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Photography lessons?

By Blackwaxned - 25 May 2009 22

Hello all,

Can anyone recommend a good place to learn photography in Canberra?

I live on the North-side and I must rely on public transport to get around so it would be preferable to find something close to home, if it exists.

My question is: Can anyone recommend a good photography school in Canberra that will not break the bank and is located in the City or the North-side of Canberra?

What’s Your opinion?


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Photography lessons?
deye 3:50 pm 25 May 09

Ben was the guest speaker at the Canberra Flickr group gala dinner last year. It was an interesting talk, and from the way he spoke he would probably be a good teacher.

Brindabella 2:15 pm 25 May 09

I know that Ben at Fusion Photography does lessons. Based in Tuggeranong.

His work is stunning. Check it out here.
http://www.fusionphotography.com.au

Holden Caulfield 12:45 pm 25 May 09

photoaccess, that’s them. Thanks astro.

http://www.photoaccess.org.au/

ABC129 12:30 pm 25 May 09

Have a look at http://www.photoschool.com.au/ My wife and I did one of their courses and got a lot out of it.

If you’re after a friendly online community to learn and improve have a look at http://www.ausphotography.net.au There is actually a Canberra meet heading out to Shannon’s Flat early this Sunday if you’re interested.

Another resource might be http://www.canberra-photographic.org.au/ but I haven’t had anything to do with them as yet so cannot comment.

deye 12:28 pm 25 May 09

lol

grundy 12:19 pm 25 May 09

They all look the same deye. 😛

deye 12:03 pm 25 May 09

Just an example of progression.
This shot of Parliament House was taken with my old point and shoot back in November 2006
http://www.flickr.com/photos/d-eye/304152606/

This one in March 2008 on the DSLR
http://www.flickr.com/photos/d-eye/2360716991

and this one in November 2008
http://www.flickr.com/photos/d-eye/2995090508/

deye 11:57 am 25 May 09

astrojax said :

with all due respect, deye, while lots of doing is a very very necessary component of learning photography, those of us without the resources to devote almost a full-time existence around their camera will find skilled tutoring invaluable. the basic premises to how light work are complex matters, while understanding a camera is effectively a box with a hole in and the point is to let in a particular amount of light regarding the desired result,

a little learning can go a long way, but i’d recommend it as essential for someone serious about what they want to be able to do with photography as an enthusiastic and/or serious hobbyist.

Photography is my hobby, not my job. These days most of what you need to learn from can be found on the net. With digital cameras you can see the approximate results immediately and with a bit of thought work out what you can change to get the result you want.

I learnt with basic point and shoot, a tripod and going out on the occasional night to take photos of buildings around the place. With night photography you are forced to think about the light and can learn quite a lot from it. I did the same thing at first when I got the DSLR, then gradually moved to people and then added in the use of off camera flashes. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t, but in either case you progress.

I am entirely self taught. That said I do plan on doing a workshop with Koukei one day.

Inappropriate 11:47 am 25 May 09

In support of deye; you don’t need a full-time existence with a camera to learn. Just a willingness to take pictures and seek criticism is enough. It doesn’t require a lot of time.

astrojax 11:43 am 25 May 09

with all due respect, deye, while lots of doing is a very very necessary component of learning photography, those of us without the resources to devote almost a full-time existence around their camera will find skilled tutoring invaluable. the basic premises to how light work are complex matters, while understanding a camera is effectively a box with a hole in and the point is to let in a particular amount of light regarding the desired result, a little learning can go a long way, but i’d recommend it as essential for someone serious about what they want to be able to do with photography as an enthusiastic and/or serious hobbyist.

deye 11:34 am 25 May 09

Just pick up the camera and take a photo, look at the result, think about it, play with the settings and take another 😉

Also look at photo sites like flickr, pbase, deviantart etc and look at the settings used on photos you like. Flickr has plenty of groups that discuss various techniques (also recommend the ACT group)

If you want to learn how to use flashes off camera then have a look at http://www.strobist.com

Seriously the best way to learn is to just go out and do it.

astrojax 11:24 am 25 May 09

the old jazz school at manuka by the pool now houses photoaccess, the community photo lab/school/gallery/facilities – i would have recommended this of course, but op specified northside. photoaccess was initially housed in acton, by the drill hall where the co-op now is (though the old huts it was housed in have been pulled down)

once blackwaxned does the dark room cit course, photoaccess is the place to join to have a space to use a darkroom, unless s/he wants the expense and fuss of setting up a home space…

worth checking out nonetheless.

Holden Caulfield 10:23 am 25 May 09

Is the group that operates/operated near the Manuka Pool still in operation?

Not Northside, obviously, but they were supposed to be quite good courses ranging from beginner and upwards.

Inappropriate 10:08 am 25 May 09

Saunter on over to http://www.flickr.com/groups/canberra_act/ – lots of friendly local photographers there. We have regular meets – you’re more than welcome to come along, join in, ask questions et al.

astrojax 9:05 am 25 May 09

CiT Solutions do intro to camera skills, and other photography classes, at the city campus opposite the convection, err convention centre. guess if you called the cit switch they’d pop you through to the right area and classes for second semester are likely to start in about july.

i used to teach these classes and they are usually taught by ex-cit graduates or teachers as the photography dept usually provides the teachers or recommendations for same, so they are generally pretty good. classes are three hours a week with an excursion on weekends to get some practical experience. they used to run basic darkroom skills, if that’s your bag, so you could progress to that next and extend the understanding significantly (even if you don’t intend to do much b/w printing afterwards, it is the best way to understand exposures and the like, methinks)

good luck! we look forward to your posts later with your images of canberra…

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