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Beginners Photography Workshop – Level 2


Beginners Photography Workshop – Level 2 is the perfect follow up for all who have completed the Beginners Photography Workshop and want to take the next step in their photography.



Workshop Dates

TBC – March 2019

Group Size

Workshop is limited

to 12 persons

Workshop Price

$195 per person

The workshop is divided into 4 distinct sessions – each covering a seperate area of photography and a mix of both technical and creative. 





Using a series of my most successful images covering multiple genres of photography, we’ll spend the morning analysing these images to learn to the compositional tools used to create dynamic images. In part, it’s ‘learning to see’ and will give you a great insight into the thought process behind successfully composed images.


We’ll pay particular attention to:

  • Rule Of Thirds
  • Framing
  • Balance and Negative Spaces
  • Lines, Patterns and Repetition
  • The Importance of Horizon Placement
  • Creating Depth With Foregrounds


I’ll also list the lenses used and all the camera settings for each of the images we study.





If you have done my Beginners Photography Workshop, you’ll know that I’ve discussed the benefits of shooting RAW files because your images can look with even the most basic editing.


This section is designed for those with NO editing experience. The aim is to guide you through the essential editing techniques in Adobe Photoshop to get really get you started. Furthermore you’ll gain the confidence knowing what you capture in camera can be finished off in the editing process in order to really complete your photographic vision.


I’ll introduce you to the most important features for beginners to learn to edit their own RAW files.


  • White Balance Adjustment
  • Colour Temperature Adjustment
  • Exposure Slider and Contrast Sliders
  • Highlights and Shadows Sliders (so good!)
  • Whites and Blacks Sliders
  • Clarity, Vibrance and Saturation
  • Noise Reduction
  • Black & White Conversions
  • Saturation Adjustment of Individual Colours
  • Luminance Adjustment of Individual Colours
  • White Balance Tool
  • Crop tool
  • Straighten Tool
  • Transform Tool (this one is amazing)


Follow along with me as I edit an photo live for you.




This session is designed as more of an open Q & A to discuss a number of more advanced techniques based on the subjects that you’d like to cover. 


  • Low Light Photography tips
  • Working in Manual Mode (and we can work more on this in the afternoon shoot)
  • Understanding Depth Of Field in greater details
  • How to improve focusing accuracy by telling your camera both WHERE and HOW to focus





Bring your tripod as we head down to The Spit for a location photo shoot together.


We’ll spend the last couple of hours of the day shooting some images, with particular attention paid to shooting long exposures and landscape photography tips. If you have a cable release and/or remote trigger (phone app) to fire your camera please bring that along too. 


You are welcome to leave from The Spit at the end of the day, or travel back with me to Southport. 

More helpful information


Lunch, Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea

Full Notes as downloadable PDF

20% Discount on future workshops

On location tuition and instruction from Andrew Thurtell


If you have not done the Beginners Photography Workshop with me, a reasonable understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO is required for this workshop.


9.30am – 5.30pm (or last light)

Usually a bit more if we all get talking a bit, which we usually do.


From Crystal:

Have been on two of Andrew’s courses now and my photos just keep getting better and better. His flexible teaching methods and hands on approach makes the courses practical so you get in there and learn photography faster. Love his classes and will keep going back for more, as I have had so many “light bulb” moments when it comes to my photography that I can’t wait for more enlightening!

Beginners Photography Workshop, December 2016

From Kellie:

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful day I had on Saturday at the Beginners Photography Course with Andrew. I was nervous I would be the stupidest there and not take anything in but I learned so much and had a fabulous day!

Beginners Photography Workshop, March 2017

From Kirsten:

Today I did this workshop with the amazing Andrew Thurtell. I learnt so, so much…totally invaluable experience and many lightbulb moments!

Beginners Photography Workshop, February 2017

About Andrew Thurtell

Andrew’s professional photography has featured in numerous campaigns for many leading Australia’s brands.

Andrew has worked with many of Australia’s leading celebrities and athletes: Delta Goodrem, Formula One star Mark Webber, Jessica Mauboy, Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson, Hawthorn AFL, Shelley Craft, Ashley Hart, Lleyton Hewitt, Master Chef”s George Calombaris, My Kitchen Rules chef Karen Martini, Wallaby Israel Folau, Olympic basketballer Liz Cambage, Bondi Vet Chris Brown, Olympic Gold medallist Sally Pearson and All Blacks captain Kieran Read.

In addition recent campaigns include the Swisse-Scudera Ferrari campaign shot in Maranello Italy, Ricky Pointing in Mumbai, India and Toshiba Medical.

You can explore my work on my advertising and campaign photography page.

The philosophy of my beginners photography course and classes is simple: to finish the day a much more accomplished, passionate and skillful photographer than when you started.