Photography Course For Beginners

Rated 4.95 out of 5 based on 146 customer ratings
(146 customer reviews)



Enrol in Sydney’s most comprehensive digital photography course designed for beginners by professional photographers. 19 HOURS IN TOTAL

Runs in the evenings from 7pm-9pm – OR – Day time from 12pm-2pm

  • 1 session per week for 8 weeks PLUS a 3 hour Field Trip.



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Do you want to finally take full control of your digital camera in all of its creative modes – including Manual operation?


Come and learn from the professionals and find out why our Sydney digital photography courses book out!

If you are beginner with a Digital SLR or Mirrorless camera with manual capabilities and you want to take high quality digital images for a hobby, work, or to kick start a career in photography, then this is the photography course for you.

We explain the intricacies of the digital world in plain english, leaving you confident with your newly acquired technical and artistic skills. You will leave your digital photography course competent to shoot anything from portraits, products, landscapes, travel, or whichever genre you choose.

This course is an all encompassing one which covers every aspect of photography over a full 19 hours of tuition with one of our professional photographers.

Previous experience is not necessary for this course!

Understand your digital camera better through our digital photography course

On the 6th week of your workshop there is a *3 hour field trip around Sydney’s Harbour Foreshore late on the Sunday afternoon. This trip covers daylight, dusk, sunset and night photography where you practice all you have learnt with the support of your Tutor.  All of this in addition to the studio demonstrations and practicals, allowing you to learn as you shoot.

On the final week of your digital photography course we examine the best of your imagery in a stunning digital slide show accompanied by music, pizza and soft drinks where we unwind and say farewell. We also have fantastic prizes on offer to some of our participants who make it into our ‘Top 30’ exhibition of images from your intake!

This course is for participants with any digital camera that has capability of shooting in manual mode. This is a ‘hands-on’ practical and fun digital photography course whether you are new to photography or making the transition from a ‘point and shoot’ compact camera or smartphone.



*A final weather check will be conducted with the Bureau of Meteorology on the afternoon of your Field Trip.  This may lead to the Field Trip being postponed in cases of unfavourable weather reports.  The Field Trip may run in cases of light showers but not in persistent showers or heavy rain. 

N.B. Classes are run subject to acquiring minimum numbers


Who is the beginner photography course for?

Our beginner photography course at Sydney Photographic Workshops are fantastic classes for people who take the art form as a hobby, who want to kickstart their photography career and photography enthusiasts that wish to brush up on their foundation skills. 

How much does it cost for the beginner photography course?

Our photography classes for beginners cost $395 overall. 

Your fee includes the following:

  • Professional Photographer for 19 hours tuition
  • Workbook with notes / notepad
  • Light refreshments throughout the class
  • Studio equipment for demonstrations
  • 3 hour photographic expedition field trip 

Contact us for more information. 

How long is the beginner course?

Our comprehensive beginner photography course runs for 8-weeks in total – which includes a 3 hour Field Trip on the Sunday of the 6th week. Our students can opt between two classes; a 7pm-9m course or a 12pm – 2pm course. 

What can I expect to learn from the course?

Our beginner photography course is designed to provide you with practical and hands-on opportunities to better understand using the digital camera to create stunning images.  From touching on your various DSLR or Mirrorless camera settings, expanding your creative eye with our 3-hour field trip to helping you acquire new artistic and technical skills, our photography courses for beginners covers a variety of niche areas of photography in an engaging, simplified way. Throughout a full 19 hours of tuition, you will be guided by some of Australia’s leading professional photographers. By the end of the course, you will have the confidence to take striking photographs from portraits, landscapes, travel and more. 

What camera do I need for the photography course?

At Sydney Photographic Workshops, we require our students to bring a digital SLR, mirrorless or any other camera with manual capability to our beginners course. We also suggest our enrolled students take any camera accessories they may have from memory cards, fully charged camera batteries and tripod, lens hood, etc. 

Please note: This course is not suitable for compact cameras without full manual mode.

Why choose Sydney Photographic Workshops for the course?

Enrol in Sydney Photographic Workshops beginner photography course, and you can reap the benefits of learning from passionate professional photographers that offer unending support every step of the way. Each boutique workshop holds a maximum of 10 students and draws on current, real-world knowledge to ensure your learning experience is as engaging and hands-on as possible. As a Sydney Photographic Workshops student, you will experience the sensational curriculum of workshops created by our principal tutor and internationally awarded professional photographer, Daniel Linnet, Master Photographer, AIPP. 

Basic overview of some of the topics:

  • Introduction to the digital camera & equipment
  • Taking full control of your camera
  • Shutter speed
  • Working with movement
  • Aperture
  • Controlling depth
  • Accurate & creative exposure techniques
  • Using the histogram
  • Understanding white balance
  • Composition
  • Low light and night photography
  • Working with flash
  • Workflow techniques & pro tips
  • Converting files for internet & printing
  • Storytelling techniques

No prior photography knowledge is needed for this digital photography course

Not suitable for compact cameras without full manual mode.

You will need:

  • A digital SLR – or any other camera with full manual capability – including mirrorless cameras
  • Memory Card(s)
  • Any camera accessories you may have – i.e: tripod, lens hood, etc.
  • Fully charged camera battery and spare if you have one
  • Your cameras manual – for referencing those hard to find features

Note: A tripod and lens hood are strongly recommended. If you do not already have these you should consider purchasing them at your earliest convenience as they are an essential part of any good photography kit. 


