Get started with your DSLR - part 3: Advanced features

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This class of three hours is perfect for those who just purchased a DSLR or any type of camera that has a manuel mode, and what to use their camera more efficiently, and have better results. I recommand to have attended the "Get started with your DSLR, part 2: Light and shadow" before coming to this class, as we won't have time to review these settings during the class.

Wanting to leave the automatic mode behind?

I will teach you how to use your camera, its functions, and - more importantly - how to improve your pictures while adapting to the situations you are dealing with.

Course format

Nothing too technical, I promise! Short theory & plenty of exercises. These classes are design to be fun: everyone can ask any question (even the one you think that everyone will laugh at: in general this is the one everyone is unsure about! So go for it!). Everyone is here to share & grow as a photographer!

Part 3: Advanced features

After the third session, you will:

- Understand the autofocus modes.

- Use the focus points efficiently.

- Get creative into composition: is there right and wrong in photography?

- Start editing your own pictures: introduction to Lightroom.

The class lasts for 3 hours, going from theory to practice, to train your eye and help you become a better photographer. To make the most of the lesson, there are never more than 5 participants. Like this everyone can ask questions, and there is plenty of time one-by-one with the teacher.

The next day, you receive two ebooks via email: a general booklet to inspire you to create more beautiful images, and motivate you to get out there with your camera; and a second booklet that is always different. I summarize everyone's questions (it can be about the technique, the composition, the creativity...), and give simple answers. This is the best way to make the most of the class.

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What you will learn
  • Learn about the Manual-mode of your camera.
  • Learn how to compose strong images.
What you will get
  • Course notes (2 ebooks)
  • Understand your camera better: M-mode, ISO, aperture & shutter-speed
  • Have fun in learning about composing stronger images!
  • Become a better photographer.
  • A great understanding of the autofocus modes & the focus points.
  • Get started with editing your images!

What to bring
  • Your DSLR (or any camera with a M-mode)
  • An empty SD card
  • A full battery
  • A positive attitude and an open mind!
  • A laptop with an editing software (Lightroom is highly recommended)
What to wear

Good shoes, and a rain jacket, just in case.

Appropriate for

Anyone who wants to improve their pictures and learn more about their camera.


Julie Abreu Photography

Vendor since 2016

Photography workshops and classes: travel, landscape & street photography in Melbourne & around.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Julie Abreu Photography 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 Julie Abreu Photography to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Julie Abreu Photography or organised by Julie Abreu Photography 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 Julie Abreu Photography.


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


Julie Abreu Photography 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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