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One on one and small groups classes with Pro Photographer Gary Ray Rush


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: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings.


ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM - six one on one classes, 12 hours $1500.00 

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 most important fundamentals of Adobe Lightroom.


FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY WORKFLOW: ADOBE PHOTOSHOP - six one on one classes, 12 hours $1500.00 

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard in digital imaging, it's an environment of endless creative possibilities. I teach a workflow that is non-destructive, protecting the information in your digital negative so that your prints can be truly outstanding. Once learnt this workflow is simple and repeatable. I wean photographers off of plugins, presets and auto settings all of which in the end rob photographers of controlling their creative process and often deteriorate their image files.

Whether you are relatively new to Photoshop or you want to quickly expand your expertise; these one on one lessons teach you what you need to know to achieve your goals with your fine art practice.  In order to use Photoshop effectively, you must be instructed along the lines of your creative interests.


THE ART OF THE PORTRAIT - 3 hours $500.00

This workshop provides one on one instruction on the skills required to create compelling portraits. I'll present several portrait styles, starting with available light and minimal equipment, then progress to studio lighting equipment and techniques. I bring over twenty years of experience as a professional portrait photographer. A model is provided. you will need your camera and portrait lenses.

Classes are offered: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings.

For scheduling and registration: 

Call 416 469 8005 

email Gary Ray Rush


Don't be misled by all the hype.

The last several years has seen some incredible digital cameras enter the market. Digital cameras today rival and surpass film-based cameras in terms of creative control. But as it was with analogue photography, a photographer is only as good as his understanding of his medium.

Naturally, there has always been a lot of hype around the sales and marketing of photo equipment. Manufacturers want an edge over each other. When this competition is focused on improving the quality of equipment, we all win. However when camera designs and marketing slant in the direction of solving your lack of understanding of photography basics with auto settings that bypass your understanding, well things get unnecessarily complicated.

Marketing auto settings, as if the auto settings are what make you a better photographer, well that's fine for the tourist photographer and light hobbyist but not for the serious amateur or pro.  It’s your understanding of the basics of photography 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 they will find a way to make it do their bidding and come out with great photographs. On the other hand, if you put a state of the art precision camera with the sharpest of lenses in the hands of someone who has not learnt how to control a camera confidently. Well… they wouldn’t win any awards. 

Whether you are shooting portraits, nature, architecture, movement or fine art, my classes and lessons give you the understanding and skills you need to take your photography to the next level. - Gary Ray Rush