Photography Classes Toronto



Photography Classes Toronto



Create Photographs You Can Be Proud Of

Join an inspiring workshop that will
draw out your hidden creativity and
teach you to take fabulous photographs!

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Julie Waterhouse

My photography workshops are designed to help you improve your photography. I want to help you to start taking pictures that will give you a sense of pride and accomplishment; pictures that will "wow" your friends, and that you’d be happy to hang on your wall. Get in touch with your inner creativity in a fun and friendly workshop that fits into your busy schedule!

Workshops take place in and around Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

Take better pictures

Small class sizes ensure lots of individual attention and customised instruction, which means that you learn the specific skills that you need to take better pictures.

A hands-on approach means that you apply what you learn immediately. You can correct mistakes as they happen, and get feedback exactly when you need it most. That will speed up your learning process, and have you taking better pictures in no time.

Workshops make learning EASY

Clear explanations of concepts accelerate your learning so your photography improves even faster.

I know that your coaching has been the best experience I have ever had especially since so much of what we went through sunk in and made absolute perfect sense. You are a wonderful teacher and photographer!

— Edith K., Thornhill

Unleash your inner creativity!

Concerned that you’re not creative enough? Don’t worry! Everyone has creativity hidden within. Workshops include specific exercises designed to draw out yours. You will start to develop your own individual style, taking your photographs to the next level. Creativity is the key ingredient to making your pictures stand out.

…thanks for a very informative and fun course. It had excellent technical AND creative content. Looking forward to the next one.

— Cheryl M., Toronto

Improve your photography through personal feedback

After each workshop, you submit a few images to be critiqued by the instructor. All comments are constructive and helpful. You are also able to see and learn from the critiques on your fellow participants’ images. Feedback that is specific to your images is the best possible way to improve your photography. You will learn new skills that you can apply next time you go out shooting.

Thanks so much for your critiques! I find your commentary very helpful – it’s descriptive and detailed enough to point the way for improvement. Which is actually fantastic! Kudos to you! In my Betterphoto course critiques, they are often brief – just sufficient to say something did or didn’t work without the description of how/why, and without sufficient guidance on what to do next time in the same sort of circumstances.

— Marilyn C., Toronto

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Enjoy a friendly learning environment

I offer patient and encouraging instruction in a friendly and supportive learning environment. There’s no embarrassment in asking questions, and I will "meet you where you’re at," no matter your skill level. You go home with all your questions answered so that you can start taking better pictures immediately.

Have some FUN while you learn!

In a group workshop environment, you get to meet other people who share your passion for photography. You might even make a friend along the way. And that makes leaning fun!

As a bonus, you can learn from a diverse group of participants, as well as the instructor. That means more learning for you. And more learning means better pictures!

Fit a workshop into your busy life

100% Guaranteed

With a history of happy customers, I’m confident that you’ll enjoy your workshop experience, Nevertheless, my workshops come with a simple, risk-free, hassle-free guarantee. If you are dissatisfied for any reason, just ask, and I’ll refund your money. Period. No questions asked.

The short time-commitment required for a single afternoon workshop makes it easy to fit into your schedule. It also gives you a digestible amount of information at one time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. That makes learning easier.

Be inspired

Outdoor workshops take place in inspiring locations, usually close to Nature. Time spent in Nature is known to have therapeutic benefits. It also inspires your creativity, which gives your photographs the boost they need to get the "wows" you want.

Ready to improve your photography and reignite your creativity? Check the current schedule and sign up for a workshop now.

I just wanted to thank you again for a great workshop on Friday. I learned so much and can’t wait to start practicing!  You are an excellent teacher.

-– Lesley R., Richmond Hill

2013 Schedule

Photography Classes Toronto Area

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One-On-One Coaching

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Saturday,
February 2, 2013
1pm-4pm

Hands-on Creative Close-up Photography

$95 + HST
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Saturday,
February 23, 2013
3pm-6:30pm

Winter Wonderland Field Outing

$75 + HST
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Saturday,
March 9, 2013
1pm-4pm
Improve Your Digital Photography (Classroom)

$60 + HST
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Saturday,
April 27, 2013
1pm-4pm

Hands-on Creative Close-up Photography

$95 + HST
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Saturday,
May 18, 2013
5:30pm-9:00pm

Cherry Blossoms Field Outing

$75 + HST
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Saturday,
June 1, 2013,
2pm-9:30pm

A Full-Day Creativity Field Workshop
Port Hope

(includes creativity video tutorial)

$130+HST
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Saturday,
September 7, 2013
6pm – late!

