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Photography Workshops

Workshop Overview


Your instructor is Greg Johnson, the Tornado Hunter. With over 20 years of professional photography experience Greg will give you the ‘ah-ha’ moments and make sure you understand how the camera works. The Intro course is designed to teach a technical overview and understanding of your Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera. Simply put, you will understand how your camera works by the end of the workshop, and you will have a ton of fun while learning! Over 15 hours of instruction throughout the 2 days. Generally, classes run from 9 am – 5 pm. Lunches, snacks and beverages are included.

Hear what others are saying about these workshops.

To register, please scroll down and fill out the registration form.  At the bottom, click the drop down bar for location options.  Click Submit.  You will be directed to a payment page where you can choose to pay via Paypal or with a credit card.


Workshop Dates and Locations


Dec 6-7 2018 (Thurs-Fri) Carlyle SK – $425 Kenosee Inn, Kenosee Lake 4 Seats LEFT
Dec 8-9 2018 (Sat-Sun) Brandon MB – $425 Studio 78 Lofts 3 Seats LEFT
Jan 26-27 2019 (Sat-Sun) Saskatoon SK – $425 Saskatoon Inn 16 Seats OPEN
Jan 31-Feb 1 2019 (Thur-Fri) Moose Jaw SK – $425 Western Development Museum 20 Seats OPEN
Feb 2-3 2019 (Sat-Sun) Regina SK – $425 Dallas Valley Ranch 20 Seats OPEN
Feb 7-8 2019 (Thur-Fri) Yorkton SK – $425 Windy Acres Retreat 20 Seats OPEN
Feb 12-13 2019 (Tues-Wed) Lethbridge AB – $425 Paradise Canyon Golf Course 14 Seats OPEN
Feb 14-15 2018 (Thur-Fri) Medicine Hat AB – $425 Medicine Hat Lodge 14 Seats OPEN
Feb 28-Mar 1 2019 (Thur-Fri) Canmore AB – $525 Coast Canmore Hotel 20 Seats OPEN
Mar 7-8 2019 (Thurs-Fri) North Battleford SK – $425 Western Development Museum 20 Seats OPEN
Mar 9-10 2019 (Sat-Sun) Kindersley SK – $425 Canalta Inn 20 Seats OPEN
Mar 14-15 2019 (Thurs-Fri) Winnipeg MB – $425 Heritage Inn 20 Seats OPEN
Mar 16-17 2019 (Sat-Sun) Brandon MB – $425 Studio 78 Lofts 16 Seats LEFT
Mar 23-24 2019 (Sat-Sun) Swift Current SK – $425 Maverick School 16 Seats OPEN
Mar 28-29 2019 (Thur-Fri) Edmonton AB – $425 Sawridge Inn 20 Seats OPEN
April 4-5 2019 (Thur-Fri) Weyburn SK – $425 McKenna Hall 16 Seats OPEN
April 6-7 2019 (Sat-Sun) Regina SK – INTERMEDIATE $550 Dallas Valley Ranch 14 Seats OPEN
April 11-12 2019 (Thur-Fri) Yorkton SK – INTERMEDIATE $550 Windy Acres Retreat 14 Seats OPEN
April 13-14 2019 (Sat-Sun) Brandon MB –INTERMEDIATE $550 Studio 78 Lofts 14 Seats OPEN
April 20-21 2019 (Sat-Sun) Saskatoon SK – INTERMEDIATE $550 Ancient Spirals 14 Seats OPEN


“There were many favorites, but in no particular order:  The cheat sheet is invaluable, humor infused with the learning, ability to practice with Greg, finally figuring out my camera and how it works, photo program to purchase, and all the tidbits given in conversation which added to the whole experience.  The entire workshop was my favorite.  My husband gave this workshop to me as a gift and I told him I felt this was the best birthday present I had ever received.”

– Cathy Fox, Medicine Hat Intro Workshop


Workshop Registration Form


  • Fill out the form and click submit.  You will be directed to a payment page where you can choose to pay via Paypal or with a credit card.
  • To use a credit card, click “Pay with a Credit or Visa Debit Card” .  This will allow you to enter your credit card information. Please ensure the name, address and phone number entered in this portion match that of your credit card.
  • To pay via E-transfer, please email Tracy at tracy@tornadohunter.ca for instructions.

