While the first half of the theory content of this 1 day photography course is the same as in the videos, the second half is not, and besides, nothing beats hands-on, 1-on-1 help where you can ask questions, get feedback, query details of your specific camera and lenses and so on. Some people just learn better this way. Allocating a solid, enjoyable day to focus on improving your photography in a perfect, quiet venue away from the distractions of home is still the best way to learn, with excellent subjects to practice on just outside, tasty catering etc. You'll love it.
Standard price is $480 per person, and for two or more people (or Australian Geographic Society members) the price is $450 per person.
Keep in mind this also includes our full colour, pocket-sized 'Course Note Booklet' (RRP $29.95) containing the theory from the day so you don't need to write everything down, as well as a set of our super popular plastic 'Clip-on photography summary cards' (RRP $24.95) that clip onto your camera strap to always remind you the key tips to getting great photos. We also provide an excellent catered lunch, morning and afternoon tea and tea & coffee on arrival.
Yes, there are plenty of cheaper photography courses around - indeed ours is one of the more expensive - but believe me (or read the glowing reviews pouring out from each and every course report down below) - you absolutely get what you pay for! Many of our attendees have first attended other courses which they've left feeling more confused and disheartened than when they arrived. Many more probably never even attempt another course. Happily, the feedback from those that do make it to ours, usually goes along the lines of "I learnt more in the first 30min than all the other courses combined!" and "Finally, a course that makes sense!".
Don't be fooled into just sitting in a classroom all day while some photographer drones on with complex graphs and says you 'must shoot in Manual Mode' (Hint: You don't - even pro-photographers rarely do these days, outside a studio). Likewise don't be tricked into simply following a photographer around for the day hoping they can somehow impart theory on the go - they can't, they can only dictate settings which they know will work, so you'll go home with pretty pictures, but no idea how to recreate or adapt them for other situations.
There's a reason why word-of-mouth has allowed us to expand for the last 7 years while other courses come and go!
Our 1 day photography courses are aimed at beginners right through to keen-enthusiast photographers. We start at the very basics (you'd be surprised how often even skilled photographers actually lack some of these fundamentals!) and then work up. We're always delighted to hear that even accomplished photographers who've come to the day still report that they were surprised how much they still learnt during the day, and of course we're here to answer more advanced questions on topics of particular interest to you on the day too. The main concern our guests seem to have before they come is that they might not be advanced enough to attend, and let me assure you that this is never the case! We've had people attend the day pulling their camera out of the plastic-wrap and turning it on for the first time, and they find the course invaluable and still well-paced.
Apart from a huge amount of knowledge and inspiration, you'll also be provided with our full colour, pocket-sized 'Course Note Booklet' (RRP $29.95) containing the theory from the day so you don't need to write everything down, as well as a set of our super handy plastic 'Clip-on photography summary cards' (RRP $24.95) that clip onto your camera strap to always remind you the key tips to getting great photos. We also provide an excellent catered lunch, morning and afternoon tea and tea & coffee on arrival.
There are many reasons why our courses are so popular: Small, friendly class sizes with plenty of 1-on-1 time (max 14ppl with 2 assistants); all done in one compact day - not spread out over weeks of evening classes etc; taught in very easy to understand language - not graphs and needless theory; a unique mix of both practical and theory (you do need the basic theory to understand why something happens and how we're able to fix it, but equally important is to then go outside and practice that on your camera, see the results and experiment to let it sink in); great catering; it's backed by Australian Geographic with great giveaways to encourage people to try hard on 'assignment'; have taught over 3,000 people and refined the path to learning to be wonderfully simple and understandable with no jargon; amazing venues with quiet function-rooms for theory and great subjects just outside for practical sessions; a full-colour A5 size pocket booklet summarising the whole course for you to refer to later and re-read; free plastic summary clip-cards for your camera; our presenters and assistants are not only highly trained but friendly, approachable, helpful people - instantly setting a relaxed atmosphere encouraging questions etc. Read the reviews - people come away inspired and full of new understanding.
Yes of course! All the theory is exactly the same across all brands, and we know our way around every brand of camera.
Good question. Yes. Many people attend with 'mirrorless', 'micro 4/3rds' or other powerful but non-DSLR cameras and they get the same great value out of the day. All the same theory correlates across, and these cameras can do virtually all the same things - sometimes the features might just be buried in a menu somewhere, and/or the effects can be less dramatic, but it's all there, waiting to be unleashed!
Yes of course! Please just enter any special requirements as a comment during the online booking process and we're happy to pass these on to the caterers! Easy!
Chris and Jonathan present exactly the same course: The same theory slides and practical sessions, the same carefully refined path to learning, the same simple terminology, just with some personal examples and anecdotes from your presenter on the day. Both have absolutely fantastic review ratings.
You must be 14 years or older to attend.
No sorry. Unfortunately babies cause too much distraction to you and others in the class. Breast-feeding mums may opt to have their partner visit the zoo/venue for the day with the baby and they can meet-up during our meal brakes which works well.
Your camera (it doesn't matter what type), your lenses (If you have more than one, then you may as well bring them all so you'll learn about your whole kit), a tripod (if you have one, it's not critical - just one of the practical sessions is easier with a tripod but you'll still get the idea without it), camera instruction manual, memory card, spare batteries and chargers, clothing for any weather (including an umbrella - just in case) and comfortable shoes.
No problem! Providing you let us know more than 48-hrs before the course starts, we'll be happy to either swap your booking into another date free of charge (if there are any available), or refund you all but a $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit per person. If you cancel within 48-hrs (or simply don't show up) then you forfeit 100% of the payment, because such short notice leaves us no chance to try and resell your place to anyone else, and we'd have already paid for catering, venue hire, entry etc for you. The same applies to gift certificates.
Yes. At the bottom of the list of available dates for each city, you'll find a place where you can enter your email address and click 'Join waiting list' to be automatically notified by email when new places open up for that city. Easy. We should point out though that we're only intending to run set of these physical courses in each city each year, so if you can't make it, you might be waiting a while...
No! We provide everything you need during the day! All venues include an amazing catering for lunch, morning and afternoon tea, as well as tea & coffee on arrival. If the course is at a zoo or other ticketed venue, then yes, venue entry is also included. The day is completely self-contained.