Take the first step to taking control of your camera. Learn how to use your it off auto and know how to change the settings to get the photograph of the subject as you see it (rather than as the camera thinks it should be)

Studio & on location
Classes held at: 97 Pakenham St Blackburn

There are 2 ways you can do this course
1. Once a week for 4 weeks (Saturdays)
    The classes run from 9.30am - 3.30pm
2. Once a week for 8 weeks (Weekdays)
    The classes run for 2 1/2 hrs either a morning or an afternoon
Max. 8 people per class

COST

$450
*Earlybird price $425 - Book and pay 2 weeks prior to receive discount

WHAT YOU LEARN

We teach rather than lecture, so you will be taken a step at a time through the workings of the camera, what the manual settings do and how and when to use them. You get to practice them in class, out in a beautiful garden with lots of variety of items to photograph. At the beginning of each class there will be a question time and a discussion of any issues that come up. Lesson 6 is on location where you put all the information together. This is where it all starts making sense. Some of the concepts sound complicated, but we discuss them and use them many times. This all helps to make it work.

Not ready for an 8 lesson course yet?
If you feel you are not ready for an 8 lesson course and would like to start by having one or two lessons to learn the buttons on the camera, what they do and how to set up the camera - then the Digital Beginners Class is for you. This is also good if you have a new camera and are finding it difficult to navigate (even if you have been taking photos for years!) CLICK HERE for more info on Digital Beginners

BACK TO BASICS 1 (4 or 8 WEEK COURSE)

TOPICS

  • Menu set up
  • Exposure
  • Focus & Depth of field
  • ISO & Camera shake
  • White balance
  • Seeing the light
  • Adding light
  • Composition & cropping
  • Choice of lenses

EQUIPMENT

  • A DSLR or Mirrorless camera or similar, or a compact camera with adjustable settings.
  • People wanting to learn to use film cameras can also be accommodated

EXPERIENCE

None required. This course is designed to teach you how to use your digital camera, so whether you are a beginner photographer or have many years experience, you will be able to gain invaluable information.
Because the classes are small, individual attention is available and experience levels can be accomodated.

MISSED CLASSES

Please text or phone if you can't make it to a class. You can catch up on the missed class for free by joining in on the same class the next time it is run (OK for lessons 6 - 8) or you can pay an additional fee of $75 and have a private catch up lesson (normally $150 per hr) before the next scheduled one. This is important for the first 5 lessons as they build on each other and are pivotal to understanding the fundamentals of photography.

 

Next Courses:

2019

Term 1      ................. completed
Saturdays   9.30am -  3.30pm   Starts: 2nd Feb - Ends: 23rd Feb
This is a 4 week course
Each lesson will be partly in the studio and partly on location nearby
There will be a lunch break and wind down time in the middle to refresh the mind for the afternoon

Term 2    taking bookings   via phone or email
May / June
Tuesdays   9.30am - 12pm      Starts: 7th May - Ends: 25th June
This is an 8 lesson course
Each lesson is 2 1/2 hrs and is partly in the studio and partly in the garden to practice. Lesson 6 is on location nearby.

Term 3    taking bookings  via phone or email
August
Saturdays   9.30am -  3.30pm   Starts: 10th Aug - Ends: 31st Aug
This is a 4 week course
Each lesson will be partly in the studio and partly on location nearby
There will be a lunch break and wind down time in the middle to refresh the mind for the afternoon

Term 4    taking bookings   via phone or email
Oct / Nov
Thursdays   1 - 3.30pm      Starts: 10th Oct - Ends: 28th Nov
This is an 8 lesson course
Each lesson is 2 1/2 hrs and is partly in the studio and partly in the garden to practice. Lesson 6 is on location nearby.

Take the next step and learn to apply what you learnt in B1 in the field. A series of carefully selected topics & locations provide the platform for guided use of your new camera skills.

On location  
8 x 2-3 hr lessons (+travel time)
2 x 2hr Discussion classes
Max. 8 people per class

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In these classes you will learn to apply the basic skills of photography that you have learned in Back to Basics 1 or equivalent, to each topic. The particular skills needed for each topic will also be discussed and practiced.
The topics have been carefully chosen to advance your understanding and abilities in photography. 
If you have learned about the manual settings but still need help applying them - try attending some Day Trips. They lead you through what settings to choose and more.  Also, some of the Workshops can help improve your understanding of using the settings.
As we teach rather than lecture, you will be shown and guided through each topic and new set of skills.

