3 Hour Private DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Course in Melbourne

3 Hour Private DSLR and Mirrorless Camera Course in Melbourne

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Make Great Photos That Showcase Your Creativity

You live in Melbourne and you'd dearly love to be able to make great photos? But, somewhere along the way, you’ve become creatively stuck and you desperately need to learn how to use your camera.

You're an intelligent and sensitive person, which makes you well suited to this creative endeavor. What could possibly go wrong?

Unfortunately, after buying yourself a fancy pants camera, you proceeded to use it on fully automatic.

That means you surrendered to the machine.

 
   Rockhopper penguin    making its way, over rocky ground, after returning from the sea in the    Falkland Islands   .

Rockhopper penguin making its way, over rocky ground, after returning from the sea in the Falkland Islands.

 

Pain And Disappointment, You Know Them Well

  • Are you disappointed at the way your photos look?

  • Do they lack the emotive qualities you felt at the time you made those photos?

  • Are you frustrated by all those dials, buttons and menus on your camera?

  • Would you like to make more authentic photos?

  • Have you lost confidence in your ability to realize your creative potential?

 
  Brightly colored    canoes    amidst the tranquil setting of the    Swing Bridge    and    Swing Bridge Cafe    on the Erskine River in    Lorne, Australia   .

Brightly colored canoes amidst the tranquil setting of the Swing Bridge and Swing Bridge Cafe on the Erskine River in Lorne, Australia.

 

One thing I want you to know is that it's not your fault that your photos aren't as good as you want them to be.

The sad thing is that our world is full of creative folk who have largely given up on photography simply because they never learned how to use their camera.

One thing that's important to understand is that your camera gets it wrong frequently, producing photos that are either too light or too dark or with colors displaying differently than what you'd expect.

At this stage it's worth asking yourself a few important questions.

  • Do you want to take control back from the machine?

  • Do you want to tap into your true creative self?

  • Do you want to make beautiful, life affirming photos?

 
  A    worms eye viewpoint    provides a dramatic    perspective    of the stairwell that leads up to the top of the    Arc de Triomphe    in    Paris, France   .

A worms eye viewpoint provides a dramatic perspective of the stairwell that leads up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

 

The Day I Walked Into The Light

I'm Glenn Guy the owner of the Travel Photography Guru, an educational website and blog dedicated to bringing the beauty of our world and its people to an ever wider audience.

   Glenn Guy   , the    Travel Photography Guru   , during a midnight cruise on    Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland   .

Glenn Guy, the Travel Photography Guru, during a midnight cruise on Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland.

The site is fast becoming recognized as one of the world's great travel photography websites.

So far my photography adventures have taken me to the following places:

- Australia and New Zealand

- Bali, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand

- Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Russia

- Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland

- Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia Island

Knowledge Based On 40 Years Of Experience

Early 2019 will mark 40 years for me in the photography industry.

During the time I've run a successful wedding and portrait studio, a newspaper photography department, a small publishing business and taught thousands of folks to make better photos.

My teaching experience is significant. I’ve run a variety of short course and tertiary level photography programs in addition to leading photography tours and workshops on three continents.

Most of all I enjoy working, one to one, with folks helping them overcome technical road blocks and building confidence by making photos that better reflect their own, individual creative self.

  A couple before the arrival of their first child, in front of the    Brighton Bathing Boxes    in    Melbourne, Australia   .

A couple before the arrival of their first child, in front of the Brighton Bathing Boxes in Melbourne, Australia.

  The face of innocence. A portrait of a    young boy    on St. Thomas Mount in    Chennai, India   .

The face of innocence. A portrait of a young boy on St. Thomas Mount in Chennai, India.

Along the way I've learned to continually adapt and present information in a way that best aligns with the needs and learning style of the photographer in question.

I've helped thousands of people make great photos. That's why I’m the best person to help you.

If you have any questions please feel free to Contact Me directly.

 
   Warm backlight    brings a hint of summer to a    field of lupins    at days end in    Lake Tekapo, New Zealand   .

