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
Mondays   9.30 am - 12      Starts: 14th Oct - Ends: 2nd Dec
No class Monday 4th Nov (cup weekend). Monday 25th Nov will be a double lesson 9.30am - 3.30pm
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 2019
Saturday Mornings  

12th Oct - Texture & Form
19th Oct - Animals at Werribee
26th Oct - Landscapes
9th Nov -  Black & White
16th Nov - Discussion Day
23rd Nov - Low Light
30th Nov - Macro Photography
7th Dec -  Movement
February 2020  
1st Feb - Black & White
8th Feb - Discussion Day
*Start times will depend on location & topic. Some trips are most or all day.

COST

$750 for 10 lessons
* Early Bird price - $ 720 (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
Longer Trips - variable
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

Rusty Art & Historic Town of Talbot   April 27th - 28th  .........  completed
A Weekend in the Goldfields                 Sat 27th - Sun 28th April
I have just finished the recci for this trip and have chosen some wonderful places for you to see and photograph.

Rusty Art at Newstead
Cameron Gorge - a beautiful oasis between towns
Star Photography at Talbot - star viewing at an observatory followed by star photography in some of the clearest skies around.
Aboriginal Maternity Tree - This is the largest tree I have ever seen and was used as a safe birthing place.
Stay the night in Talbot in a comfortable country pub (the converted Court House) a stones throw from the observatory and a short walk or drive to take star photos.
Historic Buildings in Talbot & Clunes. For those who love architecture and old world views. The shops also have wonderfully interesting objects in them.
Clunes Cemetery has some very old graves as it was one of the first gold settlements.
Bottle Museum at Clunes - A wonderful collection of some old bottles from the mining days

Price including accomodation - $295 (earlybird - book and pay before10th April). 
Price after 10th April - $350
Single room surcharge - $50
Transport - Self drive or car pool
Email me for itinerary, for any questions and for booking

Revue Class     May Fri 3rd   10.00 am - 12.00           Book Now      via phone or email
Bring your photos to discuss and learn how to improve what you have taken - or to confirm what you have done right. It can be from your own trips or from trips you have done with Master Your Camera. This is truly the best way to learn.
Location: Class held at Studio in Blackburn
Cost $45

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
Contact me ASAP if you are interested in this trip
Location: Pearcedale Sanctuary
Entrance Fee Additional

Revue Class     July Thurs 18th  10.00 am - 12.00           Book Now      via phone or email
Bring your photos to discuss and learn how to improve what you have taken - or to confirm what you have done right. It can be from your own trips or from trips you have done with Master Your Camera. This is truly the best way to learn.
Cost $45


Trees without Leaves   
August Sunday 11th  9.00 -11.30am         Book Now     via phone or email
rees without leaves against the sky have beautiful shapes and you can sometimes get wonderful skies behind them as well - especially if it is stormy. Learn to get the right exposures and look for good composition. Also - which lens will give the best result.
Location: Olinda


Birds at Healesville 
Sept Sat 21st   9.00am - 11.30         Book Now     via phone or email
Birds are hard to photograph as they move so fast - especially the small ones. If we go into the field, we may not see any! The best way to learn the technique is to have a captive audience - the sanctuary. You can walk into the cages and spend time waiting to get the good shot. It is a great way to practise and I do it often. We start early when the light is good and before the crowds arrive.
Location: Healesville Sanctuary
Entrance fee additional

Revue Class     Sept Mon 16th  10.00 am - 12.00           Book Now      via phone or email
Bring your photos to discuss and learn how to improve what you have taken - or to confirm what you have done right. It can be from your own trips or from trips you have done with Master Your Camera. This is truly the best way to learn.
Cost $45


Flowers in the Field  October Sat 12th  2 - 4.30pm      Book Now     via phone or email
Test out your skills in changing light and moving air!
Location: To be announced


Ancient Rain Forests, Waterfalls & More   
October 26th & 27th         Book Now     via phone or email
2 days of photography looking at the beautiful locations in Central Gippsland. More details to come.

