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Digital Cameras for Absolute Beginners

Is your new digital camera still in its box? Are you frustrated by all the different settings and functions on your camera? This workshop will help you to understand the settings on your camera and learn how to manage image quality, focus, and lighting, as well as highlighting some of your camera’s important functions. Perfect for the "point and click" photographer, this course will help you to become more comfortable with your new camera. Bring your sense of humour, and a freshly charged camera to class.

2016P PHOT 500G 001 • Jun 11 - Jun 18 (2 sessions) • Joel Friesen

  • Sat • 9:00am-12:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $89+GST

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Please note: date changes for 2016P section 1 New dates are Jun 11 and Jun 18


Photography Level 1 – Introduction

This course is designed as an introduction for traditional and digital photographers. Focus on the basics and you're on your way to creating picture perfect photographs! Learn the basic functions of your camera (digital SLR & traditional film SLR) including: exposure, light (metering and flash), depth of field as well as an introduction to many more photographic topics. Plan to shoot approximately three rolls of print or digital images during the course. Point ‘n’ shoot cameras (with manual functions/operations) are welcome but a digital SLR or film SLR camera will afford you the best overall learning experience. The ten sessions include eight in the classroom, plus two field trips. NOTE: Field trips are either scheduled during regular evening class time or on weekends – see following for weekend schedules. Section 006 has both one of the classroom sessions (9-11:30am) and one of the field trips on Saturday, Apr 23 (12-2:30pm). Students must attend the specific classroom section and field trip they are registered in. Switching sections is not permitted.

Field trip dates:
Section 004: Sunday, Apr 24, 9-11:30am; & Sunday, May 15, 12-2:30pm, location tba
Section 005: Saturday, Apr 23, 3-5:30pm; & Saturday, May 14, 12-2:30pm, location tba 
Section 006: Saturday, Apr 23, 12-2:30pm; & Saturday, May 14, 9-11:30am, location tba

2016W PHOT 501G 004 • Apr 5 - May 24 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Tues • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $295+GST

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2016W PHOT 501G 005 • Apr 7 - May 26 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Thur • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $295+GST

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2016W PHOT 501G 006 • Apr 13 - May 25 (9 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Wed • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Interurban
  • $295+GST

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Photography Level 2 – Intermediate – Limited Enrolment

This ten week course is an extension to Mitch Stringer's very popular Photography Level 1 – Introduction course, and fills quickly! Continue improving your understanding, implementation and control of the photographic process and become more confident in your abilities and the outcome of your images. Topics will include: review of camera & photographic basics (a comprehensive refresher for everyone), further instruction in exposure and depth of field control, exploration of external flash operations and introductory discussion of photographic composition. Two field trips will offer the student opportunities to explore and refine their newly acquired knowledge and techniques. The ten sessions include eight in the classroom, plus the two field trips. Note: Field trips are either scheduled during regular evening class time or on weekends – see below for schedules. Prerequisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course is strongly recommended, or equivalent skills).

Field trip dates:
Section 002: Sunday, Apr 24 & May 15, 3-5:30pm for both

2016W PHOT 503G 002 • Apr 7 - May 26 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Thur • 3:30pm-6:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $295+GST

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Photography Level 3 – Advanced dSLR Photography New

Take your image creation, photographic skills and theory to the next level. Reach a higher technical and creative level of understanding of the photographic process. Limited to only 8 students, this advanced dSLR photography course is designed for the serious photographer who expects the best and who will adhere to the rubric and commitment necessary to achieve excellence in image capture. With dynamic sessions centered in the classroom environment as well as further studies in photographic theory, there will be a strong practical element to this course. Students will be expected to dedicate some time to coursework outside of lectures or field trips. The ten sessions include eight in the classroom, plus two Sunday field trips – see schedule below. Prerequisites: It is strongly recommended that you have completed both Photography Level 1 (Introduction) and Level 2 (Intermediate) courses before considering this advanced level course.

Field trip dates (note different times):
Sunday, Apr 24, 12-2:30pm & May 15, 9-11:30am, locations tba.

