About Photo Genius

Set up in 2008 by photographer Paul Farris to help others improve on their photography, the company was originally know as 'Learn Photography' but later changed to 'Photo Genius' in 2012.

We host weekly courses in Brisbane at the South Bank Parklands and keep the group sizes small so that everyone gets plenty of attention and guidance with plenty of opportunities for asking questions. 
Private One-to-One sessions are also available.

We are proud to be the No1 for photography courses in Brisbane.

At Photo Genius we show people how to take better photos by sharing our knowledge, listening, demonstrating and encouraging creativity with personal service that is second to none.

Paul Farris

Photo Genius founder Paul Farris studied photography at Richmond-upon-Thames College in London and is now based in Brisbane as a full time photography tutor.

Paul describes himself as a photography fanatic and through Photo Genius is dedicated to helping others achieve better results with their cameras and realise their photographic potential. 

Paul can also be seen hosting the Photo Genius channel on YouTube which has amassed over 16 million views to date.

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Which course is best for me?

Beginners Photography Workshop

If you are a complete novice or are unfamiliar with your camera then the perfect place to start is with our Beginners Photography Workshop, this is our most popular course and includes a morning of essential theory followed by an afternoon of practical photo taking around the South Bank parklands in Brisbane that includes some night photography.


Camera Basics

Ideal for the beginner, a short four hour session and a great place to start if you wish to get more from your digital camera. The Camera Basics course is suitable for mirrorless, DSLR and bridge cameras with manual functionality. 

Practical Course

An optional Practical Course designed as a follow-on to the Camera Basics Course

Beyond the Basics Workshop

A full day of practical photo taking, our Beyond The Basics Workshop is designed as a follow-on to our beginners courses with an emphasis on composition and introducing more advanced photography techniques.

We also offer private One-to-One tuition for a more personalised approach to learning and can be tailored to suit your specific needs, interests and skill level. This is ideal for businesses who require photos for social media, websites etc.

Other courses that may interest you . . .

iPhone Photography Course

This short course is designed to show you how to get the most from your iPhone or iPad and covers image capture, composition, creative tips and editing your images using recommended apps.
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Animal magic Photography Workshop
A beginners workshop with a difference, an informative and fun day of wildlife photography held at the world famous Australia Zoo. This workshop is designed with the novice in mind and begins with a morning theory session followed by an afternoon of practical picture taking whilst exploring the zoo - you are sure to go home with some amazing photos.
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Macro Photography for Beginners

Capture the beauty of nature, a morning of macro photography at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens supported by Brisbane Camera Hire.
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