Photography Courses – Sydney

Unlock the potential of your digital SLR camera. Start using it in manual mode and take pictures you always wanted to take. Learn all the functions of your camera; understand what every button and dial on your camera does. Learn the best camera settings for landscape photography, portraits or night photography.

Learn from practicing professional photographers how to shoot beautiful portraits by focusing on your model and isolating it from a blurry background. Learn how to take great images of your children. In our photography courses we will teach you how to control the Shutter Speed to take amazing images of waterfalls or fireworks or how to control your camera in Manual mode and take beautiful landscape photographs of Sydney at night.

Our Sydney Photography Courses are ideal for beginners who are new to digital photography and for enthusiast who’d like to take their photography to the next level. Book a photography workshop with us and we’ll help you become better photographers.

Photography Fundamentals Workshop

Learn to shoot in manual mode

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  • Workshop duration: Half Day – around 3.5 hours
  • Investment: $125
  • Suitable for: Enthusiasts; Anyone who considers photography a serious hobby or a future profession
  • Gear requirement: Digital SLR or Mirror-less camera with manual controls
  • Class size: Up to 8 people
  • Difficulty level: Intermediate

If you’re serious about photography then you need to know how to take full control of your camera gear and master shooting in manual mode.

Learn how to meter properly in camera and achieve perfect exposure. Understand the notion of Exposure Compensation to achieve desired mood of your photographs.

Learn to use the right aperture and Depth Of Field to create beautiful, blurry background portraits; how to choose the right shutter speed to capture motion in photographs; how to use correct ISO to shoot in low light conditions; how to control the focusing modes to isolate your subjects.

This is very much a hands-on workshop where you will learn and practice under the guidance of an experienced professional photographer. You will only shoot in manual mode in this class and as a result gain fundamental photography skills that you can apply in any type of photography and any camera brand.

Topics we will cover:

  • Controlling the camera in Manual mode
  • Using the correct Aperture for portraits
  • Using the right Shutter Speed for sports
  • ISO – Shooting in low light conditions
  • Exposure Compensation – Correctly exposing objects in difficult light
  • Focusing correctly
  • White Balance

What to bring:

  • Digital SLR camera or a Mirror-less camera
  • Camera lenses
  • Spare batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Camera Manual – Useful but not required
  • Tripod – May be useful, but not required
  • Flash – Not required for this course

Where/When:

  • We will organise workshops in different locations. Please check the workshop info for location.

Cancellation due to weather:

  • This is an outdoor workshop so good weather is essential
  • In case of rain we will cancel the session and reschedule for another day

 

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Night Photography Workshop

Photography Courses Sydney

  • Workshop duration: 2.5 Hours
  • Investment: $85
  • Suitable for: Anyone; No prior photography knowledge is necessary
  • Gear requirement: Digital SLR or Mirror-less camera with manual controls, Tripod
  • Class size: Up to 10 people
  • Difficulty level: Easy

This workshop is designed for anyone who enjoys night photography. Sydney at night is a spectacular sight and a wonderful photography subject. From the moving lights of the harbour boats to the bright lights of the CBD and the Harbour Bridge.

The workshop will start about an hour before sunset where under the guidance of an experienced photographer you will learn how to control your camera in full manual mode. Learn some useful tips and techniques about shooting after dark.

This is a hands on workshop where you’ll learn to use the right type of equipment and camera settings to capture our great city in the best possible light.

Topics we will cover:

  • Controlling the camera in Manual mode
  • How to meter correctly in camera
  • Using the correct Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO for night photography
  • Focusing correctly

What to bring:

  • Digital SLR camera or a Mirrorless camera
  • Camera lenses
  • Spare batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Camera Manual – Useful but not required
  • Tripod – Essential
  • Flash – May be useful

Where/When:

  • We will organise workshops in different locations. Please check the workshop info for location.

Cancellation due to weather:

  • This is an outdoor workshop so good weather is essential
  • In case of rain we will cancel the session and reschedule for another day

 

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Private Photography Workshop

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  • Workshop duration:¬†From 2 Hours
  • Investment: $250 for 2 hours, $100 for each additional hour (invite another person FREE)

One-on-one, personal tuition with an experienced, professional photographer. Perfect for those who prefer personal attention from the tutor rather than a class environment.

Learn to shoot in Manual mode. If you are a beginner, you will come out of this workshop being able to confidently operate your camera in manual mode, which is a fundamental knowledge for every photographer.

If you’re an enthusiast, you may want to learn more advanced techniques in lighting, composition or posing.

You will learn these skills at your own pace, with your own camera equipment and with your instructor’s feedback guiding you every step of the way. Our instructions and explanations are always in plain English with plenty of practice to cement that new knowledge.

