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Toronto & GTA photography courses: learn in just two days or at your own pace.

Don’t let your dig­i­tal cam­er­a’s auto mode spoil great moments. Expo­sure Ther­a­py will help you mas­ter your cam­era and dis­cov­er the basics of pho­tog­ra­phy. Our pho­to edu­ca­tion pro­gram will upgrade your skills to use man­u­al mode with con­fi­dence in a sin­gle week­end or at a pace that’s right for you.

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Winter 2022 COVID-19 Update

Ontario has rein­tro­duced COVID-19 restric­tions. Since our Toron­to group pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops fea­ture small class sizes and take place out­doors, they will con­tin­ue as sched­uled. To reduce the risk of spread­ing COVID-19, all par­tic­i­pants should wear masks or face cov­er­ings when indoors, main­tain ade­quate phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing when pos­si­ble, and wash hands before start­ing work­shops. Please reach out if you have any ques­tions or concerns.

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Advantages of Exposure Therapy’s Toronto and GTA photography courses

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Learn a bunch. Save a bundle.

Pur­chase our Pho­tog­ra­phy for Begin­ners 4‑course pack­age for just $306 and you’ll save $54 com­pared to our non-bun­dle prices.

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Toronto photography courses

Smallest photo classes

Our group pho­to class­es are lim­it­ed to 6 students—the small­est in Toron­to, Cana­da. You’ll get ded­i­cat­ed atten­tion, more time for ques­tions, and help with your cam­er­a’s features.

Toronto photography classes

Overseen by a one instructor

Since one instruc­tor teach­es every class in the pro­gram, each stu­dent will ben­e­fit from a con­sis­tent learn­ing experience.

Toronto photography lessons

Education at your own pace

Learn dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy at a pace that’s right for you: immerse your­self in our pho­to pro­gram over the week­end or over a month—it’s up to you with our sim­ple admis­sion process.

Toronto photography workshops

 Taught by a working pro

Every stu­dent will learn from a work­ing pro with in-depth knowl­edge of cur­rent dig­i­tal pho­to trends, equip­ment, and software.

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Toronto and GTA photography courses for beginners

Beginner Courses 

Photography courses

101: Digital Camera Basics

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Auto­mat­ic mode let­ting you down? Feel­ing intim­i­dat­ed by your cam­er­a’s set­tings and but­tons? Join us to dis­cov­er your cam­er­a’s basic set­tings with the guid­ance of a pro­fes­sion­al photographer.

Photography classes

102: Focal Length and Aperture

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We’ll dis­pel the com­mon mis­con­cep­tions in pho­to edu­ca­tion and teach you every­thing you should know about lens­es, from focal length and expo­sure to per­spec­tive and depth of field.

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103: Shutter Speed and Motion

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Dis­cov­er how to con­trol your dig­i­tal camera’s shut­ter to cap­ture move­ment, freeze time, and elim­i­nate blur­ry pho­tos in our shut­ter speed work­shop for beginners.

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104: Metering Light and Focus

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Find out how to inter­pret your dig­i­tal cam­er­a’s expo­sure meter and apply it to your edu­ca­tion of shut­ter speed, aper­ture, and ISO to take man­u­al­ly exposed photographs.


It was my first pho­tog­ra­phy course and first with Expo­sure Ther­a­py. It was a lot of fun…in a friend­ly, safe envi­ron­ment. Lots cov­ered and a lot of time is need­ed to put what I have learned into prac­tice. Thanks Paul.”

Kat­ja B.

Paul was great. While my needs and expec­ta­tions may not have been what he was expect­ing, he quick­ly adapt­ed based on my ques­tions and pro­vid­ed me with the knowl­edge I was look­ing for and helped me select appro­pri­ate default set­tings for my cam­era. I would rec­om­mend him.”

Nina Y.

Paul was a fan­tas­tic teacher! He is pas­sion­ate in what he does and in teach­ing. He took the time to prop­er­ly explain every­thing and mak­ing sure every­one was on track before mov­ing onto the next les­son. HIGHLY rec­om­mend Paul as a teacher!!”

Urszu­la S

Paul was very infor­ma­tive and could eas­i­ly explain the basics about a cam­era to the aver­age con­sumer. He made myself and my class­mates real­ly under­stand all the basic func­tions which gave us greater under­stand­ing of image results. I am real­ly look­ing for­ward to com­plet­ing the course today and shoot­ing more!”

Amy M.

Paul was a very knowl­edge­able teacher, he paced the class to our speed, did a great job ensur­ing that we all under­stood the con­tent, […] and encour­aged ques­tions. I liked how the first half was the­o­ry and the sec­ond half was out­side try­ing every­thing we had just learned. Great class and teacher. Thanks!”

Mike S.

