Intermediate Photography

Have you been photographing for a while and feel ready to grow your skill set? Intermediate Photography requires that you have a reasonable understanding of the exposure triangle (aperture, shutter speed and ISO) and enthusiasm to go further. This 8 week course will make you feel competent with night photography, working with flash for portraiture, using manual exposure mode and give you strategies to increase your creativity. Weekly lessons and assignments will push you into new areas of understanding. You’ll complete this course with a much greater sense of confidence in your photography and feel ready to tackle most challenges. Many past students have gone on from this course to establish a photography business. Students who have not had the introductory course but have a good understanding of basic exposure settings are welcome.

The course is online and includes three main components: 

  1. weekly lessons delivered electronically, which include comprehensive notes, instructional videos and assignments to practice the concepts;
  2. participation in a private Facebook group to receive information, feedback on images, and much more;
  3. a weekly Zoom class, held on Thursday evenings from 7 – 9:00/9:30 pm. The main topics of the week are reviewed and student images are discussed. Some of the Thursday evenings will be used for group outings at locations that allow us to practice the topic for the week.


In Brief

  • Fee: $379 + GST
  • 8 weeks
  • This class is offered once per year, in the spring.
  • Important dates for the 2023 class:
    – lesson one available on March 17
    – First Zoom class on March 23, 7:00 – 9:00/9:30 pm
    – Saturday outing: May 5, 9:30 to 11:30 am
    – NB: three of the Thursday evenings (April 13, 20 & 27) will be on location instead of on Zoom. Locations are Fraser Valley & Vancouver
    – Eighth and final Zoom class on May 11

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  • Flash photography: learning to use flash so no one can tell
  • Portraiture: making photographs of family and friends that are keepers
  • Night photography: creating special effects when the sun goes down
  • Finding Your Creative Voice: This topic is a focus that weaves throughout the course
  • Editing your photos: An introduction to editing your images to bring out their best
  • Other topics include: advanced focusing techniques, HDR (high dynamic range) creating double exposures in camera and success with ICM (intentional camera movement)
  • Includes 8 weekly lessons, online image reviews, extensive support. Essential accessories include a tripod, an accessory flash (speedlight) and a flash diffuser. Equipment recommendations are below
  • A project of the student’s own choosing will be assigned at the beginning, to be shared with the group at the end

Important to know

  • Other than a camera and lens, participants will need a tripod and a speedlight flash. Click for a flash recommendation.
  • For the portion of the course dealing with flash, students will need to have access to family or friends to practice portraiture.
  • Students should have reasonable grasp of using of a computer to work with their photos and share with the group.
  • Intermediate Photography is offered once per year in the spring (March to May).

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A few comments from previous students …

I loved this course!! It definitely took me outside of my comfort zone, for which I’m so grateful. Dennis, thank you for changing my life. Thank you, Randy and Mel, for your support and for sharing your knowledge. You are a great team and have created such a special learning environment. I had such a wonderful time in this class and look forward to keeping in touch with everyone. Thank you all!

A special thank you to Dennis Ducklow who opened my mind and eyes to the more creative side of photography.

Your courses were a much needed escape during these times. I have learned so much over the past 4.5 months (intro and intermediate). I want to say more, to let you know how much I appreciate your teaching style, gentleness and support, but can’t think of the words.  So I will end with a big THANK YOU!!! 

Thank you Dennis! This would not have been possible without you and your amazing course. Been the highlight of my year so far, I’m so confident now because of all that you have opened my eyes to!

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you and how you inspire me to look at the world through a different ‘lens’.

So very glad our paths crossed and you breathed possibility into something I already loved! Thank you so very much-you changed my life! 

If anyone is thinking about taking a course or is curious about how to take better photos, I can’t recommend this enough. Dennis Ducklow is a real gift and his course, for so many people, has opened up all kinds of new pathways to creative expression and confidence in photography. You won’t be disappointed!