Sat, Apr 27 | Helen E. Grose Photography Gallery

Photography Fundamentals

A workshop for beginners or those who need to brush up on the basics. Learn the fundamentals of photography in a one-day, hands-on workshop with professional photographer, Helen E. Grose, in beautiful Muskoka.
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Time & Location

Apr 27, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Helen E. Grose Photography Gallery, 1736 Falkenburg Rd, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1X4, Canada

About the Event

Do you have a "good camera", but don't use it because you don't know how? You're not alone! Photography can be very intimidating and with all the information available out there, it's difficult to know where to start. Then, there's that whole finding the time to learn thing...

I have developed this one-day workshop specifically for YOU, the beginner! My goal is to help you feel comfortable with your camera and more confident making photos.

Here's what we'll cover during the workshop:

  • We'll start with setting up your camera properly. I'll explain the various features all "good cameras" have to help you understand what those buttons do, and what those letters and numbers mean. I'll also show you how to change the lens on your camera, and talk about some accessories available to help you keep your camera and lens clean.
  • Then I'll explain the technical components of photography - aperture, shutter speed & ISO, also known as the Exposure Triangle - to help you understand what they are and how to use them to achieve the results you want. I'll also talk about a few of the camera's built-in tools that will help guide your decisions and determine if your exposure is correct
  • Finally, I'll discuss the various shooting modes your camera has, what they do, and how and when to use them (those are the P, M, A or Av, S or Tv you see on the top dial).

Workshop Format

We'll meet as a small group (max 12 people) at my gallery on my property in Muskoka, and cover the fundamentals of photography in a classroom setting. Then we'll enjoy lunch (sandwiches, salad, soft drinks & dessert) catered by a local restaurant. After lunch, we'll drive (individually) to a gorgeous waterfall close to my gallery where you'll practice what you just learned with me there to help. Since we finish the day at the waterfall, you are welcome to stay as long as you wish!

Workshop Cost

$195 +HST includes in-class and in-field instruction, and lunch

Workshop Requirements

  • A camera that accepts interchangeable lenses (SLR, dSLR, mirrorless)
  • A lens
  • A fully charged camera battery
  • A memory card (with lots of room available!) for your camera
  • The camera manual (if you can find it ;) )
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • A keen desire to learn!

Optional items to consider bringing:

  • Camera accessories, such as filters, a tripod, microfibre cloth
  • Note-taking items
  • Glasses
  • Layered clothing, gloves and hat - weather can change quickly
  • Weather-appropriate jacket and pants i.e. winter or waterproof depending on the forecast
  • Water bottle

Pre-registration is required for this workshop, as class size is limited to 12 participants. Payment is non-refundable and due in full at the time of registration. All participants are required to sign a waiver. This workshop will run rain or shine, so please come dressed for success!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask Helen by email at

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