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Canon announces 2012 photo workshops in US National Parks

By dpreview staff on Jun 4, 2012 at 17:44 GMT

Canon USA, Inc. has announced its annual series of summer photography workshops for visitors to a select number of US National Parks. Dubbed, the 'Canon Photography in the Parks Program', it provides participants with free equipment loans and professional-led instruction during guided photo walks. Participants will also be able to make prints of their images and bring home their image files on a CD. This year's program also includes video workshop sessions, using Canon VIXIA camcorders and EOS DSLRs. Those interested in participating can sign up on Canon's Facebook page at

Press Release

Canon U.S.A. Encourages National Parks Visitors To Unleash Their Creativity This Summer With Free Photography Workshops

Canon’s Photography in the Parks Program Equips Visitors with Free Camera and Camcorder Loans, Professional Photography Lessons and a Unique, Hands-On Experience to Create Lasting Memories

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 4, 2012 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is once again joining forces with several of the country’s acclaimed national parks to offer free photography workshops to visitors this summer. The Canon Photography in the Parks Program provides participants with free equipment loans and professional photography instruction as they take part in a guided walking photo tour. Following the tour, participants have the opportunity to print images for free and take home a CD of their image files. Visitors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.

New to this year’s program are Canon video workshop sessions.  Visitors can experience and learn about shooting video by using a Canon VIXIA camcorder or EOS digital SLR camera and participating in a hands-on videography demonstration with experts.

“Canon is incredibly excited to help people improve their photography skills and capture the beauty of our national parks through our Photography in the Parks Program,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Our nation’s magnificent and pristine national parks offer the quintessential location to help people improve their photography skills and inspire creativity. In doing so, Canon hopes to also help those who visit parks this summer create and preserve lasting memories and leverage their newfound skills throughout their lives, for all of their important moments.”

In addition, Canon is sponsoring the new National Geographic iPhone application, National Parks by National Geographic. Available as a free download from Apple’s App Store, the app provides users with park information and photo galleries, travel tips from National Geographic editors, and information about park events – including the Canon Photography in the Parks Program. The app also features photo tips to help users capture beautiful photography throughout their summer travels.

The Canon Photography in the Parks Program will take place at various dates through the summer at the following national parks:

Grand Canyon: May 31 – June 20
Zion: June 24 – July 9
Yosemite: July 13 – July 17
Yellowstone: July 23 – July 31
Grand Teton: August 1 – August 2
Rocky Mountain: August 5 – August 11
Acadia: August 18 – August 29

For more information on the Canon Photography in the Parks program, visit Canon U.S.A. on Facebook at


Total comments: 29
By campers99 (Aug 28, 2012)

My daughter/I participated in the event yesterday at the Jordan Pond House @ Acadia and thought they did a wonderful job. The session lasted ~ 2 hrs and was tailored for those attending. Although I consider myself an advanced photographer, I still learned a LOT. There are many teachers available for the class and the topics covered were based on the input from the attendees. In addition, we were able to borrow as much equipment as we wanted (we borrowed a 5d w/24-70 2.8L and a 7d w/24-105 4.0L). The program was great and we hope they continue these in 2013 since we definitely will attend again.

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By memlili (Aug 13, 2012)

I participated in these workshops in 2010 & 2011 at Acadia (they did not take place last summer). I found them to be enjoyable and informative. If you choose to enter their contests, you can, or you can enjoy trying out equipment, getting tips from instructors and pros as well as spending time in some of the most beautiful parts of our country. I am amazed that people would complain at all since these are FREE. And yes, Acadia is in the east (Cadillac Mountain is one of the earliest points in the U.S. to see the sunrise). I live on Mount Desert Island.

I will agree that info about the workshops can be hard to find. That said, the workshops I have attended (multiples each year) were very well attended so people are learning about them.

If the format doesn't meet your wishes, don't attend. Simple as that. I intend to go to as many as I can fit into my schedule.

By lpmcwill (Jun 12, 2012)

I took part in a Grand Canyon session and recommend it highly. They have almost all of Canon's lenses and bodies (no 1DX, but three 5D Mark IIIs) and plenty of friendly and knowledgeable photographers to help you with your equipment or Canon's. I considered myself Intermediate and two of the guides (teachers, reps, instructors -- hard to know how to refer to them) went with me for 1.5 hours. They considered me beyond Intermediate (thank you, Heather and Kyle.) I learned more about how my 50D sees images in 90 minutes than I picked up from any book or magazine since I got the camera. I also tired the 14mm fish eye, 5D Mark III, and 24mm T/S (Yes, I want all three). They will tailor your time with them for what you want to get out of it. Again, highly recommended.

By yuyucheu (Jun 10, 2012)

Is there any similer workshop holding in Australia or Melbourne?

