Simply SLR Course

Rated 4.98 out of 5 based on 57 customer ratings
(58 customer reviews)


If you want to take better photos with your DSLR or Mirrorless camera then our short Simply SLR course is ideal for beginners who want an introduction to the fundamentals of manual photography. Let one of our tutors guide you through the key features of your camera and show you the advantages of using the manual features of a digital SLR (or mirrorless camera) to get the results you want – no more Auto mode! The course consists of three hours theory in a comfortable study environment followed by an hour of practical photo taking and the opportunity to test the theory and ask plenty of questions.

Location : South Bank cultural centre Brisbane

Course duration : 4 hours

Class size : 6

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About this course / workshop

Held at the State library in South bank, this popular theory course covers a wide range of topics and camera features as well as allowing plenty of time for specific questions, viewing images and discussing techniques. This course is ideal if you are a beginner, have just purchases an SLR (or mirrorless) camera or have maybe owned one for a while but have never used it outside of the automatic setting or fully understood the more creative manual modes that an SLR (or mirrorless) camera offers.

What you will learn
Understanding and controlling exposure, aperture and shutter speeds, the advantages of shooting in manual, focusing modes and selective focusing, understanding lens focal length, which lenses should I use and why, depth of field, ISO and white balance.

What camera do you need
Digital SLR or Mirrorless / micro four thirds cameras are ideal as you will need to use the manual functions of the camera. The smaller ‘bridge cameras’ may also be used but we do recommend checking with us before booking.

Did you know? You can also book a loan camera for this workshop.

Photo Genius Brisbane

Gift vouchers available for this course.












Saturday 1st February 2020 10am-2pm, Sunday 23rd February 2020 10am-2pm

58 reviews for Simply SLR Course

  1. Paul Farris

    REVIEWS have been moved to the Testimonials Page whilst we make updates to the website.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ben Sullivan (verified owner)

    This course is a fantastic course for anyone who would like to learn more about how to properly use a DSLR camera. Paul was a great teacher and explained all the concepts in detail with diagrams that really helped.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Bromley (verified owner)

    I have only owned a DSLR camera for 2 weeks. Paul is a paitent and very knowledgable teacher who delivered a very informative and easy to understand course. Paul was also happy to answer our questions. The theory component also included hands on practice. The practical component at the end was also great. Never again will I use auto mode. Highly recommend this course. Looking forward to putting what I learnt into practice.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laurie Shaw (verified owner)

    Excellent course, great value for money. Paul is a fantastic teacher with an great sense of humour and patience. He’s does not rush and makes sure everyone understands before moving on to the next topic. The practical after the theory takes away all the mystery and gives you great confidence. Highly recommended course for beginners.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Malcolm (verified owner)

    Excellent course, great value for money, clear explanation of the basics which leads to immediately useful skills.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Grace (verified owner)

    This workshop was excellent value for money. Paul explains things very well and is an excellent teacher. I learnt how to transition from auto to manual and I now understand the relationship between ISO, aperture & shutter speed. Looking forward to doing the follow-on course with Paul.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tracey Gibb (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course because I am now able to use my Canon SLR on Manual mode with confidence. Paul explained each feature clearly and left me with no doubts on the functionality of my camera. I would highly recommend this course anyone who would like to gain more knowledge of their camera features.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Troy (verified owner)

    Excellent course! Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn about photography terminology and camera settings. I was blown away by the number of things Paul taught me in only 4 hours = Instant results. Excellent.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Terrific course. Paul is a great teacher, and the camera feels much less daunting now. My partner and I both went to the course and are already taking much better photos. Highly recommended.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matthew Cohen

    My partner and I attended the course with Paul. I found the theory part fascinating and learned so much about how the camera works and how to capture the picture you want. I really enjoyed the balance of class tutoring, individual assistance and being able to go off and play around.

    Needless to say since the course I have been taking photos of everything.

