We understand that using your digital camera can be confusing and intimidating. We introduce you to your camera and teach you the meaning of the signs and symbols on the many buttons on your camera. You will gain confidence in handling your camera enabling you to create images using composition, easy win techniques and simple effects rather than taking snapshots. Learn to take control of your camera and make it a tool you can use to create extraordinary memories of your experiences. 

Workshop Format:

TUTORS: A professional photographer and a photographer's assistant (subject to group size).

CLASS SIZE: Minimum 4 / Maximum 10

DAY OF OPERATION: Selected Sunday's

TIME: 9 AM to 1 PM (4 hours). Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can start the workshop on time.

MEETING POINT: The City Extra Café, opposite Wharf 4 on Circular Quay.

The Workshop:

We understand that learning about your digital cameras and its functionality can be a little daunting, but we won’t bombard you with loads of facts and information… As photographers, we very much value the ‘hands on approach’. We also keep the classes small which all add's to the interactive learning experience and ensures the best outcome for you.

This workshop is based 'in the field' where we combine theory with practical demonstrations and group exercises. The ‘journey’ begins with understanding your camera and learning how to navigate the controls and functions. We look at how your choice of lens can create a spectacular image including how to create effects like a shallow depth-of-field quickly and easily. Learn to use simple composition techniques to improve any image and how to be creative using shutter priority. Your tutor/s will explain in simple terms the relationship between aperture, shutter and ISO and how they work together to create the final image. 

We look at colour balance and what it means. Learn how to produce different moods using the direction of light. We explain what to look for when looking for the ‘quality of light’. Understanding composition and the characteristics of light in your photography is invaluable in creating the right mood, feel and emotion. 

With simple and easy methods, you will see results by the end of the workshop. You will be more confident in handling your camera and creating images that go beyond the 'snapshot'.

Workshop Notes:

Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed on completion of this photography workshop.


Which Camera:

A DSLR, or compact digital camera (that offers manual settings). This can include a Smart Phone with the appropriate apps to control settings. Please make sure you bring the manual in case you need to use it.


What’s Covered:

  • Introduction to your camera
  • Essential equipment
  • How to select the right lens
  • Aperture settings
  • Shutter speed settings
  • ISO settings
  • Colour balance
  • Manual mode settings
  • Composition rules and tips
  • Learn to ‘see’ with a photographic eye
  • Light – the main ingredient and how it works


What to bring:

  • A digital SLR camera, compact camera (with manual settings)
  • Lens hood / cleaning cloth
  • At least 1 Memory Card
  • At least 1 set of spare batteries - fully charged
  • Your camera manual
  • Camera bag
  • Water / snacks
  • Comfy walking shoes 
  • Sunscreen / hat
  • Weather appropriate clothing

Camera Kits:

Kits are available for hire if you want to experience the full functionality and excitement of using a professional photographers camera. Kits include a camera body and lens. The cost is $75. Kits are limited, so if interested, please book this when you book and confirm your workshop. 

Not Included:

  • Drinks, meals / snacks
  • Pubic transport / Parking


If it looks like there will be unbearable weather on the day, we will contact you early that morning to advise that the workshop will not operate. Otherwise, you should assume the workshop will operate as scheduled. In the event of a cancellation, you can select an alternative workshop date. 

We look forward to welcoming you on our photography workshop very soon.