Photography Fundamentals Course

Learn the fundamentals of photography and gain creative camera control

The Aperture Club

The Aperture Club

5.0 stars (18+)

4 x 2 hours Class size 1 to 12 label $249 or 4 payments of $62.25 Afterpay

Starting out in photography? Then this four week course will teach you the camera basics right through to creative camera control, powerful image captures, essential workflow and post production principles.

Join our live streaming course with professional tutors each week and learn how to understand and love your camera, find your creativity and master not only the art of producing excellent exposures, but how to create well composed and striking images. We also cover practical and valuable advice on how to create and maintain an easy file management system, including software choices to post produce your images.

Below is a brief breakdown of our sessions. Each session runs for two hours consecutively for four weeks.


Week 1: How to use your digital SLR or mirror-less camera
This workshop demystifies the digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or mirror-less camera system. As students practice taking digital photographs, you learn how to use all the settings and functions of your camera. Topics include auto white balance, colour space, colour temperature, formatting, correct exposure for digital images, and the advantages of shooting in different file formats. What lenses to choose and why. Participants explore the many camera functions that allow you to quickly problem solve exposures and light.

Week 2: How to take creative control using manual
This session is all about how to use and control your Aperture, Shutter and ISO. Two words: total control. There are no real surprises once you’ve truly mastered manual mode, as you’ll have full control of the three major points of the exposure triangle aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We will also cover how to 'build' a picture from concept to finish. Manual controls allows one more freedom to enhance, manipulate and master applied photographic applications.

Week 3: Basic composition
Taking great images is a matter of learning foundation techniques and ‘finding your photographic eye’. In this workshop we discover how to create a well-composed picture and how to communicate its message clearly and effectively. Taking control of the camera is one thing but taking control of your vision is another.

Week 4: Workflow and how to organise your digital photos
Capturing great images is one thing, but keeping them organised is quite another. In this class, we look at the best, most efficient ways to store, browse, and catalogue your images and various software programs available to use. Learn how to sort and tag your pictures, find out how external hard drives can provide cost-effective storage, and explore the differences between various image file types. We also cover the ins and outs of image backups to protect against data loss.

After these four sessions you are ready to delve deeper into the world of photography with confidence. These workshops are designed to give you knowledge and some technical knowhow so you can advance into some of very creative areas of photography. The subject of compositional for example, can take literally a year to complete but we give you ideas and fundamental principles that will allow you to think differently when setting up for your shot. Each week, you'll be given a practical assignment, the results of which will be reviewed by your instructor.

Knowledge Required
None required. Beginner-friendly.
What to bring
- A computer with an inbuilt camera or a webcam
- Your compact camera or DSLR camera and lenses
- Fully charged batteries
- Notebook and pen
Session repeats

This class series runs over 4 consecutive weeks, at the same time each week.

Suitable for

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 12 years old). Adult accompaniment is not required.

Your teacher
The Aperture Club
The Aperture Club

5.0 stars (18+)

Sharon and her team of professional photographers are passionate about meeting people, travelling and of course photography. The Aperture Club runs photography workshops and tours that allow you to develop your creativity, with like-minded people.

We believe that experimenting and playing with your camera will enable you to master it quicker than studying books or trawling the internet watching videos. Our workshops are designed to give you the mindset which will open up your creativity and inspire you to use your camera. All our workshops, tours, day and weekend trips are designed to help you think like a photographer and sharpen you observation.

Discover your passion or just becoming more knowledgeable with your camera.

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