Courses & Workshops

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We're continuing our exciting education program in 2016 and beyond!
All courses and workshops are held at PhotoAccess unless otherwise specified. Click here to view our enrolment terms and conditions.
This page is constantly updated - check back regularly for new dates and courses/workshops.


Camera Skills | Five-week course | $320
Don’t just take a photograph- make one! This five-week course will give beginners a solid grounding in digital photography. Whether you are a first-timer, or a self-taught photographer wishing to increase your knowledge of camera settings, Camera Skills will equip you with the tools you need to make truly memorable images and master your digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless camera. Tutors: Jane Duong (Wednesdays) and Thea McGrath (Saturdays). When: 17 February - 16 March 2016 (Wednesdays) 6pm-9pm, OR 20 February - 19 March 2016 (Saturdays) 1pm-4pm. View full course overview

Camera Basics | One-day workshop | $175
This hands-on workshop is your plain-English guide to the fundamentals of digital photography, and will allow you to shoot with confidence and control, getting great results from your digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless camera. Tutor: Stephen Corey. When: Sunday 20 March 2016, 10am-4pm. View full course overview

Digital toolbox: Photoshop and Lightroom for Beginners | Seven-week course | $390
Digital toolbox is your beginners’ guide to Photoshop and Lightroom, the professionals' choice of image editing software. Over seven weeks, Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert Andrew Burke will introduce you to these two compatible programs, that can be used simultaneously by the amateur and professional photographer alike. When: weeks one-five: 11 February - 10 March, and weeks six-seven: 31 March - 7 April 2016 (Thursdays), 6pm-9pm. View full course overview

Negative Thinking: Shooting Black-and-White Film for Beginners | One-day workshop | $175
Just shoot! Take creative control of your photography, and become comfortable and confident using your film camera. In this one-day beginners workshop participants will experiment with different films and developing methods. Tutor: Robert Agostino. When: Sunday 28 February 2016, 10am-4pm. View full course overview


The Art of Street Photography | Weekend workshop @ CBR Multicultural Festival | $280
Capturing photographs on the street is an art in itself. In this popular weekend workshop, renowned documentary photographer Belinda Pratten will teach the skills necessary to make successful images on the street. Over two days, participants will learn to photograph atmosphere, movement and character amid the buzz of the National Multicultural Festival, Canberra’s largest street festival. When: 13/14 February 2016, 10am-4pm both days. View full course overview

Design your own course | One-on-one "photo coach" tutoring | $100/hr
Develop your photographic practice with the help of an experienced photographer. PhotoAccess can custom structure a one-off tutorial to suit your needs, to help improve your photographic skills and confidence. Maximum two people per personalised session. View full course overview


Kids Autumn Digital Photography School | Three-day course | $275
These guided three-day courses include a short field trip to capture images, and computer based workshops to develop images. Suitable for 10 to 16 year olds. Autumn 2016 dates coming soon (9am-4pm each day). View full course overview


Darkroom Essentials | Weekend workshop | $300
Whether you are a first-time film photographer, or are looking for a refresher course after a dalliance with digital, this two-day workshop is your essential guide to black-and-white darkroom printing. Tutor: Robert Agostino. When: Autumn 2016 dates coming soon (Saturday & Sunday) 10am-4pm both days. View full course overview


Introduction to Studio Lighting | One-day workshop | $175
Learn how to set up and position studio lighting kit for portraits and still life photography. Tutor: Stephen Corey. When: Sunday 6 March 2016, 10am-4pm. View full course overview

Intentional Malfunction: DIY approach to super 8 film | weekend workshop | $300
Learn to shoot, process, treat and show black-and-white super 8 film, creating unique and experimental hand-processed film strips. Australian experimental filmmaker and visual artist Louise Curham will share with you her experiences using super 8. When: 2/3 April 2016 (Saturday & Sunday), 10am-4pm both days. View full course overview

Camera Skills Intermediate | Five-session course | $320
Take your photography to the next level. This intermediate course follows on from Camera Skills, and is designed to give you the tools to master your camera, and develop your individual camera craft. Expand your skills, explore advanced techniques and take creative control of your photography. Tutor: Joe Cali. When: 26 April - 17 May, 6pm-9pm (Tuesdays) and Saturday 14 May 2016, 9am-12pm.View full course overview


