Photography Course The Art Of Seeing


  • Session: Fall 2019 Dates Coming Soon!
  • Time: 10am – 11:30am
  • Instructor: Shannon Oatway
  • Experience: Beginner
  • Investment: $100
  • Supplies: Please bring your Camera (Cameras can be anything but ideally a DSLR with manual capabilities)

Learn how to create a greater impact with your photos in this photographic course for enthusiastic beginners. Shannon will guide you through shooting tight, finding the light, working with angles and much more! Learn to create photos with visual impact.


Course Plan:

1. Shoot Tight
• Brief explanation about exposure: f-stop, shutter speed and ISO.
• Brief explanation about lenses: 50mm, wide angle and telephoto
• Power point illustrating the difference between photos shot tight and ones that are not and the uses of the different lenses
• What is “Isolated Focus”? A key skill to shoot like a pro.

HOMEWORK to be done during the week before the next class
• Hands on time during the week in between classes. Students will go photograph a subject of their choice and must achieve goals discussed in previous class and submit 3-5 images to me via email, one day prior to the next class.

2. Find The Light:
• Power Point Presentation
• Introduction to the magic hour
• Timing is everything
• Using the shade
• Backlighting is awesome!
• What is a reflector?
• Critique for the previous homework of “Shooting Tight”– Load student images into power point show to class, critique (students to email me 3-5 images 1 day prior to class, for power point presentation.)

3. Work The Angles
• Power Point Presentation
• Picking your location
• Be aware of the background
• Alter your stance…shooting low, high, to the side, far away
• Go beyond the obvious…
• When shooting wide works
• Critique for the previous homework of “Find The Light”– Load student images into power point show to class, critique (students to email me 3-5 images 1 day prior to class, for power point presentation.)

4. Class summary with student power presentation of all four sessions, including a critique of the last session “Working The Angles”.
• Evaluation Form for students of Instructor
• Q & A

Instructor Shannon Oatway:
Graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, where I majored in Commercial Photography. After graduation, I spent the next 20 years at the Calgary Herald as a staff photojournalist. Some of the highlights of my career at the Herald include photographing the Calgary Olympics, The Calgary Flames and World Cup Alpine Ski Events. I have had the privilege of photographing many of the newsmakers of our time, prominent Canadian Politicians to the G8 Leaders; Sophia Loren to Clint Eastwood; Wayne Gretzky to Magic Johnson. Other prominent Canadians include Margaret Atwood, David Suzuki and Robert Bateman. I have donned fatigues to share in combat training with army recruits; dangled from the 53rd floor of an office tower with firefighters; trekked across the Prairies with carnival workers; and wedged my camera gear through tight crevasses with cave explorers. Photographing documentaries are also another love of mine. The most memorable was photographing the Canadian U.N. Forces in Croatia and Bosnia in 1994, returning a short time later to cover the refugees living along the Adriatic coastline in Croatia.
I also spent some time in the Middle East photographing the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Independent State of Israel and the reaction in the Occupied Territories in the spring of 1997.

In 2000, I left the newspaper to pursue freelance opportunities in commercial, corporate and sport photography. Some of my clients included Imperial Oil, Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation, The Institute of Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, The Canadian Learning Foundation, Alberta Ballet, Alberta Summer Games and The Calgary Stampeders. I have been published in Wine Spectator, Wine Access, The Globe and Mail, Explore Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Far North Oil and Gas Magazine, The Business Edge, Canadian Diamond and Jewelry Magazine.

Throughout most my life, I have had a keen interest in the artistic side of photography. Nature and architecture are two of my favorite subjects. I love exploring nature, using a macro lens the close up view of nature can offer up incredible abstract images.

My family and I relocated to Victoria in 2012, after a 2-year stint in Brazil. The island has become my home and I love exploring the many possibilities of creative photography inspired by this beautiful landscape.


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