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Photography (August 9 - 13)

Photography (August 9 - 13)

August 13 2021

Hey everyone!

Well, today was our last class! Today, we made our lightbox, and our class seemed really impressed with how it turned out! Moving forward, our class now has a DIY resource to make professional product photography with, as well as a grander understanding of lighting.

After that, we talked about the importance of branding, voice, and portfolios for photographers, moving onto a discussion of further learning resources. It is important for our class to understand that photography is a practice, and it's up to our class to go out there and shoot and learn for themselves. Given how eager the class has been to ask questions and learn, I'm excited for what the future holds!

From the bottom of my heart, I'm very thankful for the wonderful week. Lots of great questions and learning opportunities have taken place, and I'm grateful for the engagement the class has shown. 

As always, for any further questions, feel free to reach out!

Thanks for the awesome week everyone!



August 12 2021

Hi everyone!

Today, we learned about lighting, and how it's so fundamental to creating compelling photography. We talked about how different positioning of light sources can create different textures and effects, and how we can create similar studio light with what we have in our homes! On top of that, we discussed how to use the sun as a light source, when are optimal times to shoot outdoors, and how we can control and adapt to it!

Tomorrow is our last class, and since we weren't able to find time to make our lightbox earlier, we'll be doing so tomorrow! As a quick reminder, here are the materials that will be needed: 

  1. cardboard box (18 x 18 x 24 inch would be ideal, but a smaller box work)
  2. Parchment paper (clear and translucent)
  3. Bight white poster board
  4. Scissors
  5. Tape
  6. Any 2 lamps available (fluorescent light bulbs preferred, but not necessary to understand the project). 
  7. A free space for them to take photos.

Let me know if these materials won't be readily available tomorrow, and I will adjust the lesson accordingly. 

I'm excited for our final class! See you all tomorrow.



August 11 2021

Hi everyone!

Today, we continued our discussion on camera settings, and our class seems to be getting a further grasp of the concepts! This is exciting to see, as understanding the exposure triangle is the first major hurdle to jump across when learning photography. I'm very impressed with the progress our class is making, as well as the willingness to learn!

On top of that, we went over two fundamental composition techniques: rule of thirds and frames within a frame. These are two very nifty tricks to up your photo game. On that note, tonight's homework is to play with these two techniques. I can't wait to see what the class comes up with!

Tomorrow, we are going to discuss lighting, how to control it, and how to adapt it!

Excited for tomorrow's class! If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.

Take care,



August 10 2021

Hi everyone!

Today, we began our lesson on the very complex world of camera settings! How can we use manual mode to best control our camera to take the best images that we can? These are really hard concepts to grasp, and our class is doing a very good job and grasping these concepts!

For tonight's homework, I've assigned the class to take photos playing with Shutter Speed and Aperture, two very fundamental settings to understand when it comes to manual mode. The class showed a lot of eagerness to explore and experiment, which is amazing to see! I can't wait to see what the class comes up with tomorrow!

Tomorrow, we are going to solidify our knowledge of manual mode, and move onto some composition tricks as well!

If there are any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out!

Kind regards,



August 9, 2021

Hey everyone!

Today's introductory lesson to Photography went great! I'm very glad to see the class ask a lot of questions and show lots of engagement. I love that we came into this class with a specific intention of what we want to get out of the lessons!

We discussed the meaning of the subject, and the importance of finding intention and focus when a photographer picks up a camera. Our class easily grasped the concept! Moving forward, whenever our class picks up their camera, we're going to ask, "what is it that I'm shooting? And why?" Once these questions are answered, the class will be well on its way to capture great photos!

For homework, I asked the class to spot out anything that interests them throughout the day and take a photo, getting creative with angles, backgrounds, and position. On top of that, I asked them to bring in a photo that means something to them tomorrow. We're going go examine all these photos tomorrow!

Tomorrow, we are going to go over the photos our class takes and chooses. I'm super excited to see what the class has to show tomorrow! With that, we will begin our lesson on the more advanced camera settings, such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, and how they all interact to make engaging photography.

Thanks for the awesome first class! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out. 

Take care,



Hey everyone!

My name is Jimmy, and I'll be your instructor for the week! A little bit about me, I'm a freelance photographer and a recent graduate of Ryerson University's Media Production program. I have a huge passion for sharing my love for photography, and I look forward to inspiring the next generation of photo snappers! 

This week, we'll be doing a lot of hands on work, as well as exploring the fundamentals of photography. We'll be learning concepts like composition, the rule of thirds, camera settings, lighting, and more! We'll also be making a DIY phone tripod as well as a DIY Lightbox, to carry over for your child's future photography endeavors.

What your child will need throughout the week:

  1. A camera! (DSLR is preferred, but a film camera or even a phone with a camera will also work).
  2. A SD card (if using a DSLR to capture photos).
  3. If using a phone, download ProCam Lite or any app with manual camera controls.
  4. For Monday's class: a paper/plastic cup and scissors (We're making a DIY iPhone tripod!)
  5. For Wednesday's class: a cardboard box (18 x 18 x 24 inch would be ideal, but a smaller box work), parchment paper (clear and translucent), bight white poster board, scissors, tape, and any 2 lamps available (fluorescent light bulbs preferred, but not necessary to understand the project). We're making a DIY Lightbox! 
  6. A free space for them to take photos.
Materials for #4 and #5 can be found in most homes, or bought really cheap at stationary stores. If these materials cannot be available come next week, kindly let me know, so I can adjust the curriculum accordingly. 

Our class will take place from August 9 - August 13 at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM EST (Toronto time). Below is the zoom link:

The line will open 10 minutes before the class starts.  Please ensure you have a Zoom account and are able to connect. 


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out! 

See you Monday! 


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