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Online Photography Course!


Previously $480, my popular photography course is now online in 10 easy-to-understand episodes, with the first 5 videos FREE and the last 5 just $5 AUD each! With plenty of examples to guide you through from basic setup and composition, to aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO, lighting, lenses, histograms, white balance and more, these online photography course videos are the fastest way to unlock your creative potential! Don't forget to grab a copy of the course handbook and summary clip-cards!

We still run physical 1 day photography courses at zoos and other great venues around Australia once/year for those who prefer more hands-on, feedback-orientated learning.

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PART 1: Intro & Background


A little about me, how I got here & what you're in for...

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PART 2: Basic Photography


Setting your camera up, ready to start shooting...

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PART 3: Composition


10 Great tips for framing up much better photos!

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PART 4: Exposure


Exposure +/- compensation, metering, histograms...

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PART 5: Aperture & Depth of Field


What it is, the easy way to understand and control it...

PART 6: Shutter Speed & Movement


Freezing action, panning, waterfalls, drive modes, stars...

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PART 7: ISO


What it is, what it isn't, how and when to use it...
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PART 8: Lighting


Understand the effects of different types & directions...
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PART 9: Lenses


Focal length, categories, stabilising, speed & more...
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PART 10: Practical Photography


Storage, getting into the industry, post-production etc...
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Course Handbook & Clip-Cards


Grab a copy of the course handbook - your all-in-one, compact, comprehensive, 32-page, colour guide to taking better photos! Combine with our durable, plastic, neck-strap summary cards for a convenient reminder of the most important points!
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Online Course FAQs


Do you still run the 1 day course?

Yes, despite having these photography course videos online, we do still run our 1 day photography course at zoos and other great venues around Australia once each year for those who prefer more hands-on, feedback-orientated learning. Click here to find a city and check when we're next running a physical photography course near you.

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Is this online version different?

This online set of photography course videos goes through exactly the same content as our physical 1 day photography course. It covers 100% of the same theory, examples and everything - even my terrible jokes are (sadly) the same as you'd have to suffer if I was teaching you in person. The only real difference is that you'll have to bring your own coffee on arrival and unless you live in a zoo, there probably won't be quite the same array of animals just outside to practice on during the practical sessions. You'll also miss out on the awesome catering, the assignment shoot at the end of the course with the chance of winning a camera bag, and I guess you won't have the 1-on-1 time and individual feedback, but you can still ask me questions through my contact page! On the up-side though, you can pause me whenever you want to take a phone call or have a toilet-break, and you can even re-wind me if you want to hear that explanation just one more time...

You can still get the excellent little full-colour, pocket-sized 'Course Notes' Handbook ($29.95) that contains all the theory from this photography course so you don't need to write everything down, and the set of plastic, super-popular course 'Clip-on summary cards' ($14.95) for your camera strap to always remind you the key tips, both of which would usually come with the course, but now you'll have to buy them - but considering that the photography course used to cost $480 for the day - it's a steal! =)

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Should I watch them in order?

Yes, ideally. I've designed this online photography course to flow naturally from one lecture to the next. If you just dive right into a section part way through the course, you'll likely find me referring to theory and examples you're expected to have already learnt and seen. If you already know a lot and just want to quickly brush up on your knowledge on a particular area of photography, then sure - go for it, but if you find that you're not quite able to connect all the dots in your head, then I'd recommend you start at course video #1 and work your way though - I'm sure you'll still pick up on loads of cool little tips and concepts that you might not have known about even in the sections you're sure you already know...

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Why put the course online?

I love running these photography courses, but I love running photo tours to the world's most amazing places even more! Who wouldn't, right?! We're expanding that side of the business more and more and so in an effort to free us up some more time - and also reach a global audience - the time has come to put this whole photography course online. This way, people from around the world can enjoy it, some will hopefully buy the photography course notes handbook and clip-cards that go with it, and some may join us on a photography tour down the track.

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Suitable for all cameras?

Yes for sure! All the theory in this online photography course is exactly the same across all camera types and brands, and as you'll see in my examples and diagrams, I include the various terminology, mode-setting names etc used across the full range of cameras. While most of my examples are using a full-on DSLR camera, things like mirrorless, micro 4/3rd cameras and even bridge / compact cameras etc 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! Even if all you use is a smartphone camera, there's still loads of tips you'll pick up on this photography course to greatly improve your photography - things like composition, lighting, exposure, practical tips etc - all that stuff 100% applies to all photography, irrespective of what type of camera you have!

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What skill level is needed?

This photography course is 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 done the photography course still report that they were surprised how much they still learnt. The main concern our guests seem to have before they do the course is that they might not be advanced enough, but let me assure you that this is never the case! We've had people attend the course pulling their camera out of the plastic-wrap and turning it on for the first time, and they too find the photography course invaluable and still well-paced.

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What makes this course great?

There are many reasons why this photography course has become so popular, but the most common feedback is that it's just taught in a very easy-to-understand and approachable way - no complex jargon words, no unnecessary graphs or irrelevant theory. Having constantly tweaked this course for 7 years, I can now walk you a very well-refined path to learning just what you need to know, as simply as possible, with plenty of great examples etc. Read the course reviews - people always come away inspired and full of new understanding. The summary clip-cards and course notes handbook also go a long way to maximising the ongoing value for my photography course, so you can refer to them either in times of need, or just when you've got some time to kill and want to brush-up without having to stream the videos all over again.

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Can you cater for dietary needs?

Yes! It's an online course, so you you'll be eating your own food... Easy! Hahaha...

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Our Customers

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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!
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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.