If you are still using your DSLR, Mirrorless or Compact camera on Auto, then this is the course for you!
You get 8 hours of professional tuition during the 4 week period which is fantastic value for only $250!
This Introduction to Digital Photography course runs for 4 weeks. The course has been designed to give you a complete understanding of your camera, its functions and to provide you with the foundation principles of creative photography.
Class sizes are kept small with a maximum of 10 people to ensure individual attention when needed by your professional photographer.
The course structure is light on theory and is very practice based. Your tutor Scott McGale is an internationally renowned and working professional photographer who was based in London for 20 years before returning home to Australia. You can view his current work by clicking on the link above. He believes in a teach-then-do philosophy which will have you using your camera every class and shooting in manual mode in no time. Scott gets great satisfaction teaching photography to people of all levels, and turning on the lights within people to help them explore the world of creative photography.
Techniques taught by Scott are his own personally developed pro techniques not taught anywhere else and are the same ones he still uses on each professional shoot. You won't find this teaching on Google, Youtube or at other teaching schools.
Introduction to Digital Photography workshop runs for 4 hands-on classes at Community Northern Beaches, formerly the Manly Community Centre, 12 Wentworth Street Manly - 2 hours per week from 7-9pm Friday nights. This course incorporates both day and night time photography.
All you need to do this course is your camera and lens.
The following dates dates are for 2019.
In this 4 week course you will learn:
Scott is an approachable + knowledgable teacher / tutor. The course was excellent + and we can now take quality photos. Highly recommended + very practical. We will be back for more! Yulanie and BruceMar 19
The course was interacitve, easy to understand and prepared very well. I realy enjoyed it! MayuMar 19
Great course! I wish I came across this course years ago. I would definitely recommend it. ErikaMar 19
Highly recommned, makes photography easy to understand and is heaps of fun! LilyMar 19
I finally know what all these buttons are for and feel confident about my abiltiy. 100% recommend this course, I've learned so much. Jessica.Nov 18
This was a great class. Very comprehensive and went at a good pace to learn. Would highly recommend it to anyone hesitant on taking on a course Vs learning online at home. It's great to be able to get instant feedback and ask questions. EmilyNov 18
Totally recommend this course to get initiated in this wonderful art. Scott is approachable, patient and knowledgeable. Don't think any longer, sign up. MariaNov 18
Great course, very infrormative and I can't wait to use my new skills! PetraNov 18
A very practicle course with a lot of opportunity to practice + one on one tuition if required. KazNov 18
Course was amazing!. Learnt a lot. Teacher is very knowledgeable and patient. Would defs reccomend highly. LinzeyNov 18
Quite often, experience overlooks and tramples ignorance especially when the window of opportunity is so small and the subject is so huge but I am glad Scott triumphantly overcomes that challenge with his overwhelming experience and humble personality to manage a group of novice beginners. His abiltiy to teach photography with an impeccable skill of getting in to only so much detail without creatiing any confusion is sheer brilliance. Scott balances theory and practicals effortlessly and that gives the students a sense of learning and accomplishment. I realy enjoyed my 4 weeks sesion, learnt a lot. I finished the course with heaps of confidence. Loved the conversations with Scott. SomnathNov 18
To all and sundry budding and aspiring intersested persons in photography:
Do the course
Learn a bit
Get the bug
Go for gold then do some more
I cannot recommend this course enough as a starting point to get your creative thoughts going. Do some more and reward yourselves with great beauty in your lives. JakeMar 18
I was given this course as a gift from my son who lives in London. Chances are he chose the course becauseof its location in Manly, as I live on the northern beaches. As it turns out I would have traveled across Sydney to attend, it was that good!
Scott is a very experienced photographer and an excellent teacher. The lessons are fast paced and full attention is required to absorb the information being imparted, but the satisfaction of mastering the knowledge and technique is inspiring.
The 8 hours spread over 4 weeks is over before you know it and it was quite sad when it came to an end. However, this is the beginning of years of enjoyment in the wonderful world of photography.
