Part 2: Beyond the Basics


Welcome back to Camp Canon for another great week (or month) of photography & photo challenges!

In Photo Foundations you learned how to take control of your camera so you can unleash your full potential and creativity. In Storytellers, you’ll go deeper into your camera settings and learn simple ways to use light. We’ll show you how to edit your photos and put them together to tell beautiful and powerful stories.

Just like Photo Foundations, each day will start with an interactive online Zoom session with tips & tricks plus daily photo challenges created by your Camp Leader.

Everything you need will be shared with you and your fellow campers in your daily Zoom. You can use your computer or smartphone to login to each day’s Zoom session, which will last about 60 minutes. Be five minutes early if you can, and make sure you have Zoom downloaded in advance of Camp so it’s easy to login when Camp begins!

After each session ends, you’ll spend 1-2 hours having fun with your camera and shooting photos to share with the group in the next day’s session.

You’ll be uploading your photos to a Kajabi account, which will be provided to you by us. An email will be sent out to set-up the free account prior to the session start and during the first session, more information will be provided on how to upload the photo challenges. Make sure to upload your final photos at least 2-6 hours before the start of the next Zoom session so we have time to take a peek.

This Camp is all about learning how to use real cameras which are able to do so much more than your smartphone (sorry, smartphone photography will not be included in this course!), so please make sure you bring a functional digital camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) to Camp. You’ll also need a memory card for your camera and a way to transfer images from your camera to a computer or mobile device.


Session 1: Let's Get Manual? 

What we’ll do: Today’s the day! Campers, we’re going to truly unleash the full potential of your camera by showing you how to shoot in Manual Mode! Understanding how Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO work is like unlocking a magic door to great photography.

Today’s Challenge: Today you’ll take 30+ photos of a subject you really care about (pet, family member or an object like your bike). Use the Manual Mode of your camera to experiment with different moods and feelings. Upload your two favourite photos to your Kajabi account.

 Session 2: Magic of Editing & Filters

What we’ll do: Let’s start by sharing and discussing Camper photos from yesterday’s challenge! Then we’ll show you how basic and free editing tools and filters can make your photos pop!

Today’s Challenge: Take any photo you have submitted during previous sessions of Camp and edit it using the tips and techniques discussed in the Zoom session with the editing app of your choice. Upload the following two types of photos:

Photo 1: An unedited photo, straight from the camera.

Photo 2: The same photo after you have made creative edits.


Session 3: Lights, Camera, Action

What we’ll do: Let’s start by sharing and discussing Camper photos from yesterday’s challenge! Then we’ll explore lighting and how it can transform your photos. You’ll learn how to use sunlight in cool ways, and how you can get creative with almost any light source you have nearby.

Today’s Challenge: Take 30 or more photos that showcase your creativity with lighting. Try different techniques like silhouettes, spotlighting, natural light or anything cool you can imagine. Upload your two favourite photos.


Session 4: Structure Lighting

What we’ll do: Let’s start by sharing and discussing Camper photos from yesterday’s challenge! Then we’ll explore artificial lighting and new lighting techniques. You’ll learn how to use any light source around you in cool ways, and learn lighting patterns to create some amazing portraits.

Today’s Challenge: Take 30 or more portraits, using the new lighting patterns you learned in class. Have fun by positioning the camera in different angles and getting different expressions from your model. Upload your two favourite photos.

Session 5: We Are Our Stories

What we’ll do: Let’s start by sharing and discussing Camper photos from yesterday’s challenge! Then we’ll talk about how human beings communicate through stories and how photographs can be combined to create something that is more powerful than words.

Today’s Challenge: Put together a carousel of 4-10 photos to create a visual story. You can make anything into a story: a day at the park, a day with family, a birthday, etc. Upload your full carousel. Outstanding photo stories will then be shared on Canon Canada’s Instagram account in the following days!