Creative Photography Fundamentals Class

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2015 • Feb 4, 11, 18 & 24Wednesday Evening
Class (6:30 PM- 9:30 PM)
$225 + GST
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The Edmonton Creative Photography Fundamentals class is for photographers who have either graduated from the Digital Camera Fundamentals course or photographers who are comfortable operating their camera in Manual, Aperture and Shutter Priority modes.  The Photography Fundamentals course moves you beyond taking snapshots and transforms you into a photographer.

During the course, you will learn the most important basic photography concepts including: exposure calculation, depth-of-field, effective composition guidelines and how to use your camera to get consistent professional looking results.

The Edmonton Creative Photography Fundamentals Class isn’t about getting you comfortable with your camera, rather it’s an intensive look at the craft of photography.  This isn’t a course where you will be tied to a seat listening to lecture after lecture, rather we feature a format where we discuss a concept and then practice hands-on exercises to help reinforce each concept.

About Your Instructor for the Edmonton Photography Fundamentals Class

In addition to being the owner of the BSOP, Paul Burwell is a professional photographer, writer, educator and enthusiastic naturalist with over twenty years experience working with and educating adults. He is a contributing editor and regular columnist with Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine. Paul has been a finalist in the Veolia ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ worldwide competition both in 2009 and 2010 and was named a ‘Top Wildlife Shooter’ by Popular Photography Magazine in 2010.

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What You Will Learn During the Edmonton Photography Fundamentals Class

  • Improving your photography
  • Strong underlying compositional order
  • Ignoring the Details
  • Simplifying and Excluding
  • Composition versus Framing
  • Lightening and Darkening
  • Distractions
  • Using Colour
  • Composing for different frame shapes and orientations
  • Dividing the Frame
  • “Rules” of Composition
  • Frames within Frames
  • Creating Dynamic Tension
  • Using Lines to direct the viewer
  • The use of curves within an image
  • Using focus to direct the viewer through an image

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What to Expect

  • 12 hours of classroom instruction
  • Plenty of hands-on practical exercises
  • personalized instruction by professional photographer Paul Burwell
  • Photography Fundamentals course book
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Delicious snacks during coffee breaks
  • Weekend classes include a full hot lunch on both days including soup, salad, choice of main course, side dishes and dessert
  • Small group size, limited to 12 participants

Prerequisites for the Edmonton Photography Fundamentals Class

Equipment Required:

At a minimum, you’ll want to have…

  • A  fully adjustable (must have the ability to shoot in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Modes) digital camera (digital SLR with a removable lens preferred).
  • If you are not sure that your camera qualifies, please contact us with the details of your equipment

Optional Equipment

  • An external flash unit
  • A tripod
  • A remote shutter release

Class Location


  • $275 Canadian Dollars (plus tax) for the weekend course which includes lunch on both days.
  • $255 Canadian Dollars (plus tax) for the weekday course.
    • Current currency exchange information between the Canadian dollar and your local currency is available here.

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For additional information, please contact us at:
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Phone 780-669-1261 or toll-free at 1-877-778-1745

Dates and DaysCourse Format
More Information
2015 • Feb 4, 11, 18 & 24Wednesday Evening
Class (6:30 PM- 9:30 PM)
$225 + GST
[show_capacity EVT_ID=5969]Click here to register