Creative Photography

Want to learn how to take great photos on your phone or DSLR camera? Relaxed and fun, this course will get you hands-on with photography's technical and creative foundations to take better and more creative images.

Penny will take you through fundamentals such as different camera settings, light, composition, and simple editing in a relaxed and fun teaching environment.

You’ll work with themes such as landscape, portraits, motion, close-ups, mood, and more. Plus, explore portraiture, storytelling, photojournalism and even analogue/alternative processes like cyanotypes.

  • Full days. Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Ages 12 to 18 years
  • Everyone
  • Filling up

Course Info

During the week, you’ll head out on photographic excursions and apply your new skills to various locations around beautiful, bohemian Bellingen and document the vibrant happenings of Camp Creative.

We’ll also explore what inspires your images by combining technical and creative techniques and genres.

You might even start using the manual settings on your camera or phone!

No prior experience required


DSLR / point and shoot / smart phone

An iPad or laptop for basic editing

Camera instruction manual and any cables or card readers


A materials cost of $30 is payable to the tutor on the first day

Penny Ryan
Course Tutor

Penny Ryan

Penny left the big smoke (the one with the fancy pants harbour) with her husband, two rambunctious boys and the loveliest rescue dog PoppyGirl for Castlemaine.

Until COVID restrictions derailed most things, Penny could be found locally, in Melbourne and Sydney, creating beautiful portraits for families, couples, artists and businesses.

COVID hasn’t diminished Penny’s love of and addiction to striped tops, cups of tea in fine china or serving a little bit of bread with delicious salted butter – some things are hard to stop.

Penny has taught basic photography with community-based creative projects with the not-for-profit organisation With Camera in Hand.

She recently ran a workshop focused on women showing resilience through COVID, with a photography exhibition built around the five ways to well-being.