Photography: Level 2 (Technical Skills)

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Learn technical photography skills with our Photography courses in Sydney.

Graduated beyond the basics? Photographers with some beginners experience will find this course refreshing while presenting plenty of challenges. The focus of this course is learning about technical camera competency, frequently used advanced camera techniques and the qualities of light essential for photography. In this course, you will take your skills beyond the basics and learn technical photography skills that will last you a lifetime.

Please note that we currently offer two types of courses – classroom and live online via zoom platform. If you choose our live online option, a material kit with all necessary items will be delivered to your doorstep after enrolment.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will have an understanding of:

  • How to produce higher quality images by the utilisation of technical aspects of your camera that go beyond the level of beginners
  • How to use light quality to enhance image production
  • Combine camera settings & external light sources to frame your subject in creative ways
  • Understand different studio lighting techniques and how they apply to specialist photography outcomes
  • Devise methods of applying flash & modifiers to control light
  • Please note that it is recommended that students have completed a beginners' course with Sydney Community College or an equivalent beginners course before attending an intermediate level class. If you are unsure about your ability level please contact customer service and we can advise which course is right for you, otherwise, admittance can be arranged on a discretionary basis.

Ideal for…

This course is designed for anyone who wants to up-skill their photography to an intermediate level.

Course content

Camera skills

  • Bracketing & HDR
  • Stabilisation & vibration reduction
  • Blur & panning techniques
  • Lens filters
  • Colour of light
  • Time of day
  • White balance
  • Colour casts & artificial light
  • Colour temperature
  • Colour corrections


  • Natural light
  • The scattering of light
  • Atmospheric effects
  • Quantity & quality of light
  • Analysis of shadow qualities
  • Types of light & diffusion
  • Directional light & angles
  • Example: basic food photography

Flash (basic)

  • Natural light + flash
  • Flash essential concepts
  • Light fall-off
  • Inverse square law
  • Natural light + flash
  • On-camera / off-camera flash
  • Flash strength
  • ETTL & manual flash
  • Front curtain / second curtain flash


  • Modifying natural light
  • Using directional light
  • Effects of light modifiers
  • Product photography examples, may include: reflective products, glassware, jewellery

You will not need any equipment for the first session your tutor will discuss what to bring from the below in other sessions

  • Digital SLR Camera + lens
  • SD Card with a minimum of 8gb of memory
  • 1 fully charged camera battery
  • Tripod or monopod would be great but not a requirement

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via SMS or email.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I love the photography courses at Sydney College, Richard is a wonderful teacher. I'm a repeat student as I love his teaching style and how well he explains complex subjects.

  • said: I learnt a lot on this course so achieved all I wanted to get out of it. I found the venue challenging. The room we were in was regularly without air conditioning which could make it stifling and stuffy. Even opening the door and letting in air (and noise) made little difference. The quality of the content and teaching worked well for me despite the almost constant discomfort.

  • said: Tutor was experiences, fun and a wealth of knowledge.

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