DSLR and Mirrorless Photography Basics Workshop

Learn how to use a DSLR or Mirrorless camera

4 hours Class size 1 to 6

label $115 (or 4 payments of $28.75 Afterpay)

This four-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 an 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.

If you're gifting this workshop, make sure you send through the giftee's contact details after booking so that they can be contacted before the class with important class information.

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 or 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 the workshop, an SMS will be sent to your mobile with a re-scheduled course date that suits the majority of students.

Knowledge required
  • For all level of photographers who want to improve their photography skills: beginner, intermediate (locals and 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.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.

Sarah Jenkins (SignaturePhoto Photography Courses) is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

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Our workshop spaces are predominantly outdoors or a mix of outdoor and aerated indoor spaces.

Darlinghurst, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

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

4.9 (32)
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, 2020, 2021 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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Nekisa Mostafavi Jun 2021

Had a wonderful time walking around with Sarah, she gave a great introduction on how to use my mirrorless camera, and able to make the class very personable.

Carole Dawes Aug 2020

Sarah really knows her stuff and enjoys sharing her knowledge. She is interesting, endlessly patient and willing to answer all questions. Sarah presents a really worthwhile intro into photography, I'm so much more confident with my new camera and all its settings. Great location too.

Brony Popp 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 Sydney

Jeff Allison-Nichol 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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