Master Manual Sydney Photography Workshop

Take creative control of your image making!


Master Manual 2 hrs $75 with live with one of our professional tutors

Mastering manual mode is the next step in taking control of your camera so you can make informed decisions on the style and direction you want your photograph to take. Control means moving away from the AUTO function. Having a good understanding of the digital manual mode is essential to control exposure in photography. This workshop will allow you to learn new techniques that will enhance your creativity and enjoyment of photography.

The Workshop:

Learning to Master Manual Mode is an ongoing and continuous process as a photographer. In this workshop, we begin by reinforcing the core aspects of manual mode, which are the key elements of creating an exposure, specifically, shutter speed, aperture and ISO. While certain modes can fully automate the camera exposure, there are other modes that let the photographer manually control some or all parameters - this is when it gets exciting. 

We will look at white balance metering and exposure compensation as part of this step-by-step journey of the various elements of manual photography. We look at how depth of field and understanding light can balance technical mastery with creative mindfulness. 

We also explore methods that professional photographers use to make informed creative decisions. We discuss their approach when creating expressive images and practice the way they use the characteristics of light to create mood and emotion in the final image. 

You will come away with wonderful new skills that boost your technical and creative confidence.

What’s Covered:

  • Overview of exposure; shutter, aperture and ISO 
  • Camera metering system 
  • Focus lock and focusing techniques
  • White balance
  • Easy shortcuts to manual settings
  • Observation of quality and the direction of light
  • Composition and the point of interest
  • Understanding depth of field
  • Tripods versus hand-held camera technics
  • Using live view for composition
  • How using manual mode can ignite the imagination

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What you will learn

  • Overview of exposure; shutter, aperture and ISO
  • Camera metering system
  • Focus lock and focusing techniques

What you will get

  • TUTORS: A professional photographer and a photographer's assistant (subject to group size).
  • Detailed Aperture Club course notes will be emailed on completion of this photography workshop.
  • Kits are available for hire if you want to experience the full functionality and excitement of using a professional photographers camera.
  • Kits include a camera body and lens. The cost is $75. Kits are limited, so if interested, please book this when you book and confirm your workshop.

What to bring

  • We recommend using a DSLR camera or a digital camera (with manual controls). Please bring you camera manual.
  • Camera and lens
  • Tripod (if you have one)
  • Batteries and a spare (fully charged)
  • At least 1 Memory Card (ensure you have space for a full session of photography)
  • Camera manual
  • Camera bag
  • Accessories such as lens hood / cleaning cloth
  • Drinks, meals / snacks

What to wear

Comfy walking shoes, Weather appropriate clothing, Sunscreen / hat

Appropriate for

Those who have a basic understanding of camera operations.

The Aperture Club

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The Aperture Club runs photography workshops and tours that allow you to develop your creativity, meet like-minded people and be part of an evolving exciting club with endless possibilities.

The Aperture Club is a social classroom of practical and interactive learning.

The various photography workshops, tours, day and weekend excursions are designed to create an environment that helps you think like a photographer, understand observation and learn to capture what you see.

Discover your passion or just becoming more knowledgeable with your camera.

Allow yourself to explore new techniques and to develop a new understanding of photography.

Being part of The Aperture Club also allows you to get away from regular life, spend uninterrupted time meeting new friends, identify your interests and enjoy the fun and adventure of photography.

We look forward to you growing with us…

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Refund Policy

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at The Aperture Club or organised by The Aperture Club 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 The Aperture Club.


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


The Aperture Club 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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Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

1). Registration and Payment

Full payment (and any associated extra’s and booking fees) must be paid in full at the time of booking to ensure your place on the photography workshop or special event.

2). Cancellation and Refund Policy

1. If a photography workshop or special event is cancelled by us, or re-scheduled due to bad weather or any other emergency you can re-book onto another scheduled date for the same workshop or special event. If no alternative date is available a refund will be provided and must be accepted a full and final settlement.

2. If you need to cancel a workshop or special event, this must be made in writing (email) and the following cancellations fees will apply;

a. If cancelled 15 days (or more) in advance of the workshop or special event date, the cancellation fee is 50%.

b. No refund is available if you cancel 14 days (or less) before the start date of the workshop or special event.

3. The Aperture Club is not responsible for any other costs which participants may incur including but not limited to travel, car rental, insurance, photographic purchases and/or rentals.

3). Marketing

Through the course of the day, images of the group including individual participants may be taken and subsequently used for marketing of The Aperture Club. Please inform us prior to the photography workshop or special event if you prefer to be excluded from any images used to market The Aperture Club. Requests need to be made in writing (email) in advance of the workshop or special event start date.

4). Gift Vouchers – Conditions of Use

1. Gift vouchers are to be redeemed by person named on the voucher only and can be exchanged for any workshop or special event offered through The Aperture Club.

2. Gift vouchers can not be redeemable for cash.

3. Gift vouchers may be used as part or full payment for any workshop or special event. If the fees are more than the amount specified on the voucher the bearer of the voucher must pay the additional fees, being the difference between the value of the voucher and the total cost of the workshop or special event being booked. If the cost of the workshop or special event is less than the amount specified on the voucher, no refund is provided.

3. Gift Vouchers must be redeemed with 365 days of the date of purchase.

5). Workshop Schedule and Agenda

All photography workshops and special event schedules and plans are subject to change at our discretion depending upon, but not limited to, adverse weather, health and safety considerations, or any other factor as determined by us.

6). Limit of Liability

The Aperture Club; Sharon Hickey, Shane Rozario and Warren Smith accept no liability for death, illness, accident or injury or loss or damage to photo equipment or personal belongings during the course of any workshop or special event, or in transit thereto. We do not accept any responsibility for loss or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop or special event due to exceptional circumstances. The Aperture Club’s liability shall be limited to the total value of the workshop or special event. The Aperture Club is not liable for any indirect or consequential loss. By booking and paying for any workshop or special event offered by The Aperture Club, participants acknowledge that they are aware of the risks of personal injury and deem themselves physically capable of safely taking part in the workshop or special event. Further they release The Aperture Club, Sharon Hickey, Shane Rozario, Warren Smith, guest presenters, guest speakers, assistants, trainees and models from all liability for death, injury, illness, accident or loss of personal property or expenses associated with participation in the workshop or special event.

7). Your Agreement to this contract

In reserving a place on the photography workshop or special event and paying the appropriate fee/s, you agree to accept all of the above terms and conditions. The person who makes the booking does so on behalf of all of the individuals included in that booking; all are bound by the same terms and conditions.

8). Meetup

For terms and conditions associated with a Meetup, please refer to the general ‘Terms and Conditions’ listed on the Meetup website, which you agreed to when you registered as a Member of Meetup.

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