    Thanks Paul

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jan Cameron

    Never use AUTO setting again… Four hours with Paul and I’m confident of being able to use my camera in Manual mode! This course covers all the necessary information needed to get you started. And the best aspect is that Paul teaches you on your camera! Paul’s delivery is clear, concise and easy to follow. He has the ability to reduce technical terms and processes into easy understood steps. Best of all you leave this course wanting to implement what you’ve learned. Can’t recommend this course enough!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Clare Barker (verified owner)

    Paul is a great teacher and explains things very clearly. I highly recommend you take a photography course with him if you want to learn how to use your camera and its settings without using the auto feature.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt (verified owner)

    Great introductory course if you need that bit of extra help understanding the relationship of ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance and exposure. Having read a lot of different things, this course brought it all together and now I feel really comfortable shooting in manual mode. Thank you and I look forward to doing some more of the Photogenius courses.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carl Kennedy (verified owner)

    4 hours well spent. Learnt so much in the class and Paul is a great instructor, patient, organised and knowledgeable. Would not hesitate in recommending this to anyone who wants to learn more about their SLR.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda (verified owner)

    I did the Basic SLR course, with my children aged 11 & 14. We learnt so much in 4 hours, and it was time well spent as Paul went through the camera functions, step by step. Paul is an excellent trainer; knowledgable, patient and skilled at explaining things simply. We enjoyed it so much that we’ve already booked in for the follow up course, Practical SLR. I highly recommended this course for all beginners of SLR photography, and we look forward to applying our knowledge in future courses also.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great course. Small group, personalised attention. This guy can teach!!! Thanks Paul.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stacy (verified owner)

    Recently attended this half day course with minimal knowledge. Andrew was such a great teacher and very easy to listen to and understand. I ended up leaving the course extremely happy and full of the basic know how I expected to learn on the day. Thank yo again, can not wait to put knolwedg to practise and produce some great photos.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen Dart

    Thank you Paul.
    Your course was extremely interesting and very easy to understand.
    I learned more than I expected in a 4 hour course and thoroughly enjoyed the practice at the end. It’s always great to put what you have learned into action.

    I would recommend this course to all beginners.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna Rasmussen (verified owner)

    Awesome course! would recommend to anyone looking to learn how to use their DSLR camera. Andrew answered every single question we asked and was really knowledgeable about all of our cameras and I learnt heaps. Going out into Southbank and taking photos with help for the final hour was awesome as well.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stacey Hall

    I am a total beginner when it comes to photography, and I did this course for work. Paul was very good at explaining the how and the why of photography, in ‘layman’s terms’. I now feel I have the skills to take quite good shots in manual mode, even if I have to think about what settings to use, rather than point and shoot. I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone who wants to take better photos. Thanks Paul.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda Arscott

    On behalf of myself and my son, we so enjoyed your professionally run beginner photography course. We had a real “teacher” who interacted with each of us in a supportive and non-judgemental way.Having only taken photos within the confines of the auto mode setting of my camera for years now, I was extremely tentative about admitting my ignorance when it came to setting such things as the aperture and shutter speed in order to get the quality photos of wildlife that I so desire. I’m now enthusiastically practicing my newly acquired basic skills and even contemplating taking a further photography workshop.Thank you so much for a very educational and enjoyable course!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed the Simply SLR course – it had the right combination of class room theory and hands on practice. Paul is a fantastic teacher and I came away knowing a lot more than I expected from an introductory course. Thanks mate!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nelson (verified owner)

    This course was excellent. I went in with a digital slr I had owned for 4 years and did not know how to operate off ‘auto’. I came out knowing so much about my camera and have been enjoying practicing using the different manual settings. The course was presented in easy, every day language in a comfortable environment. I’m looking forward to doing the next level course!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5


    This course is excellent for new comers to photography who want to know how to use the manual controls on their camera. The course covers a significant amount over the fours hours but Paul is an excellent teacher and presents it in a way so that it is not overwhelming. It was an enjoyable experience and I would gladly recommend this course to others.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    This course should be compulsory for everybody who buys an SLR camera!! I can’t believe how much I learnt in 4 hours, and how many features my camera has that I didn’t know existed. Paul was friendly, patient, extremely knowledgeable, and a great teacher. I would highly recommend this course.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Georgia Lejeune