Warm backlight brings a hint of summer to a field of lupins at days end in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

 

Pain Has Made Me A Far Better Teacher

During my many years making photos I've made all the mistakes you could possibly imagine, some of them multiply times.

But after years of struggle, and significant amounts of money, I worked myself into the light with a level of knowledge and experience that made making photos a really simple process.

Because of the trials and tribulations I experienced on my own journey to creative freedom I believe I really understand the pain and frustration so many other people suffer in pursuit of their passion.

The great lesson I learned from my own struggles is that the best way to accelerate your creative journey is to get help from someone who's come through the school of hard knocks and knows how it feels to fail, time and time again.

  An    abstract image    formed, momentarily, on the surface of water off the coast of    Prion Island    in    South Georgia   .

An abstract image formed, momentarily, on the surface of water off the coast of Prion Island in South Georgia.

I’ve reached a level of expertise through hard work and by seeking advice where ever I could. I want to help set you on the road to a more creative life, through photography, without you having to endure all the pain and cost I had to.

Originally self taught I studied photography formally, at a tertiary level for 9 years, comulating in a Masters Of Art (Photography) at RMIT, Melbourne.

My passion for photography is now stronger than ever. I travel and photograph frequently and continue to invest significant energies to keep up to date with the ever changing world of digital photography.

I’ve learned from my mistakes and I’m able to invest 40 years of knowledge and experience into the breakthrough you need to set your creativity free.

 
  A fast flowing creek near    Milford Sound    on the South Island of    New Zealand   .

A fast flowing creek near Milford Sound on the South Island of New Zealand.

 

I’m So Glad I Found You

As far as your own frustration with the photos you make, please don't worry as your experience is not unique. Most folks feel frustrated, even silly, after spending good money on a new camera and not knowing how to use it.

You wouldn't think of buying a car without knowing how to drive. But that's not the way it works when buying a camera. Like everyone else you probably assumed the camera would do everything for you.

It’s not your fault and, just like me, you can solve this problem. I’ve been in the same situation and I’ve found my way out and have become an expert photographer.

What’s more I know how to teach other folks how to significantly reduce the time it takes to make great photos for themselves.

The Problem We Need To Fix Before It’s too Late

It's true that cameras today are very sophisticated machines.

Part recording device and part photo lab they not only document the images we make, they also process them into photos will can view on our computers and electronic devices prior to sharing online.

But your camera is still a machine. It needs direction as it has no concept of whether you're photographing a baby, a butterfly or a birthday party.

Your camera needs someone to drive it and, after a little highly personalized tuition, you'll have no trouble doing so.

Can you imagine how empowered you’ll feel being able to make great photos, whether you’re at home or travelling the world.

  • People photos

  • Landscape and Nature

  • Wildlife photography

  • Architecture

  • Night photography

   Bright summer sunshine    illuminates a lovely forest detail in    Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina   .

Bright summer sunshine illuminates a lovely forest detail in Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina.

  A detailed image of    sunlit flowers    in the grounds of the    Palace of Versailles, France   .

A detailed image of sunlit flowers in the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, France.

  I made this photo of beautiful    flowers at sunset    in    Kakadu National Park, Australia   .

I made this photo of beautiful flowers at sunset in Kakadu National Park, Australia.

Are You Afraid Of Your Camera?

Technology, by it's very nature, is daunting.

How do you make sense of all those buttons and dials on your camera and what do you need to do to set your camera up for the scenes and subjects you're most interesting in photographing?

And then there's sharpness. Wouldn't it be great to make photos knowing that the most important subject in your pictures is going to be sharp?

What you need is a way to cut through the confusion, which is where I fit in.

Imagine being able to better understand the fundamentals of photography and, more importantly, why and how to use them to produce fantastic photos with confidence.

It’s Your Story And You Want It Told Your Way

With this knowledge you’ll soon be on your way to directing your camera to photograph the world the way you perceive it, as opposed to the way the camera wants to record it.

As a result your camera will no longer be a barrier between you and the world around you. You'll begin to see your camera as a passport into a more creative and meaning rich life.

