Due To Covid-19, Photo 101 Has Been Moved To A Virtual Format.

Save up to 50% off regular price classes through virtual classes! Select adult photography classes have been moved online, to learn more about our offerings select one of the following options.

Photo 101 | Master Manual Mode

DURATION: 8 Hours Of Instruction
FORMAT: 2-Day Weekend Bootcamp (4 hrs/day) OR 4-Week Classes (2 hrs/week)
PREREQUISITES: None | Perfect For Beginners!

Learn The Fundamentals & Master Manual Mode

A unique and one of a kind intro digital photography class. Perfect for those looking to get the most out of their camera. We’ll teach you how to shoot in manual mode and get a firm understanding of the key principles of photography.

“If I could give it more than 5 stars I would! Great classes and, even more importantly, great instructors!  I am constantly recommending GTA Photography Classes to my friends, family and co-workers. I wouldn’t be taking the pictures I am today without these courses.”
– GTA Photography Student


All of our classes incorporate a hands-on approach to learning. To really make it ‘click’, we get our students shooting outdoors and putting the principles they learned into practice.

5 Star Reviews

Not only do we consistently get 5 star reviews, we’re also listed as one of Toronto’s Top 10 Photography Schools by BlogTO.

Quality Instructors

Our instructors are professional photographers AND excellent teachers! They know how to simplify technical concepts and teach through exploration, and creativity.

Small Class Sizes

We have small class sizes to ensure the attention every student needs. Many of our classes have 1:10 instructor to student ratio; that’s only 10 students per instructor!

Course Summary
  • Basics concepts and rules of photography
  • Learn all the controls to be able to shoot in manual mode
  • Composition guidelines and techniques
  • Hands on practice during our shooting field trips
  • How to maintain your camera
Unit 1: Manual Mode

In Lesson 1: Manual Mode, we delve right into the most important components of manual mode! Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are explored in-depth, including how they relate to getting those stunning blurry backgrounds, and captivating frozen shots. We introduce the concept of stops and use it to learn how each of these three settings are related to one-another. We give you our simple 5 step plan for achieving great photographs every time!Never used your camera before? Not a problem! We make sure that you know the basics of where to find each camera setting as the lesson progresses.

Key topics: camera basics, exposure, shutter, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, depth of field, freezing and blurring motion, camera shake, grain, stops, lightmeter

Unit 2: Field Trip

Lesson 1 ended with a bang, and now it’s time to put everything into practice. Our instructor led field trip will take students through a series of demonstrations to solidify the content from lesson 1. Take photos of frozen movement, blurred movement, as well as photos depicting shallow and wide depth of field. Instructors give helpful tips on focusing, lighting, portraiture, and more!

Key topics: hands on practice, review, focus

Unit 3: Composition

So you’ve got the technical aspects of manual mode down, but now it’s time to work on the creative side. This composition lesson will present you with 7 compositional guidelines that help to create more movement, interest and intrigue in your photographs all with the goal of thinking outside the box. This class is yet another opportunity to shoot alongside your instructor who will continue to give helpful one-on-one feedback.

Key Topics: composition, hands-on practice, analyzing photographs, class discussions

Unit 4: Equipment Talk & More Shooting Time

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. You’ll also get the opportunity to practice all your newly acquired skills in one final field trip.

Key Topics: white balance, lenses, focal length, lens hoods, cleaning, tripods, Q&A

$50 OFF Each Additional Participant

Groups of two or more will receive $50 OFF each additional participant. Join a class with a friend & save!

Loaner Cameras

Don’t have a professional DSLR? No worries! We offer loaner cameras at the price of $25 +HST for the full class duration.

Travel Photography Workshop Add-On | 50% Off

Register for Photo 101 and join our Travel Photography Workshop for 50% OFF – $47 (reg. $94)! You’ll see this add-on option when you go through the registration process.

Portraiture 101 Workshop Add-On | 30% Off

Register for Photo 101 and join our Portraiture 101 Workshop for 30% OFF – $97 (reg. $139)! You’ll see this add-on option when you go through the registration process.

Save More With Class Packages!

The Fundamentals
$489Reg. $538 (Save $50)
The Portrait
$599Reg. $677 (Save $85)
The Editor
$719Reg. $817 (Save $100)

Note: All of our class packages are already discounted and no additional promotions may apply. 

How early do I need to register?

Registration is open right up until the day the session begins. Please note however, that some of our classes sell out well in advance. In order to guarantee enrolment, we recommend registering as soon as you know your schedule.

What are your class and cancellation policies?


  • Prepayment is required to confirm your registration and spot in the class / camp / workshop.
  • All sessions begin promptly at the stated time. Any missed material is forgone by the student.
  • Register early: If you wait until the last minute, the class might be filled or cancelled due to insufficient enrolment.

Cancellation by Student:

  • CLASS/WORKSHOP: Cancellations are non-refundable whether the student cancels or fails to show up for class; however, if we are notified within 7 days prior to the scheduled session, we will reschedule you to another session but a $50 administration fee will apply*.
  • PRIVATE LESSONS: Cancellations are non-refundable whether the student cancels or fails to show up for the lesson; however, if we are notified 48 hours prior to the scheduled session, we will reschedule your session, but a  $50 administration fee will apply.

Class Cancellation:

  • GTA Photography Classes reserves the right to cancel or postpone any class if there is inadequate enrolment. In the event that a class must be cancelled, you will be notified by email in advance (please be sure to register using the email address where you can best be reached). You may then either reschedule for another session or receive reimbursement of class fees.

*Exclusions: Travel Photography purchased as a Photo 101 add on is non-refundable and non-transferable prior to or post your scheduled session.

Do you offer certificates?

We offer a certificate of completion to students upon request. Please contact us through email or by phone to speak with an instructor to receive your certificate if you require one. Certificates will be delivered through email. There will be a $25 admin fee if you would like a physical certificate mailed to you.

What equipment should I bring to class?

• DSLR Camera or point & shoot camera that can shoot in manual mode.
• Memory Card
• Fully Charged Battery Pack
• Class notes (you’ll be able to download these in your confirmation email)

What type of payment do you accept?

Most of our registration is done ONLINE using MC and VISA. We do however, except CASH / CHEQUES in person at the studio. (Note: We do not accept Debit) Please phone ahead to make an appointment to register if paying by cash, as we may be in session or out on assignment.

Cheques can also be mailed to our studio. Please make them payable to GTA Photography Classes.

Mailing Address:

25 Toronto St.
Suite #200
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5C 2R1

Do I need prior training or experience?

For the introductory courses (Photo 101) and photo tours, no prior training is required. More advanced courses such as Photo 201 and our workshops, do require prior experience as they build on basic techniques taught in Photo 101. If you have some prior knowledge or experience and not sure if you need some of the prerequisites, give us a call and talk to an instructor today!

Do I get more instruction in the in-class Weekend Boot Camp or the 4 week program?

All of our programs include the exact same lecture / workshop material.  You will not get any more or less in any of the sessions. We design our courses and workshops so that we equip all our students with the knowledge they need! You just select the class type that works best for your schedule.  Leave everything else with us!

Where are you located? Is there parking?

For all of our classes in Toronto, they are located at 25 Toronto Street, Suite #200. Parking is available on Toronto St and at several other paid-parking lots around the area.

For all information about our location, contact and map with parking options, please visit our Contact Page for more details.

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