CAPTURING THE BUSH CAPITAL | Five-week camera skills course for beginners | $320
Photograph the natural beauty, diverse ecosystems and spectacular views of the Canberra region in this beginners course. Gain an understanding of the principles of digital photography, and the skills to get the most out of your camera. Presented by PhotoAccess & ACT Museums and Galleries, this course will be held at Canberra Museum and Gallery and will include two practical field trips to photograph parts of the bush capital. Tutor: Jane Duong. When: 4 June - 2 July 2016 (Saturdays), 1pm-4pm. View full course overview

Dark Arts | Six-week beginners darkroom course | $390
Over six weeks, you will learn to make silver gelatin prints in the PhotoAccess darkroom, developing your printing creativity and confidence. By the end of the course, you will have the skills to correctly develop film, make contact prints, master exposure, control contrast, and dodge and burn your images. Tutor: Robert Agostino. When: Winter 2016 dates coming soon. View full course overview


Winter Available Light | Weekend workshop | $280
Learn to harness Canberra’s famous winter light in this weekend workshop. Participants will gain the skills to be able to ‘see’ the light in various conditions, and to translate it into their own photography without resorting to flash photography. Tutor: Sean Davey. When: 23/24 July 2016 (Saturday & Sunday), 10am-4pm both days. View full course overview


Fibre-based Black-and-White Darkroom | Weekend workshop | $320
In this two-day intermediate workshop, students will be introduced to advanced printing techniques and will print on fibre-based paper; producing exhibition quality prints by the end of the workshop. tutor: Sean Davey. When: 17/18 September 2016 (Saturday & Sunday), 10am-4pm both days. View full course overview

Portraiture in Context with Belinda Pratten | Weekend workshop | $280
Learn the art of making your subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera while maintaining creative control of the portrait session. Students will also learn how to utilise available light in various conditions and how to think creatively on their feet while working with subjects. When: 15/16 October 2016 (Saturday & Sunday), 10am-4pm both days. View full course overview



Introduction to Studio Lighting for Art Documentation | One-day workshop | $175
This studio lighting workshop is specifically designed for the documentation of two and three dimensional artworks. Tutor: Stephen Corey. When: 2016 dates and times coming soon. View full course overview

Extended Moments: Cinematography basics for your DSLR | Weekend workshop with Miguel Gallagher | $280
This workshop is for people who would like to get more out of their video enabled camera, and is designed to give you an introduction to the basics of cinematography and camera operation. When: (Saturday and Sunday), 10am-4pm each day. View full course overview

No Shades of Grey | Lith printing for beginners | Weekend workshop
Lith printing uses specialised materials and lithographic chemistry to create high contrast images with deep blacks and bright, soft whites, achieving varied and expressive results. Taught by experienced Det Voges, this weekend workshop will introduce participants to shooting and processing works for lith printing. This course was run in July 2015 (10am-4pm both days). 2016 dates coming soon.View full course overview

Tintype Photography with Wet-plate Collodion | Weekend workshop
Learn to make one-off tintypes in the PhotoAccess darkroom with experienced teacher, printmaker and photographer Bill Moseley. In this one and a half day workshop, you will learn to make tintypes, a technique perfected by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851. Using a wet plate collodion process, participants will learn to prepare thin sheets of metal for exposure to make unique tintype images. This course was run in September 2015. 2016 dates coming soon. View full course overview

Personal Photography Project | Workshop & exhibition
PhotoAccess is delighted to announce the 3rd Personal Photography Project workshop, starting in term 3 2015 and continue into mid 2016, culminating in a group exhibition at the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery in July/August 2016. Personal Photography Project is an eleven-month long workshop aimed at providing a supportive and structured environment for photographers looking to sink their teeth into a personal project of their own choice. Tutor Sean Davey. Commenced Sunday 20th September 2015. 2016/17 dates coming soon. View full course overview


ON LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY | Masterclass with Les Walkling
Les Walkling's new two-day Masterclass On Landscape Photography is a rare opportunity to receive specialist instruction from one of Australia's leading landscape photographers and most prominent photographic educators. This Masterclass was run in May 2015. 2016 dates coming soon. View full course overview.

(Top photo: by Michelle Spencer. Above photo: Blue Gum students)