Imagine how good you'll feel after being able to leave all that frustration behind you after a few fun, informative and empowering hours of tuition.

Heal the World, One Photo at a Time.
— Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru

Your Private Photography Lesson In Melbourne

Now the good news. I've created this unique one to one learning experience that’s perfect for your needs.

Whether you're completely new to DSLR or Mirrorless cameras or are just looking for a refresher you'll find this course to be great value.

  • Are you planning a trip to Europe?

  • Perhaps it's a wildlife tour in Africa.

  • Are you bamboozled by all those buttons, dials and menus on your camera?

We'll cover all the fundamentals of photography in a way that aligns with your own desires and upcoming projects.

Experience tells me that, not only do folks want to understand how to use their camera, they're also wanting to explore their creative nature through the photos they make. Sound familiar?

What’s needed is someone who's been there and done it to help guide you through the whole process.

That's why I've crafted these special one to one photography courses. I'II short cut the otherwise huge learning curve you’d normally have to climb before being able to make great photos.

I'II remove the roadblocks and reduce the formal learning process by years. That’s right, years.

As a result you'll leave the session feeling empowered and in control of your camera and the photos you make.

This 3-hour private photography course is just what you need.

If you have any questions please feel free to Contact Me directly.

Testimonials About Glenn Guy

   Ralph Holland    at home with some of his framed photos on display.

Ralph Holland at home with some of his framed photos on display.

I received my first 'real ' camera for my 60th birthday. I’d always had been keen on photography, but never pursued it. My first digital camera intensified that latent 'itch' and I was ecstatic to be completely surprised to receive a Nikon D7000 DSLR camera.

My excitement quickly turned to terror and uncertainty when it occurred to me that beyond auto mode I knew absolutely nothing about the camera or photography as an art. I played with my new toy with limited success.

I chanced upon a CAE insert in our local paper and bugger me, there was a 5 week program entitled ... Digital Photography For Seniors. That was the start of what has become a long standing pupil/mentor relationship with Glenn Guy.

From the first session it was evident that Glenn was a highly skilled professional, and more importantly for a 60 year old novice, he was a master teacher, intuitive and responsive to the specific needs of the learners in his care.

My passion for photography has become stronger to the point where I am confidently making great quality images that I am proud to frame, show and sell.

Glenn has been the 'constant' throughput this fascinating journey. He continues to be aware of where I am at, and his carefully focused teaching is consistently targeted at my point of need.

I can confidently and unreservedly endorse Glenn to anyone who seeks to commence, build or further develop their skills in the beautiful and fascinating world of photography.

Ralph Holland, Melbourne


We would like to thank you so much for your time and for sharing your knowledge with us. It was great to meet you and you have helped us so much.

We have a lot to revise and practice but now feel more confident we can get some great photos. You have a real talent for teaching, you made everything so clear and easy to understand. We have come away with a new understanding of our camera.

Marilyn and Jenny, Yarra Valley


Glenn has a special gift as a teacher and facilitator. He gets to the essence of the art of photography.

I find his way of critiquing to be thoughtful and to the point. He never pushes his ideas on his apprentices, but leads them to discover the way.

I have not seen a Master in the Arcanum who works any harder to provide new content. He is tireless in his passion and engagement.

Cindy Flood


I already feel that not only has my photography improved but I am acquiring a new perspective on life and my role as a photographer in the world has been expanded.

Sirrah Lore, California

   Glenn Guy    pointing out a few features on a    Leica Q    camera to    David Aspin   . Photo by    Judith Chapman   .

Glenn Guy pointing out a few features on a Leica Q camera to David Aspin. Photo by Judith Chapman.

I want to thank you for your kind, expert and stimulating leadership in my photographic endeavours and activities, especially in regard to my photographic book on "The Beauty of Holiness".

For your hard work in helping me produce it and - above all - for the warmth of the collegiality and friendship that has developed between us during the time we have been collaborating in its production.

I could not have done any of this without your mentoring, help and support.