Your fee includes the following:

  • Professional Photographer for 19 hours tuition
  • Workbook with notes / notepad
  • Light refreshments available throughout the session (includes water, tea & coffee)
  • Final session visual review catered with pizza and soft drinks
  • Studio equipment for demonstrations
  • 3 hour photographic expedition field trip with comprehensive demonstrations throughout

N.B. Classes are run subject to acquiring minimum numbers


A final weather check will be conducted with the Bureau of Meteorology on the morning of your Field Trip. This may lead to the trip being postponed in cases of unfavourable weather reports. We may run in cases of light showers but not in persistent showers or heavy rain.  Should we need to postpone you will be notified via text message to the mobile number supplied to us.

146 reviews for Photography Course For Beginners

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mick Mckinley

    Enjoyed my workshop with these guys. Dan was a wealth of knowledge! His willingness to help develop my skills was brilliant, can’t fault any part of the workshop, everyone I was grouped with, all seemed to be gaining just as much as I was. Definitely recommend if you feel like learning manual controls for your camera. 100% worth the time and money.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tim Heilbronn

    I highly recommend doing a course with SPW! Great friendly service from skilled professionals 🙂

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bela Blazevic

    Loved my time at SPW: they both inspired and informed me to take my passion and to do it well! Have already recommended for friends to follow.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karina Pires

    This was an excellent course, it delivered clear information and also practical assignments. Daniel was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and broke down the topics in an effective and easy manner to assimilate. The field trip is a great experience too and you get to have hands on experience with night light, composition other elements. The Cartier Bresson movie was such a lovely surprise, very inspiring. I highly recommended this course for anyone who really wants to learn about photography.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Niesje Turney

    A quick note to say thanks a million for the photography course. You are a great teacher 😊 As a complete beginner, I learned so much (in fact everything I know) and feeling confident enough to start exploring and practising with more purpose (and on manual mode!). I am feeling inspired after seeing everyone else’s work last night.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    I want to thank you for all the knowledge you have shared with me over the last 8 weeks, it has been a great learning experience.Thank you very much for your time, the course was excellent.
    Kindly, Mick.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jo Stewart

    The 8 week beginner’s course is fantastic. After the first couple of lessons I already understood so much more about how my camera works. This course has changed the way I look at photography. Not only have I found out how to use my camera properly but I also understand how and why every element comes together to make a good photo. Daniel has a wealth of experience and knowledge in photography and shares this information in a way that is easily understood. He is always happy to answer questions and make suggestions for improvement. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in getting more out of their camera – you will definitely end up taking better photos!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pegah Khalili

    Absolutely amazing. Had the 8 weeks beginners course with Daniel and It opened up a new world to me. He simplifies everything so you dont need to be afraid of all the settings and the buttons that you see on your camera. Gave us all good feedbacks and made every session so enjoyable. Cant wait to go back for another workshop

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Finished 8 weeks course. Where do i start.. in only short period of time Daniel managed to transfer me from a complete novice not able to use a camera to a confident shooter in manual mode. Great course, and Daniel is great tutor: very patient and thorough.
    thanks so much Daniel and Wendy, I will be doing more advanced trinings with you 🙂
    HIGHLY RECOMMEND to anyone!!!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liliya Shafigullina

    8 weeks of Beginners Course with Daniel opened up for me a brand new world of photography and now I have a different look to the things around me. Highly recommend the course as it is well structured, Daniel made classes very enjoyable and easy to understand, so you cannot wait for the next week class to come to learn more. ISO, aperture and shutter speed are not alien words anymore and now I know how to juggle with them through my camera. Thank you very much!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aaron Chin

    Thoroughly enjoyed the 8 weeks with Daniel learning the basics. Camera functions that seemed complicated were simply explained. Highly recommend.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Gardner

    Daniel was very informative and passionate about teaching our class all the skills needed to take great shots. I really enjoyed my experience.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matilda Ireland-Nikolich

    I had the most fantastic time learning how to use my DSLR camera 📷. I’ve been given the skills to take amazing photos under the guidance of Daniel. There has been a noticeable improvement in the quality of the images I capture, and I would attribute this all to this course and a little practice.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Kriksotolaitis

    Learned a lot. I can now get the full “value” from my cameras. Recommend this course for anyone buying a camera.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joshua Davies

    Both instructors were extremely passionate and experienced, lessons were succinct and flowed. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in photography.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Reichardt

    Photography has been a kind of sub-hobby for me. I must have taken a good 15,000 photos over the course of my life, but I had no idea that it was such a scientific pursuit. These classes took me back in one sense to craft classes at school, where I was routinely the slowest and the clumsiest. Wendy and Daniel were endlessly patient. And looking through my portfolio from the course…Hey! some of them were pretty good!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joshua D

    Both instructors were extremely passionate and experienced, lessons were succinct and flowed. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in photography. Really enjoyed the experience.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steven Krikstolaitis

    Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Learned so much about my cameras, what they could do it was a real eye opener.

    I can now grab the camera and take photos confident that I will get great photos because I now understand all the settings and functions,

    I now look at a “scene” with a different eye as I learned about light and how to use light.

    Friends and family have made comment about how my photos have improved.

    Daniel and Wendy were fabulous.

