Photo 101: 5 Weeks

Webcode: WORKSHOP115

Level: Beginner
Duration: 10 hours
Prerequisites: Flickr account for image posting
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Photo 101: 5 Weeks

Our Photo 101 multiweek experience is our most popular and best-reviewed course. Over five consecutive weeks, you’ll learn both the creative and technical side of photography from a professional photo educator, completing hands-on assignments and collaborating with your classmates in a fun, interactive environment. Whether you're looking to take your technical & creative skills to the next level, or to simply explore your passion for photography with a group of soon-to-be friends, discover why our Photo 101 graduates consistently give this course such rave reviews.

This course runs for five sessions consisting of two hours each, the last of which is a field trip (weather permitting).

Bring your camera and get ready for a rich and immersive program. Each week, you’ll be lead through a combination of new topic introductions and hands-on activities. Students can expect to be given light weekly ‘homework’ photo assignments which are to be posted on the course Flickr group for the following week’s in-class discussion.


Flickr account for image posting

Course Outline:

- Getting acquainted with the essential controls and menus of your camera
- Configuring your camera for shooting
- Understanding how auto focus works and how to take control to focus on what you want every time
- Getting the right brightness in your photos
- What makes a more interesting photo?
- Understanding aperture and its creative effect on depth of field
- Going semi-automatic with Aperture Priority for controlling the creative effect of depth of field
- Understanding the creative effect of shutter speed
- Going semi-automatic with Shutter Priority for controlling motion effects
- Lenses: Understanding focal length and its effect on perspective.
- Composition ‘rules’, tips and other advice which make for more interesting photos.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for early stage users of interchangeable lens cameras (DSLR and mirrorless). If you’re an aspiring photographer or just looking for a solid foundation in photography basics, this course is for you. Although this course is intended for owners of interchangeable lens cameras (DSLR and mirrorless), owners of other cameras with advanced modes (M, S/Tv and A/Av) are also welcome. This course is not recommended for owners of simple point & shoot cameras.

Note: If you have recently purchased your camera, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the basic preparation of your equipment prior to the first session (charging the battery, loading your memory card, etc.).

What To Bring To Class:

- DSLR or 'mirrorless' interchangeable lens camera
- Charged battery and memory card
- Notebook and pen

- This course is offered at the following Henry's store locations: Ancaster, Barrie, Dartmouth, Halifax, Kanata, Kingston, London, Markham, Mississauga, Nepean, Newmarket, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Scarborough, St. Johns, Sudbury, Thornhill, Toronto, Vaughan, Waterloo, Windsor, Winnipeg.

- This course runs for five weekly sessions with a duration of two hours each. When choosing a location and time, please note that all five sessions will occur on the same day of the week and at the same start time.

- Please note that each session will be scheduled around statutory holidays and classroom availability. In some cases the course may skip a week.

- Students are required to attend all 5 sessions at the location of the original booking. We cannot accommodate requests to attend sessions at other locations.

- Make up sessions are not available if a student is unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions.

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  • In the event of a course cancellation or postponement, all pre-registered attendees will be notified to arrange another suitable date.
  • Customers may reschedule or refund registrations up to 48 hrs prior to the course start time at no charge.
  • If less than 48 hrs notice is given, up until the course start time, only rescheduling will be offered and an administrative fee will apply. (See Fee Table)
  • Refunds will not be issued and rescheduling will not be permitted, if requested after the stated course start time. Missed courses are not eligible for refunds or rebooking.
  • Course credits with Henry's Learning Lab will be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of purchase of the original course.

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  • *****
  • An Amazing Interactive Learning Program You Won't Want to Miss!

  • September 13, 2017
  • By: Janelle

I recently participated in this class at the Henry's Oshawa location which was led by Phil beginning August 10th to September 7th. Improving your photography means taking full control of your camera and this five week course certainly does the job. Each week we learn new topics that test our knowledge and understanding of each subject. Phil was great at providing illustrations and photographs to help explain key concepts. In class we were are able to learn skills by doing step-by-step guided shoot that helped us master the essential techniques. Phil was wonderful and able to have one-on-one interactions with students to show us where to find settings and tools. I really liked this because every student had a different brand and model of camera they used throughout the course. To get the best out of this five week course, I highly recommend that you participate in the weekly assignments and discussions. Themes creative assignments helped me apply my photographic skills by practicing and experimenting. By completing these assignments and preparing discussion points about how I created each photograph and the technique I used, I was able to assess my results. Also seeing other students' work and explanations really helped me learn good techniques to improve my photography. Interactive discussions allowed us to discuss common problems and how to avoid mistakes in the future. During each discussion we also talked about how you can enhance your images through post-production. At the end of each critique we would recap what we have learned and move onto the next topic. I was able to see how each topic we discussed were all interconnected and how each subject would improve my photography. Because of weather conditions we were unable to go on our field trip in the final week but I was extremely happy we were able to use that time to have great discussions on: using camera flash and external flashes, tripods, specific types of photography interests (macro, landscape, portrait etc.). Have the extra time to really see where we can take our projects to the next step was great. For anyone looking to dedicate time to learning photography, whether you are a beginner or intermediate, I would recommend this multi-week course. I was someone who was self-taught and learned everything from books and the internet but taking this class helped really put everything into perspective and gave me weekly assignments with feedback. I truly learned a lot every week and having printed class notes was amazing to keep as reference. After our final class I was happy to have met many amazing people. This was my 2nd multi-week course I have taken at Henry's Oshawa along with the Lightroom Camp and I am extremely happy with this location and the many workshops that are available. I am excited for the upcoming speciality workshops at Henry's.

