Photography Course For Beginners

Rated 4.96 out of 5 based on 185 customer ratings
(185 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.

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

    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

    Angeline Mundumbwila

    I am so grateful for that you made a special class for us. I have been wanting to do this course for months but it just never fit. With all the anticipation you really did way above what I could have hoped for. All the difficulties I had and the things I didn’t understand about photography got answered. Everything now makes sense. Daniel you are a great teacher it flowed so naturally and was easy to understand thank you so much

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Merryn Lagaida

    I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend! I did the Beginners Course and learnt so much over the eight weeks. It covered all the necessities and Daniel was a fantastic tutor.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marianne Fenech

    As a ‘beginner’ beginner, I was nervous about doing this course. Eight weeks later, I am not only now friends with my camera, but my love and interest in photography has grown so much. The course was exemplary in every way, from Wendy’s wonderfully responsive emails to Daniel’s generous and inspirational sharing of his extensive knowledge with such clarity and patience. Both are real people who clearly love and are very good at what they do. I am a slow learner, but came so far with this course. Excellent value for money and highly recommended.

  12. 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!!!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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% !!!

  24. 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.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Francesca Messori


  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Ward

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

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    michael lee

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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😊

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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!

  47. 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.

  48. 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

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

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