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Photography Lessons

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What they're saying...

"You are an excellent educator with a very calm and knowledgeable way of teaching us at our level. I came out of that lesson inspired and excited to push my photography skills further."

Katie K.

"You’re such a great teacher

(and that’s coming from a teacher)."

Adrian C.

"Professional, informative, helpful and wonderful to be catered to our starting needs."

Wayne K.

"I've had others try to teach me the exact same concept, but the way you showed me really made it click."

Chris V.

"You just made my crazy brain so, so happy. I can finally see all (or most) of the puzzle pieces and time and practice will help put it all together. Thank you for creating a space for me to feel comfortable with asking you questions."

Belinda H.

I would strongly recommend Helen if you want to learn the habits and habitats of Algonquin Park wildlife subjects. This workshop with Helen will elevate your portraits of animals with patience in your approach, and gain a more intimate understanding of their behavioral patterns. Thanks H.

Juan G. N.

I just can't thank you enough, these are the best photos I have taken!

Angela N.


Photography Fundamentals

Designed for those who have a digital camera to which different lenses can be attached (called a dSLR or now mirrorless, also), but are true beginners. Let me help you learn your way around your camera and how to change the settings to get the results you want. I'll start by teaching you the components that go into making an image – primarily aperture, shutter speed and ISO. They may not make sense now, but they will when we’re done! Those technical aspects will give you a good foundation before we discuss some of the more artistic elements that will help you translate what you see into an image you'd be proud to hang on your wall.

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Nature & Wildlife Photography

Suitable for all skill levels, this course offers intensive one-on-one instruction & guiding to beautiful photo opportunities with your digital camera in Algonquin Park.

This opportunity is catered to you and what you're most interested in learning. It could be the basics of nature & wildlife photography. It could be how to get sharper images. It could be how to expose or compose your wildlife and landscape images properly. Or, a combination of all of the above. Along the way, you'll learn about some of the different animals you might find, their habitats and behaviour, as well as some tips to help you find wildlife to photograph. Best of all, you'll have the opportunity to explore & photograph Canada's oldest provincial park!

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Nature & Wildlife Photography: Capture to Edit

10 hours of intensive one-on-one instruction with your digital camera & computer in Algonquin Park.

This course is designed for those who have a firm grasp of photography basics (aperture, shutter speed & ISO), but would like some coaching and guidance to help them get to the next level. It includes time in the field, taking photos, as well as time at the computer editing those photos.

If this course is of interest to you, but you don't yet have a firm grasp of the basics, please contact me to discuss how this can be combined with the Photography Fundamentals course.

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Waterfall Photography

4 or 8 hours of one-on-one instruction with your digital camera at one (or two) of Muskoka's beautiful waterfalls.

Waterfall photography is an art in itself. In this course, you'll learn how changing your settings can create dramatic results, from freezing the water's motion to creating a soft, silky effect. You'll also learn tips and trick for creating images with impact and how accessories can help you achieve different results.

This course is suitable for those who have at least a basic understanding of how to operate their camera. If you're interested in this course and are a "complete beginner", I'd recommend looking at my Photography Fundamentals course, which offers a field trip to a waterfall in the 3rd session!

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Post-Processing / Image Editing

Interested in taking your photos to the next level by learning about post-processing? Need some guidance on setting up Lightroom, or help understanding how to import and catalog your images? Have Photoshop and would like to know how to use it? Do you have Lightroom & Photoshop, but are not sure which to use for what? I offer in-person & online post-processing sessions.

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Image Critique / Portfolio Review

Interested in feedback on your photos?  Would you like to know what's working and what isn't?  Maybe you'd like some suggestions for how to improve your images?  I offer in-person & remote image critique and portfolio review.

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Sports & Action Photography

Two hours one-on-one with your digital camera

An hour and a half will be in the field, photographing the action / sport of your choice. You'll learn the settings to use, plus tips & tricks to capture fast movement. The last half hour will be spent on post-processing, where you'll learn how to edit your photos for maximum impact.

This course is suitable for those who have a basic understanding of their camera and how to use it.

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Custom Lesson

Don't see what you were hoping for? I'm happy to develop a custom one-on-one or small group session to suit your needs. Please get in touch & let me know what you had in mind! Information that's helpful to include is your skill level, camera you use, topics you're interested in, location of session, duration of session, and number of people attending.