Beginners Photography Workshop

Rated 4.97 out of 5 based on 90 customer ratings
(91 customer reviews)


Learn, practice, understand with Photo Genius

Our popular day-long beginners photography workshop in Brisbane is designed with the novice in mind and combines the essential theory along with plenty of practical picture taking, ample time for questions plus the opportunity to try out new found techniques within a small group of just six participants.
No previous camera or photography knowledge required.

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Location : South bank cultural centre Brisbane

Course duration : 8 hours

Class size : 6

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About this course / workshop

Our beginners photography workshop starts with a morning session consisting of three hours of essential camera theory in a class room environment at the State library where we guide you through the key features of your camera. You will learn how to control the aperture, shutter speed and ISO for absolute creative control of the camera and discover how to shoot confidently in the manual mode – no more Auto! After lunch the practical session begins as we will take a casual walk around the South Bank parklands where there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the different techniques discussed in the morning session including controlling depth of field, capturing moving subjects, using shutter speeds creatively and shooting in low light as the sun sets over Brisbane.

What you will learn
Understanding and controlling exposure, shooting in changing light (including night photography), aperture and shutter speeds, what are they and how do they affect the image, the advantages of using the manual versus auto, focusing modes and selective focusing, understanding lens focal length and which lenses should I use and why, depth of field, using and understanding ISO, 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.

Tripods are also provided on the day if you do not have one.

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

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91 reviews for Beginners Photography Workshop

  1. Paul Farris

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  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Adams

    I love love loved my day. Paul was such a patient, friendly, and professional teacher I really got a lot out of the day. I feel confident with manual settings and have not turned them on since doing the course. I look forward to doing the advanced course later this year.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicky N

    I recently attended the Simply SLR Course and Practical SLR course run by Photo Genius. I highly recommend the photography courses. Paul is brilliant. His knowledge and passion for photography is wonderful and very inspiring. Paul explains everything so incredibly well. I have owned an SLR camera for a couple of years but always used it in auto mode. The Beginners SLR Course was amazing to get me started on using the camera in manual mode and the practical component of the course was fantastic for putting the theory into practice.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Paul made the information so easy to take in. I put this course off for months and months and that is my only regret.
    I learned so much in 1 day that I now cannot wait for any opportunity to use camera again.
    Great course
    Great teacher
    Great place to have it.
    Highly recommended.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Really enjoyed the course thanks Paul. The content and your communication style were perfect and we moved through the day and all the content really well. Starting the day I had no real idea about how to use manual mode on my camera but by the end I could not imagine ever going back to auto mode. I came home with a few photographs that were much better than anything I have ever taken before. After a few months of practice I’ll be back for one of the other courses I’m sure.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Les Richardson (verified owner)

    The Beginners Workshop was a great introductory course to understanding my camera and it’s capability. The course allows you to extend yourself beyond the auto function. The small group size of 6 allows for plenty of 1:1 tutorial and provides you with the knowledge and ability to explore the various options available on your own camera. I was very impressed with the quality of the photos I was able to achieve within just one day. Much Qudos to Paul who is very patient and informative. An excellent course overall and I am looking forward to booking onto the next level.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simon (verified owner)

    It was awesome course..u learn how to use ur camera on manual efficiently. In short time .Paul very helpful
    I recommend that course alot

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lesleigh (verified owner)

    Tony is an awesome trainer, loved the course, have been using what I learnt and love the photos it produces!! Thank you!!!

  9. Rated 3 out of 5

    Kim (verified owner)

    Very informative and helpful for people starting out on an SLR. Would recommend. Thanks Paul.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karin Bondarenko (verified owner)

    Do you wish confidently to use your camera in manual mode? Have you purchased a camera that has an array of manual settings but you only shoot on Auto? Do you aspire to using manual settings to achieve the capabilities invested in your camera? Do you wish to understand what settings such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed mean but you need someone who can unfold this information simply? Do you wish to walk away from a workshop with a wonderful array of photographs by using various manual settings? PhotoGenius is definitely a good bang for your buck and will most certainly justify the investment made in your camera! My son and I have never shot on auto again. This workshop has opened the gates of photographic possibilities and beware, it can make you become a shooting addict!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brooke Dillon (verified owner)

    If anyone is looking for a great course in Brisbane to learn some beginner photography skills (so as not to be terrified to use camera lenses manually) I highly recommend the beginner SLR course with Paul. He took all of the intimidation out of manual lens use, spoke to us with patience and used examples and diagrams that made everything so much easier. Group size was limited to 6 which provided for plenty of 1 on 1 assistance if needed.

