Prince Edward Island, Canada Urban Red Fox Photo Workshop
Join American photographer Amy Shutt and Canadian photographer Brittany Crossman of The Canid Project for a canid-centric workshop photographing and learning about the Urban Red Foxes of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Our aim with The Canid Project workshops is to provide experiences that will not just focus on the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, but also on how you can use your photography for conservation and education. We also focus strongly on the ethics of wildlife photography, ethics of urban wildlife and wildlife photography, and the proper way to track, approach and photograph wildlife.
Each workshop is led by carefully selected ethical wildlife photographers. We strive to work with conservation-based organizations and projects that provide unique and intimate information throughout our workshops by way of professional researchers and biologists.
Our workshops target canid species and areas and/or efforts that directly affect these species.
Proceeds from these workshops go directly to The Canid Project to help fund educational endeavors and outreach, the fox rehab in Louisiana, as well conservation partners involved in the subject of the photography workshops.
Current Workshop Dates:
- May 26-29, 2018 SOLD OUT
- May 25-28, 2019 Spots Available
May is a great time for urban fox families because the den sites will be active with kits from the age of 2 to 4 months old. This provides a great opportunity for not only pictures but for learning how to approach urban wildlife ethically, which is our main goal with this workshop. Nowadays we don't have to go "out there" to experience wildlife, all we have to do is take a look right outside our back doors.
Proceeds from this workshop will go directly to The Canid Project to help fund educational endeavors and the fox rehab in Louisiana, as well as to Hope For Wildlife in Nova Scotia.
Both Amy Shutt and Brittany Crossman have formal and active backgrounds in photography and education. See their full bios below. Brittany has spent the past few years directing much of her photographic energies into photographing these foxes and developing a keen understanding of their dynamics and behaviors. She will offer an educated guiding experience that will allow us to get the best photographs while also respecting our subjects and acting ethically in our approaches. As she states in an article she wrote for The Canid Project:
"Prince Edward Island is a Vulpes vulpes gem. The island has a large, healthy urban red fox population, as well as many rural foxes that call PEI home. These two options alone give a great variety of photographic opportunities, as well as learning experiences. Foxes living in different environments, urban versus suburban, behave quite differently. These differences make photographing the island foxes appealing.
Another alluring aspect of PEI is the color variants of the foxes. On the island, there are three red fox pelage colorations: red, cross, and silver".
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WORKING ITINERARY for May 26-29, 2018 Workshop:
You will receive a detailed itinerary which includes airport and lodging information once your deposit has been paid, but please see these exciting points below that make up this unique urban wildlife photography workshop. Please feel free to email with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lodging is include for the nights of May 26-29, 2018.
- May 26, 2018 Saturday: If you arrive to Prince Edward Island before 7pm on the 26th enjoy a meet and greet with Brittany and Amy over a light dinner in Charlottetown at 7:30pm.
- May 27, 2018 Sunday Morning: We will meet in the morning over breakfast to discuss the workshop and logistics in detail
- May 27-29, 2018 Sunday - Tuesday: Three full days of presentations, in the field shooting, and reviews
- May 29, 2018 Tuesday Evening: The workshop will conclude the late afternoon of May 29, 2018.
Photography will take place for 3 full days at the best times for light and fox activity in the mornings and late afternoons. Look forward to compelling presentations during the day by Environmental Biologist Hailey Lambe of Parks Canada (who spent two years working on her thesis on the urban Red Foxes of Charlottetown and Stanhope in Prince Edward Island), Amy Shutt, and Brittany Crossman.
The workshop will conclude the evening of May 29, 2018. In the downtime between shoots Amy and Brittany will instruct you in many facets of wildlife and conservation photography, canid conservation, and ethics including:
- Ethical practices of urban wildlife photography
- The natural history of the Red Fox in Canada, and specifically Prince Edward Island (by biologist Hailey Lambe)
- Conservation photography and how you can contribute to raise awareness
- How to tell compelling stories through wildlife photography that help to educate the public
- Best camera settings and gear for wildlife photography
- Photographic techniques, composition, and use of natural light as it applies to wild canid species
- Demo on Trap Camera DSLR photography as it applies to urban wildlife photography.
If you do not own any of the equipment below you can rent from several rental facilities. Amy uses and recommends Lens Pro To Go, Borrow Lenses, and Lensrentals. Email Amy if you are unsure if your gear will work for this workshop: email@example.com and she''ll let you know! :)
- DSLR or mirrorless camera that does well at high ISOs
- Long lens (something that extends to at least 300 to 600mm)
- A shorter long lens, like a 70-200mm
- Travel insurance is required (see our travel agent to purchase)
- Comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather
- Warm clothing for early mornings and late afternoons.
- Bug spray is a good idea!
- Price: $2100 USD (includes all photographic instruction from two photo leaders, guiding, presentations, and lodging for 4 nights, beginning the first night of the workshop)
- Non-refundable deposit of $750 USD
- The workshop price does not include flights to and from Prince Edward Island, Canada, transportation, travel insurance or meals.
- It's a good idea to have travel insurance in case something goes wrong or you need to cancel your trip. Amy loves World Nomads travel insurance.
- Once you've contacted us to sign up we will give you further instructions on paying your deposit through our licensed travel agent Stewart Travel Group in Canada to hold your spot.
- Once you've contacted our agent, you will receive a Booking Form with terms and conditions before paying your deposit.
- By booking through Stewart Travel Group your money is secure and protected.
- Once your deposit is paid you will receive a full itinerary with detailed information about the workshop and lodging.
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Brittany Crossman is a 27 year old wildlife photographer based out of New Brunswick, Canada. The love for wildlife started at an early age, and remaining consistent throughout the years leading her to study photography at Mount Allison University. Over the years, she has photographed many different species, but the Red Fox holds a special place in her heart. Brittany’s work has been published by Canadian Geographic, The Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canadian Wildlife Magazine and online at National Geographic. Brittany also donates her prints to wildlife rehabilitation centers such as Hope for Wildlife and The Atlantic Wildlife Institute for fundraising for wildlife in their care. Brittany’s goal is to capture intimate moments that tell stories that inspire people to protect this precious fauna.
Amy Shutt specializes in nature and wildlife photography with a recent focus in photo-documentary projects. A formally trained and published photographer, Amy also teaches various photography classes and workshops throughout the United States and in Africa. Her interest in foxes and coyotes, background in wildlife rehabilitation, and curiosity about the human and wild animal relationships in our world, brought her to start The Canid Project. She hopes to preserve, educate, and inspire through this endeavor.
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