Workshops - NolanPhotoImaging

DSLR Training

It's Here! The basic DSLR course you have wished for!!

A Photographic workshop with an intentionally practical approach - we learn by doing not sat in a class room of power points or buried nose deep in manuals! These will be half day and soon full day with small groups of no more than 4 participants. 

The Syllabus:

1. Anatomy of a DSLR a. Body b. Sensor – Size matters! c. View finder d. Settings display e. Menu setup f. Control buttons/wheels/dials g. Battery/power h. Memory Cards i. Connections to and from your camera j. Lens mounts

2. The Exposure a. The relationship between shutter and aperture b. Exposure values c. 18% grey d. The Histogram e. Zone system – Ansel Adams f. High and Low key shooting g. What happens to the performance of the lens at various f/ stops? h. Working with depth of field. i. The depth of field scale. j. Hyperfocal distance. k. Depth of field preview. l. How to select the correct aperture & shutter speed for the job. m. Why use Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Programme Mode? n. How to put it all together.

3. Controlling Shooting modes a. Program exposure b. Aperture priority c. Shutter priority d. Manual e. Creative Auto

4. ISO Sensitivity & white balance a. Trade off speed and noise b. Battery power c. Colour temperature & AWB d. Painting with light

5. Metering modes a. TTL! b. Centre weighted average – 18% grey c. Spot metering d. Matrix or AI metering e. Zone system f. Bracketing exposure g. Exposure latitude

6. AF modes & Manual Focus a. One shot AF b. AF-servo c. AF-Follow focus d. MF assist

7. Lens selection a. Angle of view – the human eye 55o b. Wide angle, 12mm – 35mm eq c. Standard , 40mm – 60mm d. Telephoto, 100mm – 600mm e. Macro, Tilt and shift f. Maximum f g. Prime vs Zoom h. Class glass, AF motors i. Filters UV, Polarising, Graduated ND

8. Keeping it steady a. Tripods, Monopods b. Image stabilisers and vibration controls c. Lens focal length and shutter speed

9. Flash settings a. Guide number b. Inverse power law c. Sync speed d. First/second curtain e. Daylight/Flash balance

10. Memory cards a. Formatting b. Care c. Size

11. File formats a. RAW, DNG b. JPEG - compression c. TIFF

12. Transferring files & work flow a. Software from your manufacturer b. Firmware c. Drivers d. Photoshop e. Lightroom f. I-Photo g. Aperture

13. Basic image editing controls a. Levels b. Contrast c. Colour balance & Hue d. Curves e. Sharpness

14. Printing your work a. Paper b. Inks c. File size, image size, print size and DPI. d. Colour matching (WYS aint WYG) - Gamma e. Colour space – AdobeRBG, sRBG f. Commercial printing & CMYK

15. Posting to a Web service a. Preparing images for the Web b. File size, compression c. Copyright d. Sharing


The first is on Sunday, November 1st with just two places left so e-mail to register now. We shall kick off at 2:00pm and shoot and shoot till 6:00pm. During this time you will develop a deep understanding of your camera and equipment. 

What to bring?

Your DSLR, any lens you have and also a tripod if you have one. Spare batteries and memory cards would be an asset too! A flask of drink - water or your choice. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes & always a sense of fun!


Magnetic Island, precise location on the day dependant on the weather and light. We will meet up at The Ferry Terminal in Nelly Bay.

Cost: 4 hour for $190.00