We will tailor this workshop to cover topics you are most interested in and skills that you want to develop.
Perhaps you just bought a new SLR camera and want to learn how to use it properly or maybe you had your camera for years and always shot in Auto mode. Maybe you just need more experience in composition, posing techniques or understanding of light. Whatever you choose to learn, one thing is certain; you will come away a better photographer than you were before.

  • Location:
    For a beginners workshop we recommend our studio in Pyrmont. To practice, for Landscape or Night photography we can arrange the workshop anywhere in the Sydney metro area.
  • Suitable for:
    Anyone. From an absolute beginner to a knowledgeable enthusiast. No understanding of photography is required – just a bit of passion for it.
  • You decide what you want to learn
    Private photography workshop will be tailored exactly to your individual needs. Learn the fundamentals of photography – the co-relation between the Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO to achieve correct exposure in different light conditions. Learn how to photograph your children, take amazing landscapes or night photographs, learn how to photograph products for your eBay store. Our photography course is a mixture of theory and practice. We will cover the theory contained in our workshop notes and cement that knowledge immediately by taking pictures of your favorite subjects.
  • Learn about your own camera
    Bring your own camera and lenses. Learn and understand all the important settings to get the most out of your own gear. Save a lot of time in a 1-on-1 workshop learning only things that are relevant to you. We will cover every button and dial on your camera; explain what they do and when to use them
  • Get tips on the right camera gear and software
    If you are planning to upgrade your camera, get info on best equipment to get and where to get it. Get tips on essential accessories to take your photography to the next level. Tripods, reflectors, soft-boxes, remote flash triggers. Overview of the best image management software.
  • Workshop aim
    This workshop is meant to be flexible. If you are a beginner you can invest the 3 hours in learning to operate your own camera; to understand all the buttons on it, what they do and how to use them to control your camera to achieve perfect exposure.
    If you are an experienced amateur you can choose to learn advanced lighting techniques; On and off-camera flash with remote flash triggers; etc.
    The real aim of this photography workshop is to make you a better photographer, no matter what your current skill level is.

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Gift Certificate – Private Photography Workshop

gift-voucher001If you’re looking for a perfect gift for a photography enthusiast, a personal photography workshop gift voucher may just be the ticket. Give them a gift of knowledge they will always remember. To buy a Photography Course Gift Voucher click on teh button below and enter the name of the recipient and an optional short message to be printed on the Gift Certificate. We will email you the gift voucher within a day.The recipient of the Gift Voucher can then get in touch with us to organise a private Photography workshop at any day within 6 months. As this Gift Certificate is for a private photography course, it is ideal for a person with any level of photographic knowledge. They can be absolute beginners or seasoned enthusiasts. If they have a passion for photography then 3 hours of one-on-one private tuition will certainly help them become better photographers.
  • Gift Certificate Price:
    $350
  • How long are Gift Certificates valid:
    Our Photography Courses Gift Vouchers are valid for 6 months from the time of purchase
  • How to redeem:
    Contact us at studio@candidtown.com to organise a suitable day and time for the workshop.
  • Suitable for:
    Anyone with a passion for photography.

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When you first take your new digital SLR camera out of the box, every setting in that camera is in Auto. Your Aperture is set to Auto, your Shutter Speed is set to Auto, even your Focus is set to Auto, which means that you don’t even get to choose the object of your image, the camera decides that for you.

Every aspect of picture taking is removed from your control and given to a computer program inside the camera. You’re just there to press the button. If you keep your camera on Auto, you are carrying a bulky and heavy, not to mention expensive piece of gear that will take images not much better than your smart-phone.

You bought your digital SLR camera to take great images, you owe it to yourself to learn how to operate it to achieve that goal. Read a book, watch a YouTube video or attend one of our photography courses Sydney workshops and learn how to shoot with your own camera and gain the fundamentals of photography.

By only learning how to control the aperture you will be able to transform your average looking pictures taken in Auto-mode into magnificent images that you knew your camera was capable of capturing. Learn a few composition rules and you end up with photographs you’ll want to hang on your wall.


Photography Workshop Sydney

Night Photography Workshop Sydney. Night City Scape with Opera House.

Children photography workshop for parents

One of the most popular requests we get for photography lessons is from parents who wish to capture beautiful images of their children. For many of you, preserving the moments from your children’s lives was the main purpose of getting a digital camera. I bet also that for many of you the quote from a photographer was a main factor in deciding to spend a good amount of money on your own gear.

Now that you have this great camera, its time to learn how to use it to it’s full potential, and to get your money’s worth. We taught dozens of parents how to photograph their babies. Our private photography workshops are casual in format but professional in delivery. To help you understand how to take great images we teach the fundamentals of photography first. Our photography Course starts with the basic idea of capturing an image. Or capturing light, which is what image really is. In this hands-on workshop, we will demonstrate to you what a lens does; we will show you what aperture looks like and how the shutter controls the amount of light hitting the sensor.

