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Advanced Photography and Photo Editing Course

Advanced Photography Course

Do you want to learn more about photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop®? Have you taken your camera off the Automatic settings, but are unsure on what the next steps are for getting the most out of your images? Would you like to learn more in-depth composition techniques, and how to stage and pose your subjects? Would you like to learn more about using flash to get the correct exposure in low light situations? How about using flash to enhance daylight images to get rid of shadows and produce more even lighting on your subjects? 

This 6-hour course is designed so you will learn how to properly edit your images to produce professional looking photographs. To configure and set up extra lighting to create evenly exposed images. You will come away with a new bag of tips and tricks for taking your images up to a whole new standard. 

One of the biggest portions of this course will be to giving you a working knowledge of how to use the Adobe® photo editing programs. Starting with the basics of importing and organizing your images, all the way up to compositing in and removing unwanted items and distractions out of your images in Photoshop. 

What is required:
• A camera capable of Manual mode settings
• A flash, which can be built in, or an extra one. 
• Your willingness to learn and fun with photography. 

What is not necessary but good to have:
• A laptop or iPad
• Adobe® Photographers Suite (1 week free trial at

When: Dec 15, 2018 at 10am to 4pm (lunch provided)
Where: Chamber of Commerce Board Room at the Information Centre
Cost: $250.00/person includes lunch 

Pre-Register is required.

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12:00 PM12:00

Product Promo Photography (Lunch N Learn)

Speaker Biography: Darran Chaisson, owner of Darran Chaisson Photography, is a professional photographer based in Port Alberni. Before starting his studio practice, Darran was an industrial mechanic working in some of the most remote parts of Canada. His influences include Ansel Adams, Bev Davis, Sherman Hines, and Mike Tittle, for their diverse body of work and the depth of feeling they achieve. 

A self-taught artist for over forty years, Darran specializes in landscape, concert and promotional photography, taking great satisfaction in creating just the right image to suit his client’s needs. He is continually motivated by the challenge of getting his camera to produce the scene and emotion in his mind’s eye. When left to his own devices, he will seek out and capture the unparalleled, raw beauty of the rainforest and ocean on Canada’s west coast. Darran continues to refine and experiment with his medium while maintaining a high personal standard for quality, integrity, and customer service. 

Darran has produced ad campaigns for clients across Canada and was selected from over 18,000 entrants as the 2017 grand prize winner for BC Ferries’ #stormwatchBC photo competition. His award-winning photography can be found in private collections in the UK, Canada, Korea, and USA.

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Laketown Shakedown

Laketown Shakedowns is a celebration of BC music that runs over the May Long Weekend (May 18 - 20, 2018); the Lake Days Weekend (June 8 - 9, 2018); and, the Labour Day Weekend (August 31 - September 2, 2018). Camping and music in beautiful Lake Cowichan

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1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to DSLR Cameras

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You love taking your camera out when you are exploring, yet every image you make seems to be lacking compared to what you see with your eye. The primary root of this problem is shooting in Auto mode. Meaning the camera is doing all the thinking for you.
Theres only one problem A camera doesnt have a real brain. It cant think or compensate for issues that confuse a camera, and it isnt able to compose an image by itself.
You have already invested money, time, and energy to make better images but you are not satisfied with the results. Why is that? There are so many functions in your camera, and often reading the manual doesnt get the ideas to gel in our minds. We need to understand the fundamentals of camera usage and photography as a whole. We need to visualize, experiment and gain hands on experience with the functions.
So join me for this popular workshop to learn more about getting more from your camera, the settings and how to apply the information you gain.

Course Outline:
2-3 hrs (class size depending) theory on how your camera works and composition rules
1 hr Meal Break (full Menu ordering available from La Bruschetta Bistro *Not included in course cost*) 
2-3 hours (again class size depending) of hands on practical knowledge of what we learned.
What You'll Need to Bring:

  • A Camera that you can set to Manual. Doesn't have to be a big expensive DSLR, but as long as you can change the settings that will work (Mandatory)
  • A willingness to learn
  • A great Attitude 
  • A Big Smile

Ticket are available by emailing me at

I accept all major Credit Cards, E-Transfer, Cash, and Cheque. 

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