Digital Photography Course - The Next Step

Intermediate Photography Course - Sydney (6hrs).
Practical digital photography courses for those photographers who want to take the next step in developing their photographic skills, and take better photos around inner-city Sydney locations. Includes: landscapes, architecture, panning and moving cars, authentic farmers' market, atmospheric heritage Chinese temple.
You have an understanding of the basic functions on your camera but now want to go to the next step?
How to convey movement in an image using slow shutter speeds i.e waterfalls, people and fast cars?
Pick up some tips on better portrait, landscape and travel photography?
Improve on your composition and depth of field technique?
Understand how to read a histogram for checking correct exposure?

These practical small group photography courses are designed for those who are proficient with the basics and want to develop their photographic skills. During the 6 hours of shooting you will visit a variety of diverse and lesser known locations around inner-city Sydney featuring interesting subjects for the keen photographer.


Photography Level: SignaturePhoto Essentials photography course. Basic Colonial photography workshop or relevant experience/knowledge.
Course duration: 6 hours practical workshop at various Sydney locations.
Cost: $230 incl transport during course.
Group size: small groups - max 8 persons

Next course dates: Saturday 18 November 2017, Sat 16 December .

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Course suitable for: These fun and informal digital photography courses are for those who have completed a previous SignaturePhoto photography course or workshop (or similar course elsewhere), and any photographer who wants to improve their skills. A hands-on short course teaching you how to take better photos using your camera more creatively.

Course outline: We begin the course at Everleigh market (Carriageworks) with a recap of your camera’s main functions and buttons. Then across to the undercover heritage-listed railway workshop where the farmers’ market is held to start shooting. This authentic growers’ market of 80 stalls has a variety of fresh farm produce in a setting reminiscent of markets you find in France which lends itself to impromptu travel style shots. And if you’re in need of a morning snack there are stalls cooking yummy burgers/bacon rolls. (Billy Kwong’s Chinese veggie pancake is a favourite). The old nineteenth century railyards in the vicinity provide gritty industrial photographic backdrops of colours and textures to explore your creative shooting. A drink at an art deco pub in the area allows for a rest-stop before walking to nearby authentic small Chinese temple (heritage listed and similar to temples you find in villages in China). Ornate carvings and a ceiling of lanterns provide practice for low light shooting, close-ups, composition and creative depth of field techniques.

After the tranquility of the temple we proceed (via taxi) to Darling Harbour where we have a change of pace as we position ourselves at a vantage point for capturing fast moving cars. Using slow shutter speeds will convey movement of the cars whilst keep the backgound sharp. Panning is another fun technique to capture the feeling of movement. If time we may continue walking around to Pyrmont Bay - a redeveloped industrial maritime area of Sydney. There is plenty of excellent photo material along the way for refining your photography.

View ‘Courses 2’ gallery to see photos taken on Next Step Course Sydney

These hands-on 6 hour photography workshops at quirky and varied inner-city Sydney locations will inspire you to explore and discover new photographic skills: * aperture and creative use of depth of field * shutter speed (including how to capture movement) * various lighting situations and adjusting the correct white balance and ISO accordingly * understanding histograms for checking correct exposures * emphasis on composition for creating striking and balanced images * tips on better portrait, landscape, sports and travel photography (i.e compelling impromptu/in-situ street portraits) * when to shoot Raw vs Jpeg.
Common troubleshooting points will also be covered (blurry shots, incorrect exposure and ISO resolution, poor composition, not enough light).

How to book course: Book this course now via the booking page or email us via the contact form if any questions.

Course instructor: Sarah Jenkins - photographer & graphic designer.
Meeting point: Outside main entrance to Everleigh Market - 245 Wilson Street, Everleigh (near Redfern; 10 min drive from City road or Broadway. Redfern Station - 1 stop from Central Station on Cityrail train). Nearby street parking available and limited parking at Carriageworks. We finish at Darling Harbour.
What to bring: We recommend you have a digital SLR camera (all DSLR brands ok: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Sony) Micro four-thirds camera, or quality non-DSLR camera. Bring your camera lenses, manual, memory cards (at least 2 GB card), charged camera battery & a spare battery if possible.
N.B We reserve the right to change content & course location route depending on weather & time of year. Courses run on various times throughout the year but not necessarily every month.

You’ve taken the photos - what’s next?
Our Lightroom photo/image editing short course workshop is a perfect ‘add-on’ to this Next Step Photography Course. Book this course with Lightroom image-editing workshop together and pay less ($415 for both). ‘Adobe Lightroom Course for Photographers’

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