DSLR Photography Workshops
Presented by Glenn Springer, TIF, RHCC, HHCC, CAPA, GTCCC

This workshop is about becoming more comfortable with your DSLR camera and the concepts that will help you to produce better images.

Warning: by the end of this workshop,
you will be a better photographer!

Who is this course for?

If you own a DSLR and you're shooting on that dreaded green "automatic" mode or even "P" mode because the other settings are just too complicated, this course is for you.

You've invested in an expensive state-of-the-art camera that's capable of producing professional quality images, but you're using it like a little point-and-shoot because it's new or because you never took the time to learn what it can do.

This course is perfect for you because in two days you can be shooting like a pro, putting your own personal stamp on your images instead of letting the camera make all the decisions for you.

What will I learn?

You'll learn how to make your camera do what YOU want, not what IT wants.

You'll learn what happens when you change your aperture, shutter speed or ISO sensitivity. You'll learn how they're inter-related. How to change your exposures to match challenging lighting conditions. How to focus and recompose your pictures. What those dreaded "A" or "S" or "Tv" or Av" or "M" modes are.

You'll find out about the quality, quantity and direction of light and what the rules of composition are and when you should break them. You'll look at some basic photo editing and organization techniques and how to prepare your pictures for printing or putting on the web.

By the end of this course, you'll have a good idea of which settings you should be using to achieve what you want; and you'll be comfortable trying a wide variety of things on your camera.

Will you be an expert after the course? After two days? You're kidding, right? I've got 50 years in and I'm not an expert yet. But you will know a lot more than you did going in!

How long is the course? What do I need to bring?

It takes 10-12 hours to learn this stuff.

We could do it faster but then you wouldn't retain anything. And we wouldn't be able to get you out shooting some pictures and reviewing them to see where we need to spend more time. We have about 6 structured lessons. We deal with a topic, then if time permits, we send you out to shoot some pictures to make sure you got it and get you thinking. Then we review and only then do we move on to the next subject.

Day 1 is the boring theoretical part. On Day 2, we revisit the main topics and go out and shoot some pictures if weather permits. We allocate time for subjects that pertain particularly to you.

You need to have a working DSLR camera of reasonably modern vintage. Battery, memory card, lens. We would like it if you had a tripod too. But here's the biggest thing of all: you need to have the manual for the camera and you have to have read it!

Here's the deal. There have to be 100 different cameras out there and we can't know all the intimate details of all of them. When we say "exposure compensation", or "spot metering" or "continuous (servo) focus tracking", you may not know how they work or how to use them, but you have to have read the words before and at least have some idea where to look in the manual. Those are the features you bought that DSLR for! At least know what they are!

We recommend that you read your manual from cover to cover, including the English, Russian and Japanese language sections (just kidding. The Italian pages will be enough!). Keep it on your night table or in the bathroom. Pick it up and read it. Start by looking up those phrases in the preceding paragraph. And it actually helps to have your camera in your hand while you're reading it. If you actually did that stuff, you wouldn't need this course! Kidding again. Of course you would!

Where is the course held? When? How many students?

We're up in the Haliburton Highlands.

Right near the intersection of highways 35 and 118. It's about 10km from Minden (exactly 10km from the Tim Horton's!), 20 or 25km from Haliburton, and actually only 180km from Toronto. There's a comfortable Inn directly across the road, a B&B just down the street, you could make a great weekend out of it!

But we'll come to you, if you want. Obviously we'll have to figure out travel and accommodation costs for the instructor and have a place where we can teach, but we've run courses in hotel conference rooms, even private homes and offices! "We can work it out", as the Beatles used to sing!

Dates are really flexible! But most people prefer weekends.

Weekends or weekdays, it's up to you. See the song reference in the previous paragraph! Use the contact button if you have a different date in mind


Workshops run on demand. You tell us when you want to attend! . Because they're small classes, we'll accommodate your needs, so let us know what date you have in mind.

Really, really small classes.

I guess when we go public on the TSE, we'll have to run bigger classes. Maximum 6 students. Usually less. We do courses even when we only have one student. I like classes of 4 or less students because (a) I can run them at home and don't have to rent a conference facility, (b) everyone can see the screens so I don't have to use the projector and (c) you get more personal attention.

How much does it cost?

It's a surprisingly low $200 per person.

For two full days. Personal attention. Small group. An experienced, qualified instructor. You tell me where you can do better!

And if you are a group, let's talk!


What about the fine print?

There's not an awful lot. Just common sense.

  • You have to prepay for the courses.
  • If you don't show up, we keep your money.
  • If you want to cancel or reschedule, you have to give us time to fill your seat.
    • 3 weeks or more before, you get your money back
    • 2 weeks before, we keep $50
    • 1 week before, you'll get $100 back if we can fill your seat.
    • Special circumstances are special circumstances and we're human too.
  • What if the weather's lousy?
    • Hey. We're Canadian, Eh? When did a little weather stop us?
    • Besides, you get great pictures in bad weather!
    • Dress appropriately.
    • Special circumstances are special circumstances and we're human too.
  • We're going to need some information about you before the course.
    • Who you are, how to contact you, your age (ok, at least are you over 18)
      • If you're not over 18 we'll need a parent or guardian's signature
    • Your equipment and experience.
    • You'll be asked to sign a waiver. If you fall down and hurt yourself, it's your fault, not ours.
    • You'll be asked to sign a model release. If you end up in one of my pictures and I want to use it to promote the courses, I can.
    • A photo release. If you submit pictures during the course, we can use them to promote the courses. You still keep the copyright and we can't sell them without your permission.
  • We'll be adding you to our newsletter mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time with one single click.
  • We promise not to sell or provide your information to anyone outside our company.

OK, that was a longer list than I thought, but it all makes sense, right?


Are we friendly to those who are physically challenged? Almost. There are two small steps to the deck and one more into the house. It's not perfect, but it's your call.

How do I contact you?



I'm really sorry about not just giving you my phone number and private email address, but I'm really tired of those 3am phone calls from Spokane Washington wanting to sell me SEO services for my websites, or the emails from the Nigerian Prime Minister's office who wants me to help dispose of $3 million in gold bars.

If I'm sure you're a real person and of course if you book a session, you'll get all that, but for the first contact, you need to use the form. OK? I'm sure you understand.

If you have any questions, I'll try to answer them as quickly as humanly possible!

How do I register and pay for a course?

Payment is via PayPal. You can use a credit card without opening a PayPal account.
It's a really secure way to do business.

If you want to make alternate arrangements, please use the contact form.