Photography, Lightroom classes at TOSH in Qualicum Beach

Creative Photography starts April 19, Introduction to Lightroom starts April 20

The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre is offering two workshops with Brian Argyle. The class is on Wednesday mornings on April 19 and 26 and May 3 and 10 is Creative Photography. In Creative Photography, Argyle will teach people how to control their camera, allowing photographs to take on a new meaning and impact. Argyle said it’s about getting more out of the camera such as composition of photos and settings. During the classes, people will learn to apply creative effects such as ‘tack-sharp’ spot focus, background bokeh, motion blur versus freeze-frame and lighting/silhouettes of subjects. Improve the composition of a photo just by cropping the image or moving the subject a little one way or the other to add impact to the work. In the classes, there will be discussions about all types of photography including landscape, sports, flowers, animals, night shots and abstract. Argyle said during the classes, he will try to plan field trips (weather permitting). In the past, Argyle said he’s taken classes to the golf course to work on shutter speed and motion-blur photos. Argyle will also teach the various priority modes including shutter speed, aperture and manual.

The class is $100 for members or $110 for non-members.

Argyle’s other course is Introduction to Lightroom on Thursdays mornings on April 20 and 27 and May 4 and 11.

Argyle said Introduction to Lightroom is about getting people started with the program, adding that he teaches the distinction between Lightroom and Photoshop. In the class, Argyle said, he concentrates on two basic modules: the library module and the development module.

Argyle said there is more to Lightroom than people realize. He said the main thing is Lightroom has a tremendous database and catalogue for photos, adding that people often have thousands of images and Lightroom makes it easy to find the pictures. Argyle said Lightroom is about developing the raw image, while Photoshop would be used for editing, adding that people find about 80 per cent of their work can be used on Lightroom.

For Introduction to Lightroom, people need to have a laptop with Lightroom installed. Argyle said people can chose to buy just Lightroom or Adobe Creative Cloud which includes Photoshop as well. Argyle also said it’s possible for people to download a trial version of Lightroom which is good for 30 days. He said if the trial Lightroom is downloaded a day or two before, it would be usable for the duration of the class.

The class is $125 for members or $135 for non-members. For more information, visit

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