Introducing your Digital Camera

This class is for the beginner. Learn how to use your camera more effectively than just pressing the shutter button. Take control of the essential functions to effect changes in your photographs. Learn techniques for functional and creative application. Practical class exercises, visual displays and practical homework assignments are set each week culminating in a class project set for critique. All digital cameras are suitable provided they have manual mode operation.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.


  • Camera Care. What is a camera? Camera obscura. Locate the most important controls, the Mode Dial, F.Stops and Shutter Speeds and their effects.
  • Reciprocity. Depth of Field effects. Movement effects. ISO.
  • Focus modes. Focal lengths.
  • Visual examples and discussion
  • White Balance. Picture Styles/Controls. Metering modes. The Histogram.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Use the camera more confidently and creatively.
  2. Make more informed decisions about composition and exposure.
  3. Derive greater pleasure and satisfaction in taking photographs.

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Course testimonials:

  • In two days I have learned more about photography than in the 6 months since I started taking photos. It was informative, practical, easy to follow and good fun.
  • An excellent two day course giving plenty of basic and background info on how cameras work and how to take a great photo.
  • The best " technical " education class I've ever attended