Try Out a Photography Class in Sydney (2023)

Try Out a Photography Class in Sydney (2023)

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.

The key, of course, to great photography is to take lessons. Whether you have a natural talent or you struggle with composition (either way, we’re not judging!), it’ll be a huge advantage knowing how to harness your skills and use the technology to your advantage in these beginner-friendly Sydney workshops.

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 journey!


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

smartphone photography

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

DSLR camera night photography

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 good photos at Bondi Beach with Guen Lasalarie

photography of Bondi Beach

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

After learning the foundations of digital photography at Guen’s place, you’ll head to the beach to practice and capture some stunning images with her guidance. 

Guen has been a passionate and professional photographer since 2014. Her passion is capturing images that tell a story — something she looks forward to sharing with her beginner photography students!

Shoot in manual mode with Sharon Trejbal

group of photographers

Switch into manual mode and learn the basics with Sharon Trejbal at this small-group manual photography workshop. Guided by Sharon, you’ll learn the principles of photography and how to master your digital camera in just one day! This full-day workshop is jam-packed with tuition, workbooks and cheat sheets. You’ll also enjoy lunch and refreshments to keep you going.

At the end of the course, you’ll be confident in seeing the world through your DSLR as well as editing and presenting your work.

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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