    Recommend the 8 week course for anyone with a camera.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jirina Filipova

    Course attended: 8 Weeks Beginners Photography Course My starting point: Very little previous knowledge of DSLR camera use. I appreciate that Daniel portioned his lessons well. He did not overwhelm us with the information at the start. Rather, he trickled his knowledge so that we could absorb it and use it practically straight away. Doing so, it allowed us to build good knowledge base and gradually build on it. He taught us to be confident with a camera from the very beginning focusing only on a feature discussed at the class. We did not have to fear the ‘big camera’ at all. Bit by bit, we gained a pool of practical skills allowing us to take pictures at various times of a day. In stages, we would learn what all the settings and buttons mean and are for in a practical way. He did not only teach us how to produce a presentable photo but also be confident with that DSLR camera. Upon completion of the course I am now able to grab the DSLR camera with confidence, take pictures, can adjust settings, actually knowing what is needed, with no stress or doubts. Frankly, great value for money, great content, great vibes and most importantly you gain practical skills. Best course to take if you want to learn to use DSLR camera with confidence.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Saira Mohammad

    One of the best Photography Workshops I have come across. Daniel is really amazing and dedicated towards providing the best knowledge for the learners. I WOULD RECOMMEND 10000000% !!!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martina Taylor

    I did the 8 week beginner course and it was perfect for someone at my level. Daniel is a great tutor. He is truly passionate about his work and shares his knowledge in a relaxed and easy way. I gained a much improved understanding of how to use my camera. I am inspired to have more fun with my camera and take more interesting shots. Thank you.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ray Astillo

    Had a great time doing my workshop here. Wendy and Daniel are great people. Daniel is an excellent tutor and I learned so much from him. Great job to all of you guys. Keep it up.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gary Lawrence

    Sydney photographic workshops 8 week beginner course by far exceeded my expectations! Daniel is a true professional who takes the time to explain everything in depth all while showing amazing passion.
    I’m very happy with what skills I have walked away with after the 8 week course.
    Will definitely be in touch with Wendy and Daniel to book myself in for the 1 day portrait class next!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joel Manton

    I looked around before choosing this course and they definitely seemed the most professional. But I was not expecting the course to be as thorough, or just how informative it would be… Excellent.
    So glad I did this course and I highly recommend it to anyone who has purchased their first camera or anyone that wants to solidify their self taught photography skills.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rey Astillo

    I really had a great time doing my workshop here (SPW). Daniel and Wendy are very professional. I really appreciate them for their being professional and great guys. Daniel is an excellent tutor and I learned so much from him. I will 100% recommend SPW to my friends. Great job to all of you guys. Keep it up.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bahia Karam

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my weekly class @ your studio especially the hands on session & the field trip. I will miss our little chats & the small group interaction. Everyone was really friendly & helpful. Please thank Sarah & all the other tutors for having shared their amazing wealth of knowledge & experience in photography. I will definitely recommend Sydney Photographic Workshops to my family & friends.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martina Taylor

    Hi Wendy, Daniel and Sarah. Thank you for a terrific course. Very informative. I am very much a novice and the course has inspired me to take a renewed interest in photography. I am looking forward to enjoying the experience of taking and then enhancing my photos.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hugh Murray

    Glen, Daniel and Wendy – I just want to say thanks for a great 8 week course. I attended the course to learn how to use my SLR and I certainly came away with not only learning how to use my camera, but a great skill base to develop my photography. Having experienced professionals teaching us was fantastic, as they brought all of their knowledge and skill into the classes. Look forward to my next course!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joanne Bolton

    I have just completed my 8 week beginner photography workshop with Daniel as my tutor. I didn’t think the day would come when I could venture off auto to manual settings, and confidently capture memories and photos that I didn’t think were possible for a home photographer.

    Daniel’s knowledge, passion and teaching skills are second to none. Each class subject was explained simply, patiently and individually to each student and using their own camera! The Sunday afternoon field trip was amazing, and even more tips and tricks were shown.

    I would not hesitate in recommending SPW for anyone wanting to increase their photography skills.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have just completed a fantastic 8 week course run by Daniel, I have learned more than I ever thought I would and his depth of knowledge is excellent.
    I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in photography and wants to learn more about their camera or the art of taking a great picture.
    Thank you so much for your insights and useful tips on making memories better using photos, it has been a pleasure to learn something new each week.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Ward

    Great course thanks. Well balanced, with an appropriate level of detail – and Fiona was awesome!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    michael lee

    Daniel is very knowledgeable and approachable.
    His classes are light, easy and fun

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ruina Xu

    Both Daniel and Glenn are professional, patient and kind. I have learned a lot about my camera and skills for shooting photos. Strongly recommend Sydney Photographic Workshops.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Margaret Walker

    I really enjoyed the 8 week photography beginners course with Daniel. He was able to explain the mysteries of photography in a clear and engaging way and I now feel confident in using my camera on manual settings. I also enjoyed our field excursion to Circular Quay/Vivid and experimenting with night photography. Another genre of photography. Just amazing! Thank you Daniel. And thank you Wendy for keeping us informed throughout the course with your emails and, especially, producing those delicious pizzas on our last night.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lucienne Layton

    This course is one of the best courses that I have attended because it broke down the elements of photography and then put them back together again in a way that made the whole make sense. The teacher was full of enthusiasm and really just wanted to help us be the best photographers we could be. He clearly had a passion for photography that came through in his teaching style. Highly recommended for anyone who really wants to get a handle on what this is all about.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thank you Daniel for an awesome 8 weeks of a better understanding of my camera, I walk away seeing more with camera eyes and knowing more in manual mode, with your knowledge and years of experience, this showed in every class… look forward to doing more workshops with SPW
    Ps and thank you Wendy for all of your continues organising..great team work😊

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Geoff Standen

    A terrific introduction to photography basics, which were explained in a practical and useful way. Glenn’s input and tips, combined with the opportunity to implement them in the field, have drastically improved my photographic outlook and confidence. Manual is now the mode of choice!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Francine Manansala

