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  Lim­it­ed to 6 stu­dents • Pro instructor

Automatic mode letting you down? Feeling intimidated by all the settings and buttons? Join us 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 essen­tial basic set­tings found on most dig­i­tal cameras.

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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. Our class will dis­cuss the expo­sure mode dial and its pri­ma­ry func­tions. We’ll intro­duce you to set­ting dif­fer­ent image for­mats, adjust­ing pic­ture res­o­lu­tion and qual­i­ty, and select­ing your sub­jec­t’s most appro­pri­ate colour style. We’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.

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

Enrol in Work­shop 101 as part of our 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:

  • We accept all cam­eras capa­ble of man­u­al mode.
  • We accept all brands of dig­i­tal cameras.
  • Con­tact us 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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Work­shop 101: Cam­era Basics

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What to wear

Our pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops occur out­doors through­out the year. Mon­i­tor the weath­er fore­cast and ensure you dress appro­pri­ate­ly for the conditions—especially on cold or wet days.3Please 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 point and 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 The Roy­al Con­ser­va­to­ry of Music (273 Bloor St W, Toron­to, ON M5S 1W2).

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 750m of a TTC sub­way station.

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).


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.