Photography Courses & Mentoring

Photography courses & mentoring can cut through all the confusion of photography and helps you get on the right path.

Whether it be as an enjoyable hobby, or even a business, photography can be a lot of fun if you have the correct knowledge.

I will teach you all the functions and features of your camera and all about the photography business. I also offer regular mentoring to help you move your business forward and help with the day to day decisions that you need to make.

In person LIVE teaching available online around the world!
Online mentor-ship & business coaching right in your home or business on your schedule

I also offer location courses and workshops for individuals or groups. Business mentoring programs and business coaching.

All the courses can be customized to meet your learning requirements.

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 General Photography Course. 

By starting with this course you will be sure to have a good base to build on.

Once you have a good understanding of the general photography course you can take other courses that you are interested in in specific areas.

What photography courses do I offer

Classroom or get out and experience nature!

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I offer lots of courses and if I do not have one listed that you are looking for I will design one for you.

For more information feel free to contact me


Paterson Photography Ltd. has been offering courses, classes, workshops, expeditions & adventures for over 30 years. Long before many of the photographers that are teaching picked up a camera I was teaching photography.

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

Many have tried to copy my teaching methods, but they cannot copy my years of experience! Classes taught be a professional photographer with 37 years experience. You will be learning from a pro with lots of real world experience.

Photography Courses & Mentoring Lethbridge – Who do I teach?

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

Previous classes I have taught:

  • Thousands of individuals
  • Oil companies – That used the courses for team building programs. Valuable for training staff to improve their pictures for documentation purposes out in the field.
  • Mom’s Groups
  • Photo Clubs
  • Manufacturing Companies. For staff retreats and for documenting the manufacturing process.
  • Schools (for teachers and for students)
  • Families (a great way for photography minded families to spend time together)
  • Art Clubs
  • Individual Artists. To use as reference for future art projects.
  • 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 & clubs


If you are just getting into photography you can take the first two hours of the general course without a camera. You will learn a lot on selecting a camera and accessories that will save you money and frustration!

Most courses have no prerequisites. Ask if you are not sure if a specific course will benefit you!

On 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 are welcome to bring a point and shoot camera, DSLR or mirrorless.


I have many students that travel great distances to take one of my courses. BUT if you cannot get to me, or I to you, I can teach on-line. We can use Skype or Facebook. Scheduled to meet your timetable and cover the topics that you want. I am also able to troubleshoot on-line with camera problems, editing and more. Also great for stay at home mom’s that want to improve their photography skills while staying at home.

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Workshops are designed more so you get a chance to use your camera in various shooting situations.

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Workshops allow time to get some amazing pictures


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 over the others.  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 some food for snacks or meals.  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 ~ No specific lens are required for the majority of the courses. If you require a special lens it will be noted in the description. 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.