Digital Photography for Beginners Class

Beginner photography class

Beginner photography class

Are you a beginner photographer or do you wish you had a better grasp of what your camera could do?

Do you want to learn to take better photographs? 

Join us in our introductory class, appropriate for absolute beginners to those with some experience who wish to learn more about their cameras.

Any type of camera (including the 'point and shoot' variety) is fine for this class (except for cell phone cameras; even though they're fun, they're not included in this class).

Our Digital Photography for Beginners Class helps beginners get familiar and comfortable with their digital cameras.  If you want to learn how to use the various buttons, dials and menu settings on your compact digital camera, this is the class you've been looking for.  

You'll bring your camera, your camera manual and a willingness to have some fun in class while we teach you all about your camera's automatic and manual settings.  We'll also discuss getting your photos from your camera onto a computer and  options for processing and editing your photos. 

You'll receive excellent tips and will come out of this class with new found skills to begin to creatively design and create photos that look like you want them to look.

Unsure if you should take this class or the more advance "Digital Camera Fundamentals"? Read 'Prerequisites for Digital Photography for Beginners' at the bottom of this page for more information.

I found my first class at Burwell Photography School to be excellent. The instructor was fabulous and really taught us a lot in a 6 hour sit down class without it ever being boring or too much information. The handouts were amazing and meant that you took the whole class home with you to review and refer back too. The food provided was great and made the day so relaxing. Very well organized! I will certainly take more classes in the future! - Sarah B.

Event Venue Date
Digital Photography for Beginners | November 28th, 2020 Providence Renewal Centre
  • November 28, 2020 9:00 am
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a dog on Hollywood Blvd is caught on camera

Hollywood Blvd dog

Your Instructor for Digital Photography for Beginners

Your instructor will be Sandy Weatherall.
Sandy-Weatherall photography instructor
Sandy Weatherall has worked in various areas of the photography industry since graduating from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology over 25 years ago.

She enjoys photographing her favorite things in life such as pets and sports but her greatest passion is Food Photography.

As well as this Beginner Photography class, Sandy also teaches the Food Photography class, the Photoshop for Lightroom Users class and our class on Macro Photography here at The Burwell School of Photography.

Sandy has been published in food magazines and over 30 cookbooks. She also shoots restaurant menus, product labeling and marketing material for major food companies. Sandy's Jinsei Photographics web site will let you learn more about her and her photography.

What You Will Learn

You'll leave this beginner photography class feeling a lot more comfortable with a camera in hand.

You'll learn:

  • How your digital camera works
  • Differences between automatic and manual modes
  • Instruction on aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, composition, lighting and flash
  • How to compose better images
  • How to begin to creatively design and create better photographs
  • Advanced techniques for controlling your camera
  • Viewing your images or video
  • Saving and filing images
  • Software considerations
  • Accessories available for compact digital cameras

What to Expect

  • 6 hours of excellent classroom instruction
  • hands on excersizes and assistance from the instructor
  • Certificate of completion
  • Small group size, limited to 12 participants
  • A new found confidence and knowledge of your camera!

Equipment Required

  • A camera of your choice
  • A fully charged battery for the camera
  • Memory cards for the camera
  • A copy of your cameras instruction manual or user guide. If you do not have a printed book of your user manual, you may download a PDF copy form the manufacturers website. A PDF on your tablet or smartphone is acceptable
  • We provide a handout but you may wish to bring some extra paper and a pen

beginner photographer photo of chairs on a sidewalk

Chairs on a sidewalk

stones in a japanese garden

Japanese Garden

I bought my DSLR over 2 years ago had no idea what everything did on my camera so I thought I would give this course a shot and wow Olivia was very knowledgeable on my camera and give me what the next course i should take for what i'm looking to do i learned a lot but i'm sure I'll learn even more. - Curtis M.

Prerequisites for our Beginner Photography class

  • You have a camera and like taking photos - that's it!
    • Point and shoot cameras welcome!
    • more advanced DSLR or Mirror-less cameras are also welcome!
    • No cell phone cameras please

How to decide which class to register for

The Burwell School of Photography has 2 introductory courses as part of their core curriculum.

  • Digital Photography for Beginners 1 day class (this one), and
  • Digital Camera Fundamentals 2 day class

Here's how to help decide which one to register for:

This Beginner Photography class is for you if:
If you have a camera with NO removable lenses, then this is the class for you.

Think "point and shoot" (but not a cell phone).

The beginner class is a single day of 6 hours.

Our Digital Camera Fundamentals class is for you if:
Our other class, Digital Camera Fundamentals is for students who DO HAVE a camera with removable / interchangeable lenses and advanced features.

The fundamentals class is longer - 12 hours over a weekend, so topics are covered in greater detail.

Many students who have cameras with removable lenses choose to start with this Beginners class and then progress to Digital Camera Fundamentals after the practice what they learn in Beginners. If you choose to do this then there will be some review, but in our opinion, that's not a bad thing! If you are in doubt as to which class to take, contact us (contact info is at the bottom of the page). 

Students must be at least 16 years of age to attend; we will also accept younger students, but they must be accompanied by an adult who is also taking the class. If you are booking a class as a parent & child, contact us for a 50% discount on the youth registration.

plant in hands

Simple beginner photo of a gardener holding a plant

simple beginner photo of dog on beach

Simple photo of dog on beach

help wanted sign in window of door

Artistic shot of help wanted sign in window

Class Location

Our classes are taught at the Providence Renewal Centre, located in southwest Edmonton, within city limits. It's a beautiful retreat centre, situated on over 20 acres of park like grounds, and it also has a cafeteria for meals (for the weekend class). There are numerous hotels and shopping located very close by for those of you that are travelling.


  • $170 Canadian Dollars (plus tax). Price includes hot lunch
  • Current currency exchange information between the Canadian dollar and your local currency is available here.

More Information

Policies and payment information are available here.

For additional information, please contact us at:
E-Mail: Contact us Electronically
Phone 780-669-1261

Event Venue Date
Digital Photography for Beginners | November 28th, 2020 Providence Renewal Centre
  • November 28, 2020 9:00 am
Sold Out

Please read above and if the class you are interested in sold out, please click here to add your name to the wait list