    I loved this course. Well structured, good learning pace and fun. Fiona our teacher was very professional, always friendly and constructive. Would (and have) definitely recommend this course to others. I only wish they had a follow on one!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elaine Hone

    I throughly enjoyed the course with Fiona. I now feel confident in Manual mode and have taken more creative photographs. Fiona thank you for all your encouragement and inspiration. Wendy, thank you so much for all your organisation. I will definitely be attending more workshops with SPW.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rudi Jensch

    A big thank you to Frank, Fiona, Wendy and Sarah. A fantastic course, learned a lot in 8 weeks. Finally learned how to operate my digital camera and how to set my camera for all different situations. I found the whole team extremely friendly and flexible when it came to changing some of my days. A great course for anyone who has an interest in photography.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sanjeev Goyal

    Great course to learn the basics and get into taking some real photos. Looking forward to getting into intermediate course run by SPW. Glenn the course instructor is really good.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leanne Jezercic

    The course was informative, fun and so helpful to understanding and building confidence with my camera. It’s got me actually taking photos instead of feeling overwhelmed by the equipment. Fantastic company, highly recommend!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


    The course, Glenn, and Wendy were all fantastic. The course is thorough and comprehensive without feeling overwhelming. Glenn was a great instructor and Wendy helps facilitate everything so efficiently. I always shot auto but within 5 weeks I was shooting in manual. I am looking into booking for one of their workshops because I enjoyed the course so much.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dean Degan

    It was fantastic can’t recommend it highly enough! I recently spent $4000 on a DSLR and had know idea how to use it… Now I’m in the game 🙂 Thank you

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maryam Behrouz

    Helpful tutors & organiser, nice & friendly environment.
    I enjoyed the course and learned a lot.
    Especial thanks to Wendy for her help and great attitude.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    I enjoyed the course, the tutor Glenn is obviously enthusiastic about photography and imparted that to the participants. Thorough coverage of the basics, and pretty good individual attention when required. Good to see the work of others on the last day and get words of encouragement and suggestions for improvement. Would recommend it.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5


    Definitely value for money, tutor knowledgeable and helpful (camera tips, ways around different cameras etc) I would recommend this course for anyone who needs a grasp on the basics of learning your camera.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kathy Walsh

    I absolutely loved this course and was money well spent. To finally understand how to use my camera on manual mode is something I always wanted to do, but found YouTube videos too complex to follow. The 8 week course was well set out with activities you could practice during the week to master skills such as depth of focus, composition, exposure etc.
    Now I use my camera on manual mode all the time and my pictures have definitely improved, with even family and friends noticing as well.
    Our tutor Sarah was fantastic, easy to talk to and very patient. The field trip she took us on bought everything we learned into practice.
    Highly recommend this course to everyone who wants to learn about their camera.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liz Clark

    This course was exactly what I needed. I had some understanding of photography, but wasn’t capturing all my camera (or editing) could do. It gave me the knowledge and forced me to go out and practice — building my skills week by week. My photos have improved, I’m always shooting in manual mode and I no longer resort to relying on my iPhone to capture the moment because shooting on my DSLR is now just as easy. I highly recommend.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Joppich

    Excellent course. Well structured and thorough. Field trip in the city brought it all together.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gavin Smith

    Really good course, definitely worth the money and I learned a lot. I had some basic understanding of photography beforehand but I didn’t know how to handle a DSLR or apply the knowledge I already had – now I do! My camera is now exclusively on manual mode and my photos are already a couple of levels above where I started. I know what all the functions do and I know what to look for when buying equipemnt. Great course 🙂

  52. Rated 5 out of 5


    Really informative. I learnt so much over the 8 weeks. Our tutor, Glenn, was really patient and knowledgeable. I wish I’d done something like this years ago. So many wasted photo opportunities just because I didn’t know what I was doing! The field trip was a really good idea and a great chance to put into practice what we’d learnt.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raymond Beddie

    I really enjoyed this course and picked up a lot of tips on how to get better results from my camera. Ben our tutor was very helpful and took the time to show us camera how to get the best results from our different camera. I would recommend this course

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simeon Dale

    Great course, very easy to follow, Sarah was very patient and careful in her explanations. No questions were considered to stupid or slow, she was great.
    I feel much more confident using my camera on manual now and will be practicing lots from now on
    Can’t wait to see our top 30

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna Bramble

    This was an enjoyable and thorough course and I learnt a lot more than I thought I would. Even after having training in design, taking plenty of iPhone photos of the years and experimenting with a DSLR camera through trial and error and online tutorials, I still learnt so much that I didn’t know. I have gained more confidence and an even stronger love for photography after this course. Fiona is an encouraging teacher, explains things well and was welcoming of plenty of questions. The content, pace and structure of the course was great – I would highly recommend it!

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cindy Stettin

    Ben was an amazing teacher! I can’t believe how much I learnt in such a short time. I now know how to properly use my camera in manual mode. Highly recommend! Great fun!

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicole O’Hare

    The course content is fantastic and our tutor, Glenn Lockitch, was simply brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to taking the camera in my own hands, rather than relying on auto functions. I recommend the course unreservedly to all budding photographers!

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deidre McCallum

    So glad I booked to do this course. Wendy and the team were so accommodating with my need to change classes and do catch ups given a busy work schedule. Finally things started to click and I feel comfortable in manual mode and understand white balance and metering! Glenn was very patient and explained things well. Can see myself booking another course soon.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5


    So glad I signed up to the 8 week Beginners course! Not only was it lots of fun, but I now know my way around my camera a lot more than I did before starting this course. Fiona was so lovely, patient and knowledgeable; I can’t thank her enough for a wonderful photography experience. Cheers Fiona!

