Workshop Calendar

Sylvia Galbraith is a popular photography instructor who teaches classes for beginner to advanced students in a number of locations in Fergus, Guelph and Kitchener.  She is an instructor for the Commercial Photography Certificate program at Conestoga College in Kitchener, where she teaches the Fundamentals of Photography, Advanced Photography and a mentorship program, Photography Field Experience.  Her general interest workshops are fun and instructive, and cover a range of topics.

Many of these classes are held at 198 St. David St. in downtown Fergus.  This large venue has the space for practical work during class time.  In addition to regular programming, private or semi-private lessons can be scheduled, and she offers programs for youth, either after school or on weekends.

 Groups or camera clubs who would like to schedule a specific lecture or workshop are invited to contact Sylvia.  These can be held at her Fergus location, or at your own venue.

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General Interest Photography Classes

Registrations can be made on-line or by phone...use the link under each course description.  Fees must be paid at the time of registration, either with Paypal, credit card, or by e-transfer. 

For cancellations made more than one week before the start date, you will receive a full refund, minus a 15% administration fee.  For any cancellations received after this period, you will receive a credit towards another class.  If no notice of cancellations is received, all fees are forfeited.
                     
 

Fall 2018 Schedule

Note: All classes are held in Fergus at STUDIOHERE, 198 St. David St. N, unless otherwise specified.

 

Basic DSLR Photography - two evenings, Thurs. Sept. 13 & 20, 2018. Fergus

basicClass is now full - e-mail to be put on a waitlist

Thurs. Sept. 13 & 20, 2018

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Location: 198 St. David St., Fergus

Ages 16+

Looking for an introduction to your DSLR camera?   This class runs over two evenings.  We'll look at camera settings, lenses, ISO, determining exposures & apertures, & more.  Perfect for those who are new to photography, or want a refresher to help them get the most out of their cameras. Bring your camera to each class.  Pre-registration is required & class size is limited.

Fee: $110.00 + HST

Register Online or call 519-787-7040 to register by phone or mail.

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Documentary Photography - Oct. 11 & 18, Nov. 15, 2018 . Fergus

documentary dog3 classes - Thursdays, Oct. 11 & 18, Nov. 15 2018.

7:00 to 9:30 pm

Location: 198 St. David St., Fergus
For ages 16+ 


A photograph is powerful - it captures moments, it holds memories, and helps us remember people.  Often we form opinions or ideas based on these visual references that stay in our minds for a long time.  We can also use photography to tell a story...a photograph truly is worth 1000 words! Yet in order to tell that story in a way that makes sense to the viewer, the images must have a common thread that explains our point of view, or that relates a tale.  This new course will examine photojournalism as a storytelling tool, and teach you ways to create a compelling collection of related images.  You will be creating your own project in the time between the two classes.

Weeks 1 & 2 - will include a discussion on how to create a series of documentary images that reflects a single concept.  We'll examine choosing a subject, creating a storyline, artistic composition, point of view, and establishing connections in photographs, as well as the practicalities of documentary photography, such as model releases when photographing people.   You will be photographing your own project in the weeks between classes.

Week 3 - will include a presentation & critique of your work, with constructive feedback and ideas.  We'll also look at ways to share our stories - using digital or web-based methods, or through printed photo books or art exhibitions. Other topics for discussion will include trends in photojournalism, ethics and more.   

This course is designed for those who want to take their photography to a higher level by considering dynamic content rather than technical skills.  

 Fee: $175.00 + HST

 Register Online or call 519-787-7040 to register by phone or mail.

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Advanced DSLR Photography - Sat. Oct. 13 & 27, 2018 . Fergus

advancedLocation: 198 St. David St., Fergus

Saturdays, Oct. 13 & 27, 2018
10 am to 4:00 pm

Ages 16+

Note: you should have a good understanding of basic DSLR controls to take this course.

This course builds on the skills learned in my Basic DSLR series.  We will explore advanced features in your camera, including manual exposures, the RAW file, advanced metering, flash photography, as well as shooting specific situations such as for sports or pets & wildlife.  Suitable for DSLR cameras, or advanced point & shoots cameras that offer manual controls.  We will be shooting in class, so bring your camera with lot's of memory card space and a fully charged battery.  A tripod is recommended as well.

Fee: $175.00 + HST for both days.

Register Online or call 519-787-7040 to register by phone or mail.

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Photographing Designs in Nature - Field Trip - Sun. Nov. 4, 2018 - Fergus

designsnatureSunday Nov. 4, 2018      1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Locations:  198 St. David St., Fergus, and along the Grand River

Ages 16+ 

Note:  The class will run rain (unless it's a downpour!) or shine, and includes a moderate hike.  Dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for rough trails.