MISSED CLASSES

Please text or phone if you can't make it to a class. You can catch up on the missed class either by joining in on the appropriate class the next time it is run for free or you can pay an additional fee of $75 and have a private catch up lesson (normally $150 per hr) at a time convenient to both parties. These classes are stand alone lessons so the order in which you do them is not important.

TOPICS

  • Texture & Form
  • Animals
  • CloseUp / Macro
  • Black & White
  • People
  • Low Light
  • Landscapes
  • Movement

EQUIPMENT

  • A DSLR camera, mirrorless, or a compact camera with adjustable settings 
  • Tripod will be needed for some classes
  • Film Cameras can be accomodated

EXPERIENCE

A familiarity with the use of the manual settings of your camera.
This is the next step - Applying all of the techniques you have learned.

NEXT B2 COURSE

October 2018        part 1
Tuesday Mornings & 1Saturday     

2nd Oct - Texture & Form
Sat 13th Oct - Animals at Werribee
16th Oct - People
23rd Oct - Landscapes
30th Oct - Discussion Day

February  2019    part 2
Tuesdays   
5th Feb - Macro photography
12th Feb - Black & White
19th Feb - Low Light
26th Feb - Movement (may have to be a Saturday)
5th March - Discussion Day

Start times will depend on location & topic. Some trips are most or all day.

COST

$720 for 10 lessons
* Early Bird price - $ 690 (save $30) paid 1 month in advance


Visit Beautiful Locations & Learn New Skills to take awesome images
Max. 10 people per class

TUITION

Group and individual tuition is included as well as notes on the techniques used.

EXPERIENCE

A familiarity with the manual settings of your camera is an advantage, but not essential.
A desire to take interesting photographs!
This is the next step - Applying all of the techniques you have learned.

Finishing times are approximate as the subject, light or inspiration might entice us to stay longer.
Locations will be announced closer to the time.
Bookings are essential. There are limited places so book as soon as you have decided.

CLASS SCHEDULING

You will notice there are fewer trips in the heat of Summer and the Depths of Winter and lots in Autumn and Spring. This is for several reasons. Firstly, the light is better for photography as the sun angle gets lower in the sky as well as the best times of the day for light (early morning and late afternoon) are not so early and late. Secondly, the severe weather can occur in Summer and Winter, making it very uncomfortable for photography or having to cancel it.

If you have a location or topic that interests you please email or phone me.

COST

½ day on location  -  $75 
Full day on location  - $125
Review Class - $45

REVIEW CLASSES

Having taken lots of photos at these great locations, its time for some extra guidance and insight. Sort a selection of photos and come to the review class for discussion on what worked well and what could be done to improve your shots. Dates are listed below and under Workshops.

Book via phone or email

NEXT SUBJECTS & DATES

2019

Butterflies       January or February   
You will be sent an email with the date and time when the butterflies have hatched ( I have just located there feed tree!). 
You can use a telephoto lens, Macro lens or normal lens as there will be many butterflies, flying or resting. They seem to be oblivious to photographers. The event lasts over a few weeks.
Location: Blackburn

Redwood Forests in Warburton    February  Sun 10th  8.30 - 11am       ....... completed
Come and learn how to photograph these huge trees in a cool forest. They are stunning to look at and a challenge to get some awesome images. It will be a great place to be on a hot summers day

Seascapes & Panoramas       March Sat 2nd   8.30 - 11.30am        Book Now      via phone or email
Beautiful seascapes, rugged cliffs, interesting rock formations and wildlife. What more could you want - except a swim afterwards to refesh yourself. We will look at the best way to make panoramas as well as other forms of photographing at the seas edge - both from up high and down low on the waters edge.
Location: Phillip Island

Hanging Rock       March Sat 16th   9.00am - 11.30am        Book Now      via phone or email
Come and see this legendary rock formation and practice different ways of recording it. We will be looking at using wide angle photography and how to get the best out of it as well as using other focal lengths
Location: Hanging Rock
Parking Fees apply ( $10)

Lotus Gardens      April Mon 1st   2.30 - 5pm        Book Now      via phone or email
I find April is best for these gardens as the light is starting to soften, you still get the full blooms, but you also get the graphic seed pods - and it isn't as hot (there is little shade!) There are some other wonderful plants and water lilies around too, with wonderful colours & shapes.
Location: Yarra Junction
Entrance Fee is additional

