Photography Mini-tours in the Haliburton Highlands
Presented by Glenn Springer, TIF, RHCC

Mini-tours are about visiting and photographing some of the spectacular outdoor venues in the Haliburton Highlands.

Warning: after one of these sessions,
you will be hooked on shooting rocks and trees!

Please join our mailing list to check out our WINTER mini-tours. They'll relate to events here in the Highlands. Specific dates will be posted here for the Spring of 2014.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who wants to join award-winning photographer Glenn Springer on a visit to some of his favourite spots

There are particularly good dawn and dusk shooting spots, some waterfalls, and white water venues where we are likely to encounter kayakers and canoeists battling the river and each other. There are also some pine forests and abandoned structures that make for good photo opportunities.

What will I learn?

This is not a formal training experience

Glenn will be there shooting pictures and sharing his equipment recommendations, his setup and the thinking behind his shots. For example, at waterfalls or white water, he'll probably be using a heavy neutral density filter to slow the shutter speed way down. More than likely, he'll be shooting bracketed exposures for HDR treatment or using an off-camera flash to enhance features of some images.

If you want to see first-hand how some of these shots are made, or emulate them with your own equipment, this is a great opportunity.

This is not a full-blown workshop, but rather it’s a visit to a location to shoot some outdoor/landscape pictures. We will provide some guidance in how to take best advantage of your equipment so that your images will exceed your expectations.

Although he's not formally teaching, Glenn never misses an opportunity to share his expertise and thinking.

How long is the session? What do I need to bring?

It's about 3 hours. Plus or minus.

For instance, for the early morning (dawn) shoots you need to be on-site, ready to set up, a good 30 minutes before sunup. Same thing at the other end of the day and we stop when there isn't enough light to shoot any more. At whitewater venues, Glenn will be there for at least 3 hours, and you're welcome to stay as long as you wish.

What you bring is entirely up to you. But at the very least, you need a functioning camera and a tripod. Extras can come in handy, and a list will be forwarded to you before the session (for example, when a ND filter might come in handy).

People want to know if they can borrow equipment from Glenn (assuming it's compatible. He shoots Nikon). Technically the answer is "no" but you never know. There is one cardinal rule: you damage it, you own it. Think before you ask about borrowing that $2500 lens or $800 tripod or even $150 ND filter.

Where are these sessions held? When? How many students?

We're up in the Haliburton Highlands.

Normally we'll start out at Glenn's home which is right near the intersection of highways 35 and 118. It's about 10km from Minden (exactly 10km from the Tim Horton's!), 20 or 25km from Haliburton. Sometimes we'll meet at the venue itself if it makes sense.

Please join our mailing list to check out our WINTER mini-tours. They'll relate to events here in the Highlands. Specific dates will be posted here for the Spring of 2014.

Really, really small groups.

I guess when we go public on the TSE, we'll have to run bigger groups. Maximum 6 people. Usually less. We'll do minitours even when we only have three students. Fewer than that doesn't make a lot of sense but we'll see.

After you register, we may present you with some options: for example, the Minden WildWater Preserve or Algonquin's Ragged Falls. If you're not happy with our choice, we'll refund your money or reschedule you as you wish.

How much does it cost?

It's a surprisingly low $40 per person.

Personal attention. Small group. An experienced, qualified photographer. You tell me where you can do better!

And if you are part of a group, let's talk!



What about the fine print?

There's not an awful lot. Just common sense.

  • You have to prepay for the session.
  • If you bring a friend along, they have to pay too.
  • If you don't show up, we keep your money.
  • If you want to cancel or reschedule, you have to give us time to fill your space.
    • 3 weeks or more before, you get your money back
    • 2 weeks before, we keep $20
    • 1 week before, you'll get $20 back if we can fill your seat.
    • Special circumstances are special circumstances and we're human too.
  • What if the weather's lousy?
    • Hey. We're Canadian, Eh? When did a little weather stop us?
    • If the weather forecast looks like we won't get a dawn or a sunset, we'll reschedule or change the venue. Besides, you get great pictures in bad weather! If rescheduling doesn't work for you, we'll refund your payment.
    • Dress appropriately. Sometimes it rains.
    • Special circumstances are special circumstances and we're human too.
  • We're going to need some information about you before the course.
    • Who you are, how to contact you, your age (ok, at least are you over 18)
      • If you're not over 18 we'll need a parent or guardian's signature
    • Your equipment and experience.
    • You'll be asked to sign a waiver. If you fall down and hurt yourself, it's your fault, not ours.
    • You'll be asked to sign a model release. If you end up in one of my pictures and I want to use it to promote the courses, I can.
    • A photo release. If you submit pictures during the course, we can use them to promote the courses. You still keep the copyright and we can't sell them without your permission.
  • We'll be adding you to our newsletter mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time with one single click.
  • We promise not to sell or provide your information to anyone outside our company.

OK, that was a longer list than I thought, but it all makes sense, right?

Are we friendly to those who are physically challenged? NO. Almost all of these venues are off the paved roads. That said, Glenn is a Senior citizen in poor shape and with arthritic knees, and we won't be doing any real hiking to speak of.

How do I contact you?



I'm really sorry about not just giving you my phone number and private email address, but I'm really tired of those 3am phone calls from Spokane Washington wanting to sell me SEO services for my websites, or the emails from the Nigerian Prime Minister's office who wants me to help dispose of $3 million in gold bars.

If I'm sure you're a real person and of course if you book a session, you'll get all that, but for the first contact, you need to use the form. OK? I'm sure you understand.

If you have any questions, I'll try to answer them as quickly as humanly possible!

How do I register and pay for a mini-tour?

Payment is via PayPal. You can use a credit card without opening a PayPal account.
It's a really secure way to do business.

If you want to make alternate arrangements, please use the contact form.