Canberra Beginner's photography workshop

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While my typical student is in a more mature age bracket, this workshop is suitable for all ages 13 and upwards. Happy to have a parent along as a chaperone for youngsters and there is a cafe and toilet in the vacinity.

Photography workshop gift certificates available!

Want to buy this for the photographer in your life but don’t know what date to book?  Consider buying them a Gift Certificate and let them choose their own dates! Just follow this link to the Gift Certificates product link and put in the value of this workshop whish is $145.00. Be sure to mention the gift certifcate is for my Beginner's Photography Workshop 

Glenn’s beginners workshop was perfect for me as I really didn’t know enough to produce the photos I could see in my head -  I knew close to nothing. Glenn’s mix of theory, practice, feedback and just plain fun have me knowing enough to experiment and produce shots with intent. Can’t speak too highly of Glenn as a teacher, Such a great experience.

Jordan W.

About the workshop

I've been running photography workshops since 2016 with many hundreds of students attending my classes. So do you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera that you don’t feel confident enough to get off Auto mode? Do you have many photos that are lacking in punch, or just don’t feel like they are expressing the same emotion as what you saw when you took the shot? Or maybe you have a few photos that you are particularly proud of but you are just unable to replicate them again?

Join me, an award winning Canberra landscape photographer, and I’ll take you on an introduction to using your DSLR or Mirrorless camera and get you off Auto mode. This workshop is designed to give you the fundamental understanding on how different shutter speed, aperture and ISO can be used creatively to pursue the photography you love. You will also be shown considerations on how to compose a photo so it is more impactful for you, and your viewers.

You’ll accompany me along the shore of Lake Burley Griffin where you’ll be given tuition on how to use your camera in terms and language you will be able to understand. In fact, I’m is so confident that you will get immense value out of his workshop that in the event after the first hour you feel it is not for you you may leave the workshop and receive a full refund – this is my guarantee.


A great day around the lake learning the fundamentals. Glenn has plenty of knowledge and patience and makes sure everyone keeps up. I am now off the auto setting and can see instant improvement in my pics

Cristy H.

Photography Learning outcomes

  • Never use Auto mode again!
  • How shutter speed, aperture and ISO affect your photography
  • Using depth of field creatively
  • How to use Aperture Priority mode
  • Composition and how it can enhance your photo
  • The confidence to start finding your own voice

Photography Equipment required

  • Your DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • A standard zoom lens
  • Charged battery and empty memory card
  • Your camera’s manual (not essential but handy)
  • Notebook and pen
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Water and snacks
  • Dress for the weather


The workshop was just right for someone looking to move off auto mode. The functions Glenn taught were simple and easy to understand and it was just enough so you didn’t finish the workshop feeling overwhelmed.

Peta S.

Fitness level

During the course of the workshop you will walk approximately 2kms on generally flat even ground. Note that Canberra’s climate in summer can be particularly hot, and winter is quite cold so dress appropriately


COVID cancellation

  • In the event of an ACT government mandated shutdown or restrictions that impact on the running of this workshop you will be offered a full refund or a credit to a future workshop
  • If you have tested positive for COVID within 14 days of the workshop you will be offered a full refund or a credit to a future workshop

Weather cancellation

  • Only in the event that it is raining or rain imminent within an hour of the workshop commencing will it be cancelled and all participants will be notified via SMS
  • If the workshop is cancelled due to weather participants will have the choice of either a full refund, or to be first on the list for the next workshop

Participant cancellation other than COVID

  • Participants may cancel one full week out from the workshop for a full refund
  • If cancelling less than a week from the workshop unfortunately only a 50% refund will be offered
  • Participants can transfer their place in the workshop to friends or family at no penalty


I recently attended Glenn’s beginner’s workshop. I found it to be informative and enjoyable. Glenn is an excellent photographer and instructor, friendly, accommodating and excellent at interacting with others. The event was well organised, the selected location was scouted beforehand, interesting and good for photography. I am looking forward to attending other workshops

Kylie T.

What next?

