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Digital Photography for Beginners

State ID: MAA60


Get the most out of your digital camera.
Learn the fundamentals of using your DSLR in a fun and supportive environment.
Includes course notes, feedback and Q&A sessions.
Learn the advantages of using manual modes and controlling shutter speed, aperture and ISO, so you can progress to the next level of creative photography.
This course offers a blend of helpful theory in easy-to-understand terms, clear demonstrations and student practicals so you can put the theory into practice.
Unleash your creative potential by discovering how your camera works.

Topics covered in this course include:
    Getting to know your DSLR camera and how it works
    How to control the camera using manual modes
    Shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls
    Focusing, light meter
    Understanding exposure
    Choosing the right lens for the job
    File formats – convenience versus quality
    How to best use light
    Qualities of light, composition, when to shoot
    Portraiture – photographing your family and friends
    Documenting your experiences, locations, travel
    Basic Photoshop
    Practicals, course notes, constructive feedback and student image review sessions

    A DSLR camera or mirrorless camera with the option of manual mode, capable of manually adjusting shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls is essential for this course
    Interchangeable lenses – an added advantage
    Image card(s), Image card reader, USB, charged camera batteries and chargers
    The manual for your camera (most manufacturers have online manuals you can download via the web if necessary)
    A tripod – please bring if you have one
    Knowledge of working with computers
    Pen and notepad
    Course content includes completing assessment criteria

Please familiarise yourself with your cameras manual prior to starting the course.


On successful completion of this course, students will receive a statement of attainment for the following nationally accredited units:
    ICPDMT321 Capture a Digital Image

Entrance Requirements

Fees and charges

How to apply

Entrance Requirements

This course has basic equipment and/or PPE requirements

Fees and charges

Non-Concession: $151.40
Concession: $49.10
Commercial / International: $284.90

School age students
Students who would normally be attending year 12 or below in the current calendar year will be eligible to enrol at the commercial / international rate for this course.

International students
This courses isn’t available to Visa 500 International Students.
For information on international courses, please follow this link to the TAFE International WA website
Other visa holder students
All other visa holders (i.e 457, 300, 485, 489, 496) contact either South West or Great Southern Campuses to confirm your eligibility;
South West Campuses    0417 937 894
Great Southern Campuses    1800 675 781

How to apply
  1. Please check to see if dates have been set for this course by selecting the campus you wish to attend at the bottom of this page.
  2. Complete the Course enquiry form below and advise which dates you would like to enrol into.
  3. We will then send you enrolment forms to complete.

Delivery location, important dates and study options

In order to comply with COVID-19 Government directed social distancing guidelines, some courses may include a mix of online and classroom based training delivery, as well as practical and work experience placements.

While the mode of delivery might vary, the content and key learning outcomes of the course will remain the same.

The precise mix of delivery method will vary from course to course. The time, place and method of delivery may also vary across the semester to ensure social distancing and safe training delivery for staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Regional TAFE will provide students with adequate support to work in online environments where necessary.

Bunbury Campus

Date: 13 October - 17 November 2020
Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm, Tuesdays
Duration: 6 weeks

Busselton Campus
Date: 15 October - 19 November 2020
Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm, Thursdays
Duration: 6 weeks

Course enquiry

Please note: This form is only for course enquiries. If you would like to apply or require further application information, please visit our Apply and Enrol page.

Page last updated September 14, 2020