Centre for Continuing Education

Photography Course: Mastering Creative Photography

Photography. Focus your creativity.

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

Limited Time Only | 25% off Photography Courses

From 3 September – 31 December inclusive, receive 25% off any Photography course.* The discount will apply automatically on checkout.

*Enrolments made as part of this offer are non-refundable. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.


Develop the tools and techniques needed to be able to identify, capture and create great photographic opportunities from a wide range of situations. The skills participants take away from this course will support their photographic creativity in any familiar domestic environment, to more exotic locations that you might discover, for example, on a business trip or on holiday.

Learning how to operate a camera is one thing. Learning how to use your camera creatively is an entirely different process. Translating any scene, be it landscape, portrait, architecture or still life, into something special, something visually different, requires a range of very specific skills.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify potential image making opportunities in a range of different situations.
  2. Know how to capture that image making opportunity without experiencing technical shortcomings.
  3. Separate what’s acceptable, and what’s not, in terms of identifying a strong image over one that has less potential.
  4. Categorise their image results – social and business, illustrative or commercial.
  5. Create stronger content by applying selective post-processing techniques.
  6. Identify if their creativity can be extended into the commercial sphere – considering submission for print, web or stock libraries.


This Photography course covers the following topics:

  • Brief introduction to the history of photography.
  • The development of photographic technology, from Henry Fox Talbot’s first permanent image recorded in 1835, to the high-tech modernism of current day imaging equipment.
  • An overview of photographers identified as having developed a notable photographic style.
  • A look at the photographic categories available to the modern photographer, with examples from the world of architecture, documentary, fashion, advertising, wedding, portraiture and natural history.
  • Brief technical overview of the photographic process – lens use, aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, file formats and creative application.
  • Brief technical overview of the video shooting process. Setting up the camera: file formats, frame rate, resolution, stabilisation, lens choice, focussing, metering and colour control.
  • Field trip(s) (locations TBA).

As an extra feature of this class, students will all receive online critiques of their three field trip assignments from the tutor via vimeo.com.

Intended Audience

Suitable for personal interest adult learners, university students and active retirees who have a clear interest in photography. Participants need to have a reasonably good understanding of the technical functions of their cameras before undertaking this class, plus a good understanding of either Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom (or similar) and a video editing application like Premiere Elements or Premiere Pro (for those students wanting to shift into video).

Suited to those who have attended the Photography Essentials Course.


Participants must bring the following:

  • DSLR, or interchangeable lens camera
  • Lenses
  • Tripod
  • Spare batteries for camera
  • Spare memory cards
  • USB


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