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On this support page you can find many answers to your questions about how to best prepare for your course, locations and what to expect.

Please read all details carefully including our Weather Cancellation Policy at the bottom!

 

Digital I

General Tips

  1. Make sure you charge your batteries as we will be taking hundreds of photos during the course. Bring a spare battery if you have one. If possible also bring your charger as there is some opportunity to charge your battery throughout the day.
  2. Clear your memory card so that you have lots of space for pictures during the day.
  3. You will not need a tripod for this class.
  4. Bring a lense for this course. Only one lens is required but please bring all of your favourites so you can try them out through the day! Also bring prime (single-focus) lenses if you have them.
  5. Lunch and snacks are provided. Please let us know ASAP if you have any dietary restrictions.
  6. Course notes and a quick reference guide are included in the session. You may wish to bring extra paper and pen to take notes but most of our students get through the day and remember what is taught without supplementary notes.

Outdoor Season (May – September)

  1. Courses take place in Downtown Calgary from 10am to 4pm. We will be starting at Eau Claire underneath the Windmill in the small water park.
  2. Your class will finish in approximately the same location at around 4pm.
  3. The majority of the course is outdoors. Please dress appropriately for conditions. This includes warm clothing, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug-spray and other possible requirements. Watch out for the possible course cancellation approximately 24 hours in advance to the start of the course. You can find our weather cancellation policy in the terms and conditions located here.
  4. There is approximately 2 km of walking throughout the day. If you have a very large zoom lens you may want to consider leaving it at home instead of carrying it throughout the day. We can perform the vast majority of exercises with standard lenses.
  5. ** OUR 2 DAY COURSES – will run from 6pm to 9pm on the days specified. Each day you will meet at the same location as the full day course.

Indoor Season (October – April)

  1. Courses take place at Heritage Park located at 1900 Heritage Drive SW from 10am to 4pm.
  2. Parking at Heritage Park costs $5.00 for a full seven hours.
  3. The class will meet just inside the entrance to Gasoline Alley.
  4. Depending on the weather we may spend some short periods of time outside.

Canmore

  1. Courses take begin at the North West Mounted Police Barracks in Canmore (609 8 St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B1) from 10am to 4pm. We meet in the field just behind the barracks archway!
  2. Note: there is limited 2-hour parking by the barracks. We suggest parking instead by the Canmore ArtsPlace (there is a parking lot close to the centre).
  3. We will be spending most of the day outside, so please be prepared for anything! Mountain weather can be quite unpredictable. That being said, we suggest bringing only what you need – if you have a few extra lenses you want to try out, bring them! But a tripod isn’t necessary, as we will be doing lots of walking down beautiful trails. During winter we will be moving inside to warm up at frequent intervals, but the majority of the course is being run outside. So please dress very very very warmly as you will enjoy the day immeasurably more if you are toasty warm :D.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes! (You are in a mountain town after all). Closed-toed shoes are preferred!
  5. Weather is variable to change so dress in layers. Plenty of warm, comfy layers – especially in the winter months!
  6. Please pay close attention to our weather cancellation policy below.

 

Digital II – Action & Composition

  1. See basic notes from Digital I photography.
  2. Location: This course will take place at the Calgary Zoo (1300 Zoo Road NE) – please meet just inside the glass doors at the Northern entrance well before the main ticket office.
  3. This course will run from 10am to 4pm in summer months (May – September) and 10am to 4pm in winter (October – April).
  4. Parking is $10 for the day at the Calgary Zoo.
  5. Please bring your Zoo Membership with you if you have one (it helps us a lot – thank you!).
  6. You won’t need a tripod, flash or reflector for this course.

 

Night Photography

  1. Night Photography takes place at Sien Lok Park located at address Riverfront Avenue & 1 Street Southwest. Please meet at the Memorial Cone which is in the centre of the park. Street parking is free after 6pm but there are a few paid parking lots nearby as well. The course will run from 8pm to 12am.
  2. You will need a tripod for this class. Please either purchase one or organize to rent one from a camera store in Calgary such as Vistek or The Camera Store. Please also test you tripod to make sure it works before the class.
  3. Please bring an external shutter release if you have one. No problems if you don’t.
  4. We recommend that you have dinner before the session.
  5. Please bring at least one flashlight. A head torch may be a good substitute or both is even better.
  6. Please dress VERY WARMLY. We will be spending a LOT of time standing still and you WILL GET COLD. More layers are better than less in this case ;).

 

People Photography

General Tips

  1. Please bring a reflector if you have one. If you do not, it is not a requirement.
  2. Bring pictures of portraits that you would like to emulate. We will work on reproducing these throughout the class.

Outdoor Season (May – September)

  1. Course takes place at Fish Creek Park from 10am to 4pm. 
  2. We will be meeting next to the red building in between the car parks for the Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant.

Indoor Season (October – April)

  1. Course takes place at Heritage Park located at 1900 Heritage Dr SW from 10am to 4pm.
  2. We will meet just inside the entrance to Gasoline Alley.
  3. Parking at Heritage Park costs $5.00 for a full seven hours.
  4. Depending on the weather, we may spend periods of time outside.

 

Adobe Lightroom

  1. Lightroom is held at the ActionEdge Business Coaching Offices, 1835 20th Ave NW, Calgary from 10am to 4pm. Street parking is available, please check the signs for parking restrictions.
  2. You will need to bring your own laptop with Lightroom loaded on. You can receive a 7-day free trial from Adobe here. We HIGHLY recommend that you download Lightroom on your computer at least 3 days before the class begins. Please email us if you are having ANY issues at all. This way we can solve them before class begins.
  3. Please bring a computer charger to this class.
  4. An external keyboard or mouse may be useful but not necessary.
  5. Please bring pictures that you would like to edit. We will work on these during the class.

