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For interchangeable lens cameras (DSLR or Mirrorless)

Photo 101 is our most popular offering which you can now take from anywhere in the world. All that you need is an internet connection and your camera. To facilitate deeper participation, we would encourage you to have a webcam and microphone to allow for asking of questions and showing your camera to help us guide you. 

Over four consecutive weeks, you’ll learn both the creative and the technical sides of photography from an exceptionally experienced photographer and photography educator.  Each session is two hours or slightly longer to accommodate bonus questions.  Our class sizes are small to facilitate asking of questions and personal attention for all. 

The lessons in this course are designed to be rich and fulfilling.   The course covers the key fundamentals upon which all photography is based. Whether for professional pursuits or to simply nurture your photographic passions, this course is for you. 

Each week, you’ll be led through a combination of new subjects and accompanying hands-on activities. To further enrich your skills, you will be given light weekly ‘homework’ photo assignments. Homework assignment results are reviewed and discussed each week via a shared Flickr photo sharing group.  You can sign up for a free Flickr account to facilitate uploading your homework assignment results. 

This course includes all of, but is not limited to:

  • Getting acquainted with the vital controls of your camera for maximum success

  • Camera setup for proper focus, colour, image quality and other key settings

  • How to accurately focus on the primary subject in your scene to ensure sharpness where it's most important

  • Taking fine control over your photo exposure for highly satisfying results that sometimes the camera just doesn't provide by default

  • Core fundamentals of using your camera's shutter speed controls for basic and sophisticated motion-related effects (shutter priority mode)

  • Core fundamentals of controlling depth of field effects for creative isolation of subjects in the photo

  • Depth of field control for deep focus (landscapes, etc)

  • Demystifying the relationship between focal length and the effect on perspective in the final result 

  • Choosing the correct lenses for various photography genres (scenics, portraiture, sports, low light and more)

  • Composition ‘rules,’ tips and other advice that makes for more interesting photos and creative results
  • Finding the best 'soft' light for the most flattering portrait results

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for users of digital interchangeable lens cameras (DSLR and mirrorless types). If you are unsure if your make/model of camera would be suitable, please get in touch with us here and inquire. 

Please also note, our courses are designed for adult learners. We welcome all participants 18 years of age and older. 

 Course fee: $199 

 (Complete digital student notes provided) 

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Requirements to attend:


​- Computer with an internet connection

- Web camera (optional but recommended)

- Microphone (mandatory)

- Earphones/headphones (recommended)

- ZOOM online meeting software (free)

  (Download instructions provided in advance)

- Your camera (DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens)

- Well lit area for hands-on activities

- Instructions for accessing the class and tips for getting    ready will be provided by email

Cameraschool is one of Toronto's most established schools for photography education offering courses, workshops, and guided photo walks.

Our courses have been refined over the past two decades to accommodate changing technology, learning styles and aspirations. Your success is what drives us. 

​Don't miss another shot!  Join us today. 

Photo 101 - 4 Weeks     (live interactive online learning)

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