• Session: Future Dates coming soon
  • Time: 1-4pm (Sundays)
  • Instructor: Leah Gray & Steve Smith
  • Experience: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Investment: $225

This course is geared to intermediate and advanced photographers, but beginner photographers are welcome to attend.

Photography is “writing with light”. The camera is your light capturing machine. Become a connoisseur of light and you will discover opportunities for great shots that you may not have seen before. Our discussion will start with using the natural light around us and move on to creating light with speed-lights, continuous lights and studio lights. We will define and examine different types of light. With this knowledge we will look at ways to recognize and use light in your own photography. You will come away with a good understanding of the principles of light and some strategies for improving your photography.


Leah Gray, FCAPA, PPSA, AFIAP is a Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA) certified judge. She is the past Chair of the Victoria Camera Club (VCC) External Competitions Committee and past webmaster of VCC and CAPA. Leah Gray has accumulated over 600 acceptances for her images in International Photography Exhibitions including 15 gold medals and 3 Best in Show awards. Leah’s image “Siblings” won the gold medal and best-in-show in the PSA Nature and Wildlife division from International Exhibitions world-wide in 2018. Interests range from wildlife and landscape photography to sports, travel, macro, studio and creative images.

Steve Smith PhD, RPF(Ret) has won gold medals and other significant awards in national and international photographic competitions. Steve has taught forestry at the university level. He has presented photography workshops on various subjects to members of the Victoria Camera Club. He has been involved in a number of image review groups and has judged internal and international competitions. For Steve, the art of photography is a combination of light, composition and a moment, to create a compelling piece of visual art. Compelling because an emotional link is forged between the viewer and the image. Nature and wildlife photography are his main interests but he also enjoys travel, table top, macro, creative and studio work.

https://spirithills.ca/ (Leah)
https://treehunterphotos.ca/ (Steve)