    Thanks for a great day Paul! I will definitely be back for a more involved course in the future. I’m by no means amazing, but I’m pretty happy with the results from my first day of manual camera use!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Phillipa (verified owner)

    I tried lots of things to learn how to use my fancy new camera – read the manual, attend a seminar, use buttons at random, live with using automatic only. All these methods taught me was to be more confused and how little I really knew!!
    Enter Paul and the Beginners course – and I can now say I understand so much more but more importantly have the tools to go over things I still may need more help with. I delighted and so very thrilled to be able to take better photos and to understand how to alter settings according to what I would like to achieve. Paul is outstanding in the way he explains things and takes the time to check that you understand and can find it on your camera. He stayed with us when everyone in the course decided to stay late to take one last photo. My camera was one of the more unusual ones present so this was particularly important to me.
    Now its up to me – I have been practising the techniques since and understand more and more as time goes on.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martin Holden (verified owner)

    I cannot recommend this course too highly. Starting with some well explained theory, our small class, all with different cameras, was guided towards the point that we could all undertake some pretty impressive shots using our cameras on fully ‘Manual’. Much more than I expected to achieve and a thoroughly enjoyable day as well. I will certainly be undertaking more classes with Photo Genius!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jackie Elston (verified owner)

    I recommend the Photo Genius Beginners’ Photography Workshop to anyone wishing to venture further than the auto setting and learn to take great photos that really capture the moment. I learned so much during the day’s course about many of the camera’s functions, I had avoided using previously, with amazing results. Paul explained everything so clearly and, with a small group, was able to give each of us individual attention during the practical session. I look forward to continuing my journey in photography with the Beyond the Basics course.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ralph Krippner

    Very comprehensive instruction to DSLR photography. Paul has a very easy but detailed delivery and is able to explain the techniques such that you remember what was covered on the day. The practice after the theory component is well constructed to explore photographic techniques. I am looking forward to the next course already. Highly recommended to a beginner and as a fantastic refresher for the occasional DSLR photographer. August 2017 Ralph

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve (verified owner)

    Highly recommended. Paul is great, explains things very simply and gives just enough detail to get you up and running – fast. I now understand how to get the best out of my camera. My images for my work have already improved. Very happy.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacqui T (verified owner)

    This beginner’s course was amazing. I started the day not convinced I would ever be able to get my head around my camera’s manual settings. But by the end of the day I had it all figured out. We were doing creative things I had thought were advanced techniques and beyond me. But nope, turns out it’s not that hard after all! No more auto for me. Paul is very good at explaining everything and making it all very easy. The classes are really small which helped a lot. I am definitely going to do the more advanced course next.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    T. Jones (verified owner)

    Prior to this course I had never used a DSLR, now I’m off auto and comfortably using manual mode thanks to Paul. His beginners class was fantastic, it was well structured with easy to follow theory and practical lessons which help you fully understand how to adapt the theory in various scenarios.
    The class size is limited to 6 and Paul was always on hand to offer one on one advice. His communication style was easy to follow and there were many diagrams and show and tell examples for those who learn best from seeing and doing. I highly recommend this course, it is excellent value for money and is so much easier than trying to make sense of the manual.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cassie Watson (verified owner)

    I recently attended a beginners workshop with Paul and I loved every second. I instantly felt relaxed and in no time at all I was learning new things. I still can’t believe what I learnt in such a small amount of time. The theory part of the course was very well set out and we’ll explained with plenty of time for questions. The practical part was also fantastic, giving us a chance to try out some of what we had been learning about with Paul’s expert guidance with us all the way. I have used my camera every day since the course and I have taken some photos I am really proud of. Thank you for a fantastic course, I can’t wait for the next one!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robert Laukens

    I was given a fancy SLR for a birthday present 2 years ago and tried “You Tube” & magazines to figure out how to operate the complex machine.
    Never could work the basic manual mode with regards to the relationship of iso, shutter speed, aperture and all of the other buttons.
    I was just becoming lost within the minefield of knowledge being offered.
    Paul had basically in a 3hr period of classroom education, made clear the relationship of the iso, shutter speed and aperture. With a great basic paper handout for quick reference.
    The afternoon was a great hands on approach with a Paul letting us finding our own way (With the classroom knowledge firmly implanted) with him giving pointers for a better results on an individual basis.
    The final results of some of the photos were surprisingly good and makes me think I could actually do this as a hobby and actually enjoyed what I could achieve with this camera, which basically had sat in the cupboard for 2 years.
    Once I’m confident with the basics, I’m back for the more advanced level..
    Many thanks to Paul.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sam (verified owner)

