Photo by Timothy Olcott

Urban Heritage Photography Workshop . . . Old Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA May 14 - 17, 2020 (Thursday–Sunday)

Learning to photograph buildings, streets, and plazas
that speak to the historic cultural values of a community
in a way that is worth preserving and celebrating.

Montreal is one of North America’s oldest cities, and its
Heritage is among the richest and most diverse of any on the continent.

This workshop is part of the 2020 Vision Workshop and Lecture Series
conducted by Rick Hulbert, RCA

As an Academician in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and recently retired Architect and Urban Designer, Rick is uniquely qualified to present a wide-ranging series of learning experiences throughout 2020.

$1,295.00 CAD

What you will learn, photographically speaking:

Regardless of your level of experience and expertise in photography, this workshop is designed to improve your photographic senses and abilities. Whether you are wanting advice on camera settings, field techniques, constructive image reviews or post processing, you will be exposed to the principal facets of digital image making.

Preservationists will learn how to document historic structures by learning to recognize elements of composition, including lines, shapes, textures, volumes and lightness and darkness when photographing these buildings.

Beyond the basics of photography, we will be discussing the following considerations when creating great images:

  • How to compose a scene based on Contrasting Light that reveals a Clarity of Edges of Objects and Elements with inspiration from the Science of Human Vision and the History of the 2-D Arts

  • How to portray Volumetric Space that conveys a controlled Sense of Depth as inspired by the Art of Architecture

  • How Historic Building Forms can complement a Contemporary Context as inspired by the Art of Urban Design

  • How to record a Complexity of Construction Details along with a Contradiction of Functions with inspiration from the Science of Architecture

  • How a photograph can convey a Slice of Life and a Spirit of Place with inspiration from the History of Human Habitation

Imagine a photography workshop that consists of equal parts:

  • Classroom presentations and discussions

  • Hands-on photography of Heritage Structures and Public Spaces

  • Constructive Image Reviews and Image Editing

Cour Municipale (1914)
Marchand and Haskell, Architects
It continues to be used as a municipal court building

(photo by Timothy Olcott)

Habitat 67 (1967)
Moshe Safdie & Associates, Architects

(photo by Timothy Olcott)


“Dating to the 17th century, Old Montreal’s narrow cobblestone streets are full of lively plazas and charming shops and cafes. Landmarks include the Notre-Dame Basilica, a soaring Gothic Revival Church, and the Pointe-à-Callière Museum with city archaeological ruins. Along the St. Lawrence River, the Old Port of Montreal is home to the Montreal Science Centre and the iconic Clock Tower, with views from the top.


Your Instructor will be Rick Hulbert

. . . with assistance by Timothy Olcott, Heritage Enthusiast and Photographer

Along with being an Academician in the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, Rick Hulbert’s background is as an international award–winning and published architect, urban designer, and photographer with a passion for teaching.

Rick has been a frequent lecturer, teacher, and seminar panel participant on four continents. He is a former President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia. As an Architect, Richard has won design awards or has had his works published each and every year for the past 35 years.

Most recently, Rick was chosen as one of only 2 photographers from North America to be invited to participate in the World Art Games held in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Have a look at Rick Hulbert’s Photography website:

Learn more about Rick including what others students have said about him as a Teacher of Photography:

Timothy Olcott

Timothy Olcott practices law in Green Valley, Arizona; he graduated with a degree in U.S. history from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Brown County Historical Society, New Ulm, Minnesota.

Silo No. 5 (1905)
Portion of 400m long industrial grain elevators,
now a Federal Heritage Building

(photo by Timothy Olcott)

Banque de Montréal (1847)
John Wells, Architect
It has been continually occupied by the Bank of Montreal

(photo by Timothy Olcott)

Rue Tupper row houses
The Streetscapes in Old Montreal offer an endless array of photo opportunities. The oldest Row Homes date from the 17th Century.

(photo by Timothy Olcott)

813-815 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Now used as apartments; from Wikimedia Commons: “This commercial and residential building takes its present form around 1900, but it is already part of a row built around 1840. It remains one of the few witnesses of the preindustrial period of the old suburb of Récollets.”

(photo by Timothy Olcott)


The Workshop will be held at the Hotel Gault, 449 Sainte-Hélène Street, Montreal, QC, phone: 514-904-1616

If you choose to, you can book a room at either our host hotel or the affiliated Hotel Monville (1041 Rue de Bleury, Montreal, QC, phone: 514-379-2000). For preferential rates at either hotel, while they are available, please contact Svetlana at, and mention you are enrolled in the Urban Heritage Photography Workshop with Rick Hulbert and Tim Olcott.

Urban Heritage Photography . . . tentative agenda

Learning to see appreciate and record
historic structures and their associated public open spaces

Day 1: Thursday, May 14, 2020

(Thursday morning)
9:00am Lecture/Discussion
Photographing Designed and Constructed Historic Environments
Ideal Camera Settings, Extending the Dynamic Range of Light Recorded

(Thursday afternoon)
Hands-On Field Photography
Locations to be determined

(Thursday evening)
Optional Field Photography

Day 2: Friday, May 15, 2020

(Friday early morning)
Optional Field Photography

(Friday morning)
Lecture: Photographic Composition
The Art and Science of Human Vision . . . Seeing and Perceiving

(Friday afternoon)
Hands-On Field Photography
Locations to be determined

(Friday evening)
Optional Field Photography

Day 3: Saturday, May 16, 2020

(Saturday early morning)
Optional Field Photography

(Saturday morning)
Lecture: Urban Heritage Travel Photography . . .
Cityscapes, Streetscapes, People, Gardens

(Saturday afternoon)
Constructive Attendee Image Reviews
Hands-On Field Photography
Locations to be determined

(Saturday evening)
Optional Field Photography

Day 4: Sunday, May 17, 2020

(Sunday early morning)
Optional Field Photography

(Sunday morning)
Constructive Attendee Image Reviews
Post Processing of Selected Attendee Images

(Sunday afternoon)
Constructive Attendee Image Reviews
Post Processing of Selected Attendee Images

This workshop will accommodate a maximum of 12 participants.

What photo gear and materials are required?

This course is all about taking your photography to the next level regardless of the type of camera or array of lenses you might have access to. Whether you have a point and shoot camera, a new mirrorless camera, an SLR or a smartphone camera, you will benefit from the instruction provided. You need to have a camera that you know how to use.

Please read the manual that came with your camera so you will be familiar with its features.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds: Participants wishing to cancel workshop attendance must, without exception, contact Rick Hulbert to request a refund. Cancellations requested at least 90 days in advance of the workshop receive a full refund minus a $100 CAD administrative charge per order. Cancellations requested at least 60 days in advance of the workshop receive a refund of 65% of the workshop fee. Cancellations requested at least 30 days prior to workshop receive a refund of 50% of the workshop fee. No refunds will be given for requests made 29 days or less in advance of the workshop. In place of a refund, a participant may choose instead to apply the entire payment to a future Rick Hulbert Photography workshop. In the unlikely event that a workshop is cancelled by Rick Hulbert, all fees paid will be refunded in full, which will then fulfill the maximum extent of our liability.

Travel Insurance: We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to a cancellation by either party. We cannot be responsible for reimbursement of any and all travel expenses.

Urban Heritage Photography Workshop, Old Montreal
May 14 to 17, 2020 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada

$1,295.00 CAD