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Advanced Photography Courses

A002: Event Photography

Event photography can be the most challenging type of photography. From weddings to family events; from newspaper shoots to corporate receptions, the circumstances always change, there is never enough time, light or space, and you need to perform and deliver the goods with no excuses.

A long-term newspaper and event photographer, Michael teaches you his tricks. Learn from his experience and become comfortable with flash, checklists, lens choices, and much more, and face your next event with confidence.

4 Hours - $195 per person (Minimum 2 students)

Ask about special multi-course packages and ask about special large-group rates.

A004: The Art of Photographing Nudes

Throughout history, artists have pictured the human form. Nudes are always timeless when tastefully done, especially in black and white, using natural light or simulated natural light. It is easy to photograph a nude model but it is difficult to do it with taste and meaning.

Using a professional model, we teach you how to light, how to interact with your model, and how to produce art that takes a fresh look at a subject that will always remain interesting.

All Day - $329 per person (Minimum 4 students) - Scheduled on request

A005: Nature Walk

Our regular Nature Walks bring it all together for those of you who like to photograph the world around them. On this walk we review and practice all the technical skills you need, and we capture the elements around us, learn how to see and how to capture what you see. Different lenses for different uses: Scenics, animals and foliage. This workshop is held at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park on the Niagara Escarpment. An SLR and a wide as well as a long lens are suggested. A monopod is useful, too.

4 Hours - $149 per person (Minimum 2 students) - Scheduled on request

A006: Outdoor Flash Workshop

Our regular Nature Walks bring it all together for those of you who like to photograph the world around them. On this walk we review and practice all the technical skills you need, and we capture the elements around us, learn how to see and how to capture what you see. Different lenses for different uses: Scenics, animals and foliage.

This workshop is held at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park on the Niagara Escarpment. An SLR and a wide as well as a long lens are suggested. A monopod is useful, too.

4 Hours - $149 per person (Minimum 2 students) - Scheduled on request

A003: Advanced Creative Lighting

This course contains the entire “Advanced Flash” course above, and then takes things a step or two further.

In this full-day course we start by going over the same theory, but then we take out our cameras and in professional indoors and outdoors environments, you set up and create great portfolio shots of a professional model with your newly acquired knowledge. Michael Willems and Joseph Marranca, one of Canada’s premier creative photographers, team up to give you all you need to do this yourself and to go home with pro-quality shots.

This course is taught in a great environment with a small group of students - no more than ten students, which with two instructors guarantees you get lots of personal attention.

All Day - $299 per person (Minimum 4 students) - Scheduled on request

A001: Flash

“It is the worst of lights, it is the best of lights”. As a serious photographer, you need to know about Flash. You really need this: Michael Willems’s signature Flash workshop.

From small flashes to large strobes; from TTL to light balancing to the use of modern small flash modifiers; in four intense hours, we will teach you what you need to know, so you will love flash, instead of hating it. When to use Fong, when to use Honl? Learn iTTL and eTTL and their limitations. Learn the cardinal flash portrait rule. Learn to avoid common errors in real-life situations. And prepare for a few epiphanies!

4 Hours - $195 per person (Minimum 2 students)

In the advanced courses Michael and partners teach you to apply the skills you learned elsewhere, or in our previous courses. When you take one of these advanced courses, therefore, you should already know your camera’s operation. photography fundamentals such as the use of aperture and shutter, and basic flash operation, i.e. have knowledge equivalent to the Basics I workshops.