Superior Woods & Waters

Superior Woods & Waters Photography Workshop

A Spring Photography Workshop with James Smedley

Lake Superior changes with the seasons, from the powerful Gales of November in the fall, the spectacular views during the summer months, to the winter peacefulness. But have you ever experienced Lake Superior in the spring time?

jamessmedley waterfall(Photo credit: James Smedley)

Spring is a magical time when Lake Superior tributaries roar clear and strong and forests are lush and green. Coastal hiking trails, long sand beaches and waterfalls, hidden and accessible, unfold at the doorstep. Stick to land or take to the water in a canoe or kayak for a different perspective on the land and waterscapes. Driftwood, wildflowers and the intricate details of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence and boreal forests provide sustenance for photographic growth.

lakesuperior jamessmedley(Photo credit: James Smedley)

Few landscapes compare to the jagged coast of Lake Superior, where towering cliff faces and brooding headlands are tempered by wave-washed cobble and sand beaches. Throw in cedar-rimmed inland lakes cradled within the rounded mountains of the Canadian Shield and wild rivers cascading over granite to meet with Lake Superior, and we have all the raw materials for stunning photography.

Within this rich and varied landscape photographers will experience a mix of formal instruction in the lodge combined with hands on, one-on-one instruction in the field. Professional photographer James Smedley will explore the foundations of photography -- shutter speed, aperture, composition and light -- to capture moments and mementos from this singularly beautiful region along with insights into the challenges and rewards of outdoor photography. There will be instruction for those just learning to use their cameras as well as for shooters who want to take their photography to another level.

Workshop Dates

Superior Woods and Waters Workshop - May 31 - June 3, 2018

Location, Location, Location

Naturally Superior Adventure's Rock Island Lodge rests on a rock point where the mouth of the Michipicoten River merges with Lake Superior. Flanked by sand beaches, and with no choice but to be intimate with the mercurial moods of Lake Superior, the lodge is about as close to the action as we can get. Shoot right from the living room window if you want!

About Your Host

James Smedley is an award-winning Ontario photographer. His images appear regularly in international advertising campaigns and in books, magazines and newspapers world-wide. View his work on his website:

All meals and formal instruction will be based out of Rock Island Lodge. A laid back atmosphere and legendary food and hospitality make this the place to be to witness the awakening of the Lake Superior wilderness.

jamessmedley lakesuperior beach(Photo credit: James Smedley)
photographyworkshop NSA voyageurcanoe(Photo credit: James Smedley)

All participants need to bring the following:
-Camera gear and manual
-Laptop and memory card or external storage
-Layered clothing - seasonal temperatures vary from swimsuit weather to fleece and windbreaker
-Bug repellent - possibility of black fly and mosquitoes when shooting inland
-Any other photographic equipment you normally use
-Note pad & pencil (something portable so you can record your shots in the field)
-Sturdy footwear - we'll likely spend some time scrambling on rocks, beaches, etc.

For more information about this photography workshop on Lake Superior and to register call 1-800-203-9092 or email

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