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Ottawa Courses

Join us in Ottawa for our interactive and hands on photography courses. Learn to capture the moments that are special in your life!

Courses offered in Ottawa

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: Maman Statue (April – October),

National Gallery of Canada (October – April)

October November December
Sat. Oct 5

Sun. Oct 20

Sun. Nov 3

Sat. Nov 23

Sun. Dec 1

Sat. Dec 7

 

January (2020) February March
Sat. Jan 18

Sun. Jan 26

Sat. Feb 8

Sun. Feb 23

Sat. Mar 7

Sun. Mar 15

Sat. Mar 28

 

April May June
Sun. Apr 5

Sat. Apr 18

Wed. Apr 29

Sun. May 3

Sat. May 9

Sun. May 24

Sat. Jun 6

Sun. Jun 14

Mon. Jun 22

Sat. Jun 27

 

Digital II Photography Course Dates

Time:  10am – 4pm on just one day

Location:  Confederation Park (April – October), National Gallery (October – April)

Upcoming Dates:
Sat. Nov 2

Sun. Dec 8

Sun. Jan 19, 2020

Sat. Feb 15

Sun. Mar 8

Sat. Apr 25

Thu. Apr 30

Sun. May 17

Sat. Jun 13

Tue. Jun 23

Digital III Photography Course Date Options

Time:  10am – 4pm on just one day

Location:  Hog’s Back Falls Lookout & Dominion Arboretum (April – October only)

 

Upcoming Dates:
Sat. Oct 5

Sun. Apr 26, 2020

Sat. May 23

Sun. Jun 28

People Photography Course Date Options

Time:  10am – 4pm on just one day

Location:  Jacques Cartier Park (April – October), National Gallery of Canada (October – April)

Upcoming Dates:
Sun. Nov 10

Sun. Feb 16, 2020

Sat. Apr 4

Sun. Jun 7

Night Photography Course Date Options

Time:  8pm – 12am on just one day

Location:  Major’s Hill Park (April – October only)

Upcoming Dates:
Fri. Oct 18

Fri. May 1, 2020

Fri. May 29

Fri. Jun 12

Lightroom Photo-Editing Course Dates

Time:  10am – 4pm on just one day

Location:  TBA

Upcoming Dates:
Sun. Oct 27

Sat. Dec 14

Sat. Feb 1, 2020

Sun. Mar 22

Sat. May 2

Flash & Indoor Photography Workshop Dates

Time:  6pm – 9pm on just one day

Location:  TBA

Dates:

Thu. Oct 24, 2019

Thu. Mar 19, 2020

Thu. Jun 25

Lightroom II Workshop Dates

Time:  6pm – 9pm on just one day

Location: TBA

Dates:

Wed. Nov 6, 2019

Thu. Mar 19, 2020

Thu. Jun 25

 

Some of our amazing locations

We take great pride in holding our courses in amazing locations around the city. Here are just a few:

01

Maman Sculpture

Maman Statue and Surrounds

Courses held here: Digital I - Summer

02

National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery of Canada

Courses held here: Digital I - Winter, People - Winter

03

Confederation Park

Confederation Park and Surrounds

Courses held here: Digital II - Summer

04

Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History

Courses held here: Digital II - Winter

05

Dominion Arboretum

Dominion Arboretum

Courses held here: Digital III

06

Jacques Cartier Park

Jacques Cartier Park

Courses held here: People - Summer

07

Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal

Courses held here: Night Photography

More About Our Amazing Ottawa 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 running our Photography Courses in Ottawa! Canada’s capital city is so full of amazing museums and galleries that we are spoiled for choice.

Our Digital I – Beginner Photography course takes place year round at and around the National Gallery of Canada. This unique and incredible location provides a gorgeous mix of outdoor splendour in the surrounding gardens, and architectural interest in the Gallery itself. It’s the perfect place to learn all about the foundations of photography, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual Mode, depth of field, white balance, composition, lens selection, compression and distortion. Depending on the weather you will find a mix of enjoyable outdoor activities and / or some great indoor ones.

Our Digital II – Action & Composition photography course takes place in the same area. The Gallery provides the perfect backdrop to learn all about action photography and start discovering how light plays an incredibly important role in composition. You will be able to experiment with exposure compensation, directional light, natural light portraits, spotlighting and sun stars.

Our Digital II – Landscapes & Travel photography course heads to a few of Ottawa’s incredible local landscape scenes. Starting at the gorgeous Hogs Back Falls, you will learn all about the art of long daytime exposures using filters. Moving on through the day you will head down to the Dominion Arboretum and wander through the hectares of gorgeous flower and tree displays. Here you will learn all bout the various compositional techniques you can employ when out and about in nature.

Our People Photography course takes you to either the Jacques Cartier Park or back to the National Gallery (to escape the weather). In this wonderful course you will learn all about posing individuals and groups of people and using natural light to create stunning portrait images.

For our Night Photography course you will be heading up to Major’s Hill Park to capture some gorgeous long exposure images of the city. Learn how to take crystal clear photos at night in this spectacular location and have fun with light painting, light trails and zoom lines.

Finally, our Lightroom Photo-Editing course takes place in one of a few carefully selected venues across the city. Sit down with your laptop for the day and learn all about organizing and editing your photos while sipping on delicious beverage and eating delicious food.

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).