Photography Essentials

Rated 4.91 out of 5 based on 89 customer ratings
(89 customer reviews)



This beginner photography workshop is run on various Saturday afternoons throughout the year.

Runs from 12:00pm to 4:00pm OR (1:00pm to 5:00pm during daylight saving)

Designed as an ideal introduction to the exciting world of digital photography, a perfect refresher lesson, or simply an opportunity to get out and practice under the guidance of a working pro photographer. In this half-day digital photography workshop your tutor will take you to better known and also some hidden photographic locations around the Sydney Harbour Foreshore. We also offer a full 8 week beginners photography course if you prefer a more in-depth course.


Enrol Online


Maximum 10 participants + 1 Tutor

You will learn what all of the different shooting modes of your camera are used for and how they can be applied to essential photographic techniques. Starting at the very beginning, we introduce you to your camera, lenses and other essential items that comprise a good photographic kit. This digital photography class then progresses to giving you an understanding of the operation of your camera in manual mode where you will gain true creative control.


This workshop will stimulate your creative eye by introducing you to simple compositional techniques as well as developing an understanding of working with various lighting conditions, a main key of photography. We will help you to develop the ability to pre-visualise a photograph and create some amazing images of sights around iconic Sydney around the Harbour Foreshore.

This introduction to photography workshop is suitable for any camera with full manual capability including SLR and Mirrorless cameras..


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

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

Basic overview of some of the topics:

  • Understanding your camera
  • Introduction to the kit
  • Lens selection if you have more than one
  • Shooting modes explained
  • Focus techniques
  • Aperture & Shutter Priority
  • Controlling colour
  • ISO
  • Developing the photographic ‘eye’
  • Understanding & working with light
  • Portrait & landscape techniques
  • Compositional tips
  • Controlling exposure
  • Shooting in manual mode

No prior photography knowledge is needed for this photography workshop

Not suitable for compact cameras without full manual mode.

PLEASE NOTE:  This workshop runs for 4 hours and you will be walking and standing.  An appropriate amount of fitness is required.

You will need:

  • Your Camera(s)
  • Any lenses you have that you would like to experiment with
  • Lens Hood (if you have one)
  • Memory Card(s)
  • Any camera accessories you may have
  • Fully charged camera battery and spare if you have one
  • Your cameras manual – for referencing those hard to find features
  • Dress casual & comfortable with sensible shoes (you may get a little dirty at some locations)
  • Wet weather gear if any showers are forecast*

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

This workshop is $150 for a half days tuition

Your fee includes the following:

  • 4 hours tuition with a multi award winning professional photographer

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


89 reviews for Photography Essentials

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ian Mears

    Well run course with enough information to make immediate improvements and increase understanding – without trying to cover everything. The basics were explained in a clear way and the small group size allowed for personal attention and time to take photos.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bridget Jackson

    Fergus absolutely loved it, even being the youngest by decades. It was more technical than I’d expected, which was actually perfect, as it’s now given him a really strong foundation to work from … and he’s been off each day since, practising.

    I’m sure we’ll be back for the next level in due course but in the meantime, it was a very valuable course for him. And Glen was fantastic – very engaging.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Greenacre

    I attended a course on Saturday 11th December 2021. There were 10 of us ranging in age from teenager to senior. I would have been the eldest at 74. We started at Customs House Circular Quay then walked to the lift up to Cahill Expressway then through the Rocks finishing at Observatory Hill. Lucky the sun was shining you couldn’t do this course if it was raining because it is all outdoors. Our instructor Glen was superb, a very patient man with heaps of experience as a Professional Photographer. He had to know all the different cameras and was able to help everyone individually as well as group learning. I will now try to avoid always using the Auto setting on my Camera or using my iPhone. It will mean lots of practice to get full value from what Glen has taught us.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Samuel Bishop-Taylor

    A great workshop all around. The teacher/guide photographer was brilliant in his depth of knowledge, and thorough steps were laid out one by one for the entire group to understand.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nala Marcos

    Glenn is professional photographer with the rare ability of conveying his vast experience in photography in a simple but, make -sense fashion. He started the workshop with the definition of photography, the exposure triangle. Explained each one of the three parameters, with the chance of each one of us to try different settings and asking questions. Glenn was so patient and tolerant and he was genuinely keen on answering and explaining why and how. And the four hour workshop ( he was generous enough to spend longer than 4 hours) ended with explaining and trying our hands with the “manual mode” and the Gray card. Enjoyed every minute of the four hours and learnt a lot . Would keep an eye on any more Of Glenn’s workshops with the Sydney Photographic Workshops .

