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Connecting with Creativity: Your COVID-19 Experience in Photos


6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on recurring dates listed below
120 mins

As our city begins to emerge from isolation, we invite you to share some of your experience through photography.

This exciting workshop series is a great introduction to all things digital photography. No experience required! You will gain a better understanding of some of the basic functions of your camera or smartphone and explore the settings you can adjust to shoot better photos using different modes.

This four-part series is broken down into three hands-on classes with some fun homework along the way, ending with an online gallery event to show off your new photography skills. We'll introduce you to some amazing and easy to use software to process and organize your photos, all while learning about important settings and best practices. Explore your creativity and put these new skills into practice with photos taken and edited by you, presented at an online exhibit hosted by professional photographer, Fabrice Strippoli.

We recommend you register for all four sessions if you can but each part can be taken as a stand alone workshop. Details and registration links below.

Part 1: Photography Basics and Polarr. Monday, August 17
In the first class, participants will start out by learning about photography basics, covering topics such as: Pixels, Aperture, Shutter, Focus and Composition. Then we'll jump in and explore an amazing free photo editing tool called Polarr. Polarr is an easy to use tool available as a web app or downloadable software that has many features to makes complex edits seem easy. Register here.

Part 2: Photography Basics and RawTherapee. Wednesday, August 19
In Part Two we'll continue to learn about photography and explore the following concepts: Exposure, Lighting, White Balancing, Colour, ISO Sensitivity. Then we'll showcase another great free resource called RawTherapee. RawTherapee is amazing photo processing software that will give photo enthusiasts and newcomers access to some very powerful tools. Participants will be given a fun photo assignment to complete prior to the next class. Register here.

Part 3: Photo Editing and Organization. Monday, August 24
In the 3rd part of the series you'll practice some image editing techniques using photos you've brought into class from the Class 2 assignment. We'll also look at how RawTherapee can help you deal with organizing your photo collection and share some time saving tips and tricks. We'll end with a quick primer on using Flickr and participants will be asked to share some of their edited photos which will then be featured in the photo exhibit event hosted by professional photographer, Fabrice Strippoli. Register here.

Part 4: Online Photo Exhibit. Wednesday, August 26
Professional photographer Fabrice Strippoli of Fabrice Foto will host this public online photo exhibit. He'll provide helpful critique and advice to participants, who will have the opportunity to describe their work, creative process, and experience taking part in this series. Register here.

Registration is limited and specific instructions will be sent to the registrants one day prior to the class.

Toronto Public Library is committed to accessibility. Please call or email us if you have a request for accommodation. Please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will do our best to meet your request. Phone 416-393-7099 or email


Adult • Teen


Computer & Library Training

Upcoming Dates:

Mon Aug 17
Wed Aug 19
Mon Aug 24
Wed Aug 26