By PamH (Jun 9, 2012)

I found this on the Canon Facebook page:

At each location, we’ll have a small tent where you can register and check-out equipment if you desire. We recommend that you arrive 15 to 30 minutes before the workshop starts to ensure that there is space. We do not accept advance registrations. You do not need to bring anything, but we encourage you to wear a wide-brimmed hat and that you have water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. If you plan on checking out equipment, you'll also need to bring a valid license and credit card.

Each workshop lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours depending on location and weather conditions. The workshops can cover anywhere between a quarter-mile to a mile. Hope this helps!

By J R R S (Jun 7, 2012)

2012 photo workshops... wow thats a lot of workshops :P

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By joespoo (Jun 6, 2012)

yeah, it's not real obvious on their facebook page. you need to click on the 'events' calendar picture near the banner image at the top of the page.
from there, individual posts are visible for each of the park events.

i looked at many of those, including one that should be in progress right now.
NONE had any specific information.

before i make a several hour road trip i would sure like to know:
- what are the topics of each of the three daily workshops?
are they all the same?
if different do they repeat each day?
or do they vary throughout the week?
- what is the loaner equipment plan?
do i secure it with a drivers license & credit card?
can i wander about with the equipment on my own?
or am i chained together with the other 'loanees' for a predefined trek?

overall looks like a very poorly executed promo,
nice idea canon, but 'fail'

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By dfeit (Jun 7, 2012)

Thanks for the detailed info on where to find it... very helpful.

I also agree with your comments on the details that Canon is providing about these events... or rather, the lack of details. It's almost as if Canon does NOT want people to show up.

By littleroot (Jun 5, 2012)

I do not see anything on their Facebook page about this

By RanReh (Jun 5, 2012)

I agree with earlier comments about having to use Facebook to access details concerning the Canon workshop programs. That situation is so dumb ! I do not subscribe to Facebook and will not anytime in the future. Canon should be aware that not every person on earth is a Facebook fan.

Jim Cook
By Jim Cook (Jun 5, 2012)

I also am getting tired of being directed to respond to something by going to facebook and log in. Don't use it and don't want to.

By mvolkov (Jun 6, 2012)

Totally agree. Please no more facebook advertising and we do need more information. Love the idea!

By Donny_B (Jun 5, 2012)

You ungrateful set of hoons ! We here in the UK would kill for that sort of opportunity you Yanks dont know your born

By mvolkov (Jun 6, 2012)

Please don't kill. Just become a "yank" your self and join complaining party ;-)

By riknash (Jun 5, 2012)

I agree that although commercial business sees the value in using farcebook, I for one will refuse to use such.

Carl Crumley
By Carl Crumley (Jun 5, 2012)

I hate companies forcing people to use Facebook to participate in a program.

KoKo the Talking Ape
By KoKo the Talking Ape (Jun 5, 2012)

The Facebook page is stunningly uninformative about this event.

By GlennW (Jun 4, 2012)

They need to do one in Smoky Mountain NP in TN/NC. Let the rebel shoot some bears, elk,.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jun 5, 2012)

Feral hogs are a sporting challenge.

But PR flyers that referred to a Rebel Canon exhibit might attract a crowd expecting goods with larger bore than 35mm.

By swimphoto (Jun 4, 2012)

@jfsullyphoto: Acadia is east of the Rockies.

By jfsullyphoto (Jun 4, 2012)

Nice. Nothing east of the Rockies. Is it a photography workshop or mountain photo contest?

Mark B.
By Mark B. (Jun 4, 2012)

Last I checked, Acadia National Park is pretty well East of the Rockies.

Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Jun 4, 2012)

Remember you need 36MP to do landscapes!

By PatrickP (Jun 5, 2012)

and then a 10-core server with RAID array to process the pictures?

By IcyVeins (Jun 4, 2012)

Oh wow Canon made an announcement it must be a new Reb...oh never mind, I guess the Rebel line is extinct.

By lglass12189 (Jun 4, 2012)

Yellowstone in July are they nuts? As a photographer that has ben to Yellowstone/Teton 6 times the only times to go are fall, spring and winter. a coyote crosses the road and you get 50 vehicle parking lot trying to take its picture.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jun 5, 2012)

High traffic assures good visibility for the Canon representatives. They can't sell to snowmen in December. Wolves don't have credit cards either. Besides, most people want pictures of themselves. If the Canon people dress in tribal or ursine attire, they are sure to be a hit.

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Jun 4, 2012)

Seems to have been scaled down from previous years. The programme used to be marketed as a series of contests rather than workshops, and you could win a 5D MkII (for example). Now you just get the loan of some equipment. I wonder if they'll do it next year?

By maniax (Jun 4, 2012)

Somehow i'd prefer to make pictures of the participants & crowd making pictures of the same things .....with a leica.

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