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Learn digital photography with our photography short courses in Sydney.

Photography can feel like a complicated hobby. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a beautiful camera, but not knowing how to get the best from it. If you are a beginner photographer and you want to master the manual capabilities of your Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera as a hobby, for work or to build a new career then our foundational photography course will help you get started. We aim to deliver a fun, user-friendly and practical beginners photography course that demystifies the functions of your camera first so you can focus on the scene you want to capture.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this beginners photography course, you should be able to:

  • use their Digital SLR Cameras manually with skill and confidence
  • identify the standard functions and features of a Digital SLR Camera
  • understand Aperture, Depth of Field and Shutter and Motion
  • use the appropriate metering and exposure systems to correctly expose their image
  • identify difficult lighting situations that result in incorrect exposures
  • understand the basic principle of the Photographic Triangle
  • select the appropriate ISO, Resolution, and White Balance settings
  • understanding the physical equipment important to a photographer
  • the composition dimension of photography – what looks good in a frame and why

What will be covered in this photography course?

Introduction: camera anatomy & settings

  • How a mirrorless camera and DSLR work
  • Main features of most cameras
  • Modes of your camera and how they work: Manual Mode, Aperture Priority Mode, Shutter Priority Mode
  • File types: RAW vs JPEG

Exposure, focus & depth of field

  • The Exposure Triangle: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed
  • Focusing – Manual, Auto, Focus Points, Single/Continuous
  • DOF Control – AP, Distance, Lens, DOF Preview
  • Shutter Speed and Movement

White balance & colour

  • White Balance
  • ISO and image quality
  • The Histogram – Dynamic Range and Exposure Latitude
  • Contrast and Tonal Range

Light & metering

  • The Light Meter – Correct, Under and Over Exposure
  • Metering Systems – Matrix, Centre Weighted, Partial, Spot
  • Situations that give inaccurate light readings and how to problem solve
  • Direction of Light

Composition

  • Rule of thirds
  • Leading lines
  • Perspective & angle
  • Backgrounds

Equipment

  • How to build your camera kit
  • Tripods
  • General camera care

Please note that individual teaching styles vary – there is scope for some flexibility and your tutor may prioritise particular content listed above dependent on the class needs. If there is anything specific you would like covered please ask your tutor at the beginning of class.

Who is this photography course for?

This beginners photography course is for participants with any digital camera that has the capability of shooting in manual mode (Digital SLR's and Mirrorless cameras). This is not suitable for compact 'point & shoot' cameras or smartphones.

  • Hobbyists: Looking to take better photos of family, children, special events, travel, or just for fun.
  • Career: Looking for an introduction to start your journey to a new job
  • Work or home business: Your small business or the company you work for needs more photographic content for social media and the web

What to bring to class

  • Digital SLR Manual Camera + lens
  • Camera manual (manual is important as different cameras have slightly different ways of operating the controls, you will need to locate these with your tutors help)
  • Tripod or monopod for outdoor shoots (Optional)
  • Notepad & pen or tablet

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Photography Course for Beginners

<p>Learn digital photography with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/photography">photography short courses</a> in Sydney.</p>

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$399 Limited inc GST / $299 / $319.20 / $359.10
Enrol in any two Photography classes and receive 15% off both enrolments. Discount applies automatically at checkout.
Photography Course for Beginners

<p>Learn digital photography with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/arts/photography">photography short courses</a> in Sydney.</p>

<p>Photography can feel like a

...
$399 Limited inc GST / $299 / $319.20 / $359.10
Enrol in any two Photography classes and receive 15% off both enrolments. Discount applies automatically at checkout.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I was able to learn more about the capabilities and understanding of my camera and what the best possible uses can be. The tutor also was extremely patient with all of us ensuring we were all comfortable at our individual levels to progress through the course.

  • said: The course was enjoyable went at a good pace ,we had a small group, great course notes and a good tutor.

  • said: Richard was such a great tutor! He really wants to help you become a great photographer, he is super passionate about photography and this really comes through his class.

  • said: An absolutely amazing teacher. If you’re slightly interested in learning digital photography then I highly recommend this course. It is delivered in such a care free but direct and easy to digest manor. I learnt so much. It’s fed a spark in me I didn’t know I had. 10/10

  • said: I enjoyed the comprehensive information given by the Tutor and she took her time in answering all our questions in detail. I also enjoyed meeting my classmates and the excursions I have learned a lot and will be enrolling in the level 2 photography courses soon Thank you, very enjoyable experience.

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