Nature is the most amazing artist… if we take the time to look closely, we discover complex designs and colour combinations, shifting shapes, or movement in the landscape.  This class is perfect for the photographer looking for inspiration and fresh ideas…. We’ll look at new ways to photograph abstract patterns, and create impressionist effects. Through a short lecture, we’ll study compositional techniques and camera settings, then we’ll head outside for a field trip to practice.  The class finishes with a (gentle!) critique of your photographs.  Bring a tripod if possible, and dress for the weather….this is a “rain or shine” class, wet weather can work wonders on the landscape.  Suitable for all skill levels with tips for both beginner and advanced photographers.  Ages 16+,  or younger if accompanied by an adult. 

Class size is limited to 12 participants - please register early to avoid disappointment.

Fee: $75.00 + HST

 Register Online or call 519-787-7040 to register by phone or mail.

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Photoshop - Level 2, Tuesday mornings, 3 weeks - Nov. 13, 20, 27 2018 . Fergus

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9:30 to 12:30 pm
Location: 198 St. David St., Fergus


Ages 16+

This class will introduce you to some of the advanced features of Photoshop, including layers, using text in creative ways, advanced retouching, colour management, special effects and more. If possible, bring your own laptop or computer, with a recent version of Photoshop (CC or CS6) installed. You can download a free trial copy at www.adobe.com for this workshop. I have a few laptops available for use in-class - please let me know if you need one. You must have basic Photoshop skills (resizing, selections, using tools, etc.) or have taken my Photoshop - Level 1 class. It is recommended that you use a mouse rather than a touch screen or pad.

Fee: $160.00 + HST

 Register Online or call 519-787-7040 to register by phone or mail.

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Advanced Black & White Photography - Sat. Nov. 24, 2018 . Fergus

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10:00 to 4:00 pm


Location: 198 St. David St., Fergus
Ages 16+
 

Long considered a true art form, black & white photography presents its own unique challenges.  This full day workshop will take you beyond simply flipping your image to greyscale...we'll look at choosing your subject, lighting, dynamic range, assessing brightness levels, and much more.  Part of the day will be spent shooting in a studio situation, with a model, as well as various still life subjects, so bring your camera and a laptop if you have one.  We will also look at editing your files, and examine the different options for converting files to black & white.

This class is best for intermediate to advanced photographers who are comfortable with DSLR controls.

Gift certificates available.

Fee: $150.00 + HST

Register Online or call 519-787-7040 to register by phone or mail.

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Winter Night Lights Field Trip - Wed. Dec.12, 2018 . Fergus

One night class winternight- Wed. Dec. 12, 2018
(in case of inclement weather, this class will run Thurs. Dec. 13)
7:00 to 9:30 pm

Location: 198 St. David St., Fergus  

Ages 16+ (or 13+ with an adult) All skill levels

 Kick off the festive season with this fun photography field trip.  The Christmas season provides a wonderful chance to create images that capture light and shadow, surreal snow scenes, and special effects with moving light. Learn how to use long exposures, create unusual compositions, work with extreme contrasts, and more. The first half of the course will be in the studio in Fergus, where we will cover equipment, exposures, and composition, then we’ll head outside to capture street scenes, light displays, store windows and the lights on the river. A sturdy tripod is recommended  (two are available for loan).  Bring your camera and extra batteries, and dress appropriately, as we will be outside for at least one hour.

Fee: $65.00 + HST

Register Online or call 519-787-7040 to register by phone or mail.

 


 

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Private Photography Lessons - For Adults, Teens & Youth

B&W PhotographyLocation: 198 St. David St N., Fergus

Don't have time for a scheduled class?  Have you bought a new camera and are looking for some tips to get you started?  Are you switching from a  film based camera to digital? Do you need help uploading and editing files, or are  you interested in learning how to properly print your photographs? All of these are great reasons to book private lessons - you can take one, or dozens, depending on your preferences.

Lessons are available during the week, or on weekends, and are for all ages.  If you have teens or youth who want to learn photography, I offer lessons geared specifically to their age group, with fun projects mixed in with more practical instruction.  Lessons are available for after school or holiday breaks and PA days.

Cost:  $75 + HST per 1.5 hour lesson

Contact me for details or Register Online

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Private Photoshop Lessons - Adults or Teens

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Location: 198 St. David St. N., Fergus

Photoshop is considered the standard in photographic editing, and allows a photographer to enhance or correct photographs, or create entirely new images as desired.  Often people need a bit of help getting started, and private lessons are a perfect option to allow you to customize your learning opportunities.

I offer a number of different options, from using the simpler Photoshop Elements programs that may include a few lessons, to teaching a full college level Digital Imaging course that spans 8 or more lessons.  Private lessons can be purchased in single time blocks of 1.5 hours, or any number, depending on how you progress.

Lessons are available during the week, or on weekends, and are for all ages.  If you have teens or youth who want to learn Photoshop, I offer lessons geared specifically to their age group, with fun projects mixed in with more practical instruction.  Lessons are available for after school or holiday breaks and PA days.

I can provide a laptop, Mac or PC, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Cost:  $75 + HST per 1.5 hour lesson

Contact me for details or Register Online

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