A photograph shows a brooding sky and choppy sea, framed by a harbour and ships in silhouette.

The Power of Photography
A 5-week course, over 5 evenings / Thursday 23 Feb – Thursday 23 March 2023 / 6.30-8.30pm / 15yrs+ / $120pp

On this brand new evening course, you’ll learn about how you can transform your smartphone or camera into much more than just a tool for snaps, and be a creative vehicle to express ideas, emotions and appreciation of the world around us by looking deeper at our subjects.

Ticket price of $120 includes all five evenings ($24 per evening).

Suitable for beginners and intermediate photographers.

Tutored by Alan Gillard. Made possible with support from Waimakariri Creative Communities.

About the tutor:

Alan Gillard’s photography background; Worked Photographic Technician at Queen Mary College (University of London) and Chief Photographer at City of London Polytechnic. Freelance Industrial Commercial photography in London for a number of years. Immigrated to New Zealand in 1985 and after a short period doing various photography jobs obtained a position at the NZ News Test Kitchen doing food photography for cookery books, the Auckland Star and NZ Woman’s Weekly. In 1989 I went freelance and worked for many magazines including NZ Woman’s Weekly, Next, Real and sole photographer for over 150 books, mostly cookery but also a large number of children books for Shortland Publications. I have a City and Guilds in Photography and have won The Silver Ladle at the World Media Awards for best Food Photography.

Course Content

Course Content

Week 1: The Image

We will discuss the beauty of photography and look at some classic photography from Steiglitz, Annie Leibovitz, Dianne Arbus, Brian Brake, Mapplethorpe, The Magnum Group.

Look at subject / composition and its relevance to how you approach your photography.

Week 2: The Camera

You will need either a camera phone or any digital camera. Learn how the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, sensor effects the images you capture.

Week 3: Light

Types of light; Specular, diffused, angle, direction.
Colour; what is it, sources of, how it effects emotion and mood.

Week 4: People

Portraits, groups
Landscapes. Still Life. Food.

Week 5: Post Processing

Editing in phone / Photoshop and printing.

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Ceramics Workshop: Surface Decoration Techniques

Saturday 11 February 2023 / 10am-4pm / 15yrs+ / $140pp

We are working on bringing you an alternative opportunity to learn and practice ceramics in late February or March. Please check back soon.

Single Graphics

Creative Communities Funding Information Workshop

Wednesday 22 February 2023 / 6.30-8pm / Gold Coin Koha

Following the success of last July’s funding workshop, we once again invite artists, writers, musicians and all creative innovators in our community to explore ideas that could be funded by the Waimakariri Creative Communities fund.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to communities so New Zealanders can be involved in local arts activities. The scheme supports a wide range of arts: Craft / Object arts, Dance, Inter-Arts, Literature, Māori Arts, Multi-Artform (including film), Music, Pacific art, Theatre and Visual Arts.…/creative-communities

Please register via the link below to help with our preparation *booking link opening soon!*