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Digital SLR and Mirrorless Cameras Photo Workshop

Manual Photography

Next Available: Sat, 22 Jan 9:00AM (AEDT)
4 hours
Over 50 people have attended this class


This photography course is designed for those of you who need help understanding your DSLR or Mirrorless camera.

Would you like to learn how to use the manual settings on your camera?

Stop using auto mode as you learn all about Shutter Speed, Aperture, White Balance and ISO.

This fun half-day photography course teaches you some great skills so you can get the most out of your camera.

For over 4 hours I will take you on a walking tour to many great photogenic locations around Melbourne's city centre.

Your teacher will explain in simple terms how and why you should use the manual settings on your camera.

You will be taught all the most important functions on your camera so you can create some wonderful results into the future.

It is highly recommended that you know your main camera functions before attending this class and have a basic understanding of your camera. Please look up your ISO, White Balance and Shutter Speed before attending the class. You don't need to know what they mean but it will enhance your learning experience by knowing these settings on your camera.

This course runs in small groups of 8 or less so you can receive lots of individual help over the 4 hours.

Activity Highlights:

  • Introduction to manual photography
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • White balance
  • ISO
  • Exposure control
  • Focus Control

What's included:

  • 4 hours training with a working professional photographer
  • Individual help in small groups of 8
  • Feedback and Simple Tips
  • Tour of great photogenic locations
  • Course notes

Please note: This photography course is only suitable for cameras with detachable lenses and manual settings. If minimum numbers are not met we reschedule the class. If severe weather is forecast the class may be rescheduled.

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What you will learn

  • Learn how to use the manual settings on your camera including manual mode, shutter priority and aperture priority.
  • This photography course is designed for those of you who need help understanding your DSLR camera or Mirrorless Camera
  • Learn all about the main functions on your camera so you never use auto again

What you will get

  • Tour of great photogenic locations
  • Course notes
  • Minimum class size of 4 Maximum of 8
  • 4 hours training with a working award winning professional photographer
  • Lots of one on on help as classes are kept small and are structured so your teacher is on hand at all times

What to bring

  • DSLR Camera or Mirrorless Camera
  • Fully charged battery or 2 batteries if a mirrorless camera
  • Empty Memory Card
  • An external flash if your camera does not have a pop up one
  • A lens with a zoom range

What to wear


Appropriate for

Anyone over the age of 12 who's keen to learn more about their camera

Cancellation/ Rescheduling

We require a minimum 48 hours notice to reschedule and 14 days to avoid a $45 fee. If minimum numbers are not met we reschedule the class. 

Penny Koukoulas Photography is a Brisbane based company who specialises in running photography walking tours. We have a great passion for photography and have worked in the industry for over 30 years.
All the photography tours, workshops and courses are designed for you to discover some great locations while learning how to take great photographs.

We run tours in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and the Gold Coast.

The philosophy is to teach in simple and easy to understand terms. The tours run in a small group environment so everyone gets attention and has fun learning all about photography !

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4.7 (9 reviews)
15 September 2018Digital SLR and Mirrorless Cameras Photo Workshop
This workshop was perfect for where I'm at in my photography journey, which is pretty much the beginning. I was nervous that it might be a little advanced considering I didn't even know what the manual settings on my camera were let alone what they did. The workshop was structured in a way where you learnt and practiced one element at a time allowing the learning to come to life literally right in front of you. It was perfect for me. Thanks Penny for an insightful learning experience, I definitely feel far more confident and excited about photography!
04 July 2018Digital SLR and Mirrorless Cameras Photo Workshop
Penny was very knowledgeable. However I think she forgot which class she was taking as we were all very new to our cameras. And on talking to the other class members it was very over our heads and I walked away felling more scared about turning off auto. I thought we would see more laneways than one and arcades 2 blocks isn’t much of a city experience. Penny needs to understand how to teach classes not tell us what we are doing wrong in a dogmatic way. Teaching is an artform.
Penny Koukoulas Photography 05 July 2018

Hi Dian,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am very sorry to hear you were disappointed. This course is designed to get off auto and make the most of the manual settings by matching locations to practise without having to waste time walking from location to location. I have had 2 of the students email me and say they loved the course and have already re-booked into another class. I feel terrible you felt I was dogmatic, this was not my intention and I am sorry if you felt I was. As you missed some of the course I did try my best to catch you up and I know you had a different camera than you wanted as you had trouble charging your favoured camera. I've been running these classes over 10 years very successfully and am very sad to hear you were left feeling confused. I'd be happy to give you a free private 1 hour lesson if you like to help you understand the settings on your camera better. 

29 March 2018Digital SLR and Mirrorless Cameras Photo Workshop
What a fun and informative half day workshop. Penny was very patient and knowledgeable. I am feeling far more confident about my camera and about the future photos I'll be taking. I would certainly recommend doing one of Penny's classes.
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Refund Policy

Once this experience has been confirmed changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy : 


  • Over 1 week prior to the experience date: No charge
  • 48 hours up to 1 week prior to the experience date: Rescheduling available $45 charge
  • Within 48 hours of the experience date, No Shows and Late Arrivals: Participants forfeit their experience and therefore are not entitled to a refund or to re-book. Participants are advised to make their own insurance provisions in case of unforeseen circumstances

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Terms & Conditions

Numbers on the Day

These workshops are limited to a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 students, dependent on the maximum for each class. In the unlikely event of not reaching minimum numbers, the course will be postponed to the next available date.

 This does not apply to the private and online lessons which are one on one.


Locations may vary according to weather conditions. The location will be sent to you the night before the workshop following a check of the weather forecast. 

Please note that this does not apply to online lessons or indoor workshops.

Online Lessons

Please note that neither Penny Koukoulas Photography nor the Owner are responsible for the quality of the Zoom interface or the quality of communications between a student and a tutor using Zoom.

Zoom is a third party communications solution and is in no way the responsibility of Penny Koukoulas Photography

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