Silver Creek Photography | Sylvia Galbraith

In-Person Course Schedule 


Note: There have been some issues with the online registration system.  If you have problems, please call 519-787-7040 to register by phone, or purchase the course through my online shop. Thanks for your patience.

Distance Learning with Online Programs

In response to the growing trend in distance learning, I now offer many of my popular workshops online via Zoom.  Classes are live and interactive, with participants able to ask questions as they arise.  Classes are held at scheduled times, with daytime and evening offerings and access to the course recording afterwards.  Don't see a time  or a topic that works for you?  Private sessions are an option, and can be arranged at a time to suit you.

Winter 2024 Courses:

Check out the Winter 2024 lineup of online workshops below...  and check back often as I add more classes. 

6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT
Ages 16+

comp_break the rulesComposition - Let's Break The Rules! 
Online class, live via Zoom
Monday, Feb. 26. 6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT

Ages 16+

Rating: Beginner to advanced.


Composition...  a concept that often seems to include rigid rules and standard ways of arranging the elements in your photograph.  Are your photographs ordinary rather than exceptional?  Does your work look like everyone else's? How is it that any two people might interpret a scene in a completely different ways, and is one more "correct" than the other? How do we evaluate our own photographs to determine if they are successful beyond our own sentimental opinion?

So many questions, but this workshop will help you find the answers! We'll look at unusual ways to compose your scene, considering object placement, edges/borders and framing, creating depth, and more.  By examining the work of renowned photographers, we'll determine why their images stand out.  Taught live via Zoom, we'll also play with some practical exercises during the class to get the creative mind working, and students will have access to the class recording for one month.  

 Fee: $95.00 + HST

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

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

urban1Photographing the Urban Environment
Online class, live via Zoom
Thursday, Mar. 7. 6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT

Ages 16+

Rating: Beginner to advanced.

Join us for an investigation through photographs of the social environment - the neighbourhood we live in, the paths we walk each day, the places we meet, and interactions between people, buildings, public spaces and passing moments.  We'll look at our own relationships with "place"  - how does our personal space influence our photography - and examine the work of well-known street photographers for inspiration.

Taught live via Zoom, we'll play with some practical exercises during the class to get the creative mind working.  Students will have access to the class recording for one month.  

Fee: $95.00 + HST

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

6:30 to 9:00 pm

Design 3Designs In Nature
Online class, live via Zoom
Monday, March 18 2024. 6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT

Ages 16+

Rating: Beginner to advanced.

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, create impressionist effects and study compositional techniques, using both in-camera settings and  post-processing options.

Taught live via Zoom students have the opportunity to ask questions through out the class, and will have access to the class recording for one month.  

Fee: $95.00 + HST

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

6:30 to 9:00 pm

storyStory-telling With Photographs
Online class, live via Zoom

6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT
Ages 16+

Rating: Beginner to advanced.

 A photograph is powerful - it captures moments, 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. Yet in order to tell that story in a way that makes sense to the viewer, our images must have a common thread that explains a point of view or relates a tale. This workshop will teach you ways to create a compelling collection of related images. We'll look at creating a series of images that reflects a single concept; choosing a subject, creating a storyline, point of view, and establishing connections in photographs, as well as the practicalities of documentary photography, such as model releases, ways to share our stories using digital or web-based methods, or printed photo books or art exhibitions. Other topics for discussion will include trends in photojournalism, ethics and more.

 Fee: $95.00 + HST

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


 

6:30 to 9:00 pm

rep landscapeThe Representational Landscape - Keep it Real!
Online class, live via Zoom
Monday, April 22, 2024 6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT

Ages 16+

Rating: Beginner to advanced.

With so many options for adding special effects to our photographs, the traditional, classic landscape image seems to have lost its place as a way to document our world.  In this workshop, we'll consider the work of true masters of landscape photography - think Sally Mann, Ansel Adams, Joel Myerowitz, and others - and take another look at what a landscape photograph might look like with no interventions other than what is offered by lighting and subject, weather or seasonal changes.  We'll look at how camera settings influence our photographs and how to customize them to retain the original characteristics of a scene as photographed.

Taught live via Zoom, students have the opportunity to ask questions through out the workshop, with access to the class recording for one month.  

