Photography Course For Beginners

Rated 4.96 out of 5 based on 185 customer ratings
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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.

Check out some of the work by our past 8 week Beginner Photography Course participants in the Top 30 sets of images from each intake here

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.



  • You may attend your class via Zoom only when you absolutely cannot attend your scheduled class

* 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.

185 reviews for Photography Course For Beginners

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Joppich

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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cate Elrick

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

  28. 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.

  29. 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! 🙂

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Margaret McNeill

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. 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!

  50. 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.

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