Photographing Butterflies at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory

Webcode: WORKSHOP247

Price: $150.00
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 3 hours
Prerequisites: Basic Camera knowledge
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Photographing Butterflies at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory

*** UPDATE *** One (1) spot left for this event (June 16th)

Join us in Niagara Falls, Ontario for this exclusive photo class & private photo event at the region’s prestigious Butterfly Conservatory. Starting with a 1-hour in-classroom photo primer to help you get ready to photograph the day’s subjects, we’ll then move into the conservatory’s main viewing area for our special 1 hour, closed-to-the public walkabout where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph, unobstructed, 2,000 + butterflies (45 different species) as they fly freely in the conservatory’s lush rainforest environment. After our one-on-one time with the butterflies, we’ll then move outside for a live raptor demo where you’ll once again have the opportunity to photograph a selection of nature’s majestic birds of prey.

Contest: Participants will have the opportunity to submit their best shot from this event for a chance to win a 16”x20" canvas wrap ($100 value), made from their winning image.

Event includes access to Niagara’s Royal Botanical Gardens, located next to the Butterfly Conservatory as well as an all day pass to the Butterfly Conservatory itself.

You will receive an email from your instructor a few days prior to the event including the meeting details as well as any other important information.


Basic Camera knowledge

Course Outline:

- Welcome & Orientation
- Photo Lesson: Understanding and preparing for the photographic challenges ahead - including: dealing with low light, controlling exposure and colour, ‘macro’ (close focusing) techniques and more.
- One-on-One with the Butterflies: With the support of your Henry’s Learning Lab instructor, participants will have the opportunity to photograph the conservatory’s butterflies while doors remain closed to the public.
- Live Outdoor Raptor Demo: With your Henry’s Learning Lab instructor and professional bird handler, participants will have an opportunity to learn about and then photograph a selection of nature’s majestic birds of prey.

Who Should Attend?

Beginner to intermediate level owners of interchangeable lens cameras (DLSR or mirrorless) who are looking to improve both their knowledge & skills at photographing butterflies in a challenging environment as well as predatory birds. Fundamental camera techniques including: basic focusing methods, image playback and menu navigation should already be familiar. Awareness of semi-auto camera modes (shutter & aperture priority), exposure compensation, white balance, ISO control are also valuable assets, but will be discussed during the classroom component.

What To Bring To Class:

Camera Gear:
- Fully charged battery + extra battery
- Memory cards
- Lens(es): 50mm-200mm range (or similar) with close focusing (‘macro’) capabilities

Other Recommended Gear:
- 100mm f/2.8 macro prime lens (or similar)

Clothing & Other:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Snack (ex: energy bar)
- Water bottle

Registration Policy

Rescheduling Fees
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Up to $199.99 $20.00
From $200 and up $75.00
  • Pre-registration and payment is required for all courses.
  • All courses begin promptly at stated times.
  • Henry's Learning Lab reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course without notice.
  • In the event of a course cancellation or postponement, all pre-registered attendees will be notified to arrange another suitable date.
  • Customers may reschedule or refund registrations up to 48 hrs prior to the course start time at no charge.
  • If less than 48 hrs notice is given, up until the course start time, only rescheduling will be offered and an administrative fee will apply. (See Fee Table)
  • Refunds will not be issued and rescheduling will not be permitted, if requested after the stated course start time. Missed courses are not eligible for refunds or rebooking.
  • Course credits with Henry's Learning Lab will be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase of the original course.

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Special Events

  • Tickets for special events taking place off-site are final sale and non-refundable.
  • Henry's Learning Lab reserves there right to cancel or postpone any special event without notice.
  • In the event of an event cancellation or postponement, all pre-registered attendees will be notified to arrange a refund or alternate date.
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September 2018

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