Duration: One day
Location: Progear, Auckland
Price: $295

20th February 2022

27th March 2022

This is a one-day practical hands-on workshop aimed at beginners. Designed to get you on the path to using your DSLR or mirrorless digital camera with full understanding and creative control.
We’ll help you move away from ‘Auto’ and learn how and when to use your cameras other modes to capture personal and unique photographs. Modern cameras are superb image-capture tools. We’ll start with a run through the important camera controls and later, in the field, learn how to bring them together. It may seem a little confusing in theory, but it will make sense when put into practice.
To get the full benefit of more advanced courses and workshops, it's important you understand how to make your camera do precisely what you want it to. This workshop will give you confidence and set you on the right path to capture great images.
This is designed as a basic level workshop for people, it is well suited to those wishing to master shooting in manual mode or just starting out in photography. If you have already mastered the basics please look at Photo School 2: Getting Creative or Long Exposure Landscape.



  • What are all the buttons on my camera?
  • Understanding and setting up your menus
  • Shooting in Manual Mode
  • Creative camera controls
  • Exposure Triangle
  • Understanding your Histogram
  • Focus & depth of field
  • Composition Choices
Plus Creative exercises to support learning in the field with your tutor.
Our Photo School Workshops are part of the Nikon NZ Photo School, ALL CAMERA BRANDS are welcome and catered for.

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  • Itinerary

    • 9:00 am - Meet at Progear Photographics, 3 Railway Street, Newmarket, Auckland 1023
    • 9.15 am - Exposure and shooting in manual mode
    • 10.30 am - Morning tea
    • 11:00 am- Camera Settings, Lenses and Focus
    • 1:00 pm - Lunch break
    • 1:30 pm - Photography around Auckland Domain and War Memorial Museum
    • 3:30 pm- Image review session at Progear
    • 5:00 pm - Workshop finishes
  • 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 1:4 or better. Group size is limited to 8, and with a group of 5 or more an assistant will be present to make sure everyone receives the attention they need.
  • Location

    Meet at Progear Photographics, 3 Railway Street, Newmarket, Auckland 1023 for a coffee and a run-through of camera setup and the basics. Then we will photograph in a couple of locations across the city.
  • Equipment

    This workshop is designed for the use of DSLR, Mirrorless or Four-Thirds Camera Systems. Please let us know if you do not have a suitable camera as have a number of Nikon DSLR cameras available.
    Camera Equipment: Our workshops focus on how to use your camera, not your type of camera. DSLR, Mirrorless Compact System, Four-Thirds, Bridge, Superzoom and Compact cameras may be used. We also have Nikon DSLR bodies available for hire if you do not have a suitable camera. (Workshop does not cover cellphone cameras or film cameras). 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
    Nikon Photo School: This workshop is run in association with Nikon Photo School, but all camera brands are welcome and covered.
  • 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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Plus assistant for groups of 6-8
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