André Gallant/Freeman Patterson Photography Workshops

“Photography and Visual Design”


André Gallant is a freelance photographer specializing in imaginative travel, people, and stock photography around the world. He has several major books to his credit – three with Pierre Berton, and Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image co-authored with Freeman. André has recently self-published five hardcover books, Dreamscapes, Destinations, Expressionism, Inspiration and Innovation and has penned and photographed Photographing People At Home and Around the World for Key Porter Books. A contributor to PhotoLife, André continually experiments with new visual approaches and techniques in both his professional and personal photography, and he generously shares his ideas and expertise – in either English or French.[email protected]

Freeman Patterson has been a freelance photographer and writer since 1965 and his contribution to the photographic medium is recognized around the world.  He is the author of five best-selling instructional books on photography and visual design and eight other books, including The Garden, a collection of images and writing about his home at Shamper’s Bluff, New Brunswick. In 2013 the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Goose Lane Editions published FREEMAN PATTERSON: Embracing Creation, a major retrospective of Freeman’s career co-authored by Freeman and art curator Tom Smart. Freeman has conducted week-long workshops annually in Canada since 1973, in South Africa since 1984, from time to time in New Zealand since 1992, and in many other countries. Freeman believes a sound knowledge of visual design is fundamental to clear visual expression and focuses on this in his illustrated lectures. He has received numerous national and international honours and awards for his photography and teaching, including the Order of Canada and the Order of New Brunswick. [email protected]



This year we will take registrations on a first come/first served basis beginning November 2nd.


Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Eight participants)

(André will be present at this workshop)

May 22 – 27 (depart May 28)


St. Martins, New Brunswick (Twelve participants per workshop)

(André and Freeman will be present at these workshops)

July 3 – 9 (depart July 10)

July 17 – 23 (depart July 24)

August 28 – September 3 (depart September 4)

September 11 – 17 (depart September 18)

October 9 – 15 (depart October 16)


LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA – The Photo Tour Workshop with André Gallant

Once again, André is leading a Photo Tour – Workshop along the Lighthouse Route in Nova Scotia. The workshop will be based in Historic Lunenburg at the Boscawen Inn (

The week will be spent photographing quaint fishing villages, historic towns such as Mahone Bay and Lunenburg, and an outing to Peggy’s Cove for afternoon light and sunset. Most days will have a short lecture, followed by an evaluation of participant’s work. André’s program will focus on expressive techniques such as panning, dreamscapes and various montages. The workshop begins with dinner on Sunday at 6pm and concludes with dinner on Friday.  Participants depart on Saturday morning.

Participants will fly in to Halifax, Nova Scotia (YHZ) airport which is 1 1/2 hour drive to Lunenburg. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop.



Our workshops will be hosted by the St. Martins Country Inn ( in the village of St. Martins on the Bay of Fundy coast, east of Saint John and the Saint John airport and right at the beginning of the Fundy Trail. The bay has the world’s highest tides, and there will be dramatic changes in the oceanfront scenery twice a day. Participants will need only to cross the road to reach the shore, rocks, mosses, caves, and fishing boats. Also, you will spend a day at Freeman’s home at Shamper’s Bluff on the St. John River.

St. Martins is approximately 38 kilometres east of the Saint John (not St. John), New Brunswick airport (YSJ). Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop. You may wish to use a readily available taxi at the airport for the 20 minute drive or pre-book from a limousine service.


Workshops are based on the following books by Freeman and/or André:   Photography and the Art of Seeing, Photographing the World Around You: A Visual Design Workshop, Photo Impressionism and the Subjective Image and Dreamscapes. Workshops are for amateur or professional photographers. Our experience has consistently been that a mixed group functions best and learns the most.

Each day there will be illustrated instructional lectures on photography and visual design, a field trip with the instructors, and evaluation of your images. In addition, special attention will be paid to expressive techniques such as dreamscapes, multiple exposures, and panning. Each participant receives a personal assignment during the week for presentation as projected essay on Saturday. There will be a special program featuring students’ images on the final afternoon.

While we believe the workshops must have definite structure in format and instructional content, we continually adapt programs to meet the needs and interests of students and constantly encourage personal ways of seeing and expressing. To ensure that we can work effectively with everyone on a personal basis we limit enrolment to twelve persons per workshop except for Lunenburg, which has eight openings.


