Kim Howells Photography Training

As an experienced presenter, I have run numerous workshops on learning to shoot in manual, beginner and advanced editing and retouching, and basic camera skills. Workshops have been held with amateur and enthusiast photographers, as well as regional groups of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), and New Zealand Photographic Society clubs. I can create workshops to suit group requirements - please get in touch if you would like to discuss options. There is further information on the most popular workshop below; Learn to Shoot in Manual.

Learn to Shoot in Manual Workshop

This workshop gives you the platform to become a photographer, whether that be as an amateur, taking better photos of your family, landscapes, projects, or the start of the journey to become a professional photographer. You will learn how to shoot in manual step by step, so you can gain a clear working understanding. The workshop includes examples and practical exercises to help you along the way, keeping it as hands-on as possible while still discussing the technical information, and making sure you can apply it.

The workshop takes around 5 hours. You also get access to the online Learn to Shoot in Manual course for 12 months. You can ask questions and post photos for critique and advice at any time in the online course, so you won't be left without support after the workshop. Places are strictly limited to between 8 and 10 people, ensuring it is a "full contact" environment. (There are options for larger groups, where additional professional photographer(s) will assist to ensure that you will still get the help and support you need during the workshop).

What you will learn:

  • Tools and terminology - the functions of your camera and lens(es), camera handling and care.
  • What the light meter is and how to use it; metering modes.
  • How to get sharp focus; focusing modes.
  • How to expose well, and how to use ISO, aperture and shutter speed effectively (the "triangle of exposure").
  • Control depth of field (how much of your image is in focus).
  • Motion/movement effects, such as how to freeze or show movement.
  • How to read and use a histogram (it's not as scary as it sounds).
  • White balance (colour).
  • Composition techniques you can use in any sort of photography.
  • Where to go for further learning.

What you need: 

Digital camera with full manual capability. This is likely to be a dSLR or mirrorless camera, which often have interchangeable lenses. You need a camera that has features such as a light meter, control over focusing modes, metering modes, ISO, aperture and shutter speed to make the best use of what the course offers. Most compact cameras will not be suitable; nor will phones.

What is included: 

Workshop-style teaching, printed workbook with course material and room to write notes, morning tea, lunch, and 12 months access to the online "Learn to Shoot in Manual" course. (You will need a free membership on to access the course).

Workshop Cost: 

$375 per person indicative pricing for workshops based in the Waikato, pending venue and catering costs. Travel costs to other areas may apply.

Next available date: 

 To be advised. 

Please contact me if you have any questions, either via the contact form on this website, or email