Nature Photography with John Lehmann

Join us for a master class in photography with award-winning photographer John Lehmann



If you have ever wanted to propel your photography skills to a new level, you’ll want to consider joining John Lehmann at Farewell Harbour Lodge in 2021 for his comprehensive master class in wildlife photography.

The Farewell Harbour wildlife photography workshop will provide students the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills needed to shoot, edit and present a photo-essay. The workshop promises to be an adventure full of inspired learning and amazing photographic opportunities where students will gain incredible insight into visual storytelling, action photography, workflow and editing.



 Key Topics Covered Include:

  • Content, composition and creativity 
  • Story-telling techniques
  • Conveying mood and emotion
  • Photo section and editing
  • Gear Talk (of course!)

From the beauty and grace of the wildlife in their natural habit to the excitement and intensity of witnessing your first Grizzly bear in the wild, you will find many amazing photographic opportunities. The Great Bear Rainforest offers an incredible environment for students to learn visual storytelling and, in this workshop, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of documentary photography through the combined power of strong photography and good editing.

John Lehmann   Farewell Harbour Lodge is very pleased to have John Lehmann leading our annual photo tour workshops for wildlife photograph enthusiasts.  John is one of the top photojournalists in North America. He  is not simply a photographer, he is a visual journalist. And the principal that underpins everything is accuracy and honesty, both to the people he reports on and the readers to whom he reports. Since 2001, Lehmann has been based in Vancouver but his work has taken him across Canada and around the world.  He has covered five Olympics, summer and winter, and international news such as the Boxing Day tsunami in Southeast Asia. Major projects include month-long assignments in both China and Russia.

Among his many awards, Lehmann was named photojournalist of the year in 2012 and 2013 by the News Photographers Association of Canada, and in 2014 and 2015 by the Canadian Association of Journalists. His images have won a variety of prizes, including a National Newspaper Award for news feature photography in 2007. In 1998, he was named photographer of the year by the Canadian Press. Before The Globe and Mail, Lehmann worked in Canada for Reuters, the National Post, and the Canadian Press. In the early-to-mid-1990s, he began his career in Asia, first at the South China Morning Post, the daily newspaper in Hong Kong, and several publications thereafter. Lehmann studied photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, where he received his diploma in 1991.

Since leaving the Globe and Mail in the fall 2016, Lehmann has set up a very successful photography company shooting editorial and commercial assignments around the world.


nature photography Inclusions

  • Round trip water taxi from Alder Bay to Farewell Harbour Lodge and complimentary round trip ground shuttle from Port Hardy Airport or local hotels if required
  • 4 days/3nights accommodation in private room at Farewell Harbour Lodge with private ensuite bathroom and shower
  • Professional, private, small group in the field’ photo instruction with award-winning photographer John Lehmann in maximum group size of 8 guests
  • Professional, private, small group evening photo instruction sessions with John in maximum group size of 8 guests
  • Welcome briefing and orientation to the tours, viewing opportunities and facilities
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks starting with lunch on day 1 and ending with lunch on day 4
  • All transportation on all wildlife excursions 
  • Half day marine tour excursion on arrival day
  • Two full day excursions to our Grizzly viewing areas
  • Short optional excursion on marine tour, sea kayaking or rainforest walk on departure day 
  • BC Government Hotel Tax
  • $10 per person carbon offset fee (see our website for more details on our carbon offset program)


Available Tour Dates

  • Please contact our office for 2022 dates.

Sample Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for our John Lehmann Photo Tour package. The actual itinerary may vary based on guests’ interests, weather and wildlife activity. Farewell Harbour Lodge reserves the right to adjust these itineraries based on these variables. Creating memorable experiences in the Great Bear Rainforest is our ultimate goal. 

PHOTO4 Tour Sample Itinerary (4 days/3 nights)

Day 1

Depart Alder Bay at 12:30pm aboard our water taxi for the scenic 30 minute service to Farewell Harbour. Greet Farewell Harbour Lodge staff at the dock. Check in, receive welcome orientation and lunch. Relax, you’re here! After settling into accommodations, join instructor John and your guides on an afternoon tour in search of marine wildlife in the waters of the famous Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound. Return to the lodge by 430pm. Join our other guests for dinner, followed by next day activity briefing. Join John and the other Photo tour guests in a private setting after supper for your first small group, exploration of one of the specialty evening photo instructional topics.


Day 2 

 After breakfast, meet on the dock at 8am for first full day bear viewing adventure to one of our main Grizzly viewing estuaries! Our bear viewing takes us to one of several estuaries where we view either from a zodiac or on foot depending on the tide. Return by 430pm; join our other guests for dinner, followed by next day activity briefing and another instructional session with John.

Day 3

7am breakfast, then on the water at 8am for another bear viewing safari. Return by 430pm for dinner followed by your last instructional session with John.


Day 4

Choose from one of the following options:
  • A short morning sea kayak excursion in the protected and crystalline waters near Farewell Harbour Lodge
  • A marine mammal excursion 
  • Guided interpretive rainforest walk or forest bathing
  • Return to the lodge for the water taxi back to Alder Bay arriving about midday for ongoing connections.




What do I need to bring?

Farewell Harbour Lodge will provide you with a detailed equipment list. On the camera gear side of things, you’ll need to bring a digital camera and, to maximize your learning, a selection of lenses. You’ll want to bring a number of  empty memory cards.

What about a laptop and software or iPad?

You will need a laptop for your one-on-one editing time. Photo Mechanic editing software and Photoshop would be a plus. 

Can I bring my spouse even if they are not interested in the photography portion?

Yes, spouses are welcome. Since this is a small group, private program the cost would be the same.


Please see our more general tour FAQ on our FAQ page.


Booking details

For Nature Photography Package details and pricing, please go to our Contact page and complete the inquiry form and we'll get back to you within 1 business day!


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