Duration: One day
Location: Photospace, Wellington
Price: $260

7th April 2018

This is a basic workshop designed to cover the fundamentals of controlling exposure and composing photographs. If you’ve been letting your camera make creative decisions for you - using it on Auto-everything - and maybe getting generic-looking photos, here’s an opportunity to learn how to take full creative control and capture your own uniquely personal photos, the way you see things with your own photographic eye.
If you want to take your photography further and experience more advanced photography courses and workshops, you will want to know this stuff. There’s no time like now to learn, and once you get the taste for full creative control you need never look back.
Content: As in other creative fields, making good photographs has always meant finding a personal balance between technique and aesthetics. While the technical aspects of digital photography can seem daunting (especially in Manual mode) it’s really not that complicated, it just requires practice. This workshop will give you a solid start on the path to achieving a balanced, holistic creative approach to your photography, opening up new possibilities for future development.
We’ll start with a run through the important camera controls and later, in the field, learn how to bring them together to allow you to capture photos the way you see them. During the day you can experiment with various combinations for different effects and you’ll find that what may seem a little confusing in theory will make sense and drop into place in practice.
Cameras: DSLR, Mirrorless Compact System, Four-Thirds, Bridge, Superzoom and Compact. (Workshop does not cover cellphone cameras or film cameras.)


  • Principals of composition
  • Photographic vision and seeing
  • Manual exposure for creative control
  • Understanding f-stops; depth of field
  • Understanding shutter speed; motion
  • Controlling ISO and picture quality
  • Light metering, histograms, exposure
  • Using selective focus and deep focus


  • Pocket Guide to Digital Photography
  • Tuition from James Gilberd
  • Morning Tea/Coffee and a muffin (note: lunch at Makara Cafe not included in course fee)
  • Printing Voucher from Wellington Photographic Supplies

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  • Class Size

    We believe that working in a smaller group provides the best possible learning outcomes. Our one-day workshops provide a tutor to student ratio of 1:5 or better. Group size is limited to 10, and with a group of 6 or more an assistant will be present to make sure everyone receives the attention they need.
  • Itinerary

    • 09:15 - Arrive at Photospace Gallery
    • 09:30 - Workshop begins; camera basics and setup
    • 11:00 - Drive to Makara Beach
    • 11:30 - Morning tea at Makara Cafe
    • 12:00 - Photography around the beach area
    • 13:30 - Lunch break
    • 14:30 - Relocate to Makara township, photograph around churches
    • 17.00 - Workshop finishes
  • Location

    Meet at Photospace Gallery, 37 Courtenay Place, for a coffee and a short run-through of camera setup and basics. Then we head out to Makara Beach.
  • Equipment & Experience

    No photographic knowledge or experience needed, as we will take you through the basics. But if you’re not a total beginner you will still learn a lot from this workshop.
    Camera Equipment: Our workshops focus on how to use your camera, not your type of camera. A basic list of recommended camera equipment can be found here
    Clothing:A list of recommended clothing to wear on the workshop can be found here Note: Makara Beach can be quite exposed to the elements. While we won’t be hiking into the hills (or going far from the cafe, for that matter!), be prepared for the sun and the wind, and walking on rough ground.
  • Booking & Payment

    A non-refundable deposit of NZD$100.00 is required to reserve your space for the workshop. The remaining balance is due 14 days prior to the start of the workshop. You may pay in full at time of booking, the balance (minus the deposit) will remain fully refundable until 14 days before the workshop.
    Booking and Cancellation Policy: Please click here for our booking and cancellation policy.
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