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Effortless Camera Control: Learn To Shoot What You See

Finally, Understand Your Camera's Controls

-Intuitively- So You Can Shoot What You See

Still confused & fiddling with your camera's dials & settings?

Stuck in [Auto] because you don't exactly know what those other settings do?

Not getting the results you expect to see in your images?

This event will give you tonnes of personal attention and the skills you need to finally control your camera clearly, intuitively & effortlessly in ANY situation, with no technical jargon... and it's actually fun to learn.

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for any photographer - from complete beginner to long-time shooter - who's frustrated with, or mystified by their DSLR or Compact Camera's capabilities beyond [Auto] or [P] modes.

If you'd like to understand your camera's controls and learn about your camera's full capabilities, this is for you.

If you'd like to make your photos stand out from what you get with point and shoot cameras, this is for you.

If you're intimidated by other photographers who seem to dial up everything in ten seconds flat, this is for you.

If you're just a bit sheepish about having a camera with massive capabilities, but you actually don't know what they are or how to use them, this is for you.

If you'd like to get past the technology so you can shoot with more confidence & creativity, this is for you.

Lastly, if you're thinking of buying a more advanced camera & want to get a solid foundation & understanding of its controls before you invest the money, this is the ideal place to start as well.

It's a highly personalized workshop where I'll teach you a clear, memorable method to control your camera intuitively - even if you don't know what the terms 'ISO', 'Aperture' or 'Shutter Speed' mean, or what those complex dials and menus are for.

Why Learn Your Camera Controls Intuitively?

When you have intuitive control of your camera, you can shift your focus away from fiddling with numbers and dials, and start spending 100% of your time on the one thing that really matters to you - the creative aspect of your photography & capturing the pictures you envision effortlessly & quickly... the reason you bought your camera.


Here's how one member described their frustration:

"My challenge in a nutshell is I have no idea what the boundaries of what combination of ISO, aperture & shutter speed would work under what conditions, and then proceed to change those factors to achieve the right effect. This challenge is so big that it interferes and sometimes overwhelms the non-technical aspects of my photography..."


Here's what they're saying AFTER learning I.C.E.:

"Al, Thank you so much for a great workshop. I've owned my DSLR for approximately 3 years and have read all of Scott Kelby's books and so I knew the basics quite well, but I could not execute my knowledge with confidence and was often letting the camera do most of the thinking. Your patient hands-on advice led me to have an epiphany after all of these years of how to select the optimal settings. Thanks again."

...and a 2nd:

"This was an excellent workshop. Love the way Al explained the basics. I've taken other courses before (at Henry's) and this was far better. His way of explaining the technical stuff is so original and easy to remember. So excited to start practicing what I've learnt. Also looking forward to taking more workshops with Exploring Photography!"

...and a 3rd:

"Great day of learning! I really get it now....aperture is no longer a mystery of opposites! Thanks!"

...and a 4th:

"I had a great time, and I'm surprised how much we learned within those few hours. I think the material was perfect. Thanks for everything, including the laughs ;)"

...and a 5th:

"My wife & I truly appreciate the course you taught, we really learned a lot!"

...and a 6th:

"Amazing! Love the teaching techniques used. Looking forward to learning more!"

...and a 7th:

"Thanks again for a great afternoon - you're a fantastic instructor."

...and an 8th:

"I learned a lot and I'm eager to put it into practice."

...and a 9th:

"I learned a lot from Al and fellow group members. I feel much more comfortable with my camera now. Thanks everyone!"

...and a 10th:

"Al - thank you so much for the follow up on this - it's very much appreciated! I'm looking forward to my first opportunity to try my new realization, stay tuned!!!"

...and an 11th:

"Amazing! I walked in knowing how to turn the camera on...barely! And walked out with enough information to feel confident enough to use right away. Al demystified the basics for me and showed me how to relax with the camera. His analogies were so easy to understand, even for a beginner as myself and his very interactive teaching style ensured everyone understood and was able to take away very useful tools. Thanks Al, you are a terrific teacher!"


Discover The I.C.E.™ Method

My revolutionary & fun-to-learn I.C.E. Camera Control Method allows you to understand and set your camera's controls using an unforgettable system - no mystery, no mix-ups, no complex calculations.

I've found that books and technical approaches have zero impact if the concepts aren't presented to students in ways that are memorable and clear to YOU. That's why I developed the I.C.E. Method... so you can learn quickly, and start shooting effortlessly.


after learning I.C.E. :

Concepts you'll understand fully after this event:

• Shutter speed

• Aperture


• Exposure compensation - why it's your 'secret weapon'

• Exposure lock

• Exposure modes - Auto, P, A, S, Tv, Av, and M

You'll learn what these settings are for - why, how, when to adjust them... quickly & intuitively. You'll see the difference in the results you get immediately. And you'll remember the method for life.

What You Should Bring

Bring your camera and your camera manual, we'll take it from there.

BONUS for attendees: Full followup course PDFs and practice sheets, plus "The National Geographic Travel Photography Essentials" book.

Control your camera intuitively so that you can concentrate on what matters - your creative photography!

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  • Marcia F.

    This workshop was my AHA moment!! Al has managed to break the I.C.E. with a method that has finally helped me make sense of the 'dreaded triangle'!! Even after reading countless books and watching you-tube videos on the subject I could never quite put it all together. This workshop has cleared it all up for me and enabled me to shoot with more confidence!!

    December 17, 2012

  • JackieV

    Great! Al's explanation really simplifies ICE!

    December 15, 2012

  • Al U.

    Fantastic group, thanks everyone. I loved the way you helped each other out too, great spirit of community once again! Look for the worksheet pdf's in your mail.

    December 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great class! Now, practice practice practice! Cleared up a lot for me. Now I have to put what I've learned into taking photos and do it quickly so it sticks!

    December 15, 2012

  • Al U.

    FYI - parking: available just behind Magic Oven if you drive up Eaton, & on Danforth Ave. as well. In satellite view you can see the parking lots & the streets that access them: .
    Pape Subway station is a 1min. walk away if you're taking the TTC to join us.

    December 14, 2012

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Additional notes: Full refund if the event fills up & someone takes your place. Full refund if the event is moved & you can't access the location. If, at any time, anything in the course is unclear to you, email me & I'll make sure you get all your questions answered.

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