Photography I: Basic Techniques and Fundamentals

Instructor: Shona Iverson
Wednesdays 5:30-8:30pm
10 weeks: September 20 to November 22
Location: In-person Williams Building room 322
$375 (supplies not included)
Prerequisite: None

Photography is both a practical and creative art. Beyond technical proficiency, a camera in hand not only allows you to document your life, but to beautify it. The intent of this course is to encourage students to practice creativity by experimenting with different styles of photography, build practical experience with artistic principles, and explore post-production processes. Lessons will be built around lecture and discussion, guided experience, photography prompts, and image critique. 


  • Composition - making an image, rather than just taking an image
  • Applying colour theory for images that pop
  • Using light to your advantage
  • Creating home studio projects that don’t require a lot of equipment to get great results
  • An introduction to portraiture, including basic posing and lighting recipes
  • Landscape and nature, from your neighbourhood park to a day in the country
  • Finding inspiration in the streets of the city
  • Exploring a basic workflow for processing images*
  • Building an authentic audience: exploring opportunities to share your work

*Our second to last lesson will include instruction in using Adobe Lightroom. Students aren’t required to purchase a subscription to this software, but are encouraged to take advantage of the 7 day trial of the product.


  • A digital camera of any type (including mobile phone)
  • Studio lesson - coloured paper for backdrops, white poster board (or similar) to use as a reflector, a variety of props including a glass, a thin white plastic tablecloth (or similar) to diffuse light, masking tape 
  • Optional - tripod