So, you have a DSLR camera.  There is inspiration all around you and your Pinterest Board overflows with photos you wish you could reproduce for your own family.  You can't seem to work out why your photos don't turn out the way you envisaged.  So, you sit down to read your camera manual while your bub is napping.  Just as you're high-fiving yourself getting through the intro, bub is calling out and your train of thought is gone.  

There's no more time in your life for an expensive and long-term photography course - you want to see results now.  There are so many questions you want to ask as you fumble with your camera, but searching Google takes you away from your practice!

Learn portrait photography from a working portrait & wedding photographer

One-on-one or bring a friend

Custom lessons for your specific needs

Use your own camera or smart phone

Relaxed & fun environment

In your own home or meet outdoors

Learn to capture beautiful family portraits creatively

Your lessons can be as structured or unstructured as you like.  You’re the boss!  Here are a list of topics that I can help you with.  If you're not interested in a structured lesson and just want to shoot and ask questions, that's fine too!

Seeing the Light

  • Source of light - how to identify different sources of natural light and understand its effect on your subject
  • Available light - adapting to lighting scenarios instead of changing them
  • Direction of light – front light, side light, back light, from above, from below - using your phone camera to help you understand where to position and face your subject
  • Quality of light – hard (specular) v’s soft (diffused or scattered) light & shadows and how weather and time of day affects your image
  • Colour of light – how different types of light can make colours look more vivid, dull or bleached, how to set the correct White Balance and get beautiful skin tones
  • Best time of day - direction of sun, position/height of sun and why it matters, twilight, magic/golden hour light, harsh sunlight, light diffused by clouds, diffused natural light outdoors and indoors
  • Quantity of light – how to manipulate the quantity of light reaching your subject and how to soften/diffuse it
  • Awkward lighting conditions - how to shoot in bright sunlight and dappled light and a trick to easily identify the ideal position to place your subjects
  • Specular highlights – bring your subject to life with catch lights in the eyes and how to get them from specific sources of light
  • Controlling shadows – how to reduce non-flattering shadows on the face using reflected light and how shadows define an image
  • Backlit subjects - how backlight separates your subject from the background and how to create silhouettes
  • On-camera flash – when to use it for fill-light and when to disable it

Learning your camera

  • The right way to hold your camera
  • Adjusting the dioptre to suit your vision
  • How to stabilise your camera by correctly positioning your body
  • Learning where your camera controls are
  • What ‘Creative Mode’ to use and why you would choose it
  • How and where to focus and how to move the focal point
  • Learning about your lens/es (focal length) and selecting the right lens for your subject
  • Why your camera doesn’t see what you see (dynamic range)
  • Getting the correct exposure by understanding how your camera reads light, how it meters for that light, where you find the light meter on your camera and how to read it
  • How to get the yummy background blur (bokeh) you see in professional photos (selecting the right lens and aperture/f-stop)
  • How to capture movement (shutter speed) without blur
  • Equipment– batteries, memory cards, lens hood, lenses, bags, changing your lenses, protecting your camera’s sensor, cleaning your camera and lenses, filters, dust/sand/water

Composing your image

Leading the viewer's eye to the subject in your image by ...

  • watching your background behind subject (distracting elements & making your subject ‘pop’)
  • using focus point and depth of field
  • move your body - interesting perspective/vantage points/angles (high, low, tilt etc.)
  • framing your image on the edges
  • using leading lines
  • using the rule of Thirds and Odds
  • filling your frame (move in close)
  • using colour and highlights
  • using negative (background) & positive (subject) space
  • using repetition, textures and patterns, then breaking them
  • less is more (avoid distracting elements)
  • capturing reflections
  • showing scale

Processing your images

  • Uploading images to your computer
  • Formatting your memory card
  • Quality/size of JPG files and how many you can fit on your memory card
  • Managing and filing your images
  • An overview of editing and file management software
  • Cropping your images and how this effects quality
  • Global adjustments – Exposure, Recovery, Fill Light, Blacks, Contrast, Tone Curve, Temperature, Saturation, Hue and Luminosity
  • Local adjustments – Exposure Adjustment Brush, Dodge and Burn tools
  • Using digital filters - Actions (Adobe Photoshop) and Presets (Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) to enhance your images
  • Sharpening your images
  • Exporting your images for use online and in print
  • Where and how to print your images
  • Backing up your images

$80 - 1 hour ONE-ON-ONE lesson in your home or on location

$140 - 2 hour ONE-ON-ONE lesson in your home or on location

$180 - 3 hour ONE-ON-ONE lesson in your home or on location

Additional friends – HALF PRICE

Additional hours (over 3 hours) are $60/hour