2016W PHOT 507G 001 • Mar 21 - May 16 (10 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Mon • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • Sun • 12:00pm-2:30pm • Off campus
  • Sun • 9:00am-11:30am • Off campus
  • $495+GST

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Nature Photography with Mitch Stringer New

This weekend course will instruct you on how to take better nature photos whether in a local park or around the world. You will learn how to consider composition when photographing, become more aware of light and how to best use your camera to help bring out the maximum impact of the setting. Through a mix of lectures, field trips and group critiques, you will learn how to go beyond snapshots to create more professional quality images in the field. Equipment: A digital SLR (dSLR) camera and tripod are recommended, but not required for this course. Prerequisite: Participants should have a strong understanding of photography basics (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course is strongly recommended or equivalent skills). 

Course schedule:
Classroom Sessions: Fri, May 6, 6:30-9pm; Sat, May 7, 1-4pm; Sun, May 8, 1-4pm; Lansdowne Campus
Field Trips: Sat, May 7, 9am-noon; Sun, May 8, 9am-noon, locations tba.

2016P PHOT 506G 001 • May 6 - May 8 (3 sessions) Cancelled


Flower and Garden Photography with Mitch Stringer New

Many fascinating and exciting subjects for photographs are as close as your own back yard. Learn how to use exposure, focus and creative techniques for stunning floral and garden photos. Whether you are using an SLR digital camera loaded with special features or a simple point-and-shoot camera, you can learn how to take great photos in your garden. Topics will include: exploring the many facets of successful close-up photography, tips on composition, and how photographing from different angles can create dynamic images. Learn to control the photographic capture, and navigate challenging lighting with ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Cultivate and improve your artistic vision using selective focus, unexpected angles and depth of field to create imaginative and inspired images. Prerequisite: Participants should have a strong understanding of photography basics (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course is strongly recommended or equivalent skills).

Course schedule:
Classroom Sessions: Fri, May 20, 6:30-9pm; Sat, May 21, 1-4pm; Sun, May 22, 1-4pm; Lansdowne Campus
Field Trips: Sat, May 21, 9am-noon; Sun, May 22, 9am-noon, locations tba.

2016P PHOT 547G 001 • May 20 - May 22 (3 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • $209+GST

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Photography Intro – TEEN Summer Immersion Workshop (14-17 years) New

These adult and teen specific immersion workshops are for the passionate and focused beginner photographer!  Spend intensive time with a supportive, professional photographer and master teacher whose years of experience and depth of knowledge will help take your photography to the next level as you learn to photograph in full manual mode so you can artistically and confidently capture the world and image possibilities around you. 

Daily indoor lectures and outdoor photographic sessions will encourage you to practice the required basics i.e. aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Creative photo activities will allow you to have fun expanding your visual imagination.  Equipment: You must bring your dSLR or a compact camera that can shoot in manual mode. Manual mode is usually indicated by a large capital (“M”) on the dial and is mandatory for this workshop.

You will learn:

  • All the manual mode settings (Aperture/Shutter/ISO/Focus) to gain full control over the camera
  • Compositional tricks for stunning and artistic images
  • Fun and interesting photo activities to aid in the understanding of the materials presented
  • Daily hands-on practice fully devoted to putting all of the principles into action

2016S PHOT 508G 001 • Jul 18 - Jul 21 (4 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Mon Tues Wed Thur • 11:00am-3:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $375+GST

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Photography Intro – ADULT Summer Immersion Workshop New

These adult and teen specific immersion workshops are for the passionate and focused beginner photographer!  Spend intensive time with a supportive, professional photographer and master teacher whose years of experience and depth of knowledge will help take your photography to the next level as you learn to photograph in full manual mode so you can artistically and confidently capture the world and image possibilities around you. 

Daily indoor lectures and outdoor photographic sessions will encourage you to practice the required basics i.e. aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Creative photo activities will allow you to have fun expanding your visual imagination.  Equipment: You must bring your dSLR or a compact camera that can shoot in manual mode. Manual mode is usually indicated by a large capital (“M”) on the dial and is mandatory for this workshop.