To get the most from the workshop, please make a serious effort before you arrive to learn basic camera operation: how shutter speeds relate to lens openings, what depth of field means, what each dial, button or item on your camera or camera menu does. Study your camera manual carefully and bring it with you.

Participants must bring their own laptop computer. A digital projector will be available. Be familiar with your camera and with the playback features that enable you to select, delete, and transfer images to your computer or flash drive. Ensure that you have your camera manual with you. Participants should be sufficiently adept with software such as Photoshop or Lightroom to adjust the contrast, brightness, hue, saturation, and sharpness of your images.  You should also be able to resize your images and save them as jpegs to a flashdrive. (Participants may shoot in RAW but we work in jpeg to speed up workflow.)


Fee for the six-day/seven-night course includes meals and accommodation (Canadian funds).

Participants should arrive in time for dinner at 6pm on Sunday and depart the following Sunday morning.

$2295 per person + HST (13%)

We maintain a waiting list for each course once we have reached the maximum 12 students. If there is no space in either of your requested courses, you may want to place your name on this list. Please indicate how much notification time you require to be able to attend – the less time you require, the better your chance.

Guests: Partners or friends of participants do not pay the tuition fee, and should not expect to attend regular lectures or to receive field instruction. They may attend the first evening and final day of programs and accompany the group on a trip to Freeman’s home.     (Pets cannot be accommodated).

Fee for meals and accommodations for the week for partners or friends will be $500. + HST (13%).


Workshop begins with dinner (6:00pm) on Sunday and concludes with dinner on Saturday night.

Participants should arrive before dinner on Sunday and depart the following Sunday morning.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop.

Please do not register for a workshop unless you are able to stay for the entire period as an early departure seriously disrupts the spirit and fellowship of the workshop. ***


Waterproof footwear is necessary for shooting at water’s edge and for early mornings as there is often heavy dew. A hat, gloves and warm jacket are essential for autumn workshops. Bring a good repellent if you are at all bothered by insects.



. Photographers must bring a laptop computer. ***

  • Tripod: bring a sturdy tripod with good ball-and-socket head. If you are buying a tripod, we strongly suggest that you look at models in the Manfrotto ART 190 or 550 series and choose a Manfrotto Joystick 222 (highly recommended) or Manfrotto 324 or 327 head.  Another good choice is a tripod with ball-and-socket head by Really Right Stuff manufactured in California. Their products can only be purchased through their website.
  • Lenses: bring whichever lenses you have but there is no need to purchase any for the workshop. Lenses in the 24-300 range are great and a polarizing filter will be helpful.
  • Cable release

Tripod Rental: We will have four tripods available for rental. With all the weight restrictions with air travel, this will make it easier if you are flying. It will also give participants who do not own a sturdy tripod the opportunity to work with the tripod that both André and Freeman recommend.

Rental fee is $40. for the week. As quantities are limited, please reserve when you register for a workshop. 


We will take registrations on a first come/first served basis beginning November 2nd.

Step 1: Send your completed application form by e-mail, phone or fax beginning November 2nd for the 2016 workshops indicating your first and second choice of workshop weeks. We require a $400 deposit (Canadian funds) payable by VISA or Mastercard at this time but we will not debit your credit card until the first week of January. Workshop fees can also be paid by e-mail money transfer. Please indicate on your application form if you will be paying by e-mail money transfer the first week of January.

After registering if you haven’t already sent a signed copy, we will need a signed application form by e-mail, fax or send to:

Shamper’s Cove Limited

3487 Route 845

Long Reach, NB, Canada E5S 1X4

e-mail   [email protected]

Phone      506-763-2189           Fax        506-763-2035

Step 2: The balance of your workshop fees must be paid six weeks before your workshop begins to ensure your place is held.

Cancellations: On cancellations up to six weeks prior to the beginning date of the workshop, we will refund your deposit less 50% for expenses. We will not refund on cancellations received six weeks or less prior to the beginning date of the workshop.

Please do not register for a workshop unless you are able to stay for the entire period as an early departure seriously disrupts the spirit and fellowship of the workshop.