – 4

After breakfast, a shuttle takes us to our put-in point where we begin our adventure. We load our canoes, and have a brief paddling lesson for those who need to brush up on their strokes.

The next few days will follow a familiar daily routine. Up early to photograph the sunrise, have breakfast, pack up, and paddle our canoes to our next campsite, stopping for lunch along the way.
This is a photography adventure after all, and there’s have lots of time to stop and photograph along the way. The outdoors becomes our classroom and that’s where we’ll be doing our learning.

If the skies are clear in the evenings, we have an uninterrupted view of the heavens and an outstanding view of the night sky. This is one of the most humbling experiences one can have. If this is your first time photographing the stars, I’ll be on-hand to help you every step of the way.

On our final evening together, we gather around the campfire and reflect back on our adventures over the past 4 days.


Our last morning together, we’ll photograph the sunrise one last time before we pack our gear and paddle back to our pick-up spot. A shuttle will take us back to Smoothwater Lodge, where we started off our adventure.

You depart home with memory cards full of unforgettable memories of your experience in Temagami.


  • All group camping gear
  • Trip guide
  • Canoes / paddles / life jackets
  • Camping Equipment: Tent, Air Mattress, Sleeping Bag
  • 1st night shared accommodations at the Smoothwater Lodge including home cooked dinner
  • Day 2 breakfast to day 5 lunch
  • Professional photography instruction
  • Image reviews and critiques
  • Inspiration, fun, and a great outdoor experience
  • Camera equipment
  • Transportation to/from location


Temagami morning mist


Temagami moonshadow

Temagami Center Falls

  • "The experience of Ariel in quickly identifying small (or large) issues with a photo and then demonstrating how to edit it to add more punch was terrific. Many photographers are reluctant to share how they approach workflow and editing and thus it remains a “secret”. Thanks!"
  • "Reviews are great and beneficial after picture taken each and every time. A lot of good feedback and valuable ideas to share and improve. Ariel is wonderful and professional and showed a lot of caring and patience at each photo site"
    workshop participant