Duration: One day
Location: Photospace, Wellington
Price: $295

1st February 2020

30th May 2020

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. They’re quite smart and will often get things ‘right’ if you let them do their own thing.
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 Part 2: Being Creative or Long Exposure Landscape


  • Pocket Guide to Digital Photography
  • Tuition from James Gilberd
  • Morning Tea/Coffee and a muffin (note: lunch is not included in course fee)


  • What are all the buttons on my camera?
  • Understanding and setting up your menus
  • Camera modes (aperture/shutter/manual)
  • Shutter speed (freezing & blurring motion)
  • Aperture (Depth of Field)
  • ISO, Exposure Triangle, Metering modes & White Balance
  • Shooting Manual Mode
  • Histogram
  • Auto Focus settings
  • RAW or JPEG
  • Composition Rules
  • Lens & gear choice


  • 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.
  • Itinerary

    • 9:00am - Meet at Photospace, 37 Courtenay Place
    • 9.15am - Work through camera use and controls
    • 11:30 - Photography around Wellington Waterfront
    • 13:00 - Lunch break
    • 13:30 - Creative settings and choices
    • 14:00 - Photography around Pukeahu War Memorial
    • 16:00 - Image review session at Photospace
    • 17:00 - 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 Photospace Gallery, 37 Courtenay Place, 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 & 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. 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
  • 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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