Introduction to Photography Course in Melbourne

Just bought a digital camera and don't know how to use it? Ever feel your photos are not as good as they could be? Have you seen photos in a book or magazine and thought ‘I wish I could take photos like that’? Do you want to learn and practise skills that will make you happier with your picture making? Then come along to this enjoyable and informative Introduction to Photography course.

While any type of digital camera can used during the course, you’ll get the most out of the course if you own an interchangeable lens camera (DSLR or mirrorless). Other type of camera MAY lack many of the features we discuss on the course.

The 2018 Course commences on Thursday, April 19th. For all session dates, check the syllabus

Course Content

Session 1 - Basic camera operation and familiarisation
Session 2 - Camera craft, what makes us look at photographs and creating the third dimension
Session 3 – Composition, motion and colour
Session 4 – Exposure and other effects of aperture, shutter speed and ISO
Session 5 - Field trip - night photography, Southbank (Friday night)
Session 6 - Portrait and still life workshop
Session 7 - Field trip - Hedgeley Dene Gardens, Glen Iris (Saturday morning)
Session 8 - Assignment presentation and wrap up

Course Location/Time

Classroom sessions are conducted on Thursday night in the hall at the rear of St Peter’s Anglican Church, corner of Ames Ave and Neerim Rd, Carnegie. The six Thursday sessions commence at 7:30 PM and last approximately two hours. In addition, there are two field trips (Friday night & Saturday morning) as listed above.

Photography Course Enquiries
Paul Robinson 0409 425 700
Mario Mirabile 0419 042 496


Individual: $200
Concession: full time students 18-21 years, health care card holders (proof required) - $160
Additional family members: $150 / $130 concession

Your course fee also covers full membership of the Caulfield Photographic Society until the 30th September.

Register early to guarantee your place

Click the “REGISTER” button to download the application form. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge, right click the button and select save as to download the form.
Complete the form, then scan or photograph it and email to . Your deposit must be received to complete your application and secure your place on the course.

Maximum participants: 15

Caulfield Photographic Society regrets that it cannot accept registrations from persons under the age of 18 years.


Bio for Course Presenters

Paul Robinson, BCA (Photography) AFIAP FAPS SSAPS SSVAPS

Paul is the founder of the Caulfield Photographic Society. He became a professional photographer in 1989 working in Portrait and Advertising studios. Paul has had several photography articles and books published and in 2014 was a founding member of the Australian Photographic Judges Association. A successful international salon entrant he also exhibits in galleries.

Mario Mirabile

Mario is an enthusiast photographer and has been a member of Caulfield Photographic Society since 2009. Coming from a background in film photography, he continues to be amazed at the capabilities of modern equipment, and is keen to help others unlock the creative potential of their cameras. Far from knowing everything, he feels he is still developing and learning as a photographer. He prides himself in being a long time Olympus user, and used to enjoy being the only one who took this kit on club outings. Sadly (or perhaps not...), he has long since lost this distinction. You can view some of Mario's work at