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DSLR Essentials - Workshop & ROM Trip | Sat. May 4, | 12pm - 6pm | $125

  • May 4, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Do You Have a DSLR Camera But Aren't Getting The Most Out Of It?


The DSLR Essentials & Principles of Photography workshop is a 6 hour information packed session that gets you up to speed with your DSLR quickly and efficiently! This 2 part workshop will include both theory as well as practical application of these techniques with a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum. This fully immersive workshop is hands-on and students are encouraged to ask questions throughout the session. This workshop is limited to 3 members only to keep the instructor to student ratio low.


The cost for this incredible 6 hour workshop

and trip to the ROM is only


Limited to 3 Students Only


Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for DSLR users looking to get started with their camera and for people who want to learn how to create beautiful photographs. This 6 hour workshop will concentrate on  using the more advanced features of the camera as well as creative photography techniques which will set your images apart from the crowd.


How Does the Workshop Run?

We will be meeting at a central Toronto location at Bloor/Yonge where the two sessions will take place. Afterwards, we will be heading outdoors to learn to put your new-found photography skills to work. You will have lots of opportunities for questions and individual attention will be given to assure everyone understands the functions of their camera and the principles being taught.


What Are The Goals Of This Workshop?

The goals are quite simply to help you learn a more about your DSLR and photography techniques to ensure that you learn to make great photos. The idea is to get beyond the point-and-click automatic modes of the camera and discover the creative power of your DSLR.


What Will You Learn?

The DSLR Essentials & Principles of Photography is comprised of two sessions and a practical shooting session at the Royal Ontario Museum. The sessions are as follows:



This session focuses on the following topics:

  • Camera dials, switches and buttons, and what they do
  • Understanding exposure and what it means
  • When to shoot RAW vs. when to shoot JPEG
  • Learning when to use Aperture and Shutter Speed
  • Exploring Program & Manual Mode for creative flexibility
  • Understanding ISO and how to use it effectively
  • Reading Histograms effectively
  • Setting White Balance properly
  • Metering Modes
  • Drive Modes
  • Auto Focus Modes
  • And much much more...



The second session will focus on the following topics:

  • Depth of Field explained
  • Various forms of lighting and how to set camera accordingly
  • Focusing and creatively recomposing shots
  • Creative use of fill flash
  • Modifying light: bouncing, diffusion and reflectors
  • Composition techniques
  • When to use the "Rule of Thirds," and when to break the rule
  • Framing & setting your subject apart from the background
  • And much much more...


After completing the two sessions of theory, we will be heading to the ROM to put what we've learned into practice:


Admission to Royal Ontario Museum is at no extra cost as admission is included in workshop fee.



!!! Food and drinks will be provided throughout the workshop !!!

Added Bonus Workshop Material:

  • Full-Colour PDF e-book download  for mobile devices (pictured on the right)

In an effort to both save trees and go electronic, this 44 page manual is being presented in a PDF e-book format that you can carry with you on your mobile device (iPhone / iPad / Android / Laptop, etc.)


What Do You Need to Bring?

• DSLR Camera & Lens(es)
• Fully charged batteries
• Freshly formatted memory cards
• Creativity & Imagination


Date: Saturday May 4, 2012
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Duration of Workshop: 6 hours
Number of Photographer Spots: 3
Cost: $125/person


We will be meeting at the  Plaza II Suites which is located here:

Plaza II Suites
88 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON
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Contact Phone Number: Stephen James (647)[masked]


The cost for this incredible 6 hour workshop

and trip to the ROM is only


Limited to 3 Students Only



Please note that payment must be received to confirm your attendance to the event organizer via PayPal (credit cards accepted even if you don't have a Paypal account). When RSVPing, you will be automatically directed to the Paypal site and then back again to the Toronto Photographic Meetup Group after payment has been processed. Please note that the Paypal site will indicate payment being made to "digitalTouch media."


About the Instructor: Stephen James

Currently an event photographer/videographer for TD Bank Financial Group, Stephen James is also a freelance photographer specializing in model portfolios, product and commercial images, and is now involved with film production.. Over the last few years, he has also mentored various photographers in the art of both photography and editing.

Stephen James' web site and selected portfolio can be found at: digitalTouch media. A more extensive portfolio can be found here on Flickr. His growing film archive can be found on Vimeo.

What Students Have Said About Our Past DSLR Workshops:


"The workshop was very much helpful and beneficial especially for those who have no basic knowledge of using the DLSR."

- Alvin Uy

"So helpful. Gave me exactly what I'd wanted to get out of it: Refresher on camera use and kick-start to getting back to non-point and shoot photography"

- Nathalie

"Excellent workshop. This workshop is designed to help all beginners to learn and improve their skills in photography. I had fun and really enjoyed it.

