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camera basics

beginner level 1

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camera basics

this online program is for you:

If you love to take photos but are often frustrated by the results…
If you have a nice camera and only ever use it in automatic mode…
If you dabble with the other settings, but it's all a bit hit and miss…
Or if you simply want a refresher so you never miss those special moments that you most want to capture…

...no matter what kind of camera you have...

  • You'll receive 6 easy to understand online tutorials along with step-by-step activities to complete
  • You'll learn the tips and tricks used by professional photographers and be guided through practicing each one
  • You'll learn about the automatic settings and the creative modes and when to use them
  • You'll learn about image quality settings, ISO, white balance, focus and exposure metering
  • all simply and clearly explained so camera overwhelm and confusion will become a thing of the past

This course is fully supported. You will be encouraged to ask questions and always receive a personal reply. You can upload your images from each lesson and receive advice, feedback and gentle (constructive) critique from your instructor and the other students .

Imagine if you could take beautiful photos time after time.... Images you'll treasure forever and be proud to share...

Well you can! Anyone can take great photos!

“The best part of the program has been being able to upload photos and having your feedback and advice on them (always so quick, too!). And being able to see others' photos and have them see mine. I feel like there is a really community here. We are getting to know each other by having this little glimpse into each others' lives through the photos and the learning process. Thank you so much for all the time you put into it."

- Siobhan, Perth, Western Australia

"I took the Camera Basics online course. I came in already using manual settings and wasn't expecting to learn as much as I did! I appreciated the step by step guidance as each course came through my email, and looked forward to each one. When I struggled, it was awesome to be able to post my problem and get a very timely response from Robyn, who took extra time to help me. I'd do it again in a heartbeat (and will with the 8 week course). Thank you Robyn!"

- Samantha, Minnesota, USA

"I got a new camera for Christmas a year ago with the aim of taking better photos of my children, but I'd never taken it off the Auto setting and I wasn't particularly happy with the quality of the shots I was getting...too cheesy, too blurry, too dark, too bright, too busy and the list went on. I'd heard about Please Don't Say Cheese from a friend who had attended one of the workshops and so I signed up. Being an absolute beginner in photography I wasn't sure how much I would learn and retain at a 3 hour workshop, but I was amazed at how much I actually did learn and the quality of some of the shots I walked away with. Having Robyn on hand to answer questions was really helpful and the help didn't end there. Robyn continues to provide assistance via her website where you can upload pictures from the workshop for her to comment on, and a range of other post-workshop activities. I am now able to take the kinds of photos of my children that I have always wanted to. So, what have I learned? I am more aware now of how to achieve a blurred background while keeping the subject in focus, the best position for the subject in a shot, what to focus on and where to focus, how to capture sharp action shots of my kids rather than a blurred image as they dash past, how to use the available light and how to compensate for too much/too little light by adjusting settings on the camera, and how to take candid rather than cheesy shots of my little princesses...and this is only the beginning."

- Sally, Sydney, Australia

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Your instructor

Robyn Mayne [PDSC]
Robyn Mayne [PDSC]

Photographer and owner of Imagine Photography - specialising in photographing children 6 months to 16 years - and owner of Please Don't Say Cheese, - training for photographers.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.