How to Take Better Photos of Your Everyday Life
- Tired of trying to piece together YouTube videos, blog posts, and any other random photography tips you find?
- Still not sure what all those buttons on your camera do?
- Frustrated that you can’t get your photos to look like what you see or imagine?
Teaching yourself photography is really hard when you don’t understand exactly what you need to learn. You need a guide to take you all the way from fully automatic to fully in charge.
If you take this workshop, you’ll:
- Be taught step-by-step what you need to know to take full control of your camera.
- Be able to practice and ask questions to pro photographers.
- Learn how to capture the most important people and moments in your life with ease.
Photography doesn’t have to be complicated. There are a few easy concepts that will make a huge difference to your results.
I thought I’d put together some mini workshops for fall, so we can avoid large gatherings and I can provide personal help to each student. These will take place at my apartment near Mayfair mall and there will be a cat there (in case you’re allergic). The max number of students is 4. The class will be 3-4 hours.
The next workshops are February 24 and March 24, 2024 at 1pm. If one of the dates doesn’t work for you, click here to subscribe to my workshop mailing list to be notified of future workshops. If you want to go beyond the basics, sign up for my advanced workshop mailing list to get notified of meetups where you can ask questions as you take photos and workshops on advanced topics like editing and lighting.
This class is $120 including taxes. It also includes access to my online workshop, which will be a good resource to review the technical parts of the class. If you’ve already taken the online workshop, email me and I’ll give you the amount you paid as a discount code towards the in person workshop.
I’m also offering private lessons at $75/hr plus GST. You can also take my online workshop, which contains all the technical/camera-related parts of my in-person workshop.
Who is this for?
- You have a DSLR or other camera with manual exposure functions.
- You’re anywhere from a complete newbie (like the camera still hasn’t been taken out of the box) to someone who’s been taking photos for years but still can’t get the photos they want when it comes to focus, exposure, blurriness, or basic flash.
- Maybe you’ve taken a class before, but it was too technical for you. People have taken my class after taking college night courses and it finally clicked due to my simple, practical approach.
What You’ll Learn
The Technical Side
- Lens selection and what different focal lengths do
- How to get around the limitations of your camera and when you should upgrade
- What the different shooting modes do (auto, manual, aperture priority, etc.)
- RAW vs. jpeg
- How to shoot in full manual mode using your light meter and LCD to determine the best exposure
- What ISO, shutter speed, and aperture actually do and how to use them to affect sharpness, blur, sense of motion, and quality – here’s an example of some of the things you’ll learn: how to get a blurry background in your photos
- How to focus for sharp images
- How to set white balance and how to interpret and use different colours of light
The Creative Side
- How to read and use natural and indoor light
- Composition rules and how to break them
- Where to position your camera in relation to your subject and light source
- Using details and the environment to tell a story
- How to get great candid photos of people
What to Bring
- A DSLR or mirrorless/compact camera that can shoot in manual mode
- Memory cards and a fully charged battery
- Your camera manual
- Something for taking notes if you want, but I’ll provide a detailed review in my online course, plus a couple of “cheat sheets”
What is the deadline for signing up?
Registration will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis and payment is due at the time of registration. If you are sick, please let me know and we can reschedule. Full refunds are provided up to a week prior to the workshop.
Cost and How to Sign Up
The price is $120 including tax.
You can also check out my education site Document Your Day-to-Day to get a free ebook on how to photograph the people you love, sign up for a weekly photography challenge, and access other resources on how to improve your photography.
The class size will be limited to 4 people. Masks are optional unless there is a change in provincial protocols, but I will have one handy to wear when working personally with anyone who is wearing a mask.