Frequently Asked Questions about the BSOP

Q. Where do I sign up?
A. You can sign up for any of our classes on-line through this web site or by calling us at 780-669-1261.

Q.  Where are the photography classes held?
A.  Unless otherwise indicated, all of our classes are currently being held at the Providence Renewal Conference Centre located at 3005 119 Street NW in Edmonton, Alberta.

Q.  Is there free parking available?
A.  Yes, there is lots of free parking available.

Q.  What type of camera is required to take a class?
A.  In order to take full advantage of our courses and to participate in the hands-on activities, we strongly recommend bringing a camera with interchangeable lenses that has the ability to use manual controls. DSLR or Mirror less camera are both welcome. If you aren't sure if your camera will work for our classes, please contact us before registering and we'll let you know if the camera will work for you or not.

Q.  I don't have that type of camera, now what?
A.  If you don't have one yet, try borrowing one from a friend or relative or contact us to inquire about the possibility of rental.

Q.  Are your courses theoretical or hands-on?
A.  Our courses are a combination of theory and hands-on exercises.  We pride ourselves in providing an experiential learning environment.

Q.  Are you affiliated with any of the local camera stores?
A.  No.  While we certainly encourage our students to buy from a local store, we are neither owned by nor affiliated with any camera store.

Q.  How do I pay for a class with a Gift Certificate?
A.  You can register using our online registration system if your gift certificate contains a PROMO CODE.  If you are redeeming an older certificate, you will have to give us a call at 780-669-1261 for us to process your gift certificate payment.

Q.  I'm coming from out of town.  Where should I stay?
A.  Accommodation for our classes is not included in the registration fee (just to make sure there sure there are no misunderstandings). The Providence Centre located at 3005 - 119 Street NW (where we host our Edmonton classes) does host retreats and they do have a number of groups that stay there overnight. They have both single and double rooms with either a shared bath or private baths. The rooms are VERY spartan -no phones, no television, small and very plainly furnished (not to dissuade you from staying there as they are very clean and quiet, but they are aimed at groups coming for private meditation retreats etc). These individual rooms are affordable though; $50.00 to $95.00 per night. Contact the Providence Renewal Center directly to book a room.

There are a number of hotels just a few minutes drive away from the Providence Renewal Centre and those that are the most highly rated are:

  • The Radisson Edmonton South -4440- Gateway Boulevard, Phone 780-437-6010
  • Hampton Inn by Hilton, Edmonton South- 10020-12 Ave SW, Phone 780-801-2600
  • Sawridge Inn, Edmonton South- 4235-Gateway Boulevard, Phone 780-438-1222