Join us in Calgary for our interactive and hands on photography courses. From beginner to professional, our Calgary offerings have you covered. See what's on offer below!
Courses offered in Calgary
If you are looking for a truly unique experience that brings out the best in every one of our students, we encourage you to try out one of our photography courses. Our hands-on, practical learning style is supported by science as one of the most effective ways to learn a new skill (Check out some of the resources we have used to design our courses here).
Digital I Photography Course Date Options
Time: 10am – 4pm on just one day (date options below)
Location: Eau Claire (April – October), Heritage Park (October – April)
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|Sat. Feb 8 – CLOSED
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Digital II Photography Course Dates
Time: 10am – 4pm on just one day
Location: Calgary Zoo (all year round)
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Sun. Mar 8
Sat. Apr 25
Thu. Apr 30
Wed. May 13 – CANMORE
Sun. May 17
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Sat. Aug 8
Thu. Aug 13 – CANMORE
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Macro Photography Workshop Dates
Time: 1pm – 4pm on just one day
Location: Riley Park (April – October), Calgary Zoo (October – April)
Sat. May 16, 2020
Astrophotography Workshop Dates
Time: 9:30pm – 12:00am
Location: Forgetmenot Pond in Kananaskis
Fri. Oct 25, 2019
Fri. May 15, 2020
Time: 3 Hours
Location: We come to you!
This Workshop is setup as a 3 hour Private Tuition. We will send an Instructor to your house to help you setup your very own home Studio or teach you more about the Studio that you have setup already. You can choose to rent studio equipment from us for the duration of the workshop if you don’t yet have your own. Book your course and then contact us to arrange for a time that is convenient for you.
Some of our amazing locations
We take great pride in holding our courses in amazing locations around the city. Here are just a few:
Eau Claire & Downtown Calgary
Courses held here: Digital I (summer)
Courses held here: Digital II
Courses held here: Digital III
Courses held here: Digital I (winter), People Photography (winter)
Chinatown & Peace Bridge
Courses held here: Night
Courses held here: Digital I - Canmore
More About Our Amazing Calgary Locations
It's all about location! And we have some of the best, most interesting, most photographic spots to run our courses in. Read more!
We love Calgary for our Photography Courses. There are so many fantastic locations to choose from in this wonderful city, and we are so thrilled to be able to take our students to some of our favourites.
Our Digital I – Beginner Photography course takes place in two locations depending on the seasons. From April through to mid-October our courses take place in the Eau Claire / Princes Island Park area. This area is perfect for our students to practice all of the techniques they will learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Aperture and Shutter Priority, Manual Mode, depth of field, composition, lens selection and so much more. During winter, our students are lucky enough to have an amazing hands-on photography class in the warmth of Gasoline Alley at Heritage Park.
Our Digital II – Motion & Light Photography course takes place at the Calgary Zoo year round. This is an amazing location for our students to learn more about action photography (who doesn’t love capturing penguins in the penguin plunge!!) and composition. We get to use the gorgeous filtered light of the exhibits to explore exposure compensation, to capture beautiful spotlight style photos and to enjoy the challenge of capturing the perfect sunstar.
Canmore provides the perfect backdrop for our Digital I – Beginner Photography course in Canmore as well as our Digital III – Landscapes & Travel Photography course. We get the chance to explore downtown, the river, meandering falls, spectacular lakes, and awe-inspiring mountain scenes.
Our People Photography course takes place either in the warmth of Gasoline Alley again or during summer in the beautiful and varied landscape that is Fish Creek Park. Both locations provide so many wonderful opportunities to explore the art form of posing, communicating and using natural light during photo-shoots. This course is really your perfect first step into the world of Portrait Photography.
During our Night Photography course you’ll be exploring some of Calgary’s fantastic downtown energy – with stops such as the Peace Bridge, or the Wonderland statue (the enormous head outside the Bow Building), you will have so much fun being able to discover incredible night photography techniques such as light trails, light painting and of course spectacularly clear long exposures.
The last of our 6 core courses is a little more stationary… Our Lightroom Photo-Editing class takes place in one of a number of great venues that allows us to sit, eat, drink and (of course) spend the day editing on our computers. It is with the support of amazing organizations such as the Calgary Library and ActionEdge Business Coaching that we can run our full day photo-editing course.
Want to take all of these courses? Make sure you check out our Ultimate Bundle to see what amazing savings you can enjoy.
Where do we get our unique style from?
From research! We have carefully designed our courses to provide the best and most effective learning to all of our students - and we've done this by looking at the best research regarding teaching methods. Want to read where we got some of our ideas from? Check out our favourite resources below.
Here are just a few of our favourite resources regarding teaching theory:
- Deans for Impact (2015). The Science of Learning. Austin, TX: Deans for Impact,
- Principles of Instruction (2010), Barak Rosenshine, International Academy of Education, American Educator,
- Cognitive Load Theory: Research that teachers really need to understand (2017), NSW Centre for Education Statistics & Evaluation,
- Putting Students on the Path to Learning, A Case for Fully Guided Instruction (2012), Richard E. Clark, Paul A. Kirschner & John Sweller, American Educator).