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Light Steel and Imagination

This event provides a rich visual experience covering a wide range of photographic genres combined with two and three-dimensional metal art. Award winning photographic art on canvas and paper ranges from abstract pieces to wildlife, land and cityscapes; to flowers and to horses running free. Two artists, Rick Shapka and Leah Gray are CAPA certified judges and Steve Smith has judged Canadian and international competitions. Leah Gray and Steve Smith are currently teaching a program of photography courses at the Mctavish Academy of Art in North Saanich. Donna Christie translates her knowledge as a master gardener to her creative floral photography. John Bukovec produces free standing metal sculptures of birds where every feather is individually crafted. His metal silhouettes provide another body of imaginative and creative work.

Time visiting this show is time well spent. Escape from the confusion and dissonance of our modern world to connect with beauty, imagination, creativity, and skill.


Introduction to Photography

  • Place: Mctavish Academy of Art, 1720 McTavish Rd, North Saanich, BC V8L-5T9
  • Session: September 11,18 and 25 2022; Sundays 
  • Time: 9am – 12 pm
  • Instructor: Leah Gray & Steve Smith
  • Experience: Beginner
  • Cost: $175

Get to know your DSLR or equivalent mirrorless camera. Explore your camera settings and leave auto settings behind. Learn the ins and outs of the exposure triangle, composition and the properties of light. Bring your camera and user manual. This course is geared to adults. Please review the method of changing your ISO, shutter speed and aperture on your camera before the class. Embrace the art of capturing better images.


Discover Light in Photography

  • Place: Mctavish Academy of Art, 1720 McTavish Rd, North Saanich, BC V8L-5T9
  • Session: Sunday, February 26th March 5th & 12th 2023
  • Time: 1pm – 4pm
  • Instructor: Leah Gray & Steve Smith
  • Experience: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Investment: $350
  • This course is geared to intermediate and advanced photographers, but beginner photographers are welcome to attend.

Photography is “writing with light”. The camera is your light capturing machine. Become a connoisseur of light and you will discover opportunities for great shots that you may not have seen before. Our discussion will start with using the natural light around us and move on to creating light with speed lights; continuous lights and studio lights. We will define and examine different types of light. With this knowledge we will look at ways to recognize and use light in your own photography. You will come away with a good understanding of the principles of light and some strategies for improving your photography.

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