    This course was excellent and would highly recommend it to anyone new to photography and wanting to take it to the next step. Paul was a great instructor; knowledgeable yet easy to follow and understand.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ange T (verified owner)

    this photography class is a great beginners start to the wonderful world of art thru the lens of your camera. I have always thought of my self as a hobby photographer but Paul showed me how to go from an average shot to a stunning shot, how to balance light and to take photos at night. If you are not sure how to use your camera this course will start you on the road to different lenses, angles and light. Money well worth spent and I would definitely come back for the advanced course and editing course.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    Found this beginners course very informative, yet easy going. Paul was great. Loved the small group sizes, everyone was in the same position and felt comfortable asking the silly questions. The full day allowed for both theory and practical learning. Would suggest this for anyone wanting to use more than the auto function on your camera.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Christensen (verified owner)

    I completed this course on Saturday 23rd July 2016. I have had my camera for about 2 years and decided it was time to learn how to get the most of out my camera.
    After perusing many other course which were available, I chose this course as I believe it was the best value for money. During the theory session of the course, we learnt about the different uses for aperture, shutter speed, iso and many more. During the practical session, I was able to put to use what I had learnt. We practiced many techniques from exposure (under, normal and over), close ups, water photography and night photography.
    I highly recommend this course as there is only a small amount of people per class. Paul is amazing teacher and makes sure that you are on the right track throughout the course. He provided valuable experience and knowledge about camera techniques. I look forward to completing the follow-on course from this course. Thanks for a great day Paul!!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    My beginner course with Paul was a gift from my ever thoughtful wife, who noticed my increasing frustration with the Automatic and preset “scene” functions on my DLSR. I was never quite getting the clearest or desired effect of a photo I was after. Taking literally thousands of photos on a holiday and only being happy with a small few.

    Even after the first half of the day in the theory session, I already learnt of new things my camera was able to do which wasn’t in the manual, and I was eager to get into practice.
    In the 2nd half of the day we had plenty of time to put to practice our new ideas and ask more questions. Paul was fun and informative and had ample time for all the students.
    It was a great day out and I never felt left behind or bored.
    Thanks again Paul!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jasmine (verified owner)

    I participated in the beginners course and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get to know their digital camera better. The theory section was highly valuable and sets you up perfectly for the practical part of the day. You get a chance to put all of the theory into practice and the small group allows you to get feedback on your own shots. I really enjoyed the day and I left feeling more knowledgable and confident to use my camera. I look forward to doing the Beyond the Basics course. Thank you Paul!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5


    Last weekend I attended the Beginners Workshop, and after an enjoyable and worthwhile 8 hours I feel so much more confident in using my DSLR. Paul is to be commended on how he personalised the instructions for each individual in the course ensuring that everyone was progressing along the way. At the completion of the day you could see on everyone’s face just how excited they were to know have the ability to work with their DSLR to capture amazing photos without falling back to being dependent on auto mode. I will be signing up for the ‘Beyond the Basics’ course very soon. Thanks Paul

  28. Rated 5 out of 5


    Such a great introduction to my camera. Was great to understand what all of the icons meant and how to make sure the photos were great. The instructor (Andrew) was patient and allowed all members the chance to grasp the concepts.

    Can’t wait to test out my new skills!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    J Fergusson (verified owner)

    Great course for an introduction in to the world of taking great pictures with a DSLR camera and getting familiar with the know how and camera settings.
    Perfect mix of both Practical and Theory delivered at a good pace in a small group, which lets Paul work closely with individuals as well as in a group.
    This course was recommended to me by a friend and i was not disappointed.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Graham (verified owner)

    Beginner photography course – Great course. Learned heaps and went home with some great photos! Lots of assistance, plenty of time to practice and get feedback. Was quite proud of myself! Definitely recommend to anyone! Keen to get out and about to test my skills from the day and get some more practice!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Paul Johnston

