Try Out a Photography Class in Sydney (2024)

Try Out a Photography Class in Sydney (2024)

By John Tabari

Taking good photos comes down to the basics, and what better way to learn than with the best photography courses in Sydney? Whether you want to learn how to capture life’s special and spontaneous moments with your smartphone or master DSLR photography, a photography class is a perfect place to start snapping.

From composition to framing your subjects, lighting and depth, a photography class is the perfect place to understand what takes a photo from good to great. Plus you'll learn everything there is to know about making the most of your smartphone camera settings or manual mode on your DLSR camera. And if you love to get out and about in Sydney and explore the neighbourhoods, a photography class will have you not only traversing across this beautiful city on foot but you'll also learn to appreciate and capture its better moments. 

From night photography to landscape and more, our variety of photography courses in Sydney will give you the tools to master photography basics and capture the CBD through a whole new lens.

Check out these 5 options below and begin your photography journey in 2024!


Top 5 Best Photography Courses in Sydney:

  • Smartphone Photography Class with Alfonso's Photography Tours

  • Beginner DSLR / Hybrid Photography Course with Alfonso's Photography Tours

  • Private Photography Class with Alfonso's Photography Tours

  • Photography Class for Beginners with Guen Lasalarie

  • Beginner Photography Basics Class with Picture Me Sydney


Learn smartphone photography with Alfonso's Photography Tours

A woman taking photos of trees on her smartphone

Looking for adventurous things to do in Sydney? This walking-tour smartphone photography class covers the beautiful area of The Rocks. Over the course of three hours, you’ll capture all the hits, like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, all on your smartphone.

Alfonso will teach you how to set up for a good shot and also how to use the tools on your smartphone to create a visual masterpiece. About 40% of the class is dedicated to editing, so you’ll walk away with a rounded understanding of smartphone photography.

Alfonso has 20 years of experience photographing everything from politicians to food to landscapes. He is multi-lingual and can teach the course in Spanish, Japanese, Tagalog, and of course English.

Capture day and night photography with Alfonso's Photography Tours

A woman practising nightime photography at a Sydney workshop

This class also takes place at The Rocks, but with a digital camera in mind. You’ll be guided through the process of capturing different streets, buildings, and abstract images with your DSLR. This class is twice as long as the smartphone photography class, so there’s plenty of time for you to get personal feedback from your qualified photographer.

For this class, you’ll need a fully-charged digital camera, a camera manual, and a tripod.

And, if you want a course dedicated solely to night photography, Alfonso also offers a two-and-a-half-hour night photography course. It’s offered once a week, but we highly recommend that you try it out during the Vivid Festival in Sydney if you're looking to sharpen your photographers eye. 

Take sunrise photos at Manly Beach with Photo Workshop Australia

A picture of the sunrise taken at a photography class in Sydney

What better place to learn photography than at this iconic Sydney location! This two-and-a-half-hour sunrise photography workshop is designed for anyone with a DSLR camera who wants to go beyond their auto settings. 

You'll learn how to manage the changing light and have a go practising taking long-exposure shots over the water before learning about the theories and principles of shooting in manual mode. It's an early start but a great way to learn how to take photos.

Capture birds in motion with The Aperture Club

A photograph of two birds taken at a bird photography workshop

If you're a nature lover, you'll love this chance to learn how to take photos on your DSLR camera when your subjects are unpredictable. It's a wonderful way to witness Sydney's wildlife and learn how to bring out the very best in nature. You'll also learn how to operate your camera and the principles behind getting a good shot. Plus there's a discussion on ethics and behaviour when it comes to dealing with wildlife. This bird photography workshop is a unique opportunity to observe wildlife at its best and make connections with nature.

Explore colourful Darlinghurst with Sarah Jenkins

smartphone photography in Darlinghurst

Discover the power of your phone at this iPhone photography course with Sarah Jenkins. Learn how to use your iPhone to its full potential and capture the colourful laneways of Darlinghurst and Paddington. Pick up easy and effective tips for controlling exposure and focus, as well as best lighting suggestions and compositional techniques, including how to take close-up images and action shots.

Sarah has been teaching photography under SignaturePhoto for over a decade and is a freelance and international award-winning photographer and graphic designer. 

Clearly, if you want to get better at photography this year, photography courses are a good place to start. On each class page, you can contact the instructor directly with any questions. You can also see their personal work to get a feel for the type of photography you’ll dive into together!

Happy learning!

Cover image by Guen Lasalarie

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