Photography Education for Beginners – Starts 1st June 2023

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Are you a photography enthusiast? Do you have a DSLR camera, but aren’t confident in how to use it?  Do you put you camera onto an automatic mode and hope for the best? Do you sometimes take a really amazing photo, but aren’t able to recreate it? Do you ever wish that you could put it in manual mode and know what settings to use to achieve the look that you envisaged?

Look no further than Lauren Vanier Photography –  Education for Beginners.

How Does The Course Work?

The course contains 6 lessons which are released weekly here in the member’s website.  You will have a full week to read, take in, practice the key components of each lesson and submit your challenge photos.

Weekly Lessons included in this course are:

Week 1: Composition and Framing – compose your photos to get that insta-worthy aesthetic!

Week 2: Light and Lighting – the essence of all photography – light! The key of a great photo is wielding the power of light to your advantage

Week 3: Aperture & Shutter speed –  learn the exposure triangle and how to use your manual settings

Week 4: Mastering Focus – ban blurry and out-of-focus images for good!

Week 5: Editing workflow and post production – learn how to use some simple editing tips and tricks to elevate your photos to the next level

Week 6: Portraiture – learn the finer points of capturing the perfect portraits


  • Image Feedback
    Image feedback will be provided on all the weekly challenges – drop your images via email and I will provide you with personalised feedback on your work!
  • Asking Questions
    If you have any questions along the way, about the lesson material, about your camera or any aspects of the challenges, email them through – I am here to help in any way that I can!
  • Join my education FB Group
    Come and say hi and introduce yourself in the Photography Education by Lauren Vanier Photography FB group.  Share your images, meet other likeminded photography enthusiasts! Link here:

Equipment Checklist:

You will find incredible value from this course with whatever type of camera you have to hand… as our Photography Fundamentals will improve your photography across the board.

However if you’re looking to equip yourself with additional tools, I can recommend that the following items will be handy through the course to help you achieve even better photos through the course.

Keep in mind these items are nice-to-haves… and are my recommendations if you’re looking to upgrade or expand your gear.  Do not feel like it’s necessary to purchase anything additionally.

  • DSLR/Mirrorless Camera on which you can manually adjust the Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO Settings
  • A lens with a wide aperture (low f-stop number). A great budget option that is very popular is the 50mm 1.8 ‘Nifty Fifty’ Lens
  • A Tripod.  Any tripod whether large or small, that you can sit your camera on will help in some of our challenges.
  • An external card reader. (These cost about $10-$15 from online or an electrical store) and will help you transfer your images from camera to your computer.
  • Editing Software.  It’s very handy to be able to crop your images, prepare them for uploading online. You may use the photo editor that comes with your PC/Mac for these simple tasks, or you might wish to look at a photography editing program such as Adobe Lightroom Classic. We will talk more about these options in the course.

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