Workshop Registration

  • Use this drop down to select the location you would like to register for and view the price.


Workshop Topics



What is correct exposure
Shutter Speed
Cheat Sheet


Navigating around the camera – What does it all mean
Holding the camera
Focal Length – effects on quality
Holding focus and recomposing

Shooting Basics

Aperture – exposure compensation
Shutter Speed – hand hold vs tripod
White Balance
Continuous shooting
Single shot focusing
Continuous focusing
Aperture – bracketing exposure
Shutter Speed – bracketing exposure
Manual Exposure

Creative Photography

Composing photos
Manual Focus
Composition – Rule of thirds
Composition – SCUFI
Composition – Perspective
Candid Photography techniques

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions


Q: I cannot make it to a workshop. Do you have an online version of your workshops?

A: Yes! Camera Easy is my online course and I even recommend it as a followup to the live events. If you can’t make it out to a live event workshop, then Camera Easy is just what the doctor ordered.


Q: I am a pure beginner. I literally know nothing about the camera and only use the auto stuff. Is this the course for me?

A: Yes. The intro course will allow you to understand how the camera works. Everyone has to start somewhere!


Q: If I am already quite familiar with my camera is this the workshop for me?  What topics will be covered?

A:, Yes, this is definitely the correct workshop. There will of course be some repetition on a few items, however, I have a very different approach and from my experience, with thousands of photographers that have come through this course, everyone benefits starting here.  

With that being said, I have a few questions for you: 

What camera are you using?

Do you shoot in manual mode?

Do you have an external Flash?

Please list your two favourite lenses that you currently own?

If you shoot at night (aurora/stars/lightning) please attach one or two images.

By answering these questions I will be able to ensure we get you in the right workshop. 

email tracy@tornadohunter.ca


Q: I have a Panasonic ZS100 which is an advanced travel camera,  it has the usual capabilities but no interchangeable lens.  Is it worth me taking the course when I have a limited camera?

A:  ZS100 is a fantastic camera. Although it is not a dslr camera, it has every bit of the necessary functionality and is totally suitable for the workshop. That being said, one of the outcomes from the workshop will likely be that you will discover that there are a few limitations with this camera. I suggest taking the workshop with this camera and if and when you decide to upgrade to a better version, you will have a great idea of what you need and want. 


Q: Am I able to purchase a gift certificate for someone?

A: Yes, gift certificates are available in any denomination and can be purchased by emailing tracy@tornadohunter.ca.  We will wait to contact the recipient until after the gift has been received.


Q: Is a micro 4/3 camera is suitable to take this class?

A: Yes


Q: I was wondering about these classes as I have a mirrorless camera and would love to know how to use it.  Are these classes  beneficial for my type of camera.  I was hesitant to sign up because of this. 

A: Yes


Q:  I have an older Camera – Canon T3i

A: Perfect, don’t buy anything before the workshop. We will spend some time discussing purchasing and things to avoid. 


Q:  I have a Nikon D90 which is about 10 yrs old.  Would that suffice for the workshop?

A:  Perfect. Yes, this is a wonderful camera, however the technology is older. It will be great for the workshop and then you can make a more informed decision about purchasing after your two days with Greg.


Q: I have taken the Intro course.  What does the intermediate course offer that is different?  What if I “forget” some of the stuff I learned in the beginner course?

A:  You are absolutely ready to take the Intermediate course.  We will review a few things from the Intro class before we get started.  The intermediate workshop will build on the skills you learned in the intro workshop and focus on more advanced techniques like bracketing, tripod shooting, long exposures, workflow, night shooting and some editing


  • I have been using my camera on auto mode since I got it and have tried everything possible to learn. No Luck. 2 Days with Greg and I swear I will never use auto again! 

    Cheryl T
  • The camera has always been a huge frustration. Not anymore. I totally get it and whats even more important, its fun again! 

    Steven P
  • I have taken several photo ‘classes’ in the past. Online, community college and the one they offer at the camera store. I learned more in two days than all of it combined and I retained it. Loving the camera now. 

    Denise R
  • Since I paid good money for the camera I should have taken this workshop 5 years ago, it would have saved a lot of headache. Highly recommended. 

    Shannon L



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