One-day Photography Course for Beginners

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

6 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 private courses can also include 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:
Course is non-refundable. 5 days notice is allowed if you wish to transfer to a different course date. 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 14) are welcome to join on their own with written consent from a parent (ages 14-15), or mum or dad is welcome to join the class and learn with their child from age 13!
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 14 years old).

Adult accompaniment is not required.

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


Sydney, NSW

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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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Robert Wardle Dec 2023

Sarah was fantastic and was happy to share her knowledge. We would definitely recommend this course.

Chloe Greatbatch Nov 2023

This was an excellent photography course. Sarah took the time to understand what/why we wanted to learn and her teaching style makes it very easy to understand and follow. I feel like I have progressed a lot from this course and have a much better understanding now. We went to a couple of different locations around the city which was nice to try out different shots and styles. I would 100% recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn photography. I was a very fun day out learning new skills.

Brian Cassell Sep 2023

Concepts were well explained and the concepts were then followed up with practical application and demonstration.

Guy Oliver Aug 2023

Sarah was and exceptional teacher, really helped me as someone who has no experience what so ever in photography, before i knew it i was taking amazing photos!
very friendly, extremely informative and prompt.
could not reccomend her more to anyone.

Paul Shakespear Mar 2023

Sarah was a wealth of knowledge and the small class size made interacting easy. I learnt so much about the functions on my camera and then how to apply that knowledge to taking some great photos. Thanks Sarah!

Stevo Williams Feb 2023

Sarah's class was brilliant!
We started off with getting to know our cameras and learning some of the foundations of photography - shutter speeds, aperture settings, light etc.
Sarah explained everything really clearly and concisely and was always happy to answer any of our questions. We then went out into the gardens to put into practice what we had learned.
We covered quite a bit in our day - flower closeups, city streets, black and white, portraits, landscapes
For anyone who doesn't know much about photography or hasn't picked up a camera in a while, this Beginners Course is perfect!
Well it was for me. I learned a lot, and also had fun.
Thank you, Sarah :)

Nancy Andrawes Feb 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Great class for beginners. Sarah is a fantastic teacher with a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommend.

Michele Thai Jan 2023

As a complete newbie, I’m so glad I did this course! Sarah is an amazing teacher who took the time to explain things in a simple and concise manner and provided many useful tips along the way. I definitely recommend this course and look forward to doing another one!

Jason Carr Jan 2023

A great 1 day course in photography for beginners! Sarah was a fantastic teacher with a relaxed manner and spent plenty of time with students to answer questions and figure out their cameras. I learnt a lot more than I bargained for and had a most enjoyable time exploring the city with the group and taking some great photos (which I never thought I'd be able to do!). I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in photography as a beginner.

One-day Photography Course for Beginners review by Jason Carr - Sydney

Irene Kalamen Jan 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Very much enjoyed the day. Sarah was so professional and supportive. Indeed learnt a lot.

Photography class review by Irene Kalamen - Sydney

Olivia Rae Dec 2022

I'm so happy I chose to learn from Sarah and undertake her beginners full day photography course. Sarah has put in a lot of energy and expertise into her program, and I found everything helpful and purposeful. Sarah was also a very encouraging teacher. I'm left feeling equipped and inspired to begin practising!

One-day Photography Course for Beginners review by Olivia Rae - Sydney

Ling Lee Dec 2022

22 ClassBento workshops attended • 21 reviews

Fantastic class with Sarah today, truly enjoyable and received valuable feedback on photography and camera functions.

One-day Photography Course for Beginners review by Ling Lee - Sydney

Alex Kemp Dec 2022

Sarah was a wealth of information. The day was highly productive and she made sure every student kept up to pace no matter what camera we had.

If you ever wondered what all those weird buttons do on the camera then Sarah will explain all of them.

I now know how to take well lit photos, quickly. If only i had done it sooner!

Yiwei Li Oct 2022

14 ClassBento workshops attended • 8 reviews

I have attended Sarah's half day workshop before and this full-day one really refreshes what I have learnt and practiced so far as well as going into a lot more depth. Had the opportunity to practise on the day and took some nice black and white photographs for the first time as well. Thank you Sarah appreciate your work.

Craig Read Oct 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Fantastic teacher, made complicated techniques look easy. Starting to understand my camera now. Looking forward to great photos

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 - Sydney

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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