Silver Creek Photography | Sylvia Galbraith

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Course Calendar - Fall 2020

I am pleased to report that I will be resuming in-person classes this fall, beginning in September 2020.  All classes are held in Fergus at 198 St. David St. N, unless otherwise specified.  I will observing health department protocols in regards to Covid-19, and will limit the number of participants to ensure physical distancing in the classroom.  Please contact me for more details if required.

College Level Photography Courses

In response to the need for higher level photography training as local colleges and universities reduce their course offerings, I have developed a series of 8 week courses that are based on the college-level programs I have been teaching over the years for various educational facilities.   These include in-depth instruction for those wanting more challenging programming - serious hobbyists, those needing photographic skills for work, or who are are planning a career in photography.  These are available in-person in Fergus, and online as scheduled.  Suitable for ages 16+. 

7 to 10 pm
198 St. David St., Fergus

Digital Imaging - Photoshop 1 On-line course.
College Level: Digital Skills - Photoshop 1, 8 Weeks - Fergus
Mondays, Sept. 28 to Nov. 23, 2020 7:00 to 10:00 pm. (no class Oct. 12)

Ages 16+

Originally scheduled as an in-person course, Digital Skills - Photoshop 1 will now run on-line, in response to the growing trend in distance learning. The course will be taught live via Zoom, an easy to use teaching and conferencing program, with the instructor's screen shared with participants to follow along and ask questions as they arise.

This 8-week course is designed for photographers who are serious about learning the features of Photoshop CC to edit and enhance their images.  This course covers a broad range of topics, including image sizing for various outputs, workflow, colour corrections, black & white processes, retouching, selections, layers, printing and more.  Each night will allow hands-on practice time in addition to learning new material. Students are required to bring a laptop or computer with  a recent version of Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Photoshop CC, or CS6) Mac or PC ( 2 are available for in-class use... let me know if you need one)  A computer mouse is beneficial.  Class size is limited to 10 students.

Download information for Zoom will be provided prior to the course start.


    8 weekly on-line classes of approx. 3 hours each.
    3 assignments for which you will receive written feedback
    access to a recording of the class
    course material in pdf form

Fee: $395.00 + HST

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

7 to 10 pm
198 St. David St., Fergus

CL_Photography Skills - Level 1          Photography Skills - Level 1... 8 weeks
          Tuesdays, Sept. 29 to Nov. 17, 2020

          Location: 198 St. David St. N, Fergus                           

          Ages 16+

Suitable for:  dedicated amateur or hobbyist photographers, anyone who requires photographic skills for their profession, or for those looking to begin a career in photography.

This introductory level 8-week course will give you confidence with your camera to be able to shoot in any situation, and is the first step in gaining photography skills that can take you beyond the hobbyist or amateur level.  We'll cover everything from lenses to exposure settings, as well as lighting, file formats, focus and much more.  Suitable for those with no experience.  You must have either a DSLR or advanced mirrorless camera.  Class size is limited to allow physical distancing.

Fee: $395.00 + HST

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

7 to 10 pm
198 St. David St., Fergus

CL_Photography Skills - Level 2... 8 weeks, Winter 2021
Dates TBA
Location: 198 St. David St., Fergus                           Ages 16+

Suitable for:  dedicated amateur or hobbyist photographers, anyone who requires photographic skills for their profession, or for those looking to begin a career in photography, who already have an understanding of camera settings and concepts.

This 8-week program takes you beyond the skills learned in Photography Skills - Level 1, and will expand on your knowledge of advanced metering & exposures,  lighting, composition, and more.  We'll work with off-camera flash, and explore the more creative aspects of photography.  Suitable for those who have basic camera skills and are ready to explore fully manual settings.  It is highly recommended that you take Level 1 first.   Class size is limited.

Fee: $395.00 + HST

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

General Interest Photography Courses

General interest (GI) courses: Designed for hobbyists, or those who prefer to study single topics rather than register for a series of courses.  Many of these feature field trips and hands-on practice in studio, and are suitable for a variety of skill levels.  Most are suitable for ages 16+, or 13+ if accompanied by an adult. 

As scheduled
198 St. David St. N. Fergus

Private Photography & Photoshop LessonsScheduled as required.

Don't have time for a scheduled class?  Have you bought a new camera and are looking for some tips to get you started?  Need some help with Photoshop or Lightroom?  Or is there a specific topic you're interested 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.  These can be scheduled during weekdays, evenings or weekends as time allows, and can be purchased as single 1 hour lessons, or you can purchase a block or 5 or 10 hours, to be used in sections that suit your schedule.  

       1 hour lesson        $75 +hst
       5 hour package    $350 +hst
       10 hour package  $650 +hst

Contact me for details or Register Online

7:00 to 9:30 pm
198 St. David. St. N, Fergus ON

winternightOne night class - POSTPONED 

Due to increased levels of COVID-19 in the region, I will not be running this course at this time.  I will schedule a Winter Night Photography course in the new year, once we can safely do so.

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: $70.00 + HST

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


198 St. David St. N, Fergus

The Art of Black & White PhotographyNov. 2020 - Event postponed. In light of the increase in COVID cases, and changes in restrictions around gatherings and events, I have postponed this class for now and am planning to re-configure the workshop for on-line delivery, to be scheduled for January 2021.  

Location: 198 St. David St. N, 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, working with dramatic lighting (natural and artificial), dynamic range, assessing brightness levels, and much more. This workshop includes practical experience in the studio - we'll be photographing still lifes and portraits, so bring your camera.  We will also look at editing files, and examine the different options for converting files to black & white....bring a laptop (one is available for loan) for editing your files. 

Fee: $165.00 + HST

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