Vision and Discovery 

Richard Martin, photographer



Fall 2018 Workshop:

A weekend workshop limited to 8 participants

To be held on:

Friday, September 21st, 2018 to

Sunday September 23rd, 2018

Location: The Woodlawn Inn, Cobourg, Canada



Includes tutorials, field trips, image discussion and analysis. 

Includes meals where indicated


Workshop cost $595 + hst

Note 8 participants required, or fewer with an adjusted rate

To book:

contact workshop coordinator Stephen Della Casa


FAQ Prepared by Stephen Della Casa

What is the skill level needed to take the course?


The workshop is all about creativity and learning to appreciate elements of design, colour and texture. The workshop is suitable for creative people of every skill level. The course is not too technically involved. If you have a basic understanding of your camera’s settings such as shutter speed and aperture, you will be fine.


What should I bring to the workshop?

You will need a few basic pieces of equipment to get the most out of the workshop. For camera gear, I suggest a minimum, a camera body, and a standard zoom lens. Additionally, you may wish to bring a telephoto lens and a tripod as well as any other camera gear you may have. With the in-class component, a laptop computer with software for image editing would be helpful. For clothing, bring layers, and rain gear. We go out in the early morning just before sunrise. Light gloves and a hat may be useful if you are prone to getting chilly.


What meals are included in the workshop?

The workshop includes meals during your time here. They are Sunday dinner; Monday breakfast; lunch; dinner; Tuesday breakfast; and lunch. Coffee and tea are included, but other beverages are additional.

Concerning the meals, I have a restricted diet, can my allergies or special dietary needs be met?
At The Woodlawn Inn, our hands on Red Seal Chefs can cater to your specific dietary requirements. If possible, please consult with Stephen prior to your arrival.


Can you give an outline or itinerary of the workshop?

Here is a basic summary of the workshop.P lease note that the weather conditions or group requirements may require an alteration of the plan. 



  • Day 1

  • 1:00 to 6:00 arrival at the inn and check in if required.

  • 5:30 PM Meet Richard and other participants at bar/lounge

  • 6:30 PM Introduction, tutorial, and discussion by Richard

  • 7:00 PM Dinner and discussion, Woodlawn dining room

  • 8:30 PM Discussion and Visuals by Richard

  • 10:00 PM Conclude 


  • Day 2

  • 6:15 AM Photoshoot, Cobourg waterfront

  • 9:15 AM Breakfast at the Woodlawn

  • 10:00 AM In class tutorial 

  • 12:30 PM Lunch at the Woodlawn

  • 1:30 PM Photo shoot field trip, TBA

  • 4:30 PM Return to the inn, personal time or image editing or discussion with Richard

  • 6:00 PM Class session or outing to be determined by weather opportunities

  • 7:30 PM Dinner at the Woodlawn

  • 8:30 PM Discussion and Visuals by Richard

  • 10:00 PM Conclude


  • Day 3

  • 6:15 AM Photoshoot, Cobourg Waterfront

  • 9:15 AM Breakfast, The Woodlawn

  • 10:00 AM In-class session, image prep, and assistance by Richard

  • 12:30 PM Lunch at the Woodlawn

  • 2:00 PM In-class session, image prep, and assistance by Richard

  • 3:30 PM Participants image review and commentary by Richard 

  • 4:30 PM Conclude



I live close by, or can stay with a friend, is it mandatory to stay at The Woodlawn Inn?

No. The Woodlawn Inn offers a preferred room rate as a courtesy and it is not mandatory to stay there. Please keep in mind that the group departs for the morning photo-shoot at 5:15 AM, in the spring or 6:15 AM in the fall. If you are staying in the area, please allow enough travel time to be on location find the group and set up.


Can I share a guest room with a friend?

Yes, you may share a room. We have allocated our only room with two beds (The Deluxe Double, room 208) for the workshop. We also have a number of Deluxe & Superior rooms that have a King-size bed.


I will not have a car with me and I will be arriving in Cobourg by VIA rail, is it close by?

Yes, it is. You can easily walk to The Woodlawn Inn from the Cobourg VIA rail station. The walk should take 4-5 minutes, about 700 meters or, there are taxi's available.
Cobourg Taxi 905-373-9449Van Taxi 905-373-8850


I will not have a car with me will I be able to access the field trips?

While here during the workshop, Richard, and Stephen and other participants usually offer their vehicles to share with participants. The travel time from The Woodlawn Inn to our photo locations is less than 5 minutes.


I would like to arrive early or, extend my stay, can my preferred room rate be extended?

Yes, we will be happy to extend the discounted rate for the additional days that you require.



I do not know the area. Is there someone that can offer advice on my travel options?

Yes, Stephen can assist you and offer travel options for arriving and departing to/from Cobourg.



My travelling partner will not be enrolled in the course. Is this possible?

Yes, it is. We can arrange to have your partner join you and the group for some or all of the meals if you would like. Also, for your partner, we can suggest activities in our area.


I am unfamiliar with Richard Martin, can you tell me a little more about him?

Richard Martin an architecture grad, has been a professional photographer since the 1980's. Professionally, Richard has worked with Tamron and Adorama Photo and has been a frequent contributor to Photo Life magazine. Travelling mostly outside of Canada, Richard has offered his creative photography workshops in Italy, India, Ireland, Portugal, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico and The United States. Richard has a busy international touring schedule, and workshops at The Woodlawn Inn in Cobourg are a rare opportunity to see him in Canada. We are in our seventh year of Vision & Discovery workshops at The Woodlawn Inn, and over the years, many photographers have travelled from Mexico, South Africa, and the United States to attend. 


How do I register for the workshop?

Please contact workshop coordinator Stephen Della Casa through the form provided, or call Stephen at 905-372-2235 Ext. 115. The payment can be made by credit card. If Stephen is not available, you may call The Woodlawn Inns reception desk, at 1-800-573-5003, and book a guest room under the "Richard Martin Photography" room allocation. Stephen can follow up with you to process your payment for the workshop fees. 


I can not attend


All workshop fees are non-cancellable. If you cannot attend, your fees can be credited to a future workshop with advance notice. Please notify us at least 90 days prior to the start of the workshop if you would like to join a future workshop.


Helpful Links


Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport 
Transfer, Toronto Airport to Union Station Shuttle 
Airport, Toronto Billy Bishop Island Airport 
Train Service, Via Rail Canada 
Train Station, Toronto Main Station, Union Station 

Richard Martin  c 2016 Marshana Rene Cole

Contact Stephen Della Casa, the workshop coordinator

The Woodlawn Inn

Boutique Hotel and Restaurant

420 Division St. Cobourg, Canada

 Tel 905-372-2235

Tel 1-800-573-5003