Why us?

  • Small class sizes:
    We want you to get the best possible learning experience, so we keep our class sizes small. Most workshops are restricted to just five people. One-on-one teaching is without a doubt the best kind of teaching. When you have the undivided attention of the teacher, helping you with your specific requirements, results happen fast. By keeping our numbers low, you get a meaningful amount of this very special time.

  • Internationally award-winning photographer:
    I took up photography more than 30 years ago and soon after, started getting photos published.  I won my first big international photo competition more that 20 years ago now.  When you are being taught by me, you are being taught by someone who has been doing it long enough to truly make the claim "I know what I'm on about"—if I can’t make that claim by now, then I don’t know what I’d need to do before I could. This depth of knowledge is important .

  • Proven track record of excellent teaching:
    I spent 10 years teaching photography at the art school at Otago Polytechnic. Over the years, I fine tuned my lessons; always asking the question “How can I teach this is a way that is clearer and easier to understand?”  Feedback from students indicated I finally got it right. ☺ Ultimately it’s not how much I teach that counts, but how much you actually learn. 

  • We mostly teach people who have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. (If you can change the lens, you probably have one! See below.)
    I found that trying to teach a mixed class of ‘point-n-shoots’ and DSLRs, always felt like trying to teach two classes at once.  To me, this felt like both sides were missing out and not getting the best lesson they could.  We aren’t interested in giving you a sub-standard lesson, so we generaly don't mix 'Point-n-shoots' with the advanced cameras in the same class. (Our 'Composition and Creativity' weekend workshops are the exception since these things aply to all cameras)
    On a workshop with just DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, we can teach things that are beyond what a ‘point-n-shoot’ can do. You will learn to use your camera the way most professional would use it.


  • Repeat Clients:
    On our multi-day workshops, a high proportion of our clients (43% in 2017) are people who have done a previous workshop and have felt they have got so much from it, that they have come back for more. We think this speaks volumes.


  • Yummy cheese scones:
    Scones really have nothing to do with photography, but the freshly baked cheese scones we have at morning tea time on the one-day workshop . . . . mmmmmmm  I can smell and taste them already.



If you are in any doubt about what kind of camera you have, drop us a quick email with make and model number of your camera, and we'll confirm what it is.

Why not a 'point and shoot'?
Point and shoot cameras are very good up to a point. (Excuse the pun.)  They are referred to as ‘point-n-shoots’ because they do things automatically, making decisions for you – you just point and shoot.  Sometimes it is appropriate to let the camera make decisions for you.  However to advance your photography beyond this stage, you need to be able to take back control.  Point and shoots either won’t let you take control or if they do let you take control, it is with so much mucking around that it just becomes an exercise in frustration.