    I was lucky enough to experience the Beginner Photography Workshop with Paul Farris in February at Brisbane’s South Bank. Going in with a small amount of knowledge regarding shutter speed, aperture and ISO, I was quickly drawn in by Paul’s expertise and ability to explain to the small class the meaning, functionality and purpose of these features in a wide variety of cameras. The theoretical component of the course is invaluable to the practical component later in the day, due to the changeable nature of weather/lighting conditions one encounters every day. Like an excellent driving instructor, Paul equips you with the knowledge and confidence to go out on your own and experiment with your camera. I am eagerly anticipating an opportunity to attend the more advanced course at a later date.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda Prove (verified owner)

    Absolutely brilliant! So glad I went. Learnt so much and don’t feel so unfamiliar with my camera. I was surprised at how much I learnt from this workshop. The course instructor was incredibly helpful and the small intimate sized class helped to have a more personalised experience. Will be booking in for the next course as soon as I can!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Morina Campbell (verified owner)

    I went into the course knowing the words like appeture, shutter speed, ISO and so on and came out of it with an understanding of them all. It’s a great day course, a small group of like minded people and Paul was a great teacher. He was going through everyone’s photos and making us understand it. Definitely doing the night and advanced course next! I would totally recommend this course to anyone wanting to enhance their knowledge in photography.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Micara (verified owner)

    I had an amazing time at the beginners workshop! Paul was extremely thorough and added a fun attitude to the day. It was very enjoyable, and so many things were learnt. I can’t wait to hone in on the tricks he has taught me! Definitely recommend doing any course with these guys!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bernadette C. (verified owner)

    After reading the great online reviews of the Photo Genius Beginner’s Workshop, my 3 daughters and I went along on the weekend. We were not disappointed! Paul was a very clear and patient instructor and very happy to answer everyone’s questions. In a few short hours he managed to give us an understanding of the essentials of digital photography in a way which makes sense and is easy to remember. The practical session reinforced the theory and we learned some interesting creative techniques as well. I am still amazed how quickly we were able to get a grasp of the basics and move into using manual mode thanks to Paul’s expertise. Don’t hesitate if you are considering this workshop – a very enjoyable and informative day for all!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Tunny (verified owner)

    As an absolute beginner, this course gave me the perfect grounding in digital photography. It was a great mix of theory and practical application, and I would highly recommend the course to anyone. Thanks to Andrew I am now confidently using the manual controls, which I had not thought possible after just a one-day program. Looking forward to doing the next level course in the new year.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bruce E (verified owner)

    Great day, finally made sense of the camera and the practical after reinforced the earlier learnings, Manual all the way no more Auto. Paul was an excellent instructor and the prac exercises were well thought out. Paul provided advice and supportive comment. Highly recommend.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anna O’Connell (verified owner)

    I had the most enjoyable day, learning the basic’s about my camera and during the day I took some fabulous photograph’s, I’m hooked

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Juila (verified owner)

    Excellent course with an incredibly knowledgable facilitator. The skills we learnt in one day far exceeded my expectations – and I now feel much more confident using my SLR. Paul really went above and beyond – demonstrating the theory behind photography with memorable analogies and diagrams! He also provided advice and recommendations for lenses when I contacted him prior to the course explaining that I was in the market for a new one but didn’t really know what I was looking for.

    For anyone looking to learn how to use their SLR properly but doesn’t know where to start – start right here with Paul!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rowena (verified owner)

    Fantastic course at a good price. I learnt so much and am looking forward to honing my skills

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    I came knowing some theory, but not really how to put it into practice with my current camera. Paul was able to put it in a framework that made sense and was memorable, while tailoring it to the interests of each member of the group and the kinds of situations you might use particular methods.
    The afternoon practical session gave hands on experience in using everything you had learned, and an opportunity for one on one feedback on your images and camera.
    Highly recommend the full day beginners course.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christine B

    Fantastic course for a beginner. I came to this course knowing nothing about my camera other than point and shoot and hope for the best. The small class of six gives you plenty time to ask your questions. The morning theory session takes you through some of the main features of your camera and some of the terminologies such ISO, aperture and shutter speed, which makes more sense in the afternoon/evening when you get to put them into practice. Paul’s teaching method of using simple language and drawings makes it easy to understand for the beginner. I highly recommend this Beginner’s Course for anyone thinking about it as it is worth the price to never have to be afraid of Manual setting again. And of course to have awesome photos you took yourself.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Greg Shannon (verified owner)

