Silver Creek Photography | Sylvia Galbraith

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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.

Course Calendar - Winter 2024

All classes will run out of my studio at 195 St. David St. S. in Fergus...  you'll find me downtown in the historic Fergus Marketplace building at the corner of St. David St. S and Queen St.  Check the schedule for various courses, or register for private lessons if your schedule doesn't fit group sessions. 

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 courses based on the college-level programs I have developed 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 my Fergus studio (195 St. David St. S., Second Floor) and online as scheduled.  Suitable for ages 19+. 

7 to 10 pm
195 St. David St. S, Fergus

Digital Imaging - Photoshop 1College Level: Digital Skills - Photoshop 1, 8 Weeks - Fergus
Next session dates:  TBA
Location: 195 St. David St. S, Fergus (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2)

Ages 19+


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.

Note: Students are required to provide their own laptop (I have 2 available for loan during class) with a recent version of Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Photoshop CC, or CS6) Mac or PC.  A computer mouse is beneficial.  You must have basic general computer skills for this course i.e., creating folders, opening and closing files, etc.

Includes:

    8 weekly on-line classes of approx. 3 hours each.
    Practice assignments 
    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
Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St., Elora

photoshop level 2College Level: Digital Skills - Photoshop 2, 8 Weeks - Elora
Next session TBA
Location: Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St., Elora
Ages 19+



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.  

Includes:

    8 weekly classes of approx. 3 hours each.
    3 assignments for which you will receive written feedback
    course material in pdf form

Fee: $395.00 + HST

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

7 to 10 pm
195 St. David St. S., Fergus

CL_Photography Skills - Level 1  Photography Skills - Level 1, 8 weeks, 7 to 10 pm
  Next session:  TBA
  
 Location:  195 St. David St. S., Fergus  (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2)
 Ages 19+

 

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.

Based on my Conestoga College courses, 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.  

Registration fee:  $395.00 + HST
Register Online or call 519-787- 7040 to register by phone.

7 to 10 pm
195 St. David St. S, Fergus ON

LightsOutCL_Photography Skills - Level 2... 8 weeks
Fall 2022 - dates TBA


Location: 195 St. David St. S., Fergus. (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2)
Ages 19+


COVID information:  This class is scheduled to run in-person and 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, who already have an understanding of camera settings and concepts such as shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, etc.

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.  One class will be a field trip on night photography.  Suitable for those who have basic camera skills and are ready to explore fully manual settings.  It is highly recommended that you take Photography Skills - 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.  

10 am to 4 pm
195 St. David. St. S, Fergus ON

Intro to Photo Skills
Introductory Photo Skills - One-day Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. 10 am to 4 pm

Location: 195 St. David St. S, (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2) Fergus, ON
Ages 19+

Rating:  Beginner.
Don't have time for a full photography course but want to get off the automatic settings?  Do you want to take charge of your camera? Using your DSLR or mirrorless camera, this one-day workshop will teach you how to use manual settings, and will make you comfortable with the advanced features available.  By the end of the day, you'll be familiar with lenses, ISO,  exposure control & more. Perfect for those who are new to photography, or want a refresher to help them get the most out of their cameras.

Fee: $175.00 + HST

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


 

10 am to 4 pm
195 St. David St. S, (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2) Fergus, ON

CL_Photography Skills - Level 1Introductory Photo Skills - One-day Workshop
Saturday, April 20, 2024. 10 am to 4 pm

Location: 195 St. David St. S, (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2) Fergus, ON
Ages 19+

Rating:  Beginner.
Don't have time for a full photography course but want to get off the automatic settings?  Do you want to take charge of your camera? Using your DSLR or mirrorless camera, this one-day workshop will teach you how to use manual settings, and will make you comfortable with the advanced features available.  By the end of the day, you'll be familiar with lenses, ISO,  exposure control & more. Perfect for those who are new to photography, or want a refresher to help them get the most out of their cameras.

Fee: $175.00 + HST

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


10 am to 5 pm
2nd Floor Artists' Studio, 75 Melville St., Elora

cyanotype workshopJune 2024, Date TBA

Location: 2nd Floor Artists' Studio, 75 Melville St, Elora N0B 1S0 (Elora Centre for the Arts)

For ages 19+

Have you ever wondered how to make photographs using the sun? Are you working with encaustic or mixed media, and want to add new techniques to your process?  This workshop will introduce you to the art of cyanotype, a historic photographic process that allows you to make images on various substrates such as art paper, fabric, wood panels and more, using natural light rather than a darkroom.  Cyanotype produces a beautiful deep blue colour, and can be combined with other art forms, toned with liquids such as tea or juice, or used in layering with other media such as encaustic, or on top of photographic paper to create cyanolumens.  We'll explore ways to coat paper or other media, how to use found objects, photographic negatives or botanicals to create unique photographs, and how to tone your prints using botanicals to alter the colours.  This workshop allows lots of time to experiment, so be ready to play...

All supplies are included - coating liquids, brushes, various papers, birch panels & fabric. Wear old clothes as cyanotype will stain clothing.  We will break for lunch, you can bring a picnic lunch or there are many good restaurants within a short walk.  

Fee: $275.00 + HST

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

As scheduled
195 St. David St. S, Fergus

Private Photography & Photoshop LessonsScheduled as required, in-person private lessons 

Location:  195 St. David St. S, Fergus



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. 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.   

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

Private Lessons - Photography Skills, or Adobe Photoshop

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 as blocks or 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.   

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