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

" Very organized format and a good foundational course."Lacey R. - Digital 101 in a Day - Nov 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

" the insructor was funny and practical "Kristen K. - Compact Digital 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

" Very good instructor. Comprehensive--covered everything I came to learn and more. Made me hungry to do more research on my own and possibly take more classes down the road. Lots of great tips from instructor on what kind of equipment can be purchased/rented and how to get it at a good price. That was a nice bonus! This class has a chance to get boring with all the technical stuff being covered and it never did. "Diane S. - Digital 101 in a Day - Mar 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

" That was a truly fun class: the great instructor and amazing group of students made it a memorable experience. Everyone brought their unique features to the table so we could learn from each other as well. Conrad is a great instructor with natural skill to share his knowledge with us. "Aneta T. - Advanced Portraiture 4 Week - Aug 2014

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

" She moved through the concepts at the right pace and you were able to follow along."Patricia R. - Digital 101 in a Day - Sep 2011

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 was very good at explaining how a dslr works and how you making changes affects other aspects of your shots."Joe B. - Digital Basics - Jun 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

" 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

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

" Awesome teacher, Dimitri. He shares great information, lots of specific how-to's, and has the knowledge and experience to answer even the most difficult questions. Having the bride and groom models was an excellent aspect of this class. "Carla H. - Weddings in a Day - Apr 2015

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

" The professor was very thorough."Joahnna O. - Digital Basics - May 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

" The speed of the class was fast enough but slow enough to encompass a lot of topics. "Katy B. - Digital Basics - Aug 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

" Infrmation that I never understood before started to make sense. For example, Tristine did a great job explaining aperture when she took off her own glasses to show how things got clearer looking through a small hole. I never understood that before ! I like the tips on what to buy and where, and showing the recommended software (Picasa, Lightroom) and backup storage advice."Bonnie E. - Compact Digital in a Day - Aug 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

" The instructor was great!"Jennette S. - Digital Advanced 4 Week - Dec 2014

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

" William was a great teacher. I never felt uncomfortable asking very simple questions."Carl O. - Digital 101 in a Day - Oct 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

" Lots of practical and understandable info about cameras and picture taking presented in an interesting manner by a good teacher. Loved the class."Margaret (peggy) B. - Compact Digital in a Day - Oct 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

" Great balance between didactic and studio. Carlos very knowledgeable, personable......excellent teaching skills."michael s. - Dramatic Portraits - Aug 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 liked that I now know how to properly used my camera and its settings. instructor was great really knows his stuff"Matt M. - Digital 101 in a Day - Nov 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

" Carlos is the best instructor I've had since being at CPA. He's very knowledgable and knows his stuff. He actually takes time to teach you and explain it until you get an understanding. He doesn't get frustrated with all the questions nor does he avoid or ignore your questions. Awesome instructor! "Xochitl S. - Detachable Flash Weekend - Aug 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

" Loved the instructor... great teacher, knowledgeable & very patient."Joanna K. - Lightroom Advanced - Feb 2013