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Manual Camera Workshops

All workshop are held at:
Cafe:7am in Port Melbourne
10am-12pm noon

Book Now

Saturday 10 May
5 places left $59

Payment confirms your spot, and once paid is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Have you bought a new digital SLR camera, become overwhelmed by all the buttons, switched to auto, then felt frustrated when your pictures weren’t working? You wouldn’t buy a manual car and then try to drive it in auto, so why do that with your manual dSLR camera?

  • Learner confidence goes in leaps and bounds so long as the foundation is built correctly.
  • I believe you should be in control of your camera, not the other way around.
  • My mission is to see you capture your life in beautiful pictures.

What is an ‘on Manual Camera Workshop’?

It’s a techie, 2 hours, 8 people maximum, launch pad into the wonderful world of dSLR camera photography. It’s designed to get a beginner photographer orientated with their manual dSLR camera. It’s hands-on, with a real live human that lives and breathes photography (that’s me…).

What’s covered?

  • We begin with ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
  • How to control them on your camera, and how they work together.
  • We learn to meter for correct exposure.
  • We learn how to monitor exposures using your camera’s histogram.
  • We bring it all together with what I call my ‘Shoot Flow’ – your step by step set-up for taking pictures in full manual mode.

Free Camera Guide click hereTo get started, you can download my free on Manual Camera Guide.


Who’s it for?

If you have a digital SLR camera that has full manual mode and you’re currently using semi or full auto modes, but you’d like to get your head around manual shooting, then this is for you. These are run face to face in Melbourne. No prior photography knowledge is assumed and it’s geared at beginner photographers.

I don’t live in Melbourne, can I learn via Skype?

Yes, you can. In a one-on-one 1.5hour Skype session we can get you navigating correctly on your manual dSLR camera for AUD$179. All that’s contained in the group workshop will be covered. You need your computer’s camera enabled so I can see you and your camera, and you can see me.


What to bring?

Your DSLR camera with fully charged battery
Empty memory card
Your camera’s manual in your back pocket (just in case we need it)
Your questions
Your passion for photography
Notepad and pen can be handy as we cover a lot of info

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Who is Beth exactly?

  • I hold a BA (Commercial Art) Photography degree from RMIT.
  • I’m a practising professional photographer with 14 years experience.
  • I’m an Associate with the AIPP and have exhibited internationally.
  • I’ve been teaching this workshop since 2010.
  • I create a safe and supportive learning environment.
  • My focus is on creating beautiful pictures – it’s not about the gear, man!
  • My teaching style is natural, intuitive and conversational.

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‘Had a great time and helped connect the dots….. :-)’ Shelley

‘The workshop was excellent! Great location, beautiful weather and Beth’s tips were very easy to understand and work a treat! I got some amazing shots, and now can use manual settings intentionally, rather than hit and miss. Thanks Beth!’ Andrew

‘Great workshop! I got answers to all my questions. Thanks Beth for sharing your knowledge!’ Chirantha

‘Thank you for the lesson. It was very worthwhile and, indeed, I had some good ‘aha’ moments! From now I will be shooting ‘M’ as much as possible (and doing this with better understanding)!’ Johan.

‘Thanks Beth.  I had a few of the basics but it was great to bring them all together. I think practice will be the key.’ Ange

What happens after the workshop

The workshop is comprehensive and hands-on. The time for practice comes afterwards.

  1. Refer to the manual camera guide and do the exercises at the back.
  2. Join my online photo group The Photo Hive where you can care, share and learn from seeing other people’s pictures.
  3. Come along to the next meet ups with The Melbourne Walk and Shoot Group so you can meet like-minded photo enthusiasts and practice.
  4. Practice your shoot flow whilst sparking creativity in my online creative camera course Your Camera, Your World. 

What’s it cost? What’s included?

$59 per person – groups are limited to 8 so to be fair to all this fee is non-refundable, non-transferrable and payable at signup.

All workshops are held at Cafe:7am in Port Melbourne
10am-12pm noon

Book Now

Saturday 10 May
5 places left $59

Payment confirms your spot, and once paid is non-refundable and non-transferrable.