Fee: $95.00 + HST

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

6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT
Ages 16+

nowWhatARTYou've Made The Artwork, Now What?
Online class, live via Zoom
Wednesday, April 24, 2024. 6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT
Ages 16+
Rating: beginner to advanced.



Suitable for photographers as well as artists working in other media - paint, drawing, encaustic and others, this course focuses on the practicalities of being an artist rather than the process of creating work.  We'll discuss pricing your artwork, archival printing methods, finishing and mounting options, creating limited editions, submitting to galleries and other ways to show your work such as art fairs, books or online options. We'll also touch on applying for grants, writing an artist's statement and creating your CV. 

Taught live via Zoom, students will be able to ask questions throughout the course and will have access to the class recording for one month.  

Fee: $95.00 + HST

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

6:30 to 9:00 pm

Botanical_ImageThe Art of Botanical Photography
Online class, live via Zoom
Monday, May 6 - 6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT

Ages 16+

Rating: Beginner to advanced.

A garden is a place for relaxation, contemplation and inspiration and has been a source of great art over the centuries. As a subject, a garden has inexhaustible possibilities, especially with today's unlimited options for image-making. Designed for photographers looking for inspiration and fresh ideas, this workshop will introduce ways to use light, perspective, focus and motion to introduce new ways to record flowers and other botanicals.  We'll also touch on creative editing options and ways of creating a physical print from your digital files, either through digital prints or alternate photo methods such as cyanotype or anthotype.

Taught live via Zoom students have the opportunity to ask questions through out the class, and will have access to the class recording for one month.  

Fee: $95.00 + HST

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

6:30 to 9:00 pm EDT
Ages 16+

The Art of Black & White PhotographyCreating The Digital Black & White Photograph
Online class, live via Zoom

Date TBA
Ages 16+
Rating:  Intermediate to advanced.

 

Long considered a true art form, black & white photography presents its own unique challenges. This workshop will take you beyond simply flipping your image to greyscale...we'll look at choosing your subject, working with dramatic lighting (natural and artificial), dynamic range, assessing brightness levels, and much more. We will also look at editing your files, examining different options for converting files to black & white, and applying special effects.  Taught live via Zoom, students can ask questions throughout the workshop. Access to the class recording and the editing handout will be provided for later practice.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced photographers with a basic working knowledge of editing software such as Photoshop or Lightroom.

Fee: $95.00 + HST

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

1 to 3:30 pm
Ages 16+

photoartform

The Photographic Art Form
Online class, live via Zoom
Dates TBA.  1:00 to 3:30 pm

1 to 3:30 pm EDT.  Ages 16+
Rating:  Beginner to advanced.


Photography has a long history as an art form, but is often misunderstood when considering its place in the greater world of art.  How does it fit in when considered with painting or sculpture or other media?  How do we know when a photograph is simply a snapshot, or something more compelling?  

In this interactive course, we'll look at the evolution of photography through different genres, and learn how to evaluate our own images in terms of artistic merit rather than as a purely technical endeavour.  Other topics will include photography's place in the art world, how to develop a connected series of images, and how to identify trends or styles that influence how we both perceive and create our work.  Students will be able to ask questions throughout the program, and are encouraged to share one or two of their own photographs for discussion.  Access to the class recording will be available for one month afterwards.  

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

 Fee: $95.00 + HST

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

On-line Private & Semi-Private Classes & Mentorship 

Don't have time for a scheduled class?  Have you bought a new camera and need some tips to get you started?  Need help with Photoshop or Lightroom?  Maybe there's a specific topic you're interested in...studio lighting, flash photography, portraits, or wedding photography?  If you don't see a workshop that suits your schedule or individual needs, consider taking a series of private lessons.  Available at a time that suits you, they can be purchased as single 1 hour lessons, or as blocks of 5 or 10 hours, to be used in sections that suit your schedule.   Have a friend or two who might like to join you?  I can schedule semi-private groups for 2 to 3 people, prices are per person, registrants must attend together as scheduled. 

You will need access to a computer with internet & webcam for class participation. Download information for Zoom will be provided upon registration.

Private - 1 person
       1 hour lesson        $80 +hst
       5 hour package    $375 +hst
       10 hour package  $700 +hst

Semi-private -  2 to 3 people, prices per person
       1 hour lesson        $65 +hst
       5 hour package    $295 +hst
       10 hour package  $550 +hst

For groups of 4 to 5 people, please enquire for rates.

Contact me for details or Register Online