PHTG
City: Sarnia
Two-Year Ontario College Diploma
Sep Open

Overview

Students learn from current and award winning industry leaders who share the secrets they've learned through their decades of photography experience.

Today's successful photographers know more than just their cameras: they're also ready to design, edit, market, connect, and sell. Our students prepare for this fast-paced and ever expanding career using modern digital photographic equipment in a state-of-the-art photography studio.

Photography students at Lambton College are encouraged to follow their passion as they explore diverse photographic interests, all while developing the technical skills necessary for creative control. The curriculum covers a broad range of topics, including design and composition, digital darkroom, lighting and camera skills, and portfolio development. Students have the opportunity to collaborate with classmates as they photograph events both on and off campus, and a photography field study in New York City during second year challenges students to expand their horizons. See some of our students' work from previous classes by visiting Lens on Lambton.

Students learn from current and award winning industry leaders who share the secrets they've learned through their decades of photography experience.

At the core of the Photography program is our state-of-the-art photography and video studio, equipped with strobe, video and continuous light kits. Students work in this space, both individually and in small groups, using professional-quality equipment from our loan department. 

Artistic career aspirations become a reality with Lambton College's Photography program.

Lens on Lambton

Students have the opportunity to collaborate with classmates as they photograph events both on and off campus, and they participate in a field study trip to New York City during the second year of the program.

See some of the student's work below.

Photography student artistic photo of a man wearing a hat and suit with a half tone texture and conceptual shapes in background
Photography student artistic photo of a basketball player posing in front of black background.
Photography student artistic photo of the word coffee written with a spilt cup of coffee beans.
Photography student artistic photo of two halves of a fish with a coke can in the middle of it and the straw is poking out the mouth.
Photography student artistic photo of water splash on a man wearing retro sunglasses.
Photography student artistic photo of a cat head on a man's body.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U

Mature Student Assessment for this program is available in the subject of English for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in this required admission subject. For all other admission requirements, applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information, please contact counselling@lambtoncollege.ca. Review the Mature Student Admission process.

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Programs at Lambton College.
Richard is our program coordinator. Hear about the experiences our faculty bring to your classes and the way our program sets you up for success in the industry.

Discover why our program is different

Costs

  • Year 1 $4,400.94
  • Year 2 $5,018.94

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

Additional Fees

Incidentals

Memory Card
Students should buy an additional memory card for their camera (32 GB minimum at $50 each) and we suggest 1 TB ($50 - $250) external hard drive for their computer.
Travel to Field Studies
Students in this program participate in optional and/or mandatory field studies. There may be small additional costs and students will be required to find their own transportation to these field studies.
Drone Photography Course
DPH-2703 will be held at the Fire School at 459 LaSalle Line, Sarnia.
Students will be required to find their own transportation to the Fire School.

Technology Requirements

In order to be prepared for the course work in this program there are specific computer, software, and camera requirements. Please see the More Information tab.

Labs & Equipment

Courses

DPH-1003
Digital Photography Techniques I

This course is the introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography and primarily focuses on technical aspects associated with digital cameras, lenses, and associated equipment. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking, while encouraging the students to take a practical approach at capturing quality images. This course is delivered in a hybrid delivery method, meaning, two hours per week will take place in-class/studio/on-location while the remaining hour will be provided on-line.

COM-1113
Workplace Communications

This course focuses on skills required in any organization or position: writing business documents, responding to realistic scenarios, and speaking in an organized and vibrant manner. Students will practice professional and inclusive communications skills by producing, revising, and editing short business documents and engaging in verbal interactions and presentations.

DPH-1203
Design & Composition for Photographers

In this course students analyze the internationally recognized criteria for good image composition and design principles in photographic and multimedia applications. The Rule of Thirds (with layers), diagonals, texture, colour versus black and white, viewpoint and perspective, contrast and the theory of light and colour will be explored. Students will apply basic industry standards to critique the work of their peers and themselves.

DPH-1403
Lighting Techniques I

This course provides an introduction to choosing the appropriate light for your creative vision and making informed technical decisions about this light. By using demonstrations, theory, and practice, students will be given an opportunity to explore methods for the control and manipulation of available light sources. Emphasis is placed on lighting principles, quality of light, techniques and effective use of associated equipment. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative, and critical thinking while encouraging the students to take a practical approach to capture quality images. This course is delivered in a hybrid delivery method, meaning, two hours per week will take place in-class/studio/on-location while the remaining hour will be provided on-line.

