Half-Day Workshops



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Half Day Workshops

Our Half-Day Workshop series allows you to choose from seventeen different specialty subjects so that you can learn about the areas of photography that you are really interested in.

You can choose just one workshop for $75 from the seventeen or save money by selecting one of our discount packages allowing you to pick two, four, eight or all seventeen workshops.

Some of the workshops do not require any previous photography experience and some require that you have completed one of our beginner classes or the equivalent at another school.

If you complete the Basic Digital workshop you will be fully qualified to take any other workshop.

Multi-Workshop Discount Coupon

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Any 2 Workshops of your choice $135 $15 Register
Any 4 Workshops of your choice $255 $45 Register
Any 8 Workshops of your choice $495 $105 Register
All 17 Workshops $975 $300 Register

" The instructor was very knowledgeable. She took the time to familiarize herself with each of our cameras and was able to provide personalized assistance whenever the need arose. The information presented was organized and presented at a comfortable pace. Occasional examples of theories enhanced the understanding of the material. Breaks were well timed. To summarize, I liked EVERYTHING about this class! "Isabell S. - Compact Digital in a Day - Feb 2012

Digital Basics

The Digital Basics Workshop covers all of the settings on a DSLR camera that make a difference to photography plus an introduction to the fundamentals of exposure.

You will leave the workshop with your camera set up the way a professional photographer would set up their camera and you will be ready and fully qualified to take any of the sixteen other workshops on offer.

There are no prerequisite classes to take.

This workshop is entirely suitable for complete beginners. You do not need to take a prerequisite class before attending this workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" Carlos was very amicable and informative"Elyssa S. - Digital 101 in a Day - Nov 2016

Photographing Kids

This workshop covers the necessary skills, approaches and equipment needed to achieve great results when photographing young people.

We will cover setting up the environment, lighting, posing and the social awareness skills that set top children's portrait photographers apart from the crowd.

We will also be considering wardrobe, indoor and outdoor shooting and the effects of different lenses.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" How much was covered in such a short time!"Rachel B. - Digital Basics - Aug 2012

Lighting Dramatic Portraits

As photographers we can create drama from even simple setups and it is the drama in your portraits that makes them stand out.

We will investigate the qualities of light and how we can modify light to achieve precise results.

We will learn about light modifiers, lighting patterns and how to mix diffuse and specular light. We will also look at light directions, contrast ratios and backgrounds.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" The class was very informative and interactive. I especially liked the lunchtime assignment of taking photos of the neighborhood using our new camera settings. Carlos was quite knowledgeable and offered suggestions based on his experience as a photographer. "Dionne L. - Digital 101 in a Day - Jan 2017

Digital Infrared Photography

Infrared photography offers us a new dimension in which we can explore light and possibilities. It can be surprisingly easy and inexpensive to get started with this fascinating branch of both digital and film photography.

Covering lenses, filters, film and digital cameras, time of day and other equipment, there is a wealth of information to absorb in this workshop.

With the addition of just one filter you can start your infrared photography immediately!

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" Chance to interact with the instructor and other students and discuss table top methods, lighting, and cameras. I learned my Sony does not perform some key functions that I would like in a table top camera. Also I could take just the class I need for my specific needs rather than some other schools that require a group of classes before you got to this one. Thus your program was the most economical available to me. "Richard H. - Product and Tabletop Weekend - Feb 2012

The Power of Lenses

Learn how lenses make such an enormous difference in photography. We will investigate lenses through a breakdown of focal lengths, and will discover the benefits of prime vs zoom lenses.

You will have an opportunity to work with some unusual lenses hands on in the workshop.

We will also discuss Depth of Field, Auto vs Manual focus, Resolving Power, Filters and Lens Hoods.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" William was very funny and knowledgeable. I learned a lot."Grayson L. - Digital 101 in a Day - May 2016

Motion Blur & Panning Techniques

Sometimes we want to eliminate blur from our images and sometimes we can use it for dramatic purposes. Freezing, panning and allowing motion blur are all great photography skills covered in this workshop.

We will also cover motion at night, filters, focusing modes, ISO and patience!

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" I like how the class was presented. The order that Carlos take the subjects was easy to follow. I understand my camera for the first time, thank you!"Sue W. - Digital 101 in a Day - Jun 2018

Natural Light Portraits

Harnessing the beauty of freely available natural light is a skill demonstrated by some of the best photographers in the world.

This workshop will cover everything you need to know to start you off exploring your environment and using the available light to create stunning images.

We will cover window light, open shade, sunlight vs diffused, light modifiers and light direction. We will also cover composition, white balance, posing and contrast ratios.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" The instructor, Shane, was knowledgeable, laid-back, and funny. Having only six people in the class made it easy to get individual attention."Deon L. - Digital 101 in a Day - Apr 2011

Shooting Tethered

Shooting direct to your computer / laptop is the professional's preferred method for capturing important images.

