Photography Course 1-Introducing your Camera (ET)

Photography Course 1-Introducing your Camera (ET)

Photo courses without being told to use manual

Next Available: Sat, 09 Jul 9:30AM (AEST)
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3 hours
Over 20 people have attended this class


All classes are designed to follow Government Covid safe guidelines. Bookings are fully refundable if Government health restrictions change

Are you tired of hearing how you have to put your camera in manual settings to take great photographs. We teach you how to use all of your camera, not just the manual settings, from a professional teacher with over 30 years’ experience teaching photography.

This class is ideal for new DSLR or mirrorless camera owners as well as those who are returning to photography. This is a practical class with no boring lectures—less theory, more photography.

Over three hours we cover the things you need to know to take great photographs-

The Controls that Matter. Less time on theory more time on taking. 

This might be a strange compassion, but when you learnt to drive the instructor focused on the steering wheel, indicators, mirrors and pedals, not the carburettor and camshaft!

That's how I teach, more time on quick easy methods, less time on physics and theory.

We cover the things that matter exposure, shutter speeds, focusing quickly, aperture (controlling how much you want in focus) and similar items.

My aim is to get you taking great photos as soon as we can, I am here to help, no big classes (Our maximum class size is 4 people) no long days sat in a classroom, just easy, logical teaching that has worked for over 30,000 students.

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What you will learn

  • How to use all of their camera controls not just the manual ones
  • How changing the cameras aperture and shutter can create stunning images
  • Using the features of a modern digital camera to create beautiful images

What you will get

  • A knowlege of how their own camera works, not just generic controls
  • Course notes and follow up advice - Small class (Maximum four people)
  • Local venues with great photographic possibilities

What to bring

  • Camera, Cards and notepad and an eagerness to learn

What to wear


Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!

Alwyns Photo School

(22 Reviews)

Who am I

My name is Alwyn Hanson, I have been teaching photography for over 30 years in Melbourne. I have worked with and taught over 30,000 people including new users as well as training groups such as Victoria Police,  MFB and many Government Departments. 

I believe in teaching photography in a simple, logical way rather than boring lectures. My classes are short, practical and complete. Most are three hours long (My experience is longer classes don't always achieve good results)

I teach photography and software based on classes that have run with great success in my previous position as manager of Michaels Media School in the Melbourne CBD. 

I am passionate about teaching and want you to use YOUR camera to take great photos.

I can teach you in a class or if you prefer at your home, cafe or local park. 

You tell me what you want and I can make it happen.

Why Alwyns Photo School is different.

We believe in working WITH all the special features on the camera,NOT turning them all off and going manual. The camera companies have spent millions in development, so why reinvent the wheel. We can teach YOU how to take great photos on YOUR own digital camera.

Alwyns Photo School, making great photography easier.

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5.0 (6 reviews)
Maxwellrated it
01 May 2022
I was daunted at the prospect of digital photography. I'm a business owner in my later 30s and I've creative directed numerous shoots before. I bought the gear, with the intention to build capacity to shoot internally. While not comprehensive, this course is enough to get you started taking photos, playing with some basic technical and compositional elements and, probably most importantly, feeling like you can do it yourself. He knew about every digital camera regardless of the make or age of the camera. You don't need to read a hideous manual and wonder what's important, Alwyn will tell you. The venue and locale is beautiful by the way. You could go up there just to spend some time.
Alwyns Photo School 01 May 2022

Hi Max, Thanks for the great review and looking forward to working with you more in the future.

Caseyrated it
23 May 2021
Great introductory class! Covers all the basics and more to help you use your SLR like it should be used! Highly recommended!
Alwyns Photo School 23 May 2021

Hi Casey, Thank you for your kind words and I look forward to seeing you on future classes!

Judirated it
20 Apr 2021
Terrific course, packed with very practical information presented in an easy to digest way. A mixture of tips - some were easy for me to grasp giving confidence that I can improve my photos quickly and others were more complicated so harder for me to get my head around so I’ll need to practice! The provided notes and suggested homework tasks are a great resource for reviewing and remembering what I learnt. An anticipated benefit of choosing Alwyn’s class is that he also offers more classes and field trips so can continue to build skills in future if choose to.
Alwyns Photo School 20 Apr 2021

Hi Judi, Thank you for your positive and very kind review. I look forward to working with you on future courses.

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Cancellations & Refunds

A full refund will be made for cancellations received more than 5 working days prior to the event. Cancellations made between 1 and 5 working days from an event will incur an administration fee of $25 and the remainder of the course fee can be refunded. NB. Refunds will not be given if a customer fails to attend or cancels within 5 working days of an event. Substitutions can be made at any time without penalty.

In the event that a course is cancelled by Alwyns Photo School booking fees will be refunded in full however Alwyns Photo School will not accept responsibility for travel or accommodation for cancelled courses.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Classes are based on a Maximum of Four Students, in the unlikely event that the minimum number of bookings is not reached we will organise either an alternative date, offer and alternative class option or offer a full refund.

Outdoor workshops and events are subject to Weather if bad Weather is forecast (Based on BOM forecasts 48 hours ahead) we will offer an alternative date, or an alternative class option or offer a full refund.

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