nicoleolds.com toronto photography coaching: take your best shot!Stuff you probably want to know

This page is intended to address your FAQ but if I’ve left anything unanswered please go to my contact page or just email nicole@nicoleolds.com I’ll get back to you as soon as I can and definitely within 24 hours.

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If I’m new to photography aren’t I better off taking a quick workshop at the local camera store?

  • Typically these workshops are all about the settings on your camera. Now if someone shows how to set your ISO, when you have no idea what your ISO is, then that’s not going to be helpful. If that then continues with aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, bracketing and white balance – you are not only going to be lost, but you will have wasted your money.
  • If the workshop is camera specific, you will probably fly through every setting on your camera, many of which you may never use. So a lot of wasted time.
  • Finally of course, workshops are a value option, but private lessons will be tailored for you and your camera and the kind of photography you are interested in. No fighting other attendees for the attention of your instructor.

Do you offer groupons or discounts?

I occasionally run specials, but mostly I like to be fair to everyone in that they all pay the same and don’t have to worry that they missed out on a deal. I don’t do groupons and to be honest, most of the ‘deals’ I see on groupon are too good to be true. If you see a workshop professing to teach you all about photography, the light, travel, portraits, kids and sports in 3 hours – you might scratch the surface of each of those subjects, but you will not come away having mastered them. 

However, if you are a keen to learn photography and for whatever reason would find it hard to pay my fees all at once. I am willing to discuss a 3 month payment plan for the 4-lesson option.


Is my camera ‘good enough’?

All digital cameras are fine. If you show up with any of the following you are golden . . .

  • any digital SLR – be sure to bring your lenses – I’m sure you’d like to finally understand what each one is for!
  • your hybrid or mirrorless camera (you’ll know if you have one)
  • any compact or ‘point-and-shoot‘ camera, with these it’s definitely helpful if they are less than 5 years old
  • your iPhone or iPad, again best if it’s the iPhone 4 or more recent
     

Where are your sessions held?  

Sessions are held at 1231 Yonge Street, or in your home if within a reasonable distance. For in-home lessons that are further afield it’s and extra $15 per visit.

 

Any other options?  

I have recently rejoined the Centre of Social Innovation at Bloor and Bathurst. I can certainly teach a session there if that’s more convenient for you. Just let me know your preference.

 

How are sessions structured. Do we go outdoors?  

I tend to structure sessions according to the needs of clients, but yes, I usually try to cover some basic photography elements before going outside to shoot and practice. There are time, weather and light constraints but some outdoor photography is certainly the goal.
 

What if I forget everything I’ve learned?

All clients receive . . .

  • unlimited email support
  • personalized notes containing reminders of content we’ve covered in our sessions
  • automatic free membership (if applicable!) in the Toronto Women’s Camera Club.
  • my monthly newsletter which includes my meetings and workshop schedule, photography and software tips, and links to any other killer info that comes across my desk

 


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