Night Photography Field Outing
(includes night photography video tutorial)

$130 + HST

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Saturday,
October 5, 2013
4:00pm – 7:30pm
Fall Colours Field Outing

$75 + HST
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Saturday,
October 19, 2013
11:30am-7pm

A Full-Day Creativity Field Workshop
Southwestern Ontario (Grimsby area?)
(includes creativity video tutorial)

$130 + HST
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Saturday,
November 9, 2013
1pm-4pm

Hands-on Creative Close-up Photography

$95 + HST
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Save money!! If you pay for two or more workshops at a time, you receive a $10 discount on each workshop! So, have more fun and save by bringing a friend or partner! Or mix and match multiple workshops for yourself, and save while improving your photography!

Create photographs you can be proud of. Sign up now for an inspiring workshop that will draw out your hidden creativity and teach you to take fabulous photographs.

 

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Hands-on Creative Close-up Photography

Discover the exciting world of close-up photography in this enjoyable, informative half-day workshop. We’ll use fresh cut flowers as our props, but techniques will apply to any close-up subject. Lots of one-on-one instruction!

Close-up photography workshop
© Julie Waterhouse Photography

The focus of this workshop is less about the gear (we’ll use whatever you have, but you do need some kind of lens or filter that allows close-focusing), and more about learning to “see,” and developing your own personal vision. You’ll discover how to convey emotion through your choice of subject, background, composition, lighting, and depth of field. We’ll also examine some of the challenges unique to close-up photography.

Julie’s passionate enthusiasm for close-up photography and personalised teaching style combine for a memorable experience.

This workshop is restricted to a maximum of 6 participants so that you can get individual attention and instruction. Sign up early to reserve your spot!

Where: The Emery Waiting Room, Markham Train Station, 214 Main Street, Markham
(on the West side of Main Street in the GO station building).

Join Julie at a beautiful venue with gorgeous natural light. The Emery Waiting Room at the Markham Train Station is maintained by the Markham Village Conservancy. With its original wood floors, wainscoting, tongue & groove ceiling, and plenty of window light, this room is a wonderful place in which to photograph. Ample free parking is available in the GO parking lot on weekends.

Tuition: $95 per person + HST

Save money!! If you pay for two or more workshops at a time, you receive a $10 discount on each workshop! So, have more fun and save by bringing a friend or partner! Or mix and match multiple workshops for yourself, and save while improving your photography!

When: Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
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When: Saturday, April 27th, 2013
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When: Saturday, November 9th, 2013

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Winter Wonderland

Join Julie for a fun and educational excursion into the beautiful York Regional Forest – Eldred King Tract. The workshop will be timed to catch the warm, evening light. Photograph the forest and woodland paths. Cross your fingers for a fresh snowfall! Learn to see more creatively, while getting out and enjoying our beautiful, Canadian winter.

Space is limited to a maximum of six participants ensure the best experience for everyone, so register early!

York Regional Forest in Winter
Winter in York Regional Forest
© Julie Waterhouse Photography

Included:

  1. A light snack of muffins, juice or water, granola bars and apples
  2. In the field exercises designed to draw out your creativity — as many or as few as you want.
  3. In-the-field instruction on visual design and composition, and help with exposure if you need it
  4. Online evaluation of 3 images from each participant, to be emailed during the week after the workshop (images and critiques from all participants will be made available for all to see on a private website, anonymously if desired)

Prerequisites:

Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Novices should have a basic understanding of exposure, and how to adjust their shutter speed and aperture before attending the workshop. In the field is not the best time to learn your camera settings! Visit Julie’s photography tips website to prepare and learn more about exposure basics.

What to bring to the workshop:

  1. camera, of course!
  2. a variety of focal length lenses
  3. memory cards
  4. spare battery
  5. tripod (essential for the evening light)
  6. remote shutter release (desirable)
  7. graduated neutral density filter (desirable)
  8. appropriate clothing for the weather; layers work best
  9. sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots; trails may be slippery (strap-on grips for your boots are ideal!)

Where: York Regional Forest – Eldred King Tract.
(entrance off Hwy 48 near St. John’s Sideroad; ample free parking)

Tuition: $75 per person + HST

Save money!! If you pay for two or more workshops at a time, you receive a $10 discount on each workshop! So, have more fun and save by bringing a friend or partner! Or mix and match multiple workshops for yourself, and save while improving your photography!

