Photo School 1: Taking Control

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  • Learn New Techniques
  • Professional Tutors
  • Inspire Confidence

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Auckland Photography Workshop

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

Workshop Content

Move away from ‘Auto’ and learn how and when to use your cameras controls.
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Shooting in Manual Mode
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Creative Camera Controls
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Exposure Triangle
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Using your Histogram
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Controlling Focus
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Composition Choices


Alastair McAra

Lightroom Photography Tutor

Alastair is a professional photographer offering training in all aspects of the photography workflow.

This includes the use of Lightroom & Photoshop, book making, printing, scanning and also colour management from capture to output.

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James Gilberd

Tutor and Documentary Photographer

James has been involved in photography full time since the mid 1980s, and has made it his career as well as his passion. He established Photospace Gallery in 1998, and it remains the Wellington region’s only dedicated venue for photography exhibitions.

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  • Professional tuition
  • Morning tea/coffee and a muffin
  • Pocket Photography Guide
  • Creative exercises


This is designed as a basic-level workshop, 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 and can shoot in manual mode, please look at our other 1-day workshops.


9:00 am – Meet at Photospace, 37 Courtenay Place

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 Pukeahu War Memorial

3:30 pm- Image review session at Photospace5:00 pm – Workshop finishes

5:00 pm – Workshop finishes


Meet at Photospace Gallery, 37 Courtenay Place, for a coffee and a run-through of the camera setup and the basics. Then we will photograph in a couple of locations across.


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.


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: 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.


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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