Paul was great! He real­ly takes his time to make sure that you under­stand what he is teach­ing. He’s very knowl­edge­able and explains things in a way that a begin­ner like myself can understand.”

Joshua J.

I had a pri­vate les­son with Paul to learn how to use my new mir­ror­less cam­era. Paul [had] pre­pared an excel­lent, log­i­cal ‘les­son plan’ which [cov­ered] the key things [I need­ed] to know & how to access the func­tion­al­i­ty for bet­ter shots. He is well orga­nized, patient, very knowl­edge­able and has a warm sense of humour. In addi­tion to being a skilled pho­tog­ra­ph­er, he is also an excel­lent teacher of pho­tog­ra­phy — these do not always go hand in hand, in my experience.

Krista S.



Join the 100s of stu­dents who’ve learned pho­tog­ra­phy attend­ing Expo­sure Ther­a­py’s pho­to classes.

Work­shop 101: Cam­era Basics

Sat­is­fac­tion guaranteed

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Common Questions 

Is my cam­era suit­able for your workshops?

Our Toron­to pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es for begin­ners are suit­able for all dig­i­tal cam­eras capa­ble of man­u­al mode. We accept all brands of dig­i­tal cam­eras that meet this requirement.

Do you have bun­dle discounts?

Yes. You can save $54 dol­lars ($306 vs $360) by book­ing our four intro­duc­to­ry cours­es (Work­shops 101, 102, 103, and 104) as a 4‑course Intro to Pho­tog­ra­phy for Begin­ners bun­dle. Bun­dles are not sched­ule restrict­ed and you may set your own pace of study.

Please sched­ule the bun­dled pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es in the cor­rect chrono­log­i­cal order.

Where are the pho­tog­ra­phy cours­es located?

The loca­tion of our class­room-free dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy class­es changes through­out the year, with the most up-to-date meet­ing place indi­cat­ed on every course descrip­tion page. Cur­rent­ly, we meet in front of The Roy­al Con­ser­va­to­ry of Music (273 Bloor St W, Toron­to, ON M5S 1W2).

After reg­is­ter­ing for a pho­to course, you will receive an email con­firm­ing the pre­cise meet­ing point. Some­times, to ensure a bet­ter learn­ing expe­ri­ence for every­one or to coor­di­nate around a sig­nif­i­cant and inter­est­ing event, we may alter the meet­ing loca­tion after you have reg­is­tered. If this hap­pens, we will pro­vide notice of at least 48 hours; the new site will be with­in 500 m of a sub­way sta­tion in or near the city centre.

What’s your can­cel­la­tion policy?

You may can­cel your reg­is­tra­tion and receive a full refund so long as your ini­tial­ly-sched­uled pho­tog­ra­phy course is no less than four weeks from the date of the request.

You may resched­ule your enroll­ment once, no less than sev­en days from the date of your ini­tial­ly-sched­ule course.

What’s your 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 pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop on a future date (pend­ing availability).

How do your pho­to class­es com­pare to aca­d­e­m­ic pro­grams in colleges?

Expo­sure Ther­a­py’s Toron­to-based pho­to cours­es are quite unique when com­pared to the tra­di­tion­al col­lege aca­d­e­m­ic pho­to pro­grams in Cana­da. Typ­i­cal­ly, the aca­d­e­m­ic cours­es offered by col­lege pro­grams involve a lengthy admis­sion process and adher­ence to a strict sched­ule and sub­stan­tial time com­mit­ments. For exam­ple, the pho­to pro­gram at Ryer­son Uni­ver­si­ty is a four-year bach­e­lor degree that requires stu­dents to take mul­ti­ple unre­lat­ed elec­tives. Some col­leges offer stu­dents short­er pho­to pro­grams, but the sched­ule is just as rig­or­ous (exam­ple: every Sat­ur­day for two months).

Our approach to the pho­to pro­gram gives stu­dents the lux­u­ry of a con­cen­trat­ed edu­ca­tion with hands-on class­es and flex­i­ble sched­ul­ing that’s offered by tra­di­tion­al aca­d­e­m­ic programs.

How do I apply for your pho­to class­es? What’s your admis­sion process?

Our goal at Expo­sure Ther­a­py is make pho­to edu­ca­tion sim­ple and acces­si­ble for all stu­dents. With that in mind, stu­dents don’t “apply” and there’s no “admis­sion” process. To get into our class­es, view our aca­d­e­m­ic sched­ule above and select the cours­es that suit your needs and work with your sched­ule. Each of the pho­to class­es in our pro­gram is up to 3 hours long.

How late can I reg­is­ter for your Toron­to pho­to lessons?

Pro­vid­ed there is avail­abil­i­ty, you may reg­is­ter for any of our Toron­to group pho­to class­es for begin­ners up to mid­night on the night before the class. If you can see a les­son in the cal­en­dar, it’s not too late to register.