Instructor Led Courses

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Our Student surveys indicate they prefer in person workshops, so we are currently planning for in person interactive workshops for 2022. Depending upon the Covid protocol at that time we can, as a last resort, hold the sessions live and interactive online via “Zoom” if necessary.

We also provide private in person interactive training sessions as well, see below for details.

Keep an eye on this web site for any further notifications in relation to our upcoming courses/workshops.


Private Training Sessions:

The private sessions are geared toward identifying what you want to learn specifically and then we create a plan and material to achieve that goal.

Looking for private “individual (on-on-one) @$25/hr”, “a group of two @$35/hr”, or Photoshop training, we can tailor a session(s) to meet your needs. Any of the private session options can be held remotely via Skype or Zoom or in person (after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted) . To discuss your private session/workshop please contact us directly at info@dibphoto.ca or via our contact form. Please note that each private session requires booking a minimum of two hours and also involves homework prior to the session.

Here is how the private sessions work:

  1. Free initial 1/2hr zoom/skype or phone call to identify what you want to learn
  2. Agree on a time and place for the session
  3. Send a payment via an e-transfer, for 2hr min session fee, to payment@dibphoto.ca
  4. You’ll receive homework material via email to complete before the session
  5. Meet for the 2hr one-on-one session (following current provincial Covid-19 guidelines)
  6. Free follow up 1/2hr zoom/skype or phone call to answer any questions you may have
  7. Enrollment to participate in the Monthly challenge for a 12 month period

All of our high quality classes are priced to be affordable providing great value for your money paid and also come with great benefits:

  1. For our Digital Photography and Lightroom courses, you receive between 12 – 18 hours of quality interactive worshop/field trip training (depending on the course)
  2. Once our student you are always our student, provides access to getting your questions answered, even after you have completed your course (some restrictions apply)
  3. Included with the Introduction to Digital Photography courses you are enrolled in 12 free monthly photo challenges with the added befit to submit one image each month to receive constructive feedback.

We are currently planning to offer the Four (4) Instructor Led live in person Workshops  (depending on Covid -19 protocol at that time) listed below, if you are interested please sign up once enrolment is open:

1. Winter 2023 – Lightroom Classic For Photographers 101 – Importing and Organizing Workshop
Offered through the Chester Municipality Explore Life Program
Six (6) Week in person Workshop
Cost $80 per person
(Monday evenings online 6:45pm – 9:00pm Jan 30, 2023 through Mar 6, 2023)

2. Winter 2023 – Lightroom Classic For Photographers 102 – Editing Workshop
Offered through the Chester Municipality Explore Life Program
Seven (7) Week in person Workshop
Cost $100 per person
(Monday evenings online 6:45pm – 9:00pm Mar 13, 2023 through May 1, 2023)

3. Fall 2022 – Introduction to Digital Photography 101 – Foundation
Offered through the Chester Municipality Explore Life Program
Six (6) Week in person Workshop plus three (3) Field Trips
Cost $100 per person
(Monday evenings online  6:45pm – 9:00pm Sep 26, 2022 through Nov 14, 2022 plus three (3) Saturday on location field trips)

4. Fall 2022 – Introduction to Digital Photography 102 – Techniques & Composition
Offered through the Chester Municipality Explore Life Program
Six (6) Week live online via Zoom Class plus three (3) Field Trips
Cost $100 per person
(Wednesday evenings online 6:45pm – 9:00pm Nov 9, 2022 through Dec 14, 2022 plus three (3) Saturday on location Field Trips)


Course Title: Lightroom Classic For Phototographers 101 – Importing and Organizing Workshop
Winter 2023 Dates:
Monday hands on interactive in person Workshop Sessions (6 Weeks): Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 6
Class Session Time: 6:45pm – 9pm (2 hrs)
Location: In person Workshop Forest Heights Community School
Cost: $80
Maximum # of Students: 8
Student Age: 16+
Registration/Payment Deadline: Registration Opens Jan 9th, 2023
Register via Chester Municipality Recreation: chester.ca or call 902-275-3490

Workshop Description:
This workshop is the first part of a two part series for the Photographer who wants to learn how to import and organize their digital images using Adobe© Lightroom Classic. If you are new to Lightroom Classic or still have difficulty understanding how to use the software this course is for you.
This hands on interactive in person workshop will cover how to import and organize your photos using Lightroom Classic; from setting it up to, keeping it up to date, importing, the catalog, keywording, sorting & filtering, exporting, import presets, collections, as well as backing up your images and the catalog. Sample images are provided for students to follow along.
Upon completion of this workshop you will understand and be able to use the Lightroom Classic application to import, organize and export to share your digital images.
Each student is required to have their own computer capable of running and have installed version 11 of Adobe Lightroom Classic. Although the instructor uses a computer with the Windows 10 operating system, students with Apple computers will be able to follow along equally as well.
This workshop assumes that the participant already understands the basics of file management which is perquisite knowledge required for the class.
Weekly Assignments
■ There will be an assignment each week intended to practice what you learned in class as well as reinforce any parts of the exercises where the student had difficulty.