In you and your work I was blessed with a unique combination: consummate photographic knowledge and ability; deep understanding of and application of the principles of learning and teaching; and a genuine warmth in responding to all my aesthetic and photographic needs - even on these occasions when I was hardly aware of them myself.

You were irreplaceable as a guide and mentor, not merely as a photographic expert but as a warm human being and friend.

David Aspin, Melbourne


Glenn has the ability to create a picture that I as a viewer can connect with, while leaving enough space for my own interpretation.

Glenn’s most impressive strength is his ability to create a mood, a connection, a space for the viewer to get into the picture.

Marcel Schneider, Berlin

Glenn Guy is an excellent photography instructor and mentor.

I have had the pleasure of working with Glenn over the past year and he is a continual source of encouragement and inspiration.

Glenn's vast knowledge of all things photography from film to digital have been an excellent resource for learning basic art concepts to more complex digital business theories.

While I have dealt with Glenn primarily online through The Arcanum, his sense of humor and kindness seep through the online community and I look forward to someday joining him on one of his many travel excursions in the future.

Sharlea Taft, USA


  A    calm and friendly dog    pokes his head through a car window to greet passers by in the seaside town of    Húsavik    in Northern    Iceland   .

A calm and friendly dog pokes his head through a car window to greet passers by in the seaside town of Húsavik in Northern Iceland.

How You’ll Benefit From this One To One Photo Course

By now you’re probably thinking that this is the course you need to do, now.

It’s the solution you've been waiting for. Here’s you really need to work with me.

To lead you to the breakthrough you so desperately desire and deserve

Through a simple 3 hour commitment you get the following:

  • A session explaining the important dials, buttons and menu items on your camera.

  • You'll learn which ones to set and forget and which ones you'll need to adjust every time you're out and about making photos.

  • We’II be concentrating only on your camera, which is a huge advantage compared to what happens in a group based course.

  • A hands-on practical session where you get to put into practice the fundamental theories and concepts of great photography.

  • A specially written Fundamentals Of Photography Guide for you to return to each and every time you need a refresher.

  • This 3 Hour one-to-one private photography class saves you time compared to the commitment of several classroom based sessions over a period of weeks.

 
  The beauty of well made street art tagged in    Hosier Lane, Melbourne   . The notions of beauty and vandalism are fluid and ever changing.

The beauty of well made street art tagged in Hosier Lane, Melbourne. The notions of beauty and vandalism are fluid and ever changing.

 

The fundamentals of photography covered in this course will include the following:

  • Shutter Speed

  • Aperture

  • ISO

  • Focus

  • Depth Of Field (DOF)

  • Zoom, which focal lengths to use for specific subjects or scenes.

Are you about to travel? What is it that you’re most interested in photographing?

I can tailor the course specifically to your needs (e.g., kids, landscape and nature, wildlife, the city at night, ski holiday).

If you have any questions please feel free to Contact Me directly.

FREE BONUS Guide - Camera Fundamentals

This course is going to be informative, empowering and fun. However, there will still be lots of information to remember.

Make photos over the week or so after our session to establish muscle memory and build expertise in using your camera.

Regardless of knowing which dials or buttons to move, it’s also important to know why.

That’s the reason I’ve created a special Free Guide just for you.

It’s called Camera Fundamentals and I’II email it to you after you’ve completed the course.

The guide is in the form of an eBook, so you’ll be able to keep a copy on your mobile phone and/or tablet as a refresher when you need it.

Who Is This Class For?

  A group of visitors undertake    ritual bathing    by the banks of the    Hooghly River    in    Kolkata, India   .

A group of visitors undertake ritual bathing by the banks of the Hooghly River in Kolkata, India.

This course is designed specifically for folks who are frustrated by their cameras and feel that the photos they make lack creativity and look like everyone else’s.

Who Is This Class Not For?

If you don’t have a DSLR, Mirrorless or decent compact camera then I’m not sure I can help you.

Nonetheless, I have had several folks undertake this course with fairly sophisticated mobile phones. They’ve found it fascinating.

If you're a professional photography, and you don't need help understanding how to use your camera, this course is not for you.

