DSLR and Mirrorless Photography Basics Workshop

Learn how to use a DSLR or Mirrorless camera

3 hours Class size 1 to 6

label $125 (or 4 payments of $31.25 Afterpay)

This three-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 Paddington and Elizabeth Bay drawing inspiration from the surrounding Victorian terraces and a unique Sydney architectural site as well as experimenting with water reflections of Sydney Harbour.

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, anniversary gift or birthday gift.


Rushcutters Bay, NSW

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

DSLR and Mirrorless Photography Basics Workshop location
Your teacher

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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Mirella Paci Jan 2023

I have a very little knowledge of photography and that was the perfect workshop to start with! A excellent tuition accompanied by advice also on composition. Sarah shared with the group many useful info on how use our own camera. We spent the day taking photos of different subjects so that we could understand the different settings involved. I highly recommend a workshop with Sarah! I’m looking to book the next one with her!

Amanda Osborne Dec 2022

Half day course with Sarah was fantastic! I've watched a lot of YouTube and really needed someone to just help me clearly piece that information with my camera, and me, together. I walked away invigorated, ready for more and contemplating what I can do with this in my business once I've had a few more lessons. I was joined by four friendly beginners and thoroughly enjoyed how Sarah got us working together. I'm looking forward to more lessons with Sarah!

Photography class review by Amanda Osborne - Sydney

Rodger Li Oct 2022

FUNdemental skills taught. Perfect for beginners. Relaxed environment to ask questions and experiment. Good pace, will need to practice afterwards to really understand everything taught in class.

Stephanie Madonis Oct 2022

4 ClassBento workshops attended

This workshop was fantastic. Sarah guided us through some solid foundational knowledge and even took the time to show us individual settings and features for each of our different cameras. As we walked around Kings Cross, Potts Point and Rushcutters Bay, we had plenty of opportunity to shoot different subjects and in different light. Sarah was really good at setting us small tasks/subjects and helping with a few pointers but then letting us practice a few times on our own and then giving us feedback. She also followed up with some reminders via email the next day. I highly recommend this workshop for beginners.

Chiara Russo May 2022

Sarah is knowledgeable and friendly - I learned a lot during those few hours and enjoyed the walk and location. Definitely recommended - good value!

Basia Kwiatkowska May 2022

An informative and fun day with Sarah. It was well paced and structured, thank you!

Glyn Conlon May 2022

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

The class was good value and the area was interesting to walk around with lots of opportunities to learn

Yiwei Li Apr 2022

14 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews

Sarah is very knowlegable and I really enjoyed the 4-hour hands on photography workshop with her.

Jacinta Coelho Mar 2022

Thoroughly enjoyed the class! Sarah was both friendly and instructive, and with a small group size, there were even time for individual Q&As and personal advice regarding different camera types that class participants were using. I would highly recommend this half day course for beginners, definitely answered a lot of basic questions I had as a beginner about camera function and those mysterious and sometimes daunting photography terminologies! A fun, fruitful and creative experience ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 class 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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