Canadian Nature Photographer Newsletter

December 30th , 2013 Newsletter

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Dear Friends and New Subscribers:

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and maybe even had an opportunity to get out and take some pictures. In December I added 5 new articles to the web site including two by internationally known wildlife photographers, Dr. Wayne Lynch about Muskox and another article by Alan Murphy, considered to be one of the best bird photographers on the planet. I wrote three articles, one about a lonely day in winter, another about getting children into photography and the third about different methods to add motion-blurr to your images. If you have not stopped by or seen the articles you can click on the links below to read them.



What's Hot and New Click on the photos or links to read the latest photography articles

Photographing a Lonely Winter Day in December by Dr. Robert Berdan It's three days before Christmas, I roll out of bed at 7:00 am, it's still dark outside, I shower, dress and wait for my friend, Kamal Varma to drop by at 7:30 am. We grab a quick breakfast at MacDonalds and head east out of Calgary. It's -20°C, cold but not too cold. As we drive east toward Airdrie there is ice fog. Our plan was to look for snowy owls in the Irricana area - read more.

Painted bunting by Alan Murphy ©

Birds through the lens by Alan Murphy As a lifelong birder, the transition to bird photography has always been about trying to capture each species in all its glory and with a touch of habitat.   Although I enjoy  the out-of-the-box  and action  photography, my favorite bird image is still a beautiful specimen on an appropriate perch. I often find this type of photography can be much harder than any other kind.... read article and view bird photos.

Star trail action on nature photograph by Robert Berdan ©

Adding Motion Blur to Your photographs Using Photoshop CS6 and Intentional Camera Movement by Dr. Robert Berdan Adding movement to a photograph can sometimes be as simple as using a long exposure and moving your camera during the exposure. I describe a new technique using Photoshop's star trail action to simulate motion blur and also compare it with other methods of adding blur to photographs. Read article and view pics.

Oomingmak - The Bearded One Article and photos by Dr. Wayne Lynch Some of my fondest memories of arctic wildlife are so vivid that it seems I can still feel the wind ruffling my hair and hear the comforting songs of familiar tundra birds decades after the moment has passed. Such is my remembrance of a playful herd of muskoxen grazing beside a swollen stream on Banks Island in the Northwest Territories. Read article & view pictures.

Boy with camera by Robert Berdan ©

Getting Kids interested in Photography by Dr. Robert Berdan Today kids are playing with technology at very early ages. My son used a laptop to read his first Dr. Suess books at tthe age of 3. In 1995 I helped design and build a science exhibit which introduced young children as early as 2 years of age to digital technology, but when should you start kids on photography? Read article here.



Edworthy Park Heritage Society is very pleased to sponsor a "Nature Photography for Kids Talk"  by Robert Berdan on Saturday January 4, 2014  at 10:00 a.m. at the small hall of Wildwood Community Association. Cost $15\family. For information or to register call: 403 630-4307. After the talk, depending on the weather, we may go outside either in the community garden or to Edworthy Park for a short photo session so please dress warmly.  Please bring a camera – any kind of camera will do even a cell phone camera.





I am developing a series of Quick Guides or short ebooks that are formatted to be accessed and read on a smart phone. The books are Adobe Acrobat PDFs and contain the essential information needed in the field to accomplish certain photographic tasks.


My first Quick Quide is "How to Photograph the Northern Lights". The guide is only $2.99 and can be downloaded after payment. More Quick Guides on a variety of topics are planned for release in January and I will let you know in the next newsletter. If there is a particular topic you might like to see in a Quick Guide format please let me know.



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PREMIERE RELEASE - "How to Photograph the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)" by Dr Robert Berdan - PDF

E-BOOK Cost ONLY $2.99


As soon as you pay for the E-book you will be provided with a link at the bottom of the payment receipt that takes you where you can download the ebook. Any problems downloading the file contact me at

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Winter Photography Workshop 2014

Winter Photography Workshop 2014 - Jan 15 Wed evening, January 18 all day, Jan 29 Wed evening. Evening sessions will be from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Cost $249.00 + GST   Max 10

If you just purchased a new camera or you rarely get out in the winter to take pictures this workshop might be for you. It includes 2 evening sessions, the first night there is a slide show and discussion about camera controls and preparing for photographing in winter. The second evening after the day trip, participants will bring some of their winter photos to receive a critique. This workshop is suitable for all level of photographers with a DSLR camera. A tripod is nice to have but not a requirement. We will be car pooling and heading out to the Mountain Park on Saturday for a day of winter photography. Lake Louise will also be hosting its winter festival.

Photoshop I Workshop - $249 (max of 5\class)- Upcoming workshop Dates for 2014: January 11, March 1.

This one day Photoshop workshop will be in Science & Art's studio and runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.
For more information or to register click here. The workshop includes a 60 page book of photoshop recipes, all tutorial files and step by step videos for each tutorial to follow at your own pace at home.



PRIVATE TRAINING I am available for private instruction on any aspect of photography or Photoshop on a one-on-one private basis $60\hr or 7 hours for $249. Folks wanting more in depth training can purchase 15 hours of training for $499. I also offer discounts for small groups. Photo destinations can include mountain parks, badlands, prairies etc.




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Arctic Photography Adventure - Sept. 3-10, 2014 Cost : $5,379.00 - $300 discount if you book your trip before by Jan 1, 2014 - time is running out.

Your adventure begins in Yellowknife, NT and includes a flight turther north to Point Lake Lodge on the Tundra. We will be photographing the Aurora, waterfalls, tundra, caribou and other wildlife. The tour includes a boat tour of Yellowknife bay and a fish fry. We will also hike a scenic trail to Cameron falls to photograph grouse, mushrooms and autumn colours. We will spend two nights photographing the Aurora in Yellowknife, one night at Aurora village and the other at Prelude and\or Pontoon lake. We will then fly about 250 km north onto the tundra to Peterson's point lake lodge to spend 5 days on the tudra. with gourmet food and comfortable cabin accomodations. We will be photographing migrating caribou and other wildlife. The tundra will be coloured red and yellow and there will be opportunities to catch amazing sunsets and sunrises from the beach in front of the cabins. See articles on my site for pictures from our previous t rips.


December Photocontest Winner is Brenda Makin


Whirlpool peak Mt. Fryatt in Jasper National Park, Alberta


Winners have their photos displayed on the home page for the month and viewed by 20,000 visitors or more, and they

receive a free copy of my Macrophotography e-book, and are eligible for a $249 Gift certicate next December when one of the monthly winners photos will be chosen for 2014. If you have a great photo consider entering it by email in the monthly contest. .


Once again thankyou for subscribing, if you enjoy the articles please tell your friends. I am always looking to feature new photographers. Best wishes and Happy New Year.

Robert Berdan

Calgary, AB
403 247-2457

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