DPH-1102
Digital Darkroom I

This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Bridge with an emphasis on image processing. Students will learn to use essential retouching tools and begin to develop professional, industry-standard techniques. Foundational skills for restoration, image manipulation and black and white conversion will be covered.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

DPH-1013
History of Art & Photography

This course will study the history of photography from its inception, including both technological and artistic innovations in Canada and around the world. The course will also provide an overview of Art History, concentrating on the period from the Old Masters through to modern times. Students will relate the posing, lighting, and composition of artists to photographic techniques. Students do NOT require a camera.

DPH-2003
Digital Photography Techniques II

Digital Photography Techniques II is a continuation of DPH 1003 and explores advanced techniques and theories of digital photography. The course will consist of discussions, demonstrations and supervised shooting with an emphasis on shoot production and studio management. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking, while encouraging the students to take a practical approach at capturing quality images. This course is delivered in a hybrid delivery method, meaning, two hours per week will take place in-class/studio/on-location while the remaining hour will be provided on-line.

DPH-3202
Digital Darkroom II

Instead of using conventional darkrooms, today's photographers process digital images using computer software and monitors. Digital Darkroom II explores advanced digital image editing and processing, printmaking, colour calibration, enhancement techniques and asset management using Adobe Photoshop and Bridge. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking, while encouraging the students to take a practical approach at editing and creating quality images.

DPH-2403
Lighting Techniques II

Lighting Techniques II is a continuation of DPH 1403. This course analyzes principles and practices of studio and location lighting using available, continuous and studio strobe light sources. It also provides students with technical and theoretical skills in lighting ratios, traditional portrait lighting techniques and three-dimensional contrast as well as emphasizing the importance of safe handling and management of studio lighting equipment. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking, while encouraging the students to take a practical approach at capturing quality images.

DPH-2113
Portrait & Wedding Photography I

This course provides extensive hands-on instruction on posing and capturing professional quality portraits and weddings, in the studio and on location. Students will also be taught the skills of running a portrait studio including marketing, pricing, dealing with clients and sourcing suppliers.

DPH-2511
Drone Photography I

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

DPH-3053
Popular Culture for Photographers

Industries of popular culture like fashion, music, art, and entertainment all enjoy a close relationship with photography. Mindful photographers are driven by popular culture to capture its most striking features and create provocative images that resonate with viewers. In turn, popular culture influences contemporary movements in visual art and photography. By practicing mindful critical thinking, students will identify, interpret, and evaluate popular culture's dialogue with the photographic arts. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to examine the reciprocal relationship between popular culture and photography. This course is delivered in a hybrid delivery method, meaning, two hours per week will take place in-class/studio/on-location while the remaining hour will be provided on-line.

DPH-3102
Digital Darkroom III

Instead of using conventional darkrooms, today's photographer processes digital images using computer software and monitors. Digital Darkroom III explores advanced digital image editing and processing, printmaking, colour calibration, enhancement techniques and asset management using Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Bridge. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking while encouraging the students to take a practical approach to edit and creating quality images and prints.

DPH-3223
Photo Journalism

This course emphasizes the story-telling aspects of photography. From the historical importance to the ability to enact societal changes, photography is a powerful media that has a huge presence in our lives. With that presence, comes the ethical and moral issues that a Photojournalist must consider and understand. The course explores the many facets of Photojournalism including; sports; documentary; news; feature; portraiture photography.

DPH-3403
Commercial Photography

Recognize the inter-relationship between theory and practice of photography and the range of professional and commercial applications of photographic technique. The course explores commercial photography, the creation, sub-categories, marketing, sales and value of images produced for corporate, marketing and business purposes.

DPH-3113
Portrait & Wedding Photography II

This course explores the contemporary and historical methods of portrait and wedding photography. Through lectures and in-class demonstrations, students develop the skills of posing and capturing, as well as marketing and sales, of unique and professional quality portraits.

DPH-2703
Drone Photography II

In this course students learn how to safely fly drones for photography. The course introduces the basics of aerial photography, drone systems, essential aviation knowledge and business possibilities. Students learn to plan missions, safely fly a drone and capture images from the air. During the course students fly drones to create a collection of aerial photographs they can add to their portfolios. The course covers the knowledge required to pass the Transport Canada Basic Drone Certification.

MKT-1103
Social Media Marketing

This course explores online marketing tools and tactics, such as social media, email, digital advertising and content marketing, that businesses can use to build a profitable relationship with their customers. Students engage in simulated social media, email and digital advertising campaigns to gain a better understanding of how to use these tools in their marketing efforts. Along with learning about digital and social media marketing, students learn general principles of marketing that are key for every business, regardless of industry or size: identifying who your customers are; understanding what needs they have that you are uniquely able to serve; creating a brand voice that speaks to them; identifying who your competitors are; deciding how to differentiate your offering from theirs; and creating a plan for engaging customers across social media and digital advertising platforms.

