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DSLR and Mirrorless Express Photography Course

Half day photography course Melbourne.

Over 50 people have attended this class


The DSLR and Mirrorless Express Photography Course in Melbourne is here!
This series of photography courses have been running since 2011 and are currently the highest rated and most reviewed photography courses in Melbourne. You can see over 365 reviews on WeTeachMe, Google, TripAdvisor and Airbnb Experiences :) Learn everything you need to know about how to use your digital camera for travel photography during the day. Get off automatic mode and learn the fundamentals of manual mode! The maximum group is 8 students and the course runs for 2.5 hours. Your teacher is National Geographic featured photographer Daniel John Bilsborough. You can see his portfolio here:

****Update December 2021****

This course now has a 3 hours in-person component and a 3 day online component. The in-person component is as its always been (read below). The online component runs for 3 days after the in person course. You will have 2 photography exercises to complete on your own. One sunset shoot and one night shoot. On day 3 you will join Daniel on Zoom or inside the private Facebook group where we will go through your photographs together in Lightroom.

Why would you attend?

The purpose of this photography course is to rapidly transform your photography skills from a place of knowing absolutely nothing. You don't need any prior experience or photography knowledge to take this course. You only need a digital camera that can shoot in manual mode - 99% of all DSLR / Mirrorless cameras have manual mode.

Travel Photography During The Day

This course runs for 2.5 hours and we'll finish at our favourite "postcard Melbourne" photographic hot spot. You'll learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance and controlling the light. We’ve spent countless hours on the streets of Melbourne discovering secret laneways, rooftops and ever changing street art. Our focus is on your photography education, as opposed to site seeing, but you’ll be taken to some of coolest “off the beaten track” photographic hot spots in Melbourne. Travel photography for us is all about learning how to use your camera with a minimal amount of gear, being discreet, thinking quickly, finding unique subjects, capturing the moment and documenting your environment with an artistic eye.

You Can Be The Worlds Best Photographer And The Worlds Worst Teacher At The Same Time.

Finding a good teacher has always been something I've struggled with. At school and and university. What makes a good teacher in any subject? I believe it comes down to three things:

1. A proven expert in their field. Emphasis on "proven."

2. The ability to break down complicated subjects into digestible, understandable, logical chunks.

3. Awareness. Identify where their students are struggling in order to apply a course correction straight away.

Here's what I've learnt from my own personal experience with education. You can be the worlds best expert and the worlds worst teacher at the same time. Talent does not necessarily equate to "quality communicator." And self-aware communication is the key to teaching. I believe that the fastest path to becoming truly proficient in any subject is to teach it. I've been teaching photography since 2011 and have spent considerable time improving my ability to teach you photography effectively.

What If You Could Create Your Own Phenomenal Photographs? And Honestly Take Credit For them?

Today your phone can take absolutely beautiful photographs ... without you really doing anything. Ie find a beautiful sunset and press the shoot button... done. Can you truly take credit for that photograph? Nature has presented itself and you simply framed the image and pressed a button. Wouldn't it be a fulfilling experience to truly know to yourself that you have taken your time to create an image in your own way. Wouldn't it be a nice feeling to take true ownership of your photography? To understand why your photograph looks the way it does and to know that you are the one who intentionally made the decisions create it that way. It's the unique human element that you are providing your viewers. Rather than the generic creation that your phone makes for you... that you pretend is your own.

The DSLR and Mirrorless Express Photography Course Is Aimed At Travellers And Explorers.
The true value of this photography course comes from the immediate feedback you will receive about your own photographs. When you have an expert right by your side you can learn without frustration! Have you ever wondered why your photographs appear too dark or too bright in automatic mode? This is because your camera is “metering” the light without understanding what YOU want to do with the photograph. It makes a mathematic calculation and acts on that. On our photography courses in Melbourne you’ll learn about finding the best light and how to control it so you can see how it changes the look of your images. No more blurry photographs or missing that gorgeous sunset. More importantly, you’ll learn how to use your digital camera in manual mode. Over time we’ve refined our manual mode teaching philosophy again and again. In fact its simplicity is something we’re quite proud of. You’ll learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and controlling the light with your camera. Our photography courses in Melbourne are constantly evolving as we discover new hidden photographic hot spots in Melbourne, join us and capture your own unique photographs!

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What you will learn

  • Learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO and controlling the light with your camera.
  • Learn the fundamentals of travel photography on the streets of Melbourne.
  • Visit secret laneways, rooftops and ever changing street art.

What you will get

  • 3 hours of photography mentorship from a professional photographer,
  • Create a series of your own photographs to show your friends, family and colleagues.
  • Photography mentorship from Nat Geo photographer Daniel Bilsborough
Parking Info

Meet me at the corner of Rodda Lane and La Trobe St, Melbourne. See the exact location here:

What to bring

  • One camera, one lens (minimum) no tripod required, that’s it! You’ll learn the most if your camera shoots in manual mode.
  • These days every DSLR and 99% of point and shoot cameras will have manual mode, don’t sweat it!

What to wear

Comfortable walking shoes, warm clothes if it’s going to be cold.

Appropriate for

All ages! If you’re under 18 please bring a parent or guardian.

Launched in 2011, the DJB Photography School specialises in photography courses in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Auckland and New York. The worlds best value beginners photography courses! Learn how to use your digital camera on our travel photography, street photography, night photography and landscape photography courses. Our professional photographers will help you improve your photography skills instantly! See your city’s best hidden and iconic photographic hot spots and learn about manual mode and controlling the light. Aimed at beginners, travellers and explorers, you’ll visit laneways, rooftops, world famous street art and hidden coastal viewpoints!

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5.0 (22 reviews)
27 November 2021DSLR and Mirrorless Express Photography Course
Daniel is so knowledgeable, super lovely and encouraging. Could not believe how much I learnt! Would definitely recommend!
02 March 2020DSLR and Mirrorless Express Photography Course
Was a great informative day. Very enjoyable highly recommended.
DJB Photography School 03 March 2020

Hey Matt thank you!!! Was great to have you guys along, see you on the next one :)

29 February 2020DSLR and Mirrorless Express Photography Course
Great course , didn’t need to know anything about photography , but walk away with Plenty of knowledge , Daniel was great guide . Highly recommend .
DJB Photography School 03 March 2020

Hi Danielle thank you so much for the review here!!!! It was great to have you along :)

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Refund Policy

DJB Photography School requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email DJB Photography School to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at DJB Photography School or organised by DJB Photography School must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by DJB Photography School.


I agree to give DJB Photography School unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at DJB Photography School classes and events or on DJB Photography School's premises. (For use of DJB Photography School marketing materials).


DJB Photography School requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. 


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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