Freelance writer, amateur photographer, over qualified in a number of fields, I'm also a mum and a lover of all things Melbourne :)
Published June 24th 2012
Every Saturday morning around Melbourne you may find a group of amateur shutter bugs wandering the city, viewing our iconic landmarks in new and interesting ways, and snapping away, learning the ins and outs of their cameras and how to take better photos as they go.
Photoh, runs 3 hour tours around the city that are great for tourists and locals alike. Beginning at Federation Square, the tour takes a small group through the city, stopping at various sites such as Hosier lane, and Chinatown, to learn different components of technical know-how and creative composition.
As the tour is led by a professional photographer, and you practice new techniques as you learn them, once you the tour finishes at the National Library, it's hard not to be a much improved photographer.
Whether you need to understand what all those buttons mean and how to change all the settings on your camera, or you understand that aspect, but want some pointers on how to take more creative and interesting shots, this tour covers both. Being in a small group means you get one on one assistance and feedback, which really helps.
This is not a tour of the city for the tourist who wants information or history on sites, there are many other great options for that, but if you are interested travel photography, it's a great way to start. It's also not going to allow you to be a pro photographer by the end of the day, but you will learn about composition, light, texture and abstract shots, as well as how to get off "auto" mode. I have done a number of photography day courses and this was by far the best. I am a lot more confident now that I know how to use the camera and take better photos.