Frequently Asked Questions
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.
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.
All our group photography courses take place outdoors.
Our class size is limited to six people in most cases.
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.
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.
There are several commercial underground parking facilities around the area if you arrive by car. However, please be mindful of traffic.
Our courses have a planned duration of 3 hours with 4 to 6 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.
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.
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.
We offer private photography lessons for up to 2 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.
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.
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.
Our group photography courses always take place in person.
Please consider our private photography lessons for remote/online learning.