When: Saturday, February 23, 2013, 3pm-6:30pm (sunset at 6:00pm)
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Cherry Blossoms (Beamsville area)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join Julie in southern Ontario. This Spring workshop is timed to catch the cherry trees in bloom. Photograph rows of cherry trees and close-ups of cherry blossoms. Learn to see more creatively, while getting out and enjoying the fresh, country air.

Space is limited to a maximum of six participants ensure the best experience for everyone, so register early!

apple blossom
© Julie Waterhouse Photography

Included:

  1. A light snack of muffins, juice or water, granola bars and apples
  2. In the field exercises designed to draw out your creativity — as many or as few as you want.
  3. In-the-field instruction on visual design and composition, and help with exposure if you need it
  4. Online evaluation of 3 images from each participant, to be emailed during the week after the workshop (images and critiques from all participants will be made available for all to see on a private website, anonymously if desired)

Prerequisites:

Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Novices should have a basic understanding of exposure, and how to adjust their shutter speed and aperture before attending the workshop. In the field is not the best time to learn your camera settings! Visit Julie’s photography tips website to prepare and learn more about exposure basics.

What to bring to the workshop:

  1. camera, of course!
  2. lots of memory cards
  3. spare battery
  4. tripod (essential for the evening light)
  5. cable release (desirable)
  6. graduated neutral density filter (desirable)
  7. appropriate clothing for the weather; layers work best
  8. sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots

Where: Beamsville area
(directions to be provided to workshop participants)

Tuition: $75 per person + HST

Save money!! If you pay for two or more workshops at a time, you receive a $10 discount on each workshop! So, have more fun and save by bringing a friend or partner! Or mix and match multiple workshops for yourself, and save while improving your photography!

When: Saturday, May 18th, 2013, 5:30pm-9:00pm (sunset at 8:39pm)
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Full-Day Creativity Field Workshop

Port Hope Location June 1:

Join Julie for a full day of creative photography. Venture an hour east of Toronto to the picturesque town of Port Hope. You’ll find a variety of subject matter to appeal to all tastes, including a beach, a marina, and an historic village. This historic community is nationally acclaimed for its designated heritage conservation downtown district and winner of TV Ontario’s competition for the "Best Preserved Main Street in Ontario".

Grimbsy Area Location October 19:

Join Julie for a full day of creative photography amidst the Fall colour. Hey – do you live in the area near Grimsby/St Catharines/Niagara? I’m looking for a good location for this workshop that has (ideally) some combination of Fall colour and/or waterfront and/or historic town setting. If you have a suggestion for a location, please email me!

Workshop Description:

This workshop will provide an intensive learning experience.  It will emphasize creative seeing and experimentation.In-the-field mentoring will immerse participants in a positive and supportive environment in which experimentation is actively encouraged.  

This workshop includes a video tutorial on creative photography, with ideas and inspiration, and information about the creative process to inspire you for the day!

Learning objectives include, but are not limited to:

  1. listening to your emotions to create a vision
  2. choosing an expressive composition that best translates the vision into an image (this includes exploring the concepts of leading lines, visual weight and balance, and colour and tone)
  3. selecting the right lens and exposure settings to translate the vision into an image
  4. spotting photographic opportunities created by different kinds of light

Objectives will be achieved through one-on-one coaching, impromptu group discussions, and a variety of in-the-field exercises designed to encourage experimentation and creative vision, and nudge you out of your comfort zone.

Since each participant will be at a different skill level, just-in-time training in the field is ideal.  Most significantly, Julie can provide customised training that tailors the field experience to meet individual learning needs.  In addition, a hands-on approach means that participants will be learning as they are doing.  Education is delivered in exactly the moment it is needed, which maximises learning and retention.

Space is limited to a maximum of six participants to ensure the best experience for everyone, so register early!

Farmland
Water’s Edge
© Julie Waterhouse Photography

Included:

  1. Creativity video tutorial (to be sent ahead of workshop)
  2. A light snack of juice, water, granola bars and apples
  3. In the field exercises designed to draw out your creativity — as many or as few as you want.
  4. In-the-field instruction on visual design and composition (and help with exposure if you need it)
  5. Online evaluation of 3 images from each participant, to be emailed during the week after the workshop (images and critiques from all participants will be made available for all to see on a private website, anonymously if desired)

Note 1a (Port Hope): We will break for dinner (not included in the fee) in Port Hope.
Note 1b (Grimsby): We will break for lunch (not included in the fee) in Grimsby area.

Note 2: Carpooling can be arranged for those who are interested.

Prerequisites:

Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Novices should have a basic understanding of exposure, and how to adjust their shutter speed and aperture before attending the workshop. In the field is not the best time to learn your camera settings! Visit Julie’s photography tips website to prepare and learn more about exposure basics.