Thanks Scott, it was great! GeoffMar 18
A wealth of information to take in but I feel I am in a much better place to be able to start my new found hobby. Thank you for your patience. RichardNov 17
I enjoyed the technical aspects of the course and am inspired to get out there and practice! JohnNov 17
With such incredible passion and a great deal of experience in photography, Scott was an amazing teacher with a patient and direct nature.
I would certainly recommend this course to all my friends who wanted to learn how to utilise their cameras to the max!
Thank you Scott! See you at the Sunrise shoot! CarmelJul 17
This course is excellant! Scott is a very patient, approchable and effective teacher. I came in never using manual settings on a DSLR and have taken pictures I had never imagined I could produce! And it has been great fun! Thanks Scott. RakheeJul 17
Great course, great teacher - good way to start out in Photography! EmmaJul 17
This course has lightened up my life! I enjoyed every Thursday night. I recommend it to everyone especially if you really want to learn and have fun too. EricaApr 17
Scott has an extensive knowledge of Photogragphy and is keen ot share his enthusiasm with students. PhillipDec 16
A great program for all levels of interest from beginners to those who want to polish their skills. It has resparked my passion for photography. DanielleJun 16
I would recommend this course to all my friends. I have learned so much. Your energy was awesome!! MattJun 16
I started this course as an absolute novice and was nervous that I wouldn't cope. Scott was patient and very encouraging and now I feel like I am leaving with a really valuable knowledge and understanding of both my camera and photography in general. MaryanneJun 16
Scott is a great coach who is very passionate about photography and the "light" because it is all about the light!! Thank you for providing practical tips and boosting my confidence behind the camera. AlexJun 16
A fantastic introduction to digital photography. I was an absolute novice with a decent camera that was wasted on me. Scott is very enthusiastic in his teaching style & explains terms/concepts in an easy to understand way. Thanks Scott. KristieJun 16
Fab course to get the confidence to take the photos you want and to get the results you want! RiaFeb 16
I didn't think I was going to learn much as I had a strong theory background. I am delighted to say that I was completely wrong! Loved the course, learnt a huge amount and my photography has improved drastically as a result. CliveDec 15
This is a great start to using your camera on manual and understanding the creative elements of photography. Anyone interested in taking creative photos will love this course. I want to thank Scott for making the course really enjoyable and interesting. JaneNov 15
This was a thoroughly enjoyable course! Scott is a professional, extremely knowledgeable and a walking camera manual. He covered all the basic concepts in a fun, easy-to-understand way with - as the high point - the three-hour field trip in Sydney's The Rocks. MarkNov 14
If you want to lift the lid on the mysteries of your DSLR and stop relying on automatic settings that never quite get the shot right, then this course is for you. It's excellent value (seven weeks AND a three-hour field trip) and you get to practice what you learn every week during the class. Scott is hugely experienced and very assured in his field, and you see almost instant outcomes and improvements from the first week. I felt liberated after the course and now look forward, with confidence, to picking up the camera and striving for the perfect shot. Five stars. JamieNov 14
Great introduction to photography with a good balance of theory and practice. Scott is easy-going yet keeps the pace up which was fun! I will definitely sign up to another course. JulietSep 14
The energy of the class was awesome! Relaxed but productive. I really liked how we got to practice straight after learning which really helped get it into my head. SaraMar 14
Such a fantastic course and tutor to learn the basics of digital photography! Lots of fun, friendly learning environment. I definitely recommend it to all budding photographers out there! CatherineFeb 14
This course met every one of my expectations, and more. There was a great balance between theory and practical which always made it interesting, and fun. Scott is a fabulous teacher and easy to listen to. Met some lovely people and had a wonderful time. Highly recommend. SaraFeb 14
I loved this course! I'm so inspired to keep taking photos and learn more! LizAug 13
I found Scott to be very informative. How he presented the class you never felt hurried and he was always checking we understood everything. I can now use my camera to it's full potential! ChrisAug 13
The course has been a massive learning curve! Can't wait to get more practice. My camera hasn't left my side since I started seven weeks ago. I am looking forward to experimenting more with my photography! AliceAug 13
I came on this course because I wanted to change from a picture taken and use more than 10% of my DSLR. My confidence and ability in using my camera has increased exponentially! Thanks. SimonJun 13