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melanie Judd

    Loved this course! I started off an absolute beginner and now feel like I have so much more knowledge and confidence. Thank you SPW for everything.

  61. Rated 5 out of 5


    The beginners class with Ben was great and very informative. Teacher was very thorough and always helpful. I learnt a lot over 8 weeks. I feel definitely more confident. Highly recommended!

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Lowrie

    I never would have believed that i would go from always Auto to Always Manual in 8 weeks. Our tutor was fantastic, very helpful, knowledgable and always ready to answer any questions. I loved the experience and would recommend SPW to everyone.

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lauren Cusack

    So enjoyable and I learnt so much. Fiona was an awesome teacher. Her teaching style and strategies were extremely effective in helping me become confident to shoot in manual.

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    Georga Fox

    Was a great course our teacher Ben was extremely help and over all it was a amazing experience, would definitely do another course In the future.

  65. Rated 5 out of 5


    This course was excellent. I knew a bit about photography – or so I thought! I did learn so much and can’t wait to try it out. Some of the technical stuff was a bit hard to understand but Ben made the effort to help wherever possible. The field trip was fantastic and perfectly timed with Vivid on! I’m now going to do far more with my camera than I ever thought I would. Well worth the effort to do the course.

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steph Alexander

    An absolutely fantastic course to take. I thoroughly recommend (and have been) to anyone and everyone. There is a huge amount of joy in going from just pointing and shooting to actually taking a series of photos you feel quite surprised and proud of. This is a great course to pick up the basics and get a taste to develope your new found skills more! A huge thank you SPW!

  67. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marie B

    For a person who always used Auto – when Frank said ‘you’ll be off the Auto mode and onto Manual mode by lesson 4’ – I just smirked. Lo and behold – I am on all modes but NOT Auto. GREAT teacher and support team at SPW. Learnt so much and the eight lessons was paced well so no student in the class was left out. I now know my camera, and understand what I am doing and why… For anyone remotely interested in photography or getting to know their camera and its capabilities, take this SPW course. Great value for money!

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

    will Capri-Chandler

    Wonderful class, I have learnt so much. this is the best class for anyone who wants to get into photography but doesn’t know where to start. the best part was the field trip, really good hands-on experience. thank you guys and thank you, Ben, for teaching me.

  69. Rated 5 out of 5

    Diana E

    I have been on Auto mode all of my life (Because I have zero understanding on Manual). After the course I prefer to use Manual Mode now as I can take an image however I want to take it. The first time I was able to comprehend and able to take photo of drops of water from a fountain was a confidence moment that I can really do this. To the credit of the tutor, the course was enjoyable too. Thank you.

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bec Huntsman

    Absolutely brilliant Intro to Photography course!
    I learnt more than I ever thought possible over the last 8 weeks, and am blown away that I actually feel confident and comfortable using my camera in manual mode!
    A special shout out to Frank – a truly spectacular teacher!

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

    rick christie

    Each week I looked forward to Thursday nights.
    Frank’s passion for photography was contagious and made learning about technical things so much fun.
    I can’t recommend the course enough.

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chloë Leclerc

    Thrilled with this course, i learnt so much and it was great to get the field trip to practise what we had been learning. I understand my camera so much better and the last class was great to help us get confidence in our skills. Loved it!

  73. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cate Elrick

    Well worth the money… Classes were small and Fiona was very helpful. Would 100% recommend. Thanks again!

  74. Rated 5 out of 5

    Neil Purvis

    As a new time user of a camera that uses various lens, I’m happy to say that I know use a fully manual operation, instead of the auto mode. The teachers go out of their way to fully explain the how and why you can use your camera. The evening session through the rocks and circular quay is fantastic and gives the student a insight into night photography and is well worth the time.

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elissa Manera

    Thank you for the great course. I have learnt a lot about my camera and taking different photos during the 8 week course. The instructor was very knowledgeable and patient. I definitely will consider registering for additional workshops in the future. Highly recommend this Beginners Course! 🙂

  76. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed this course, the tutor was excellent, knowledgeable and approachable and I feel more confident with my camera. Thanks heaps.

  77. Rated 5 out of 5

    Victoria Ugarte

    The leap from where I was before SPW’s 8 Week Beginners Course to where I am after the course is massive. My confidence has grown, my knowledge and technique has increased exponentially, and my passion for photography has been further stoked. A huge thanks to SPW and particularly our awesome coach Fiona for imparting her craft, guidance and wisdom to all us budding photographers. This course is a must for anyone who wants to start their photography journey on the right foot.

  78. Rated 5 out of 5


    After years of using the auto shoot settings, I now prefer to shoot on manual mode! The course was very comprehensive, yet easy to understand. Field trip really solidified everything we learnt. Frank was also a fantastic teacher and kept things fun, while making time for questions. Fantastic value for money and highly recommended. I’m now looking at what other courses I can enrol in at SPW!

  79. Rated 4 out of 5

    Chris Bryan

    Good value for money, fun learning environment and lots of opportunities to ask the questions that you otherwise may not have the chance to ask if you look online or read a book. Definitely an interactive experience that id recommend for any learning photographer!

