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Beyond the Basics Camera Course (PSBB).

1 Full Day Course.

This one day DSLR photography course assumes you have knowledge of your camera’s functions and features, but you realise your camera is capable of much more.

Perhaps you’re not achieving the results you hoped for with your images. After all, if you are only using ‘AUTO’ or ‘P’ modes you may as well have saved your money and purchased a compact ‘point and shoot’ camera.

Beyond the Basics Course Overview.

This course is adapted from the original “Beyond the Basics Course” I wrote for and taught at Gold Coast Institute of TAFE for 17 years. It was a 20 hour course (over 8 weeks) consisting of 4 classroom lessons and 4 external lessons - a night time location shoot, an early morning model shoot at the beach, and two studio sessions.

Time progressed, attitudes changed, and some students felt the model shoot was sexist or discriminatory, and the studio sessions were unnecessary. However all those that did attend commented on how much more knowledge they received and learnt from these sessions - even if they may have felt hesitant at first.

Every week there was also non-productive time in the classroom - roll marking, late arrivals, break time, packing up etc. So i have removed the two location shoots and the studio sessions and reduced the course content to one full day - a very full day, with theory in the morning and practical application in the afternoon.

The 4 external sessions are now separate Workshops. So anyone interested in those can come along and receive a ton of extra information, experience and knowledge.

Morning Session

  • Apertures - in-depth.
  • Shutter Speeds - in-depth.
  • Aperture and Shutter Reciprocity
  • How your camera’s metering system works, and why it isn’t always correct
  • Manual Exposure - be the Master
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Selective metering
  • Shooting RAW
  • Understanding the Histogram
  • Filters
  • Introduction to Colour Theory
  • Cataloging your images
  • Flash - when to use and when not to use
  • Off camera flash
  • Photographing People
  • Photographing Scenery
Full Day Course: 9:30 - 4:30

Courses can be conducted anywhere on the Gold Coast. Travel charges may apply outside the Gold Coast area. Please ask.

Afternoon Session

  • Put the morning session’s theory into practice
  • Creating portraits outdoors - selective metering
  • Using flash during the day.
  • Using reflectors
  • The best lenses for portraits
  • Best lenses for landscapes
  • Being creative with apertures shutters and flash

1-on-1 tuition to ensure your complete satisfaction.


What should you bring?

This is a solid day of education. Be comfortable and dress according to the weather and class location. I suggest you bring your own lunch, (there may not be facilities for heating food). I’m happy to provide morning and afternoon tea. For the course you should bring the following-
  • Camera
  • Camera Instruction Manual
  • Charged battery (or two)
  • Memory card/s (preferably empty)
  • Lens/s
  • Flash. If you don’t have an external flash don’t buy one until AFTER the course
  • Note taking materials
  • Tripod if you have (or can borrow) one. If you don’t have a tripod don’t buy one until AFTER the course, as I will show you what features I recommend.
For more information, or to discuss your requirements, you are welcome to call 0414 279 377.