DSLR and Mirrorless Photography Basics Course

How to use a DSLR or Mirrorless camera

4 hours 1 to 8 label $105 or 4 payments of $26.25 Afterpay


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If you still want to attend this class, please first consider government restrictions in NSW. If you are currently allowed to attend, but are later prevented from doing so, we will postpone your booking accordingly. You are always welcome to gift this class.

This 4 hour photography tour is perfect if you are at a beginner or an intermediate level, and aiming to improve your digital photography skills.

Along with your experienced teacher, you will be taken through your camera's functions, and, whether you are a tourist or a local, you will capture a new side of Sydney using the manual settings on your camera: exposure control, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and tips on composition, lighting, and white balance. You’ll learn how to take interesting portrait, architectural and landscape images, as well as shots using shallow depth of field (blurry backgrounds).

We will walk the historic streets of Elizabeth Bay and Potts Point, drawing inspiration from the surrounding Victorian terraces and art deco features. Get up close and experiment with colourful shots at the local Saturday market, water reflections of Sydney Harbour, and explore secret spots along the way.

The tour includes a stop for a coffee or tea where we can answer any questions you may have. This informal workshop is the perfect opportunity to discover less visited areas of Sydney while developing and mastering your photography skills and style.

Cancellation policy:
We reserve the right to cancel any course/workshop with inadequate enrolment. In the event this occurs you will be offered a full refund or the option of transferring to another future course date. We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule any course, due to bad weather, instructor illness. Courses and workshops proceed whether the sun shines or not! (Some of the best shots are captured in overcast /storm cloudy weather). In the event of severe weather conditions i.e heavy rain forecast (as opposed to light rain) the morning of course, an sms will be sent to your mobile with a re-scheduled course date that suits majority of students.

Aside from this class, this teacher also has the following coming up:

Knowledge Required
For all level of photographers who want to improve their photography skills: beginner, intermediate (locals & tourists), travel enthusiasts.
Budding teenage photographers (from age 13) are welcome to join on their own with written consent from a parent (ages 13-14), or mum or dad is welcome to join the class and learn with their child from age 12!
What to bring
- Your digital camera (all cameras are fine for this workshop - DSLR, Mirrorless, Bridge, Compact), extra lenses if you have them, memory card, fully charged camera battery.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 13 years old). Adult accompaniment is not required.


Darlinghurst, NSW

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Your teacher
Sarah Jenkins (SignaturePhoto Photography Courses)
Sarah Jenkins (SignaturePhoto Photography Courses)

4.8 (6)
5.0 stars (11+)

SignaturePhoto photography courses (operating for the past 12 years) specialise in one-day and half-day workshops in Sydney for beginner and intermediate photographers. Designed for those who want to understand the functionality and get creative with their DSLR, mirrorless and smartphone cameras in a short period of time. Courses are hands-on, fun and designed for small groups! SignaturePhoto has received TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 with over 250 5 star reviews from past course attendees.

Sarah Jenkins, the teacher and owner of SignaturePhoto Photography Courses, is a freelance and international award winning photographer and graphic designer. She has more than 20 years experience in both the photography and graphic design fields, working for well-respected agencies in London and Sydney. Sarah lives in Sydney Australia but her passion for travel has taken her to over 138 countries around the world.


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• Mar 2020

Sarah's workshop was great being very hands on and specific to each camera that was brought to the class. The group was small enough that everyone had hands on help. Some people had large cameras with lots of lenses, to a small mirrorless like mine. The elements we went through meant it didn't matter, was a crash course in getting good photos without too many fussy elements that you won't ever use as a beginner. It was great to shoot a range of things and test out techniques on people, markets and architecture while exploring Potts Point/Kings Cross. Really enjoyed the day and look forward to playing with my camera more.

Photography workshop review by Brony Popp

• Nov 2019

Excellent class to get me up and running with my shiny new camera. Sarah demystified the basic concepts and opened up a whole new world of freedom and creative control to really start learning about photography. Highly recommended if you're looking to learn how to get off auto mode and start taking your photos into your own hands in a practical and enjoyable way.
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