Basic Photography: The First Steps

Level: Absolute Beginner
Date: Sunday 29 October 2017
Duration: 2pm – 5pm
Cost: $170
Instructors: Frank Hobbs & Seng Mah
Location: Venture Studio @ Suite 5, 133 High Street, Fremantle, Western Australia
Maximum participants: 10

For the absolute beginner!


Basic Photography: The First Steps poster

You love photography and have a great camera, but are struggling to understand how to use it beyond just the simple Auto mode. You’ve come to the right place!

“Basic Photography: The First Steps” is designed for the person who is an absolute beginner to digital photography and who would like to know more about how to best use their camera, so that they can take better photographs of family, kids, friends, pets, sports and other life events. Being able to photograph and record the people and moments in your life is very important and this beginner’s workshop will take you on your first steps into photography!

We start with the basics — by getting you to become familiar and comfortable with your camera, and then we take you through the key camera controls that will let you get more creative in your photography.

You will gradually get off the “Auto Mode” and start exploring some of the functions of your camera that let you control how your photographs look. It’s three hours of a lot of fun, where you learn by shooting and exploring what your camera can do! And all for the bargain basement price of $170!

Photo by Frank Hobbs


What you will learn:

  • The main parts of your camera and what they do.
  • Caring for your camera – what to do and what not to do.
  • Camera handling – the best way to hold and shoot to ensure sharp images.
  • Your memory card – how to use it to make sure that it doesn’t stuff up!
  • Viewfinder clarity – adjusting your camera’s viewfinder to make sure things look sharp when you look through it.
  • Controlling playback – how to preview your images and check for sharpness and clarity.
  • Different file formats – what to choose and why?
  • Scene modes: Portrait, Action, Landscape and more!
  • Getting the focus right: how to set your camera up to ensure that you get the right focus.
  • Focusing and composing: making sure your subject is sharp in your composition.
  • How to get sharper pictures in low light.
  • Setting your camera up for the best colour reproduction it can get.
  • Shooting to freeze movement: how you can achieve this, and get sharp action shots.
  • Shooting to blur movement: how to get beautiful motion blur in your images.
  • Getting images with that lovely soft, blurry shallow depth of field background.
  • When to use your camera’s pop up flash (and when not to use it).
  • Getting the images off your camera and into your computer.
  • Tips for editing your images on your computer.

Bee in flower
Photo by Frank Hobbs


By the end of the three hours, you will gain the confidence to get off Auto Mode and begin to explore some of the more creative aspects of camera control — shooting in Programme Mode, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority, so that you can get more creative in the way you take photos!

This workshop includes an enjoyable hands-on activity session where you’ll learn how to use the basic functions of your camera to take creative shots!

Pool portrait
Photo by Frank Hobbs


  • A DSLR or compact system camera with manual controls. This workshop is not suitable if you are shooting with an automatic-only camera.
  • The manual for your camera.
  • If you have an interchangeable lens camera and have more than one lens, then bring your lenses.

Fun fair racing
Photo by Frank Hobbs



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