  80. Rated 5 out of 5

    Janette Mitchell

    Enjoyable course, I learnt a lot from Kim over the 8 weeks & would recommend to budding phpographers. I am now considering some private lessons plus the lightroom course. As a keen amateur it is of great benifit to learn from professionals

  81. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sam peach

    Absolutely amazing course, Fiona is one of the best teachers ive ever had, I feel extremely comfortable with taking photos now because I now I understand my camera and know a whole lot of new techniques! If you love photography this course is for you

  82. Rated 5 out of 5

    Margaret McNeill

    This course is excellent, as was our tutor. A great mix of the practical and the artistic.

  83. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenniffer Coelho

    Great value for money. A very full on 8 week course that really helps to make you a better photographer and much more. I will come back to do some more of the courses on offer with this company.

  84. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gillian O’Malley

    The course is comprehensive and really useful for someone with a new DSLR or wanting to learn the priority and manual modes of their camera. Glenn was a highly knowledgeable teacher and I would highly recommend him and the course.

  85. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris Smith

    Fantastic course, great value, awesome tutor. Finally at the point where I’m able to really start enjoying using my camera! Thanks!

  86. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jill Ashby

    Definitely did what it said on the tin! I had been teaching myself on the go and this course really explained how and why I should and shouldn’t do what I had been doing 🙂 I now feel vey confident to progress further. Kim explained everything extremely well and had lots of useful tips. Would recommend this course to anyone wanting to make sure they are starting off on the right foot with their photography techniques.

  87. Rated 5 out of 5

    Victoria Wong

    Thanks to our tutor Frank, I am able to confidently say that I can now shoot in manual! The 8 weeks Beginner Course was worthwhile and enjoyable. Frank was incredibly patient, enthusiastic and knowledgable. Theory/concepts were explained followed by the practical application of the theory with Frank pointing out what we should be looking out for, it really helped solidify our understanding. The pace of the course did not feel rushed and there was time for individual assistance. The SPW team are really supportive of each students participation in the course and to get the most out of the course – thank you. I would recommend this course by SPW for anyone who wants to learn more about a camera other than its auto mode!

  88. Rated 5 out of 5

    Monika Semetka

    I would like to thank you for your course. Unfortunately, I could not make the final night, but I had a great experience. I will definitely will take another course in couple of months. I would like to also thanks to Kim Christopher Welinski as he was very patient with beginners as well as very specific with advanced photographers. I have spent lots of time searching on internet, but you had it all covered with supporting notes, great mentor at nice location. Thank you so much. I will be in touch.

  89. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rod Pereira

    I started this course with zero knowledge and experience in photography. After the 8 weeks I only shoot in manual and can do so rather confidently. Glenn is an amazing tuotor with a world of knowledge and passion. He was always more than willing to help me out and answer any of my questions after class.
    I cannot stress this course enough it is worth every penny and you will pick up more than just the basics. I’m definitely looking forward to further courses in the near future.

  90. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan Lam

    I started the course not knowing the acronym for a DSLR and finished the 8 week course, understanding all the basic and advanced functions of a DSLR. The tutor was high spirited and created a fun learning environment which I thouroughly enjoyed. Recommend this course for any budding/aspiring photographers.

  91. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peta Gilbank

    I really enjoyed this course. Frank was very thorough, explanatory and always helpful. I feel like the quality of my photos has already improved tenfold and can’t wait to try out some more night photography (which I had previously struggled with).
    SPW has a lovely welcoming vibe, even though it was later in the evening and after a long day at work I found the atmosphere to be quite up-beat and I was able to sit through the modules quite easily and happily.

  92. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul McGilvray

    The course built on my basic knowledge and I throughly enjoyed it. Would recommend it to any budding photographers.

  93. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter Surtees

    Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Learnt a great deal, not only about my camera but also about taking striking photos. Kim was first class, very patient.

  94. Rated 5 out of 5

    Duncan Struthers

    Many thanks to Glenn for a great 8 week course. Very informative, Glenn explained topics very clearly and had plenty of patience for any questions asked. Highly recommended!

  95. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josie Walker

    This was a wonderful course. I started from absolutely no knowledge, and I learnt so much. Our tutor, Frank, was knowledgeable and made the course a lot of fun. Nothing was ever too much trouble to make sure that all the participants with all their different cameras were keeping up!

  96. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rory Graham

    For a while there I wasn’t sure I was getting what I’d hoped from the course but it all started to come together over the last few weeks. I’m very glad I took part in the course, meeting some great people, and Kim was a great wealth of knowledge and passes this on in an friendly, easy manner. I now have a great r understanding of the process and the art. The final night was a treat and I have to say that while each of us talked our submitted images down, truly there were some fantastic photographs tak n. I think some of my fellow students will go far. I have no hesitation in recommending this course to anybody.

  97. Rated 5 out of 5

    M Stevens

    Totally rad course. Came out of it with a much deeper understanding of how my camera works and how to use it. Comfortable environment to ask questions and the groups were well proportioned – definitely worth the money.

  98. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emma McKenzie

    Thoroughly enjoyed the 8 week course with Fiona. Feeing very inspired to continue learning and photographing.

  99. Rated 5 out of 5


    Had a fantastic time during the beginners course. I never thought I’d be shooting in manual but by the end of it I couldn’t go back to auto! It was a great balance of theory and plenty of practical skills we could apply straight away. Frank our tutor was lots of fun and very helpful and explained all the technical side really well. I would highly recommend a course with SPW you’ll surprised how much you’ll learn!

