Oh Shoot! Photography with James Lander

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.

This workshop is designed to teach participants skills in all facets of photography, including composition, lighting, exposure, aperture/shutter speed/ISO, depth of field and much more. James caters for all levels of experience and is very encouraging and supportive with beginners

Bellingen, the lush surrounds and Camp Creative is full of photographic opportunities, including a large variety of wildlife, rainforests and beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, stunning valley views, sunsets and loads of action and creative people to capture. You’ll work with themes such as landscape, portraits, motion, close-ups, mood, and more. Plus, explore genres such as portraiture, storytelling, landscape, photojournalism and live event photography throughout Camp Creative.

These amazing photographic locations and subjects, coupled with James’ extensive photographic knowledge and his relaxed and fun teaching style, means you will have an opportunity to learn plenty of valuable photographic tips, with like-minded people. And you will do so in the most tranquil, bohemian surroundings of beautiful Bellingen.

  • Full days - Monday to Friday - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Suitable for ages 12 to 17
  • Beginner, Intermediate, Everyone
  • Join waiting list

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!


  • How WELL do you KNOW your CAMERA?
  • Get off Auto-Mode! – Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO


  • Photography 101 – Settings, gear, processing, start to finish
  • Up your camera game – elements of photography


  • Explore how we can use the principles of design within photography
  • Shoot to print!
  • Urunga field trip


  • Expanding your creative eye – composition, lighting and mood
  • Bellingen Sunset


  • A day in the life at Camp Creative – capturing moments that tell stories
  • Video/slideshow wrap-up

No prior experience required

We require our participants to bring a digital SLR, mirrorless, mobile phone or any other camera with manual capability to our beginners course. We also suggest our enrolled students take any camera accessories they may have from memory cards, fully charged camera batteries and tripod, lens hood, etc.

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James Lander
Course Tutor

James Lander

James is known for his unique and recognisable visual style, he is passionate about capturing beauty in the everyday, whether that be vivid and colourful seascapes, or those little moments that otherwise go unnoticed.

A true collaborator, James also has a passion for capturing live music and has been invited to shoot a bunch of incredible events and festivals, notably Bellingen’s own Riversounds Music Festival, Storyland, the Big Bonanza, the inaugural Macksville Laneway Festival and Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival to name a few.

Not to mention numerous individual gigs, where he has recently shot the likes of Gimme Gimme and Grxce. James has also shot for local initiatives, The Valley Hub and the Becoming U project.