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1 Day Photography Courses


Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra & Hobart!


While our course is now also online, this popular 1 day photography course combining both practical and theory is still the fastest way to get off 'Auto' and unlock the creative potential of your camera, especially for those who prefer more hands-on, feedback-orientated learning. Created by award-winning Australian Geographic photographer Chris Bray and limited to just 14 people with two assistants giving plenty of 1-on-1 time, these easy-to-understand days are held at zoos and other great venues all around Australia. You'll learn composition, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO, lighting, lenses, histograms, white balance and more!

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Sydney, NSW


Sydney's Taronga Zoo

. Theory sections in their amazing function centre with great catering and incredible wildlife just outside for practical sessions!

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Melbourne, VIC


Melbourne Zoo

. Theory sections in their amazing Rainforest function centre with great catering and incredible wildlife just outside for practical sessions!

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Perth, WA


Perth Zoo

. Theory sections in their great function room with wonderful catering and incredible wildlife just outside for practical sessions!

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Brisbane, QLD


Australia Zoo

. Theory sections in their amazing function centre with excellent catering, incredible free-range wildlife for practical sessions and a private Macaw parrot photo shoot!

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Adelaide, SA


Adelaide Zoo

. Theory sections in their fancy new function centre with great catering and great wildlife just outside for practical sessions!

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Canberra, ACT


Aust. National Botanic Gardens

. Theory sections in their beautiful function room with great catering and immediate access to gardens and waterfalls for practical sessions!

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Hobart, TAS


Botanic Gardens

. Theory sections in their wonderful function room with great catering and immediate access to beautiful gardens and waterfalls for practical sessions!

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Course FAQs

The videos are free - why attend?

While the theory content of this 1 day photography course is the same as in the videos, nothing beats hands-on, 1-on-1 help where you can ask questions, get feedback, query details of your specific camera and lenses and so on. Some people just learn better this way. Allocating a solid, enjoyable day to focus on improving your photography in a perfect, quiet venue away from the distractions of home is still the best way to learn, with excellent subjects to practice on just outside, tasty catering etc. You'll love it.

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What is the price?


Yes, there are plenty of cheaper photography courses around - indeed ours is one of the more expensive - but believe me (or read the glowing reviews pouring out from each and every course report down below) - you absolutely get what you pay for! Many of our attendees have first attended other courses which they've left feeling more confused and disheartened than when they arrived. Many more probably never even attempt another course. Happily, the feedback from those that do make it to ours, usually goes along the lines of "I learnt more in the first 30min than all the other courses combined!" and "Finally, a course that makes sense!".

Don't be fooled into just sitting in a classroom all day while some photographer drones on with complex graphs and says you 'must shoot in Manual Mode' (Hint: You don't - even pro-photographers rarely do these days, outside a studio). Likewise don't be tricked into simply following a photographer around for the day hoping they can somehow impart theory on the go - they can't, they can only dictate settings which they know will work, so you'll go home with pretty pictures, but no idea how to recreate or adapt them for other situations.

There's a reason why word-of-mouth has allowed us to expand for the last 7 years while other courses come and go!

Standard price is $480 per person, and for two or more people (or Australian Geographic Society members) the price is $450 per person.

Keep in mind this also includes our full colour, pocket-sized 'Course Note Booklet' (RRP $29.95) containing the theory from the day so you don't need to write everything down, as well as a set of our super popular plastic 'Clip-on photography summary cards' (RRP $24.95) that clip onto your camera strap to always remind you the key tips to getting great photos. We also provide an excellent catered lunch, morning and afternoon tea, tea & coffee on arrival and free loan of a DSLR camera and/or tripod if you request one during booking!

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What skill level is needed?

Our 1 day photography courses are aimed at beginners right through to keen-enthusiast photographers. We start at the very basics (you'd be surprised how often even skilled photographers actually lack some of these fundamentals!) and then work up. We're always delighted to hear that even accomplished photographers who've come to the day still report that they were surprised how much they still learnt during the day, and of course we're here to answer more advanced questions on topics of particular interest to you on the day too. The main concern our guests seem to have before they come is that they might not be advanced enough to attend, and let me assure you that this is never the case! We've had people attend the day pulling their camera out of the plastic-wrap and turning it on for the first time, and they find the course invaluable and still well-paced.

