About my photography courses

Lethbridge Photography Courses and workshops

Photography courses can cut through all the confusion and help you get on the right path. Photography can be an enjoyable hobby or even a business if you have the correct knowledge. I will teach you all the functions and features of your camera. I also offer location courses and workshops for individuals or groups if you would like to take a course on location. All the courses can be customized to your needs whether it is a point and shoot camera that you need help understanding, a new DSLR camera or a new piece of gear you want to get the most out of.

One of the first questions that I get from new students is what course should I take to start, and my response is always the same.  If you have never taken a photography course and you are interested in building your photography skills you should start with the Digital Introductory Course.  Only by starting with the basics will you be sure that you have a good base to build on in the future. Once you get the basics down you are welcome to move into any other courses that you are interested in.

What photography courses do you offer?

I offer lots of courses and if I do not have one listed that you are looking for I will design one for you.
Click on the link below to take you to a PDF of some of the courses that I offer. You can also see a list of courses above in the menu.

Paterson Photography Courses and Workshops

For more information feel free to contact me.

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Paterson Photography Ltd. has been offering courses, classes, workshops, expeditions & adventures for over 25 years.

From private one on one sessions, to groups organizations or classes that we organize we are the first studio to offer training to photographers in Southern Alberta and Canada.

Many have tried to copy our methods but they cannot copy our experience! Taught be a professional photographer with 34 years experience you will be learning from a pro, not someone that just started taking pictures last year as a hobby.

Who do I teach?

I can add you to one of my scheduled classes. I can design a one-on-one class just for you or I can teach a class to your group or organization.

Previous classes have been held for:

  • Many hundreds of individuals
  • Oil companies (for team building programs as well as training staff to get better pictures for documentation purposes)
  • Mom’s Groups
  • Photo Clubs
  • Manufacturing Companies (for staff retreats as well as for getting pictures for advertising)
  • Schools (for teachers and for students)
  • Families (a great way for photography minded families to spend time together) ~ Art Clubs
  • Individual Artists looking for someone to accompany them when they take pictures
  • Senior clubs and groups (a great way to get out and enjoy nature)
  • Tour Groups visiting the area that want to add some learning to their trip
  • Police & fire departments
  • and many many more groups


No prerequisites for most of the courses. For the day of the course make sure that you have your batteries fully charged, your camera cards empty and bring your camera manual with you.  You can bring a point and shoot camera or a DSLR.

If you are just getting into photography you can come in for part one of the one on one course without a camera. You will learn a lot on selecting a camera and accessories that will save you money and frustration!


Workshops differ from courses as workshops you actually get a chance to use your camera in various shooting situations.


All workshops cover camera settings, camera use and composition.  Depending on the class you are in more time may be spent covering one particular area than another.  ALL QUESTIONS ARE WELCOME!! Workshops are for the novice to the amateur or professional.  The schedules, course outlines, study plans are only a guide. Courses will be adjusted for content to fit each individual, group and situation.


For outside or location classes we strongly recommend extra clothes and food.  The weather may change and the more comfortable you are the more you will enjoy the course.


Camera cards ~ make sure that you bring enough for the duration of the class.

Lenses ~ You do not need any specific lens for the courses unless it is noted in the descriptions. If you are unsure if your lens will work feel free to ask me.

Tripod ~ Bring a tripod if you have one. I do have some extra ones that you can use.