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 an awesome instructor; despite full class of 24 William still managed to give personal attention to students when needed. He was amazingly knowledgeable; I learned so much about my camera that I have come to find out I've not been utilizing correctly for the 5 years I've had it! Totally great class. Nice pace of material covered. Thank you."Lynn S. - Digital 101 in a Day - Jan 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

" I liked hearing about the real world application. The vital tips he taught were valuable and helpful. He did a great job!"Jessica T. - Digital 101 in a Day - Jan 2012

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 liked learning about all the things that I didn't know, having my questions answered, new methods for taking pictures, and how to more efficiently operate my camera. I also enjoyed the enthusiasm of the instructor."Deborah M. - Digital 101 Four Week - Oct 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

" Tristine was an excellent instructor. She clearly knows her stuff and found very good ways to explain things, particularly, given the number of different cameras and levels of experience. The content was very well organized and presented simply with good exercises. Tristine took her time with each person and provided plenty of inidividual attention."Howard C. - Compact Digital in a Day - Feb 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

" Taught me how to remove myself from using the Auto function on my camera. The instructor was knowledgeable and humorous--- and kept the attention of the class all day. Was able to individualize instructions even tho everyone had different cameras. Instructor gave helpful hints on taking the best pictures."Arlene H. - Compact Digital in a Day - Jan 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

" Shane made the information, though technical, easy to understand and put into practice."Anne S. - Digital 101 in a Day - Jun 2011

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

" He took the time to show us how to set up the studio and make sure we were comfortable with the equipment"Heather L. - Portraiture 101 4 Week - Mar 2012

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

" Three of us stayed after class to practice and the instructor stayed for a while and gave us some additional tips. "John K. - Photographing Kids - Mar 2013

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

" instructor had a wealth of information to share from her personal experience. she was also very patient and was the first instructor to actually attempt to explain to the class how to begin shooting on manual. great instructor!"Elisheva M. - Weddings in a Day - Jul 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

" Being able to work with our own cameras and get immediate feedback on how they work. That it really did cover all the basics for a beginning DSLR user---from tips on storage and software to the fundamentals on how to make our cameras work best regardless of how expensive of a camera we have. That 7 hours seems like such a long time, but it really flew by"Ann P. - Digital 101 in a Day - Dec 2011

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

" G was GREAT! She was really fun, has so many great ideas and took the time to really explain everything well."Kathleen O. - Portraiture 101 4 Week - Aug 2012

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 fact that I went in excited, by day one was wondering if I was still excited and then by day two and getting hands on realized it was an awesome lesson."Leilani H. - Product and Tabletop Weekend - Nov 2012

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

" The information was perfect for a brand new photographer. "Crista L. - Digital 101 in a Day - Mar 2012

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

" Instructor was able to help me with my camera specifically. All students got attention they needed. "Mark L. - Digital 101 in a Day - Jun 2011

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

" It was a wonderful and encouraging class. My nervousness about being a novice were quickly put to ease."Missy H. - Digital 101 in a Day - Jul 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

" That it covered all the file management aspects of lightroom and went over the basics. Instructor was very knowledgable and a professional. Also that he offered to help post-class."Sue K. - Adobe Lightroom - Jan 2012

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

" It was both information and interactive. Although it was a long day, it went by fairly quickly and provided a great foundation for understanding how to maximize the capabilities of a compact digital camera. "Elizabeth R. - Compact Digital 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 thought the class was easy to follow, covered lots of material, and gave me a good basic understanding of how to use my camera."Regina H. - Digital 101 in a Day - Apr 2012