    I’m a 71 year old male, set in my ways and not very tech savvy, but class myself as reasonably intelligent. I have found camera/photography terms and explanations up until now confusing at best and incomprehensible at the other end of the extreme. I approached the beginners workshop with some trepidation and scepticism but I was determined to get my camera setting off ‘intelligent automatic’! I can now do this Paul’s explanations are lucid and clear. He knows his cameras too. The small group (no more than six) enhances the learning process. I doubt I’ll ever get off ‘Manual’ again. And, the terminology now means something. Well done ‘Photo Genius’; first rate value for the money.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5


    Cannot recommend this course enough! It was a great day and Paul does such a great job of making sure everyone has full understanding. We had the maximum of 6 attendees in the group but this still allowed for ample time with each student and opportunities for plenty of questions. The course involves a great mix of theory and practical work and I came away with some great photos and an excellent understanding of using my camera in Manual mode. This course is definitely a must for anyone wanting to take better photos!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda P (verified owner)

    Great course to learn the basics of your camera. I previously tried to understand literature that claimed to be for beginners but it didn’t make sense. However, Paul explained the concepts in a way that was easy to understand and unravelled a lot of the mystery to ‘aperture’, ‘shuttle speed’ etc. I learnt so much in such a short time. Paul is very approachable when you need help and makes the day very interesting. Will definitely be doing the course for the next level when I have a bit of practice under my belt. Thanks Paul!

  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    Absolutely fantastic course!! Paul broke down a number of complicated concepts (ISO, depth of field, aperture etc) into easy, short lessons, and by the end of the day I had developed a great understanding of what I can do with my camera on manual mode. With the small group size there was a lot of one-on-one tuition for using the camera – nobody is left behind – and I cannot recommend this course enough!!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic workshop , I was amazed at how much I learnt about manual settings, in one day in a friendly atmosphere..Thank you

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josh and Donna L

    We started the day with little to no understanding of how to use our camera properly and finished with a firm understand of the basics. Andrew’s depth of knowledge was obvious and his enthusiasm was infectious. We recommend this course to anyone wanting to get their head around photography basics.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tiarn (verified owner)

    Great beginners course in photography! I knew nothing about how to use my camera or how ISO, shutter speed and apperature worked but thanks to Paul I now have a much better understanding. I really loved being able to come home at the end of the day with photos I was proud to say I took. Highly recommend this course!

  50. Rated 4 out of 5

    Nadine (verified owner)

    A great introduction to photography and learning what your camera can do. The information was clear and Paul made sure everyone understood the techniques before moving on. Wish I had of done the course earlier and I would recommend the course to anyone who is a beginner wanting to take fabulous photos. By the end of the day I was impressed with what photos I could take. I now have a new found appreciation for photography and want to learn more!

  51. Rated 5 out of 5


    Brilliant course if you are a new beginner. I learned a lot and I finally know how to use my camera manually and not just use the automatic functions. You’ll see how significant better your photos will be when you learn how to use your camera properly. Highly recommended.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebbecca Matthews (verified owner)

    Absolutely fantastic course, was learning from the first 5 mins, really hands on course. Paul explains the technical concepts in an manner that is easy to understand, with real life examples. Would recommend this course for anyone who wants to get the most out of their camera.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jill Woodruffe

    I took part in the Basics course on Saturday and it has reignited my passion and joy for photography. When I look back at all of my “good” photos before Saturday I realise the content might have been good but the photo well….. not so good. Now I can take great photos. I have even saved all of my photos from Saturday as my screen saver at work so I can see them each day. I have learnt to blur water, blur backgrounds, took some fantastic night photos and even took a photo of the moon. Fantastic. I recommend this course to everyone. Paul is extremely knowledgeable, passionate and a very important trait – patient. 🙂 Thank you Paul for all of your great wisdom and advice.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Derek c

    Thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt so much about my camera. The structure of the course was perfect to enable us to get a good handle on photography and Paul was an extremely good tutor. For anyone looking to do a course on photography I would recommend photo genius. The small classes allow much more time for personal tuition. I thought I took reasonable photos but after completing the course I know I have improved out of sight.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5


    This workshop was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day (even the theory). Paul is just great at explaining everything you need to know to get started. The group was nice and small which gave plenty of one on one time for questions. I went in there with only the knowledge of how to point, shoot and hope for the best and I came out with so much. A lot better than trying to understand the instruction book which was like trying to read another language. I was literally buzzing when I left the workshop and I haven’t stopped taking photos with my camera in manual mode ever since. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone interested in learning how to get the best out of their camera. Thanks Paul for a great day and for your patience.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jo S (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this workshop with Paul. His presentation of the principles of photography in the theory session were easily understood and grasped. Our walk through the parkland to our lunch venue broke up the day nicely and I was excited to think we would make our way along in the afternoon taking photos in changing light. Everyone in this small class took great photos, particularly low light and night time shots, and I for one am so thrilled to think I can too… all on Manual mode!
    Thank you Paul, I highly recommend this course to anyone.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris (verified owner)