Workshop Outline: Lightroom Classic For Photographers 101 – Importing and Organizing
1. Introduction to Lightroom Classic
■ Setup
■ Updating via the Adobe© CC App
■ Catalog
■ Backups
■ Interface
■ Solo Mode
■ Shortcut Keys

2. Library Module Part 1
■ What is DNG and XMP
■ Where to store and find your photos
■ Folders
■ Importing
■ Previews
■ Import Preset

3. Library Module Part 2
■ Keywording and Keyword List
■ Metadata
■ Rating and Sorting
■ Library Filter
■ Quick Develop
■ Collections

4. Exporting
■ Exporting
– image sizing
– export dialog
– sharing images digitally

5. Other Modules
■ Map
– Images with GPS data
– Images without GPS data


Course Title: Lightroom Classic For Phototographers 102 – Editing Workshop
Winter 2023 Dates:
Monday hands on interactive in person Workshop Sessions (7 Weeks): Mar 13, Mar 20, Mar 27, Apr 3, Apr 17, Apr 24, May 1
Class Session Time: 6:45pm – 9pm
Location: In person Workshop Forest Heights Community School
Cost: $100
Maximum # of Students: 8
Student Age: 16+
Registration/Payment Deadline: Registration Opens Jan 9th, 2023
Register via Chester Municipality Recreation: chester.ca or call 902-275-3490

Workshop Description:
This workshop is the second part of a two part series for the Photographer who wants to learn how to edit digital images using Adobe© Lightroom Classic. If you are new to Lightroom Classic or still have difficulty understanding how to use the software this course is for you.
This hands on interactive in person workshop will cover how to edit your photos using Lightroom Classic; from setting it up to, keeping it up to date, editing, exporting, presets, collections, round tripping to Photoshop, as well as the book, slideshow and print modules.
Upon completion of this workshop you will understand and be able to use the Lightroom Classic application to edit, export, make use of presets and collections as well as understand the book, slideshow and print modules for sharing your digital images. Sample images are provided for students to follow along.
Each student is required to have their own computer capable of running and have installed version 11 of Adobe Lightroom Classic. Although the instructor uses a computer with the Windows 10 operating system, students with Apple computers will be able to follow along equally as well.
This workshop assumes that the participant already understands the basics of Digital Photography which is perquisite knowledge required for the class.
Weekly Assignments
■ There will be an assignment each week intended to practice what you learned in class as well as reinforce any parts of the exercises where the student had difficulty.

Workshop Outline: Lightroom Classic For Photographers 102 – Editing
1. Lightroom Classic Introduction Review
■ Setup
■ Updating via the Adobe© CC App
■ Catalog
■ Backups
■ Interface

2. Develop Module Part 1
■ Histogram
■ Adjustment Panels
– Basic, Tone Curve, HSL, Color Grading
– Detail, Lens Corrections, Transform
– Effects, Calibration
■ Camera Profiles
■ Sync, Auto Sync
■ Loupe, Reference & Before\After views

3. Develop Module Part 2
■ Tool Strip
– Crop, Spot Removal
– Graduated Filter, Radial Filter
– Adjustment Brush
■ Presets
– Using, Installing, Creating your own
■ Black & White

4. Exporting
■ Introduction to Screen Calibration
■ Introduction to Camera Color Calibration
■ Exporting
– image sizing
– print aspect ratios
– export dialog
– watermark
– export presets
– sharing images digitally
– sending images to a Photo Lab

5. Round Tripping to Photoshop
■ Lightroom Settings
■ Color Space
■ Basic Photoshop Introduction
– Introduction to Layers
– Cloning & Healing

6. Other Modules
■ Book
– Creating a Blurb Book
– Image Containers
– Text Containers
■ Slideshow
■ Print
– Contact Sheets
– Templates


Course Title: Introduction To Digital Photography 101
Fall 2021 Dates:
Monday – Six (6) in person workshop interactive sessions: Sep 26, Oct 3, Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14
Saturday – Three (3) Field Trips: Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5
Class Session Time: 6:45pm – 9pm (2 hours)
Field Trip Time: TBD – based on participant preference
Location: In person Workshop Forest Heights Community School and at Field Trip locations
Cost: $100
Maximum # of Students: 10
Student Age: 16+
Fall Registration/Payment: Registration Opens Sep 7, 2022
Register via Chester Municipality Recreation: chester.ca or call 902-275-3490

Course Description:
This Digital Photography course 101 is the first of a two-part series on learning digital photography. The 101 course consists of six interactive in person workshop sessions plus three on location field trips. This course sets a foundation and is intended for the beginner, one who does not understand exposure, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, metering modes, the histogram, white balance, mode dial, auto focus, and for those who are not happy with the photos they are currently taking. This live interactive online course includes; instruction, hands on learning about camera settings, weekly assignments as well as three on location field trips with the student field trip submitted images being reviewed during the online sessions providing positive feedback to help the participants improve their photography as well as reinforce the presented material.
This course is not camera specific, although the use of a DSLR, Mirrorless, Bridge camera, or Compact camera with manual control is ideal a Mobile device such as an iPhone with the appropriate camera app is sufficient. There is no post-processing software required for this course.