Night Photography at Mornington Pier       April Sat 6th  6 - 9pm        Book Now      via phone or email
Photograph the orange cliffs in the late afternoon light, catch the seagulls and wavelets at the pier then watch the sun go down over the cliffs & marina. After sunset, the velvety blue colours of the sky darken and the lights of the pier and boats start reflecting into the water. A triod is essential now to get these amazing low light photos with lon shutterspeeds.
Location: Mornington

Rusty Art & Historic Town of Talbot     April Sat 27th - Sun 28th       Book Now     via phone or email
We will visit an artist in Newstead that collects rusty objects and lays them out in artistic arrangements, which he changes regularly. WE will then travel to Talbot and explore the town. we will stay overnight so we can photograph the stars (hoping for a clear sky) and then up early for some dawn or early morning photos. The rest of the day is exploring the region.
More details & Pricing to come
Location: Newstead & Talbot

Fungi & Waterfalls     May Sat 18th  9 - 11.30am       Book Now     via phone or email
Come and photograph the fascinating aray of fungi along the banks of a beautiful rocky creek - all the way up to one of Victorias best waterfalls. Photographic opportunities everywhere!
Location: Torongo Falls - Neerim

Animals at Night    June Sat 15th         Book Now     via phone or email
Walk amongst and photograph animals at night including Betongs, Tawny Frogmouths & sugar Gliders
More details to come.
Location: Pearcedale Sanctuary
Entrance Fee Additional

Learn the Real Basics.

Do you feel at sea when you try and figure out the buttons on the camera? Or are you swapping from film to
digital and are having trouble operating your digital camera off Auto? Do you want to learn how to get your
photos out of the camera and printed, or into a computer?   
These classes are a great start.
If you are looking at choosing a new camera and need help, feel free to ring and discuss.

  • Classes are held at the studio in Blackburn
  • Small classes for hands on learning. Max 6 people.
  • The information is given in easy steps with time to discuss if needed                       

Lesson 1 is 2 1/2 hrs
Lesson 2 is 2 hrs
- you can do both or choose the one that you need
COST:
Lesson 1 (2 1/2 hrs) - $ 89
Lesson 2 (2 hrs) - $ 75

Lesson 1  Camera Setup - the what where & how of your camera. This class now runs longer and we have added a section on getting started - basic focus techniques and exposure.
Requirements:
Your camera with a fully charged battery and memory card. Your instruction book or manual
Lesson 2  Photos from Camera to Computer - Getting your photos out of your camera and into your computer, making folders & filing images so you can find them easily.
Requirements:  
A Lap Top, your camera with memory card and some photos on it 
Book via email or phone.

NEXT LESSONS

2019

January
Saturday Morning              ....... completed
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)          26th Jan  9.30 - 12pm

February
Wednesday Morning             ....... completed
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    13th Feb  9.30am - 12.pm
Wednesday Afternoon           ....... completed
Lesson 2 (Computer)             13th Feb  1.30 - 3.30pm

March
Thursday Morning              Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    14th Mar  9am - 11.30 am

April
Wednesday Morning              Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    24th Apr  9.30am - 12.pm

May
Friday Morning                     Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    24th May  9.30am - 12.pm

June
Wednesday Morning              Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    26th Jun  9.30am - 12.pm
Wednesday Afternoon
Lesson 2 (Computer)             26th Jun  1.30 - 3.30pm

Bookings Essential

COST

Lesson 1 (2 1/2 hrs) - $ 89
Lesson 2 (2 hrs) - $ 75

Enhancing and Using your Favourite Images 
by using Photoshop or similar, or making Photobooks
Learn techniques for things like Macro Photoraphy, Photographing Animals or Children, How to Use Depth of Field, Seeing Light and more.
Scroll down to see what classes are available.
Check often for new classes or sign up to our newsletter
Classes held at: 97 Pakenham St Blackburn unless otherwise stated.

 Book via phone or email

2019

Introduction to Using RAW       February Thurs 21st  9.30am - 11.30        Book Now      via phone or email
Ever wondered about using RAW but not sure what is involved?
It gives your more detail & flexibility in your images and is eaier than you think.
Come and learn what is involved & what software you can use (free software and paid). Try it out with some help as well.