However, I may be able to assist you with Lightroom or Photoshop skills; workflow; website construction or portfolio building.

 
  A lovely, intimate detail of ice on the surface of    Disko Bay    near the town of    Ilulissat, Greenland   .

A lovely, intimate detail of ice on the surface of Disko Bay near the town of Ilulissat, Greenland.

 

Glenn Guy’s Qualifications and awards

I've studied photography for 9 years and achieved the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Photography), PIT

  • Graduate Diploma, Art and Design (Photography), RMIT

  • Master of Arts (Photography), RMIT

Because I'm a teacher I decided to leave competitions to the up and coming photographers I've tutored over the years. Nonetheless, I've entered a few competitions and have received the following awards.

  • Finalist, Felix H. Mann Prize for Documentary Photography, NGV

  • Color Photography Award, VCP

  • Leica Award for Documentary Photography, CCP

  • Victorian Landscape Photographer Of The Year, Industry Award

   Three young girls at play    in the grounds of a Hindu Temple complex in    Bali, Indonesia   .

Three young girls at play in the grounds of a Hindu Temple complex in Bali, Indonesia.

It’s Your Time To Shine

Are you confused by your camera’s buttons, dials and menus?

Do you find yourself putting your camera onto fully automatic and going click?

Is your creativity suffering from your decision to surrender to the machine?

Have you lost so much confidence that making photos is no longer as fun as you know it should be?

Photography doesn’t have to be hard. With the right tuition you’ll cross the boundary between novice and enthusiast and, before you know it, you’ll be making beautiful, life affirming images.

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My Guarantee To You

I offer a 30-day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unhappy with the course, for any reason, let me know and I’II refund your payment within 30 days.

Here’s you chance to take control back from the machine and to make beautiful photos that will unlock your unique creative self.

Just click the button, fill out your contact details and we’ll schedule an appointment that fits in with your schedule.

 
   Glenn Guy   , the    Travel Photography Guru   , with a metal photographer figurine purchased in    Buenos Aires, Argentina   .

Glenn Guy, the Travel Photography Guru, with a metal photographer figurine purchased in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

The Most Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This course is conducted in or around Melbourne, Australia. Usually we meet in the city and, after an overview of your camera, we head off for a photo walk exploring some of Melbourne’s most photogenic locations.

The course usually runs as a single session 3-hour course.

Longer sessions or multiply session are also available, upon request.

On what days or times is the course conducted?

I’m available for day or evening sessions, either weekdays or weekends.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

Don’t worry I offer a 30-day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unhappy with the course, let me know and I’II refund your payment within 30 days.

I’ve never been asked for a refund from one of these one-to-one courses.

What equipment/tools will I need to complete the course?

You’ll need your camera, with battery fully charged; a spare battery, if you have one; and a memory card with plenty of free space for the photos you’ll be taking during the course.

You’ll find a notebook and pen very useful for the first portion of the course when we’ll go over important concepts like Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO and Depth Of Field.

Even though these topics are covered in the Free Guide I’II be sending you, most folks find the information sinks in quicker if they write down key points in their own words.

What if I need a follow up course?

Sometimes folks want to go beyond this initial course with more advanced information and techniques relating to specific areas of photography like portrait, long exposure landscape or post processing with applications like Adobe Lightroom.

It’s always great to build on the relationship and help folks to the next level.

How Long Is The Course?

The course advertised on this page is a single 3 hour session. Because of the intensive one-to-one nature of this course it’s enough for most folks.

That’s why the value is so amazing. One session, one fee and you’re off to the races, whether they be at Flemington or on the Maasai Mara.

How Do I Pay?

You can pay directly by credit card as part of the checkout procedure.

If you’d prefer to discuss other options of payment please feel free to contact me directly and we’ll work something out.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take your photography to the next level and allow your creativity to soar, from the restraints currently placed upon you by your camera.

Please feel free to contact me directly should you have any questions about this unique opportunity.

I’d be happy to follow up your email with a return email or phone call. Whatever suits you best.

I’m very much looking forward to working with you.

Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru