One-day Photography Course for Beginners

Learn hands-on how to take photos on your DSLR or Mirrorless camera

7 hours Class size 1 to 6

label $240 (or 4 payments of $60 Afterpay)

This one-day comprehensive photography course for beginners is a fun practical class to learn how to use your camera creatively while exploring various Sydney locations. Sarah Jenkins, an award winning professional photographer, will provide you the skills and confidence to get the most out of your camera’s settings (DSLR, Mirrorless, Bridge) and never go back to Auto mode again!

This is a outdoor, small group photography course for beginners and for those who need a refresher - and also makes a unique birthday gift for the budding photographer! Comprising theory and practical, you will learn the basic techniques of photography, beginning with familiarising yourself with your camera’s main settings, followed by shooting a variety of subjects: landscapes, portraits, close-ups, fauna, street, architecture - in different low light and outdoor lighting conditions around Sydney city and Harbour.

Private classes are available by request for 1 person for a flat rate of $390 for 3 hours, with option for additional hours.

During winter months the course includes one-hour night shooting around Sydney Harbour.

What this course covers:

  • Camera settings and handling
  • Digital photography fundamentals, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance
  • Composition, depth of field and lighting
  • Practical outdoor and low light photography

If you’re looking to put the ‘wow!’ factor into your photos and gain confidence and skills to shoot creatively a variety of subjects using your camera, then this small group, one-day photography course would be a good pick for you!

We stop for lunch where you can bring own lunch or purchase as take-away on the day.

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!

If you're gifting this course, 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 or 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 total beginner photographers or those who want to improve their photography skills or need a refresher.
• 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 you'll get
  • Tuition from a professional award winning photographer
  • Detailed PDF photography course notes
  • A portfolio of fabulous photos!
What to bring
• Your digital camera (all cameras are fine for this course - DSLR, Mirrorless, Bridge, Compact with manual settings ), 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). An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

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.

Sydney, NSW

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

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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Amica Aslam May 2022

The best teacher. The session was informative and I learned many things. My concepts are clear about ISO, aperture and depth of field. I strongly recommend this class for anyone who want to learn photography. Thanks Sarah for your time and effort.

One-day Photography Course for Beginners review by Amica Aslam

Melissa Pineda Apr 2022

Had a great time in Sarah’s class. Very informative and got a lot of tip & tricks I wanted to practice. She also showed us some locations where to get great photos

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