    We highly recommend the Beginners Course. Paul is an excellent instructor and explained the theory in a way that everyone could understand. The practical session that followed allowed us to put what we had learnt into practice. Paul was attentive to all students and available to answer all of our questions. We were amazed at what we learnt in one day. We will certainly be signing up for the advanced course at some stage. Thank you.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Greg Beahan (verified owner)

    I have just completed the beginners course on the weekend and found every aspect to be of the highest level. Paul is a teacher of photography who has a passion of the subject that he wants to pass on to all who attends his courses. The class room theory is delivered in a relaxed atmosphere and blends easier into the afternoon practical session resulting in some spectacular photo being achieved by participants. Can’t recommend this course highly enough and will be doing the advanced course as soon as I return from overseas. Thanks Paul.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gary Littlewood (verified owner)

    As a raw beginner I found the course excellent value and the instruction from Paul was very professional.
    The theory component was a good introduction to learning about the camera and the technology surrounding the camera. Paul also spent the time to show me the setting of the camera as I had trouble finding the areas involved.
    The practical session was excellent and enable me to find a way of using the manual settings to gain excellent photo’s.
    For anyone just starting up I would recommend this course to gain good knowledge about the camera from excellent instruction. Well Done

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erik Hollander

    Great course for anyone looking to take control of an SLR. Paul delivers a relaxed and informative overview of the basics of manual control. Though I had read camera manuals, guides and a few “How to” books before this course, all that information fell into place after Paul’s presentations.
    I gladly recommend this course for anyone interested in getting to know the power and fun of today’s cameras.

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joe Martens

    I thought I had a good deal of knowledge from the old film days. I knew how to take photos of motorsport with manual focus, speed and aperture. ISO was only in the film you purchased, 400 max and very expensive. Paul explained ISO, aperture and shutter speed very easily and it refreshed and added to what I knew. But on explaining the settings on my Canon 7D, he showed me so many extra settings that I now shoot in manual mode. He showed me the setting for moving focus which will help me greatly with motorsport photography. A really good course for anyone wanting to learn more about photography in a friendly atmosphere.

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tamara Wilson (verified owner)

    Fantastic workshop – very hands on with learning how to use my camera, and with the small group Paul was able to assist one on one as necessary, which was great! Thoroughly recommend it for anyone wanting to get the best out of their camera.

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kerri Goddard

    Great day! Learnt so much from Paul. Great learning environment with having a small group. You will never want to use your Auto setting again. I highly recommend this course to anyone. You will know what all those little buttons, numbers and knobs mean, and how to use them once your day is over!

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shane Stanton

    We did the Beginners Workshop on Sunday 15th February 2015 and absolutely loved it. We brought a Nikon digital SLR a few years ago, and a family member and a friend (both of whom are exceptional photographers – one professional) both attempted to teach us the basics but we were only slightly better for those efforts. The course with Paul last weekend was completely different: we spent a dedicated few hours learning the important theory in a structured and logical format which ensured that nothing slipped through the cracks but also that nothing irrelevant was taught – a very efficient few hours. We then spent another few hours taking photos using the knowledge that we learned in the morning session, and again, this was a very efficient few hours which embedded the knowledge.

    I would highly recommend this course to anyone ranging from (a) having just brought a camera to (b) someone who thinks they know a bit about photography but seem to find that other people take better photos than they do.

  65. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone who is new to photography and would like to get a better understanding of the manual settings on their camera and how to use them. If reading manuals and books, trying to work things out yourself is not how you like to learn, this course will be great for you. Paul is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher, and the day is well balanced and informative. Lunch at The Ship Inn was pleasant and reasonably priced. Overall, a well put together learning experience. I look forward to doing the advanced course in the not too distant future… Enrol now and take your hobby to the next level!

