Learn photography at my beginners photography course this year. My photography class is designed just for beginners.

Beginners Photography Workshops


Master your camera settings, learn photography and get off AUTO – forever!




Workshop Dates

Upcoming Dates


Saturday April 13 2024 1.30pm

Saturday May 18 2024 1.30pm

Saturday June 22 2024 1.00pm

Saturday July 20 2024 1.00pm

Group Size

Workshop is limited

to 8 persons

Workshop Price

$195 per person

Do you want to learn photography and get the confidence that comes with knowing what your camera functions do?  

And when to apply them for type of photography YOU want to do? 

Then my Beginners Photography Workshops are for you.


Starting just after lunch and finishing at sunset, you’ll learn all you need to know about your DSLR or Mirrorless digital camera. The day is tailored for YOUR brand. So whether you’ve got a Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Fuji, Sony – at my photography course I speak your language.


Over the past few years I’ve helped hundreds of photographers achieve those ‘light-bulb’ moments at my beginners photography course.


Imagine the feeling when all those numbers, settings, buttons and dials finally mean control and creativity instead of confusion and doubt – because once that happens it starts to get really fun. I focus on 3 main things:


  • What The Setting Is
  • What That Setting Does
  • When To Use It


And you’ll receive a copy of my comprehensive notes from the day. 


This is what my Beginners Photography Workshop is all about – to help you Find Your Focus.


So – Get off AUTO forever!


Spend the afternoon mastering your camera with Andrew Thurtell m.photog at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens at Benowa for a day that will change your photography – forever!


What We Will Be Covering:


It’s a big afternoon. Together we will cover:

  • Your camera, how it works and how to quickly and easily navigate the menu system
  • Your Apertures and Shutter Speeds and how to use them for creative control
  • How ISO works and how to take pictures in low light
  • Understanding White Balance for more accurate colour in-camera
  • Megapixels, Resolution and Image Sizes
  • RAW files v JPEG files and which one to use and when
  • Learn where the magic happens with your Shooting Modes: Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual
  • Understanding Exposure and how to get it right each and every time
  • Metering Modes and How to Use Them
  • Mastering Autofocus, Autofocus Modes and Manual Focus (so you never miss a shot again!)
  • Depth Of Field – Learn to create beautiful out-of-focus backgrounds (or front to back sharpness for your landscapes!)
  • Lenses, Lens Choice and Focal Lengths
  • Essential Equipment: Filters, Tripods, Accessories – what’s worth buying and what’s not.


And so much more! Because everything is explained in an easy to understand way, it will help you learn photography and thoroughly understand all your cameras settings. And furthermore what they are designed to do.


So think of this photography workshop as having someone in person explain the entire camera manual to you. While attending beginner photography classes of any kind can seem like a daunting prospect, I guarantee my photography class is the opposite.  You will have a brilliant day full of learning and make some new friends along the way.


Comprehensive Beginner Photography Class Notes

20% Discount on future workshops

On location tuition and instruction from Andrew Thurtell


A DSLR or Mirrorless camera – that’s it!


Summer: 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Spring and Autumn: 1.30pm – 5.30pm

Winter: 1.00pm – 5.00pm


From Crystal:

Have been on two of Andrew’s photography class 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

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

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

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About your workshop host 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 Chefs George Calombaris, My Kitchen Rules chef Karen Martini, 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 beginner photography classes are simple: to finish the photography class a much more accomplished, passionate and skillful photographer than when you started.