Why shoot in Auto mode when other buttons and settings on your camera will elevate your photography to another level? Let us show you how!
Not sure what aperture does or which f number to use?
Do you take the odd 'lucky photo' by chance but want to start taking winning shots every time by getting more creative with your camera but are too busy to commit to 4 week photography courses or read a camera manual?
SignaturePhoto Essentials 1-Day photography course gift vouchers make ideal Christmas and Birthday presents. To purchase a gift voucher just fill in the Gift Voucher form (click here).
This comprehensive hands-on photography course, comprising theory and practical, will provide you the skills and confidence to get the most out of your camera to take creative photographs and never go back to Auto mode again!
Course covers: camera handling, digital photography fundamentals and the creative / compositional process of taking great photos - landscapes, portraits, close-ups, still-life, motion, architecture - in both outdoor and indoor lighting locations.
Beginner, some previous knowledge, or if moving to digital from film
1 full day 8 hours (1 hr theory & 7 hr practical workshop incl Cockatoo Island (or Botanical Gardens & other CBD locations), Sydney harbour, Sydney Opera House, Chinese Gardens, The Rocks lane-ways.
$270 - INCLUDES detailed notes (so no need to write your own!), entrance to Chinese Gardens & return ferry to Cockatoo Island
small groups - max 8 persons
Next course dates: Sun 2 April, Sun 9 April
N.B Due to Sarah - the instructor - necessary personal commitments, there will be no courses running between end April-end August. Please check this page in July for new course dates. Vouchers will have expiry date extended by extra 4 months.
NOTE: Private photography training is available during weekdays - starting from 2 hours (Please email for hourly rate) - and depending on nos of hours can include Botanical Gardens and other interesting CBD city locations as an alternative option to going to Cockatoo Island for private training.
Time: 10am-6pm (includes night shooting during winter months)
Book this course ($270) with our image-editing Lightroom course together and pay only $185 instead of $210 for image-editing course. ‘Lightroom for Photographers’
Course suitable for: These fun and informal photography courses in Sydney are for beginner or DSLR enthusiasts who want to become more confident photographers. A hands-on one-day course covering the fundamental aspects of taking great photos, understanding your own camera and functions and learning how to use the camera more creatively.
An ideal course for individuals who don’t have the time to enrol in long evening/weekend photography courses: It is also a cost-effective training course for time-pressed business employees of large corporations, small businesses and government organisations whose role requires proficiency in using the ‘office camera’.
Course outline: Begin with an hour theory session covering the basic fundamentals of digital photography as well as demystifying some of the technical jargon relating to your camera’s buttons / menus and what they do – an approachable environment to have your photographic questions answered. A practical photography workshop to Cockatoo Island and around Sydney Harbour, Chinese Gardens, The Rocks and Opera House will allow you to explore and develop your photographic skills: aperture, shutter speed, lighting, white balance, depth of field, composition, colour and viewpoint that control the creative process of capturing images.
Cockatoo is a large heritage-listed island in Sydney Harbour with a variety of gritty and maritime industrial photographic backdrops to inspire creative portrait and landscape shooting: architectural sandstone buildings, warehouses, colours and textures. You will learn how to adjust shutter and ISO speeds for shooting in varying lighting conditions - both outdoors on the island and inside warehouses where lighting is low.
* Learn your digital SLR camera’s capabilities, functions & settings to use to creative effect.
* Understand aperture, shutter speed, ISO setting, white balance, exposure compensation, fill-in flash.
* Put the ‘wow!’ factor into your photos by understanding composition, creative use of colour, depth of field, lighting, perspective and viewpoint - the key elements behind a strong image.
* Gain confidence & skills to shoot a variety of subjects.
* Learn the difference between shooting RAW and Jpeg
* Tips on best suppliers /printers for photo printing, camera accessories.
How to book course: Book this photography course now via the booking page or email us via the contact form if any questions.
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Course instructor: Sarah Jenkins - photographer & graphic designer.
Meeting point: Goulburn Street Sydney NSW 2000. Finishes at The Rocks or Circular Quay.
What to bring: We recommend you have a digital SLR camera or mirrorless/ hybrid camera (all brands ok: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Sony) or quality non-DSLR camera ie a compact with manual settings. Bring your camera lenses, manual, memory cards (at least 2 GB card), charged camera battery & a spare battery if possible.
If you are thinking of buying your first DSLR camera to use on the course but are unsure which camera, we can advise if you email us.
N.B We reserve the right to change content & course location route depending on weather & time of year. Courses run at various times throughout the year but not necessarily every month.
Which photography course next? Once you have mastered the basic photography skills why not join us on our ‘Next Step Photography Course Sydney’ or view at a glance all of our other photography courses in Sydney.
You’ve taken the photos - what’s next?
Our image editing/book-making short course workshops are perfect ‘add-ons’ to this Digital Essentials Photography Course. Book this course with one of our image-editing courses together and pay less.
‘Book-Making Course-How to Create High-Quality Photobooks’ or ‘Adobe Lightroom for Photographers’