The Beauty of Grasses   
November Fri 29th   9.00 - 11.30am         Book Now     via phone or email
Plumed grasses, grasses in the wind grasses with the light behind and more
Location: Olinda

Revue Class     Dec Mon 9th  10.00 am - 12.00           Book Now      via phone or email
Bring your photos to discuss and learn how to improve what you have taken - or to confirm what you have done right. It can be from your own trips or from trips you have done with Master Your Camera. This is truly the best way to learn.
Cost $45

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

May            ..................... completed
Friday Morning                     
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

Juy
Monday Morning / Afternoon              Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    22nd July  9.30am - 12.pm
Lesson 2 (Computer)             22nd July 1.30 - 3.30pm

August
Tuesday Morning              Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    13th Aug  9.30am - 12.pm

September
Thursday Morning              Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    19th Sept  9.30am - 12.pm

October
Friday Morning / Afternoon             Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)   18th Oct  9.30am - 12.pm
Lesson 2 (Computer)             18th Oct  1.30 - 3.30pm

November
Monday Afternoon              Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    18th Nov  1.30am - 3.30.pm

December
Tuesday Morning              Book Now
Lesson 1 (Camera Set Up)    10th Dec  9.30am - 12.pm

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.
Cost: $75 per session unless stated otherwise.

 Book via phone or email

2019

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)

Revue Class     May Fri 3rd   10.00 am - 12.00           Book Now      via phone or email
Bring your photos to discuss and learn how to improve what you have taken - or to confirm what you have done right. It can be from your own trips or from trips you have done with Master Your Camera. This is truly the best way to learn.
Cost $45

How to Clean Your Sensor     June Sat 22nd   10.00 am - 11.30           Book Now      via phone or email
Learn how to remove those dark spots from your images before you take the photo! 
Dust is very good at getting into places and your camera sensor is one of them.It usually gets in when you change lenses. A professional clean costs around $100. If you buy a kit, it could cost you between $10 & $20 per clean.
Come to this class to be shown how to do it and try it yourself on a test camera under supervision and if you feel confident you can clean your own sensor. If you feel confident, you can go and purchase your own kit. If not, you walk away with a clean sensor!
Cost: $45
Additional Costs:  Materials: $10 per cleaning swab

Flower Photography     July Fri 26th   10.00 am - 12.00           Book Now      via phone or email
Learn how to take aesthetic photographs of flowers including close up (Macro). Learn the different f-stops to use to create the desired Depth of Field. Bring your own flowers or use what is provided. We will look at true to life representation as well as a more artistic representation.
Location: Studio in Blackburn


Revue Class     July Thurs 18th  10.00 am - 12.00           Book Now      via phone or email
Bring your photos to discuss and learn how to improve what you have taken - or to confirm what you have done right. It can be from your own trips or from trips you have done with Master Your Camera. This is truly the best way to learn.
Cost $45

Luminosity - Seeing & Using this Special Light    Sept Sat 7th  8.30 - 11.30am    Book Now  via phone or email
Taking a photo of something that looks luminous produces an image with incredible power & impact. Finding and using this light will give some of your images that extra impact. We will go for a walk early (weather permitting) to see this luminous light and learn how to photograph it. Then we will return to the studio to discuss more about luminosity in general.

Revue Class     Sept Mon 16th  10.00 am - 12.00           Book Now      via phone or email
Bring your photos to discuss and learn how to improve what you have taken - or to confirm what you have done right. It can be from your own trips or from trips you have done with Master Your Camera. This is truly the best way to learn.
Cost $45


Flower Photography in the Field    Oct Sat 12th   2.00 - 4.30pm    Book Now      via phone or email
Capture the beauty of flowers in the field under more challenging situations! Try the difference using different lens lengths, depths of Field and macro & Super macro!
Location: to be advised

Revue Class     Dec Mon 9th  10.00 am - 12.00           Book Now      via phone or email
Bring your photos to discuss and learn how to improve what you have taken - or to confirm what you have done right. It can be from your own trips or from trips you have done with Master Your Camera. This is truly the best way to learn.
Cost $45

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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