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    Clint Cunningham (verified owner)

    I learnt more during Paul’s workshop than I have from reading through theory, watching online videos, reading my camera manual etc. Paul has a great ability to convey a complex idea in a very clear, easy-to-understand way that you can immediately apply practically.
    I really enjoyed the beginner course. The day itself was well structured with a good mix of theory and practice.
    I’d definitely recommend to anyone which a DSLR looking to get more out of their camera. I’ll definitely be back to take on another course soon.

  67. Rated 5 out of 5


    The beginner course was just what I required. Prior to the course I had learnt to turn the camera on, Now I am confident to be able to set the camera on manual mode, set the ISO, aperture and shutter speed so as to be able to take a photo in differing light. What seemed very complicated now seems very achievable and enjoyable. Great venue, great practical advice and great value for money.

  68. Rated 5 out of 5


    Very good course

  69. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nicola T

    I would highly recommend this course to anyone that would like to understand how to take a great photo. When given my new camera for my birthday I was scared to try anything other than automatic point and shoot. Not only do I now know the functions of my own camera, I understand the theory behind the manual adjustments too. I could never go back to auto after seeing the results from this course. Left feeling very proud of my photos and excited at the possibilities.. Thanks Paul, very professional, great communicator.

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gaby S (verified owner)

    I was amazed at how much I learnt about manual settings, in one day. I have always enjoyed taking photos, but never ventured to the manual settings, as I found it too hard to understand. Paul explained all the different components in a way that is easy to put into practice and you see instant results in the improvement in your photos. I have now found a new amazing world of photography and am enjoying practicing. I will never go back to ‘Auto’ again. Thank you, Paul. 22 November 2014

  71. Rated 5 out of 5


    I absolutely loved this course. A good combination of theory and practical. Paul was very clear in explaining how to use the camera and why. I can’t wait to do the advanced course now. I would recommend the beginners course to anyone feeling a little anxious about their camera. I feel confident in navigating the camera’s setting now.

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh M

    I’ve had my camera for 2 years & always wondered what all the funny buttons on the camera was for. Paul explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. The small class numbers meant we all could have time to ask for help and he really cares about how we were going. I have already recommended photo genius to friends & can’t wait to keep taking awesome photos with my new skills.

  73. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jit R (verified owner)

    I thoroughly enjoyed the beginner’s course with Paul. It was a small class of 5 so plenty of opportunity to ask questions and ask for help. I have come away with a good understanding of how to use the manual mode and have been practising since. Paul taught the key settings of manual mode in a very understandable manner with pictures to show the effects. I was able to take some great photos at Southbank. I would highly recommend this course to other beginners. Thanks Paul

  74. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen H

    What a fabulous course catering to all ability levels. Paul was an excellent facilitator, obviously very skilful, and able to impart his knowledge with clarity and patience. The day moved along very quickly with just the right mix of theory and practice, and with a group of only 5, everyone was able to receive one-to-one support as needed. South Bank was an ideal setting and lunch at the Ship Inn a great way to refuel before heading out to put theory into practice. A highly recommended course. Thanks heaps Paul.

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tracy C (verified owner)

    Andrew was great. Concepts were explained in simple terms that were easy to understand and plenty of time to practice the theory.

  76. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great starter course!! The theory is taught from a very practical point of view, which is ideal to quickly get the basics and start experimenting. The time is well managed without rushing. The groups are small (5 in my case) and this means there’s plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get one-on-one feedback. This is especially useful in the afternoon when we go through different settings and start exploring day and low light shooting. I’ve left eager to keep practicing and considering taking the advanced course. Many thanks Paul!

  77. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wendy Cairns

    This was a great fun day that taught me a huge amount about my camera. I now know,what those numbers on the screen mean, and can use them to creat a photo I am happy to share. Paul’s use of a variety of teaching methods meant everyone was able to grasp the principles, and the small group meant plenty of individual attention.

  78. Rated 5 out of 5


    A thoroughly enjoyable course where I learnt so much on the day.
    After the day’s beginner course, I am now confident in using the Manual setting on my DSLR knowing full well how ISO, exposure and F numbers settings interact with each other to produce a high quality photo in Manual mode.
    As a first timer (as with the rest of the group), we took some amazing photos on the day.
    I personally didn’t think I was capable of taking such quality ‘Manual’ setting pictures on my first attempt but Paul is a great tutor who definitely knows his stuff and that helped a lot on the day.

    Pros – Great course location and value for money.
    Cons – The day flew by and the course was over.

  79. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah Burke

    I really enjoyed the beginners workshop. I learnt so much in one day and had great fun. I’ve been using my camera all the time since the course and I understand what I’m doing now! I would definitely recommend this course to beginners. S.B.

