Learn to use your camera the way it was intended!

Photography Workshops

  • 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

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.

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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

Sept 14-15 2019 (Sat-Sun) Regina SK – $425 Executive Royal Hotel SOLD OUT
Sept 19-20 2019 (Thur-Fri) Saskatoon SK – $425 Hampton Inn and Suites SOLD OUT
Sept 28-29 2019 (Sat-Sun) Calgary AB – $425 Days Inn Calgary North Balzac SOLD OUT
Oct 3-4 2019 (Thur-Fri) Brandon MB – $425 Canad Inn 2 SEATS LEFT
Oct 5-6 2019 (Sat-Sun) Winnipeg MB – $425 Sandman Hotel Winnipeg Airport 2 SEATS LEFT
Oct 17-18 2019 (Thur-Fri) Swift Current SK – $425 Home Inn and Suites 4 SEATS LEFT
Oct 19-20 2019 (Sat-Sun) Moose Jaw SK – $425 MJ Wildlife Federation Clubhouse 4 SEATS LEFT
Oct 24-25 2019 (Thurs-Fri) Medicine Hat AB – $425 Medicine Hat Lodge 8 SEATS LEFT
Oct 26-27 2019 (Sat-Sun) Lethbridge AB – $425 Paradise Canyon Golf Course 4 SEATS LEFT
Nov 2-3 2019 (Sat-Sun) Edmonton AB – $425 Radisson Hotel & Conv Centre 6 SEATS LEFT
Nov 7-8 2019 (Thur – Fri) Estevan SK – $425 SE Regional College 10 SEATS LEFT
Nov 14-15 2019 (Thur-Fri) Kindersley SK – $425 Kindersley Inn 14 SEATS OPEN
Nov 16-17 2019 (Sat-Sun) Lloydminster AB – $425 Lakeland College 12 SEATS OPEN
Nov 21-22 2019 (Thur-Fri) Assiniboia SK – $425 TBD 18 SEATS OPEN
Nov 26-27 2019 (Tues-Wed) Humboldt SK – $425 Humboldt Uniplex 18 SEATS OPEN
Nov 28-29 2019 (Thur-Fri) Yorkton SK – $425 Home Inn and Suites 15 SEATS LEFT
Dec 7-8 2019 (Sat-Sun) Regina SK – $425 Executive Royal Hotel 15 SEATS LEFT

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.


Intro To DSLR Photography Workshop
Where did you attend a workshop?: Calgary

Before attending Greg's workshop, I always struggled with manual mode on my DSLR even though I took some online courses. I registered for Greg's workshop not knowing what to expect and the workshop exceeded my expectation. After just two days at the workshop, I am so comfortable shooting in manual mode... read more

by Raeleen on TornadoHunters.com
Should have done this LONG ago
Where did you attend a workshop?: Calgary

I have been using manual mode for a while without a real understanding of what I was actually doing. Now I truly understand how my camera works and the things I need to change to fix my issues not just guesswork. All that in just 2 short days! Greg delivered the material in a fun, funny and interesting... read more

by Ron Wilso & on TornadoHunters.com
Saskatoon review
Where did you attend a workshop?: Review

Greg did a great job of mixing knowledge, humour and participation into the class. His process on beginning with the required elements and proceeding to refine each into tricks and doable processes was very good. His use of example photos was also very helpful to see what the finished product was. Really... read more

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.

“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

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