Photography course for beginners

This 3-days course is addressed to those who use their DSLR camera mainly on AUTO but wish to unleash the full potential of their camera.

  • You will understand the power locked into your camera in manual mode.
  • You will discover what the functions actually do and when it is best to use them.
  • You will learn the fundamentals of digital photography
  • You will learn some secret professionals tricks
  • You will get a handbook with notes on everything that the course covers

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Our course is designed to cover all the important topics, which are essential for a beginner. That’s why we schedule at least one lesson at daytime on one lesson after the sunset. In addition, a set of daytime exercises will be repeated in the darkness to learn the difference of handling some essential things.

Every small theoretical block will be followed up with a few simple exercises which help to understand the topic and avoid the typical common mistakes.

The teacher, Polina Fedorova is a professional photographer, producer, and former photo editor of life style magazines. Polina has been providing photography workshops and courses in Montreal since 2006.


Price: $120
Duration: 6 hours in total.
Maximum 6 students in a group.
Gift certificates available.
No age restrictions.


5540 Saint-Patrick
Montreal,QC,Canada, H4E1A8


The schedule is built to have at least one daytime lesson and one evening-time lesson. Studying during daylight and in darkness is an essential part of the beginners course. We don’t want to simplify the task. It’s impossible to learn everything practicing only day time or only night time. The techniques are very different.

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If you are not available during the scheduled times, or you are not able to attend one of the sessions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Our groups are small, and I have some level of flexibility.

Detailed description

The course consists of three lessons(2 hours each):

  • 1st lesson – Introduction. Learn to control your camera in fully manual mode. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO. Their mutual relation. Depth of field. White balance. Focus, focus modes, how to navigate around focus points. The light meter. Metering modes. Theory and practice. Home work.
  • 2nd lesson – Evening time. Homework review. Long exposure. Theory and practice. Light brush. Painting with light. Working with built-in flash and with external flash. Flash synchronization, front and rear curtain sync.
  • 3rd lesson – Day time. P – mode. Exposure compensation. How to take a picture if the sun is befind your object. Usage of reflectors. Usage of flash in daylight. Panning techniques. Basics of composition. The rule of thirds.

Alternatively, you can take this course in a form of one-on-one study. In this case we will schedule your lessons individually, the price will be $60 for 1.5 hour session.
Usually we cover the course in 2 sessions.

If you prefer one-to-one study, you can have private lessons.

As soon as you have the basics skills and able to handle your camera in Manual mode, you are welcome to join course for intermediate and our regular photography workshops.


Read our tutorials for beginners.

Requirements for students:

Digital SLR Camera or Bridge Camera with fully manual controls.
Please bring all your lenses and an external flashes if you have one.
A tripod will be fine but not mandatory.

Don’t have your own DSLR camera?
There’s no need to worry. You can hire one of ours for $10 per day. Send us an email for more details.

Course tutorials:

Shooting in AUTO is like using a microscope as a hammer.
Shutter speed
Textbook/images for the course

The detailed list of covered topics:

  • Camera’s menus and settings
  • Essential functions and engineering of camera body and lens
  • How to control your exposures by using the camera in fully manual mode
  • Shutter speed and shutter priority
  • How to capture sport and actions
  • Aperture and depth of field, f-stops
  • How to control and exploit depth of field
  • Aperture priority
  • The best way to photograph people, objects and landscapes
  • Iso / film speed / digital noise
  • How to take a great picture in low light
  • How to lock the focus and compose fantastic shots
  • White balance, colour temperature, Kelvin, camera’s white balance pre-sets
  • Custom white balance
  • White balance shift – how to make sure they’re the colours you want them to be
  • How to troubleshoot and maintain your camera
  • Focus, focus modes, how to navigate around the focus points
  • Manual Focus
  • How to use the two essential priority programmes
  • P mode, light meter, metering modes
  • Exposure compensation
  • How to take a good portrait when sun is behind your model
  • How to use reflectors/diffusers
  • How to use pop up flash in a day time
  • Panning techniques
  • How to choose your lens, main groups of lenses
  • Rule of thirds
  • The art of good photography composition
  • How to choose best images
  • Photojournalism vs portraits and fashion photography
  • On camera and off camera flash
  • How to use off camera flash
  • Flash synchronization
  • Front/Rear curtain sync
  • Long exposure
  • How to take great images at night.
  • Light painting
  • Custom white balance
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