Getting Started in Photography (ALBANY)

Level: Beginner
Duration: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Date: Saturday 29 November, 2014
Cost: $260 inc GST (includes workshop notes)
Instructors: Seng Mah
Location: Vancouver Arts Centre, 85 Vancouver St, Albany
Maximum participants: 10 (2 seats remaining)

This workshop is suitable for digital cameras with manual controls (P, A/Av, S/Tv and M modes) including DSLRs, Micro Four Third cameras, mirrorless cameras and advanced compact cameras. Workshop notes are provided.

Getting Started in Photography Workshop - Albany, WA “Getting Started in Photography” will show you how to get off that “Auto” mode and start using your camera more creatively. It’s the perfect starting point if you’re brand new to photography!

Because this is a workshop for absolute beginners, we start at the very beginning – by looking at:

  • Top tips for camera operation
  • Controlling White Balance to get correct colours in your photograph
  • Lenses and focal length (what the numbers on the zoom ring of your lens mean)
  • Choosing what you want in focus: how to use autofocus creatively and effectively
  • Using autofocus tracking to shoot sharp images of moving subjects
  • Using continuous shooting or drive mode to take rapid-fire action shots

Then, we look at more advanced camera operations, to give you creative control over your photography:

  • How to achieve shallow and deep depths of field using aperture control
  • Shooting movement: freezing and blurring motion using shutter speed
  • Working in low light: how controlling ISO can help
  • How exposure works: the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • Checking your exposure: how to read the histogram to make sure you have nailed the right exposure
  • Using Exposure Compensation to correct for over- or under-exposure
  • Shooting in Manual Exposure mode and taking control of creative exposure
  • Shooting in JPEG picture format vs shooting in RAW picture format: what’s the difference?

This workshop includes an in-the-field shoot in Albany — where you’ll be able to put what you have learned into practice, and be guided in your photography by your instructor.

Photography workshop group


What you’ll need:

  • Your camera
  • Your lens/es
  • The manual for your camera
  • Workshop notes are provided, but please bring a pen if you’d like to make additional notes.

You don’t need to bring a tripod to this workshop.



What a fantastic workshop. Seng you are extremely easy going but full of knowledge. You present yourself well and even with your artistic expressions you made it all appear clear and simple. Look forward to going to many more of your workshops. Denis, you also made it clear and simple without to much complicated (yet to learn) tech talk. Thank you for encouraging myself to get closer to my model in the correct way. I now will take my new skill to next level in all areas of photography. (Kristieanna Stewart)

Just wanted to take the time to thank you so much for the course today. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I am amazed at how much I learnt in the time allowed. (Jodi Thomas)

I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to take their photography to the next level. Both Seng and Denis were fantastic instructors, providing very clear and concise information at a steady pace that suited all attendees. They also ensured that everyone was comfortable with the operation of their cameras, no matter what the brand and prior knowledge you have of its operation.

After some fundamental photography principles and hands on training with your camera, the workshop moved outside into the heart of Fremantle, where our newly acquired skills could be applied using real models! It was a little daunting to begin with, but what a fantastic way to apply and consolidate the learnings from the morning. The guidance and feedback from Seng and Denis was excellent, rounding out what I would rate as one of the best workshops I have attended. I will certainly be attending others in the series at a later date!! (Lance Myers)

I just wanted to write to thank you and Denis for the workshop – it was fantastic! I definitely feel much more confident about using the manual modes on my camera. You guys made the workshop fun and everything was really easy to understand. I’ve finally understood aperture and depth of field, something I could never get my head around before! I’ve also written a review about my experience at the workshop here (it’s a positive one!) 🙂 (Marilyn Chin)

Very well presented and informative workshop yesterday, “Getting Started in DSLR photography”. I learnt heaps about my camera and how to manipulate it to take the shots I like. Will definitely consider doing the advanced courses… when I have had some practice using my new skills.Thank you Seng and Denis for your help and patience. (Heather Kendrick)

I just wanted to thank you very much for an inspiring workshop. I had a great day and you are a wonderful teacher. I feel much more confident to explore the options on my camera. Also I very much appreciated your advice re which camera to buy and I am thrilled with my Canon. So thank you again. (Jane Gregson)

Thank you so much Seng and Dave. I have to say I was apprehensive about joining the DSLR for beginners group as a ‘sucker-for-auto photographer’ but the way that everything was explained so thoroughly and clearly honestly has kicked started my photography career and solidified my passion for it. I am looking forward to joining another group and participating in events where I can now that I have a new found confidence in myself and respect for my equipment. I have already recommended your workshop to a few people (actually my friends and family are probably sick of me talking about it). Cant wait to use your high quality services again. (Kate Burke)

Great workshop! Thanks Seng for explaining things clearly and simply. Now I feel like I can put all of this in practice… (Pascaline Owers)

After purchasing my first decent camera, I did the beginner’s course at Venture. I switched my camera to manual on the day and haven’t switched it back, so for me, the course was an awesome start to my journey into photography. The course was well structured, fluid and interactive. Seng was extremely helpful, both throughout the day as well as before the course in helping us choose our new camera, and afterwards too when I needed some advice about a new lens purchase. I absolutely recommend this course to anyone who has purchased a DSLR camera and is keen to get out of auto mode and start to play around with photography. It will open up a whole new world for you. (Natallie Bitsounis)

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