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  • *****
  • 101.5 - Nepean

  • May 26, 2017
  • By: Maryse

10 hr 101.5 in Nepean Finished the 101.5 yesterday in Nepean. Very satisfied, something I should have done years ago. Learned terms and tricks of the trade from a teacher (George) who has many many years of experience. Have now signed up for the 201.5 with the same store to get the full package. Was even able to borrow some lenses from the company Sigma for us to try, Acro lenses. The only thing that would of trade it better was mother nature. We did not get the chance to do our field trip due to rain all evening.

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  • *****
  • Must Take! Fantastic Course!

  • January 16, 2017
  • By: Kevin

This review is long overdue. I took the course with Jim Ogilvie last fall at the downtown location and it was a fantastic experience. I have been taking pictures for over 15 years now and everything I know is mostly self taught but the course help me fill in a lot of the basic missing gaps I had. Enough that I am more comfortable with using the manual mode now! Jim is an excellent instructor who is passionate about his art and is able to explain things a way that is easy to understand. He is patient and funny! It is the perfect intro class to get anyone to go beyond the automatic mode and being to really use their camera. I enjoyed his class so much that I am in his 201 class now.

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  • *****
  • Game Changer - Must-Take Course

  • November 24, 2016
  • By: Joanne

In the past, I have owned some cameras (a film SLR and higher end point and shoot). They didn't take good photos. That was my opinion in the past. However, after taking this course I realized that it wasn't the camera. It was me. Simply put, I didn't know how to use the functions of the camera and its full capabilities. I never took any courses in the past nor did I understand how to navigate all the wealth of info on the web and I didn't understand what I needed to know. Taking this course changed it all. I took the Photo 101 course at the downtown Toronto location with Jim who is an intuitively fantastic instructor. I am a teacher myself and am so impressed with his gift of teaching. He gave us all the right pieces of information with the right practical components (in-class and for homework). All delivered at the right pace, flow, and sequence and with the perfect amount of humour in between. Your job as a learner? Listen, do the homework, and practice, and you'll see your photography skills improve immediately. Like I said, this course is a game changer. And it'll save you time and frustration as you'll have an experienced pro guide you. I don't know why I never thought to take such a course in the past and I'm grateful that I did. This 101 course has opened up my photography world - I now know how to take awesome photos, and it has made me excited about photography and has inspired me to continue learning. Isn't it obvious by now? I can't wait to take the next course: Photo 201. Thank you, Jim - you really are an intuitively gifted instructor!!

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  • *****
  • Excellent Course

  • August 08, 2016
  • By: Peter

I took this course at the Vaughan location with Jacqueline. My goal was to use my DSLR camera without having to use the Auto mode. This course accomplished that for me. So many valuable lessons were taught. If you are a beginner and you want to get your feet wet I highly recommend this course. You will notice a considerable difference with your photos.

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  • *****
  • Ancaster Photo 101

  • June 18, 2015
  • By: Roger

I took this with Matt at the Ancaster store. It was great, Matt is a good instructor. It was a good beginner's course. I have a fixed lens zoom camera rather than a DSLR but this still worked well for me.

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  • *****
  • March 26, 2015
  • By: Nancy

This was an amazing class; lots of information in a short amount of time. The instructor was very knowledgeable with lots of real life examples. Very personable as well.

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  • *****
  • What Is My Creative Intent?

  • April 20, 2014
  • By: Nadine

This class is fun, easy going and gives you a solid base to work your DSLR with confidence and creativity. When I decided to take the plunge and invest in a DSLR it was on a semi whim. I did some research but it wasn't until I had the camera in my hands that the terror set in. This class demystified all and now I feel confident that I can take beautiful photos that I can be proud of. Bob, our fantastic leader, had fabulous energy and passion which is infectious without you realizing it. His gentle but practical encouragement makes you believe that you are a master photographer already - it's just that you are just honing your skills more. I am thoroughly glad I took this course. It has allowed me to think more deeply about the photos I take and venture into creative streams I would never have dared to. Definitely a must for those who want to venture beyond auto mode! Class: Scarborough - March 2014

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  • *****
  • Great course!