How to do Great Panoramas       March Sat 2nd   8.30 - 11.30am        Book Now      via phone or email
Beautiful seascapes, rugged cliffs, interesting rock formations and wildlife. What more could you want - except a swim afterwards to refesh yourself. We will look at the best way to make panoramas as well as other forms of photographing at the seas edge - both from up high and down low on the waters edge.
Location: Phillip Island

Using Wide Angled Lenses     March Sat 16th   9.00 - 11.30am        Book Now      via phone or email
Learn the best techniques for using wide and ultra wide angled lenses. - It is all about Composition!.
Come and see this legendary rock formation and practice different ways of recording it. We will be using other focal lengths as well to get the best out of the scene.
Location: Hanging Rock
Parking Fees apply ( $10)

Other Topics to be Scheduled
Photographing Dogs
Photoshop Extended
Making Photobooks
please send an email if you are interested in these topics and wish to be put on the further info list

 

Do you learn better with only 1 or 2 people?

This type of class is designed for you. The content is directed specifically for your needs and the times can be flexible if needed.
You may learn better on a 1 on 1 basis, your interests or skill levels don't fit into a class or you have tight time schedules. You may also prefer to learn on a film camera.

Help for Businesses
This type of tuition also benefits businesses whose staff or owner / managers are trying to take good photographs for web sites or other quick turn around activities.
You may also need to take photographs of objects that need specific lighting or camera settings to enable detail for your customers to see and understand what you are trying to show / sell them.

All this can be accomodated and more. Phone now to discuss your needs - ph 9877 9266 or 0435 377 065

Classes held at: 97 Pakenham St Blackburn or on your own site

Hourly Rate - $150 per hour
* In general, 1 1/2 hrs for a 1 on 1 lesson is optimum for retention of information. In the field, up to 2 hrs is optimum, depending on the number and proximity of subjects to be photographed

Pay by the lesson @ $150 per hr
or
4 lessons - $840 (save $60)
6 lessons - $1230 (save $120)
8 lessons - $1595 (save $205)

lessons are 1 1/2hrs
travel to a specific site may be extra

Bring a friend and share the costs - only an extra $75 per lesson!

b3 photo b&w fp 

Take Your Photography to a higher Level. Learn more of the technical side and how to apply it to your creation of images.

In Studio & On Location
10 x 3 hr lessons
Some on location lessons may be longer than 3 hrs due to travel time and other factors
Max. 8 people per class

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

You will learn the theory behind things like composition, light, lens effects and how to apply them to your images. What techniques to applying whilst shooting to minimise post production. Understanding light and light fall off, both natural and artificial, plus much more interesting information. Discussion & image critiques are held at the beginning of each in studio class.
There will also be a photo challenge to stir the creative juices!

TOPICS

  • Composition 1
  • Composition 2
  • Perspective - effect of Lenses & distance
  • Filters – graduated, polarising, soft focus, B&W
  • Colour Theory & its use
  • Light & Lighting 1 – flash, LEDs, Glass, Shiny surfaces, Back Lighting
  • Light & Lighting 2
  • Reflections - eliminating them or using them
  • Silhouettes & Shadows
  • Discussions

EQUIPMENT

  • A DSLR camera, mirrorless, or a compact camera with adjustable settings 
  • Tripod

EXPERIENCE

You need to have completed Back to Basics 1 & 2 or have a working knowledge of the settings on your camera

MISSED CLASSES

Please text or phone if you can't make it to a class. You can catch up on the missed class either by joining in on the appropriate class the next time it is run for free or you can pay an additional fee of $95 and have a private catch up lesson (normally $150 per hr) at a time convenient to both parties. These classes are stand alone lessons so the order in which you do them is not important.

NEXT COURSE

2018

May / June / July / Aug     Completed........
Friday Mornings 
June - Fri 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd
Holidays - 3 weeks
July - Fri 27th
Aug - Fri 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

2019      Dates to be advised

COST

$795 for 10 lessons
* Early Bird price - Book & pay at least 2 weeks before and pay only $770

Level 3 On Going Classes 
By request, after B3 has been completed, a monthly level 3 class runs to hone and advance ones knowledge. They alternate between a review of photos taken and a photography trip on a topic that needs work with a location chosen to suit.
Cost $75 per lesson.


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  or 0435 377 065

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