Field Trips
■ There will be three (3) field trips to practice what we have learned during the online lectures focusing on how to achieve a proper exposure and one on one help from the instructor. Each field trip will take approximately 2 – 3 hours. Even though the Field Trips are an outdoor activity we will follow the appropriate provincial masking and social distancing regulations that are in effect at the time of the field trip. For the safety of all students, we recommend that you have both doses of the appropriate Covid-19 vaccine.

Assignments
■ There will be an assignment each week intended to help reinforce the class lecture as well as image submissions from the field trips.

Course Outline: Photography 101 Foundation
1. Aperture
■ How Aperture controls exposure
■ Creative Control with Aperture
■ Depth Of Field
■ Hyper Focal Distance

2. Shutter Speed
■ How Shutter Speed controls exposure
■ What is focal length
■ How does shutter speed relate to motion

3. ISO
■ How ISO controls exposure

4. Exposure
■ The Exposure Triangle
■ What is exposure compensation
■ Understanding metering modes
■ The Histogram

5. Camera Settings
■ White Balance
■ The camera mode dial
■ Auto focus basics


Course Title: Introduction To Digital Photography 102
Fall 2021 Dates:
Wednesday – Six (6) in person workshop interactive Sessions: Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14
Saturday – Three (2) Field Trips: Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 10
Class Session Time: 6:45pm – 9pm (2 hours)
Field Trip Time: TBD – based on participant preference
Location: In person Workshop Forest Heights Community School and at Field Trip locations
Cost: $100
Maximum # of Students: 10
Student Age: 16+
Fall Registration/Payment Registration Opens Sep 7, 2022
Register via Chester Municipality Recreation: chester.ca or call 902-275-3490

Course Description:
This Digital Photography course 102 is the second of a two-part series on learning digital photography. The 102 course consists of six interactive in person workshop sessions plus three on location field trips. This course concentrates on techniques and composition and is intended for the beginner to intermediate photographer, one who wants to learn more about colour space, image resolution, understanding light, how to control your camera for different genres of photography, composition guidelines, what to do with your photos, also providing introductions to HDR, panoramas, and post processing. This live interactive online course includes; instruction, hands on learning about camera settings, weekly assignments as well as three on location field trips with the student field trip submitted images being reviewed during the online lectures providing positive feedback to help the participants improve their photography as well as reinforce the presented material.

This course assumes that the participant has already taken the Introduction to Digital Photography 101 course or already has similar knowledge.
This course is not camera specific, although the use of a DSLR, Mirrorless, Bridge camera, or Compact camera with manual control is ideal a Mobile device such as an iPhone with the appropriate camera app is sufficient. Post-processing software is not a requirement for this course but can be helpful.

Field Trips
■ There will be three (3) field trips to practice what we have learned during the online lectures focusing on techniques, composition and one on one help from the instructor. Each field trip will take approximately 2 – 3 hours. Even though the Field Trips are an outdoor activity we will follow the appropriate provincial masking and social distancing regulations that are in effect at the time of the field trip. For the safety of all students, we recommend that you have both doses of the appropriate Covid-19 vaccine.

Assignments
■ There will be an assignment each week intended to help reinforce the class lecture as well as image submissions from the field trips.

Course Outline: Photography 102 Techniques and Composition
1. Advanced Camera Settings
■ What is Colour Space
■ Image Resolution
■ Jpeg vs. Raw

2. Techniques
■ Minimum focus distance
■ Plane of focus
■ Another look at hyper focal distance
■ Exposing to the right
■ Exposure settings process
■ Learn about light

3. How to control your camera
■ What are the important settings for various genres of photography
■ Learn the techniques, tools and self analysis

4. Composition
■ What makes a good image
■ Rule of thirds, leading lines, frames, depth, etc…

5. Post Processing
■ Introduction to postprocessing
■ Simple examples using:
IrfanView, Photoscape X, Lightroom, Photoshop

6. Specialty Techniques
■ HDR
■ Panoramas
■ Slow motion & Long exposure

7. What to do with you photos
■ Backup
■ Image resolution for print
■ Prints, Books, Essays, etc…