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
- 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

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 purchase of a ferry ticket and any other incurred transport fees.  

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

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Toronto island walk (approx. 4-5 hours)

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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.

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, and posing tips. We will be employing the services of a model for this portion of our outing together.  

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.

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.

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.