After learning how to use the camera, the next step in our children photography classes is to teach parents how to photograph their babies. What is the best camera settings and lens to photograph children. We teach composition and basic understanding of light. The most important part of our children photography workshops is the actual photo shoot. Nothing beats hands-on experience and we will make sure you experience a real life photo session as you will shoot with us and with our guidance. This workshop will be about tips and tricks to get the best poses and expressions out of your children. As you know, children don’t often cooperate and they get bored easily. We will show you how to keep their attention long enough to capture a great image.

Our children photography courses in Sydney are designed to teach you enough to start taking professional quality images of your children. You will learn from an experienced photographer how to compose images, how to read light, how to use flashes or reflectors and at the end of the workshop you will have captured at least a few images that are worthy of being printed in large format and hung on the wall. And that alone could save you hundreds of dollars if you instead hired a professional photographer to do it for you.

Photography Courses Sydney

Learn how to photograph your children. Private Photography Courses Sydney

What we teach in our Photography Courses Sydney

  • Camera Controls
  • Learn about every single button and dial on your camera; what they do and when to use them
  • Locate exposure controls in your camera: Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, EV compensation
  • Learn the Auto-focus modes of your camera to insure sharp images in every situation
  • Aperture: what it is, what it looks like, how to control it manually
  • Shutter speed: How to control in manual mode
  • ISO: what it is and how to use it
  • How to take pictures
  • Learn to minimise camera shake and blurry images by holding the camera the correct way
  • Minimal shutter speed for hand-held photographs
  • Using AutoFocus correctly: Avoid blurry images if subject is off center
  • Half-pressing shutter button: Locking exposure and auto-focus settings
  • Correct Exposure
  • Correct exposure is achieved when we allow the right amount of light to enter the camera and hit the sensor
  • Control the amount of light with Aperture and Shutter speed
  • Understand the co-relation between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO to achieve correct exposure
  • Take pictures in Aperture priority, Shutter priority and manual
  • Use EV compensation to adjust exposure settings when taking pictures i difficult light conditions
  • Essential composition and practical application
  • Learn how to take portrait images with a person in focus and blurry background, silky waterfalls or amazing fire-works
  • Learn best camera settings and lens selection for children photography, portraits or landscapes
  • Lift your photography skills above majority of amateur photographers by learning a few essential composition rules
  • learn to use the right accessories: Tripods, On-camera Flash, Remote flash triggers, Reflectors, Filters
  • Tips on the best tool for managing and processing images
  • Practice session
Photography courses Sydney

Street Photography Workshop Sydney. Street artists at the Circular Quay.

 

Our private photography lessons in Sydney helped photographers with different level of knowledge to lift their photographic skills. If you are a beginner, then knowing about every button in your camera would be already a huge boost in your photographic knowledge. If you are knowledgeable amateur then basic settings will not interest you, but you will certainly benefit from understanding how to use external light modifiers, flashes, soft boxes, umbrellas, etc. Private lessons in photography is then ideal for that.

Why would you spend 8 weeks going to community college to hear what you already mostly know. Hear the instructor explaining simple concepts that are already second nature to you. Spend 3 hours with an experienced photographer and you will learn exactly what is missing in your photography and learn it by the end of the session. In our photography workshop you can learn new concepts and practice them on the spot to cement that knowledge.

Learning how to take the camera off Auto mode is also a skill that every beginner would benefit from. The cameras as they come out of the factory are set to fully Auto-mode. It takes a little bit of knowledge to understand what settings to change to give yourself more control over the camera. Otherwise you may never really take control of your camera, and always just shoot what the camera wanted and how it wanted it shot.

In our Private Photography Lessons, we are committed to help you become a better photographer. Ask us any questions that you might have, even if you think they are trivial, and we will try to explain the concept to you in the easiest way. Photography is not the hardest skill to learn, but it does get easier as you learn and improve. The exposure triangle may seem like science fiction at first, but in our photography workshop we will help you understand it so it becomes second nature.

Join us in one of our Photography Workshops in Sydney and learn how photographers approach capturing an image. Learn the difference between taking an image and making an image. Learn to use your camera as a tool that will help you express yourself artistically. We do not promote a specific camera manufacturer. When you learn how to take pictures it will make no difference to you what tool you used to create that image.

After you’ve attended one of our Sydney photography workshops, we encourage you to contact us with questions regarding your photography. If you find yourself unable to create a specific image or if you’d like us to critique an image you have taken, just email us and we will be more than happy to help you or guide you.

A one-on-one photography class is also a perfect gift. If you know someone who’s been a photography enthusiast, taking pictures at every event, give them a gift of knowledge. Purchase a photography courses gift certificate and help them take their photography to the next level.

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If you have any questions about Photography Workshops or would like more information, please contact us.

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