Do you want to learn how to create your own beautiful memories?
Do you own an expensive camera but only ever use it in automatic mode?
Do you envision an image in your mind but can never get your photos to turn out how you want them to?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this class is for you!
Learning to use your DSLR photography course - $249
This five week hands-on photography introductory class in the east end of Ottawa will cover the following topics:
- Getting out of auto mode and understanding how and why your camera's shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (the exposure triangle) work together to create beautiful photographs
- Using natural light (sun) and artificial light (flash) in a variety of shooting scenarios (indoors and outdoors)
- Understanding the rules of composition and how to use them to create artistic photographs rather than simple snapshots
- Learning what the different icons and functions on your camera's LCD screen are and how to use them to create the photographs you envision
- Practical strategies for taking photos in a wide variety of settings and circumstances (e.g., of your children and grandchildren, nature and landscape photography, travel photography, food photography)
- The 'Learning to Use Your DSLR' class, which I created in 2014, is incredibly popular with parents, individuals who travel, and with small business owners. Sessions sell out quickly as the class is only offered five times each year.
The photography course is 5 weeks long and meets once a week from 7-8:30 pm in my Orleans studio. You need to own either a DSLR camera or Mirrorless camera that allows you to shoot in manual, shutter, and aperture modes.
Each participant takes home a 50 page course manual that will reinforce what you learn in each lesson both during the class AND in years to come as you grow and improve as a photographer. When you graduate from the class you become a member of a special graduates group. In the graduate group you can continue to learn and participate in our photography challenges as well as ask questions and receive feedback on your images.
The course is hands-on and there will be homework assigned each week. I check-in with my students on a daily basis in our private Facebook group to give feedback on your photos and answer questions.
Class space is limited to ensure an optimal learning environment for all participants. Classes are offered on weekday evenings (Monday through Thursday). The class is for hobbyist photographers only and not for those who own their own photography business or who intend to start one.
- Online Learning to use your DSLR photography course - $199
Do you struggle with finding childcare or the time to travel to an in-person photography class?
Then the online version of my course is perfect for you!
What your photography course fee includes:
-Five 1.5 hour long classes that take place on live video conferencing via your computer
-Classes run from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Classes will not be videotaped so please be sure to be available at that time.
-6 months of online access to a 50 page course manual that will reinforce what you learn in each lesson
-Membership in a private Facebook group where you will post weekly homework assignments and receive feedback.
-Membership in a private Graduate Facebook group where you can continue your learning after the class is done with daily/weekly photo challenges, tips, feedback on your photos, as well as continued access to my knowledge and support as you develop your skills.
-You need to own a DSLR camera
-You need to have access during the class every week to a computer/tablet with high speed internet.
-You need to be available at the designated dates and times
-The class is for hobbyist photographers only and not for those who own their own photography business or who intend to start one.
Class space is limited to ensure an optimal learning environment for all participants. The cost is $199+HST. The fee is non refundable.
Register online for classes starting in 2018
"Sara has a great way of presenting this material a variety of ways. The content is accessible to people that aren’t savvy or are intimidated by their fabulous DSLR. I was looking for something that would help me get over my own limitations and start using my camera to its full potential. This class and the way Sara creates a learning environment has encourages me to get off the "green box."
"If you are looking to take better pictures with your DSLR in a fun, hands on environment, this class will exceed expectations. I can’t believe how much I learned in just 5 weeks! It was exactly what I was looking for and my photography skills have improved tremendously. Sara was an amazing teacher and I cannot recommend her enough!"
"Sara's Learning to Use Your DSLR Class was just what I was looking for. Her step-by-step approach, the small-group format and the weekly assignments made getting to know my camera less intimidating and fun."
"Sara, I just wanted to thank you for the excellent photography course. It truly exceeded my expectations. You really are a natural teacher! I didn’t think I’d understand all the concepts and terms so quickly. I found the course very organized and I loved how we built on our knowledge every week. I’m so sad it’s over! The good thing is I’m more motivated than ever to pick up my camera every day and practice everything I’ve learned! I’m also looking forward to any future courses you might be teaching! Thanks again!"
"Before taking this class I only ever took pictures on Automatic mode, I would bring my camera places but would often come home frustrated because the photos rarely did the moment justice. I also felt the owning a DSLR was a waste because there was not much quality difference between what I was capturing with my new camera and what I could get which my Sony or my iPhone (with the right lighting)… 5 weeks later I have already forgotten what its is like to use Green square mode (as Sara always put it), I have gained the confidence and the knowledge to look at a situation and know what mode to use on my camera! This has completely transformed my attitude towards photography! I have always wanted to do a 365 day projects, but before this class I was afraid that I would take the same picture day after day and that I wouldn’t get bored and quite before I had completed it. Now that I have learned so much about composition, perspective, capturing motion, freezing motion, depth of field and so much more, I feel like 365 days worth of pictures would not even be enough photos to express all the ideas I have floating around! Thank you Sara for completely transforming how I will capture the moments of my life!"
- "Sara has built a very concise course that will teach you the basics with enough content to keep you busy practicing for years! It's exciting to see your photos steadily improve over the 5 weeks."
"The fact that there is homework actually forces you to practice and learn. The class itself goes over the fundamentals of your camera but it's really up to you to learn at your own pace. I appreciated the assignments and apply the basic knowledge to everything I shoot now. It gets easier with more use for sure!"
"The wealth of knowledge we gained in these five sessions is incredible. I’ve lead many book, blogs and tutorials, nothing compares to what Sara was able to teach in 5 short sessions. I can’t thank Sara enough. I’ve never been very happy with my photos. That has now changed thanks to Sara. I now know where to start when I see a problem and how to fix them quickly so I don’t miss the shot. Thanks Sara!"