101: Camera Basics

Learn to oper­ate your camera’s basic set­tings and over­come the dull results of auto-mode.

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$1051$89.25 when pur­chased as part of the 4‑course bun­dle. • 3‑hour course • In-per­son  Small class­es • Pro instruc­tor

Is automatic mode letting you down? Feeling intimidated by all the settings and buttons? Join me to discover your camera’s essential basic settings with the guidance of a professional photographer.

Expo­sure Ther­a­py will kick­start your jour­ney towards tak­ing com­plete con­trol of your cam­era and tak­ing bet­ter pic­tures. This begin­ner work­shop intro­duces you to the basic set­tings found on most dig­i­tal cam­eras.

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Understand your camera and have fun.


What you’ll learn:

  • Choos­ing the prop­er expo­sure modes
  • JPEG vs raw: when to use the prop­er image for­mat
  • How to adjust the white bal­ance
  • Intro­duc­tion to expo­sure and ISO speed
  • How to read the his­togram
  • How to cor­rect the expo­sure


This intro­duc­to­ry les­son will acquaint you with the main pic­ture-tak­ing fea­tures of DSLR, mir­ror­less, and enthu­si­ast com­pact cam­eras. My class will dis­cuss the expo­sure mode dial and its pri­ma­ry func­tions. I’ll intro­duce you to set­ting dif­fer­ent image for­mats, adjust­ing pic­ture res­o­lu­tion and qual­i­ty, and select­ing your sub­jec­t’s most appro­pri­ate colour style. I’ll also dis­cuss the con­cept of white bal­ance and its impor­tance in elim­i­nat­ing colour casts. There will be a brief overview of expo­sure, ISO speed, and their effect on pic­ture bright­ness. The the­o­ret­i­cal part of the course will con­clude with an expla­na­tion of how to read the his­togram to assess your expo­sures, quick­ly trou­bleshoot auto expo­sures, and com­pen­sate for mis­takes before they occur.

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

Important Details

This is part one of four in my series of pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es for begin­ners. You’re wel­come to take one, some, or all of the class­es at your leisure; how­ev­er, I rec­om­mend tak­ing mul­ti­ple class­es in their cor­rect order.

Enrol in Work­shop 101 as part of my Intro to Pho­tog­ra­phy for Begin­ners 4‑course pack­age and save.

Work­shop 101 is also avail­able as a pri­vate pho­tog­ra­phy course for 1–2 peo­ple.

Meeting Locations:

One of two loca­tions depend­ing on the time of year and weath­er.

April – Novem­ber: In front of The Roy­al Con­ser­va­to­ry of Music:

Decem­ber – March: The Allen Lam­bert Gal­le­ria inside Brook­field Place, just by the RBC Domin­ion Secu­ri­ties facade:

Accepted cameras:

  • All cam­eras capa­ble of man­u­al mode.
  • All brands of dig­i­tal cam­eras.
  • Con­tact me if you’re unsure about your camera’s suit­abil­i­ty for this course.

What to bring:

  • Cam­era and lens
  • 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
  • Note­book and pen
  • Ques­tions and thirst for knowl­edge!

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Join the 100s of begin­ners who’ve improved their pho­tog­ra­phy with Expo­sure Ther­a­py.

Work­shop 101: Cam­era Basics

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The scope of our photography lessons

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

What to wear

This is an out­door pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop, so it’s essen­tial to check the weath­er fore­cast and dress appro­pri­ate­ly for the con­di­tions on the day of the work­shop. This is espe­cial­ly impor­tant on wet days, so bring weath­er-appro­pri­ate cloth­ing to stay com­fort­able and pro­tect your equip­ment.3To ensure the best per­for­mance of your cam­era dur­ing the work­shop, I rec­om­mend bring­ing two or more ful­ly charged bat­ter­ies.

Meeting point and workshop location

My work­shops are held out­side and involve walk­ing to dif­fer­ent loca­tions. Please note that some places we vis­it may not be ful­ly acces­si­ble.

In the event of bad weath­er, I may need to change the meet­ing loca­tion for the work­shop. I’ll inform you in advance if this hap­pens and will ensure the new loca­tion is easy to get to by pub­lic trans­porta­tion.

Cancellation and refunds

Satisfaction guarantee

We want to ensure that you ful­ly under­stand the mate­ri­als cov­ered in our pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es. If you aren’t com­plete­ly sat­is­fied with your learn­ing expe­ri­ence, please let your instruc­tor know imme­di­ate­ly after your work­shop con­cludes. We’re more than hap­py to address any points of con­fu­sion on the spot or to offer you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to repeat the same work­shop on a future date (pend­ing avail­abil­i­ty).

Cancellations, refunds, and rescheduling

My full can­cel­la­tion and refund pol­i­cy is found in the Terms of Sale. The fol­low­ing sum­ma­ry is for your con­ve­nience:

  • All sales are final, and no refunds are giv­en if you can­cel.
  • If unex­pect­ed issues occur, you can resched­ule up to 24 hours before your group pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop is sched­uled to start.