You will learn:

  • All the manual mode settings (Aperture/Shutter/ISO/Focus) to gain full control over the camera
  • Compositional tricks for stunning and artistic images
  • Fun and interesting photo activities to aid in the understanding of the materials presented
  • Daily hands-on practice fully devoted to putting all of the principles into action

2016S PHOT 509G 001 • Jul 25 - Jul 28 (4 sessions) • Mitch Stringer

  • Mon Tues Wed Thur • 9:00am-1:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $375+GST

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Lifestyle

Golf 101 – Ladies on the Links

Calling all the wonderful women out there who want to learn the game of golf! Bring a friend and enjoy a great day of fun and learning. This one-day workshop will be expertly led by two Class "A" CPGA golf professionals and faculty members of Camosun’s Golf Faculty, Troy Dunning and Alanna Deegan. The day will start off with some in-class time learning about terminology, rules, safety, etiquette, and basic golf skills. Then, you will have time for lunch together before you try out your new skills with some practice on the golf practice range. And finally, a 9 hole round of golf with your classmates and instructors.

2016P ASCE 664G 001 • May 28 (1 session) • Alanna Deegan

Troy Dunning
  • Sat • 9:00am-5:00pm • Interurban
  • $129+GST

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Writing and Publishing

Visit and bookmark our webpage for updates and more information on our courses and instructors: Writing and Publishing

From Film to Fiction to Memoirs to Travel – learn how to effectively capture your experiences and stories from a variety of well-known local writers. Course formats vary from workshop to seminar, depending upon subject matter and facilitator. Choose what fits for you!

Writing Great Children's Books New

In the lead up to Canadian Children's Book Week we’ll explore various genres of children’s book writing and what is being published for kids today. So, bring that great story you're in the midst of writing – or always wanted to write – and we’ll work collectively to help craft its journey to becoming a published book.

2016W WRIT 874G 001 • Apr 18 - May 4 (6 sessions) • Elin Kelsey

  • Mon Wed • 6:30pm-8:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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Writing History

Do you have a story set in the past that you wish to tell? Whether it is family history, personal history, creative non-fiction or fiction history, or factual history, this course, with its nuts and bolts approach, will help get you started or help improve upon your existing material. Lecture topics include: research, angle of approach, dialogue, plot & structure, character development, dynamic scenes, and marketing your work. Short assignments will be given each week and workshopped during the second half of the class. No class May 21.

Instructor Claire Mulligan's first novel, The Reckoning of Boston Jim, is set during the 1863 Cariboo gold rush and was nominated for the Giller prize and the BC book awards. Her second novel The Dark centres on the notorious Fox sisters, the originators of Spiritualism. The Dark was published by Random/Doubleday in 2013 and was short-listed for the 2014 Canadian Author's Award. Claire has also won numerous awards for her short stories.

2016W WRIT 828G 001 • Apr 30 - Jun 25 (8 sessions) Cancelled


Poetry and Ecology: Finding New Metaphors for a Changing World New

In the pre-Romantic era, mountains were not considered beautiful, rather they were seen as wasted space. The Romantic poets changed how we view the natural world. It is time to see if we are blind to some beauty that can alter our relationship to this changing world and its endangered spaces. In this six week writing class students will explore poetry and ecology through forms and metaphors, pushing through to see if we can find new metaphors. We will read poetry and essays on poetry that look at poetry of nature, poetry of ecology and place.

Yvonne Blomer was named Victoria's Poet Laureate for 2015-2019. Selected by nomination, the Poet Laureate serves as Victoria’s literary and cultural ambassador.

2016P WRIT 893G 001 • May 4 - Jun 8 (6 sessions) Cancelled


Creating Memorable Characters

Successful fiction writers are able to create characters that jump off the page with believability, originality and likeability. In this intensive half-day course, novelist Nicola Furlong offers simple, practical and effective tips and techniques to help you bring your fictional folks to life. You will learn how to use point of view to your advantage, how to craft dialogue that crackles and how to buff up your characters by fleshing out backgrounds, temperaments, personalities and character arcs.

2016P WRIT 834G 001 • May 7 (1 session) Cancelled


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