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.


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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

    Lauren Bolton

    Glenn was very knowledgeable and took his time to really explain all the features. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt so much so thank you. Will definitely be looking to do another course.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed the workshop and come out understanding a lot more about my DSLR – mostly feeling more confident! It was a great couple of hours

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlie Myrden

    Great experience in the Rocks of Sydney, really learned a lot about practical photography, and how to utilize my camera. It would really help to start a younger oriented class. Some of the more technical parts of the course I started to become lost. Over all great workshop.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rick Turner

    Glenn ran an excellent course. Plenty of, but not too much, detail provided us with a much better understanding of our camera and possible images. He had the patience to deal with any question and/or interruption. I really enjoyed the time and have already referred your course to other family members.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had so much fun on this course. Learnt a lot of new skills. I would highly recommend this course to someone wants to learn more about photography.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simon Galpern

    Very enjoyable and informative. Glenn knowledge of all different cameras was great and easily understood. Explanations were clear. Had a good time, and the location was perfect

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wendy Sorial

    Glenn is an excellent teacher. I did the Sat afternoon beginners workshop and we learnt a lot in a short space of time. I have a much better understanding of how to use many of the extra functions on my camera. He explained things clearly and we practised various photo types to see how each function is used.
    Recommend to bring a hat if it is a sunny day.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed the course. The teacher was really knowledgeable and was able to answer questions about all of the different cameras the group had. I feel like I learned a lot. I would definitely recommend the course for people who want to use the manual settings on the camera more and get better photos.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew Berriman

    Glenn was our guide and was exactly what i was looking for. Knew his stuff and was happy to explain it again and again! As far as value for money, it certainly was. Glenn delivered exactly as the name suggested, essentials, and has opened my eyes to the basics i was after.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharon McCaffery

    Ben was excellent and catered to all levels of experience within our group. My partner and I both enjoyed the workshop and the time flew. Importantly for me was cutting through the technical jargon and making the art of photography easier to understand. Ben did this easily. It’s inspired me to further research how to get the most out of my camera and where not to waste my time. I have a big overseas trip coming up and it’s motivated me to start practicing the techniques Ben showed us now – and not fumble my way around overseas. I’d recommend this workshop to anyone – it’s great value for money.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tayla Casey

    I really enjoyed this course with Fiona. She was able to give everyone attention, and the group was small and friendly. The walk around Circular Quay and The Rocks presented lots of great photo opportunities to try different styles. I am a beginner and it was a great way to learn about my new camera.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    This was an great course for beginners and Glenn was an excellent teacher. He clearly explained all of the topics and made sure everyone was engaged and kept up with the rest of the group. It was clear that this is his passion and that he enjoyed teaching the subject.
    The class was not only valuable in teaching the basics of photography but its also really enjoyable day. I’d highly recommend this course to other beginners and will likely enrol in more advanced classes in the future.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Kevan de lopez

    I thoroughly enjoyed this half day workshop. Everything I have read finally came together! He often tested us which is the best way to learn and to make sure you are listening. The class was everything I needed it to be, it was all about how to use your camera, not about taking fancy shots! I loved it so much I have signed up to the night workshop too. Thank you Glenn for your patience and assistance throughout the day!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5


    Glenn really surprised me with his photography skills and the way he shared to us during our workshop recently to a totally beginner photographer like me, he however manged to make me understand what is the meaningful of capturing a picture really means. He said it doesn’t matter of how good or how costly of a camera that you having right now, it is always of how good of developing our eyes, towards the lights we see, we are born with sight, the best way to understand and communicate with light the stronger our photography skill will become.

    I really enjoyed my first ever photography class. I attended the workshop with a camera without a memory card and both batteries were flatten during 2/3 of the class. Glenn is really considerate that he eventually passed me his spare memory card and his own camera for me to try out instead.

    A few hours with a professional cameraman are really an awesome
    experience. thank you

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carol Prasad

    I agree with the other reviews on this website. Glenn was very professional and patient and knew his stuff! A delightful class that was long enough but not long enough at the same time! This is a great class for beginners and I look forward to doing other courses with you.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martin Hodge

    A very enjoyable and rewarding introductory workshop for those who want to get more out of their digital camera by understanding and taking control of its various setting.
    Getting to the course was a breeze by public transport so leave the car at home.
    We had a small group with nearly as many camera types as people, from “purse” units through to high end Canon & Nikons but Ben (our tutor) had a vast knowledge of each camera’s terminology, operation and menu structure so everyone was able to follow easily.
    Ben did a great job of showing us the effect of each of the camera’s setting in a well structured methodical manner using practical examples as we moved around the area.
    The venue of Circular Quay & The Rock gave us plenty of scope for “playing”, in what has to be one of the most beautiful classrooms you could ever imagine.
    From city scapes to harbour views.. pedestrians to fast moving cars.. textures, colours & high contrast.. close up & wide angle.. focal length & zooming.. Manual exposure, shutter speed, ISO, aperture & depth of field.. semi-automatic to fully manual operation, we played with it all.
    Lots of hints on composition from “arty” to “practical” along the way using the actual examples as we came upon them. Clearly this didn’t “just happen”, it had been well planned and thought out.
    A great workshop and highly recommended.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aaron Brock

