Photo 101 | Virtual Classes

DURATION: 8 Hours Of Instruction
FORMAT: 4-Week Classes (2 hrs/week)
TIME: LIVE VIRTUAL Classes Are Held In Eastern Standard Time (EST)
PREREQUISITES: None | Perfect For Beginners!

đź’Ą In-Class (Reg: $269) | Virtual Class: (Now $199 CAD)

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.”
– Prior Student

Online Photography Private Lessons

LIVE Virtual Classes

Interactive online workshops allowing you to ask questions and get personal with our award winning photography instructors in small class sizes!

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.

Same Great Content

Due to Covid-19 we have moved our photography classes virtual. Enjoy all the same great classes from the comfort of your own home!

Course Summary
  • Basics concepts and rules of photography
  • Learn all the controls to be able to shoot in manual mode
  • Composition guidelines and techniques
  • How to maintain your camera
Unit 1 & 2: Manual Mode

In Lesson 1 & 2: 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 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.

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 review all your newly acquired skills and ask questions.

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

Each of the online video lecture take place on an interactive video meeting platform – Zoom. Upon registration you’ll receive a password and meeting ID to join your weekly lecture. There, you’ll meet your instructor and classmates, and begin learning our 5-star rated Photo 101 class. Each lesson is interactive and questions are encouraged.

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.
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?

All of our registration is done ONLINE using MC and VISA. (Note: We do not accept Debit or Cash at this time) Cheques can also be mailed to our studio.

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!

What is the difference between and online class and in person?

All of our virtual programs include the exact same lecture material, the only difference is there are no field trips included. Our online classes are live which you will still have the opportunity to ask questions to your instructors and get to know your classmates.

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LIVE Virtual Classes | Schedule 
(Eastern Standard Time)

All pricing in CAD $

Virtual LIVE Classes Are Held In Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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