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Photography SLR Digital Essentials

Non-accredited Short Course

Learn the fundamentals of SLR photography and build confidence with your photos!

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NEXT INTAKE Start date: 26 Jul 2023 Duration: 8 weeks View all intakes
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Course overview

This course is an introduction to the Digital SLR (DSLR) camera and the related principles of photography.

If you have just acquired a DSLR camera whether as a purchase, gift or hand me down and are frustrated by it not producing the photos you want and you don’t fully understand it and want to do so, then this is the course for you. You will learn what you need to know about the camera and its settings and basic photographic principles so you can begin on your journey toward improving the photographs you take with your camera.

This is an introductory course for the beginner or anyone who has an interest in improving their basic understanding of the DSLR camera and basic photography principles. Whether you are a complete beginner with your first time DSLR, want to improve your travel and holiday photography, improve the photos of your children or family at play, learn how to take a landscape photo, or you are exploring the possibility of a career in photography for the future, then it all begins here and this course is for you.

Please note: During this course there will be up to four lessons scheduled off-campus on weekends including a sunrise and sunset class, locations are on the Gold Coast.  These shoots substitute on-campus time and are weather permitting.  This will be discussed in your first class to give students plenty of notice.

You will learn understand the basics of your camera and its makeup, modes, dials, care and handling. You will learn how to become more in control of your camera and its settings to enable your photography to improve. We will explore the shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings and how these relate to you taking better photos. If you are frustrated by your camera and want to gain more knowledge, understanding and the ability use your camera to take better photos, then this is the course for you.

This short course is non-accredited therefore is not registered with the National Training Register.

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Ways to study
26 Jul 2023
8 weeks
Part time 1 night per week 6.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Full fee: $335

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Photography SLR Digital Essentials (NONAC10007)

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Photography SLR Digital Essentials

Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

You must have:

  • your own digital SLR camera or a mirrorless camera - SLR cameras have interchangeable lenses. They are the bigger, professional-looking camera with lots of features, functions and buttons. SLR 'style' cameras look similar but, are smaller and do not have interchangeable lenses.
  • basic computer knowledge for camera / computer connection and file downloading.​
Resources required
  • Along with your enthusiasm and a willingness to learn you will need to have a DSLR camera or a mirrorless camera and it's manual.
  • Please bring a note pad and pen for taking notes.
  • Students need to present their Confirmation of Enrolment to the car park attendant each week to be eligible for discounted parking.
Need to know

Course commencement is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.


University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.