    I highly recommend the Photography Essentials course. Glenn is a great teacher – very clear in his instructions, taking time to help people understand the basic concepts, answer questions and show new tricks and tips with our cameras.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ian Pope

    I attended Glenn’s class together with my 13 year old daughter. We both really enjoyed the afternoon and even as novices took alot from it. Glenn was clear in his instruction and took time to help answer questions. We came away keen to learn more. Would highly recommend the course.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joe Giunta

    I attended the Photography Essentials course on Sat Oct 8th, and it was well worth the time and money. Glenn Lockitch was a great instructor, progressively introducing camera functions until we were ready to shoot in full manual mode. We were never rushed, and he took the time to explain not just how to use each setting, but why they mattered and how they impacted each other and the final image. Great session!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great class and really well taught. Lots of information and the instructor really took the time to ensure that everyone understand before moving on.
    Would definitely recommend this course.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laurie Ormerod

    A well structured afternoon that took us systematically through the functions of DSLR camera.
    The sights chosen for each segment helped augment the practice of each step and function of your camera. Glen did a superb job in providing a clear explanation and ensuring each participant was able to implement the step or stage of instruction. The structure of the afternoon taught me more about the creative side of my Canon then I had learnt in the last five years of ownership. Now it is up to me to practice and internalise the steps taught.
    Thank you Glen and SPW for a well organised and superbly executed workshop.
    Laurie Ormerod – September 10, 2016

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    Was an excellent class! Very insightful & helpful no matter what level of photography you are at which is great! Glenn was an awesome instructor, and I very highly reccomend th class to anyone interested in photography!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    This beginners course is a fantastic introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography. For anyone who has been too intimidated to move away from the “auto” function, this is a great way to learn what the various settings are, what they do, and how they interact. Our tutor Glen was able to take us through the basics step by step, with clear explanations and practical demonstrations. By the end of the session, we had a working understand of our cameras, and the confidence to start experimenting in Av, Tv and manual. Thanks to Sydney Photographic Workshops for a very well planned practical introductory course!

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Joy Galindez

    Glenn was great! Really informative and really laid back. He knew exactly what he was talking about and helped everyone navigate through their own cameras. I’ve had my camera for a while and within the first half hour I learnt a handful of techniques that I’ve never known. A very well worth class !

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nancy Tawalo

    I have only had my DSLR for a couple of weeks and this was a wonderful way to take it out for its maiden voyage. Quite aside from the stunning location, Glenn is a fantastic teacher. He shared a wealth of information, which we were able to put into practice on the spot. He took us through aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, taught us some tricks of the trade, as well as lots of other things to keep in mind when taking photos (light, motion, composition, etc.). The small group of ten meant he was able to address us all as a group, then assist us individually if needed.

    I went with a friend who has had her DSLR for years and loved brushing up on old things as well as learning new functions and features of her camera. So this is definitely a great course for beginners and/or people wanting to understand manual photography and their camera better. Thank you so much for a fantastic and informative four hour session!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great 4 hours! Glenn was very informative and professional making sure all participants understood all aspects of their cameras!! Will definitely do another course. The only suggestion I would have is to perhaps give all participants a handout at end of course covering what they have learnt.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ian Sharpe

    Very useful course. De-mystified the controls of my camera as well as explaining the essentials of photography. Glenn was very patient with us as he taught us some fundamental techniques which will allow us to experiment with the variables. Great value for money

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dan Child

    This workshop was a fantastic introduction to the basics of photography. The content was relevant and has gave me a lot to take away and work on. It was delivered in an effective way and significant time was afforded to each individual to ensure everyone got as much as possible out of the day. I ‘d have no hesitation recommending this course to others.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gary Hayman

    It was a very enjoyable and informative 4 hours. Glenn was very helpful and expressed a very complex subject simplistically and covered a broad range in a short period. It wet the apatite and encourages you to take your photography to an other level. I would be pleased to refer people to you.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic course , Glenn was a superb , patient and excellent teacher. He managed to give each one of us individual attention with each of our cameras which were all different . He was very knowledgeable and obviously loves what he does , I learnt so much in the few hours and am now inspired to take more photographs now that the mystery of the camera is now not a mystery anymore, thanks Glenn , inspired now to do other courses.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had an absolute ball participating in the workshop. Glenn was fantastic, very knowledgable and took the time to make sure every student understood what was going on. I walked away from the day inspired with my new found camera skills and with a smile on my face. Thanks for a great day!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael Ware

