Essendon Camera Club Introduction to Photography Course

Learn the fundamentals of photography and light and how to apply a new understanding in how to capture great photographs.

Enrolments for the 2018 course are currently closed and will be opening around mid January 2018. If you would like to be notified when the course opens for enrolments, please provide your details using the form on this page.


For over 50 years the Essendon Camera Club has been running an annual Introduction to Photography course. Over this time, thousands of people have learnt more about their camera, their images and how to present their images to maximise their potential. Some have even stayed on as a member of the club. You can join them too.

This course is aimed at those who've purchased a DSLR or mirrorless camera and want to take the next step in understanding how to use it.

Our course is run over eight nights. Each night is centred on a topic for you to discover and learn. We include hands-on activities for you to put your learning into practice and you will be provided with a home work project to guide you while you are not with us.

In addition to this, there three outings to increase your hands-on skills. The first allows you to practice with natural light, the second is a night photography session and the third is a dawn visit to Coode Island with the intent of catching a wonderful sunrise over the city.

Course Outline

The introduction to photography course covers the following areas:

  • Composition
  • Metering
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • Understanding light
  • Portrait Photography
  • Landscape Photography
  • Using Flash
  • Travel Photography
  • Macro Photography

Course Pricing

The cost of the course is $235.00 ($195.00 for concession card holders - proof will be required). The course fee also includes 1 year membership to the Essendon Camera Club.


Number of Participants

There are total of 40 places on our course. During the course however, participants will be assigned to smaller groups of 5 each with it's own mentor.

ECC Course Expression of Interest

Necessary equipment:

  1. A camera capable of being used in Manual Mode and it needs to be able to be mounted on a tripod.
  2. Your camera manual. If you don't have a physical copy, please download one and have it available during the course on your mobile phone or tablet or in a way that it will be easily accessible.
  3. A tripod will also be necessary but if you don’t already have one, we will offer purchasing advice on the first night.

Please read our course FAQ for more information.

Part of the course will deal with Flash photography. It would be beneficial to own or have access to a camera that has a hot shoe to enable you to participate directly during those lessons.

Next year's course commences on the 20th of April 2017. Please use the form if you would like to be notified once enrolments open next year.

You can download the 2018 course syllabus here

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