Centre for Continuing Education

Photography Course: Basics

Photography. Focus your creativity.

Learn Photography the smart way with Photography courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.


Covers the simplest aspects of digital photography and digital darkroom processing. Using your own digital camera, you’ll learn the basic functions of the camera lens, aperture, shutter speed and flash. You will also discover what the new digital photographer should look for when travelling, and buying or upgrading their computer.


Upon completion of this course participants will:

  1. Become familiar with the basic functions of digital camera operation.
  2. Have developed a base from which to make educated purchasing decisions for digital cameras, software, storage drives and computers for photo-editing.


This Photography course covers the following topics:

  • Basic functions of the camera lens, aperture, shutter speeds and pop-up flash.
  • Learning to use the camera’s features and when and where to use the flash.
  • Computer software and hardware requirements to support using your camera.

Though part of the day is classroom based, much of the time is spent in the local environs shooting a range of photography assignments with the instructor before returning to the classroom to evaluate the day’s results. Every participant will have the opportunity to see how good their respective camera is once their pictures have been assessed in the class.

Intended Audience

Suitable for personal interest adult learners, university students and active retirees who have an interest in photography.


Participants must bring their own camera (DSLR, FourThirds or Micro FourThirds camera with manual exposure controls and RAW file recording capability).


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • I thought this course was excellent with a great teacher. The day was packed with information and I learnt so much. Really loved the day.

  • A fantastic teacher who was very patient with the students and provided some great feedback and ideas. I look forward to enrolling in more courses with you to improve my photography.

  • The tutor was very knowledgeable, passionate about the subject (photography), and exceedingly ready to pass on the knowledge and help us as much as possible. Very rewarding and I’m most satisfied with the course.

  • Presenter was fantastic – they covered so much information, was entertaining and enthusiastic – and incredibly patient!

  • I appreciated the patience, availability and openness of the instructor to questions and queries from the students – especially to those who have a lot more to learn.

  • The tutor was great – very engaging, funny and patient and ensuring everyone had the opportunity to ask questions. The tutor went around the class so that all students could name the camera they were using, tailoring the advice accordingly.

  • We had a great teacher who was knowlegable, funny and interesting. Learned lots and enjoyed the day. Good size class as well.

  • The course was comprehensive, well-delivered and exceeded my expectations. I know my DSLR camera much better now and can’t wait to practice my new skills.

  • Lecturer was awesome – very knowledgeable and helpful. Made everybody feel relaxed.

  • This was my first Sydney Uni Continuing Ed course – it exceeded my expectations and I plan to enrol in more as a result.

  • An extremely useful and informative course – learnt so much more about photography and will definitely enrol in future courses.

  • I loved this course. So much so, that I am contemplating taking another course with this instructor who certainly knew their subject matter and could teach the class and have us all engaged.

  • Great course and a brilliant tutor, with well-paced coverage of the material and an obvious love and enthusiasm for the subject. I’ll be back for more.

  • Excellent tutor who manages to impart their knowledge in a clear and pleasant manner. Looking forward to doing another course with them.

  • A fantastic teacher who had enormous knowledge and understanding of the subject and was very happy to share this with us. Their sense of humour was a bonus to the whole day.

  • A very pleasant satisfying day. Class size was good and a good atmosphere was created. Lovely lunch and very quick and efficiently served for the size of group. Would like to do more courses with this tutor.

  • The course went beyond my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Excellent tutor. I felt I learnt some basics plus good course notes and tips to take away with me. Very glad I made the effort to enrol.