A workshop devoted to focal length, angle of view, aperture, and depth of field.
A camera is nothing without a lens. This workshop will introduce you to the fundamental role the lens plays in both the art and craft of photography.
$78 plus tax.
This 3-hour photography workshop presents the following:
- How to identify and describe your lens
- Focal length and angle of view
- Aperture and its effects
- Shooting in Aperture Priority mode
- Depth of field
- Taking photos with selective focus (blurry background/foreground)
- Taking photos with deep focus (sharp throughout)
Contemporary cameras are marvellous feats of electronic engineering. Unfortunately, the only redeeming qualities of the instruction manuals shipped with cameras are their sedative qualities. Good jokes aside, camera user manuals are mediocre at both guiding you towards, and clearly explaining, the core photographic functions. Somewhat ironically, an instructional manual is more likely to provide users with a precise breakdown of different video compression formats than explain why F-numbers express apertures. Exposure Therapy to the rescue!
In this second instalment of our four-course series of photography workshops for beginners, you will discover the main photographic features and potential of your lens. The workshop will start by explaining how your lens’ focal length, in conjunction with your camera’s sensor size, determine the angle of view. Then, we will review how the aperture influences exposure and use that as a springboard into a discussion of its secondary characteristics, such its effect on perceived sharpness, aberrations, vignetting, and, lastly, depth of field and selective focus.
During the practical half of the workshop, you’ll be briefed about using aperture priority mode (A/Av mode) to explore and apply the concepts learned in the first half of the lesson to real-world photography.
- 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:
- Lens(es) (this workshop is all about the lens; bring several, if you have them)
- 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.
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.