URBAN & RURAL ONTARIO (July 6 & Aug. 3, 2020) - spencerwynn


One of the Explore & Discover Photography Workshop series from Spencer Wynn

5-DAY ONTARIO PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP    July 6-10, 2020   |   August 3-7, 2020

From the blur of streetcars to the sun coming up over Lake Ontario between soaring bank towers, Toronto is a rich location for landscapes, architecture, street photography and vibrant markets.  Join me for an exploration of this culturally diverse city before we head north to photograph stunning Canadian landscapes.

Toronto is known as the City of Neighbourhoods. We will spend time getting to know some of these on foot and take in stunning sunrise and sunsets . We will also have a session with a professional model to create beautiful street portraits. As you walk the streets you will hear languages spoken from around the world and see smiling faces from near and far representing all nationalities – Toronto is like that, it is a melting pot of nationalities which makes it such an exciting and accepting city.

We will have sunrise and sunset sessions in beautiful locations that will test you, delight you and leave you wanting to return! We will sample amazing food from Asia to the Middle East to Africa and South America. Once we have had enough of the busy streets of Toronto, we head north to areas of grandeur and breathless beauty on the Canadian Shield – an area of rock billions of years old which define the Canadian landscape.

The area of the Canadian Shield, a few hours north of Toronto is a rugged and inspiring land of lakes, rivers and waterfalls. We will spend time exploring this region on land and on the water with a boat cruise. Sunset and sunrise sessions in this area will leave you speechless. There is simply nothing more beautiful than northern Ontario.

This five-day workshop is being offered two times during  the summer to accommodate as many participants as possible. The 8-person groups are small to ensure plenty of personal instruction and develop a bond between other lovers of photography. 


LOCATIONS: Toronto and northern Ontario

DATES: June 6th - 10th, 2020   |   August 3rd - 7th, 2020

GROUP LEADER: Spencer Wynn

GENRE: Landscape, Street photography, Portraiture and Urban



PRICE: $1495 USD per person

DEPOSIT: $500 per person

A deposit of $500 is required to hold your space in the Urban & Rural Ontario workshop. The remaining balance will be due two months before your workshop date. A reminder email will be sent out with payment details.

These workshops are very popular, book your spot by registering early! This will be a full five days and will leave you with a remarkable sense of accomplishment and deep satisfaction.

Late afternoon overlooking Georgian Bay with the classic Canadian Shield rock and wind-swept pines.


Spencer, in addition to being a superb photographer, knows how to teach. He is generous with his knowledge and infinitely patient. He not only teaches the technical aspects of photography but also the art of photography. He taught me how to “see” in a unique way that I never would have considered. 

One of the things I most appreciate about Spencer is his willingness to share everything he knows and to explain it in a manner that  makes sense. 

Add to that the fact that he lives in Toronto! There’s so much to see and do in Toronto and Spencer will take you to the most beautiful and unique areas of this wonderful city.  I highly recommend any workshop offered by Spencer. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll come back with practical knowledge that you can apply instantly. 

– Ann Miller (Ohio, USA)

Spencer is a brilliant (and patient) teacher! The workshop was structured so that each lesson amplifies the previous one. It worked! After a few hours I was taking the best landscape photographs of my life. 

– John Ferri (Toronto)


DAY 1 –  Welcome meet & greet with a presentation at 10 am. After the presentation, we hit the streets to explore the financial district through architecture and street photography. We explore a local market area to get a taste of the smells and foods of the city. We finish the day with a sunset session.

DAY 2 – We begin the day with a sunrise session before enjoying a unique spot for breakfast in an exciting part of the city. Today we shoot street portraits with a professional model in an area that is gritty, colourful and exciting. We explore the waterfront and finish the day with a sunset session on the Toronto islands.

DAY 3 – No sunrise today, rather we get an early start and drive north to the Georgian Bay area with outcrops of the Canadian Shield that will amaze you and give you opportunities to explore and be creative. This is a rugged landscape of forests and crystal clear water. Its a great idea to bring a bathing suit! We will spend the day exploring and end with a special sunset location.

DAY 4 – Still up north, we travel to another area of the Canadian Shield to explore rivers and waterfalls. The beauty of this area is legendary and the subject of paintings from the Group of Seven painters in the early part of the 1900s. We will not have a sunset session but will have the opportunity to shoot astro photography at about 2:30 am.

DAY 5 – We shoot the sunrise at one of my favourite sunrise locations before returning to Toronto in time to depart for the return trip home.



•  This is a physically easy/moderate week of activity. There will be uneven ground in some locations and some periods of walking inclines. It is recommended that participants wear sturdy shoes. 

