Briefly...

Dedicated to creativity, this course is composed of 4 workshops (also offered separately: workshops 5, 6, 7 & 8) that explore the following themes: composing, low light photography, portrait and black & white. At the end of this course, you will have a well-rounded knowledge of photographic techniques.

Practical Info

  • Level

    Intermediate
  • Maximum participants

    7
  • Accepted Appliances

    All camera brands are accepted
  • Accepted Cameras

    Point-and-shoot/Bridge or Hybrid/Reflex Camera SLR/Film Camera
  • Booklet offered to participants

    yes
  • Duration

    14h

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Photography courses - artistic development (4 workshops)
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Class No 5: Composing and Analyzing Images
duration : 3h30
Montreal
Class No 6: Low Light Photography
duration : 3h30
Montreal
Class No 7: The Portrait
duration : 3h30
Montreal
Class No 8: Black and White photography
duration : 3h30
Montreal
270$*
Select 4 dates from the workshop calendar.
* The average price for 4 workshops after the discount, depending on selected dates the price can vary.
 

Dedicated to creativity, this course is composed of 4 workshops (also offered separately: workshops 5, 6, 7 & 8) that explore the following themes: composing, low light photography, portrait and black & white. At the end of this course, you will have a well-rounded knowledge of photographic techniques.

Class No 5: Composing and Analyzing Images

The objective of this course is to teach the guidelines of composition to new photographers. Although many established photographers tend to think that there is no such thing as “correct composition”, you will learn why these guidelines exist and can then choose if you will abide by them or not. After you learn about composition, your eyes will start to notice the interesting shapes surrounding you. Once you have become aware of them, all you have to do is appropriately position yourself to see them appear in your viewfinder. We will discuss where the theories of composition derive from in order to have a better understanding of how relevant they are in making an interesting photo. 

This workshop will teach you:

- The theories of the rule of thirds, filling the frame, perspective, balance, leading lines, symmetry, patterns, background, depth, and cropping

- The history of the theory of composition

- Where to place your subject to make more interesting photos

You will leave the class trusting your photographic judgment, maybe even feeling that the composition guidelines are second nature to you. 

The workshop is split into three sections: a theoretical explanation, a hands-on practice session, and a debriefing of the class at a nearby café. During the debriefing, we will review and discuss the class’ photographs. 

The workshop is composed of a theoretical part, practical training and a debriefing.

Class No 6: Low Light Photography

This photo course is designed for those who want to test the capacities and limits of their camera in low-light conditions. Our instructor will take you to a particularly well adapted area - regardless of the time of day and the time of year - that combines all the necessary conditions for an outdoor or indoor shoot with limited natural and artificial light.

Fundamental photography notions will be covered specifically regarding low-light conditions (for example: the effects captured with a long exposure, and the "noise" element in digital photography).

Different workshops are offered according to the time of year, including photographing city lights and monuments, candles and other low-light sources, or the technique of Light Painting.

Pre-requisites for this workshop: Class No 1: Camera settings & Class No 3: Shutter speed and movement

Class No 7: The Portrait

Sometimes, the simplest photos are the hardest ones to take. How do you make an impeccable portrait of a loved-one or of a friend on the spot, and with only the help of natural lighting? Basically, how do you manage without the studio and all its controllability, and end up satisfied with an expressive and successful portrait?

It is essential to take the environment into consideration when composing a portrait. Managing the background's colors and graphics, choosing the point of view, directing the model - these are all points that will be covered during the course.

Light control is an equally important aspect: in particular, analysing a given moment's light and using it wisely are elements that will be explained to help you make a successful portrait.

This workshop will teach you:

- How to observe the environment so as to guide your aesthetic choices: point of view, directing a model

- How to "read" light and place your subject accordingly

- How to correctly define parameters in your camera according to your desired result

- How to frame and compose an image to highlight the subject

The workshop includes a theoretical explanation, a main "practical" part, as well as a class debriefing at the end. The class takes place outdoors and the debriefing takes place at a coffee shop. The exact meeting place will be communicated to enrolled participants. The workshop is composed of a theoretical part, practical training and a debriefing. 

Pre-requisites for this workshop: Class No 1: Camera settings & Class No 2: Aperture and Depth of field

Class No 8: Black and White photography

You like black and white photography and you want to take beautiful monochromatic pictures? Accompanied by a professional photographer, the course will teach you when to use black and white photography and how to get the most out of this approach.

This course will develop your practical skills and historical knowledge on the topic. 

As a technique, it allows you to emphasise contrasts and details in a scene. It is an important tool for a photographer as it can make some elements come out even more. 

Your teacher will explain the different settings of your camera in order to optimise your b/w photographs and help you develop a unique style. A digital photo can be taken directly in b/w or be converted later using image software. The technique can have a real artistic impact in portraiture, landscapes, or architecture and allows the photographer to develop his own vision.

On a contextual note, black and white has played a fundamental role throughout the history of photography. In this course, you will also analyse the images of some of the biggest names in photography and understand how the black and white photographic style has served them so well: Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and Sebastião Salgado all worked in black and white.

 

This course will teach you to:

- Understand light and contrast

- Use the correct exposure for shadows and highlights

- Discover and optimize the black and white setting on your camera

 

At the end of the workshop, you are invited to share and discuss the pictures taken during your training in order to optimise your learning experience. This review, guided by the teacher, will give each participant a better understanding of their own work, as well as possibly inspire fellow trainees.

The workshop is composed of a theoretical part, practical training and a debriefing

Key Details

- This artistic development class is part of a pack of 4 workshops (14 hours), with workshop No 6, 7 & 8, coming with a discount
- Number of hours for this course - 3.30 hours. Depending on the number of students, the course can be completed in 2.30 hours, 3 hours or 3.30 hours. With a very small number of participants, the quality of the class and the time allocated to each one to ask questions allows the course duration to be reduced in order to keep the chosen dates and avoid cancellations. For more information, see our Terms of use page
- The exact meeting point will be sent to you by email 8 to 5 days before the class
- Students under 17 years old are welcome if a grown-up comes along (2 places needed)

Courses Booklet

A detailed course booklet will be given at the beginning of training.

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