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Following is a presentation of our last online workshop . You can register for our next workshop here


A collection of images from our 5 day workshop from local young creatives 

Workshop survey

We would really appreciate your feedback using the form below so we can host another workshop !
Some ideas would be to :

  • provide a challenge booklet you could download
  • online zoom group for older students to connect and learn from each other
  • ongoing monthly challenges 

Please complete the form so we can make our next workshop online even better !

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 DAY 5 FINAL CHALLENGE - Wheels and circles

So, this is our final day and last challenge.
We hope this one gets you thinking, about shapes around us.
Wheels and circles are everywhere, we may not even notice.
So, the challenge is to use what you have learned this week, depth of field, rule of thirds, contrasting colours, angle and create a really stunning ‘art’ shot, something you could imagine seeing in an art gallery or online and thinking wow, thats so cool.

You are all creative artists, think this is your shot to share with the world !

Allow for what we call negative space, which many of you have done so well this week. Thats where you have extra space around your image which really helps focus on your subject.
To work well,keep your background really simple or use depth of field to really blur out whats behind, move away from your subject and use your camera and device to 'zoom in' see some examples below.

Remember don’t copy the examples below in your shot , just use them for inspiration .

To add to your challenge if you choose to and I hope most of you will you can send me two shots .
One as you take it, so no added filters, and the next you can use filters, such as black and white, or changing the contrast or colour tone or using an app you like ( my favourite easy phone app is Snapseed) 

Remember to keep it simple, don’t over do it so it looks too artificial but enhances and adds to your image.

Most of all have heaps of fun !


We have decided to have some fun with todays challenge and think it will let you really personalise your shot and reflect who you are through your shoes! Let your creative self shine through your shoe shot! Try something completely different, look for contrasting colours as backgrounds, on or off, up or down, just a part of your shoe, maybe a lot of shoes, maybe just one, place them somewhere, even on your feet....think of it as a commercial shot, for your Shoes !

We want you to try some depth of field today as well with this. Depth of field in a photo refers to the distance between the closest and farthest objects that appears sharp and can give a blurred foreground or background depending on what you are focussing on. Using your zoom will achieve this.

Check out the quick vid above as well for some tips to challenge your creativity, it's easier than typing it out here !

PS If you didn't try the rule of thirds yesterday you can give it a go with this challenge.


Kia ora, Hi there, Welcome to Day 3 of "My Aotearoa ", 5 day photo challenge. You are all sending in  amazing work, heaps of thought going into your work, so these next few days will get you thinking more we hope.
We have added an extra challenge today as well !

Today's topic for you is : THIS IS MY WORLD

We often say if someone did not know anything about you or your country and you had to show it in one photograph, what would that look like ?
So, thinking about your world around you and what YOUR WORLD around you means to you .
We would love to see it captured in wider context, it may be a street shot, or focussing on elements in your street, or a rural view, a place you like to spend time or enjoy with others when you can.
Maybe there is a story you can share with your photograph to the viewer . 

Challenge yourself to do something different from previous days, you may be around people  and can capture movement in your image as well. ( Remember if people are in your shot make sure you ask them first)
Try different angles,ie shoot from the ground or from a higher angle. Look to colours that capture your eye and use this  in the next challenge below to include in your shot for today.

CHALLENGE 2  Use rule of third where you can, ( see examples and my video) 

Heres a quick read for you 

Why use the ‘Rule of Thirds’?

The idea behind the Rule of Thirds is to stop the photographer putting the subject in the centre of the frame. By doing this it allows the viewer more opportunity to explore the image as a whole rather than be fixed on the central point. For this rule to apply, you simply need to imagine that your frame is divided into nine equal sections with lines crossing the horizontal and vertical areas of the image. Or to make things easier still, go to the FRAMING GUIDELINE option found on your camera and turn the GRID option on.

It is where these lines meet that is important, you should roughly aim to place your subject matter on or near these lines. In this particular example the tree has been placed directly on one of the third lines.
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Which side?

You may also question where to place the subject in the frame. The left third or the right third of the image?
The right third of the frame is generally considered a better, safer placement of the subject matter (although this is subjective) due to the way a viewer ‘reads’ an image. Just like with books where we read left to right, we approach viewing an image in a similar manner. This means that when a viewer spots the subject of interest, they may stop exploring the rest of the image. Here is the same image simply flipped horizontally to give an idea of this effect.

Knowing the way a viewer ‘reads’ an image it can help you make creative decisions; by placing the subject on the left hand side you can create deliberate tension within your image.

Have fun, don't forget to email your best shot back to us when you have finished today.

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