This workshop will take you through the necessary steps to get the very best results from shooting tethered using Adobe Lightroom. We will cover focus checking, histogram, highlights and shadows clipping, develop module settings and presets.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" Very knowledgeable instructor. "Larry D. - Digital 101 in a Day - Dec 2011

Creating a Photo Book

Whether for a gift or for posterity, creating your very own photo book is something everyone should do.

This workshop will take you through the necessary steps to complete your publication including choosing a theme, organization and planning, preparation, page layout, adding photos, adding copy and designing the cover.

There are no prerequisite classes to take. This workshop is entirely suitable for complete beginners.

Please bring the following:

  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" Informative and realistic and hands on practical information"John S. - Digital 101 in a Day - Aug 2013

Home Video Editing

No need to be a professional editor to get professional results when editing your home videos and slide shows.

This workshop will guide you through the steps needed to complete video and slide presentations you can be proud of, including available software, still images, music, transitions, trimming video clips, and titles.

There are no prerequisite classes to take. This workshop is entirely suitable for complete beginners.

Please bring the following:

  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" The instructor was entertaining and the information was very useful and easy to understand."Colleen H. - Digital 101 in a Day - Mar 2014

HDR

Cameras are limited in the range of light they can capture in a single shot. HDR is a process that allows you to capture a wide range of light that would not be possible using any other method.

This workshop will take you through the complete work flow necessary to capture and assemble high quality HDR images including a breakdown of all necessary equipment.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" The instructor has a continuously great attitude and was extremely easy to follow."Sonia P. - Digital 101 in a Day - Mar 2013

Real Estate

Real estate photography presents unique and interesting challenges that demand a varied skill set.

From the equipment needed to available software, this workshop covers the essential aspects of capturing strong real estate images, including exposure considerations, angles, bracketing, lenses, windows and mirrors ,lighting and 360 degree images.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" Carlos started each topic discussion with a very, very simple explanation. For those of us who have no background in photography, such a simple explanation was an important foundation to build on. The demonstrations in the class (taking a picture of the above lights, etc.) was extremely useful to learn the purpose of each camera feature."Scott H. - Digital 101 in a Day - Mar 2017

Great Composition

Understanding even a few of the principles of great composition can raise the quality of your images to exhibition levels.

In this workshop we cover a wide range of compositional guidelines, all of which can make a significant impact in your photography, including rule of thirds, pattern, symmetry, lines, balance, texture, color, viewpoint and framing.

There are no prerequisite classes to take. This workshop is entirely suitable for complete beginners.

Please bring the following:

  • Any Digital Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" Learning to adjust settings for my camera to get it out of auto mode and gaining confidence in my ability to set the camera for different situations. I got a better understanding of what my camera can do, and look forward to taking some photos on a tripod to observe differences in aperture settings and shutter speeds."Tom L. - Digital 101 in a Day - Sep 2012

Time Lapse

Time lapse photography shows us the world in a way that we can never experience with our own eyes.

This very creative workshop covers the essentials needed to start shooting fascinating and insightful, high quality movies, including available software, choice of camera, camera setup, planning your movie, other equipment needed, filters and advanced techniques.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" William is a great teacher."Carrie P. - Digital 101 in a Day - Feb 2013

Close Up

Macro is the world of small things. Using special lenses we can get close to tiny things and render them larger than life size.

This workshop covers lenses, tripods, distance, depth of field, exposure, lighting, focus, patience and timing.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" I loved how hands on this class was! Getting to know your way around the studio and different lighting setup was awesome!"Colleen S. - Portraiture 101 4 Week - Mar 2013

Facebook Profile Photos

This workshop can be subtitled "Using social media for fun and profit". While some of our friends have become experts at posting on Facebook etc. their profile images can leave a lot to be desired. That is where we come in.

This workshop will set you up for both fun and profit as an expert social media profile photographer. It will cover lighting, lenses, posing, wardrobe, backgrounds, image size and retouching.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" The instructor was very good. She did a good job of covering the camera settings and picture composition."Michael V. - Digital 101 in a Day - Jul 2011

Pop-Up Flash

While that tiny pop-up flash on the top of your camera seems so easy to use, it is far from easy to get great results with it. Using your pop-up flash successfully can be one of the most challenging tasks in photography.

This highly technical workshop will cover flash compensation, fill flash, flash power/distance, front and rear curtain sync, TTL metering, white balance and more.

You will be fully qualified to take this workshop after you have completed the Basic Digital workshop.

Please bring the following:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Any lenses you own
  • Fully charged battery and empty memory card
  • Notebook and pen

After you register below you will receive full instructions about the school, parking, hours, what to bring etc. by email.

Workshop Schedule

" I liked the instructor's (William) way of bringing humor into the classroom. He explained everything so well in a way that made me really understand! A way that my professor in college couldn't!!"Katie G. - Digital 101 in a Day - Mar 2012