Ballarat Photography Course – 10 lesson Short Course

Do you have an awesome DSLR camera but leave it on auto mode? Learn how your camera works & gain confidence to use it to it’s full potential on manual mode in this practical Ballarat Photography course.

Perfect for beginners & intermediate photographers wanting to get creative & take their photography to the next level.

Ballarat Photography Course covers:

  • ISO, Aperture & Shutter Speed
  • Manual metering
  • Practical landscape & portrait classes
  • Natural & Flash lighting
  • Composition
  • Post production
  • Completion of a documentary assignment

To download the full course outline, including all dates, click here

TERM 1 2019:

START DATE: Monday 4 Feb (then weekly until Mon 25 Mar 2019*)

TIME: 6.30 – 9pm weekly (weekend class is 2-6.30pm)

LOCATION:  Eastwood Leisure Complex
This course requires a DSLR camera, with a tripod optional. If you aren’t sure if your camera is a DSLR, please get in touch. Many hybrid or bridging cameras (ie – you have manual settings but you can’t change the lenses) don’t have the range that DSLR’s have and you may not get the most out of this course. Get in touch to find out more!)
*Where the public holiday falls on a Monday, the class will be held on the Tuesday of that week. See course outline.
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  • Michelle’s photography course was a perfect balance of theory and practice, delivered with a lovely warm, relaxed style of teaching that is both patient and inclusive. I had quite a good working knowledge of my camera, but was still guilty of using Auto regularly. I don’t have to do that any more. I have the confidence and knowledge to use my camera in Manual mode, thanks to Michelle and With Camera in Hand.

    Jacinta S, 2017
  • I signed up to this course because I wanted more from the photos I was taking. I have learnt so much in just 10 lessons. My camera is switched to manual and I’m never going back. Michelle is a natural teacher, her lesson plan is easy to follow and is a great mix of theory and practice. It has been a long time since I’ve studied, and this has made me remember how much fun it can be when you have a brilliant teacher. I’m so disappointed it’s over, I feel like it’s only the beginning.

    E Roney
  • Michelle taught with patience, skill, encouragement and a positive approach. A true passion for photography emanated. A great blend of technical and practical learning. Provided a solid foundation to leave me feeling that there are no limits.

    Leanne G
  • I can’t believe how much I actually learnt in the ten weeks! I really enjoyed photography before the course but after doing it I have a whole new love and understanding for it! Michelle explained everything so we could all understand it and really made us feel comfortable. I highly recommend! Thanks Michelle!

  • I highly recommend Michelle’s DSLR short course to anyone wanting to get started with photography or improve their existing skills. I was a complete beginner at the start of the course, and within the duration of 10 classes I can now confidently shoot on manual mode in a variety of photography styles. The best part of the course is Michelle’s passion and talent in her work which really shines through in everything she does – she is an excellent teacher. Thanks Michelle for helping me to discover this wonderful skill!!

    Emma Rae
  • Michelle is not only a very talented photographer, she’s also a fantastic teacher, with a real gift for sharing her immense knowledge with others. She made every step of the DSLR course fun and practical, and the learning was solid. Beforehand I was reluctant to take my “big” camera out with me, as I rarely got shots that were good enough to make it worth the effort. Now I happily take it everywhere, confident that I’m on a positive photography journey. Despite the huge learning curve, the course was well paced and most enjoyable and the results were tangible every step of the way. It was excellent value and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it highly to anyone wanting to say goodbye to auto mode forever!

    June V
  • “This course gave me a really good understanding of how my camera works and provided the skills I need to be able to photograph well in a range of settings and has given me the confidence to take my camera of Auto mode.”

    Deneale. D
  • “Loved this workshop for many reasons – thoroughly enjoyed the philosophy through to the technical approach”


    J.Osborn, 2014
  • “This has been a thoroughly fantastic course. You have a very good manner & patience… I have learnt a lot of practical skills which is why I enrolled in the first place. Thank you.”


    J.Phillips, 2014
  • “Really enjoyed Michelle’s SLR course, everything was explained in detail and in a way we understood and Michelle was a lovely person to be around, would defiantly highly recommend!”


  • Michelle’s infectious passion for photography infused each session with extremely accessible information which built and layered with each weeks exercises. Besides learning what the camera was capable of and how to switch to manual for good, I found I was seeing differently and noticing the world in a different way. I thoroughly recommend Michelle and her professionally run, fun MDP DSLR courses. Just do it!!

  • I just wanted to drop you a line and say a massive thanks for the photo course just gone.
    14 years ago myself and hubby went to Tasmania, and I was so upset that I didn’t get a single ‘good’ photo. This time around, armed with your advice, I’m pleased to report that I have a bucket load of good photos!! It was a joy to take the holiday, knowing that I had a reasonable chance of capturing the shot I wanted. So again, thank you. I really enjoyed the sessions and the proof is in the photos from the last three weeks.

    Emily C

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