Basic Photography Skills Workshops
Presented by Glenn Springer, TIF, RHCC

This workshop is about improving the photos you make with your digital camera

Warning: by the end of this workshop,
you will be a better photographer!

Who is this course for?

Anyone who owns a digital camera, whether it is a DSLR, a mirrorless camera, or even a simple Point-and-Shoot*.

Any modern digital camera is capable of taking excellent images. So is an iPhone, for that matter. By learning some basic photographic techniques and rules, you can improve the pictures you make.

This course is perfect for anyone new to photography or who is tired of throwing out pictures because they're out of focus or badly exposed or just plain ordinary.

Note: this workshop is a shortened version of our DSLR course. It's designed to go well with our "Day2 Workshop" where we take you out in the field and do some hands-on practice of the skills you picked up here.

* There's a limit to what we can teach you with a simple camera. The concepts are the same, but your camera might not be able to do some of the things we teach. Still, it's a great intro if you're thinking of upgrading.


Note: all of the images on this page except the one at left were made with a simple Point-and-Shoot camera.
Some of them were edited afterwards in Photoshop.

What will I learn?

You'll learn how to make your camera do what YOU want, not what IT wants.

Because we're dealing with all kinds of cameras here, it's about training you to see better pictures and decide what to do to capture them. Sometimes really small things, like keeping your camera clean or holding it more stably can make a huge difference. We start with the small things and move on from there.

All of the cameras — including an iPhone — will let you focus and recompose a picture. Just knowing the rules of composition can take your photos to the next level. Ditto using exposure compensation (not the iPhone, I'm afraid!) to correctly exposing what you want in the picture.

We'll also include a brief introduction to photo editing, but that's going to make you want to spend money on a better camera or computer! Sorry about that...

By the end of this course, you'll have a good idea of what your camera can do and when to use some of its features. You will take better pictures.

Will you be an expert after the course? After one day? You're kidding, right? I've got 50 years in and I'm not an expert yet. But you will know a lot more than you did going in! If you do have a DSLR, this will be a good start at the DSLR course.

How long is the course? What do I need to bring?

It's one day. About 7 hours.

This workshop is mostly indoors, looking at some examples and concepts on the computer screen and then, if time and weather permits, we'll go out and take some pictures with our new-found skills.

You should have a working camera of reasonably modern vintage. Battery, memory card, lens. Find the manual for the camera — whether it's on paper or online — and READ it. If you don't have a camera, that's OK but you can only do the presentation part of the course.

Here's the deal. There have to be 500 different cameras out there and we can't know all the intimate details of all of them. Where is the control for exposure compensation? How do you charge the battery or format the card? What other features does it have (some of the Point-and-Shoots or mirrorless cameras are awesome!).

We recommend that you read your manual from cover to cover, including the English, Russian and Japanese language sections (just kidding. The Italian pages will be enough!). Keep it on your night table or in the bathroom. Pick it up and read it. And it actually helps to have your camera in your hand while you're reading it. If you actually did read and understand that stuff, you wouldn't need this course! Kidding again. Of course you would!

Where is the course held? When? How many students?

We're up in the Haliburton Highlands.

Right near the intersection of highways 35 and 118. It's about 10km from Minden (exactly 10km from the Tim Horton's!), 20 or 25km from Haliburton.

Dates are really flexible! But most people prefer weekends.

Weekends or weekdays, it's up to you. Use the contact button to ask, if you have another date in mind.


Workshops run on demand. You tell us when you want to attend! Because they're small classes, we'll accommodate your needs, so let us know what date you have in mind.

Really, really small groups.

I guess when we go public on the TSE, we'll have to run bigger classes. Maximum 6 students. Usually less. We do courses even when we only have three students. I like classes of 4 or less because (a) I can run them at home and don't have to rent a conference facility, (b) everyone can see the screens so I don't have to use the projector and (c) you get more personal attention.

How much does it cost?

It's a surprisingly low $100 per person.

Personal attention. Small group. An experienced, qualified instructor. You tell me where you can do better!

And if you are a group, let's talk!



What about the fine print?

There's not an awful lot. Just common sense.

  • You have to prepay for the workshop.
  • If you don't show up, we keep your money.
  • If you want to cancel or reschedule, you have to give us time to fill your seat.
    • 3 weeks or more before, you get your money back
    • 2 weeks before, we keep $25
    • 1 week before, you'll get $50 back if we can fill your seat.
    • Special circumstances are special circumstances and we're human too.
  • What if the weather's lousy?
    • Hey. We're Canadian, Eh? When did a little weather stop us?
    • Besides, you get great pictures in bad weather!
    • Anyway, this workshop is primarily indoors.
    • Dress appropriately.
    • Special circumstances are special circumstances and we're human too.
  • We're going to need some information about you before the course.
    • Who you are, how to contact you, your age (ok, at least are you over 18)
      • If you're not over 18 we'll need a parent or guardian's signature
    • Your equipment and experience.
    • You'll be asked to sign a waiver. If you fall down and hurt yourself, it's your fault, not ours.
    • You'll be asked to sign a model release. If you end up in one of my pictures and I want to use it to promote the courses, I can.
    • A photo release. If you submit pictures during the course, we can use them to promote the courses. You still keep the copyright and we can't sell them without your permission.
  • We'll be adding you to our newsletter mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time with one single click.
  • We promise not to sell or provide your information to anyone outside our company.

OK, that was a longer list than I thought, but it all makes sense, right?

Are we friendly to those who are physically challenged? Almost. There are two small steps to the deck and one more into the house. It's not perfect, but it's your call.

How do I contact you?



I'm really sorry about not just giving you my phone number and private email address, but I'm really tired of those 3am phone calls from Spokane Washington wanting to sell me SEO services for my websites, or the emails from the Nigerian Prime Minister's office who wants me to help dispose of $3 million in gold bars.

If I'm sure you're a real person and of course if you book a session, you'll get all that, but for the first contact, you need to use the form. OK? I'm sure you understand.

If you have any questions, I'll try to answer them as quickly as humanly possible!

How do I register and pay for a course?

Payment is via PayPal. You can use a credit card without opening a PayPal account.
It's a really secure way to do business.

If you want to make alternate arrangements, please use the contact form.