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Shane Kelley Photo 101 Workshop


It’s About the Experience

Shane Kelley Photo Workshop

Photography is all about LIGHT and about SEEING and about the fundamental techniques of the craft.

If you’re looking for a photography workshop that teaches you how to control your camera, and create great images, AND YOU LIKE TO MEET PEOPLE AND HAVE FUN, a Shane Kelley Photo 101 workshop is for you!


It’s about the Light

Here’s why you should join our workshop series…
Learn everything photography, from using your camera, to controlling Light, ISO, shutterspeed and aperture, so the two of you can work in harmony. Mastering the basics isn’t really as difficult as it seems.

The workshop is devoted to learning the fundamental skills necessary to progress as a photographer and take the kind of images you’ve dreamed of. The first and most important element of photography to be discussed, is LIGHT – because understanding how to control and recognize different types of light is the secret of great photographers and powerful images.

Along with understanding the basics of using their camera settings, participants will learn how to nurture their creativity, and realize there is no ‘wrong way’ to photograph something or someone, as long as the end result is pleasing to the photographer who took it – if the resulting image brings a response from others, that’s a wonderful bonus.

Participants will also learn how to see what is beyond the obvious in a scene, and gain insight on how to anticipate the “decisive moment. Secrets of how to take powerful Environmental Portraits (portraits of one or more people in a particular setting – usually a place where the person works, lives or plays). Seeing with a photojournalist’s eye will enable you to create images that tell you far more than just what the person looked like on that day.”.


It’s all about “seeing”!

One of the other things that makes this Photo Tour different is that we look at what new photographers can do to enhance and improve their visual awareness. Photography is about more than just pointing a camera in the right direction and pressing the right buttons. It is, of course, about seeing and understanding that photography is all about controlling light and using it to your advantage. The aim is for you to leave the workshop not only a better photographer but also with a keener eye and a greater appreciation of your surroundings.

Our aim will be to reduce the time spent playing with camera settings and to maximise the time experiencing and developing your creativity and imagination. Students will learn how to improve their people-photography skills by stepping out of their comfort zone and directing their subjects in order to get images that delight friends and family. Here are just a few of the comments received from previous Photo Workshop participants:


What are people saying?

“Thank you for a wonderful day of photography. I enjoyed every minute of it and now have control of my camera rather than the other way around! ” Sam Paterson

“I learned so much from the two of you. Your enthusiasm and passion for photography was contagious and I learned a lot! I’m really inspired to keep shooting.” Sandra Martin

“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the photo tour, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and learned a lot from both of you and now have a lot more confidence using my camera.” Mhairi Anderson

“Thanks so much for sharing some of your experiences and knowledge. It was a great learning experience :) ” Trevor McCarthy

“It was a wonderful experience. I am so excited to go out and take my photography to the next level!” Madison Minelli



  • Shane Kelley Photo WorkshopMorning Session: The workshop starts at 9:30 am with a discussion about light; it’s source, the quality and color of light, the direction of the light, and secondary light sources. Most importantly, you will learn how to control light, and use it to your advantage, regardless of the situation. Topics covered include composition, camera control; preparation and anticipation; basic and creative exposure settings; depth of field, ISO settings, shutter speeds, lens aperture, focus, and the exposure triangle that shows the relationship between ISO, Shutter Speed, and Lens Aperture.

  • Shane Kelley Photo WorkshopAssignment with Shane : The afternoon session is from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. During the out doors afternoon photo expedition, we will cover additional techniques and hands-on shooting while you put your new knowledge into practice. Participants will have the opportunity to try out techniques learned during the day and create some awesome images that will amaze their friends and family. We shoot with specific photographic goals in mind, and explore various ways of shooting people, places and things, and show you how to create awesome panned-action long-exposure and stop-action photographs. Shane and her assistant Damian will give direction, answer questions, and discuss ideas for continued exploration with light and magic.



Shane Kelley Photo Workshop


The full day workshop with small groups is $450. per person. Below are the dates and registration link for our special priced upcoming workshops.

Day long Workshop – Check in 9 to 9:30 a.m. Morning class 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, lunch 12:30 to 1:30, afternoon expedition 1:30 to 4:00 pm.

Two hours of ‘secrets of the pros’ training and ‘On Assignment’ hands-on experience – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm



The Shane Kelley Photography Workshops are held at The Improv Centre which is located at the entrance to Granville Island (1502 Duranleau Street), across from the Kids Only Market.

Improve Centre

Summer and Autumn workshop dates are:

Saturday June 23, 2012 – complete
Saturday August 11, 2012 – complete
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
January, 2013 (exact date to be confirmed – Saturday or Sunday)
February, 2013 (exact date to be confirmed – Saturday or Sunday)
More dates for spring 2013 coming soon!
* you can change your workshop reservation at any time.

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Click on this WORKSHOP REGISTRATION link to register for one of the above workshop dates.

Lunch Break between morning and afternoon workshop sessions – you will have an hour to explore Granville Island’s famous (and huge) indoor Public Market across from the Improv Theatre, as well as numerous cafes, restaurants and shops, and take in the breathtaking scenery. Participants are also welcome to bring their own lunch and drinks and stay with us at the theatre.


Lunch and refreshments are available at numerous Granville Island restaurants and cafes.

What do I need?

Your workshop check-list might include the following

    • Camera! A DSLR (Digital single lens reflex) is ideal – but even with a point and shoot or iPhone you will learn a multitude of pro secrets and tricks of the trade to take your photography to the next level!
      Secret #1 – every pro carries an iPhone or point-and-shoot camera when not carrying their pro gear.
    • Lenses: bring whatever you have but not necessary for this class.
    • Charged batteries
    • Formatted memory cards
    • We look forward to sharing our love of photography with you in a fun-filled and informative day!