What to bring to the workshop:

  1. camera, of course!
  2. memory cards
  3. spare battery
  4. tripod (essential for the evening light)
  5. cable release (desirable)
  6. neutral density filters – solid and/or graduated (desirable)
  7. polarizing filter (desirable)
  8. appropriate clothing for the weather; layers work best
  9. sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots

Tuition: $130 per person + HST (includes creativity video tutorial)

Save money!! If you pay for two or more workshops at a time, you receive a $10 discount on each workshop! So, have more fun and save by bringing a friend or partner! Or mix and match multiple workshops for yourself, and save while improving your photography!

Where: Port Hope, Ontario
(directions to be provided to workshop participants)
When: Saturday, June 1, 2013, 2:00pm-9:30pm (sunset at 8:52pm)
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Where: Grimsby area, Ontario
(directions to be provided to workshop participants)
When: Saturday, November 9, 2013, 11:30am-7:00pm (sunset at 6:27pm)
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Fall Colour in York Regional Forest

Learn to see creatively while enjoying the magnificent Fall colours in this oasis of nature just north of the city. The tall and majestic trees in York Regional Forest create a peaceful and inspiring atmosphere for photography.

Space is limited to a maximum of six participants ensure the best experience for everyone, so register early!

Fall Colours
© Julie Waterhouse Photography

 

Included:

  1. A light snack of muffins, juice or water, granola bars and apples
  2. In the field exercises designed to draw out your creativity — as many or as few as you want.
  3. In-the-field instruction on visual design and composition, and help with exposure if you need it
  4. Online evaluation of 3 images from each participant, to be emailed during the week after the workshop (images and critiques from all participants will be made available for all to see on a private website, anonymously if desired)

Prerequisites:

Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Novices should have a basic understanding of exposure, and how to adjust their shutter speed and aperture before attending the workshop. In the field is not the best time to learn your camera settings! Visit Julie’s photography tips website to prepare and learn more about exposure basics.

What to bring to the workshop:

  1. camera (digital or film)
  2. memory cards
  3. spare battery
  4. tripod (essential for the evening light)
  5. cable release (desirable)
  6. graduated neutral density filter (desirable)
  7. circular polarizing filter (desirable)
  8. comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing
  9. a flashlight for after sunset

Where: One of the northern tracts of the York Regional Forest, just north of the city off Highway 48. Exact location provided to workshop registrants. (Ample free parking available)

Tuition: $75 per person + HST

Save money!! If you pay for two or more workshops at a time, you receive a $10 discount on each workshop! So, have more fun and save by bringing a friend or partner! Or mix and match multiple workshops for yourself, and save while improving your photography!

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 4:00pm – 7:30pm (sunset at 6:51pm)
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Improve Your Digital Photography (Classroom)

You’ve bought a fancy DSLR camera, with lots of Megapixels, but do you really know how to make the most of it?! Kick your photographs up a notch, from "snapshots" to images you’ll be proud of! We will discuss both the technical and the creative aspects of photography. If you’re interested in getting more out of your camera, and more out of your images, this is the workshop for you!

It’s not about going through every button and dial on your camera, or about memorising a set of rules about composition and exposure. Instead, it’s about learning why you’d want to make certain choices about shutter speed and aperture, so you’ll know what to do in any situation.

We’ll delve into the principles behind exposure, so you understand how and when and why to shoot in aperture mode, shutter priority mode or manual mode. You should come away with a solid understanding of how depth of field, shutter speed, ISO, and the available light combine to create your exposure. You will also gain a thorough understanding of the histogram, and how to use it. We will also look at the principles of visual design (line, shape, texture, colour) so that you understand how to create great compositions that work. We will relate the above concepts to landscape, motion, still life, portrait and macro photography.

Spring
© Julie Waterhouse Photography

It won’t be dry, I promise!  We’ll also talk about creativity, and putting emotion into your pictures.

A unique and valuable aspect to this workshop is a group evaluation session. You will send three images to the instructor ahead of the workshop. They will be critiqued during the workshop (you may remain anonymous if you choose!). You will learn not only from the feedback on your own images, but also by hearing critique of others’ images.

Julie’s passionate enthusiasm for photography and personalised teaching style combine for a memorable experience. This workshop is restricted to a maximum of 12 participants. Sign up early to reserve your spot!

