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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. 

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Photo 201 - The advanced Experience (toronto classroom + Field trip)

Photo 201 is the pinnacle learning experience.  The ultimate goal of this course is the mastery of your cameras MANUAL shooting mode.


Like our Photo 101 course, each class is two hours in length and continues for a total of five consecutive weeks.  The Photo 101 course is a highly recommended prerequisite.  The core fundamentals of aperture and shutter speed control are necessary to realize the full benefits offered in Photo 201. 

Each lesson is designed to deliver a key component needed to fully understand how your camera operates with respect to exposure mechanics.  How does the camera deal with light? What goes into the decisions the camera's on-board computer makes?  Why does the camera sometimes overexpose or underexpose a photograph?  Once these mysteries are solved, you will be armed with the knowledge of how to take over these essential camera functions for yourself.  This is the essence of the manual shooting mode. 

Like our Photo 101 course, the fifth week of the course will take us outdoors to practice what we have learned.  Should the weather not be ideal, we will spend this extra time in the classroom exploring creative manual mode concepts.

This course will also offer you the option to carry out light homework assignments and share your results to our Flickr photo sharing group.  Homework assignments are reviewed in the classroom to keep everyone on track with the core objectives of the course.  

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

  • An essential review of aperture and shutter control (creative effects) 

  • Exploring how aperture and shutter speed both contribute to how the camera ingests light for 'proper' image exposure 

  • Deep dive into ISO, and its essential role in providing light to the camera in various scenarios

  • Summary of how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO form the essential "exposure triangle" for exposure mechanics 

  • Exploring your camera's metering modes for greater control of the results when the scene is particularly challenging

  • Camera exposure behaviour: exploration of the 18% grey methodology, and how this leads to understanding the tendency of the camera to over- or underexpose

  • Manual mode: turning the camera's brain off and taking over!

  • Manual mode: shooting for consistency of exposure, and getting the manual exposure perfect the first time 

  • Manual mode: shooting for creative purposes, including fireworks, painting with light, long exposures for motion effects in daytime or night

  • Exploring your camera's built-in light meter and how to use it in manual mode

  • Exploring how you can use flash in manual mode to easily take control over foreground and background exposure

  • BONUS: The field trip which takes place on week 5 of the course for Photo 201 will take place in the evening on Toronto's centre island to experience long exposure dusk-to-night time photography for all sessions from March to October (weather permitting). There is no extra charge for this extended field trip experience!

Who Should Attend?

Full understanding of your camera's aperture and shutter priority modes are considered a prerequisite for this course, as well as understanding how to focus and control your camera's ISO settings. Attending the Photo 101 course for these essentials and more is highly recommended before you consider the 201 course.

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. 

While owners of fixed lens cameras with advanced functions (aperture and shutter priority modes, A/Av or S/Tv and M on your mode dial) are welcome, this course is not suitable for owners of simple point-and-shoot style cameras. 

 Course fee: $275.00, all inclusive.

(Complete set of preprinted student notes provided)