Silver Creek Photography | Sylvia Galbraith

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Course Calendar - Winter/Spring 2022

I am thrilled to be able to offer in-person classes and lessons again, after more than a year of online classes.  Starting in January 2022, all classes will run out of my new studio 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 you have specific topics you need to cover.

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 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 16+. 

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:  Fall 2022
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:  Fall 2022
  
 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.  Most are suitable for ages 16+, or 13+ if accompanied by an adult. 

As scheduled
195 St. David St. S, Fergus

Private Photography & Photoshop LessonsScheduled as required, in-person private lessons will begin in January 2022 as health protocols allow.
Online lessons can be scheduled anytime, starting Jan. 5, 2021.
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.  

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

Contact me for details or Register Online

1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
195 St. David St. S, Fergus & Elora Gorge


AbstractLand2Summer 2022 - Dates TBA
Location:  195 St. David St. S, Fergus & the Elora Gorge

Ages 19+ (or 16+ with an adult)



This class will run rain (unless it's a downpour!) or shine, and includes a moderate hike. Dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for woodland or rocky trails.

When we think of a landscape we often imagine grand vistas, with fields, rocks and trees placed within our scene in an orderly fashion, and a sunny sky overhead. But nature offers so much more....a shimmer on a pool of water, mossy patterns, contorted roots, or reflections that challenge our perspective. In this workshop we'll move beyond the usual landscape photograph, using advanced compositional theories and the limitations of the camera to capture these abstract glimpses of nature. You will learn how to use your camera for impressionist effects and discover that photo editing programs are not required for truly artistic photographs.

The course begins at my studio in Fergus for a discussion on composition & design, and an examination of what the term landscape means. We'll then head to the Elora Gorge, taking advantage of the late afternoon light to practice. This class will run rain or shine - challenging weather offers its own opportunities for unusual subject matter.

Class size is limited - please register early to avoid disappointment.

Fee: $225.00+ HST 

Register Online or call 519-827-7059 to register by phone.


 

1:00 to 4:00 pm
Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St., Elora

thumb_documentaryOnline course - 3 classes - Saturdays  new dates TBA

1:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St., Elora

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.


 

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
195 St. David St. S. Fergus

LightsOutOne evening class - Summer 2022   7:30 to 10:00 pm
Dates TBA

Location:  195 St. David St. S., Fergus  (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2)
Ages 19+ (or 16+ with an adult)


Some of the best photographs happen after the sun goes down, so keep that camera out and join us for this fun night photography class. Night photography presents certain challenges which will be covered in this hands-on field trip. We'll be working outside most of the time, learning how to use long exposures and work with low light, both natural and artificial in downtown Fergus. Capture street lighting, store windows, and the lights on the falls. Suitable for all levels, but you should have a tripod and be comfortable with your camera's settings.

Fee: $75.00 + HST


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


 

9:30 to 4:30
195 St. David St. S, Fergus

The Art of Black & White PhotographyThe Art of Black & White Photography
Winter 2023 - dates TBA
Location: 195 St. David St. S, Fergus (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2)

Ages 19+

 


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. Part of the day will be spent shooting: practical photography & compositional exercises, as well as various still life subjects, so bring your camera and a laptop if you have one. We will also look at editing your files, and examine the different options for converting files to black & white.

This class is best suited for intermediate to advanced photographers.  There will be a one hour lunch break.  Public health COVID protocols will be followed, and class size is limited to 8 participants.

Fee: $225.00 + HST

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

9:30 to 4:30
Location: 195 St. David St. S, Fergus (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2)

thumb_photo_art_formRESCHEDULED - new dates TBA.

9:30 to 4:30 pm
Location: 195 St. David St. S, Fergus (Fergus Marketplace Building, Level 2)

Ages 16+

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

In this one-day course, we will examine these questions by looking 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.

The morning session will include a discussion on photography's place in the art world and how it compares to other art forms. We'll discuss how to develop a body of work, and how to identify trends or styles that influence how we both perceive and create our work. You will have a chance to discuss your own ideas, and should bring 5 or 6 of your photographs to show (optional).

The afternoon session will continue with information on pricing your photographs, archival printing methods, creating limited editions, submitting to galleries, and other ways to show your work such as photo-books or online options.

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

There will be a one hour lunch break.  Public health COVID protocols will be followed, and class size is limited to 8 participants.

Fee: $225.00 + HST 

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

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 you can purchase a block or 5 or 10 hours, to be used in sections that suit your schedule.  
       1 hour lesson        $80 +hst
       5 hour package    $375 +hst
       10 hour package  $700 +hst

Contact me for details or Register Online.