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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Toronto island walk (approx. 4-5 hours)

 

Who Should Attend: Intermediate level owners of interchangeable lens cameras (DLSR or mirrorless) who are looking to increase their knowledge and improve their skills in an outdoor setting with multiple subject matter.


Fundamental camera techniques including controlling focus, image playback and menu navigation should already be familiar. Awareness of semi-auto camera modes (shutter & aperture priority), exposure compensation, white balance and ISO control are also an asset.  You may benefit substantially by attending the Photo 101 5-week course prior to considering this offering. 


***Please note: this workshop involves a substantial amount of walking. This workshop is not recommended for those who may experience health issues which may be compounded by this activity. 


Equipment/gear needed:  

- Fully charged battery + extra battery
- Memory cards 
- Lenses: 24mm-135mm (or equivalent) range coverage. A macro lens is also quite useful if you have one. 
- Tripod (full size)

Clothing & Other: 
- Light jacket (appropriate for an evening by the lake - please check weather, assume island to be cooler in temperature)
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Hat
- Bug repellant
- Small flashlight
- Snack (ex: energy bar)
- Water bottle

- You must also book your own ferry transport ticket in advance (see below)

Island facilities should not be depended upon for food/snacks, etc.  It is best to come prepared!

 
Meeting and Logistics: Attendees will be provided with directions to the meeting spot of the island after registration. Attendees will be responsible for the purchase of a ferry ticket and any other incurred transport fees.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, online at www.toronto.ca/ferry - only 5000 ferry tickets are available to purchase for any given day. We highly recommend purchasing your ticket at least a day in advance.  We cannot be held responsible if you are unable to secure a ferry ticket, and you may need to hire a water taxi in that case. Ticket price for the ferry is $8.19.

Weather and Cancellation: Attendees will be sent an email on the day of the workshop no later than 4 hours prior to the workshop start time indicating if the workshop is going ahead as planned.  High possibilities of rain in the forecast will be a guiding factor to determine if the workshop will proceed.  We will do our very best to ensure that the workshop takes place if the weather conditions are favourable. If any given session of the workshop is cancelled, attendees will be offered the option of rescheduling to a future session or a full refund of their registration fee.  As these outings are considered 'special events', refunds are not available once your spot is confirmed unless the workshop is cancelled

Toronto urban walk (approx. 4 hours)


Focusing on composition and creativity, attendees are guided through lessening dependence on automatic shooting modes and seeing their subject differently. Camera modes will be explored and discussed with the ultimate goal of leveraging the creative capabilities of the camera. This course challenges the student to think creatively and allows them to create unique photographic opportunities within the urban scenery of downtown Toronto.

WORKSHOP AGENDA:
- White Balance: settings to properly reproduce colors 

- Exposure compensation for creative and corrective exposure control

- Applying compositional rules and guidelines
- Close up & macro photography 
- Working with shutter speed to freeze action or convey motion 

- Creative use of depth of field
- Choosing the right lens, when to use wide angle vs telephoto and effective perspective control


Who Should Attend: Intermediate level owners of interchangeable lens cameras (DLSR or mirrorless) who are looking to increase their knowledge and improve their skills in an outdoor setting with multiple subject matter. 

***Please note: this workshop involves a substantial amount of walking. This workshop is not recommended for those who may experience health issues which may be compounded by this activity. 

Equipment/gear needed:  
- Fully charged battery + extra battery
- Memory cards 
- Lenses: 24mm-135mm (or equivalent) range coverage

Clothing & Other: 
- Comfortable clothing for the weather of the day - please check forecast
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Snack (ex: energy bar and water bottle)

* A modest break will occur halfway through the walk.

Attendees will be provided with directions to the meeting spot after your registration is confirmed, but it will be in the downtown area. 

Weather and Cancellation: Attendees will be sent an email on the day of the workshop no later than 4 hours prior to the workshop start time indicating if the workshop is going ahead as planned.  High possibilities of rain in the forecast will be a guiding factor to determine if the workshop will proceed.  We will do our very best to ensure that the workshop takes place if the weather conditions are favourable. If any given session of the workshop is cancelled, attendees will be offered the option of rescheduling to a future session or a full refund of their registration fee.  As these outings are considered 'special events', refunds are not available once your spot is confirmed unless the workshop is cancelled. 



 

Join us at Toronto’s Wards Island for this hands-on outdoor photography workshop that focuses on getting great results for a number of photographic subjects. As we walk from location to location we’ll share techniques and tips you can apply when shooting outdoor portraits, close-ups, abstract photos and dusk/evening/night time photography.


Our workshop will culminate with the capturing of Toronto’s iconic city skyline as the sun sets and as the city’s colourful lights begin to shine on Lake Ontario from the city skyline.  


Workshop Agenda:

Camera and Settings Orientation: Shooting modes, camera settings and tips you will need for the outing. 

Outdoor Portraits: Understanding using effective techniques and gear to make a better outdoor portrait, including assessing & working with light, camera settings, lens choice & perspective.. You will learn how to make flattering portraits of friends, colleagues and family members even in harsh lighting conditions. 

Garden Photography (foliage condition dependent): What can be done with light, perspective, and exposure control to make close-up photos of flowers and other garden features more impactful. (Macro lens is useful here)

Abstracts: Discovering and putting to use tips and techniques that make for more interesting compositions using the details, shapes, patterns, and textures found in everyday, ordinary objects. You will be surprised what you can do with just a few simple techniques. 

Toronto’s City Skyline at Dusk/Sunset: Using the tools and techniques to best capture Toronto’s iconic skyline as the evening progresses from sunset to the ‘blue hour’ of twilight.  
 We will be spending at least half of our time on this final sequence of shots. 

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