Have you ever wondered how to take beautiful, professional quality photographs? Did someone give you an expensive camera for Christmas, but you don't know how to use it? That's not a problem as there are plenty of courses and workshops available to you. If you're simply interested in photography but don't own a camera, some places allow you to rent one for the duration of your course. There are digital single-lens reflex camera (digital SLR) courses and courses for ordinary camera photography available.
When attempting to find the perfect creative arts course, the Sydney Community College is a sure place to start. You can hire a Canon Digital SLR camera for $99 per term, with a security deposit of $500. Sydney Community College has a special online network for its photography students and those who know what they're doing can actually hire a studio out. The courses are at different levels, including beginners and start from $229. Courses include Lighting for Photography, Camera Skills, Creative Skills, Portraiture, Photoshop for Photographers, Landscape Photography, Compact Camera Basics, Documentary Photography, Photography Talks, Travel Photography, Night Photography, Flash Photography and even Photo Editing Basics.
Another great place to learn photography is Sydney Photo Workshops (SPW). You can actually buy an SPW gift voucher for a friend or family member if you wish, so if you have someone in your life that is curious about photography – it's a great gift idea. SPW has a lot of options available for beginners and advanced. I personally like that there is an introductory digital SLR workshop that goes only for half a day and costs $150. It seems like a good idea if you haven't yet sussed out how passionate you are about photography and includes a field trip. This type of workshop runs on Saturdays throughout the year. I'm non-committal, so that's probably what I'll be going for. If you're a bit less cautious, you might wish to consider the weekly course that runs for eight weeks at SPW. For $395, you get a field trip in addition to your one night a week of introductory photography classes. SPW also offers night photography, people photography, studio lighting photography workshops, travel and documentary photography, corporate training and even private tuition. I have to say, I'd love to work somewhere that does photography classes for team building purposes. SPW studios are located in Alexandria and West Pymble.
The final photography course option I wanted to mention was the acclaimed Photography Institute online course. It's a bit on the pricy side, starting at $999 if you pay upfront versus $1099 if you choose the easier payment plan methods. After you finish the course, you receive a diploma. It's self-paced, online and teaches professional photography. The standard length of the course is 24 weeks but you can extend it up to 12 months if you like. There are twelve modules in this comprehensive course. It takes you through from the basics of cameras and lenses to shutters, aperture, exposure and metering, the film and digital process, light and colour, lighting, how to take better photos, equipment and software, retouching, resolution, printing, the studio, how to construct a professional portfolio, photo agents, picture agencies and even how to get continuous work.
Photography is indeed a versatile hobby to get into, as can be evidenced by the sheer variety of courses available. With online options, one-off workshops and continuous face-to-face classes, you're guaranteed to find something for you. Remember to post your photos onto WeekendNotes for us all to admire and happy snapping.