Introduction to Photography Course

The Introduction to Photography Course beginning 6 August

2019 is now open for registration.



If you would like to attend the August 2019 course

Click on this link to register.



       Courses are held starting the first Tuesday of

                    February and August  each year.

Please take note of the Intro Course FAQ

Learn to produce great images, not snapshots.

Each year, the Melbourne Camera Club runs two sessions of its highly successful Introduction to Photography Course. The first course commences on the first Tuesday in February and the second course commences on the first Tuesday in August; each course is conducted over a six-week period.

This course is ideally suited to inexperienced photographers or any photographers feel a need to develop basic  skills in digital photography. Perhaps you are moving from a camera phone or basic point and shoot camera to something more advanced like a digital slr or mirrorless camera because you want to get more out of your photography. We will help you to learn how to use the creative controls of your camera, discuss the impact of light on you photographs, consider basic concepts of composition, and popular forms of photography, people and travel.

Each course consists of six lessons and three workshops. The lessons are held at the MCC Clubrooms on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm until 9:00pm and the practical workshops are held on Sunday mornings from 9:30am until noon (locations advised during the course).

The $350 course fee includes all lessons and workshops, course notes and six months provisional membership of the Melbourne Camera Club entitling participants to attend all club activities (some exclusions apply). Participants must provide their own camera and media.

Syllabus Outline

Week 1

Tuesday 6/8/19 - Introduction, cameras, basics of exposure (lesson)

Sunday 11/8/19 - Understanding camera controls (workshop)

Week 2

Tuesday 13/8/19 - Photographic lighting (lesson)

Sunday 18/8/19 - Photography outdoors (workshop/excursion)

Week 3

Tuesday 20/8/19 - Photographic composition (lesson)

Week 4

Tuesday 27/8/19 - Portraits and people (lesson)

Sunday 1/9/19 - Composition, outdoor portraits (workshop/excursion)

Week 5

Tuesday 3/9/19 - Travel photography (lesson)

                       - Image Quality - Should you shoot Raw or jpg.(lesson)

Week 6

Tuesday 10/9/19 - Review of participants' photographs, discussion, conclusion (lesson)

For further information please email the Introductory Course Coordinator.

Please note - once registered we do not provide refunds if you decide not to attend the course. However, we do allow you to send a substitute provided we receive notification before the start of the course.


1.  Do I need to bring my camera to the first session?

You won't need it, but it is probably a good idea to have it - several camera controls are discussed in the first session, and it is useful to find those controls on your particular camera.

2. Do I need a Digital SLR (DSLR) or mirrorless camera?

The aim of the course is to teach you how to use the controls on your camera to make better photos. Typically, you need a DSLR or mirrorless camera to have access to those controls.
A high end compact camera may be suitable, provided you can manually control:

  • Aperture
  • Shutter speed
  • ISO sensitivity
  • Focal length
  • Focus point

Film cameras are not really suitable for this course as they do not provide the instant feedback of viewing an image on the LCD of a digital camera.

3.  Do MCC members get a discount on the course fee?

Unfortunately the PayPal payment mechanism does not allow us to adjust the course fees at the time of registration. However, current financial MCC members who do the course will receive a $60 rebate at the end of the course.


Click on this link to register.