  100. Rated 5 out of 5

    Piyanjali Michod

    Dear Daniel
    Thank you for my second session of private tuition and patiently answering all my questions. You are a very personable coach. For the hard work you and Wendy put in to SPW, you deserve to reach the pinnacle of success you aspire. I will always remember SPW for a wonderful learning experience and hope I can impress my family with my new-found skills in composition and lighting. Yours will be the credit, mine the reflected glory!! I wholeheartedly recommend you to all photography students – the very best Australian Canon Master Photographer.
    Piyanjali Michôd

  101. Rated 4 out of 5

    Guy Duggan

    The course covered a lot of topics in a fun environment. The foundations were reinforced throughout the 8 weeks and makes me more confident with my camera.

  102. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Borchok

    I really enjoyed this course and learnt a lot about my camera. I am now using my camera in manual mode which I have never done before. The field trip was particularly valuable. I have also come to appreciate more about the composition of a good photograph. The final night was a nice culmination of everything we had learnt. The tutors were very helpful and didn’t mind how many questions you asked. I would definitely consider doing further courses with SPW.

  103. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jutta Waiblinger

    Now that I’ve been taught to use my camera on manual, photos I take in beautiful holiday destinations will be as beautiful as the destinations, no more auto. What’s even more exciting is I take photos wherever I go at home, my love of photography has been re-igneted. Thank you Frank for teaching in an easy to understand way, thank you Daniel for an action packed field trip and thank you Wendy for streamlined organising. The journey of learning is only as good as the people you surround yourself by and I’ve been on a worthwhile journey with lovely talented professionals.

  104. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vandana Dsouza

    Thank you Kim for such comprehensive and amazing classes. I feel confident to use the manual functions of my new 80D and 50mm lenses (and for your advice on helping me choose), for excellent coffees and the fabulous last session. I have learnt a lot and grown from the experience as a photographer. I also greatly value the 3-hr hands-on workshop with Daniel – not to be missed!!! Only one suggestion- please spend the first 15-20 minutes of each class on reviewing / providing feedback on photo tasks you set to the class as a group, so we may learn from our mistakes as we progress. However, I still have no complaints as it was a fabulous learning experience.

  105. Rated 4 out of 5

    Brandon Cromhout

    This course has certainly given me a better understanding of the technical aspect of photography. I feel more confident that more of my photos will be keepers now! The course location and the presentations were great too.

  106. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rob Gillan

    SPW provides a great environment to not only learn your way around your camera but enough of the technical and creative theory to not only leapfrog your capabilities but have a lot of fun doing it. Well worth the money and time spent.

  107. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Azzopardi

    Such a great and very informative course . Teacher was very thorough and precise. Highly recommended !

  108. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linelle Stepto

    The beginners class with Ben was great…….made me realise how much goes into an image, & how much I enjoy doing it….so I have signed up for another course.

  109. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jessica Stephenson

    What a fantastic course this was! We were very lucky to have such an approachable and friendly tutor as Ben. The class was relaxed & open, not to mention comfy (beanbag central). I learnt a lot over the 8 weeks & think this course is a MUST for anyone wanting to know more about photography basics.
    The final night is a really cool idea, it allows you to see other peoples work & have your own forecasted… the wine helps too 🙂

  110. Rated 4 out of 5


    A great course. I finally know how to work my camera and what makes a great photograph. the classes were highly informative and the excursion really cemented the course content. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and am looking forward to taking better photos in the future.

  111. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed this course and am glad I now know how to use my camera, albeit a little slowly! The course is very logically set out over 8 weeks with simple explanations and practice. I recommend it!

  112. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raymond Zhang

    Really enjoy the whole course from very beginning. Well designed structure where gives me practice experience at start. Very interested planned where gives me on field experience too. High Recommended to other people who is interested to know photography.

  113. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin Yates

    We had a great time on the course. The tutor was very good, understanding and helpful. The atmosphere was conducive to learning and the course was good value for money. I highly recommend it.

  114. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Kaissis

    This course has developed my skills across a broad range of specialist photography areas. The practical component used in conjunction with the theoretical element was perfectly balanced and has further ignited my passion for photography. I would strongly encourage beginning photographers to commit to this course. The teachers have a wealth of knowledge and have created a course that is tailored to your needs. They are also very willing to help even if the class is going over time!!! #takebackcontrol

  115. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tim Matthews

    I was a complete beginner at the start of the course and now after 8 weeks I feel very confident with all those manual controls on my DSLR. Plus I’m much more aware of the key elements it takes to put a good shot together. Our tutor was very knowledgeable and creative, which was an excellent mix.

  116. Rated 4 out of 5


    Really enjoyed the 8 week course. Met some great people who we still go out an take photos with and gained so much practical knowledge. Thank you for providing such an incredible course.

  117. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mariana Montoya

    8 week Beginners course was really enjoyable and helpful, I feel a lot more confident using my camera now. Thanks Frank for being such a great tutor; not only approachable and knowledgeable but funny too 🙂 Also want to thank Glenn and Wendy. Excellent course, and good atmosphere. For anyone interested in photography I highly recommend this studio!

  118. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lee-arne Salmon

    Great course and Kim, was a fantastic tutor. Now feel way more confident with my camera and I feel that I am no longer just a “happy snapper”. Looking for the next course to do as I feel there is still so much to learn. Thank you

  119. Rated 5 out of 5


    Had such a great experience whilst taking part in the 8 week beginners course. It Taught me the basics about how to use my digital camera but also stretched my learning and creativity. Loved looking at the final products of my photos as well as everyone else in my course.

  120. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Raggio

    Great teacher, friendly atmosphere, professional teaching delivery when it comes to technical aspects of photography. Great value, and you will definitely walk away learning how to use your camera.

