Photography Courses | Private Tuition (Christchurch)

Courses are based in Christchurch for beginners to advanced. However I'm planning on doing workshops in other centres in the near future. Private tuition is also available here or in your location if preferred.
With over 23 years photography tutoring experience combined with over 25 years of running my own studio - I have a lot of knowledge to share.

I really enjoy passing on my skills and have a relaxed attitude to practical and classroom learning. Learning can be fun. I especially enjoy seeing students returning to do my other courses - in fact many have completed all my courses to date.

I offer a new classroom/studio facilities available in Avonhead, Christchurch. Specializing in small groups up to ten people. Courses are varied from night classes and weekend workshops. Future subjects include:

      Advanced portraiture
      Intro to Photography
      Adobe Photoshop level 1 & 2
      Adobe Lightroom level 1 & 2
      Wedding Photography
      People Pets and Kids
      Fine Art Nude
      High Dynamic Range photography (HDR)
      Natural and Studio Lighting workshops

Some courses are aimed at beginner level and are two tier, for example; LightroomONE & LightroomTWO.

Specializing in small groups allows more one-on-one tuition. Weekend workshops allow for people from out of town to attend plus, I think it's a better way to learn. For more info click on the contact button and email me and I will send you the details or phone 027 436 7272.

Classroom | studio setup

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Upcoming Photography Courses

I will send you relevant information for each course.  For computer based courses (ie, Lightroom/Photoshop ) please bring along a laptop (or computer) with the software already installed and running. Morning/afternoon teas included & power points are provided.

To get more info or if you want to be included on our email list please email me using the CONTACT above or Tel 027 436 7272.

2022 courses

UAV (Drone) photography


A 1-day course on how to shoot awesome aerial pictures. This course concentrates on capturing still images, panoramas and putting it together in post production. I will be using Adobe Lightroom but you can apply the same principles to most software. The course will consist of doing a photo shoot and returning to the classroom for a full edit to completion. This is a hands on course - very limited numbers


Lightroom Classic - Thursday evenings


An introductory level course for beginners and intermediate users. Adobe Lightroom Classic is the gold standard for amateur and professional photo storing and editing. Lightroom is for organizing  your files & getting all the data from your image - the recommended "go-to" software for all photographers. This is ideally suited to beginners or anyone wishing to update their skills with the new version. Topics covered are: initial setup, maintaining a logical system, finding images easily, photo editing, printing and optimizing for social media, global and selective adjustments etc. Also we will include the latest features recently introduced plus more advanced techniques, this course is also a great refresher course. Email me if you require more course information.

Book now $295 Sorry Fully Booked See weekend course below

Photography for Beginners - weekend workshop

February 12/13, 9:00am-4:30pm, 2022

This 2-day workshop is designed to teach the basics and a great chance to upskill. A hands-on course with a mix of lessons and practical exercises designed to give you an understanding of the basics. 
We explore how to take better photos plus setting up your camera. Also a great choice as a refresher course.

A hands-on and classroom course for anyone with a mirrorless, compact or DSLR. 


Boudoir photography - weekend workshop NEW

February 19/20, 9:00am-4:30pm, 2022

Limited to only 4 students. This practical workshop explores boudoir and contemporary female portrait photography. Boudoir is usually associated with lingerie and romantic posing.
My workshops are relaxed, very informative, and don’t require any specialized knowledge of lighting or lighting set-ups. We will be utilizing natural window light but mostly using one-light source ie flash that you can use at home. Also shooting with different modifiers such as umbrellas, soft boxes and beauty dishes.
We will have 3 practical shooting sessions, learning posing, simple and effective lighting, and how to work with different body shapes. We will be working with various makeup artists and non-professional models. 


Lightroom Classic 1 - Weekend Workshop

July 16/17 2022

There is a lot more information in your images than you might think. Editing is where you can extract more details in highlights and shadow areas, colour correct crop end export you images. It's relatively easy once you are shown the correct process etc.

Of all the courses, I personally recommend Adobe Lightroom as my favourite. Learn how to store, catalogue, find, edit & share your images. This software was a game changer for me, being a long time user of Adobe Photoshop. However, Lightroom & Photoshop work collectively, but if I could only have one software it would be LR. Adobe Lightroom is the gold standard for amateur and professional photo storing and editing.

Book now by emailing me for more info.
$295 limited spaces.

Wedding Photography - Two day Workshop

August 27/28 2022

This is for anyone interested in wedding photography. Whether you are about to shoot your first wedding or experienced and want to up-skill, this is for you. Emphasis will be on posing, locations & backgrounds, tricky lighting techniques, post production techniques & how to get that special shot. We will also cover the costs and how to price your work.


Flash photography
One-day Workshop

Saturday July 2, 2022

This one day workshop is for anyone with an add-on flash or anyone considering purchasing one. We will look at various ways to improve using add-on flash plus we will cover simple off-camera techniques. Controlling light is the key to successful pictures under difficult lighting. This will open a whole new component to your photography. An excellent course for anyone doing wedding or portrait photography.


Winter Landscape - Workshop

June 16, Sat 18 & 23, 2022 -Two evenings plus an all day Saturday field trip

An intermediate course on how to photograph landscapes. Learn techniques with a mix of classroom and practical shooting in typical situations. This consists of two Thursday evenings and an all day landscape shoot, to cover sunrise (7:50am) and sunset (5:01pm). The first evening we will look at equipment and techniques. The second evening is a show and tell and how to edit your images. We will cover inner city and rural, mountains etc.


People Pets & Kids - Weekend Workshop 

September 17/18, 2022

A fun beginners/intermediate course on how to photograph everyone in the family and beyond. With five different photoshoots you will learn techniques with a mix of classroom and practical shooting in typical situations. A hands-on course with various photo shoots for you to try new techniques.


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