Silver Creek Photography | Sylvia Galbraith

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Course Calendar - Winter 2021

Due to on-going COVID restrictions, I will be moving all my courses online for the Winter 2021 semester.  Please refer to the course descriptions for program details.

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

CL_Photography Skills - Level 1          Photography Skills - Level 1... 8 weeks
          New course - Fall 2021

          Location: 198 St. David St. N, Fergus                           

          Ages 16+

 

COVID information:  This class is scheduled to run in-person, but will follow public health guidelines as required.  Class size is limited to allow physical distancing.  Please contact me if you have any questions.

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.  

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
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.

7 to 10 pm

Digital Imaging - Photoshop 1College Level: Digital Skills - Photoshop 1, 8 Weeks - Fergus
Next session dates TBD.

Ages 16+

Originally scheduled as an in-person course, Digital Skills - Photoshop 1 will now run on-line, in response to the current health department requirements. 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.  It 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 require a recent version of Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Photoshop CC, or CS6) Mac or PC.  A computer mouse is beneficial.  

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

Includes:

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

Fee: $395.00 + HST

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

7:00 to 10:00 pm

photoshop level 2College Level: Digital Skills - Photoshop 2, 8 Weeks - Fergus
Next session TBD

Ages 16+

Originally scheduled as an in-person course, Digital Skills - Photoshop 2 will now run on-line, in response to the current health department requirements. 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 have completed Digital Skills - Photoshop Level 1, or have a good understanding of basic editing processes.  In Photoshop - Level 2, we will will work with layers, adjustment layers, masking techniques, combining photographs, automated tasks, and more.  We'll also explore creative tools for artistic effects and special projects.  Each class will allow hands-on practice time in addition to learning new material. Students require a recent version of Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Photoshop CC, or CS6) Mac or PC.  A computer mouse is beneficial.  

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

Includes:

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

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. 

1:00 to 4:00 pm
198 St. David. St. N, Fergus ON

thumb_documentaryOnline course - 3 classes - Saturdays, May 8, 15, & June 12, 2021.

1:00 to 4:00 pm

For ages 16+ 

 

A photograph is powerful - it captures moments, it 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.  We can also use photography to tell a story...a photograph truly is worth 1000 words! Yet in order to tell that story in a way that makes sense to the viewer, the images must have a common thread that explains our point of view, or that relates a tale.  This course will examine photojournalism as a storytelling tool, and teach you ways to create a compelling collection of related images.  You will be creating your own project in the time between the second & third classes.

Weeks 1 & 2 - will include a discussion on how to create a series of documentary images that reflects a single concept.  We'll examine choosing a subject, creating a storyline, artistic composition, point of view, and establishing connections in photographs, as well as the practicalities of documentary photography, such as model releases when photographing people.   

Week 3 - will include an optional presentation & critique of your work, with constructive feedback and ideas.  We'll also look at ways to share our stories - using digital or web-based methods, or through printed photo books or art exhibitions. Other topics for discussion will include trends in photojournalism, ethics and more.   

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

 Fee: $195.00 + HST

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


 

As scheduled
198 St. David St. N. Fergus

Private Photography & Photoshop LessonsScheduled as required.
Note:  Due to the current lockdown, in-person private lessons are on hold, and will commence as soon as safely possible.  Online lessons can be scheduled anytime, starting Jan. 5, 2021.



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 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.  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

1:00 to 4:00 pm

The Art of Black & White PhotographyGeneral Interest: The Art of Black & White Photography
Date TBA  1:00 to 4:00 pm. 
Note: this class will be taught live using Zoom - details will be provided with your registration.

Long considered a true art form, black & white photography presents its own unique challenges. This workshop will take you beyond simply flipping your images 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 photography exercises to be done during during class - you will receive a props and materials list before the start date. We will also look at editing files, and examine different options for converting files to black & white.

Fee: $100.00 + HST

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

1 to 4:00 pm
Ages 16+

thumb_photo_art_formNew dates TBD

1:00 to 4:00 pm

Ages 16+

(Note: Part 2 will be offered as a separate class (date TBA) with topics that include information on pricing your photographs, archival printing methods, creating limited editions, submitting to galleries, creating photobooks, and other ways to share your work) 

Photography has a long history as an art form, but is one that is often misunderstood when considering it's 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 lecture, we will examine these questions.  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 body of work, and how to identify trends or styles that influence how we both perceive and create our work.  

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

 Fee: $125.00 + HST

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