Vita Academy

Tuition to grow your photographic passion


Some students capturing a beautiful sunrise.

Some students capturing a beautiful sunrise.

Upcoming Course Dates


25th February 2018
Learn The Ropes - INFO

22nd March 2018
Night Photography - INFO

14th April 2018
Learn The Ropes - INFO


24th May 2018
Introduction to Post Production
Details Coming Soon

25th - 27th May 2018
Weekend Trip
Details Coming Soon

7th June 2018
Learn The Ropes - INFO


More dates announced soon.




Vita Academy is a collection of tuition sessions that cater for all levels of photographer, from the beginner to the experienced veteran.

The training sessions are separated into 4 areas. "Learn the Ropes", "Sharpen your Skills", "Masterclasses" and "Creative Retreats". Each area caters for different needs and skills of the student. Encompassing the entire training suite is the mentorship program which gives you ongoing, personal mentoring in all aspects of the photography industry.

You will be instructed by experienced, award winning, working professional photographers. Their passion and understanding of photography will not only guide you with practical, hands-on tuition; but will also inspire you to love photography as much as they do.

Start from the beginning or jump into something more your level. The world of photography is an amazing place and we would love to share the passion we have for it with you.




The perfect place to start your photography journey.

This is the sandbox. The place where you learn the basics. This full day course will teach you the foundations of photography, the fundamentals of the tools and the art of seeing an image.

COST - $295
Promo - Bring a friend and both pay $250 each

TOPICS COVERED : Exposure, Aperture, Shutterspeed, ISO, The triangle, Metering, Histogram, General Camera Famil, Lens Famil, Digital Basics, DOF, Composition, Shooting Tips and Tricks and much more.




A place to sharpen a skill to put in your photography toolbox.

This is the tool room. A place to learn specific skills and make them part of your photographic toolbox. These focused workshops will teach you the techniques and methods for your chosen subject.

COST - $195
Promo - Bring a friend and both pay $150 each

COURSES INCLUDE : Light Painting, Droplet Art, Smoke Art, Intro to Post Production, More Post Production, Off Camera Flash, Product Photography, Intro to Studio Lighting, More Studio Lighting, Posing your Models, Experimental Portraiture, Natural light Portraiture and much more.


A start to finish hands on tour through a professional shoot.

This is the dress rehearsal. These intensive full day workshops are a guided walk through of a complete professional photo session from concept to image completion. 

COST - $995

MASTERCLASS TOPICS : Zombie Apocalypse, The Evil of War, High Fashion Runway, Here Comes the Bride, When I Grow Up, Car Accident, Fashion in the City, Fairies in the Forrest and much more.


This is the ultimate learning environment.

Immerse yourself with like minded photographers on one of our creative retreats. This is the ultimate learning environment. Dedicated photography tours with 24/7 tuition and inspiration. We change your environment and stimulate your senses by guiding you in some of the most picturesque locations both at home in Australia and further abroad.

Your retreat is all inclusive of luxury accomodation, meals, transport and expert tuition by award winning professional photographers. Upcoming trips include The Blue Mountains, Thredbo and Queenstown New Zealand.

You will return with all the tools required to continue your passion for capturing the beauty of your surroundings and have a catalogue of artwork to fill your walls.

COST - Varied depending on location

HIGHLIGHTS : Luxury Accom, Meals included, Sunrise and Sunsets, beautiful landscapes, Glaciers (NZ), Waterfalls, Star trails, Photography Tuition, Post Production Tuition and much more.

Interested in ?
The hardest thing on every journey is taking that first step.
Take that step by sending through a request for more information
A student finds an awesome spot in our New Zealand retreat.

A student finds an awesome spot in our New Zealand retreat.


A few words from our past students.
Doug is articulate, patient, knowledgeable and clearly loves what he does. My session on lighting with Doug helped add significant value to the way I took sports photos!
— Storm Deck
One of the important things I learned from Doug is that technical mastery of the equipment is only a small part of photography. A portrait needs to tell a story, and capture in a 2-dimensional image some aspect of the subject’s personality so the viewer engages with the image. Hence, the way you relate to and interact with your subject is essential for a good result.
— David Coleman
Doug Hall is an incredible photographer and an amazing mentor and moreover he is an awesome human being who believes in giving back to the world more than he has taken from it. With over 10 years of experience in photography his skills and knowledge in the field are world class and his work obviously speaks louder than words.

Doug is the most encouraging and supportive mentor / teacher I have ever come across and is one of those rare people who are always available to help.
— Naimat Ahmed
I’d highly recommend a session with Doug at Vita Academy to anyone wanting to improve their photography practise.

Doug was able to assess my level of experience very quickly, and introduced new knowledge at a pace I was challenged by and comfortable with. I came away with a lot of new techniques to practice, and feel like I retained everything I learned on the day. The criticism Doug offered was useful and constructive.

It’s as though there’s a whole new drawer in my mental toolbox - full of things to help me craft better pictures!
— Bec Fassone
Doug Hall has been my photography trainer for the past 18 months and is an amazing teacher with a vast wealth of knowledge and experience in photography. In addition to his extensive skills and experience, Doug is a very down to earth, approachable person with a good sense of humour and genuine generosity. I have really enjoyed his relaxed style of teaching and his passion and love for photography is contagious. Not only has he taught me so much about all things photography, but he has helped me to build my confidence in my abilities to capture and created beautiful images.
— Rachel Riches
Doug is an extremely down to earth individual with an immense amount of passion for what he does. He is not only an incredible photographer but also a fantastic teacher. I am very grateful to have had Doug as my instructor for 18 months.

He gives praise where it is due but is also not shy about being critical of his student’s work and providing honest feedback. His ability to deliver constructive criticism is a big reason he is such a good teacher. Doug’s classes were entertaining, energetic and open to discussion and challenge. They also moved his students from “taking pictures” to “making photographs” of their subject.
— Raymond Mac Neill