Cameras for Painters

A one-day workshop on camera basics for painters.

Next Available: Sun, 30 Jan 10:00AM (AEDT)
6 hours


A one-day workshop on camera basics for painters: Everything from taking better reference photos, to documenting your work for social media.

During this hands-on class, you'll be guided through how to operate a digital camera: starting from fundamental principals, through to taking reference images and finally documenting your own work.

In the first half of the day we'll go through some camera fundamentals and basics. We'll talk about exposure, lenses, and the equipment you need (and don't need). Using these skills, we will take a photo of a scene, fit for your next painting.

In the second half of the day we'll explore some approaches and challenges when documenting your work for archival purposes, reproduction, and for sharing on social media. Using the artwork you've brought in, we will practice how to take different images from the one artwork.

About your tutor:

Rami Vofsi is an oil painter from Melbourne, Australia. While he grew up as ‘the film kid’ throughout high school, he fell head over heels in love with oil painting at the end of his bachelors of illustration in 2015. He is most interested in how we see ourselves in the images that are made around us, and helping people connect deeply to art and the stories of others. 

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What you will learn

  • Basics operations of DLSR/Mirrorless camera systems.
  • How cameras warp images, and strategies to correct them in your painting.
  • How to document your work for sharing online, and reproducing.

What you will get

  • Confidence to start practicing your camera skills.
  • A couple of nice photos to use and share.
  • How to document your work for sharing online, and reproducing.
Parking Info

Parking is ticketed in Brunswick St but there are some 2-4 hour spots in the surrounding streets. 

There is all-day parking around the Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy North, a 15-minute walk down Brunswick St. The No 11 tram comes down Brunswick St, get off at stop 15.

What to bring

  • Your own camera (lenses and tripod if owned), and a work you'd like to photograph.

What to wear


Appropriate for

Artists wanting to know how to use a camera to best show their work.

Bonus content if we have time:

Lighting theory: how to light your scenes, using natural or artificial lighting and video basics.

Fitzroy Painting

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About us: Established in 2009 and based in a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Painting is the original and best of private art classes in Fitzroy!  A working artists studio, the space provides a great environment to develop your painting and drawing skills with the expert support and guidance of highly qualified teachers and full-time professional artists.

Our 4 - week beginners courses in oil painting, drawing and watercolours are designed for the complete beginner, taking you through a series of exercises and building your skills week by week. Students may choose to continue to our Beginners Courses Level 2 in both painting and drawing..  Ongoing students are supported to help develop their own direction, with optional exercises offered to expand on skills and knowledge, and our Atelier students are assisted in taking it to the next level in professional practice.

Love the class? All students wishing to extend their course may purchase class-passes for ongoing students at a discounted rate. Some of our students have gone on to Higher Education courses and are now exhibiting professionally!

Evening classes include wine and refreshments, and morning classes include tea, coffee and cakes. Classes run for 3 hours and basic equipment is available for student use at the studio, including easels, palettes and drawing boards. We believe in safe studio-practice and provide low-toxic, low-odour materials for student use, as well as high-quality clean-up materials for brushes and hands. We also have storage facilities if you wish to keep your materials at the studio.

Each student works at their own pace and receives one-on-one attention, and all students are invited to exhibit in our annual end of year exhibition, a fun opportunity to show family and friends what you’ve been doing!

Visit our website for more info and pictures of student work. www.fitzroypainting.com

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Refund Policy

Course refund policy:

  • There is no charge to transfer you to another course or workshop at a later date with 30 days notice.
  • A 50% refund will be given for cancellations up to 10 days before the course commencement date.
  • No refund will be given after 10 days before the course commencement date. 
  • No make-up classes can be offered for our beginners courses.
  • Please note there is a $30 administration fee on all refunds requested by customers.
  • COVID-19 UPDATE: Should a course booked need to be postponed a credit voucher will be issued  and the class or workshop rescheduled.

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Terms & Conditions

Bookings and class cancellations policy: 

Due to the high demand for classes and small number of places available in our 4-week beginners course and workshops, Fitzroy Painting is unable to swap, substitute or offer ‘make-up’ classes. Full details can be found on our refund policy. 

Ongoing students please contact us if you are unable to attend a class. Absences without notification will forfeit the full class/course fee and receive no credit.

Should Fitzroy Painting be forced to cancel a class students will be notified as soon as possible prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit voucher for a replacement class, course or workshop.

Collection of work and materials left at the studio: Please understand that our storage capacity is extremely limited.  Beginners work and painting kits will only be retained for one month after which they will be disposed of.  Ongoing students may store their materials in the shelving provided at the studio. 


The safety of our students, staff and community is our utmost priority. If you are at all unwell, please get tested and stay at home until you receive your results.

We are offering additional flexibility at this time, having regard to the uncertainties posed by COVID-19 and to encourage you to stay at home if you are unwell.

If you or someone whom you have been in contact with exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 or is a confirmed case after you make your booking and prior to commencing your course/workshop please contact us and we will convert your booking to a credit note if you are unable to attend on the date booked.

If you, or someone you have been in contact with, develop symptoms after commencing your course you must contact us as soon as possible and stop attending classes. We will arrange make-up classes for you.

You agree to abide by all physical distancing, health protocols and the studio’s COVID-Safe plan.

You agree to follow the instructions of the tutors at all times.

If you do not comply with protocols, or authorised requests, you will be asked to leave immediately without refund or further recourse.

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