  80. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tracy H.

    Great beginners’ course. Really enjoyed it. Great value for money. Would definitely recommend. Paul and Andrew were very easy to get along with and made even complex instructions easy for all to understand.

  81. Rated 5 out of 5

    K Moses

    Thank you so much for a great class, I really enjoyed it and got so much out of it! I have been taking photos both day and night time and will try and get up at dawn! Its all made sense and I am very grateful! 🙂 Also wanted to say thank you for your patience and continual reassurance in our ability to take good photos! I am sure we will be joining your advanced course in the very near future.

  82. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr O Panagiotopoulou

    Paul is just amazing! He is a great teacher with an infectious passion for photography and great technical knowledge. He is also very friendly and great in giving you tips to make your photos more artistic. Our group was small and each one of us was given a lot of attention especially during the technical part of the course. The workshop was so great that I did not want it to end. I joined Paul’s team as a photo dummy and I am now confident that next time I will see my exotic animals I will take the best pictures ever! I look forward to joining the advanced and all of the other courses that Paul’s team offers. I highly recommend this course.

  83. Rated 5 out of 5

    David A.

    Really enjoyed the course and l got to learn so much that I didn’t know about my camera and taking pictures. I enjoyed the logical and staged method in which it was taught by Paul and the way in which what seemed like complicated settings were simplified . I would recommend the course to all beginners and new camera owners.

  84. Rated 5 out of 5

    A Harbourne

    Just to let you know that I really enjoyed the course today. Andrew was knowledgeable and very patient with us all and a smaller group meant more quality time with him. I will definitely be back for the advanced course.

  85. Rated 5 out of 5

    A Callipolitis

    This course was just ideal for learning the functions of my camera and using that knowledge to take photos in Southbank. Paul was a great teacher and very helpful throughout the day. The course is very well priced and has a good balance between its theory and practical aspects. I have already recommended it to a friend. I took the course on 1 April and used that knowledge to take reasonable photos of the Lunar Eclipse last night.

  86. Rated 5 out of 5

    K M.

    A fantastic course! Very informative and Paul was great at explaining the functions of our cameras. The course contained a lot of usable information and was very well priced. I will definitely attend the advanced course. I thoroughly recommend this company!

  87. Rated 5 out of 5

    David H.

    I’d thoroughly recommend the Learn Photography course. I did the Beginners Workshop and loved what I got out of it. Paul was great in making the manual setting on my camera the choice now and not auto! His obvious enthusiasm for what he does makes it easy to go with it and the day was so enjoyable. Thank you.

  88. Rated 5 out of 5

    David H

    I did the Beginners workshop at the weekend and had the best time. After having only been using my camera on Auto up to doing the course I now feel the confidence to use manual and really get my camera working! Paul was great at being able to make the theory side become understandable to a novice like me and with the practical side of taking the photos in the afternoon, he gave just the right amount of input while letting us use what we had learnt. With the group being a limited number Paul was able to give plenty of time to answer questions and much needed advice. Also, with having time for a lovely lunch and a cold cider at the Ship Inn it was all in all a great day!

  89. Rated 5 out of 5

    D Hempel

    I found the course most helpful, well-paced and a great learning environment – good blend of theory and practical. I have done other similar camera courses before and have come away just as befuddled as I went in. This one sank in and has given me the confidence to go further and move from auto to manual. I will be doing your advanced course once I have put into practice what I learned from the initial workshop.
    D Hempel (Beginners Workshop) February 2014

  90. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kerrie D.

    I received a new camera for Christmas and had no idea how to use it. Yes, it came with a manual, but I needed a degree in IT to understand it. Thanks to Andrew for the Theory and Paul for the practical. I feel confident with the knowledge received on this course; and when my friends don’t believe I took the photos, I have them to thank!

  91. Rated 5 out of 5

    Don Ryan

    Don R.
    Excellent course, the right mix of theory and practical. Course Director Paul teaches in a very good, practical and simplistic mode, converting the techno speak of the instruction book into easy to understand English. Number of participants, 6 in my case, was very manageable and provided good opportunities for one on one questions/answers and encouragement throughout the day. 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 very good ‘photos. Having now learned to use it in manual mode, opens up a whole new world of possibilities and the ability to use the camera to it’s full potential……….which is awesome. Lots of practice still needed, which will be fun. Thanks once again Paul………HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!

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