We have now taught our basic photography course in groups and private sessions to close to a hundred people. Everyone has been happy with it and they have all found the course useful. Our photography course is for anyone who wants to learn about photography, and great picture taking. The course is available personally in groups or private sessions, and will be available online soon.
Our personal photography courses consist of actual classes in small groups, or private sessions, where you get personal teaching and assistance, and are for anyone living in Belleville, Ontario and surrounding area.
Our "Basic Photography" course covers photography in general, lighting, exposure, and composition, as well as a brief introduction to some of the different types of specialized photography. Upon successful completion, you also get a certificate to prove your new knowledge. We will be offering a "Digital Basics" course, and an "Advanced Photography" course shortly, and will be adding material to the specialized sections of this website as time permits. In the future, we plan to offer courses in the various specialized photography fields.
Sign up for yourself or for a friend. Nice birthday gift idea for a friend who likes taking pictures. You get a gift certificate to give them for their own private classes on a schedule they choose.
"Basic Photography" Course Details:
Our "Basic Photography" course consists of 3 classes. Each one is about 1½ hours, with a question and answer period before and after.
There is also now a simplified version of the course. It consists of 2 classes and doesn't go into as much detail. This one is good for anyone who wants to learn just the very basics, and even good for children who like to take pictures.
What you learn in this course applies whether you shoot with a digital camera or a film camera.
You can even get a little help with using your camera.
***** Private courses done at my place on your schedule *****
Before taking this course, you should understand the basics of how cameras work. This was lessons 1 and 2 in my original course, but I decided to remove it from the course and give it to you to study on your own. That way the course itself will be getting right into what you want to learn. You can find that material on the photo basics page. I can also give you a printed version if you are signing up for my course.
The regular course consists of these 3 sessions:
Lesson 1 - Photography Basics
Lighting - natural, artificial, and flash
Exposure - metering, shutter speeds, apertures, and film speeds
Lesson 2 - Taking Pictures
How lighting and exposure determine the end result
Common problems (red-eye, blurry, light or dark) - causes and cures
Assignment - test your understanding of today's lessons
Assessment - See if you understood Lessons 1 and 2
Lesson 3 - Making Pictures
Being creative with your lighting and exposure options
Certificate - show others that you now understand photography
The prices here are for the full course, all 2 or 3 days/classes. (includes all lessons, assignments, and certificate if you pass)
The only other costs are your transportation and the processing/printing if you use a film camera for the assignments, or printing of your digital images, if you choose to print them.
Regular course is $85.
Introductory course is $55. Suitable for anyone old enough to take pictures.
With either one, if more than 1 person takes the course at the same time, you and a friend, parent/child, etc, each person gets 20% off.*
For this low price you can learn how to take better pictures, and understand exactly what you are doing when you take them, and even understand what went wrong. With both options, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Get a full refund after the first session if you're not happy.
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You can also pay $85 for a fast private course, one 4-5 hour session with no tests, if you prefer to do it all at once. You won't remember everything, but you take the material home with you and go over it again later.
*Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 3 people at a time, so you can have 2 others take the course with you.
The courses are generally done weekly, so the standard course would be 3 weekly sessions and the simplified one will be 2 weekly sessions. What days and times are up to you. Just let me know when you want to take the course. The course is taught at my place. Google map
If your child likes taking pictures and wants to learn the basics of photography, sign him or her up for the simplified course.
A parent is allowed to stay with the child at no charge, or you can take the course too and you would both get the 20% discount.
This is not an "official" photography course. It's more like a photography seminar split into 3 sessions, consisting of 4 courses, 2 assignments, and an unofficial diploma. The course is designed for those who want to know more about photography and be able to take better pictures, without taking a full-blown photography course. It can also be an introduction for those considering taking a full course somewhere. It's also an easy and fun way to learn how to take better pictures.
For more information about the course, to sign up, or to just ask questions, use the form here.