Photo Courses - john foster master of photography

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 20 years photography tutoring experience combined with over 23 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
      Landscape
      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

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.


Photography for Beginners - 2-day workshop

May 25/26, 9:00am-4:30pm, 2019

This is designed to teach the basics. We explore how to take better photos plus setting up your camera. A hands-on and classroom course for anyone with a mirrorless, compact or DSLR. 
$225


Black & white Photography - 1-day workshop 

next course 2020

This is designed to teach the basics of black and white techniques and editing. Before digital photographers' used coloured filters to emphasise different tones. Now we use editing to bring out the nuances that B+W requires. Learn how to bring B+W to the next level. 

Prerequisite is basic understanding of Lightroom or equivalent .

$125


Panoramas 1-day workshop

March 30 (Sat), 2019 7:30-3pm

Panorama's are amazing, especially if you need to cover a wide field of view, or need a large image for a wall etc. There are a few tricks and to make you image stand out. We will cover the best techniques in a practical shoot session and do some editing and post production in the classroom.

$125


Lightroom - Thursday evenings

Term 3 2019, 7-9pm (8 evenings)

An introductory level course for beginners. Adobe Lightroom 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 whishing 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.
We will be covering more advanced techniques, this course includes most of LightroomONE & LightroomTWO courses.
Email me if you require more course information.
Note: no class March 7.

$275 (sorry fully booked) Will be doing another in the winter.


LightroomONE - Weekend Workshop

May 4/5, 9:00am-4:30pm, 2019

Of all the courses, I personally recommend Adobe Lightroom as the best, once you have taken your images. Learn how to store, 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.

$245


LightroomTWO - Weekend Workshop

Winter 2019

A follow on from LightroomONE, and for those who have been using LR & want to take it to the next level. This covers more advanced techniques and time-saving ideas and settings to get you working more productively. $245




Studio Lighting Weekend Workshop

June 15/16 9:00am-4:30pm, 2019

This two day workshop is all about lighting. We explore natural lighting and how to recreate with studio lighting. Starting with one-light techniques and advancing from there. We will cover off-camera speed lights, portable flash & studio units.  You will learn the different effects various diffusers and accessories can achieve. Ever wondered if a softbox or umbrella is more suitable?

This workshop is very hands-on so numbers are very limited.

$275


One-Day Lighting Workshop - Using one flash

May 18 (Sat) 9:00am-4:30pm, 2019

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.

$125



Wedding Photography - Two day Workshop

August 17/18 2019

This is for anyone interested in wedding photography.
Whether you are about to shoot your first 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.This is a level 1 & 2 course over two days

 $249



PhotoshopONE - Weekend Workshop

 September 15/16 2019

The ultimate in photo manipulation. This is for beginners and for those who have fought with Adobe Photoshop. Email me for more course  information. Limited to 10 only.

$245


People Pets & Kids - Weekend Workshop

 September 28/29 2019

A fun beginners/intermediate course on how to photograph everyone in the family and beyond. Learn techniques with a mix of classroom and practical shooting in typical situations.

$245


Winter Landscape - Workshop

June 27 (Thu 7-9pm) June 29 (Sat 7:30am-5:30pm) July 4 (Thu 7-9pm) 2019

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 (8:04am) and sunset (5:02pm).

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.

$245

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