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Photography Workshops & Courses in NZ

Hands-on, face-to-face practical photography workshops


We offer competitively priced hands-on & practical digital photography workshops from Foundations (beginner & intermediate) through to Lightroom & Post Processing. We run classes in Auckland and Christchurch.

Our practical photography workshops will motivate and inspire you. Our goal is to help you achieve and learn. We want to ensure that you leave inspired and enthusiastic about your photography

We have been delivering photography workshops to the students of the New Zealand Photography Institute for a number of years now, and we are excited to now make these available to everyone and anyone who is eager to learn effectively. Our workshops will help you grow as an artist, and inspire you to get the most out of your camera & equipment

Not everyone can teach while having patience and providing inspiration, however we believe that we do! We are confident that we have created the most informative and up to date workshops around, with great structure. There is so much to learn out there, and 1000’s of options available from various sources on the internet offering photography tuition and learning. The difference with us, is that we are real working professionals who are currently in the industry. We are full time photographers and masters in our field, meaning that we can provide you with the most appropriate and relevant information possible. So it is important that you do your homework, to find the best people to learn from. We're positive about what we teach and proud to say that we do it very well.

We guarantee to provide you with photography classes that will inspire you to take the next step in your photography journey. It is our goal to teach you how to use your camera so that you can create amazing images of your own, ones that you can be proud of. This is done through practical exercises that involve teamwork, making the learning effective. Each session will take you one step closer to becoming the photographer you want to be. From there we can help you to focus on finding your own style and creativity. The feedback we have had from past students, is that not only have they learnt to master their camera in manual mode, but they have also created new friendships from interacting with each other, and sharing ideas.

Our courses are taught in a workshop learning environment, they are competitively priced, simple to understand and easy to follow. We conduct the workshops in Auckland.


Learn from a Master


Justin Aitken is a Professional Wedding and Portrait Photographer who has been in the photography business since 2005. He has won multiple national and international awards. Most recently he picked up the Nikon/NZIPP New Zealand Wedding Photographer of the Year award at the annual Iris Photography Awards. He has a great love for creating interesting art and embarking on new challenges. He holds Diplomas in both Professional Photography and Graphic Design. Justin is qualified and accredited by the NZIPP, is a Master of Photography and is also a Fellow of the institute. He is known for his ability to capture timeless and beautiful memories but most importantly, for his professionalism and outstanding dedication to service

Here at Phocus Photography Workshops we offer quality workshops in a structured class environment, and practical exercises to work through with your peers.