•  There will be early mornings and late evenings to take advantage of sunrise and sunset sessions. These are optional and not required. Pick and choose your sessions with which you will be most comfortable.

•  There will be some down-time so that you may explore and rest during the week should you wish to.


•  One-on-one and group instruction from Spencer Wynn

•  I will supply headlamps for participants during our astro photography session

•  A professional model for our street portrait session

•  Accommodations in northern Ontario  

•  Local transportation and Georgian Bay 2-hour cruise


•  Your travel to Toronto and departure to your home

•  Accommodation in Toronto

•  Meals, drinks and tips

•  Trip / health insurance

​•  Tourist visas for those who require them


•  The weather will be quite warm in Ontario, pack light breathable layers and a hat with a brim that will offer some degree of shade.

•  It goes without saying that you need to bring your camera(s)! Any DSLR or mirrorless camera will be best. You should have a solid working knowledge of your camera and know how to use your camera in manual mode.

•  Lenses are personal choices and are subject to what you own and your style of shooting. Personally, I travel with minimal gear: A few wide lenses with large apertures for low light and astro photography. The lighter you travel, the more you focus on what you are shooting!

•  A compact and sturdy tripod is recommended, especially when we shoot in low light. 

•  Extra memory cards and storage, laptop, batteries and chargers are to be carefully planned. You will need a power adapter for North America should you be coming from a country with different power plug configurations.


Participants:  4 minimum; 8 maximum. 4 participants are required for this workshop to proceed. If the minimum number is not reached by June 15, 2020 the workshop may be cancelled and deposits will be refunded in full to participants. See our cancellation policy below for more details. ​

Accommodations:  The workshop price is based on double occupancy away from Toronto. For those participating in the workshop that are not traveling with a friend, partner, or spouse, we will ensure all participants are partnered with a roommate of the same sex. ​If one wishes to have a private room, the additional cost will be calculated and billed separately by June 15th, 2020.

Refund Policy:  The refund policy for this workshop is as follows: 1) Cancellations made 90 days or more from the first date of this workshop:  A full refund will be provided, less a $25 administration fee. 2) Cancellations made between 30 and 90 days from the first date of the workshop:  A 50% refund will be provided, less a $25 administration fee. 3) Cancellations made within 30 days of the first date of the workshop:  No refund will be provided (but, see note below). 4) Unexplained absence from a workshop:  No refund will be provided. 5) Leaving a course in progress:  No refund will be provided. All requests for a refund must be made in writing (Email is preferred).

Cancellation Policy: Spencer Wynn, or designate, reserves the right to cancel a workshop at anytime due to illness, low enrolment, or any other reason.  If a workshop is cancelled, 100% of your enrolment fees will be refunded.

Right to Refuse Service: Spencer Wynn, or designate, reserves the right to accept, decline, or remove any participant in any photo workshop. Spencer Wynn, or designate, also reserves the right, without penalty, to make changes in the itinerary whenever, in their judgement, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

Insurance:  For your protection during the workshop, we highly recommend obtaining travel insurance if you are travelling to attend this workshop. ​

Travel Visas:  It is the participant's responsibility to ensure they have a valid travel visa (if applicable/required) for the duration of the workshop.  ​

Release of Liability: By  agreeing to these Terms & Conditions you agree, in full, to hereby release Spencer Wynn, and all other entities involved with this workshop (including, but not limited to, other instructors, guides, students, etc) from any and all liability.

Passports:  Passports must be valid for more than 6 months beyond the workshop duration.

Use of Images: By agreeing to these Terms & Conditions you agree, in full, to not use any photograph obtained during this workshop in a manner that violates any applicable laws (including, but not limited to: municipal laws, provincial laws, and federal laws). 

In Closing: Photography workshops may involve significant walking, standing in place for extended periods of time, sitting in classrooms and spending significant amounts of time outdoors.  By registering for this workshop you confirm that you understand this and that is appropriate to your physical abilities and interests.  At all times you agree to be personally responsible for your own well being.


A visual journalist for over 30 years, Spencer has developed a keen sense of storytelling through compelling visual narratives. It is on the streets that Spencer feels most alive as well as up north with the rugged landscape shooting the beauty of Canada during the day and at night.

A Fujifilm brand ambassador, Spencer is deeply passionate in the craft and art of fine photography. From street photography to stunning long exposure landscapes, Spencer loves to share his knowledge and watch as others discover the art of seeing – all over again!

Spencer has restricted the number of participants to a minimum in order to maximize personal instruction, learning and experimenting.

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