Discover Digital SLR Photography

Discover Digital SLR Photography

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Freshwater QCWA Hall

LOT 1/253 Kamerunga Rd


Cairns, QLD 4870


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"Discover Digital SLR Photography" is a beginner's photography course held in Cairns, North Queensland.

About this event

The course is aimed at those wishing to take creative control of their digital SLR or mirrorless camera and includes four evening classes and a practical field shoot.  It will equip you with the skills to take creative control of your camera and be able to capture properly exposed, well composed images. 


The course runs over four Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm - 10.00pm, with a field shoot on the Sunday afternoon of the 4th Week.  It's designed to be as practical as possible, blending a good understanding of the fundamentals with plenty of hands on experience. 


Student numbers are limited to a max of 6 students.


Classes -          Tue 12, 19, 26 July and 2 Aug 2022, 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Field shoot -     Sun 7 Aug 2022, 3.30 - 6.30pm

Weekly Evening Classes

Classes combine technical and practical exercises and students are encouraged to use their cameras during the class and in the weekly homework assignments.


Week 1:  Introducing the Digital SLR

Camera layout and functions, memory cards and image quality settings are explored.   Camera white balance is explained and we learn focus techniques.  We look at lenses, other equipment and camera accessories.

Week 2:  Exposure control - Part One

ISO, Apertures and Shutter Speeds are all explained, and we delve into using Shutter Speed & Aperture Priority modes.  We also cover ‘Depth of Field’ and how to use it achieve the image you're after.

Week 3:  Exposure control - Part Two

Here we focus on shooting in Manual Exposure mode, as well as using histograms for obtaining well-exposed images, the various metering modes and how to apply exposure compensation.

Week 4:  Composition and Lighting

Image composition and the ‘Rule of thirds’ is explained and we look at other compositional techniques to create compelling images.  Lenses for composition and framing is also examined and we explore the use of natural light and flash photography.


Field Shoot

Here we put what you’ve learned into practice and give you the opportunity to ask questions and get advice while ‘in the field’.  We put ISO, F-stops and Shutter Speeds into practice; look at using tripods and filters; and learn location shooting tips & techniques.

Introduction to RAW Image Processing & Photoshop Elements 2022

After the completion of the course, there is also an optional 5th week, which covers an introduction to processing your raw images and editing them with Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022.  For this course it will be on Tue 9 Aug from 7.00 - 10.00pm.   The additional cost is $75.  This session can be booked and paid for direct through Cairns Photo Courses anytime during the course.  Note:  this session is subject to minimum numbers.


Professional Tutor

Cairns Photo Courses is led by professional photographer Andrew Watson whose work has been published in magazines, advertising, corporate and promotional material around the world, including National Geographic, The Sunday Times, The Australian, Lonely Planet and many more.  Andrew grew up in North Queensland and is passionate about teaching and about sharing the region's amazing landscapes, people and lifestyle through photography.


What kind of camera do I need for this course?

Ideally this course is suited to users of digital SLR and mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, however other mirrorless, bridge or hybrid cameras may also be ok (please contact us if you're unsure).  We cover all brands of camera, from Canon and Nikon to Sony, Olympus and others.  If you are intending to buy a new camera for the course, we can happily provide some advice on what gear might be appropriate for you.


Is there an age limit for students?

Not really, we usually accept any students from 15 years of age upwards.


What are my parking options at the venue?

There's plenty of parking available near the Freshwater QCWA Hall.  The hall is located opposite the Freshwater Railway Station (Kuranda Scenic Rail).  Parking is available on Old Smithfield Rd, behind the hall. 


Are refreshments provided?

Yes, there's tea, coffee and biscuits on offer.   We also take a break half way through the evening classes where light snacks are provided. 


What is the refund policy?

A full refund, minus the Eventbrite booking fee, is available if you cancel your booking more than 7 days prior to the start date.  A 50% refund, minus the Eventbrite booking fee, is provided when cancelled less than 7 days prior to the start date.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations after the course has commenced.  If, once the course has commenced, you are unable to attend due to illness or any other reason, we are unable to provide a refund or offer a transfer to another course.


Am I able to transfer my course to another date?

If you're unable to attend the course originally booked and wish to be transferred to a future course, you may do so, however the same policy applies with regards to cancellations for any future course.

What is the class size?

For this course, to be COVID safe, the maximum number of students is 6.  We also reserve the right to cancel a course if the minimum required number of places has not been filled.  In the event that we have to cancel a course, a full refund or transfer to a future course will be offered. 

Where can I find more information about your classes and workshops?

You can visit the Cairns Photo Courses website or you're welcome to e-mail us at




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