DPH-4023
The Business of Photography

Being a great photographer is only part of the equation: you also have to be a great business person. A photographer's longevity is based not only on talent and skill, but on the financial aspects of being in business. In this course, we will navigate our way to a successful Canadian photography business through the practice of maintaining your artistic integrity while carefully integrating the components of Canadian business commerce. The learning is evaluated through assessments that have been designed to promote technical, creative and critical thinking.

DPH-1703
Video Production

As an introduction to video production, DPH-1703 will teach the fundamentals involved in video content creation from the perspective of a professional photographer. Photography students will learn foundational elements for planning, filming, and editing video productions for personal and professional use. During this course, students will have the opportunity to create their own video productions to showcase their photography work and to promote a local business.

DPH-4006
Portfolio Development

A portfolio is a showcase of an artist's best work, and an effective presentation is a vital foundational piece to a professional career. Self-promotion is crucial in the competitive world of photography and creative methods of showcasing your work will garner attention. Developing a collection of outstanding photographs to promote yourself is a key, first step in the pursuit of gainful employment. This course enables you to create and curate an original body of work for display in a public space, on-line, and in a traditional portfolio. Throughout the term, students have ongoing support and the opportunity to receive feedback on their in-process work and completed projects.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

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Contact

Program Information

1-844-LAMBTON

Business, English & Liberal Studies

519-479-2365

Room B2-106

After Graduation

Employment Opportunities

Photography student in studio taking photo of food on table.

Our graduates pursue a variety of employment opportunities such as travel, sports, portrait, photojournalism, wedding and fashion photographers, photo manipulation, restoration artists and multi-media professionals. Careers exist in commercial, corporate, private and personal businesses.

Graduates are encouraged to understand their niche and pursue it passionately. Relocation should be considered depending on the career aspirations of graduates.

Educational Pathways

Photography students holding cameras.

Sheridan College

Graduates of Lambton College's Photography program are eligible to transfer to the Honours Bachelor of Photography - Degree Completion program at Sheridan College. Interested students must have finished Lambton College's program no later than 2005 and must have a GPA of 2.4 or greater.

Photography students in photo studio taking photos of model.

International Center of Photography

After graduating from Lambton College's Photography program, students can enter into the first year of the International Center of Photography certificate program. This one-year program allows for the following three streams:

All students applying to the International Center of Photography follow the same admissions process and submit applications regardless of prior diplomas.

More Information

Technology Requirements

Computer

This program requires a Macbook Pro or a PC with equivalent processing power. There are currently three Macbook Pro models that qualify:

Macbook Options

13 inch 2.4 GHz
Quad-core processor, 256 GB storage
Available from Apple for $2,399
16 inch 2.6 GHz
6-core processor, 512 GB
Available from Apple for $2,999
16 inch 2.3 GHz
8-core processor, 1 TB storage
Available from Apple for $3,499

Additionally, a 500 GB or 1 TB external hard drive is recommended.

PC Models

Dell XPS 15
CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HG - i7-
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Storage: 512GB
$1910
Huawei Matebook X Pro
CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 - i7
RAM: 8GB - 16GB
Storage: 512GB
$1600

Software

With software, do not purchase before enrolling in the program. Usually your letter of acceptance into the program will allow you to purchase Educational versions. The price difference is significant compared to normal prices.

Adobe CC Master Collection - Creative Cloud
Student pricing for Creative Cloud is currently $19.99 month.

 

Camera

Students must have a DSLR or a mirrorless camera that includes a manual mode, as well as a video capability. (If the camera does not have video capability of a minimum 10 minutes, the student must also acquire a video recorder.)

The college will have a collection of specialty lenses that students are encouraged to borrow. It is recommended that students consider one of the following models. Check with the program coordinator if more recent models are available.

Nikon D780 with 24-120mm lens
$3,599
Nikon D7500 with 18-140 VR lens
$1,599
Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Kit w/ Nikkor Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Lens
$2,199
Sony Alpha A7IV Mirrorless Kit w/ FE 28-70mm f/2.5-5.6 OSS Lens
$3,399.99
Canon EOS 6D MKII with 24-105 mm lens
$3,049.99
Canon EOS R7 w/ 18-150 mm f/3.5-6.3 lens
$2,499
Canon EOS Rebel T8i with 18-55 mm lens
$1,129.99
Canon EOS R6 w/ RF 24-105 IS STM Lens
$3,499.99

See our Students' Work

Lens On Lambton

See the amazing work created by our students - visit their website lensonlambton.

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Meet the Faculty

Richard Beland

Program Coordinator & Faculty
Visit Richard's Website
A photo of Richard Beland one of the photography faculty members.
A photo of a photography faculty member, Geoff Robbins.
A photo of Niki Patel, one of the photography faculty members.