 

Digital III – Landscapes & Travel

  1. We will be meeting at the Tourism Alberta Canmore Visitor Information Centre in Canmore. The group will meet at 10am and we will all hop into a car together for the day.
  2. The course will end at approximately 4:00pm.
  3. Make sure you charge your batteries as we will be taking hundreds of photos during the course. Bring a spare battery if you have one.
  4. Clear your memory card so that you have lots of space for pictures during the day.
  5. You will need a tripod for this course as well as a shutter release. Please bring any filters you would like to try out as well (so ND Filters, Polarizer’s etc). Also bring any lenses you’d like to try out (including a Macro lens if you have one).
  6. Lunch and snacks are provided. Please let us know ASAP if you have any dietary restrictions.
  7. Course notes are provided.
  8. Summer – These courses take place outside, so please make sure that you are dressing warmly with plenty of layers. It is also a good idea to bring gloves if the weather looks at all cold.
  9. Winter – THESE COURSES TAKE PLACE OUTSIDE, SO PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU DRESS IN MANY, MANY, MANY LAYERS WITH GLOVES, HATS, SCARVES, JACKETS, PANTS, SHOES, SOCKS etc… (It’ll be cold – but we’ll keep it fun we promise! It’ll just be more fun if you dress with incredible warmth in mind!)
  10. Sunshine Meadows: This course will meet at the Sunshine Village Ski Resort  at 9:00am. This course will end at approximately 3:30pm. For this course in particular you will need comfortable, sturdy footwear, water, and a light and comfortable backpack for your camera equipment. There will be approximately 5 – 6kms of easy walking throughout the day. Everything else is the same (i.e. what to bring etc).

 

Lightroom II

  1. Lightroom II is held at Learn Photography Canada’s Home Office (8 Evansborough Green NW, Calgary) from 1pm to 4pm.
  2. Parking is street parking. Please note that this is a neighbourhood so please be respectful when parking.
  3. You will need to bring your own laptop with Lightroom loaded on.
  4. Please bring a list of any issues that you are having in Lightroom so we can address them during the day.
  5. Please bring any HDR images or Panorama images that you would like to stitch together.
  6. Please bring any photos that you would like to work on. The more the better.
  7. Please bring a computer charger to this class.
  8. An external keyboard or mouse may be useful but not necessary.

 

Flash & Indoor Photography

  1. Flash & Indoor Photography is held at Learn Photography Canada’s home office: 8 Evansborough Green NW, Calgary, AB, T3P 0M7. Please park on the street (and pay attention to driveways, crosswalks etc – this is a residential neighbourhood :D).
  2. This course will run from 7pm to 10pm.
  3. Please bring a tripod, external flash and reflector. You will need to bring your own external flash, please contact us if you don’t have one and we can give you some rental options. A reflector is option and it is not necessary to have one if you don’t already own one!

 

Studio Photography

  1. Studio Photography is held at Learn Photography Canada’s Home Office: (8 Evansborough Green NW, Calgary, AB, T3P 0M7)  from 10am to 4pm. Please park on the street (and pay attention to driveways, crosswalks etc – this is a residential neighbourhood :D).
  2. Please bring your camera, tripod, and any other equipment that you’d like to try out!

 

Macro Photography

  1. The location for the Macro Photography course will be decided on for each course. Please check your reminder emails. The course will run from 10am to 4pm. 
  2. Please bring your camera & macro lens or close-up filters. You will also need a tripod (please ask us to rent one if you need it!). Don’t forget to charge your camera battery & empty your SD card.

 

Astrophotography

  1. Astrophotography takes place at Forgetmenot Pond in Kananaskis. We will be meeting in the second car park at 9:30pm. The course will finish at approximately 12am. Please drive safely as there is a lot of wildlife on this road in the evening.
  2. You will need a tripod for this class. Please either purchase one or organize to rent one from a camera store in Calgary such as Vistek or The Camera Store. Please also test you tripod to make sure it works before the class.
  3. Astrophotography works best with a very wide angle lens. Please bring your widest angle lens with you.
  4. Please bring an external shutter release if you have one. No problems if you don’t.
  5. Please bring at least one flashlight. A head torch may be a good substitute or both is even better.
  6. Please dress VERY WARMLY. We will be spending a LOT of time standing still and you WILL GET COLD. More layers are better than less in this case ;).

 

Weather Cancellation Policy

We will likely postpone a course if any of these conditions are present:

  1. If the forecast predicts rain or snow of 50% probability or higher.
  2. If the forecast predicts that the day will be more than 50% cloudy or overcast.
  3. If the forecast predicts that temperatures will not rise higher than 10C for the day. Your safety, comfort and enjoyment are our highest priority. Photography should be FUN! (Not cold, or wet…).
  4. If the forecast predicts that temperatures will exceed 32C for the day and/or there is a Heat Warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.
  5. For our CANMORE winter course – we will cancel this course in the same conditions as points 1 and 2 and 4 above, but if the forecast predicts that temperatures will not rise above 5C for the day (instead of 10C).

Decisions regarding postponing will happen 24 to 48 hours in advance and exceptions may be made in certain circumstances (such as our winter course in Canmore).

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