    The simply SLR was a really excellent and informative course for anyone wanting to learn more about taking quality images. I can’t believe that I had been taking photos with my camera and getting semi-decent shots before this course! Paul was an excellent, patient and knowledgeable teacher. The theory was explained simply and tailored for our different needs and camera types. I would recommend this course to anyone who uses a camera!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Natalie (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course especially getting to understand the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO which I had previously struggled to get my head around. Paul was very friendly and delivered the course in such a fantastic understanding manner and I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is wanting to learn more about their camera and how to take a good shot. Thank you so much Paul, I can’t wait to do another course with you!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    I highly recommend this course. Paul presented the information in a very logical, practical and easy to understand manner. A nice way to spend a Saturday morning and to learn some new skills!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dani (verified owner)

    Paul was a fantastic teacher and explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. I can finally use my camera off auto and get the photo quality I have been after! We covered a lot in the 4 hours and I highly recommend this course. Thanks Paul!!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eric (verified owner)

    Great course and well worth the time! Having an slr camera is good, but to actually learn about it is better. Learned a great deal about photography and my own camera.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Teresa bryant (verified owner)

    This course is an absolute must for anybody with an SLR. I enjoyed the whole 4 hours . So nice to have a little bit more understanding of the camera and feel confident to put it in to manual mode and mess around. The course was very informative and fun! Cant wait to do the second part!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris Evans

    The Simply SLR course was the perfect introduction to my new camera! It has given me some great tools and understanding which I have already put into practice. This course is an absolute MUST to get more out of your DSLR. With only a small group, I felt we all received appropriate amount of attention and Paul made it really easy to follow and understand.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5


    I received a voucher to attend this course and I’m so pleased I did. My knowledge of my camera was limited to knowing how to charge up the battery and turn it on to auto I found the topics covered helpful and explained in a way that I would understand. Andrew w extremely knowledgable and had the experience as well behind the camera but would explain things in a way that it was easily understood. I would highly recommend this course and look forward to practising with my camera and then coming back for the next course.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gerald (verified owner)

    Really good course. Clear and concise and delivered exactly what I wanted (and what it promised) in terms of utilizing the potential of my camera.

  35. Rated 4 out of 5

    Julie (verified owner)

    This was a great way to get to know my camera. The content was really well explained and Paul was very patient with us to make sure everyone was on board. I would recommend this course to others and look forward to me learning some more through the next one.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Nicholas (verified owner)

    Course was great. Explained how to set up my camera to changing depth of field in terms a non professional can easily understand. Plan to do further couses. Thanks so much. Am enjoying my camera.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam Ivan (verified owner)

    I would like to thank Photo Genius / Paul for is ability to provide an absolute novice the fundamentals of using an SLR camera. I had been very apprehensive in doing any sort of course although i knew i needed to because i believed i would struggle to understand the theory of photography. Alas it was not so ! Paul has an amazing way to demonstrate the theory behind taking a photo and then help you apply that knowledge to your own SLR camera I left the course with a wag in my tail.
    Give us a U Beauty !

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karyn and Aly (verified owner)

    I’ve done an intro photo course before (and promptly forgot it all) but Paul explained all the aspects of the manual mode of our cameras in a way that made it easy and memorable. Being a small class, he could go around to every student and make sure they understood the principal and practical application of each feature. And he didn’t move on until everyone was comfortable. If you are looking for an intro SLR course, don’t waste your time looking any further than this course.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dianne (verified owner)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course presented by Paul. He was able to explain the important elements of using an SLR camera in manual mode, e.g. aperture, shutter speed and focus which I was having trouble understanding. I am feeling more confident about producing better quality photos rather than the hit and miss I have been experiencing. Would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to expand their knowledge and use their camera like a pro.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Min (verified owner)

    Thanks to Paul & Jason. It is a short course, but I have learnt a lot. A short practical session followed with the course really helped me with understanding and memorising the relevant knowledge. I’ll certainly take a further course when it is available.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike B (verified owner)

    Fantastic course, Paul & Jason were so knowledgeable and made everything fun and interesting but also extremely informative. Cant wait to book the next one.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    S Dastoor

    Great course! Paul is very knowledgable and informative. Great course for SLR owners. Thanks Paul.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Betty Collerson (verified owner)

