The Digital Primer is an introduction to the working essentials of digital photography. It acts as a foundation to help those who are new to photography and/or as a refresher for those who have experience and want to deepen their existing skills. It demystifies the vast array of features and the user manual of your camera. This allows you to spend more time making pictures and less time flipping with frustration through your manual. This session makes an excellent gift for someone who has just bought a new digital camera. Setting up the camera menus properly and learning to use the controls is key to future success.

This personalized 2-hour workshop offers one-on-one coaching to help you start making better digital images NOW. Once you've registered, there is a free 15 minute phone/skype consultation available, so we can discuss where your current interests lie and use those interests as a framework for your learning.


  • Understanding your camera's menu
  • Metering and light
  • Metering modes
  • How to change metering patterns
  • Working with shadows
  • How to use exposure controls
  • Setting autoexposure lock
  • Exposure compensation

What you'll learn:

  • The purpose and function of the essential external controls on your camera
  • The vital aspects of your camera's menus
  • Methods of obtaining correct exposures
  • How to compose stronger pictures

Each coaching session is two consecutive hours or longer if requested. Cost for one person is $195.00 cdn. The price includes one hour of instructor's travel time within the Greater Toronto Area. Additional travel cost of $75.00 per hour plus expenses will apply outside of this area. Location is determined by the instructor. Contact us for details about discounts for coaching with groups of 2, 3, 4 or more people.

Contact by phone (office 416-778-6521 - mobile 647 286 1705) or email ( to book a time. Payment can be made online using the PayPal form on this site. Full payment at least five days prior will confirm the date for the session.

Working with Groups Worldwide:
All of Michael's workshops can be adapted to group settings and delivered at the location of your choice anywhere in the world. In this case workshop fees are per person; location, travel and production fees will be extra. Detailed estimates are available on request. Michael currently teaches these skills in college programs throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

Michael is known primarily for the intuitive, natural way that he photographs people and places. His formal portraits, as well as his travel and documentary images of people are all built on a foundation of trust and respect. Michael's work explores the themes of identity in the individual, the family and the community.

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