Workshop 101: Camera Basics

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Join us to kick­start your jour­ney towards tak­ing full con­trol of your cam­era and tak­ing bet­ter pic­tures. This intro­duc­to­ry work­shop sets you up for suc­cess by intro­duc­ing the basic con­cepts of dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy and semi-auto­mat­ic expo­sure.

$78 plus tax.


This 3-hour photography workshop presents the following:

  • Basic anato­my of DSLR and mir­ror­less cam­eras
  • The Mode Dial: AUTO ver­sus oth­er shoot­ing modes
  • Image for­mats: JPEG and RAW, and when to use them
  • Set­ting the white bal­ance
  • Intro­duc­tion to expo­sure
  • Intro­duc­tion to ISO speed
  • How to review images and inter­pret the his­togram
  • Expo­sure com­pen­sa­tion


Con­tem­po­rary cam­eras are mar­vels of elec­tron­ic and soft­ware engi­neer­ing. They fea­ture high-def­i­n­i­tion video, Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­i­ty, advanced fil­ters and image pro­cess­ing, face detec­tion and track­ing, and the abil­i­ty to stitch togeth­er sweep­ing panora­mas. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, in a race towards padding their grow­ing fea­ture lists, many cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers have mud­dled the intu­itive oper­a­tion of their cam­eras’ core func­tions: mak­ing pho­tos.

This intro­duc­to­ry les­son in our four-course series of pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops for begin­ners will acquaint you with the main pic­ture-tak­ing fea­tures found on DSLR, mir­ror­less, and enthu­si­ast com­pact cam­eras. Our les­son will dis­cuss the cam­era mode dial and its pri­ma­ry func­tions. You’ll be intro­duced to set­ting dif­fer­ent image for­mats, adjust­ing pic­ture res­o­lu­tion and qual­i­ty, and select­ing the most appro­pri­ate colour style for your sub­ject. We will also dis­cuss the con­cept of white/colour bal­ance and its impor­tance to pleas­ing colour pho­tog­ra­phy. Beyond that, you’ll be pre­sent­ed with a brief overview of expo­sure, ISO speed, and their effect on pic­ture bright­ness. The the­o­ret­i­cal part of our course will con­clude with a les­son on inter­pret­ing your pho­to expo­sure using the his­togram and mak­ing auto­mat­ic expo­sure adjust­ments via expo­sure com­pen­sa­tion. 

Dur­ing the prac­ti­cal por­tion of the work­shop, we’ll explore how you can apply the con­cepts learned in the first half of the les­son to real-world pho­tog­ra­phy.

Important Details

Accepted cameras:

  • All brands of dig­i­tal cam­eras are accept­ed for this work­shop
  • This course is designed for DSLR and mir­ror­less inter­change­able lens cam­eras, and enthu­si­ast com­pact cam­eras.
  • Con­tact us if you’re unsure about your camera’s suit­abil­i­ty for this work­shop.

What to bring:

  • Cam­era and lens
  • Bat­tery (ful­ly charged)1If 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

Most of our pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops fea­ture out­door exer­cis­es to apply the the­o­ret­i­cal con­cepts into prac­tice. Mon­i­tor the weath­er fore­cast and ensure you dress appro­pri­ate­ly for the conditions—especially on cold days.2Please 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.

Meeting/workshop location

Our class­room-free work­shops take place out­doors, involve walk­ing and fea­ture loca­tions that may not be ful­ly acces­si­ble. Cur­rent­ly, we meet in front of 1417 Dan­forth Ave (at Monarch Park Ave) in Toronto’s east end (5-min­ute/300m walk from the Green­wood sub­way sta­tion).

We reserve the right to change the meet­ing loca­tion and will noti­fy you at least 48 hours in advance of such changes. A mod­i­fied meet­ing loca­tion will always be with­in 500m of a TTC sub­way sta­tion.

Cancellation and refunds

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 four (4) weeks in advance of your ini­tial­ly-sched­uled course.
  • We accept sched­ule mod­i­fi­ca­tions up to sev­en (7) days in advance of your ini­tial­ly-sched­uled course.