    Great beginners course. I really enjoyed the workshop, which on this particular day was delivered by Andrew. Andrew was knowledgeable and the class was fun. I have been busy ever since using the manual mode on my camera and practicing like mad to take photos of bats! They a difficult subject, so I have already booked to take the Practical SLR Course, and hopefully learn how to do night photography, even of bats!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carole Horne (verified owner)

    The Simply SLR course really helped demystify the workings of manual photography for me. I feel so much more confident now about experimenting with aperture settings and shutter speeds to create photos that I can honestly say that I took, and not just the camera! 🙂 Thanks for such a thorough and enjoyable workshop.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elisha Casagrande

    I went into this course thinking I knew quite a bit about photography and turns out I knew absolutely nothing. This course was fantastic. A great course for those wanting to learn the very basics straight up but still produce professional looking images. Thank you Paul for making the course so easy, fun and achievable.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’d recommend this course for anyone who has an SLR. Its one thing to have a camera manual or book that explains all the camera settings and theory, but having someone like Paul (who really knows their stuff!) makes the leap of shooting in manual mode infinitely easier!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gordon (verified owner)

    The course delivered everything promised, I have read the manual, books & magazines, when all I needed to do was to go on this course to learn about my SLR …….thank you

  48. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very nice course! Course basically helps take the fear out of manual. I, myself, would class myself an ‘advanced amateur’, having been in manual for a few weeks. Regardless of my prior knowledge, though, it was good to test it out, backup my knowledge, and have a face to face opportunity to speak to an experienced photographer.
    Paul is a very easy person to talk to, and is often happy to stray off the beaten track to answer any additional questions one may have.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah (verified owner)

    Great beginners course, Paul is very knowledgable and patient . He explains things really well. I was able to learn a lot more about my camera and I am now taking much better photos and enjoying it more. Thanks Paul

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Debbie McLean

    The Simply DSLR workshop was very helpful and easy to understand and great value for money. All of the hints, tips and the hands on experience in the workshop was of great value to myself in learning to use my camera in the manual mode rather than the auto mode this a must do course for any DSLR user who wants to get the most out of their camera. Paul was very knowledgeable and was easily able to pass his knowledge on in layman’s language I am now going to be taking the practical course

  51. Rated 5 out of 5


    What great course, especially for myself who only recently acquired my SLR.
    Paul made it very simple and gave clear instructions on the ins and outs of my camera. Classes are small So you always had time to ask questions. It’s all up to me now.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Keith Millman (verified owner)

    Keith – Sept 27. Had a great time finding out how to use my camera and get away from simply leaving it on auto. Easy paced course with plenty of time to ask questions and understand the basics of photography better.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Des H

    Really recommend this course for those new to the wonderful world of SLR photography. Until this course I had totally relied on the auto functions of my camera, thinking that the ‘manual’ mode was just too complicated to understand and use for an old amateur. Well Paul changed all that! A great instructor, he kept everything in ‘layman’s language and took time to make sure all participants understood the functions and capabilities of their cameras. Well worthwhile.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cat N

    Great beginner’s course. All the basic information you need to get started and make the most of you camera. Highly recommended and very enjoyable, Paul takes the time to answer all questions and teach any extra tips and tricks.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark H

    Having recently purchased a DSLR, I was keen to lean how to actually use it.
    Within a few hours, Paul had explained some of the many different options to us, and also helped us to set the camera up to get the best out of our photos.
    The course was jargon free, and i would recommend it to anyone that is looking to learn how to use their DSLR, and want to take better quality photos easily.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had a great experience in the 4 hour SLR theory course. Though my camera was not an SLR, I would recommend anyone who wants to learn more about their cameras and its features to take this course. Paul was very knowledgeable and was easily able to pass this knowledge on to amateurs like myself. I am now looking forward to taking the practical course with Paul.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5


    I thoroughly enjoyed the digital SLR course part 1. Paul made the course extremely interesting and very easy to understand. The time devoted to each segment was adequate and I learnt that the operations of my camera had greater capabilities than what I thought. I would recommend this course to all novices, it’s well worth it.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kat & Coral

    On behalf of myself and my friend, we would just like to say thank you for two wonderful courses. It has really helped us tighten up our skills and it has taught me that I can now move outside the square and push the boundaries. Your courses were very helpful and Andrew taught us in a way that all levels would have benifited.

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