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What do I get on the day?

Apart from a huge amount of knowledge and inspiration, you'll also be provided with our full colour, pocket-sized 'Course Note Booklet' (RRP $29.95) containing the theory from the day so you don't need to write everything down, as well as a set of our super handy plastic 'Clip-on photography summary cards' (RRP $24.95) that clip onto your camera strap to always remind you the key tips to getting great photos. We also provide an excellent catered lunch, morning and afternoon tea, tea & coffee on arrival and free loan of a DSLR camera and/or tripod if you request one during booking!

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What makes your courses great?

There are many reasons why our courses are so popular: Small, friendly class sizes with plenty of 1-on-1 time (max 14ppl with 2 assistants); all done in one compact day - not spread out over weeks of evening classes etc; taught in very easy to understand language - not graphs and needless theory; a unique mix of both practical and theory (you do need the basic theory to understand why something happens and how we're able to fix it, but equally important is to then go outside and practice that on your camera, see the results and experiment to let it sink in); great catering; it's backed by Australian Geographic and Lowepro with great giveaways to encourage people to try hard on 'assignment'; you can borrow a DSLR and tripod for free for the day if you don't have one yet; you can try some of our lenses; have taught over 3,000 people and refined the path to learning to be wonderfully simple and understandable with no jargon; amazing venues with quiet function-rooms for theory and great subjects just outside for practical sessions; a full-colour A5 size pocket booklet summarising the whole course for you to refer to later and re-read; free plastic summary clip-cards for your camera; our presenters and assistants are not only highly trained but friendly, approachable, helpful people - instantly setting a relaxed atmosphere encouraging questions etc. Read the reviews - people come away inspired and full of new understanding.

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Do you teach all camera brands?

Yes of course! All the theory is exactly the same across all brands, and we know our way around every brand of camera.

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Mirrorless & micro4/3 cameras?

Good question. Yes. Many people attend with 'mirrorless', 'micro 4/3rds' or other powerful but non-DSLR cameras and they get the same great value out of the day. All the same theory correlates across, and these cameras can do virtually all the same things - sometimes the features might just be buried in a menu somewhere, and/or the effects can be less dramatic, but it's all there, waiting to be unleashed! If you'd like to compare your camera to a DLSR or are really worried your camera might not be powerful enough to practice everything we'll be learning, then you can borrow a Canon 600D DSLR from us for the day, free of charge, along with a tripod too if you'd like - just note this in your booking.

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Can you cater for dietary needs?

Yes of course! Please just enter any special requirements as a comment during the online booking process and we're happy to pass these on to the caterers! Easy!

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Chris vs Jonathan's course?

Chris and Jonathan present exactly the same course: The same theory slides and practical sessions, the same carefully refined path to learning, the same simple terminology, just with some personal examples and anecdotes from your presenter on the day. Both have absolutely fantastic review ratings.

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How young can attendees be?

You must be 14 years or older to attend.

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Can I bring my young baby?

No sorry. Unfortunately babies cause too much distraction to you and others in the class. Breast-feeding mums may opt to have their partner visit the zoo/venue for the day with the baby and they can meet-up during our meal brakes which works well.

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What lenses should I bring?

All of them! Why not? That way you'll learn about your whole kit. If you only have one, then that makes your decision easier - it will be fine! You'll be able to try out some fancy lenses on the day too, like macro lenses etc if you wish. Whatever lens you have will be fine for experimenting during the practical sessions.

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What if I have to pull out?

No problem! Providing you let us know more than 48-hrs before the course starts, we'll be happy to either swap your booking into another date free of charge (if there are any available), or refund you all but a $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit per person. If you cancel within 48-hrs (or simply don't show up) then you forfeit 100% of the payment, because such short notice leaves us no chance to try and resell your place to anyone else, and we'd have already paid for catering, venue hire, entry etc for you. The same applies to gift certificates.

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Can I go on a waiting list?

Yes. At the bottom of the list of available dates for each city, you'll find a place where you can enter your email address and click 'Join waiting list' to be automatically notified by email when new places open up for that city. Easy. We should point out though that we're only intending to run set of these physical courses in each city each year, so if you can't make it, you might be waiting a while...