    Enjoyed the PHOTOGRAPHY ESSENTIALS immensely. Glenn was very patience and knowledgeable and took time to ensure we all understood what he was explaining. Now have enough confidence to switch off AUTO and try some MANUAL shooting with a reasonable expectation of what’s going to happen and also try some different things.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    ross gleeson

    Our group consisted of generally beginner photographers with a range of cameras. Glenn was very attentive to each of us, taking us through the basics of a cameras operation from semi-manual to fully manual. He explained in language which was easily understood.
    The location was excellent.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicole Miller

    Just wanted to pop you a note to say how much I loved today. It was fantastic. So much fun. Learned so much in a short period. Glenn is a great teacher! The exercises were great and varied. Great tips. Simple language for novices. It was great not having a group any larger than it was too. Fab. Fab. Fab. Loved it! What a memorable day.

    I’ll recommend you guys to all my friends.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    D Oakes

    Bought as a gift for my daughter-in-law. Rated it based on her feedback. She loved the course and seemed to come away not only inspired, but with confidence.
    It was a good choice for s gift.
    If a course is a gift, would it be possible to correspond directly with the recipient?

  36. Rated 5 out of 5


    I loved the course and leaned so much more about my camera, giving me the confidence to start playing in full manual mode. Whether you are a complete novice or have a little experience this course is just right.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie Fenato

    My daughters-in-law and I thoroughly enjoyed our beginners workshop yesterday. Glenn was clear and patient with his instructions and we were able to apply them to our cameras quickly and easily making us feel more confident. It was fun and informative. I highly recommend this class for beginners or as a refresher…looking forward to our next class!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5


    I can highly recommend this short course to anyone who wants to learn more about their camera & photography. Glenn was very proffesional in his approach ensuring all participants understood the fundamentals he was conveying! A very enjoyable afternoon!

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kylie Warren

    Great introduction to what the camera can do using” real life” explanations on what the functions mean , am keen to learn more in greater detail.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5


    Had a great afternoon, Gleen was excellent and ensured we really understood the key principles. Highly recommended if you want more our of your camera.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Natalie Filatoff

    I got a lot out of this course. Glenn is clear in his explanations, and he makes sure everybody understands the concepts he’s teaching. No-one is left behind as Glenn takes the time to help each participant apply the principles of photography using their particular camera. It was inspiring to be outdoors putting our cameras to work in the company of an experienced expert—a great afternoon!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic workshop. I learnt so much about my camera and all the different functions. Glenn’s knowledge of different cameras was really impressive and he was happy to help with any questions. Definitely worth it!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Savannah Brown

    As someone who has always been interested in photography, but only recently bought a decent DSLR, this course was exactly what I needed to gain an excellent introduction and understanding on using my camera. Glenn was extremely thorough and made sure everyone in the group understood what he was saying and how to implement it to their own cameras (of which there were 3 or so completely different types of cameras within the group). Will definitely recommend and will likely be looking into further courses with Sydney Photographic Workshops!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robyn Luhrs

    Course was SO good! Lots to learn as a complete DSLR beginner but Glenn explained clearly and paced it all really well. Was really inspired to get out next day and practise.
    Really great!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Annaleise Chalmers

    This course was absolutely fantastic. The outdoor setting and the different locations demonstrating different topics was really great. I went out shooting the next day and felt more confident and efficient when using manual! Glen had a wonderful ability to make what seemed complex topics very simple and easy to execute. I will definitely be signing up for the 8 week beginner course.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ian Bradtke

    I have just finished the photography essentials workshop and am thoroughly pleased with it. Glenn was a great tutor who took time to explain concepts clearly and concisely. He was very approachable, answered questions thoughtfully and is obviously passionate about photography. I would recommend this workshop for anyone starting out or needing a brush up on long forgotten concepts.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shannon Turner

    I just wanted to send a quick email to let you know that I greatly enjoyed the workshop on the weekend. Glenn was an excellent tutor and I left feeling greatly inspired to make the most of my Digital SLR camera.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shannon Turner

    I greatly enjoyed the workshop on the weekend. Glenn was an excellent tutor and I left feeling greatly inspired to make the most of my Digital SLR camera. I will definitely be recommending the workshop to others.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kristy Pugliano

    I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop which saw a small group of us walk from Circular Quay to the Rocks and learn copious amounts of new tricks and tips with our cameras. Glenns explanations were clear and explicit …… A fantastic experience and I learnt a lot even as a Photography teacher myself.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Allen Cullen

    Glenn is very professional with the participants in the course, checking that each person has understood what he has said and making sure that they can operate their cameras to utilise each of the functions he is explaining.

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