  121. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Winstanley

    Great course, covered all the fundamentals in an easy to understand format and hands on practice.
    Good to now have more creative control over my photographs and a better understanding of all the camera buttons!
    Glenn was a great tutor, clear and concise information and endlessly patient!

  122. Rated 5 out of 5


    Enjoyed the course and learnt a lot. Looking forward to the introduction of an intermediat course. Value for money and I now can utilise my camera.

  123. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maria Astakhova

    I wanted to say “Thank you” for the wonderful courses you run at your place. The approach, attitude and mood are so friendly and encouraging! I will definitely do Portraiture course and maybe Travel at some stage.

  124. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great experience with great tutors. The techniques learned will certainly help me in my journey of photography. In addition, Wendy and Daniel are very kind people and I am sure that they will try their best so you can have a great experience and learning environment. I highly recommend the courses offered.

  125. Rated 5 out of 5


    I walked in not knowing how to use my camera or what any setting meant. I left feeling confident I can now create a decent photo. Kim was very helpful and knowledgeable as was Frank on our field trip. Would love it if there was an intermediate class to continue as I feel there’s so much more to learn.

  126. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cameron Herbert

    I really enjoyed this course – found it helpful to divide up the basics into 8 bite sized pieces, rather than do it all at once over a weekend or similar. Each 2 hour session was clearly and logically presented, and the supporting material was excellent. It would be great to see a similar intermediate course put on, to build on the basics I’ve learnt. The West Pymble venue was convenient and comfortable.

  127. Rated 5 out of 5

    Doug Cotton

    Fantastic course Frank had answers to all questions and in depth knowledge of subject matter. I would recommend this course to any one who wants to get away from point and shot auto settings.

  128. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nadine Sickert

    I loved the course! My skills have improved so much and I feel so much more confident. Now I am taking my camera everywhere I go. Kim did a fabulous job in developing our skills and becoming more confident in using the camera settings. I would love to join a course for post production in Lightroom in Pymble area. Unfortunately, Alexandria will be too difficult for me.

  129. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Armstrong

    Really enjoyed the course and am encouraged to take my photography more seriously. Kim did a great job of developing the skills of the participants. Would be interested in a Lightroom course but Alexandria will be difficult.

  130. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lucia Braham

    Excellent course content. Covers all bases and elementary techniques. I really appreciated the way that the course encouraged creativity. Incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff and tutors. I highly recommend this course.

  131. Rated 4 out of 5

    Maja skundric

    Ah-mazing! The course over and beyond exceeded my expectations , last
    Spw night was a very nice touch. Happy to say my can is now in manual! Thanks spw!!

  132. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew Barton

    I really enjoyed the classes and learned a lot throughout the course. The sessions were well thought out and well presented. I have noticed a marked improvement in my photography as a result of the course. Kim is a knowledgable teacher who was very approachable and helpful. I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their skills.

  133. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharon Daniel

    Thank you so much for the past weeks. I have learnt so much during the time and found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I look forward to possibly in the future undertaking more workshops.

  134. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very pleased. Every week I got a lot out of it. Surprised how much value I got for my money

  135. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martine Hefford

    I like who it covers all the basics (nobody feels stupid). Moved at a pace to match the group, covered areas we all understood quickly + spent longer on the areas we wanted more understanding.

  136. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary Kosanic

    I came into this course with no knowledge of manual use of camera or of anything else really. Now I am feeling a lot more confident and taking photographs with a completely new approach. Fiona is a great teacher. Very patient and informative and the whole atmosphere at SPW is very friendly and welcoming and it was nice to meet such interesting people also. I would definitely recommend SPW. Thank you Fiona, I am definitely more confident and enjoying my photography.

  137. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deborah-Ann Allan

    SO glad I did the Sydney Photographic Workshops full course. I now know my way around my own camera, not just general knowledge from the internet – the course is a mixture of learning, application and DIY practice which is perfect. Groups are small so you receive individual attention and course includes a field trip as well as the studio work. Such good value for money – and learning from a professional photographer like Ben, I not only have a new respect for photography generally, I feel more confident to take my own shots in manual. For anyone remotely interested in photography, take this SPW course!

  138. Rated 5 out of 5


    a great course for getting on top of the basics and moving into the technical side of camera use , Fiona was a excellent teacher.

  139. Rated 4 out of 5

    Deborah Wotherspoon

    As a green ‘point and shoot’ photographer I now have more understanding and confidence to turn the dial. The composition and editorial tutorials were excellent. The field day was so worthwhile

  140. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roslyn Baldwin

    My camera is now in ‘manual’ – how cool is that? Thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and the workshop.

  141. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marie Le Hur

    8 week beginners course – I learnt a lot, laughed a lot and really enjoyed the whole thing. Thanks Frank.

  142. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Stephenson

    I was very impressed with the course. The content was useful, informative and easy to follow. Our coach was fantastic at explaining things in detail; allowing us beginners to understand why we were doing things a certain way.

  143. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emma Bailie

    The team and atmosphere at SPW are warm and encouraging. Ben, especially was really approachable and made sure no-one in the class was left behind. The Final Night was a really nice touch. I highly recommend this course and SPW.

  144. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter Groch

    Enjoyed the course, as I was able to build on the knowledge I already had acquired. For budding photographers, who are looking to up skill their knowledge, I would recommend this course.

  145. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Ciardi

    Totally enjoyed it. Individual attention given, no matter what make of camera. I can’t believe I now know my way around my Nikon. Thank you.

  146. Rated 5 out of 5

    Prem Sandhu

    I felt value for money. Tutor very helpful and very knowledgable. The company is lucky to have such a tutor. I am more confident after the workshop.

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