Taking better Pictures Photographic Courses

7th July 2010


Here are our upcoming courses and workshops for the remainder of 2010:

Taking better Pictures:  Part One

This is a perfect course for beginners to intermediate photographers, and covers aspects like your camera features, shutter speed, aperture and depth of field. You will also learn more about ISO, White Balance and your camera flash in a very relaxed and fun atmosphere. This course is best suited for people using Digital SLR cameras.

Taking better Pictures: Part One is a 5 week course, consisting of one 3 hour class once a week. For your convenience, and to fit in with your busy schedule you have the choice of a morning and or an evening class.

The course includes notes, theory and weekly practical assignments will be given.


Morning Classes: 13th, 20th, 26th July and 3rd August 2010
Evening Classes: 15th, 22nd, 29th July and 5th August 2010
Evening Classes: 24th, 31st August and 7th, 14th September 2010
Practical outings: 21st August and 18th September 2010
What you will learn:
Week 1: 
Know your Digital SLR, Understand your Mode Dial, Programmed Auto Exposure
Shutter Speed, Flash, Focus, ISO and Film Speed
Week 2:
Metering Mode, Exposure Compensation, Auto Exposure Bracket, Aperture
Depth of Field and Using your Camera on Manual
Week 3:
What is a Histogram, Quality and Compression, File format
Image Adjustments and Custom Functions
Week 4: 
Know Your Lens, Camera Accessories, Composing better pictures and
Preferred Settings
Week 5:
Practical outing at Kalk Bay Harbour

Photograph taken at Kalk Bay Harbour during a practical session

Your Investment
Your investment is R 1750.00 per person including a certificate on completion.
SPECIAL OFFER: Save R250 till 22 September 2010


“Thanks, Peter, I really enjoyed the course as it allowed me to firstly refresh my memory of certain concepts (like shutter speed and depth of field) and secondly it reinforced and integrated the information in a practical way. I enjoyed the practical the most, as well as having all my questions answered, thanks for a really interesting course.” Toughenah Jacobs 

The small classes were very beneficial, and I enjoyed all the photo tips. I also enjoyed the practical session, as I felt it brought all the theory together and made my understanding alot better.” Samiya Paulsen

Taking better Pictures:  Part Two

This is the ideal course for intermediate and advanced photographers, or for persons who have completed Taking better Pictures: Part One. It is also the ideal course if you just want to “brush up” on your photographic skills. An understanding of shutter speeds and apertures, as well as your camera features is needed, as this course involves a lot of practical work.

This is a 5 week course, consisting of one 3 hour class once a week on a Friday afternoon. Because of the practical work done on this course, it cannot be offered during the evening.

Learn how to use your shutter speed creatively, how to do macro and close-up photography, and learn how to take studio and product photography, in a relaxed and fun environment. We end the course with a session on Photoshop for the photographer, as well as an introduction to Adobe Lightroom.


Afternoon Classes: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th October and 5th November 2010
What you will learn:

Week 1: 
Creative Shutter Speed

Week 2:
Macro and Close-up Photography

Week 3:
Setting up a Home Studio

Week 4:
Product Photography
Week 5
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom

Photograph taken by Vanessa White

Your Investment 

Your investment is R 1750.00 per person including a certificate on completion.
SPECIAL OFFER: Save R250 till 22 September 2010


“This course is extremely informative, I have learned so much. I loved the brief in the classroom and then going out on the practical. I enjoyed the creative shutter speeds.” Vanessa White

“Thank you for going the extra mile and all the passion you put into your work. The practical’s were great, going through the steps and applying them immediately” Anja Cloete

Upcoming Workshops

16 July 2010: “Motion of the Ocean” Photographic Workshop on Bloubergstrand
20 August 2010: “Motion of the Ocean” Workshop in Simons Town
4 September 2010: “Buildings and Architecture” in Kalk Bay
27 October 2010: “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” at the V&A Waterfront

Our photographic workshops are between 4 to 5 hours long and include all workshop notes. The workshops include a theory session, where I tell you how... and then a practical session, where I show you how...

The cost is R250 per person, and all levels of photographers are welcome, although the workshops are best suited for beginners. Booking is essential.

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Keep those cameras snapping, till next time.

Peter Haarhoff       

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