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Photography Workshops

One on one lessons and small group classes with fine art and portrait photographer Gary Ray Rush

Don't be misled by all the hype.

Manufactures market the auto settings of a camera as if the auto settings are what make the camera superior to the competition and are what make you a better photographer. It just isn’t true. It’s your understanding of the basics that will make you a great photographer or at least a competent one.

You can put a basic consumer level camera in the hands of a real pro and he’ll find a way to make it do his bidding and come out with great shots. On the other hand if you put a state of the art precision camera with the sharpest of lenses in the hands someone who has not learnt how to control a camera completely and confidently. Well… he wouldn’t win any awards.

The crazy thing is that with all these auto settings; portraits, children's portraits, group portraits, backlit portraits, landscapes, close-up, action, night setting, auto ISO, etc, etc, your camera’s manual has gotten pretty thick…the funny thing is the basics of photography are not as much reading, and armed with the basics all of the auto settings become easy to understand and therefore easy to apply.

The fundamentals that you need to know completely, thoroughly and honestly are just a few. Starting in manual mode… understand everything there is to know about operating the shutter, aperture, ISO, camera’s light meter, white balance and lens focus options.

Learn and understand these 7 basic “tools” really well and the next thing you know everything else related to camera operation will simplify. Most importantly your confidents as a photographer will soar.

Whether you are shooting travel, nature, portraits, sports, documentary, architecture or fine art, my classes and lessons are delivered with your interests in mind.

- Gary Ray Rush


ADOBE PHOTOSHOP - One on One per hour $100.00 

Whether you are relatively new to Photoshop or you want to quickly expand your expertise; tutoring one on one is designed to enable you to achieve your goals with digital imaging. Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard in digital imaging, it is an environment of endless creative possibilities. In order to use Photoshop effectively you must be instructed along the lines of your creative interests first. After a discussion of your digital imaging goals we will set up a schedule.


THE ZONE SYSTEM - 3 hours $250

The Zone System is a technique formulated by Ansel Adams & Fred Archer in the 1930s that provides a standardized way of working that guarantees a correct exposure in every situation, even in the trickiest lighting conditions.

This seminar has been designed to teach you the basics of the Zone System as applied to digital photography.
The class will finish with a focus on applying the Zone System to processing black& white images.

What You Will Learn

• How to see what your camera sees
• When shooting in manual mode, how to adjust your exposure settings to achieve richer, more vibrant exposures
• How to solve all kinds of exposure issues
• How to adjust the exposure of selected parts of your image in postproduction

Who Should Attend

• Photographers looking to learn the Zone System or to improve their lighting/exposure prowess.


ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM - 6 classes, 18 hours $1250.00 

Learn the correct work-flow for processing your digital images and how to maximize your image quality. With the advancement of digital photography there have never been so many software options available to today's photographers. The choices, costs, and learning curves can be so daunting that it can be hard to know where to start...and finish. Enter ADOBE LIGHTROOM. This powerful, user-friendly, all-in-one software was produced with photographers in mind – not computer gurus. All the tools of digital image processing and organization are here: folders, white balance, levels, cropping, Hue, Saturation, black/white conversion and much, much, more. Everything is laid out in front of you in an elegant, clean interface. This course is delivered in six, three hour classes and will guide you through the fundamentals of image processing.


THE ART OF THE PORTRAIT - 4 hours $350.00

This workshop provides instruction on the techniques and communication skills required to create compelling portraits. I will present several portrait styles, starting with available light and minimal equipment and building with more sophisticated lighting equipment and techniques as we progress through the classes. I bring over twenty years of experience as a professional portrait photographer to these classes. A model is provided. Bring a DSLR camera and portrait lenses. Lunch is provided.


This is a unique opportunity to go over your photographs with professional photographer, gallery director and educator Gary Ray Rush. Your photos are reviewed, your work-flow discussed and then instruction begins in order to give you the tools, knowledge and skills you need, to take your photography to the next level.

Classes are offered: weekdays, evenings and weekends.

For scheduling and registration: 

Call 416 469 8005 

email Gary Ray Rush