Tuition: $60 per person + HST

Save money!! If you pay for two or more workshops at a time, you receive a $10 discount on each workshop! So, have more fun and save by bringing a friend or partner! Or mix and match multiple workshops for yourself, and save while improving your photography!

When: Saturday, March 9, 2013, 1pm – 4pm

Where: Richmond Hill location near Hwy 7 and Leslie Ave.
(Exact location will be provided to participants.)

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Night Photography

Join Julie for some night photography at a very special Dark Sky Preserve in the Muskokas, with little or no light pollution. The area offers a natural setting of peaceful wilderness, with trees, rocky out-croppings and a river. At night, enjoy a spectacular panorama of the Milky Way. On September 7th, the sun will set at 7:40pm, allowing us to capture great shots from evening into darkness. The moon will be nearly new, and will set at 8:30pm, giving us great visibility of the stars. The emphasis will be on captuaring both star point and star trail shots. We can also try some light painting.

This workshop include a detailed video tutorial to prepare you with instructions ahead of time.

Space is limited to a maximum of six participants on each night to ensure the best experience for everyone, so register early!

Star Gazing
© Julie Waterhouse Photography

When & Where:

Saturday, September 7th, 2013, 6:30pm until you flake out!
(sunset at 7:40pm, moonset at 8:30pm)
at a Dark Sky Preserve in the Muskokas (about 3 hours north of Toronto)

Included:

  1. An instructional video (sent a few weeks ahead of the workshop) explaining and illustrating night photography techniques
  2. A light snack of muffins, juice or water, granola bars and apples
  3. In-the-field instruction on night photography techniques
  4. Online evaluation of 3 images from each participant, to be emailed during the week after the workshop (images and critiques from all participants will be made available for all to see on a private website, anonymously if desired)

Prerequisites:

Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Novices should have a basic understanding of exposure, and how to adjust their shutter speed and aperture before attending the workshop. In the field (and especially in the dark!) is not the best time to learn how to operate your camera. Visit Julie’s photography tips website to prepare and learn more about exposure basics.

Please check the "What to bring to the workshop" list for the required equipment; a DSLR camera and tripod are necessary for this workshop.

Before the workshop, you will be provided with an instructional video on night photography. It is very important that you review this before the workshop, as it will teach you all the theory you need to know for night photography. The field workshop will be an opportunity to put the information in the video into practice.

What to bring to the workshop:

  1. DSLR camera with manual exposure controls and a bulb setting for > 30 sec exposures
  2. memory cards
  3. spare batteries for camera and flashlights
  4. a sturdy tripod (essential)
  5. cable or remote shutter release (one with a built in timer is ideal)
  6. digital watch or other timer, if not built into your release
  7. compass
  8. flashlight (one with adjustable brightness is desirable)
  9. coloured gels that fit over your flashlight (optional)
  10. other forms of lighting like candles, lanterns, or portable battery-powered flash (for off-camera use)
  11. appropriate clothing for the weather; layers work best
  12. sturdy, waterproof shoes or boots
  13. a flashlight or headlamp for navigating after sunset (a red light is very useful; it does not damage your night vision)

Where: A special "Dark Sky" Preserve in the Muskokas
(Exact location will be provided to participants.)
Note: I will try to coordinate optional carpooling from the carpool lot at Highway 400 and Highway 9 (aka Davis Dr) for those who are interested.

Tuition: $130 +HST per person for one workshop (includes video tutorial)

Save money!! If you pay for two or more workshops at a time, you receive a $10 discount on each workshop! So, have more fun and save by bringing a friend or partner! Or mix and match multiple workshops for yourself, and save while improving your photography!

When: September 7th, 2013, 6:30pm until you flake out!
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One-On-One Coaching
Receive one-on-one coaching, customised to your needs. Topics may include Photoshop, Lightroom, printing, workflow, exposure or composition basics, photography technique, close-up photography, or image critique. Image critique may be done by e-mail if you prefer. Contact Julie to schedule a time.

Buy in one (1) hour blocks for $55/hour + HST. Edit the quantity in the shopping cart to choose how many hours.

Save money!! If you book 3 hours or more at a time, the rate drops to $50/hour. That’s $150 +HST for three (3) hours.

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Julie conducts group hands-on, classroom, and online workshops, leads field trips and outings, and provides individual, one-on-one coaching and lessons. Topics include introduction to digital photography, close-up photography, printing, Photoshop, Lightroom and workflow. Her business serves Markham, Stouffville, Uxbridge, Pickering, Oshawa, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, York Region, Mississauga, Oakville, Toronto, and the GTA. Contact Julie if you have any questions re: photography classes Toronto area