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alison Rudman

    A really valuable workshop that was well planned and well taught. I’m looking forward to trying more courses.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh Brown

    Fantastic workshop, very informative and engaging. It was great to practice with the settings and modes as they were being explained. The location was great! Glenn was really patient and spent time with each student to check individual camera settings and understanding. Would highly recommend and will be looking to do the 8 week course in the future.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    David Kohn

    Very good tutor, informative, good grounding in photography provided.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    David Kohn

    Really good course, with Glenn an excellent tutor. Very informative and educational.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Penny Tralau

    Daniel is unbelievably knowledgeable when it comes to photography and he explains things very easily.. He took us to some fabulous spots around the city and demonstrated some great techniques.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dom C

    Attended the Photography Essentials workshop this weekend. Daniel was amazing to learn from and incredibly patient with his students. Receiving this type of inductance within a supportive environment under Sydney Photographic Workshops has given me the confidence to continue to pursue the art of photography. Wish I had signed up sooner!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Jocys

    I attended the Photography Essentials workshop facilitated by Glen. It was absolutely fantastic. A four hour workshop full of valuable practical information. It’s given me loads of information that will allow me to use my Camera in all sorts of situations in a confident manner. Highly recommend this workshop.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emily Mould

    Had a fantastic Saturday afternoon learning all about how to better use my camera to lift my photography to the next level. Glenn was a great tutor and really took the time to ensure each important point was demonstrated and practised. I would highly recommend this course!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Geoff Simpson

    Such an excellent workshop! The workshop took me on a journey from a beginner intimidated by the buttons and settings on my camera (beyond the “auto” setting), to a keen photographer with an (high level!) understanding of what the settings means and how to use them – all in a single afternoon!!! Glenn was an excellent (and patient!!) teacher – great explanations of the settings and photographic techniques – each with plenty of opportunity to test the effect of each setting on our photos – such a great learning method! This is no dusty, dull, cobwebby course in a room scribbling notes that won’t make sense in 20 minutes, but instead is an applied, hands on, learning experience (on your camera!) that gets the neurons firing and leaves you with a hunger to go and practice all the new techniques you’ve gained.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sandra Rassinger

    Thanks Glenn for a very entertaining and informative afternoon! I can only recommend this course.
    I will definitely attend more courses!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    We had a great afternoon with Daniel learning about the functionality of our camera and both the theory and hands-on practice of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and more. Everything was taught at a pace and style that made it easy to understand, despite being quite complex! Thanks Daniel! My husband enjoyed it so much that he’s now signed up for the full 8 week course.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Annette Kennedy

    I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon doing this course. Glenn was an amazing tutor. Very professional, extremely knowledgeable, patient and kind. His explanations were clear and concise and I learnt so many new things during the course. Please consider offering a follow-up afternoon course. I’d definitely come back! Thanks again!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen Adamson

    I had an absolute blast yesterday on our Workshop. Glenn you have opened my eyes to a new way of seeing the picture before I take it. I couldn’t wait to work on what I learned and went out today to snap more manual shots with amazing results. I would highly recommend Glenn as a Tutor and Sydney Photographic Workshops to anyone wanting to explore the art of using your camera.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leah White

    I thoroughly enjoyed my 4 hours with Glenn. There was a lot to take in and would like to have had the opportunity to recap a few things, but I understand that time was a limiting factor. Glenn was extremely knowledgeable and answered all questions precisely. I couldn’t wait to get home to try out what I had learned. Definitely worth the money and I would love to do something similar again. Thank you Glenn for your patience.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    My niece (13) and I attend this workshop. Daniel was very helpful, knowledgeable and engaging. The course provided lots of technical and practical information. I would happily recommend this course.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    The classic covered the basics for using my DSLR, something I needed to become more confident using it during my travels. Dan was patient and enthusiastic throughout the day. Would highly recommend this class for people, like me, who have the tools, just need to learn how to use them!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anthony Patruno

    Great teacher, great insights, great classroom, great learning experience!