  • November 12, 2013
  • By: Lauren

Just recently completed this course in Winnipeg, and I am so glad I did. Dylan is a fantastic instructor...very knowledgeable, has a great personality and is very patient! I feel a lot more confident in using the manual features of my camera now and actually understand what I am doing and why. This is a great course as after learning about certain features in class, you actually put them to work for a week before moving on to the next lesson. This is so much better for memory retention and far better than just reading about it in a 'dry' manual. This was money well spent. Thanks Dylan and Henry's!

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  • *****
  • A "Must" for every new DSLR owner

  • July 05, 2013
  • By: Dana

Just finished the course at the Oakville location and my only regret is that I did not take such a course sooner. While is requires to commit a certain amount of your free time for 5 weeks in a row, at the very end you will be obsessed with taking pictures of everything you see around you (in Manual mode, of course!). It is well structured and presented (Cyndal did a fantastic job!), and primes you to want to learn more. I hate reading user manuals and tutorials and this course saved me the effort. Money well spent!

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  • *****
  • Super Cool-Just the kick in pants I needed!!!!!!!!!

  • April 30, 2012
  • By: SimonSez42

Well done Henry's SOI and a special thanx to your instructor, Trevor in Ottawa. This course was precisely what I needed to tear myself away from the dreaded "auto" function. The course material was well thought out, very informative, layman based for a budding amateur and incentive driven to learn even more. The weekly assignments are key and really get you thinking about the image that you want to capture, not to mention applying just the right amount of theory to understanding the basic mechanics of DSLR camera, lens and optic fundamentals in the progression of producing a satisfying end result. After the first class, I found myself obsessed with learning all I could for the duration of the course; which by the way, hasn?t stopped, and I?m loving this ?seeing everything as a picture? evolution. Interacting with the other participants is also refreshing, as the ?I?m not the only newbie? feeling quickly dissipated and made sharing concepts and ideas exhilarating. Again, kudos to the SOI for making this a great experience, one that will require continuing with further courses. Ciao,

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  • *****
  • Ingrid rocks!

  • April 27, 2012
  • By: Teena

I just finished this course last night and would highly recommend it. I've have a DSLR since last summer (and an SLR for many years) and have never taken it off "auto". I'd heard about shutter speeds and aperture but had no idea what they meant. Now I do! It's amazing how much I learned and how much better my photos are.

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  • *****
  • Great Class!

  • March 29, 2012
  • By: christina

This class was worth every penny! Our instructor, Glenn, was able to share his knowledge in manner that was level appropriate. His practical tips gave me that little bit of extra confidence to practice the technical workings of my camera as well as take that "perfect picture". Thank you, Glenn. When are you teaching 201?

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  • *****
  • Awesome Class - wish there was a Photo 201!!!

  • March 15, 2012
  • By: Hillary

I absolutely loved this class. Our instructor, Glenn, was friendly and always willing to help! I feel so much more confident using my camera and will never shoot in automatic again! We loved this class so much that I wish there was a part two! :-)

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  • *****
  • Excellent class!

  • March 09, 2012
  • By: Doaa

Before taking this class, all I ever used was the auto and scene modes. Using the manual or priority modes was a nightmare because my images always turned too dark. Now I feel I have great knowledge of how my DSLR works and how I could adjust the shutter speed, aperture and ISO to get the best results possible! I really recommend the class to everyone! We got great tips and tricks from the instructor, who is a Professional Photographer. I'm ready to go out and explore the world with my camera!

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  • *****
  • Excellant for taking the leap from point and shoot

  • November 08, 2011
  • By: Mike

Like everyone, I've had my share of point and shoot digital cameras. Each new iteration included more and more of the creative controls /features normally found on DSLR's. But not knowing how to use any of those controls, I usually picked Automatic or a Scene mode. I've always wanted to take the step to DSLR but I feared that without the knowledge, my shots would get worse, not better. This course teaches you everything you need to know to gain control over your photos. I learned a great deal of very useful information that I was able to apply immediately with excellent results. I took a 2 week trip to Italy and fired off 3000+ shots,using a very useful feature "bracketing". This literally saved my bacon. I also learned how to maximize the light coming into the camera so I could take low light photos in museums and churches where flashbulbs are either discouraged or prohibited. Terms like White Balance, Aperature, ISO, Diopter and Exposure compensation are no longer a mystery. I saw alot of people in Italy with $5000 camera's firing flashes in Museums, and also banging their glasses into their viewfinders ! Too bad they didn't take this Henry's course !!

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  • *****
  • An excellent foundation

  • August 03, 2011
  • By: Gregory

This course provides a solid foundation for ANY photographer, be they digital or film. As per the course description, it covers ISO, aperture, shutter speeds and depth of field but, more importantly, it ties them all together and teaches you how they affect one another, ultimately giving you far greater creative control over your pictures. With the instructor being a professional photographer we picked up useful insights and tips for various situations. I highly recommend this course! One recommendation: You will get more from this course if you are already familiar with the basic controls on your camera. Consider taking one of the camera specific courses first if needed!

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