Frequently Asked Questions

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

F.A.Q.

For whom is this suitable? 

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

Our 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 our 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 our cours­es may not be suit­able for per­sons with lim­it­ed mobility.

What should I know beforehand? 

All our group pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es take place outdoors.

Our class size is lim­it­ed to six peo­ple in most cases.

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? 

We 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’re arriv­ing by car.

Our cours­es have a planned dura­tion of 3 hours with 4 to 6 stu­dents in atten­dance. Depend­ing on the num­ber of stu­dents reg­is­tered, we may com­plete the course in 2 or 2.5 hours. 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?

We accept can­cel­la­tions for a full refund up to four weeks in advance of your ini­tial­ly sched­uled course, and we wel­come requests to resched­ule up to sev­en days in advance of your ini­tial­ly sched­uled course.

We’re not heart­less. If you have excep­tion­al cir­cum­stances affect­ing your abil­i­ty to attend, please con­tact us.

What’s your inclement weath­er policy?

Our out­door pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es take place rain or shine. Mon­i­tor the fore­cast and dress appro­pri­ate­ly for the con­di­tions. We do not can­cel class­es due to extremes of heat or cold.

If we deter­mine that severe pre­cip­i­ta­tion will adverse­ly affect the learn­ing expe­ri­ence, we may either change the meet­ing loca­tion or can­cel the work­shop with a notice of at least 12 hours. If we can­cel a work­shop due to inclement weath­er, we will 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?

We offer pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy lessons for 1 to 3 indi­vid­u­als. We can cus­tomize pri­vate lessons to your needs, or they may fol­low our stan­dard group pho­tog­ra­phy les­son plan. Our pri­vate lessons dif­fer from the group cours­es by:

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

Group pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy lessons are avail­able for busi­ness­es, clubs and asso­ci­a­tions, and schools and camps. We 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?

Our group cours­es are delight­ful expe­ri­ences designed for stu­dents’ per­son­al growth and devel­op­ment. They are not aca­d­e­m­ic, there are no com­pe­tence tests, and we do not offer certification.

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

Sure, we won’t stop you.

How­ev­er, our 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 our prac­tice exercises.

We designed our cours­es for cam­eras that allow users 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, don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us, and we’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.