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Course schedule last updated December 28, 2019  

Do you like taking pictures that are blurry, too light, too dark, have red-eye, or just don't seem to turn out how you expected? If all your shots come out perfect, congratulations, but if you want your pictures to turn out better, this site is for you.

My photography courses are for anyone who wants to learn about photography, and great picture taking, whether you use a digital camera, a cell phone, or even a film camera. The course is available personally in groups or private sessions, and will be available online soon.

My photography courses can be taken in small groups of 2 to 4 people, or private sessions, where you get personal teaching and assistance, and are for anyone living in Smiths Falls, Ontario and surrounding area.

My "Basic Photography" course covers photography in general, lighting, exposure, and composition, as well as a brief introduction to some of the different types of specialized photography. Upon successful completion, you also get a certificate to prove your new knowledge. I will be offering a "Digital Basics" course, and an "Advanced Photography" course shortly, and will be adding material to specialized sections of this website as time permits. In the future, I plan to offer courses in the various specialized photography fields.

Sign up for yourself or for a friend.
Nice birthday gift idea for a friend who likes taking pictures.
You get a gift certificate to give them for their own private classes on a schedule they choose.

My original "Basic Photography" course was first taught in 2007. I had taught that course in groups and private sessions to over a hundred people. Everyone was happy with it, and they all found the course useful. In 2014 I made some changes to the course. I removed the first 2 lessons, "Camera Basics" and "Film VS Digital Photography", and put them online here, and I modified the course to focus on digital photography.

*from $45
*from $30
Current Schedule:
Sun @ 2pm - Sep 8, 15, and 22
or Thu @ 6pm - Sep 12, 19, and 26
to be scheduled
once someone is interested
to be scheduled
once someone is interested
to be scheduled
once someone is interested

*Group sessions at my place
You can also choose private courses, done at your place or my place, on your schedule

"Basic Photography" Course Details:
All 4 versions of my "Basic Photography" course cover the following topics, and each one has question and answer periods.

  • Photography Basics
    • Lighting - natural, artificial, and flash
    • Exposure - metering, shutter speeds, apertures, and film speeds
  • Taking Pictures
    • How lighting and exposure determine the end result
    • Common problems (red-eye, blurry, light or dark) - causes and cures
  • Making Pictures
    • Being creative with your lighting and exposure options
    • Learn to see what your camera sees
    • Framing, composition, background, enhancements & distractions

The original 3 session course also includes:

  • Introduction to Photography Specialties
    • Portrait Photography
    • Nature Photography
    • Still Photography
    • Close-up Photography

What you learn in any of these courses applies whether you shoot with a digital camera, a film camera, or a cell phone.
You can even get a little help with using your camera or phone.

For full details on the course options, including prices and schedules, click the appropriate link:
- original 3 session course
- full course in 1 session

***** Private courses done at your place or my place on your schedule *****


Before taking this course, you should understand the basics of how cameras work. This was lessons 1 and 2 in my original course, but I decided to remove it from the course and give it to you to study on your own. That way the course itself will be getting right into what you want to learn. You can find that material on the photo basics page. I can also give you a printed version if you are signing up for my course.

With my 3 session course, you also get a Certificate to show others that you now understand photography.

For a low price you can learn how to take better pictures, and understand exactly what you are doing when you take them, and even understand what went wrong.

With any of my courses, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Get a full refund after the first lesson if you choose not to continue.

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Course Location:
Private courses can be taught at your place anywhere within the Brockville to Smiths Falls area, or at my place. Group sessions are at my place.

If your child likes taking pictures and wants to learn the basics of photography, sign him or her up. My full course was taught to children as young as 12, and I have a simplified course that can help any child old enough to take pictures.
A parent is allowed to stay with the child at no charge, or you can take the course too and you would both get a 20% discount.

This is not an "official" photography course. It's more like a photography seminar split into 3 sessions, consisting of 4 courses, 2 assignments, and an unofficial diploma. The course is designed for those who want to know more about photography and be able to take better pictures, without taking a full-blown photography course. It can also be an introduction for those considering taking a full course somewhere. It's also an easy and fun way to learn how to take better pictures.

For more information about the course, to sign up, or to just ask questions, use the form here.

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