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
    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!

  • 4
    The whole thing

    Posted by Carter Evans on 27th Feb 2023

    I think that the course was very good and well worth the time and money I think that the course was good for beginners to really start to get an understanding of there camera and use it in the best way they can overall it was a great course

  • 5
    Brilliant course with an abundance of information

    Posted by Monique Perrett on 18th Feb 2023

    Thank you this workshop has inspired me to get out more and take photos

  • 5
    Game changer!

    Posted by Bianca on 30th Dec 2022

    Glenn is an absolute legend, so knowledgeable and generous with his time and experience. I had a DSLR camera sitting in my cupboard for 5 years, because I was too intimidated by it . I finally bit the bullet and signed up to do a course with Glenn, and knew 10 mins in that this is exactly what I needed to get me started. I'm now confident practicing and troubleshooting with different environments and subjects. I only wish I'd done this course sooner! Would definitely recommend to anyone :)

  • 5
    Glenn Martin's beginners photography workshop.

    Posted by Peter on 22nd Sep 2022

    This workshop saved me several thousand dollars! I was convinced my current camera was crap and I needed to spend a motza to get decent photos. Four hours with Glenn revealed the camera was capable of great photos and I just needed to learn how to use it. I've used it just about every day since and taken up bird photography with great results. Thanks Glenn, I'll be back for the advanced course.

  • 5
    DSLR beginner

    Posted by Sarah Beach on 29th Jul 2022

    Wow! I am a very beginner and got my first camera the week I did Glenn's course. I learnt so much, he was very patient and kind. He had answers for all of my questions (and I had many). I would definitely recommend the course!

  • 5
    An excellent teacher!

    Posted by Pip on 25th Jul 2022

    Glenn was kind and incredibly patient with me as I struggled to use my DSLR camera. He taught at a good pace and helped me understand the settings on my camera and how to use them to their full potential for the best photographs. I highly recommend this course to others, especially those who are a bit nervous about giving it a go. It was great value for money!