Basic Photography Course
“Photography 101”

The Most Comprehensive Basic Photography Courses For Absolute Beginners

Basic Photography Course Introduction

We have guided the basics of photography to beginners around the world for years in our 4 Sessions Basic Photography Course, Photography 101, so we know just exactly how difficult it can be to learn the basics principles of photography for beginners. Our goal is to make this course the absolute simplest way to learn the basics of photography in the shortest amount of time possible. Register now to build a good photography foundation within our outdoor practical field trips, and night photography sessions. Suitable for beginners in photography and new camera owners.

Pictures are created with the photographer’s intention; they should not be purely an end product of editing software. Ever since Pictorial started guiding beginners in our basic photography course, we have deliberately disallowed our participants from using any image-processing software. Understanding photography techniques via the full manual level of control and not P/A/S modes, camera systems, and lenses, correct usage of filters & understanding the nature of lighting should be foundations of learning basic photography.

We live in a digital age where even our mobile phones can perform simple photography editing tasks, with post-processing software eliminating the need for proper photography techniques. We believe that there is greater satisfaction in learning proper photography techniques using a holistic approach towards learning with our basic photography course, rather than simply relying on any editing software.

Good photography is not always about the equipment. Rather, it’s about seeing something, knowing how you want it to look, and producing it in the final artwork. Making it and seeing it in the first place is what makes a photographer. The power of observation is everything. You may call it seeing, vision or imagination but it all comes down to the same thing; the ability to envision a final result in your mind’s eye, and then to make it so with the tools at hand.

Join our 4 Sessions Basic Photography Course, Photography 101 now, and develop your basic photography skills with Keith Low, Founder of Pictorial who have guided thousands of beginners in our photography course conducted at Singapore Botanic Gardens, Fort Canning Park & Boat Quay.

Want to enjoy a comprehensive photography journey? Check out our 10 Sessions Complete Photography Course, “Journeyman”.

Basic Photography Course Outline

Theory Via ZOOM

  • Introduction To Photography
  • A Brief History Of Photography
  • Best Learning Methodology
  • Latest Technology In Photography
  • Differences between DSLR/DSLT and Mirrorless Cameras
  • The “Best” Camera, Recommended Equipment
  • Understanding Light Control
  • Lenses & Their Applications
  • Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
  • Understanding Photography Jargon (E.g ISO, Shutter, Aperture)
  • Basic Compositions Techniques
  • Proper Maintaineace Of Camera Equipment

Singapore Botanic Garden (Outdoor Practical I)

  • Optimizing Camera Settings
  • Getting Out Of Auto Mode
  • Familiarize Common Controls In Camera.
  • Using Full Manual Focus.
  • Using AF Points & focusing techniques.
  • Exposing Pictures Correctly.
  • Applying Compositions & Framing Techniques
  • Depth Of Field Control
  • Learning Ideas Leading to Better Photography
  • Using Shutter Control For Amazing Photographic Results

Fort Canning Park (Outdoor Practical II)

  • Using Black & White Photography To Complement Pictures.
  • Understanding The Correct Focal Length (Zoom Range) For Better Results
  • Identifying Reference Lines & Creating Rules of Triangles in Pictures
  • Understanding Perspective In Angles.
  • Tips & Guides to Help You Grow.
  • Q&A

Boat Quay (Optional Session, Outdoor Practical III)

  • Assessment Of Covered Photography Rules
  • Understanding & Calculation Of Light Stops
  • Flash Control & Correct Application
  • Night Portrait Demo
  • High ISO Demo
  • Uncover Creativity In Night Landscapes
  • Q & A

Basic Photography Course Details

Key Areas Of Photography Covered

Camera Operation, Lenses Understanding, Composition Ideas, Composition Rules & Night Photography (Portrait & Landscape)

No. of Sessions

1 Theory via Zoom Online + 3 Outdoor Practical Sessions

Course Schedule

  • 1st Session – Zoom Online, 2 hours (Theory)

( Conducted Daily at 11 am or 7 pm )


( Conducted Daily at 11 am  )


( Conducted Daily at 11 am )


  • 4th Session – Boat Quay, 2 hours (Night Practical)

( Conducted Daily at 6.30 pm )


  • ( All 1 on 1 Sessions are Conducted Daily at Flexible Hours 10 am – 9 pm)


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Course Fees

Join Our Group Class (4 Pax Maximum Class Size) – $280/Participant For 4 Sessions


Private 1-1 (Date/Time Flexibility/Focus On Individual Learning & Camera Understanding) – $480 For 4 Sessions, Bring Another Friend For $240

Suitable For

  • Absolute Beginners, New Camera Owners, Revisiting Photography

Course Requirement

  • All Brands of Mirrorless/DSLR/Compact Camera With Manual Mode
  • Tripod

Equipment Loan Available: Nikon Z6 ($35/Session) / Nikon D3500 ($20/Session) / Fujifilm Xt-20 ($25/Session) / Tripod ($15/Session) (Request Can Be Done In The Registration Form)


Tripod Purchase Available: Tripod Priced At $159/-

We offer to purchase on behalf of our participant a tripod that is certified by our photography mentor. Your mentor will bring the tripod to the night photography session and show you the steps of using it. (Request Can Be Done In The Registration Form)


General specification of tripod

  • 205cm when fully extended
  • 44cm when fully retracted
  • 1.7kg in weight
  • Support up to 15kg
  • One tripod leg could be detached to use as a monopod
  • Ballhead with quick release plate
  • Comes with cushioned tripod bag
  • 6 months warranty from manufacturing defects with 1-1 exchange (Excluding any wear and tear)

Misc. Information

  • Theory Handout Provided (PDF)
  • All Photography Tips Covered In Sessions Provided via WhatsApp
  • Full Flexibility On Re-Scheduling, When You Need To Travel or Due To Personal Commitments
  • Mandarin Speaking Available For 1-1 Mentoring
  • Certificate Of Completion.
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