Beginners Course
– 8 Week

Rated 4.89 out of 5 based on 71 customer ratings
(71 customer reviews)


Comprehensive 8-week beginners Digital SLR, Hybrid and Micro Photography Course

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

This beginners photography course is run in the evenings from 7pm – 9pm: 

  • 1 night per week for 8 weeks PLUS a 3 hour Field Trip.
  • Run from our studio in Alexandria OR West Pymble


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Do you want to finally take control of your digital camera?

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, hybrid or micro 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 5th 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, nibbles, bubbly, beer, wine and soft drinks where we unwind and say farewell. We also have fantastic prizes from our sponsors 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

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.
  • 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 detailed notes / notepad
  • Light refreshments available throughout the evening (includes water, tea & coffee)
  • Final night visual review catered with nibbles, bubbly, beer, wine and softdrinks
  • Studio equipment for demonstrations
  • 3 hour photographic expedition field trip with comprehensive demonstrations throughout
  • A complimentary copy of ‘Australian Photography + Digital’ magazine
  • A complimentary copy of ‘Capture’ magazine

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.


71 reviews for Beginners Course
– 8 Week

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    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

  9. 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.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  13. 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

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    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!!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  25. 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.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  28. 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.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  31. 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.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    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 🙂

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  42. Rated 4 out of 5

    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.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  46. Rated 4 out of 5

    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.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  48. 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!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  51. Rated 4 out of 5

    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.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

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

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  67. Rated 5 out of 5

    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

  68. Rated 4 out of 5

    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!

  69. 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!

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  71. 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.

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