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

Workshops Fee Savings Register
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

" William was very funny and able to present information in a very useful way. He is very knowledgeable and was extremely helpful to all of us beginners."George Kevin B. - Digital 101 in a Day - Mar 2014

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

" The opportunity to learn the basics from a pro whom I could ask questions of and get his perspective. Shane's dry humor kept the mood light, which was important since it was a long day and a lot of information at once. I appreciate how he broke things down, and summarized at the end to make it all easier to remember. I left inspired, ready to buy accessories and photograph everything!"Elisabeth G. - Digital 101 in a Day - Aug 2011

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

" I learned a lot about using my detachable flash that I can apply to different type of lightning situation. Carlos knows how to make the information understandable and if needed explains the problem in a greater detail for better understanding. Overall I am extremely happy about how this class went and excited about how I am going to try out in field what I have learned! Thanks for a great class Carlos!"Helena P. - Detachable Flash Weekend - Jan 2013

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

" I think Shan explained everything, so everyone could understand. I felt free to ask questions when I didn't understand. He made everything I was confused about coming into the class clearer. I love how he critiqued our pictures on the last day"Dejeanette G. - Digital 101 Four Week - Jan 2012

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

" Thought the information on promoting/advertising for your business was very helpful."Lisa V. - Weddings in a Day - Jul 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

" Best class I've taken yet. Very informative! Learned so much about the functions of different lenses, how to decipher between them, how to think about the use of each given different circumstances, and how to shop/borrow/try them, "Lisa M. - Using Lenses - Jul 2012

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

" instructors deep knowledge and obvious love of photography, plus his ability to communicate what we needed to know"William W. - Digital 101 in a Day - Jun 2013

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

" Instructor was able to answer all questions"Donald W. - Lightroom Advanced - Mar 2012

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

" Shane explained lenses in a clear, easy-to-understand way. "Joe B. - Using Lenses - Sep 2012

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

" Instructor was extremely knowledgeable and made the content easy to digest"Meghan H. - Digital Basics - Sep 2012

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

" hearing how the photographer thought about taking shots; getting a chance to practice at lunch"Melissa Q. - Compact Digital in a Day - Dec 2011

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

" letting us get hands on and trial and error...I believe you need to get involved in photography to learn photography"Vincent R. - Product and Tabletop Weekend - Jan 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

" Karl is an excellent instructor!! He always has tidbits of infomation that makes the learning process so enjoyable. He always has tips on how to improve our shot (which I love)...look forward to tabletop with him!"Colleen S. - Digital Intermediate 4 Week - Jan 2013

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

" Everything! Karl provides an environment conducive to the adult learner's needs. He is highly approachable & willingly & graciously imparts wisdom from his vast knowledge base, making learning a fun experience. "Susan B. - Product and Tabletop Weekend - Oct 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

" I loved the teaching technique. Karl was very knowledgable and always answered any questions. He was very polite yet humorous, and made all the material easy to learn. He made things challenging, yet manageable for this level, which I enjoyed."Valerie B. - Digital Intermediate 4 Week - Oct 2012

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

" The instructor was patient and did not mind answering questions. He gave excellent advice (e.g. rent an expensive lens, do not purchase it)."peggy g. - Digital 101 in a Day - 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

" Shane made an effort to answer all questions and provided a very complete set of starting rules for using a digital camera to maximum advantage. Given that there was no set-ups for examples, he made great use fo the various sources of light in the classroom to illustrate the concepts of exposure and light quality."Warren M. - Digital 101 in a Day - Apr 2012

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 find that usually, you get what you pay for, but I feel that in this class I got more information than what I paid for. And in an instructor, I got Karl - someone who is obviously very knowledgeable. He was able to teach to everyone and to individuals with regards to their specific cameras - including my lonely Pentax... I'm definitely looking forward to his product and tabletop class."Eric M. - Digital 101 in a Day - Nov 2011