Manual Mode: Shooting in manual mode is a big deal and there’s a lot to know in order to do it properly. In this introductory course, core topics will be broken down into a few simple steps. Students will learn how to use key settings on their cameras like aperture, shutter and ISO to start taking the pictures they’ve always wanted. Say goodbye to auto mode forever by becoming a master of your camera and light meter.
Shooting Field Trip: We understand that new concepts don’t really stick unless you use them so that’s why we’ve integrated a 2 hour field trip into this program. Filled with instructional demos and hands-on shooting time, this is a great opportunity for students to get some one on one time with their instructor. Set in our awesome downtown location, we are just steps away from great photo opportunities at St. James Cathedral, St. Lawrence Market and Berczy Park!
Compositional Rules: The visual and creative side to photography is just as important as the technical. In this course we’ll cover the most important compositional rules to help students see amazing shots wherever they are. Our helpful tips and tricks will give your shots that missing “wow” factor you see in so many professional images.
Equipment Talk: When starting out in photography it can be difficult to know what kind of gear you really need. Instead of talking to a sales person, let us help you decide what’s important. In this course we’ll cover lenses, cleaning accessories and tripods and answer any questions you might have before making a purchase.
Tricky Lighting: This intermediate course will build on all the key concepts you learn in Photo 101 but take them one step further. Discover how to handle difficult lighting situations by learning even more about how your light meter really works. How to shoot in dark environments, capture back lit subjects and maintain detail in high contrast scenes are just some of the topics covered.
Creative Shooting: Now that you know the basics you can use those skills to take your photography one step further and start shooting creatively. This course will cover some interesting shooting techniques like panning and bokeh in a hands-on workshop style lesson.
Flash: Introducing flash into your photography opens up a world of possibility with where and what you can shoot. This 201 course will dedicate a whole unit to get you started with understanding the basics of your on-camera flash. Learn how to balance flash with ambient light, how to control the brightness and look of the flash as well as how flash relates to all your other camera settings.
Advanced Exposure: There are so many helpful options on the camera beyond manual mode but you might not know these settings exist! This course will help you discover what some of the other settings are on your camera to help make your life easier. Metering modes, semi automatic shooting and focus options are just some examples of topics covered in this section of the class.