The Beginners Course is an 8 week part time course for those would like to learn how to operate their camera’s manual function settings, the basics of photography theory and visual analysis. By the end of this course you will be equipped with basic portraiture and visual narrative making skills that provide a solid foundation for an exciting journey into photography. 

The course is part time, allowing plenty of time for independent research and practice. Class times are ideal for those already committed to a full time study or work schedule. 

The course includes modules on:

Technical Practice

Technical Practice/ Basic Camera Technique

Introduction to Critical Theory, History of African Photography

Visual Literacy and Image Analysis

Introduction to Visual Narrative

Image by Arsène Mpiana Monkwe


-Your own DSLR (Digital Camera with manual control function ability)

-A Laptop/ Home PC for independent work

-Secure Internet Connection for online Zoom classes


Duration: 8 weeks                                                                                                                                                    


3 May to 2 July

28 June to 27 August

1 September to 5 November


Saturdays 10am to 1pm Victoria Yards @Through The Lens

Tuesday 6pm- 8pm online via zoom                                                                                                                                                             



1) Payment in Full ( Incl. registration fee)2) 

2 Payments ( registration fee and 50% of balance + remaining balance)

3) Monthly payments ( registration fee + 50% of balance + remaining balance)

NB. Registration fee is payable upon registration, all outstanding fees to be paid before course end date.

Abigail Nel 

I have thoroughly enjoyed learning with Michelle Harris and Michelle Loukidis. They are passionate, proficient and inspiring mentors. My experience of the Beginners Course has been incredibly worthwhile. TTLC values getting to know students individually to best guide each student through their journey. Their Beginners Course provides a substantial foundation on the basic functions and techniques for using a DSLR camera, the origins of photography, the history of photography in Africa, and visual analysis.  

Meme Mathobela    

I went into the Beginners Course mainly to understand my camera and maximize on its functions. Little did I know I was embarking on a journey of self-discovery. Michelle and Michelle were professionals throughout and made the experience an unforgettable one. 

Beginners Cape Town

Beginners Cape Town


9 June to 30 July

11 August to 1 October 

6 October to 26 November


10 am to 1pm

 Thursday classes via zoom 6pm to 8pm


Private Property, Walmer Estate CPT (location access upon registration) Thursday 

Registration as above

Please note all courses will be online in the event of another Covid 19 lockdown

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