Due To Covid-19, Photo 201 Has Been Moved To A Virtual Format.

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Photo 201 | Creative Techniques

DURATION: 8 Hours Of Instruction
FORMAT: 2-Day Weekend Bootcamp (4 hrs/day) OR 4-Week Classes (2 hrs/week)
PREREQUISITES: Photo 101 or equivalent

Intro To Creative Techniques, Flash & Exposure

Take your photography to the next level with this intermediate course.  We build on the knowledge gained in Photo 101 and discuss tricky lighting situations to provide you with the tools to tackle all the various challenges you might face. We also push your creativity by introducing you to new and exciting creative techniques, like Bokeh.

“The quality of my photos have drastically improved, and my love, passion and understanding of photography have been taken to a new level.”
– 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!

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Course Summary
  • Understanding our light meters (18% grey, different metering modes and when to use them)
  • How to handle tricky lighting scenes like low light conditions and back lit subjects
  • Advanced camera settings (custom WB, AF modes, auto exposure lock and more)
  • Intermediate creative techniques to take your shooting to the next level (panning, zooming, bokeh, etc.)
  • On-camera flash basics
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.


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.

$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.

Save More With Class Packages!

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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