Private photography lessons
Our private photography lessons are tailored to your needs. Learn what you want, when you want, where you want.
Summer 2021 COVID-19 Update
Ontario is progressively loosening COVID-19 restrictions. Our Toronto group photography courses are back! Private lessons are available in-person or via remote video (which gives you 1.5⨉ more time). To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, all participants should wear masks or face coverings when indoors, maintain adequate physical distancing when possible, and wash hands before starting workshops. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
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To keep things simple, we ask that you propose three appointment times when ordering an in-person private lesson1Not necessary if you wish for private lessons via remote video.. On the off chance that our schedules don’t align, we’ll refund 100% of your money.
1‑on‑1 private photography lessons customized for you.
Exposure Therapy’s private photography lessons are precisely tailored to teach you what you want, wherever you want, even from the comfort of your own home via remote video. Select a topic from any of our regular workshops, or suggest your own.
About our private photography lessons
Every person learns photography in a unique way. Those that prefer to learn online can face contradicting advice from dubious sources. Although reliable resources exist, you have to find them. Books offer a wealth of accurate information but lack hands-on guidance and can’t address individual concerns or points of confusion as they arise.
Exposure Therapy’s private photography courses are in-person, one-on-one classes customized to your learning needs. You’ll have your photo teacher’s complete attention and be able to ask questions as they arise and receive swift responses. We can customize your private photography class to your specific needs, or it can follow one of our existing group photography lessons plans.
Some students prefer an experiential photo ‘safari’ where they learn new methods or hone existing techniques while practicing in the wilds of the urban jungle. It’s your personal course and learning experience, and you call the shots.
How it works
We’ve worked hard to make booking a private photography lesson with Exposure Therapy smooth and hassle-free. Here’s how it works:
- Select the duration of your personal lesson.
- Explain what you’d like to learn, propose three appointment times (in order of preference), and include your desired location in Toronto or the GTA.
- Enter your payment information and place the order.
- We’ll reply within the business day to confirm our availability and ask follow-up questions, as needed.
- After confirming the topic, appointment, and location, we’re set and ready to go.
We’ll issue a refund for 100% of your payment if our schedules don’t align.
Available private lesson topics
Our personal photography lessons are flexible, and you can select from a variety of topics. For example, if you prefer a structured experience, choose a personal lesson based on one of our existing workshops (101–203). Beyond that, a personal photography lesson can feature any topic you want. Some ideas include:
- How to operate your new camera (menus, mode dials, buttons, changing lenses, etc.)
- Improve your travel photography
- Learn Adobe Lightroom: photo organization and image processing
- Reading a scene and interpreting light
- Long exposure class: techniques and practice
- Exposure techniques for dynamic and high-contrast scenes
- On-camera flash photography classes: techniques and operation
- Off-camera flash photography classes: (studio strobes, modifiers, etc.)
- External light meters for digital or film photography
- Photo equipment purchase consultations
- Photography shadowing
We’re more than happy to consider different suggestions. However, since our goal is to provide you with a quality learning experience, we only teach topics with which we’re entirely familiar.
Private lesson FAQ
Our private photography lessons are suitable for 1 to 2 or 1 to 3 participants, depending on the length of the lesson you purchase, so feel free to bring a friend, spouse, or partner. Private lessons are a great way to ensure that you receive your instructor’s full and uncompromising attention.
The location of our private photography lessons is entirely up to you, so feel free to get creative or choose your favourite part of town. The four-hour lesson includes your instructor’s travel to anywhere in the GTA; the two- and three-hour lessons include your instructor’s travel to anywhere within the City of Toronto.
Our private photo courses are not restricted to outdoor or public locations. For example, if you need help setting up and using Adobe Lightroom, we can offer a private lesson in your home. If you enjoy photos of animals, we’d be happy to meet with you at Riverdale Farm or the Metro Toronto Zoo.
Absolutely! Some students prefer to learn the ins and outs of photography in the privacy of their homes. Are you a budding blogger or vlogger? If your home is your studio, we’d love to help you learn how to effectively use your photography equipment in the environment that matters.
We can even help you set up an effective post-processing and data storage and backup solution.
- Our private photography lessons are suitable for all cameras capable of manual mode.
- All brands of digital cameras are accepted for this workshop.
- Contact us if you’re unsure about your camera’s suitability for a private workshop.
What to bring:
- Camera, lens(es), and accessories you want to learn about
- Battery (fully charged)2If you’re participating in more than one workshop, please bring either your battery charger or a second battery to ensure you can operate your camera throughout the day.
- Memory card (emptied)
- Camera manual
What to wear
Much like our standard workshops, our private photography lessons feature outdoor exercises where you learn to apply the theoretical concepts into practice. Monitor the weather forecast and ensure you dress appropriately for the conditions—especially on cold days.3 Please note that the lithium batteries powering your camera may exhibit diminished power output in cold conditions. When subzero air temperatures are forecast for the day of your workshop, we recommend bringing two or more camera batteries.
Location of private photography lessons
Private photography lessons are held at a location of your choice. This can be your home, office, or favourite scenic spot or café. The 2- and 3‑hour lesson fees include our travel within the City of Toronto (except the islands). The 4‑hour lesson fee includes our travel within the Greater Toronto Area (defined as the City of Toronto, Mississauga, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, and Pickering).
The price of our private photography lessons does not include your instructor’s admission fee to locations or venues that have an entry charge. When your preferred lesson location has paid admission, you will be need to purchase your instructor’s entrance ticket.
Remote video lessons
You may choose to take your private lesson in-person or via remote video, but you cannot combine both into one purchase. You do not have to propose appointment times for online private lessons at the time of your purchase.
Remote lesson scheduling
Remote lessons may be separated into discrete blocks ranging from a minimum of 2 hours to a maximum of 4 hours in duration. For example, you may take the 6‑hour lesson as two 3‑hour lessons or as three 2‑hour lessons.
Remote learning is flexible! You may schedule your video learning blocks from 8 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week.
Any unused time will expire 6 weeks after the date of the initially lesson.
Cancellation and refunds
Cancellation of in-person private lessons
Our full cancellation and refund policy is found in the Terms of Sale. The following summary is for your convenience:
- We accept cancellations for a full refund up to five (5) days in advance of your initially-scheduled course.
- We accept schedule modifications up to 48 hours in advance of your initially-scheduled course.
Cancellation of remote video private lessons
- We accept cancellations for a full refund up to two (2) days in advance of your initially-scheduled video lesson. No full or partial refunds are offered after your initial lesson has commenced.
- We accept schedule modifications up to 6 hours in advance of your initially-scheduled video lesson.