Smartphone cameras are becoming more technically advanced. The latest model smartphones have many of the adjustable controls that come standard with digital cameras. This tour focuses on individuals who need to know how to use these controls to take better pictures. We also discuss how to take more interesting pictures from a composition view point. So if your smartphone is a newer model that has advanced camera features or if you want to know how to take more interesting pictures feel free to join a tour.
I have a Point and Shoot / Advanced Compact Camera will this tour help me?
If your Point and Shoot/ Advanced Compact camera has advanced settings such as (Tv, Av, S, A)- similar to that of a DSLR or Mirrorless camera then this safari if for you.
What is a DSLR camera?
DSLR or Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras have evolved from the old 35mm film cameras of the past. Instead of using photographic film there is a digital imaging sensor in the camera that captures your pictures. The single lens reflex system uses a mirror that allows you to see the image in an optical viewfinder. These cameras allow you to use multiple lenses for different shooting situations.
What is a Mirrorless camera?
Any camera that can use interchangeable lenses that doesn’t use a mirror in order for you to see the image in an electronic view finder. Mirrorless cameras are also often smaller than a DSLR.
What skill level do I need to participate?
If you are a beginner photographer and have no idea how to compose a good picture, if the terms shutter speed, ISO, or aperture might as well be a foreign language, or if you keep your camera on auto mode and have no idea what all those extra buttons do on your camera…. then this tour is for you!
Are reservations required for your tours?
Yes our tours fill up quickly. The maximum limit of tour participants is 10 individuals.
Can you accommodate corporate groups, conferences, and other group outings?
Yes. We will work with you to set up a photo Safari to meet your unique date and time requirements and your specific photographic interests. Our groups are generally 6-10 people but we can accommodate large groups of people by leveraging our existing contacts in the photo and tour guide fields.
When you reserve a tour date we schedule our photography teachers to provide you with insight into the use of your camera. We will cancel and refund 100% of your reservation cost if we are notified 7 days or more before the tour date. An administration fee of 25% of the total reservation cost will apply to bookings cancelled between 3 and 7 days before the scheduled tour. Cancellations that occur 72 hours or less before the tour date will not be eligible for a refund. It is acceptable to have another person(s) use your paid reservation if you are unable to attend or you have the option to rebook on another safari if space is available.
In the unlikely event that Toronto Photo Safari cancels a scheduled tour, all registrants will be offered an opportunity to transfer their registration to a new location/date, or receive a full refund without interest, penalty.
How long is a tour?
Our tours are 2 hours long.
Is this a real walking tour?
Our focus is for you to learn about your camera and how to take better pictures. Our safaris occur at specific must-see Toronto photo spots that will give you plenty of time to practice and learn about your camera. We will give you a brief history of the location however our main focus will be developing your camera skills. Our safaris are not substitutes for the professionally guided tours given by local tour companies and the many individual licensed tour guides who are experts in the history of Toronto.
What camera equipment should I bring?
Bring your cameras with extra lenses (optional), spare batteries, memory cards and your camera manual. Unless specifically stated in the tour description tripods are not allowed.
How should I dress?
Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. There may be a lot of kneeling and leaning so be prepared to get a little dirty to get that one-of-a-kind shot.
Where is the meeting location for your tours?
Once you have made a confirmed booking you will be notified of the meeting location in your confirmation email. Meeting locations are within the area of the tour booked and you will be required to make your own way to the location.
Will you cancel a tour if it’s raining?
Toronto Photo Safari operates rain or shine. A separate itinerary is available on those days when rain is an issue.
What is the average group size?
We have a maximum capacity of 10 individuals which ensures your personal attention. Average group size is between 4 and 6 participants.
Who should not attend?
Spouses, friends, children, colleagues, relatives who are NOT interested in photography. We provide a brief history of the places we are visiting but our safaris primarily focus on photography with a lot of talk about F stops, shutter speeds, composition, white balance, ISO settings and lens use.