Short Courses Overview

Knowing and Loving your Camera Short Course

Knowing and Loving your Camera – CCP Short Course

This is the twenty-fifth year that I have contributed to the education program at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, Australia.  In addition to our weekend courses, I also team-teach with my business partner and son Andrey, six week duration short courses at the CCP.  A highlight of these courses is the ongoing feedback and contextualisation of your practice.  They are offered at introductory and intermediate levels, and are often enrolled in prior to undertaking our more specialised weekend courses.  In this sense our short courses can be characterised as comprehensive self-contained courses, but also provide a perfect foundation for further study, both formal (Higher Education) and informal, and across a broad spectrum of photographic and contemporary art.  Then again, others enrol in our short courses to ‘fill’ gaps in their existing practice, as well as benefit from being a part of CCP’s extended community along with the associated joy of sharing your interests with others equally interested in photography.  As a result collectives and groups often form who meet on a regular basis and continue what our short courses originally established and nurtured.

This year we are presenting our introductory short course.

Knowing and Loving your Camera

The course provides a thorough introduction to your digital camera and the ‘art of capturing what you see and feel’.  Each week we undertake practical camera, lighting and ‘seeing’ exercises (both in-class and between classes) to help you acquire and consolidate the critical skills needed to be able to work in an engaging and creative manner with your camera.  Also weeks 3 and 6 commence with a review of your work from the previous weeks, and include detailed feedback on your progress, in particular where you can make the greatest advancements. Digital SLR, advanced mirrorless cameras and all levels of experience are catered for, and each week we add additional resources (notes/videos/images) to our course resource page, as well as emailing a detailed summary of what we covered in that class.  The advantages of team-teaching are also highlighted, especially the increased levels or individual attention and the breadth of voices and viewpoints offered, while aspects of photographic culture and history are included to help you expand and contextualise your practice, especially your understanding of not just photography, but how pictures function and communicate..

The short courses run from 6.30pm to 9.00pm on Monday evenings, and are repeated three times a year.  Class sizes are purposely kept small with a maximum of 12 attendees to emphasise individual attention and learning outcomes.  Each short course has its own resource website with course notes, videos, references, and practical exercises in support of your ongoing learning.

Our short courses are presented at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), 404 George Street, Fitzroy.  The CCP is Australia’s premier venue for the exhibition of contemporary photo-based arts, providing a context for the enjoyment, education, understanding and appraisal of contemporary practice.  Established in 1986 by the photographic community as a not-for-profit exhibition and resource centre, the CCP has played a pivotal role in the support of photo-based arts and public engagement with photography. In 2005 CCP relocated to purpose designed premises by Sean Godsell Architects.  The CCP’s exhibition program is presented across five exhibition spaces, including the Night Projection Window viewed from George and Kerr Streets after dark, and features a diverse range of photo-based arts from emerging to established artists, and supported by its extensive education and publication programs.

CCP Short Courses (six week course) are $499 including GST.

Enquires and Enrolments:
For more information follow the above links to each short course page which includes a detailed course outline, course dates, and online booking facilities. Also please don’t hesitate to contact me at  if you have any other questions.


Dr Les Walkling
Updated 01 January 2018