We love photography

At Photo Genius our goal is simple – to show people how to take better photos by sharing our knowledge, listening, demonstrating and encouraging creativity with personal service that is second to none. We absolutely love photography and want to share that passion with you.

About Photo Genius

Set up in 2008 by photographer Paul Farris to help others take better photos, the company was originally called ‘Learn Photography’ but later changed to ‘Photo Genius’ in 2012. Our range of short courses and workshops have been designed to unravel the mystery of your camera along with it’s confusing jargon and take you from ‘happy snapper’ to confident photographer by explaining and guiding you through the benefits of shooting manually.

We host weekly beginner courses in Brisbane at the South Bank Parklands and all of our courses and workshops are held in small groups so that everyone gets plenty of personal attention with plenty of opportunities for asking questions. Private One-to-One sessions are also available.

We are the most popular choice for photography courses in Brisbane

Awarded certificate of excellence
2019, 2018 and 2017.

Paul Farris


Photo Genius is run by Paul Farris who studied photography at Richmond upon Thames College in London and now lives and works on the Brisbane bayside both as a photographer and tutor. Paul describes himself as a photography fanatic and through Photo Genius is dedicated to helping others achieve better results with their digital SLR cameras and realize their photographic potential.

Paul has photographed a diverse range of subjects including products, portraits, weddings and events and as a big music fan has had his work appear on record and CD covers and in the UK music press.

Tony Holden


Tony has been a part of the photography industry for over 30 years and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from his years in photographic retail, wholesale and education as lead educator for Nikon club Australia. Tony’s photographic work is eclectic, having captured everything from International motor sports events to subtle portrait images, his recent work is more about the urban environment. Tony is also an avid collector of Photographic equipment and cameras and has an extensive private collection.

As well as teaching for Photo Genius Tony also maintains his long standing Nikon ties in a supporting roll for Nikon Professional photographers throughout QLD.

Contact us today (07) 3396 65 76 / 0430 99 1210

I learnt so much in the workshop on Wednesday and found the small group along with the classroom and practical format worked so well to actually wrap our heads around everything we were learning. Andrew was absolutely brilliant - a wealth of helpful information and patience! I would recommend anyone interested in stepping outside the automatic camera settings to take this course!

F Corbett

Having tried to read/understand the instruction book that came with the camera and failed, the camera was used exclusively on 'auto setting' which still provided good photos. Having now learned to use it in the manual mode, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities and the ability to use the camera to its full potential which is awesome. Lots of practice still needed, which will be fun. Thanks once again Paul, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

D Ryan

I enjoyed the day very much and glad that I learned how to use the camera on manual, THANK YOU! It's money well spent. Now I can put into practice and take great photos.

M Oala