Basic Photography for DSLR

Basic Photography for DSLR

DSLR - Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera

Ever wondered why the pictures you take do not resemble what you were looking at?  This is a fun course what will take you through the technical and creative process of using your camera to make great images.   From great pictures of the kids to your next photographic adventure to the end of the Earth, this course will teach you to control the camera and create images that make you proud.

This class runs for 6 weeks over a 7 - 8 week period with a field trip in the middle/end of the course then the class meets again to discuss their photos.

Participants need to have a camera that has manually controlled exposure.  

Class will involve mainly classroom work as well as a field trip to be arranged during first session.

To help keep the cost of this course down we receive Government Funding and they require proof of residency/citizenship status.  When you enrol you may be asked to provide a CERTIFIED copy of your Identity Documentation – click here for a full list of accepted IDocs.

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About your tutor

Helen McLeod is an internationally exhibited professional photographer working out of Christchurch, New Zealand. She is an experienced photographic educator having taught at tertiary level for “South Seas Film School” (Auckland) and regularly lectures in tertiary institutions and secondary schools. Helen has professionally worked in a number of photographic genres such as forensic photography, demolition photography, wedding photography, event photography, industrial photography and commercial photography. Through the medium of Fine Art Photography Helen has learnt to train her mind to see the creative possibilities in any situation, no matter how ugly they may be. Her fine art photography is revered throughout New Zealand. Some of this can be seen in the art galleries of Christchurch. She has won a number of prestigious medals and awards within New Zealand and internationally with her photographic work and audio-visuals. As a result she has been exhibited all around New Zealand, Australia, America, Canada, South Africa, Germany, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Helen’s website can be viewed at:

Term 1 Tuesday 08 February 2022
Term 2 Tuesday 10 May 2022
Term 3 Tuesday 02 August 2022
Term 4 Tuesday 18 October 2022
Fee $140
Length 8 weeks/16 hours including 4 hour field trip
Time 7 – 9 pm
Location Riccarton High School
Tutor Helen McLeod
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No classes on public holidays.