Workshop 104: Metering Light and Focus

Learn to interpret your camera’s exposure meter and combine it with your knowledge of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to take manually exposed photographs.

In this cul­mi­na­tion of the intro­duc­to­ry work­shops, you will learn how to apply the knowl­edge from the pre­vi­ous class­es towards mak­ing accu­rate man­u­al expo­sures and ensur­ing that your sub­ject is cor­rect­ly focused.

$78 plus tax.


This 3-hour photography workshop presents the following:

  • How to mea­sure light and read your camera’s expo­sure meter
  • The sig­nif­i­cance of mid­dle grey to light meter­ing
  • Intro­duc­tion to cam­era meter­ing modes (matrix/evaluative, aver­age, and spot)
  • Main­tain­ing expo­sure across sev­er­al pho­tos
  • Man­u­al expo­sure tech­niques
  • How cam­eras focus light
  • Cam­era aut­o­fo­cus modes (sin­gle shot, ser­vo, etc.)
  • How to keep mov­ing sub­jects in focus


Con­trary to the pop­u­lar belief of many novice pho­tog­ra­phers, using man­u­al expo­sure is both straight­for­ward in its sim­plic­i­ty and works hand-in-hand with aut­o­fo­cus of the lens. 

In the final instal­ment of our four-course series of pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops for begin­ners, we’ll unwrap the mys­tique sur­round­ing man­u­al expo­sure of your pic­tures. You’ll dis­cov­er how cam­eras mea­sure light to deter­mine expo­sure and how to use that infor­ma­tion to cre­ate con­sis­tent man­u­al­ly exposed pho­tos. This work­shop will instruct you on the sig­nif­i­cance of mid­dle grey tones to meter­ing light and how this ties into your camera’s meter­ing modes. Last­ly, you’ll be taught how to accu­rate­ly read and under­stand the infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed by the expo­sure lev­el indi­ca­tor. The sec­ond half of our pho­tog­ra­phy les­son will show you how to cor­rect­ly use your camera’s built-in aut­o­fo­cus fea­tures, select­ing aut­o­fo­cus points, increas­ing your camera’s focus accu­ra­cy, and keep­ing mov­ing sub­jects in con­stant focus.  

Dur­ing the work­ing por­tion of the work­shop, we’ll explore how you can apply the con­cepts learned in the for­mer half of the les­son to real-world pho­tog­ra­phy by prac­tic­ing man­u­al expo­sure and engag­ing in sev­er­al aut­o­fo­cus exer­cis­es.

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.