Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got ques­tions, we’ve got answers.


For whom is this suit­able?

I take pride in mak­ing learn­ing pho­tog­ra­phy prac­ti­cal and straight­for­ward. My pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es are suit­able for peo­ple who want to quick­ly learn the basic prin­ci­ples of dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy in an engag­ing and casu­al envi­ron­ment.

My cours­es are per­fect for new pho­tog­ra­phers look­ing to accel­er­ate their edu­ca­tion and begin­ners who have poured over exist­ing books, videos, and instruc­tion man­u­als and require a hands-on approach.

There are no age restric­tions for par­tic­i­pat­ing in my pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops, but adults should accom­pa­ny chil­dren and pre-teens.

How­ev­er, please exer­cise com­mon sense and know your lim­its. For exam­ple, this mate­r­i­al is too dense for young chil­dren, and the out­door nature of my cours­es may not be suit­able for per­sons with lim­it­ed mobil­i­ty.

What should I know before­hand?

All my group pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es take place out­doors.

The class size is lim­it­ed to sev­en peo­ple in most cas­es. How­ev­er, I reserve the right to tem­porar­i­ly increase the class size to accom­mo­date stu­dents resched­ul­ing from can­cel­la­tions.

What do I need to bring or come pre­pared with?

Mon­i­tor the weath­er fore­cast lead­ing up to your sched­uled course, and dress appro­pri­ate­ly.

Dress warmer than you typ­i­cal­ly would when it’s cold out­side. Cam­era bat­ter­ies deplete faster in cold­er con­di­tions, so bring a spare.

Bring water and sun pro­tec­tion when it’s warm.

Bring your bat­tery charg­er if you’re attend­ing more than one course in a day.

Where is the meet­ing loca­tion, and why?

Gen­er­al­ly, we meet at one of two loca­tions, depend­ing on the time of year. In both cas­es, the cours­es take place at pub­licly acces­si­ble loca­tions. 

Between April 1 and November 30:

We will meet in front of The Roy­al Con­ser­va­to­ry of Music (273 Bloor St W Toron­to ON M5S 1W2).

This part of town and the adja­cent Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to cam­pus offer a vari­ety of excit­ing sub­jects to pho­to­graph. The loca­tion is cen­tral and easy to access.

If you’re arriv­ing by TTC, the near­est sub­way stop is St. George Sta­tion (take the exit to Bed­ford Rd.).

The near­est munic­i­pal park­ing is the Green P, locat­ed just north of Bloor St. West and acces­si­ble from Bed­ford Rd if you arrive by car.

Between December 1 and March 31:

We will meet inside the Allen Lam­bert Gal­le­ria inside Brook­field Place (181 Bay St., Toron­to, ON M5J 2T3), just by the steps of the old RBC Domin­ion Secu­ri­ties facade.

This loca­tion is in the heart of Toron­to’s finan­cial dis­trict and offers var­i­ous sub­jects — archi­tec­tur­al, sculp­tur­al, and new and old. 

If you’re arriv­ing by TTC or GO, the near­est tran­sit is Union Sta­tion. 

If you arrive by car, there are sev­er­al com­mer­cial under­ground park­ing facil­i­ties around the area. How­ev­er, please be mind­ful of traf­fic.

My cours­es have a planned dura­tion of 3 hours with 4 to 7 stu­dents in atten­dance, and we may com­plete the course in 2 or 2.5 hours with few­er stu­dents reg­is­tered. With few­er stu­dents in atten­dance, the qual­i­ty of the les­son and the amount of time allo­cat­ed for stu­dent ques­tions remain unchanged.

What if I must can­cel or resched­ule?

I accept can­cel­la­tions for a full refund up to four weeks before your ini­tial­ly sched­uled course and wel­come requests to resched­ule up to sev­en days before your course.

I’m not heart­less. If you have excep­tion­al cir­cum­stances affect­ing your abil­i­ty to attend, please get in touch with me.

What’s your inclement weath­er pol­i­cy?

My out­door pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es take place rain or shine. Mon­i­tor the fore­cast and dress appro­pri­ate­ly for the con­di­tions. I don’t can­cel class­es due to extremes of heat or cold.

If I deter­mine that severe pre­cip­i­ta­tion will adverse­ly affect the learn­ing expe­ri­ence, I may change the meet­ing loca­tion or can­cel the work­shop with a notice of at least 12 hours. If I can­cel a work­shop due to inclement weath­er, I’ll offer all enrolled stu­dents the option to resched­ule to a future date.

How do pri­vate lessons dif­fer from group pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es? Do you teach pri­vate group lessons for busi­ness­es?

I offer pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy lessons for indi­vid­u­als. (There’s a $105 fee per addi­tion­al par­tic­i­pant.) I can cus­tomize pri­vate lessons to your needs, or they may fol­low my stan­dard group pho­tog­ra­phy les­son plan. My pri­vate lessons dif­fer from the group cours­es in:

  • tak­ing place at a cus­tom loca­tion,
  • with flex­i­ble sched­ul­ing,
  • about a top­ic of your choos­ing and
  • includes your instruc­tor’s undi­vid­ed atten­tion.

Large-scale pri­vate pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy lessons are avail­able for busi­ness­es, clubs, asso­ci­a­tions, schools, and camps. I can train your staff, give a pre­sen­ta­tion or sem­i­nar, or present as a guest instruc­tor for an art class.

How does this com­pare to an aca­d­e­m­ic pro­gram?

My group cours­es are delight­ful expe­ri­ences designed for stu­dents’ per­son­al growth and devel­op­ment. They are not aca­d­e­m­ic, there are no com­pe­tence tests, and I don’t offer cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Can I take this if I don’t already have a cam­era?

Sure, I won’t stop you. 

How­ev­er, my pho­tog­ra­phy class­es are designed to teach the the­o­ret­i­cal prin­ci­ples and their prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion through struc­tured exer­cis­es. By not bring­ing a cam­era, you’ll miss out on the valu­able expe­ri­ence of my prac­tice exer­cis­es.

I designed the cours­es for dig­i­tal cam­eras that allow some degree of man­u­al con­trol. Please check your cam­er­a’s suit­abil­i­ty by con­firm­ing it has the fol­low­ing shoot­ing modes: Pro­gram, Aper­ture Pri­or­i­ty, Shut­ter Pri­or­i­ty, and Man­u­al. If you’re unsure or don’t know where to check, please con­tact me, and I’ll help you fig­ure it out.

Can I take remote/online cours­es?

Our group pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es always take place in per­son.

Please con­sid­er our pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy lessons for remote/online learn­ing.

What is the scope of your pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es?

At Expo­sure Ther­a­py’s pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es, we focus on build­ing a strong foun­da­tion in pho­tog­ra­phy that will work well with most cam­eras. How­ev­er, we can­not cov­er every fea­ture of every cam­era to ensure a con­sis­tent and pos­i­tive expe­ri­ence for all par­tic­i­pants. If you have an advanced cam­era and would like to learn more, we’d be hap­py to offer pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy class­es that explore those fea­tures in more depth. We look for­ward to see­ing you in class!