Melbourne’s most highly rated and most reviewed photography courses.
Est 2011. 367 reviews from real students :)
Learn how to use your digital camera on our three famous travel photography courses in Melbourne, the Beginners Masterclass, the DSLR and Mirrorless Express, the Lightroom 2020 workshop. Our professional photographers will help you improve your photography skills instantly! See Melbourne’s best hidden and iconic photographic hot spots and learn about manual mode and controlling the light! Scroll down for class times.
One Day Beginners Short Courses
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 367 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 and night. Get off automatic mode and learn the fundamentals of manual mode! Your teacher is National Geographic featured photographer Daniel John Bilsborough. You can see his portfolio here.
The Photography Courses
DSLR and Mirrorless Express Photography Course
Travel photography during the day. 2.5 hours. $149 per student.
Forget your camera manual! 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.
Photography Beginners Masterclass
Travel photography during the day and night. 3.5 hours. Bring a tripod. $199 per student.
We’ll start this course 2 hours before sunset and finish during the night. You’ll learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance and controlling the light. Then at night you’ll learn about long exposures, light painting, using your tripod and hand held night photography. 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.
Adobe Lightroom 2020 Workshop
YOUR LIGHTROOM TEACHER: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER DANIEL BILSBOROUGH
“Learn everything I know about post production in less than a day.” You will be working on Daniel’s own RAW files from his personal travel portfolio. Bring your own laptop with Lightroom. Modules include – Before Lightroom, A Fresh Start. Authenticity, expression, connection, the moment. Display Calibration and colour profiles. Jpeg, nef, dng, cr2, raw files. The “out of camera” myth debunked. Setting up Lightroom for the first time. Metadata.The Lightroom catalogue. Backups. Ensure you never lose anything. Essential preferences, checks & extensions. Please click “learn more” below for everything you need to know about this photography course.
Why would you attend?
The purpose of these photography courses 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 them. You only need a digital camera that can shoot in manual mode and 99% of all cameras can, including your mobile phone!
Become A Culturally Respectful Person… And Photographer
Daniel has travelled to over 60 countries and has learnt through experience about how to communicate and behave as a respectful photographer in a foreign country. “I’ve had bananas thrown at me in Africa, undercover military approach me in Tel-Aviv Israel, and the Vietnamese army almost took my drone in Hanoi. All of this happened while I thought I was being respectful.” Becoming proficient in the technical skills of travel photography is the easy part. Learning about interpersonal communication is what’s missing for most people. We’ll be talking about strategies to help you capture the photographs you may be too nervous to even consider.
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 four 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 fix straight away.
4. Delivery. Patience and finding an appropriate balance between confidence and humility.
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 Take Credit For Your Own Photographs?
But 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.
Learn Quickly With Immediate Feedback
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!
Gimme the details
Group size – 8 legends. Your group will be limited to 8 people because we want to connect with everyone equally. You “getting it” is our first priority and we do that through one to one mentorship.
How long – 2 hours. After hundreds of photography courses around the world, 90% of our students tell us that two hours is the perfect amount of time. We always choose to start just before sunset or sunrise, light is super important and we want you to create the best possible images from your photography course!
What do I need, gear wise? One camera, one lens. That’s it! These days, every DSLR, and 99% of point and shoot cameras will have manual mode, don’t sweat it! For more details read our FAQ.
Who’s this for? – Beginners, travellers and explorers! We have such a variety of students attend our photography courses. Newbie photographers, tourists, locals, enthusiasts, retirees, newlyweds, stamp collectors, teddy bear repair technicians. We do have one exception – if you’re already familiar with using manual mode on your digital camera, please be aware that our photography courses are squarely aimed at beginners!
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