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Do I need to bring lunch?

No! We provide everything you need during the day! All venues include an amazing catering for lunch, morning and afternoon tea, as well as tea & coffee on arrival. If the course is at a zoo or other ticketed venue, then yes, venue entry is also included. The day is completely self-contained.

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Course Reviews

what is a photography tour

What is a Photo Tour?


Loved by non-photographers too, we seek out the world's most extraordinary wildlife, landscape and cultural experiences then tour small groups there in comfort, providing unique access away from the crowds with exclusive charter of ships, aircraft, vehicles and remote lodges for not only the most incredible, unhurried photography opportunities on Earth, but also an unforgettable holiday. I love to travel, but I hate being stuck with loads of other people (especially when we've got nothing in common), being taken to the regular, over-crowded tourist attractions or wasting time in an amazing country just relaxing by some pool. I want to get the most out of my holidays - I want to see as many different animals as I can, I want to travel through different landscapes and be shown hidden gems off the beaten path, I want to experience the culture, taste the food, meet new friends with similar interests, enjoy some luxury and importantly, I want to have the time to take some beautiful and unique photos of it all. This is what we strive for with our photography tours and workshops.

It's not enough for me to spot a distant lion, tick it off and move on - I wan't to have the option to try and get closer, on the correct side for best lighting and even wait for him to lift his head and stare directly down the barrel of my camera lens for a great photo - or to move on when I'm done - I want flexibility. I want the inside tips for the best photo location to be ready when the sun rises over the horizon and spills across the bay onto those boulders - and if I can't quite get my photo to work, it'd be awesome to have a friendly pro-photographer right there to offer advice (not one who'll stand in front of me to get the best shot themselves!). If there's a seal colony out on an island nearby, then I'd want to charter a boat tour out there just with my friends onboard so we can spend as much or as little time as we want to get the photos without being crowded on a regular sight-seeing tour. If the seal colony was a bit of a tourist attraction on a local beach then I'd want to wait for the crowds to leave, and go down onto the beach after hours - just us as a small group, and a private ranger guide to photograph them at our leisure in beautiful evening lighting.

You don't even need to be a photographer to love this style of holiday - who wouldn't like a bit of luxury and a bit of extra patience from their tour leaders, or to be given the opportunity to fly over lakes covered in pink flamingos in Africa in a doors-off plane or over a beautiful coastline in a doors-off helicopter for some epic views? Stay on a private island, learn some new skills with your photography, make some new friends and have an unforgettable, unique holiday - all at the same time! Sound good? Well, there's a reason more than half of our guests come back again, and again on our photo tours!
Photo Tour Destinations

Photo Tour Destinations


Each year we run photography tours from as far down as Antarctica and South Georgia, up through various parts of Africa, South America and Australia to as high as Alaska and even Iceland and Greenland in the Arctic - and we're adding new photo tours all the time. Take a look at our 'Photography Tour' page to see our list of tour destinations!

Who is Chris Bray?


Chris grew up sailing around the world then leading world-first expeditions across the arctic before becoming an award-winning Australian Geographic photographer, Lowepro ambassador and Canon’s Australian ambassador for five years. Chris’s work has appeared in National Geographic and Discovery Channel along with Australian Geographic, TIME Magazine etc. He’s also an accomplished writer, with feature articles published around the world and even a successful book 'The 1000 Hour Day' (now an award-winning documentary 'The Crossing'), sits on the advisory committee for The Australian Geographic Society and is founder and CEO of Conservation United, crowd-funding the world’s critical conservation projects. Chris is also an International Fellow of 'The Explorers Club' and has been chairman of their Australia and New Zealand chapter.

Chris and his wife Jess are also keen high-latitude sailors, recently becoming the first people to sail a junk-rig boat through the Northwest Passage over the arctic, on their little 29-foot wooden sailboat 'Teleport'. Australian Geographic Society's 'Young Adventurer of the Year' in 2004 for a Tasmanian wilderness hike, Chris has also been awarded their 'Spirit of Adventure' medal in 2009.

Chris still leads many of our tours and his passion for wildlife, photography and wild places continues to drive our growth.

Read more about our whole Chris Bray Photography team on our 'About' page.