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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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 4-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 50mm lens plus your kit lens, plus a general telephoto lens will be useful. 
- Tripod (full size a MUST for our city night time skyline session)

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 (mosquito conditions can vary, be prepared)
- 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 - 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 under ten dollars. 

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

june 12 sold out - new event created for june 25!

 

Join us at Toronto’s Centre 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.  Wards island will serve as a backup location should Centre island be inaccessible. 


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.  Some topics we will cover over the workshop period are:

 White Balance: settings to properly reproduce colors 
- Exposure compensation for creative and corrective exposure control
- Flash: When to use it how to use it, especially for portrait photography
- Choosing the right lens, when to use wide angle vs telephoto and effective perspective control

It is presumed that you have working knowledge of how to focus with your camera, and change settings. 

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. 

General Photographic Concepts - Working with depth of field and shutter speed - which to choose, when and why - capture wave motion, interesting island features (flora as available depending on time of season)

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.   This will be the conclusion of the event, and where we will spend much of our time. You will need a full size tripod and be familiar with setting it up to participate. 

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