From automatic to maual in no time at all. Great teacher, great fun. I will never use automatic again. JohnMar 13
Great course. I have learnt more in seven weeks than I have in one year of reading books on photography! Thank you! KerryMar 13
I now have the confidence to go out by myself to take photos using a large number of different techniques to get the shot that I want it to be. TraceyMar 13
Great course. Friendly teacher with really fun and informative content. I'm now competent and confident to shoot in manual. MatthewMar 13
If you want to learn about photography, have fun, do this course! ChrisMar 13
I would recommend this course to anyone of any level. Thanks for the additional support and being able to catpure much better pictures of my small children. Will save my husband a fortune! Very inspired to keep going! AnnaSep 12
I loved this course! Scott is a very easy-going, patient and fun teacher and makes sense of something I have been struggling with for a long time! Has inspired me to keep going! Thank you! TracySep 12
Scott is a great teacher. He is very patient and knowledgeable. I definitely recommend him and his courses. SandraSep 12
Loved this course! So happy to have crossed the line from auto over to manual and being on first name terms with aperture and f stops. I will definitely be joining in on Scott's other courses in the future. CarmelJun 12
Great course, gives you enough practical and theoretical experience to get you hooked. Gets you wondering if you could be the next Annie Liebowitz! AnikaMar 12
I love that I have been able to take control of the camera and learnt how much more creative I am capable of being once I learnt to shoot in manual. GermaineMar 12
I loved the seven-week photography course! I have learnt so much and my images have greatly improved. The course is a good mix of theory and time taking photos and the field trip was a real highlight! I'd highly recommend the course to anyone starting out with an SLR for the first time. Scott is a great teacher and I hope to be joining another of his course soon. JoDec 11
A great and friendly enviroment to learn something that initially be quite complicated. Very thorough and easily understandable tuition. Interesting practicals for homework and fun practicals during course nights. The field trip component of the course was brilliant! Have already recommended the course to friends. HeatherDec 11
Would definitely recommend Scott's class to anyone. Beginners to advanced, the class has loads of practicals which help cement what you are learning. LouSep 11
Thanks for a great course. I am so happy theat I signed up for the course. You have given me a new lease on life with the skills I have gained. Great teacher with vast experience and knowledge. I would recommend this course to anyone. ClintSep 11
MASSIVELY improved my knowledge, good pacing, social bunch. I liked the knowledge and experience of the tutor. JezJul 11
I came into the course with very little knowledge and understanding of how to take a photo in manual mode - now I do! I also met a bunch of keen photographers. GretaJul 11
Fantastic course that altogether I would highly recommend to anyone. You know nothing about your camera till you do this course! TonyJul 11
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I came into the course wondering if I will ever veer from automatic and to my surprise, I now take photos with confidence on manual. Thank you for your patience in answering my 100 questions and teaching us to enjoy using our cameras, I definitely see my surroundings in a different light and get excited each time I take a photo now. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to get to know their cameras, its easier than I thought! BrigitteJun 11
For a digital photography 'basics' course we certainly covered a considerable amount of information. For the first time in my life I feel confident enough to change the 'automatic' mode to 'manual' and give it a try! Thanks Scott, it's been great. MichelleJun 11
Excellent course! If you want to do a beginners' photography course that gets you straight into the action, this is the course for you! Cheers Scott. PhilJun 11
This course teaches you much more than the technical skills needed to operate your SLR - it teaches you to see potential images and art everywhere you go! BenJun 11
I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who owns a digital camera and wants to know how to get the most out of it. Scott runs the courses in a very informative but relaxed manner where you feel very at ease asking questions or asking him to go through something again until you fully understand. The mix between theory and practical is just right and the highlight for me was the field trip where the theory really came into practice and it all fell into place. I am very proud of the photos I took on the field trip and enjoy showing them off! Its great to finally understand how to get the most out of my camera and get some really great shots! SuzanneMay 10
This course is great if you are interested in knowing more about your SLR and the basics of photography! YolandaMar 10