You can either sign up now for the next workshop although if this product is showing Out of Stock it means either the next workshop is full or one is not currently scheduled.  You contact me for upcoming workshop dates to get ready and start enjoying your photography more than ever!

Kind regards,

Glenn Martin

About me:

I’m a photographer based in Canberra. I particularly enjoy landscape, storm, long exposure, astro and portraiture photography. My work is regularly used by Visit Canberra, ABC News and the Canberra Times. I’ve also been interviewed on radio and television about photography.

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  • 5
    Beginner's DSLR Workshop

    Posted by Jo on 17th May 2023

    Thank you Glenn for a great workshop, I really enjoyed the day, it was made very practical and easy to understand. I walked away with a whole lot more knowledge of how to use my camera, and not just stuck in auto which allows me to be more creative in my photography.

  • 5
    Excellent beginners level course!

    Posted by Emma on 17th May 2023

    This course was fun, engaging and full of all the information needed to pull out my camera and start taking photos again. Glenn tailored his discussion not just to the collective but also individuals so that we got the most out of the day. 5 star rating!!

  • 5
    Over and above what was expected

    Posted by Julia on 3rd Apr 2023

    The beginners course went over and above what was expected. Glenn is humble, yet very knowledgeable in many areas relating to photography. Any questions we had were answered in a way that was logical and nothing was considered too 'simple'. Thank you Glenn Julia T

  • 5
    I could see an immediate improvement in my shots

    Posted by Craig on 3rd Apr 2023

    Thanks for a welcoming, relaxed and informative Beginners Workshop experience Glenn. With a better understanding of the exposure triangle and the realisation that one doesn't have to shoot full manual all the time (aperture priority is our friend), I could see an immediate improvement in my shots the following week whilst on holiday on the Central Coast. I found your workshop great value for money and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to kick start their photography journey. I hope you introduce an Intermediate Workshop to follow up and take things to the next level. Craig R. from Facebook

  • 5
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Glenn's photography workshops

    Posted by Doris on 3rd Apr 2023

    I have done a few beginners photography workshops in Brisbane, Sydney and just recently in Canberra. They were all good but the most informative one and enjoyable one was with Glenn for 4 hours (Canberra). I thought 4 hours would be too much but it went quickly because of Glenn's wit and knowledge that he passed on to us. If only I stayed in one state permanently and know where I am going to be in the next 3 months, I would book Glenn for a one to one workshop. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Glenn's photography workshops. Thank you Glenn - I am slowly learning my camera and trying to remember to apply all what you have taught the group?? Till next time. Doris H. from Facebook 7/10/2019

  • 5
    Already looking forward to putting into practice what he taught

    Posted by Andrejs on 3rd Apr 2023

    Did the DSLR beginners Photography course with Glenn Martin on Saturday 16 July. I gained a good insight into photography outside the "auto" mode. Glenn was informative and was able to convey the subject matter in a clear and entertaining manner. I enjoyed the workshop and am already looking forward to putting into practice what he taught. Andrejs G. from Facebook 18/7/22

  • 5
    Just the right amount of information

    Posted by Josie on 3rd Apr 2023

    I went on the beginner’s workshop at Lake Burley Griffin, it was great! Just the right amount of information explained in a clear easy to retain way. Glenn was super friendly and generous with his time and experience. The group of six was just the right size and they asked questions I would have forgotten to ask. I highly recommend Glenn, he was very relatable and down to earth. Josie T. from Facebook

  • 5
    Great Day Learning

    Posted by Samantha on 31st Mar 2023

    Glenn is great, simplifies the information to individuals understanding and has a lot of patience for questions and helping with your personal camera

  • 5
    Beginners DSLR Course

    Posted by Sue Barrow on 28th Feb 2023

    I did this course on the weekend. What a great way to spend a Saturday! Had a thoroughly good time and learnt heaps about my camera. I won’t be just point and shoot from here on in. Glenn was easy to understand, clear and patient. I enjoyed his presentation and how as we moved from place to place Glenn explained a bit more so that we did not get overwhelmed with information. There were plenty of opportunities to ask questions and get help. Thanks again Glenn. I would definitely recommend this course. Develop some more!