  23. Rated 4 out of 5


    Glen is an amazing teacher and I walked away with an even better understating of my camera. Would highly recommend this class.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Juliet Bencsik

    Awesome introduction to my camera! I now know what AWB and F Stops are all about. Thank you Glenn who was so patient with a complete newbie. I would recommend this course to anyone starting out with a dslr

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Philip Lindsay

    It was nice to have the individual things, that we have control over, explained so they could be easily understood. Then to practise those things so that the differences could be seen so easily was extremely good.
    I came away understanding my camera a lot better, and what I can control. Now I think that I will be able to get better use of my camera and be able to enjoy it more.
    Thanks Glen

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    I learnt more in four hours with Glenn about how to use my camera and take photos than I did in an 8 week course I did a couple of years ago. Brilliant afternoon and I feel so much more confident to use the manual settings on my camera.

  27. Rated 4 out of 5


    Very informative, opened many avenues to photography I didn’t know existed.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    This workshop is a great introduction to photography for complete novices. Glenn was very knowledgeable, communicated ideas clearly and I found the demonstrations very useful. He also made sure everyone was keeping up and gave us a lot of individual help. The workshop was great for picking up little tips and tricks that I otherwise would not have known. Highly recommend!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eliza hailstone

    Great course, very informative and a good opportunity to learn. I highly encourage anyone beginning their photography journey to attend this course.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin Jogin

    It was Good experience for me as I learnt helpful tips from Glen starting from focus to ISO to Aperture to Shutter to Manuel modes and can say now I have started shooting in manuel mode more confident and my practice is bringing some good fruits. This workshop was helpful to know the theory behind the photography by face to face interaction with experienced photographer.
    Good course if some one is new and like to understand professional photography.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really had a great time during the workshop, the teacher explained in a clear way and tried to make sure that everyone learned what he taught. Photography is all about light!!!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thank you Glenn for sharing your wisdom and practical skills. I would highly recommend this course.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peta Macarthur

    I really enjoyed this workshop and found the information very helpful. I feel immediately inspired to use my DSLR camera in manual mode and start to get the most out of its capabilities. Thanks!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ana Rod

    The workshop provided me with lots of insights and clarification on some concepts that I couldn’t grasp before.Our instructor was very patient, helpful and knowledgeable.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5


    Glenn was an excellent teacher. I learnt a lot about my camera as well as photography. Would definitely do another class or workshop.

  36. Rated 4 out of 5


    Great workshop. All that technical stuff made simple and understandable. I am now out practising what I’ve learnt and really enjoying having more control over my images!

  37. Rated 4 out of 5

    William Wilson

    Received a gift voucher as a 30th bday present. A great course for anyone who wants to learn how to use their camera and venture around sydney learning how to take photos and understand the basic functions. Glen is a great teacher and very patient with going over things and very knowledgable. A must do course for any beginner, however one critism is that you are not provided notes or a handout of what you learnt which for me i think would be great as some learn better when they got something to follow and make notes on. Still a great course and a must for those wanting to learn the basics before reading about them

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Craig Schweighoffer

    Fantastic afternoon. Learnt so much. Very much recommend attending !!!

  39. Rated 5 out of 5


    In the 4 hours spent with Glenn I learnt more than I thought I would and now understand how to use my camera in a totally different way. I think a lot of it will be trial and error going forward but I now have the confidence to try and use my camera manually and not always opt for the automatic settings. Thanks Glenn

Add a review