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December 2014 Newsletter

Well, here we are at the end of the year - it's been a busy one, and I'm not sure where the time has gone.  My new studio in downtown Fergus is finished and working out very well - I have lots of space for my large printer, and am finding it to be a fabulous teaching & working space.  I've been adding a number of new workshops, and have introduced a monthly Sunday Lecture Series starting this winter.  Stay tuned for more details......

This coming year is a landmark one for me...I will be celebrating 30 years as a full time professional photographer.  I photographed my first wedding in 1985, and while the profession has seen many changes over the years, I can honestly say that I still love photography as much as I did at the beginning, and can't think of any other way I'd rather spend my time.  Here's to another 30 years....

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays, and good luck and happiness in 2015. 

Upcoming workshops

I have a lot of classes planned for the new year, and have included several for the intermediate to advanced photographer, while still keeping my popular classes for beginning photographers as well.

Look for my after-school program in January & March for teens aged 13 to 18 years old.  These project-based classes will include fun photography projects using both digital photography and traditional darkroom techniques.  Each session is 4 weeks, and runs from 3:45 to 5:15 on Wednesdays.

With my new teaching space up and running, I am introducing another new program that I'm really excited about -  starting in February, my Sunday Lecture Series will run one afternoon per month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, and will feature a different topic each time for all levels of photographers.  Designed as a more informal gathering of photography enthusiasts, I'm planning to have guest speakers, and possibly field trips, depending on the season.  Bring in some of your own photographs for a photo critique.  You can take one or two lectures, or all of them....


The workshop schedule as it stands right now includes:

In Fergus, at 198 St. David St. N:

  • New morning class! Basic Levels of Photography - 4 weeks, starts Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015                9:30 - 12 pm     $135

  • Intro to Photoshop - 4 weeks,  starts Wednesday Jan. 14, 2015, 7 - 9:30 pm     $135
  • After School for Teens - 4 weeks, starts Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015   3:45 - 5:15 pm     $85
  • Colour Management & Photo Printing - 1 full day, Saturday Jan. 17, 2015,  10 - 4 pm                       $175 (includes materials for 2 fine art prints)

  • The RAW File - 1 class, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015  7 - 9:30 pm     $55

  • Portraiture & Studio Lighting - 1 full day, Saturday Feb. 28, 2015, 10 - 4 pm     $150

    Sunday Lecture Series, 1 - 4 pm  $35

    February 8 - Travel Photography
    March 8 - Photographing Kids & Pets                                  April 12 - Composition & Photographic Style

My website includes details on course content and registration information.  You can register on-line, or by phone.  Most of the above workshops are designed for adults, but are suitable for older teens as well.  If you are looking for workshops for younger children, or for home school groups, please contact me, as I have a number of fun options for the 8 to 13 year age range.  I also offer private lessons - if you need help with your own camera, a one or two hour session might be just what you need to get you started.


At The Arboretum, University of Guelph:
  • Winter Landscape Photography - 1 class Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015  1:00 - 4:00 pm

  • Basic D-SLR Photography - 1 day Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015  10:00 - 4:30 pm

Registration for the above classes is handled by the Arboretum -  visit their website for the details and course information.

Still Christmas shopping? Gift Certificates are available for any of my workshops or private lessons, or for: 

Fine Art Prints - now available for purchase through my website. I have added the option of ordering limited edition prints of many of my photographs.  The galleries are being updated regularly, with many of my new images added weekly. Each photograph is available in various sizes and paper types. I have many photographs from this past year still to upload - If you don't see what you're looking for on the website, let me know.

Portfolio reviews - for intermediate & advanced photographers who are looking for constructive feedback and tips for improvement.

Custom printing services  - for those who appreciate the fine qualities of a properly printed photograph.  You can choose from several types of paper, and have the option of colour correction or photo editing services if needed. 

Check out all the details here

In Art News.......

This past September I had the privilige of spending a weekend on Toronto Island as part of a themed residency with photographer April Hickox.  Titled "Collisions & Borders", the workshop allowed us to examine the urban and rural mix on the Island through photography.  Personally I find the island a magical place, with an atmosphere unlike anywhere else. I came away from the workshop with fresh ideas and a new understanding of my own work.  Photographs from the weekend will be included in my website galleries as part of my water, land and sky series.

This coming year continues to be full of exciting arts events for me.  For the past year or so, I've been working on a project that will culminate in a solo exhibition at the Wellington County Museum in Elora.  The show runs from April to June, with an opening scheduled for Friday, April 10.  "Main Streets & Memories" will be a departure in both style and subject matter from my recent work - or perhaps more accurately, more of a return to my earliest subjects and photographic methods.  I don't want to spoil the surprise....so I'll leave it at that for now.

Finally, and for me the most exciting news for 2015, is my acceptance into a residency program in Newfoundland next fall.  I'll be spending several weeks in a small fishing village, steps away from the Atlantic Ocean, just me & my camera.  And the moose, the puffins, the rocks, the water and the sky......and the friendly people, the history, the Atlantic weather.....I can't wait!

Winter Equine Photography Workshop - Sunday February 1, 2015

So, it seems that a lot of people love my winter equine photography workshop, so here it is again!  I've scheduled this one for Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 10:00 to 4:00 pm, at Travis Hall Equestrian Centre. 

The farm is located just outside of Fergus,and has a variety of horses to practice on, including a few Newfoundland stallions and a pony foal.

You'll learn the basics of equine photography, including cameras & other equipment, posing horses, dealing with conformation problems, and shooting action photos in this fun, full day workshop. The morning is spent in the classroom, then in the afternoon we'll practice with horses & riders, with an emphasis on shooting action, including jumping, mounted games, dressage, western events, and more. Bring your camera, and dress for the weather.

This class is perfect for horse owners, breeders, and those who simply love horses. Teens and adults welcome. To get the most out of this course you should have a D- SLR type of camera. Bring extra batteries and memory cards .

The course fee is $160 + HST, and includes lunch.  Registration is available through my website, or by phone or mail.   Have a horse lover on your Christmas list?  A gift certificate would be perfect.

Later in the new year, I'll be following this class up with a creative editing program, where you'll learn some basic Photoshop skills, and use your equine photos for special techniques and prints.  This class will be held in my Fergus studio....more on this new option later.......

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You can receive timely updates on all my workshops, shows, and other news by following my Facebook page, or visiting my newly redesigned website for information on all of the above, and my commercial work.  And feel free to contact me - I'd love to hear from you! 

And finally, should you decide you no longer like photography (what???!!!) and would rather not receive my newsletters, please use the unsubscribe link below - you'll be removed from the list.  But we'll miss you.....

Sylvia Galbraith
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