- Gary Ong

"Great info presented in an easily understandable & applicable manner. Liked having cameras in hand as info presented."

- Peggy

"I really enjoyed this workshop and would recommend it highly. The information provided was very clear and helpful, and the "hands on" aspect made a huge difference, as did going out on the street to take photos afterwards. Stephen was very patient and gave great pointers on how to take better shots. I do believe my "Fear of f Stops" is a thing of the past!

- CorrieG

"This was a great workshop for me...learnt a lot about my camera. Clicked lots of different kinds of pictures with different perspective. Thanks a lot Stephen!!!"

- Santosh

"This workshop truly inspired me, I couldn't stop taking pictures all the way home, to an extent that an old gentlemen approached me while I was standing on a barrier off the ground, trying to take a picture and asked me “What are you taking pictures of, there’s nothing there?”, oh but there was so much around, how could he not see it!!! :) This workshop gave me a kick in the right direction and now I know I want to learn MORE! Thank you Stephen!!!"

- Irina B.

"I found it really useful especially because you were able to spend some time one on one with us and because we got to be out and about trying what we learned as opposed to just sitting in a classroom."

- Bianca Mercuri

"This course was a fantastic introduction to the DSLR. The teacher was very relaxed and common-sense, able to make complex information understandable for relatively non-technical people (like myself). I was impressed by the depth of his knowledge and experience as well as his passion for the art-form."

- Carolyn Dallman Downes

"Thanks Stephen for sharing your knowledge to us , it was really fun joining your group.. Looking forward for another informative lessons and much exciting actual application of the theories you discuss."

- Lilibeth Mallari

"Thanks for arranging this meetup. Frankly, I learned more about manual controls in 5 hours, than I had figured out experimenting for the past 5 years. Stephen is very patient and small class guarantees individual attention. I'd definitely recommend his workshops."

- Zimmy Moe

"Stephen, thanks for an illuminating session. Previously, I've attempted to learn the basics of exposure by other means (books, youtube, etc) but I found your explanations the easiest to understand. I can recommend your course, without any reservations, to anyone just starting out with their DSLRs. Now to get some shooting done! =)"

- Daniel

"It was a great experience to find out which features are available in my DSLR."

- Svitlana

"Fun group, hands-on learning, and treats! The roam through Yorkville, looking like a bunch of paparazzi was fun too. :)"

- Marie-France

"Great course.. Stephen is a skillful teacher, well organized, and lots of fun. We left with more knowledge and new tricks of the trade. He covered the basics clearly and left us with excellent handouts. Each person in the class had an aha! moment. I am confident that when you attend one of his courses you will too!"

- Barbara Borenstein

"I got everything I hoped for- and more. Stephen is an excellent teacher, and is very patient with his students. I would recommend highly."

- Elizabeth

"Thank you Stephen... I found the work shop very informative and I came away with more knowledge of my camera and flash and different ideas for how I shoot! It was also a good mix of attendees. Looking forward to taking more workshops and participating in some photo shoots!"

- James Dean

"I enjoyed this workshop with so many concepts to learn about; Stephen shows a real love for photography as well as a true interest in teaching in a one to one basis."

- Alex Ramos

"Thanks Stephen, a pleasure to meet you! It was a fun and informative evening! There is so much to learn in photography, but you gave us the essentials, the knowledge and tools we need to hit the pavement :-) - thanks again! and I look forward to future workshops!"

- Jackie V

"Great workshop, I learned a lot! Thanks Stephen!"

- Chantal

"Stephen was awesome! A lot of great takeaways and mysteries resolved. Thank you!"

- Anton K

"Thanks Stephen - the meeting was enjoyable and informative!... good tips."

- Tina Galanos

“ As a beginner, I found this session very well organized with lots of relevant information. Stephen's love of photography is inspiring. Looking forward to future workshops. ”

- CJ

“ Excellent workshop! I learned a lot and this was very valuable to me. The course was set up really well and the information presented in a format that was easily understood. Steven was a great presenter. Thank you Steven. ”

- Michael G

“ Terrific workshop. So much was covered in a clear and concise way. And somehow Stephen managed to answer all our individual questions thoughtfully and completely. ”

- Fred Knox

“ It was a great meetup. Tons of information, a great Speaker (Stephen James) and printed materials for all attendees! ”

- James Killoran

“ Very informative. Learned some new tips ”

- Rachel Joseph-Herrington

Please Note: Information regarding the content of this event is subject to change with or without notice (i.e. the addition of new course material or topics and / or minor edits to text or formatting).


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