Weeknight photography course

Knowing and Loving your Digital Camera

This six-week, short course team taught by Les and Andrey Walkling provides a thorough introduction to your digital camera and the 'art of capturing what you see and feel'.

Memorable photographs are created, not found. Therefore learning how your camera 'represents the world' and how to change its appearance through your camera's functions and control are critically important skills. Your camera needs to become an extension of your feelings so it never gets in your way, but instead facilitates your creation of more engaging, interesting and meaningful images.

We meet for two and a half hours every week, beginning with a review of your work from the previous week, followed by the acquisition of new skills. Short exercises (both in-class and between classes) help you to practice and consolidate your learning. Class sizes are strictly limited to a maximum of 12 people. This plus two instructors aims to maximize individual attention and detailed feedback on your progress. There is a one week break between classes five and six to allow further consolidation and practice before our final class and review. Digital SLR, advanced mirrorless cameras and all levels of experience are catered for. Topics include:

Session 1: Introduction. Understanding your Camera

In this session you begin to befriend the functions and features of your digital camera, and how they affect the appearance and meaning of your images.

Session 2: Composition and Focus Exercises

This session studies composition and the art of focusing. You will understand the different focusing modes and when to use them to facilitate interesting and engaging compositions.

Session 3: Aperture and Depth of Field Exercise.

This session is all about depth of field, what it is and how to creatively employ it. Different genres of photography illustrate depth of field priorities and how depth of field changes the spatial relationships in your images.

Session 4: Shutter Speed and Motion Exercises

This session concentrates on capturing/expressing photographic motion and how to use shutter speed variations to prioritise motion and its descriptive effect on your images.

Session 5: Colour Balance and Perspective Exercises

This session is all about colour and drawing in images, including in-camera colour balance for heightened emotional renderings, and perspective changes to clarify the look and feel of your images.

Session 6: Manual Control Exercises

This session recaps all of the skills from the previous sessions only now with your camera in full manual mode for the ultimate creative control of every aspect of your image creation.

Class notes, video tutorials and references are provided along with the practical exercises.


$499 including GST

Dates and Time

Monday evenings 6.30pm—9.00pm
7 March, 14 March, 21 March, (28 March - NO CLASS), 4 April, 11 April, 18 April.
18 July, 25 July, 1 August, 8 August, 15 August, 22 August.
7 November, 14 November, 21 November, 28 November, 5 December, 12 December.


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Last Updated 24 January 2017

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